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Studying Developmental Education Reform in the Sunshine State
Dramatic changes to developmental education in Florida to be studied by a team of researchers from Florida State University with initial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
March 7, 2014
A research team at Florida State University (FSU), led by professor of higher education Dr. Shouping Hu, has received initial funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the comprehensive reform in developmental education in the State of Florida. Other faculty researchers on the project include Dr. David Tandberg and Dr. Toby Park, both assistant professors at FSU.
Through Senate Bill 1720, the Florida legislature drastically restructured developmental education placement and instruction. The new law mandates that the 28 state colleges (formerly the community colleges) in the Florida College System provide developmental education that is more tailored to the needs of students. The law gives students much more flexibility in terms of whether they enroll in developmental education and what options they can choose from if they need it. Some students who previously would have tested into developmental education will be able to skip it altogether. The methods for offering developmental education will change too, as instruction is to be offered in ways that move students quickly into college credit, using co-requisite instruction, modules, and tutoring. Colleges have received additional flexibility in placing students and college placement testing will no longer be required for most Florida public high school graduates. Finally, admission counseling, with regard to available options, is mandated for all incoming students.
The FSU research project will document the implementation process of the new legislation and assess the impact of the new developmental education reform on student progression and success. Specifically, the FSU research team intends to study how the Florida state colleges are implementing the reform measures outlined in Senate Bill 1720 and the underlying decision rationales in approaches to advising and developmental education offerings. The team also seeks to understand the patterns of student choice related to developmental education options and the effects of student choices on educational progression and success.
According to Dr. Hu, “This is the most significant state law affecting developmental education that we are aware of anywhere in the country. Because of its sweeping nature, it is critical that we begin documenting and evaluating its impact from the very beginning so that state legislatures and educational leaders here in Florida and other states have credible and timely evidence to further improve educational policies and practices.”
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Riggie who has received the CEC Division for Research Student Research Award for her paper titled “Supporting early childhood educators’ use of embedded communication strategies by providing feedback via bug-in-ear technology.” Riggie is a a recent PhD graduate of the Special Education doctoral program.
Congratulations to Dr. Debra Osborn who has been honored as an ACA Fellow for the American Counseling Association.
Osborn is an Assistant Professor of psychological and counseling services in the Educational Psychology and Learning Systems Department.
Media Release From Florida Center for Reading Research
Florida State University Researcher Selected for Presidential Award
January 9, 2014
President Barack Obama recently awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers to 102 of the nation’s top researchers including Florida State University researcher Dr. Young-Suk Kim. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers. Dr. Kim, an Associate Professor of Education and researcher at the Florida Center for Reading Research, was recognized for her research in language and literacy development. She is one of only two award recipients honored by the U.S. Department of Education. She will receive the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. later this year.
The following excerpt is from the White House press release:
“The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead,” President Obama said. “We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America’s global leadership for many years to come.”
The Presidential Early Career Awards embody the high priority the Obama Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the Nation’s goals, tackle grand challenges, and contribute to the American economy. The recipients are employed or funded by the following departments and agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Intelligence Community, which join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies’ missions.
The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.
Dr. Kim’s primary research areas include language and literacy acquisition and instruction, including early literacy predictors, reading fluency and comprehension, and writing. Dr. Kim is currently a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator of several studies funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Research Foundation of Korea.
Dr. Kim joined the FSU faculty and FCRR in 2007 after receiving her doctoral degree from Harvard University.
View the Original Media Release Here: http://www.fcrr.org/about-fcrr/kim_award_release.asp
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DATE: November 4, 2013
Jablon Receives Distinguished Leadership Award
TALLAHASSEE, FL — William “Bill” W. Jablon, Headmaster of Maclay School, was recently honored with the Southern Association of Independent Schools’ (SAIS) 2013 Distinguished Service Award. This award is given by the SAIS Board of Trustees to a head of school or senior administrator in recognition of a long and distinguished career in independent education, of which 25 years or more was spent in service to one school, as well as service to SAIS. The award is typically given at the end of one’s career. Jablon was recognized at the SAIS Annual Conference on Saturday in Atlanta.
The creation of this award in 2012 was inspired by the life and work of Dale Regan, who devoted 34 years of her life to the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, and who, posthumously, was the award’s first recipient.
Jablon has served at Maclay school in Tallahassee, FL, since 1976. During his tenure, he lead Maclay through tremendous change and improvement: growing from ten faculty teaching 130 students, 1st through 9th grade, on a 44-acre campus; to 96 faculty members teaching 936 students, Pre-K through 12th grade, on a 100-acre campus.
Jablon holds degrees from Boston College and Florida State University, served as president of the SAIS board of directors, president of the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), and a board member of NAIS from 1990 to 1994. Bill served as the first private school chair of the Florida Committee of SACS. Over the course of his career, Bill has chaired over 85 accrediting teams for FCIS and SACS. He was most recently honored by the Maclay Board of Trustees with the official naming of the newly renovated Lower School in his honor.
SAIS is a membership organization that provides independent schools with high quality accreditation processes, comprehensive professional growth opportunities, and visionary leadership development programs. SAIS currently has 362 member schools, representing more than 200,000 students.
This past weekend, before the Syracuse vs. FSU football game, President Baron hosted the All College Alumni Tailgate. Several College of Education alumni came by the FSU COE table to share their experiences and some future Seminoles also came by to grab FSU COE merchandise. There were even some surprises, such as discovering the musical talent of one of our faculty members. It was an afternoon filled with good food, good music, and good people.
Last month, a group of students traveled to Miami for the Sport Management Student Association’s networking trip. Students toured professional sports facilities and had the chance to network with industry professionals. Some of the facilities visited were the American Airlines Arena- home of the Miami Heat and Sun Life Stadium- home of the Miami Dolphins.