Faculty receive funding for ASD-STEM grant

November 24, 2014 Leave a comment
College of Education faculty member Kelly Whalon.

Dr. Whalon

Dr. Kelly Whalon and Dr. Mary Frances Hanline have received funding for a new U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Research Leadership personnel preparation grant, Autism Spectrum Disorders in the areas of science and mathematics education (ASD-STEM). The goal of ASD-STEM is to implement and evaluate a PhD program that prepares five scholars with expertise on adapting mathematics and science instruction for Pre-K-12 learners with autism spectrum disorder.


Dr. Hanline

In a cohort model, scholars will participate in coursework, teaching, research, and service experiences consistent with the recommendations made by the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate Report and The Foundation of Scholars. Dr. Whalon will serve as Principal Investigator, Dr. Hanline as Co-Principal Investigator, and Drs. Reed and Jakubowski as project faculty. The grant begins January, 2015.

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Florida State regains unconquered spirit after recent tragedy

November 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered around the Integration Statue on Florida State University’s campus in the early evening hours, united and unconquered with candles held high amidst the melodious sound of the “Hymn to the Garnet and Gold” played by the Marching Chiefs.

“Today we all stand as FSU Seminoles united, unconquered.” -Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum

Here’s a hymn to the garnet and the gold, ringing to the sky.
Here’s a song for the men and women bold, sing with heads held high.
Striving e’er to seek to know, fight for victory.
Alma mater, this our song to you echoes “F. S. U.”



Alumnus appointed vice president of Botswana

November 14, 2014 Leave a comment
Masisi 2

Mokgweetsi Masisi

Mokgweetsi Masisi was appointed the new vice president of Botswana. He previously held the position of Botswana’s prime minister of education and skills development.

Before his appointment as vice president, Masisi taught at Mmanaana Secondary School in Moshupa, while also leading community development initiatives. He then transferred to Curriculum Development and Evaluation and worked as social studies curriculum specialist. Finding a passion for social science and curriculum development, Masisi returned to school to obtain a graduate degree at Florida State University. In 1991, he graduated with his Master’s degree in Social Science Education.

Following graduation from Florida State, Masisi went on to hold several NGO board positions and political appointments in Botswana. For more information, click here.

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FSUCOE student announced as 2014 Homecoming Chief

November 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Last Friday, Gerald Johnson II was crowned the 2014 Homecoming Chief. Johnson is a social science education major and currently serves as the Student Body Vice President.

Upon enrolling at Florida State University in the fall of 2011, Johnson quickly became involved in campus organizations. By his sophomore year, he had become the Chairman of the SGA Campus Recreation Board, a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and Vice President of Seminole Student Boosters. This past year, Johnson was recognized as the 2013 Most Outstanding Student by the Black Alumni Association, which is awarded to a student who has demonstrates the utmost in leadership and advancement of student causes through their various community and campus involvements.

As a fall 2013 initiate into the Iota Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Johnson believes in servant leadership and community involvement. Through his new role, he plans on furthering student engagement on campus and fostering a better connection between SGA and the student body.


Source: http://sga.fsu.edu/student-body-vice-president.shtml

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Professor and alumna co-edit new monograph series from Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publishers

November 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Dr. Kathy Guthrie, associate professor of Higher Education, and FSU Alumna Dr. Susan Komives are co-editors of a new monograph series from Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publishers.

The New Directions for Student Leadership series explores leadership conceptual and pedagogical topics of interest to high school and college leadership educators. Issues in the series are grounded in scholarship featuring practical applications and good practices in youth and adult leadership education.

The series will premiere February 2015. For more information, visit:



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School psychologists help students thrive during National School Psychology Awareness Week—November 10–14, 2014

November 3, 2014 Leave a comment


CONTACT: Jennie Harrison, jcharrison@fsu.edu

(850) 644-6798

November 3, 2014

Bethesda, MD—The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has designated November 10–14, 2014 as National School Psychology Awareness Week. This year’s theme, “Strive. Grow. THRIVE!” highlights the continuum of engagement necessary to children’s healthy learning and development. Schools around the country will be taking part in events and activities designed to help students and schools thrive.

NASP President Stephen E. Brock points to the important role of school psychologists in promoting school and life success for students. “School psychologists work with students and teachers every day to promote wellness and resilience, reinforce communication and social skills, and increase achievement academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. This year, school psychologists around the country will be helping not only students but also school staff and families to understand the important links between striving, growing, and thriving.”

“As educators, we know that children learn and grow by tapping into their natural abilities, taking on new challenges, and developing new skills, with the proper guidance and support,” says Brock “The learning environment is the ideal setting to help students build on their strengths and understand how striving leads to growth, both of which are critical to thriving. Facilitating the strive-grow-thrive cycle is essential to promoting competency, academic achievement, social–emotional wellness, and resilience, and it is entirely in keeping with the mission and purpose of schools.

Additionally, school psychologists will be collaborating with school staff to reinforce the common elements of a thriving school community. “Many of the School Psychology Awareness Week resources and activities can be applied to whole-school initiatives,” notes Brock. “This includes strengthening positive relationships between adults and students, improving behavior, establishing welcoming school environments, reinforcing a sense of mutual respect, and contributing to the good of the whole group”.

Several NASP programs are in place to reinforce aspects of the theme. School staff can use the Student POWER Award to recognize those students who strive to make a difference through hard work, personal optimism, and dedication to others. The Possibilities in Action Partnership Award recognizes the contributions of teachers, administrators, other staff, and parents make to support the needs of the whole child. And the Gratitude Works program is designed to help students focus on positive relationships, mature socially, and grow an understanding of the world by fostering gratitude through a variety of activities.

As part of National School Psychology Awareness Week, school psychologists at Florida State University will be adapting resources and activities provided by NASP.

NASP represents 25,000 school psychologists throughout the United States and abroad. NASP empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health.

For further information contact Jennie Harrison or NASP Director of Communications Kathy Cowan at 301-347-1665 or kcowan@naspweb.org, or visit www.nasponline.org.

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Florida State University announces new center devoted to postsecondary success

November 3, 2014 Leave a comment


CONTACT: Shouping Hu, FSU College of Education
(850) 644-6721; shu@fsu.edu

November 3, 2014


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ⎯ A new center dedicated to identifying and evaluating institutional, state and federal policies and programs that may serve to improve student success has been established in the Florida State University College of Education.

The Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS) will provide support for and foster collaboration among those who are interested in conducting research on student success in postsecondary education and using research to inform policy and practice.

“CPS will serve as a vehicle for applying sophisticated and cutting-edge methodological approaches to real world postsecondary problems in order to identify promising policies and practices to increase student success,” said Dr. Shouping Hu, founder and director of the CPS.

Hu, professor of higher education at Florida State, assistant professor of higher education David Tandberg and assistant professor of educational leadership and policy Toby Park are teaming up with a national advisory board of prominent researchers, practitioners and policymakers, including:

  • Scott Thomas, professor and dean, School of Educational Study, Claremont Graduate University, and editor-in-chief, Journal of Higher Education.
  • Robert Toutkoushian, professor, Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia, editor-in-chief, Research in Higher Education.
  • Laura Perna, professor and executive director of Penn AHEAD, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Linda Hagedorn, professor and associate dean, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University.
  • Yvonne Belanger, program officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Charles Hokanson, senior vice president & chief policy officer, Helios Foundation.
  • Randy Hanna, chancellor, Florida College System, Florida Department of Education.

Hu, Tandberg and Park are currently leading a multi-year evaluation of Florida’s recent developmental education reform, funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Researchers in the CPS are also evaluating Florida’s Bright Futures scholarship program, state performance funding programs and outcomes associated with minority serving institutions, among other topics.

The CPS also regularly invites scholars, practitioners and policymakers to give lectures on issues related to postsecondary success. Recently, the CPS had the privilege to host Dr. Sandy Baum, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, and Dr. Michael McPherson, the president of the Spencer Foundation, for a public forum on higher education finance and policy.

To learn more about the Center and its activities, visit www.centerforpostsecondarysuccess.org.


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