College of Education Celebrates Community Partnerships

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2009) – The University of South Florida College of Education’s 13th Annual Education in Action Luncheon brings community leaders together at the Florida State Fairgrounds Nov. 17 at noon to increase awareness about the importance of community partnerships and celebrate all they accomplish.  Stacie Schaible, WFLA NewsChannel 8 anchor and consumer reporter, is the emcee and Megan Allen, the Florida Department of Education/Macy’s 2010 Teacher of the Year and USF alumna, will be the keynote speaker.  The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will take the occasion to present a $100,000 “Reach for the Stars” grant that will be used to provide students with tutoring services. 

“Teachers have the most powerful job in the world...to make a difference in the life of a child,” Allen said.  “At the Education in Action Luncheon, we celebrate the tremendous impact that teachers have on our students.  They are the rocks of our communities.”

USF College of Education partners with K-12 schools in the Tampa Bay area and a large base of community partners to make a difference in grade school education. 

“We are preparing educators and educational leaders who are truly making an impact on K-12 education at the local, state and global levels,” said Colleen S. Kennedy, dean of the USF College of Education.  “The research and community involvement projects of our top-notch faculty are having a measurable effect on improving education for Florida students.  These visionary initiatives are impacting tens of thousands of educators and students across the State.”

An example of community involvement and support is the $100,000 grant from the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office.  It will go toward the Middle School Tutoring Program provided through the SunCoast Area Teacher Training (SCATT) Honors Program staff.  This is the second year USF COE is partnering with the Hillsborough County Public Schools District to provide tutoring at 15 middle schools – up from ten last year.  Support for this program comes from the Sheriff’s Office as well as Michelin Golf Classic, Inc., Olin Mott Tires, Suncoast Kids Foundation and the district.

A hallmark of the USF College of Education is the use of up-to-the-minute tools and expertise to meet the community’s education needs.

“We are ensuring educators world-wide have access to high-quality digital content through USF on iTunes U and other cutting edge technological vehicles,” Kennedy said.  “We are also very proud of our efforts in preparing a large number of individuals from underrepresented groups to become teachers.  This is an important priority for us.”

The $100,000 grant from the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office will support the Middle School Tutoring Program provided through the SunCoast Area Teacher Training (SCATT) Honors Program staff.  This is the second year the College of Education is partnering with the Hillsborough County Public Schools District to provide tutoring at 15 middle schools – up from ten last year. 

For tickets and more information contact Caz Hodge, assistant director of development at the USF College of Education, (813) 974-7992.

 

Story source:    Kim Tucker
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The USF College of Education is ranked 54th by U.S. News & World Report of graduate schools in the country, is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. The USF College of Education is the fourth largest public college of education in the nation.  For more information on the USF College of Education, visit: www.coedu.usf.edu or Itunes.usf.edu

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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