College of Education and FCRR faculty members to present at SREE 2015

March 5, 2015 Leave a comment
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Barbara Foorman

Several College of Education and Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) faculty members will present at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) 2015 Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference will take place March 5 – 7, 2015, under the theme, Learning Curves: Creating and Sustaining Gains from Early Childhood through Adulthood.

Dr. Barbara Foorman, Francis Eppes Professor of Education and Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research, is an organizer, chair, and presenter for specific conference topics. Foorman will present, The Dimensionality of Oral Language and Reading in 4th-10th Grades: A Bi-Factor Approach, along with fellow FCRR researchers and FSU College of Education alumni Dr. Sharon Koon and Dr. Yaacov Petscher, Director of Research at the FCRR. That same day, Foorman, Petscher, and fellow FCRR researcher, Chengfu Zhou, will present, Understanding the Importance of Foundational Reading Skills in Predicting Reading Comprehension: A New Solution to an Old Problem.

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Lara Perez-Felkner

The following day, Dr. Jeanne Wanzek, Associate Professor of Education; Dr. Richard K. Wagner, Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and Associate Director at FCRR; and Dr. Jessica S. Folsom, FCRR researcher and FSU College of Education alumna, will present their collaborative paper with the co-authors from other universities: To Wait in Tier 1 or Intervene Immediately: A Randomized Experiment Examining First Grade Response to Intervention (RTI) in Reading. 

Later that day, Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Sociology, will present on gendered differences in STEM higher education majors among two-year and four-year schools alongside Florida State University graduates and graduate students Kirby Thomas, Jordan Hopkins, and Samantha Nix.

For the complete conference program, click here.

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College of Education and Learning Systems Institute faculty to present at annual conference

March 4, 2015 Leave a comment
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CIES 2015

Next week, three Florida State University College of Education and Learning Systems Institute faculty members will represent the university at the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Helen Boyle, Associate Professor of International and Comparative Education and Learning Systems Institute faculty member, will present her research on the changing nature of Islamic education in West Africa in her paper, “Discourses of tradition and modernity in West African Medersas: Examples from Mali, Nigeria and Ghana.” Boyle addresses the changes happening in Islamic schools that often are viewed as traditional in nature and focused solely on religious knowledge (read more).

Dr. Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, Senior Research Associate at the Learning Systems Institute (LSI), will lead a panel of Florida State University experts in a discussion of reading education in Ethiopia and the challenges faced by educators in this nation of many languages. The discussion will center on LSI’s work in Ethiopia on education reforms aimed at improving reading and literacy instruction (read more).

Dr. Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski, Assistant Professor of Comparative Education and International Development, will also present on the panel. Zuilkowski has traveled to Ethiopia and spent significant time working alongside teacher educators to assess the needs of teacher-training programs and to monitor the implementation of current initiatives (view all FSU & LSI panel presenters).

To read more about Boyle, Ramos-Mattoussi, and Zuilkowskis’s research, click here.

Sport Management student awarded ACC postgraduate scholarship

February 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Katie Mosher

Katie Mosher, a senior in the Sport Management undergraduate program, has been named a recipient of the ACC’s Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, a postgraduate scholarship awarded to select student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree after graduation.

Mosher was acknowledged for her outstanding performance on the FSU Volleyball team as well as her work in the classroom. On the court, Mosher is a three-year team captain and Florida State’s all-time digs leader. In 2011, she helped Florida State become the first ACC school in history to appear in the Women’s Volleyball National Semifinal.

“Katie was a great role model for our team,” said Chris Poole, Head Coach of FSU Volleyball.  “She was one of the few players that I have coached that literally came to practice early or stayed late all the time to get in extra reps in order to be the best player she could be. That work ethic helped her to be a great student in our sport management program and she has won many awards for our team on the court and from her academic success.”

Off the court, Mosher is a two-time Golden Nole award winner. In 2014, she was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and achieved the Golden Torch honor by turning in the team’s highest GPA for the 2013-14 school year.

“Katie Mosher’s selection as a recipient of this year’s ACC Postgraduate Scholarship is a prime example of the type of effort she gives in all aspects of her life,” said Dr. Jason Pappas, Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Practicum in the Department of Sport Management. “She was one the most dedicated, consentaneous and passionate students I have had the great fortune of teaching.”

Proposal elected for funding by AERA’s Service Project Initiative

February 24, 2015 Leave a comment
College of Education faculty and staff headshots. Deborah Reed

Deborah Reed

A proposal by Dr. Deborah Reed, Literacy Instruction for Juvenile Offenders: Meeting the More Rigorous Standards of the Revised GED, has been elected by the American Educational Research Association‘s (AERA) Education Research Service Project Initiative (ERSP) for funding. AERA’s ERSP program provides small grants to education researchers who are offering their pro bono expertise to educational organizations, institutions, or other community groups that have identified and expressed a need for such assistance.

Dr. Reed is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the School of Teacher Education and teaches courses in reading instruction for students with high incidence disabilities. She also works at the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) as a research faculty member. Her research focuses on effective reading instruction for vulnerable populations such as adolescent English language learners and those in the juvenile justice system.

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Conference in learning sciences accepts paper by Dr. Fengfeng Ke

February 17, 2015 Leave a comment
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FSUS Classroom Simulator

The International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning has accepted a conference paper written by Dr. Fengfeng Ke, associate professor of Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies. The paper, “Immersive Simulation on Collaborative Learning about a Complex Dynamic System,” examines the effect of Astronaut Challenge, an immersive, flight-simulation-based learning program, on the collaborative learning process and science knowledge development of ninth grade students.

The research focused on the space flight simulator instructional system (SFIS) developed by the Science Department at Florida State University Schools (FSUS) through a grant funded by the Florida Department of Education. The focus of the grant was to develop two systems: a classroom based system that could easily be replicated by science teachers in Florida and a mobile space flight system which could be used throughout the state to promote STEM. Peter Carafano, associate professor in the Science Department at FSUS and co-author of the paper, contributed to the research through his experience as astronaut challenge program director and knowledge of the SFIS.

The International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) is a major international event, which gathers together people involved in all aspects of the field of technology-based collaborative learning, including research, education, training and technology. The conference is organized by the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) and occurs every two years. The papers accepted by CSCL are generally in the nature of collaborative learning in technologically supported environments from empirical, theoretical, conceptual and design based approaches.

CSCL is one of only two conferences in the field of Learning Sciences. This year’s conference will be held June 7-11, 2015, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Irish are coming to Florida

February 12, 2015 Leave a comment


CONTACT: Peter Carafano, (850) 245-3700

February 12, 2015

The Irish are coming to Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On February 25th through the 28th Florida State University Schools (FSUS), the K-12 Charter Lab School for Florida State University, will once again sponsor the State of Florida Student Astronaut Challenge. The Astronaut Challenge, which is entering its fourth year, is held at the Kennedy Space Center and is co-sponsored by Florida State University, NASA, the Florida Engineering Foundation and Coaxis. Fifteen teams and four alternate teams (114 students), selected through a regional competition, meet to compete in three STEM based events. The most popular event consisting of teams performing the pre-flight operation, launch, orbit and landing of the Space Shuttle Enterprise mobile flight simulator that was designed, constructed and operated by FSUS.

This year FSUS, working with Coaxis, a local business, has invited a high school team from Dublin, Ireland, to fly to the United States and compete in this year’s competition. The focus of this international partnership is to help the teachers leading this Irish team develop the foundation for a similar program to support her countries development of their ability to promote STEM education. For more information please contact:

Peter Carafano, M.Ed.
Associate Professor, Science Department
Astronauts Challenge Program Director
Florida State University Schools
(850) 245-3700

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Vanessa Dennen appointed editor-in-chief of esteemed education journal

February 11, 2015 Leave a comment

The Internet and Higher Education

Dr. Vanessa P. Dennen, Associate Professor of Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Internet and Higher Education, a quarterly journal published by Elsevier. Dennen previously served as Associate Editor for the journal.

The Internet and Higher Education is devoted to addressing contemporary issues and future developments related to online learning, teaching, and administration on the Internet in post-secondary settings. As an international and interdisciplinary journal, it invites contributions from across the globe and from various academic disciplines. The Social Sciences Citation Index ranks The Internet and Higher Education in the top 20 in its subject category, Education and Educational Research.

As a researcher, Dr. Dennen studies online discourse and communities of practice. As a practitioner, she has worked as an instructional designer and evaluator in corporate, government and higher education settings.


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