Sport management alumnus embarks on unique job search in Europe

July 28, 2015 Leave a comment

Dylan Hamilton

Dylan Hamilton, an alumnus from the Sport Management undergraduate program in 2011 and the master’s program in 2013, has embarked on a unique job search search across Europe.

Hamilton attended Florida State University on a partial scholarship as a manager for the football team. He was a member of the FSU rugby team from 2006 to 2011. In his graduate career, he also served as an assistant coach for the FSU rugby team and participated in an internship with USA Rugby as regional event coordinator.

Hamilton got his first taste of traveling between his undergraduate and graduate school year when he traveled to Australia to work with the Australian Rugby Union. Embracing what the world of sports had to offer during his time abroad, he took an additional trip to New Zealand to observe the Rugby World Cup Championships.

After graduating with his master’s from the FSU College of Education, Hamilton worked as an account executive with the Orlando City Soccer Club. Despite following his plan, Hamilton still felt something missing. “After a year of grinding in the industry of my dreams and succeeding amongst my peers, I was left with a sense of unfulfillment,” he said.

Perhaps the adventure of traveling and experiencing the international sport scene is what Hamilton is missing. Seeking another sporting adventure, he begun a tour of Europe and a search for new employment. His plan is to end his European journey in London for this year’s Rugby World Cup Championships.

Still in the midst of his adventure, Hamilton has already visited Paris, France and Barcelona, Spain. You can follow Hamilton through his journey via his blog: Wanderlust Walkabout.

Val Shute to present at conference in Australia

July 27, 2015 Leave a comment

Dr. Valerie Shute

Val Shute, Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Endowed Professor in Education in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, will share her research and insights at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) 2015 Research Conference.

The topic of this year’s conference will be, “Learning assessments: Designing the future,” and will take place August 16-18 in Melbourne, Australia. Presenters at Research Conference 2015 will share advances in the use of assessment for informed decision making by teachers, students, parents, school leaders, system managers and governments.

Shute will present her work on stealth assessment and video games, particularly how video games can help teach physics, persistence and creativity.

“In this presentation, I will explore how games can use stealth assessment to measure and support the learning of critical 21st century competencies,” said Shute.

Shute will also provide examples within the context of a game that she designed and developed with her team called Physics Playground.

Shute has been a faculty member in the FSU College of Education since 2007. Her general research interests include the design, development and evaluation of advanced systems to support learning, particularly related to 21st century competencies.

Shute is also a teacher and mentor to students in the College of Education. In April, she received a 2015 Graduate Student Mentor Award for her outstanding mentoring of students.

Congratulations to COE staff

July 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Please join us in congratulating those staff who were nominated for the 2015 COE Outstanding Staff Member Award as well as the staff we’d like to recognize for their sustained service at COE!

The 2015 Outstanding Staff Member Nominees are:

We’d also like to thank the staff members below for their sustained service to the FSU College of Education:

congrats staff

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Summer camp helps migrant children learn English

July 9, 2015 Leave a comment

Teachers work with students at the PAEC Migrant Summer School program

Students and faculty from Florida State University’s Foreign and Second Language Education program are helping children of migrant families learn English through the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium’s (PAEC) Migrant Summer School program.

PAEC, known for its advocacy efforts on behalf of the migrant communities around Florida, will conclude a five-week summer camp at the FSU College of Education’s Stone Building on Thursday, July 9. Through the camp, FSU students tutor migrant children to build their English skills and confidence and make up school credits.

It’s a learning experience for the FSU students as well.

“The collaboration between our program and PAEC is incredibly important,” said Laura Ballard, a teaching faculty member in the Foreign and Second Language Education program. “The PAEC student participants have the opportunity to learn more about the university and get to know college students who can spark their interest in higher education. My students also learn firsthand about the migrant community in North Florida and make personal connections with members of this community, which enhances the opportunity for cultural awareness.”


FSU’s Foreign and Second Language Education program has worked with the PAEC Migrant Summer School program for six years.

The PAEC Migrant Summer School program began six years ago with the support of Rebecca Galeano, assistant professor in the Foreign and Second Language Education program, and Maria Pouncey, director of PAEC. The program is a multilevel remedial school with children ranging from ages 3 to 15 whose parents have come to Tallahassee to work at tomato and strawberry farms.

“We get about 36 to 42 migrant students from the Immokalee (Fla.) area every year,” said Claudia Willis, a local elementary school teacher who is this year’s lead teacher for the PAEC summer camp. Willis’ first experience with PAEC was as part of Galeano’s course field experience requirement several years ago while earning her master’s degree at FSU.

Education majors and minors enrolled in this summer’s English for Speakers of Other Languages in the Content Area course spend from one to five hours each day tutoring and assisting the lead teachers of the PAEC Migrant Summer School program.

“Since many of the children attending PAEC are in various stages of English language acquisition, volunteering at the camp gives my students the opportunity to connect the material we are learning in our course to the real world,” Ballard said.

This year, the PAEC Migrant Education Program is working in conjunction with FSU STARTALK — one of the first STARTALK programs in the nation to involve immigrant children. STARTALK, a project funded by a National Security Agency grant to teach languages that are seldom taught in the United States, is one of the most well-known programs specifically designed for foreign language education.

Students in the Foreign and Second Language Education program tutor PAEC migrant students not only in the English language but other languages as well. Migrant students who are fluent in Spanish might also learn to speak Chinese or Arabic from the tutors.

“The intent is for students to see the power of being multilingual,” said Sherry Southerland, professor of science education and interim director of the School of Teacher Education. “There is a benefit to knowing more than one language. It is academically challenging instead of something to be pushed aside or to be frightened of.”

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College of Education alumnus selected as Thirty Under 30 recipient

July 8, 2015 Leave a comment

Joseph Mahshie

Joseph Mahshie has been selected as a Thirty Under 30 recipient by the FSU Alumni Association, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Florida State’s young alumni.

Each year, the FSU Alumni Association selects thirty alumni less than thirty years of age who show exceptional achievement and significant contributions to his or her profession, community/society or the university. These recipients exemplify outstanding professional and personal development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches.

In 2008, Mahshie graduated with his B.S. in Recreation Services Administration. Throughout his time at FSU, he was heavily involved with the university. He became the first freshman to sit on the Homecoming Executive Committee, leading to his role as deputy assistant homecoming director. Mahshie served as assistant event manager for the 2005 Dance Marathon and was also involved with Seminole Student Boosters, Student Government and Seminole Productions throughout his undergraduate career.

In 2007, Mahshie and fellow alumnus, Joe O’Shea, inspired the TRUE Seminole campaign, which aimed to unite the student body through the shared values and ideals of “Tradition, Respect, Unity and Excellence” as fundamental to being a Florida State Seminole. At the time of the campaign’s creation, Mahshie served as president of the Seminole Student Boosters. A major component of this program included the creation of an official game-day t-shirt each year, the “TRUE Pride Tee,” which is still being produced today.

Following graduation, Mahshie served as assistant director of Alumni Programs at the FSU Alumni Association where he developed new alumni and student programs such as the President’s Backyard BBQ. He then became associate marketing manager for Student Programs at McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Following this role, he moved to New York where he was employed as an events manager for Time Square.

Mahshie currently lives in Washington, D.C. and serves as a staffer at the Visitors Office in the White House.

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College of Education works to expand learning of critical-need foreign languages

July 6, 2015 Leave a comment

Faculty and students from Florida State University’s Foreign and Second Language Education program are working to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages not widely taught in the United States today.

Wenxia Wang, assistant professor of Foreign and Second Language Education, received $89,994 in funding from the National Security Agency (NSA) to organize a STARTALK program at Florida State. A component of the National Security Language Initiative, STARTALK’s goal is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking and teaching critical need foreign languages, which include Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu.

FSU STARTALK participants work with children at Leon County elementary schools

FSU STARTALK participants work with children at Leon County elementary schools. “The FSU STARTALK program aims to help improve the instructional skills of new teachers and teacher candidates who are or who will be teaching the languages that the federal government recognizes as critical to college and elementary school students,” Wang said.

FSU’s program, which began June 1 and concludes July 24, is free for all teacher candidates in the Foreign and Second Language Education program who plan to speak or teach one or more of the listed languages.

FSU STARTALK is designed to support two distinct sets of teachers of critical languages: approximately 20 teacher candidates in FSU’s School of Teacher Education and eight early-career language teachers who have experience teaching their languages at eitherthecollege or elementary level. For the teacher candidates, the program bridges the theory from the candidates’ coursework and their practice; for the eight mentor teachers, the proposed program deepens their understanding of effective world language teaching practices and nurtures their abilities as teacher-leaders.

“Our doctoral students and faculty are able to research the teaching and learning of these languages, while FSU students prepare to be at the forefront as the need for proficiency in these languages grows worldwide,” said Rebecca Galeano, assistant professor of Foreign and Second Language Education.

FSU STARTALK participants work with children at Leon County elementary schools

The program consists of workshops, discussions, seminars, supervised co-teaching and microteaching. It uses research-endorsed practice to design effective lesson plans and create contextualized language-learning opportunities while understanding the similarities and differences of school cultures between the United States and teachers’ home countries.

Upon completion of the STARTALK program, mentor teachers and teacher candidates receive a scholarship to cover their travel and program costs.

FSU STARTALK is not only training future teachers — the program is also reaching out to Leon County elementary school students by teaching critical need languages at local summer camps.

“This program has a communitywide impact,” Galeano said. “It truly embodies the international initiatives valued by our college and the university.”

Students and faculty from FSU’s Foreign and Second Language Education program are teaching Korean, Chinese, Turkish, Arabic and Portuguese to groups of students through summer camps held at DeSoto Trail Elementary School and Conley Elementary School in Tallahassee.

“I never really believed in total immersion as a way to learn a language but through STARTALK and the major focus on comprehensible input and providing realistic materials for learners while gradually building up, I realized it actually does work,” said Jose Carrasco, doctoral student in Foreign and Second Language Education.

“The children are getting the chance to learn a critical language and are getting cultural exposure as well,” he said. “The program has challenged me to rethink my past methodology and teaching technique and is truly preparing me to succeed as a language teacher.”

COE welcomes first cohort of online EdD students to campus for orientation

June 22, 2015 Leave a comment

First online EdD cohort

The College of Education welcomed the first cohort of students in the new online Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Policy to campus for orientation and a three-day face-to-face seminar.

The online Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) is Florida State University’s first online doctoral program. This program prepares education leaders and scholarly practitioners to be knowledgeable about organizational systems, actively engaged in research to improve policy and practice, and attuned to issues of equity.

The program is developed for working professionals who have a master’s degree and have relevant professional experience. Working with premier faculty, students will develop the professional and analytical skills to address the most pressing problems in education. Graduates assume roles as senior-level educational leaders, policymakers, and policy researchers both domestically and internationally.

The three-year program starts in summer with three courses including the face-to-face seminar. For more information about the program and application process, please contact Linda Lyons.

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