The College of Education is globally engaged through partnerships, conference presentations, student study abroad trips, visits to international university or hosting international visitors. Find out more about our Global Engagement and Partnerships and our Professional Development and Partnership Schools.
Community Engagement Initiatives
Community engagement creates opportunities to enhance our own cultural competence and that of our students, particularly in the culturally and ethnically diverse Tampa Bay area. USF's Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships builds partnerships to improve our communities. These initiatives take many forms:
- School/Community-Engaged Curricular Activities, including Service Learning
- School/Community-Engaged Research/Scholarship
Find funding, workshops and find other resources for students, faculty and staff from the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships.
Diversity & Cultural Competence Examples
Service Learning Course -- PET 4088: Individualized Fitness/Wellness Programming
The USF FIT program within this course actively engages undergraduate Exercise Science seniors in service learning. For FIT, our community partner is the College of Education. The course professor recruits faculty and staff members who serve as the FIT clients. The students, in pairs, are assigned to a FIT client that they train in the USF Campus Recreation center throughout the entire semester. The real-world experience provided helps our students connect theory taught in our courses with practice and also provides them with an opportunity to enhance important skills (e.g., teaching, interpersonal communication, time management) essential for their internship and future professional jobs. The employees receive an individualized fitness program that helps them attain their health and fitness goals. PET 4088 also serves a capstone course for Exercise Science majors. For more information email JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek at email@example.com
Since 2010, the USF Contemporary Art Museum, the USF College of Education, and the Hillsborough County Public Schools have been collaborating on Inside Art, an innovative web-based visual literacy program that integrates social studies with contemporary art in an examination and discussion of critical societal issues. In addition to the online curriculum, vital components of the program include professional development opportunities for teachers and field trips to USF for K-12 students. For more information visit the USF Contemporary Art Museum.
Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots Program
The USF/HCPS Elementary Partnership is focused on the learning outcomes of children in grades K-5. The administration at the partnership schools and the faculty from the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences work collaboratively to facilitate enhanced learning opportunities for the teachers and children within the partnership schools. From this partnership, two elementary schools—Pizzo and MOSI—started Roots & Shoots projects sponsored by the Jane Goodall Institute. Both Title I schools, located on or near campus, are in the process of developing projects to revitalize and maintain school gardens. With kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade students at the helm, these Roots & Shoots projects will support the knowledge and understanding of life sciences, offer students the opportunity to engage in long-term investigations, and demonstrate how children can take a major role in evolving their community.
SCE 4863 Science, Technology, and Society Interaction Course
Learning to plan and orchestrate a service- learning project is a major assignment in SCE 4863 Science, Technology, and Society Interaction, a required course for secondary science education majors. Participants engage with an extensive protocol structured as an open ended inquiry that teaches them how to lead secondary school students through the process of service learning from issue identification, to locating and acquiring resources, through execution, and evaluation of performance. Additionally participants become acquainted with community resources available to support service learning of middle and high school students. For more information email Barbara Spector at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Olin Mott began Tutor-a-Bull in 2008 out of a strong passion for children in high need at the Joshua House and expanded the program to include students at 16-20 public schools. He connected three significant partners—Hillsborough County Schools, USF's College of Education, and local businesses—to address the needs of children in academic risk by providing them with tutors. The Tutor-a-Bull Program increases motivation for learning, provides experiences for education majors to practice teaching in real-life settings, and provides academic support to middle and high school students who are struggling in school. Over the years, this program has made a significant impact on students in our public schools as well as future teachers in the College of Education. For more information email Joan Kaywell at email@example.com