2015 News

COEDU hosting 17th Education in Action Luncheon

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USF College of Education hosting 17th Education in Action Luncheon to Empower the Next Generation

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2015) – The USF College of Education is proud to host the 17th Education in Action luncheon. The luncheon brings together educators, community leaders and partners from throughout the Tampa Bay area to raise awareness about challenges facing educators and shine the spotlight on educators that are making a difference to Empower the Next Generation in Florida. The luncheon will be held on Wed., Nov. 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Florida Center on Florida State Fairgrounds. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The event will be emceed by Jennifer Leigh, a news anchor at Tampa's NBC affiliate WFLA, and a proud USF alum.

This year the keynote address will be delivered by Diane McKee, the 2016 Florida Teacher of the Year. McKee is a Language Arts teacher at Williams Middle Magnet School in Hillsborough County. "Students, they are the next generation and it takes all of us, with so many needs in the education community today, we can't do it alone," said Mckee. "This is a chance for those outside of the education community to invest time and money, provide technology schools and students need, scholarships for kids that don't have money, help teachers to go to conferences, and to reach students to make a difference in their lives, so they're empowered."

The luncheon is designed to bring the education community, the business community, education leaders, community leaders and the USF College of Education together to share ideas and explore new opportunities for partnerships to take action and help improve education in Tampa Bay. The Education in Action luncheon is a unique opportunity to connect a diverse group of education stakeholders under one roof.

"It's about creating awareness, that time for everybody to get together, listen to a great speaker and get the wheels turning on what can be done," said EIA Luncheon organizer Stephanie Holmquist Johnson, Ph.D. "It's about being proactive, instead of reactive and using the USF College of Education as a community resource."

About the University of South Florida College of Education:

The University of South Florida College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. The USF College of Education is the 9th largest public college of education in the nation and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 100 programs in the nation and in the top 20 for online graduate programs. The USF College of Education has over 51,000 alumni making a difference in the lives of children.

About the University of South Florida:

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Engasser
Director of Communications
University of South Florida
College of Education
4202 East Fowler Avenue, EDU 169
Tampa, FL 33620-5650