Startup Weekend Tallahassee seeking students

March 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. Startup Weekend Tallahassee will take place April 3-5, 2015.

On Friday, April 3, individuals will pitch for 60-seconds where the best ideas form teams and work all weekend on developing these ideas, and pitching to judges Sunday evening. Startup weekend includes all meals and unlimited coffee!

Tickets are normally $99.99 but the SGA Office of Entrepreneurship purchased 40-tickets for FSU students. Students can enter promo code SGAOEI to claim a free ticket. All that is asked is that if a student uses a free ticket, they commit to participating in the entire startup weekend.

Tickets can be purchased at

Categories: College of Education

Career Counseling faculty and graduate students receive recognition

March 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Faculty and graduate students in the Career Counseling program have received recognition on behalf of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Research Committee. Their article titled, “A Content Analysis of Career Development Theory, Research, and Practice – 2013,” was chosen to receive recognition as one of two outstanding Career Development Quarterly articles for 2014.

Co-authors include James Sampson, Pei-Chun Hou, Julia Kronholz, V. Casey Dozier, Mary-Catherine McClain, Mary Buzzetta, Elizabeth Pawley, Jane Finklea, Gary Peterson, Janet Lenz, Robert Reardon, Debra Osborn, Seth Hayden, Gloria Colvin, and Emily Kennelly. Their work was noted as making a significant contribution to the career development field.

The award will be presented this July at the NCDA Global Conference in Denver.

Categories: College of Education

Dr. Russell Almond publishes new book on educational assessment

March 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Bayesian Networks in Educational Assessment

Dr. Russell Almond, Associate Professor of Measurement & Statistics, recently published a book with Springer Publications. Bayesian Networks in Educational Assessment is co-authored by Russell Almond; Robert Mislevy, Linda Steinberg, Duanli Yan, and David M. Williamson.

Bayesian Networks in Educational Assessment explores how bayesian inference networks, a synthesis of statistics and expert systems, can be applied in the design and analysis of innovative educational assessments. The book is a resource for professionals interested in assessment and advanced students, which includes examples, demonstrations, and illustrations of how to use Bayes nets in educational assessment.

In April,the authors will be giving a tutorial based on this book at the 2015 National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. For more information on the book, click here.

Help Florida High’s Marching Band through FSU’s Great Give

March 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Florida High students

During the Spring semester, colleges and groups across Florida State University participate in FSU’s Great Give, a 36-hour online giving campaign that provides an opportunity for supporters of Florida State University to make contributions toward academic programs and scholarships. Each year, FSU’s Great Give highlights specific projects that need your support. This year, the College of Education is calling attention to the Florida High Marching Band.

With uniforms older than the students wearing them and musical instruments beyond repair, the Florida High Band is seeking support from the Florida State University community to reach their music program funding goal of $35,000. Your support during this 36-hour campaign will help Florida High reach their first 10 percent goal when you give $350 to purchase wind or percussion instruments, $175 to cover the cost of student uniforms or $35 to support their mission!

The Florida State University Schools, known as Florida High, serve as the research and laboratory schools for the College of Education. As a K-12 school, Florida High has the same needs that FSU has but in smaller quantities. From arts to sciences, engineering to home economics, as well as job training programs for nursing assistants and EMTs, Florida High offers it all. Your gift during FSU’s Great Give will not only support the Florida High Band, but it will also help all of Florida High and the College of Education by offsetting these expenses.

The event begins at 9AM on Thursday, March 19th, and ends at 9PM on Friday, March 20th. To hit our goal, we need only 35 donors of $100 or 100 donors of $35. Please consider helping the College of Education and Florida State University Schools through a gift at one of these levels during the Great Give here.

Photography by Kira Derryberry

Florida State representatives honored with two awards at ACPA 2015

March 11, 2015 Leave a comment

Hardee Center

This past week graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the Higher Education program, the FSU Division of Student AffairsThe Center for Leadership and Social Change, and the Hardee Center represented Florida State University and the College of Education at the 2015 American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Convention in Tampa.

The ACPA 2015 Tampa Annual Convention provides a space for collaboration, learning, and professional growth in the changing higher education landscape. It is a great place to establish and renew professional networks and friendships across the nation.

Each year, ACPA presents a range of awards to individuals whose efforts and contributions advance the goals of ACPA and their profession. This year, Florida State University representatives received two awards.


Danielle Morgan Acosta

The ACPA Collaborative Excellence Award for On-Going Partnership was awarded to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies for their collaborative work with the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies and The Center for Leadership and Social Change. Dr. Kathy Guthrie, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies, accepted the award on behalf of the two.

Danielle Morgan Acosta, a doctoral student in Higher Education and Interim Director of the Student Government Association, received the Annuit Coeptis Award for Emerging Professionals. This award honors five emerging professionals at a dinner where there can be wide-ranging discussion and exchange about professional issues.

The 2016 ACPA Convention will take place in Montreal, Canada.

College of Education faculty and graduate students to present at 2015 AERA annual meeting

March 10, 2015 Leave a comment


53 faculty members, graduate students, and researchers from the FSU College of Education, Florida Center for Reading Research, and the Learning Systems Institute will be presenting at the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting this April. In addition to research presentations, many will participate in poster and roundtable sessions.

The topics of research being presented represent a wide range of focuses in the College, including leadership and policy, online learning, teacher preparation, postsecondary success, reading instruction, education reform, measurement and assessment, instructional design, and more.

The annual meeting will take place April 16 to April 20 in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s theme, “Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis,” will focus on local and global attention to justice.

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. This year, attendance is expected to surpass 14,000 with more than 2,600 sessions.

You can view the complete list of FSU presenters and presentation topics here.

A group of educators from the Czech Republic toured the College of Education

March 6, 2015 Leave a comment

Czech Republic visitors

On March 5, 2015, a group of 11 educators from the Czech Republic paid a visit to the FSU College of Education. Visitors in the group have been working with our faculty and administration at a “sister school” in the Czech Republic, Střední škola, Základní škola a Mateřská škola. They have been alternating visits for the last four years.

The group consisted of teachers, administrators, and a nurse, as well as a translator. Their visit included a presentation from Dr. Kelly Whalon, Assistant Professor of Special Education, and a hands-on demonstration in the COE Tech Sandbox. A graduate student representative of the Tech Sandbox presented the technology used to train teachers to better assist students with disabilities, as well as the devices/programs that are currently being used to help children with disabilities learn.

Visiting Educators:

PaedDr. (PhD) Ilja Maloušková: Director of secondary schools, elementary schools and kindergartens, Frýdek-Místek, Czech Republic
RSDr. (PhD) Jan Vavricka: Special Educator, Head Teacher of elementary school, special secondary school, elementary school and kindergarten, Frýdek-Místek, contributory organization
Mgr. (Master degree) Olga Rosenbergerová: Director of Association of Trigon (Association helping people with disabilities)
Ing. (Degree in technology) Radovan Maresz: Chairman of the Board of the Association of Trigon and Director of Prof. Zdeněk Matějčka High School, Ostrava Poruba (high school students with learning disabilities)
Mgr. (Master degree) Jana Pábelová: Special Educator, high school, elementary school and kindergarten, Frýdek-Místek, Czech Republic
Mgr. (Master degree) Ludmila Pavlatova: Director of the Central Medical School, Frýdek-Místek
Mgr. (Master degree) Jana Kocichová: Head of Practical Teaching of Social Activities at the Central Medical School, Frýdek-Místek
Jaroslava Lukšová: Head of the Organization of the Lines of Joy (adult care center for people with disabilities), Frýdek-Místek
PaedDr. (PhD) Jana Frankova: Inspector of Czech school inspection


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