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USF Polk Reading Academy celebrates first cohort of graduates from school-university partnership program

A partnership between the University of South Florida (USF) College of Education and Polk County Public Schools reached a new milestone as the district celebrated its first cohort of teachers who have earned a master’s degree in reading education from USF.

November 1, 2021Academics, College of Education News

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USF associate professor launches interdisciplinary research center in partnership with Caribbean university

In collaboration with the University of West Indies Cave Hill, College of Education associate professor Patriann Smith recently launched an interdisciplinary research center in Bridgetown, Barbados.

September 24, 2021Faculty and Staff, Research

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What’s the connection between literacy and climate change? How teachers can introduce eco-justice literacies into their classrooms

How can teachers prepare to introduce escalating social justice issues like climate change into their literacy curriculum? USF Assistant Professor Alexandra Panos offers some tips in-service teachers can follow.

September 9, 2021Research, Resources for Educators

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College of Education launches two new online graduate certificates in global, digital literacies

Starting this spring, the USF College of Education will offer two new online graduate certificate programs in global and digital literacies.

September 3, 2021Academics, College of Education News

Patriann Smith

Associate professor receives USF Outstanding Research Achievement Award

College of Education Associate Professor Patriann Smith, PhD, was a recipient of USF’s Outstanding Research Achievement Award. Presented by USF Research and Innovation, this year’s awards recognized 22 faculty members for their achievements in research productivity.

August 19, 2021Faculty and Staff, Research

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Assistant professor uses mini service grant to launch literacy project in St. Petersburg

LaSonya Moore, an assistant professor in the College of Education at USF’s St. Petersburg campus, has launched a literacy project through a mini service grant she received from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg.

May 13, 2021Community Engagement, Research

Patriann Smith photographed with her younger brother, David Smith, during a family visit to Soufriere.

USF College of Education assistant professor to establish Caribbean educational research center through $3.6 million grant

Patriann Smith, assistant professor of literacy studies in the USF College of Education, has been awarded a three-year, $3.6 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

April 19, 2021Centers and Institutes, Faculty and Staff, Research

Mellissa Alonso-Teston

Alumni Spotlight: Mellissa Alonso-Teston

Since graduating, USF alumna Mellissa Alonso-Teston began teaching and advanced into a district position in 1996 that enabled her to author and lead Hillsborough County Public Schools' Reading Coach Project. In 2017, Alonso-Teston’s desire to become an education researcher motivated her to pursue a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Literacy Studies at USF.

March 3, 2021Alumni and Friends, Student Life

Classroom Caffeine

College of Education faculty member creates podcast series, seeks to connect teachers with education researchers

Lindsay Persohn, an assistant professor of Literacy Studies at the USF’s Sarasota-Manatee campus, launched “Classroom Caffeine,” a new podcast series that provides a space for education researchers to share their knowledge with those working in the field.

January 5, 2021Faculty and Staff

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USF students gain literacy teaching skills through virtual tutoring program

In response to USF's shift to fully-online instruction due to the coronavirus pandemic, the College of Education's summer literacy practicum course was hosted in a format that gave USF students experience tutoring preschool and elementary-aged students in virtual settings.

July 23, 2020Academics, Community Engagement

Elizabeth Hadley

David C. Anchin Center presentation explores strategies for supporting oral language development in pre-K classroom

During a presentation hosted by the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching, College of Education Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hadley presented her research on why supporting oral language development in pre-K classrooms is critical to developing young readers.

February 27, 2020Centers and Institutes, Faculty and Staff

USF faculty member at Passport to Literacy event

Literacy Studies Program collaborates with Caribbean Community Association in 'Passport 2 Literacy' Event

Hosted by the Caribbean Community Association, the 'Passport 2 Literacy' MLK event was presented with the goal of joining children and families together in order to develop and motivate young readers. To help make the event a success, representatives from the College of Education’s Literacy Studies program volunteered.

January 27, 2020Community Engagement, Faculty and Staff

About the USF College of Education:

As the home for more than 2,200 students and 130 faculty members across three campuses, the University of South Florida College of Education offers state-of-the-art teacher training and collegial graduate studies designed to empower educational leaders. Our college is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and our educator preparation programs are fully approved by the Florida Department of Education.