Sport Psychology alum to serve as sport psychologist for USA Track & Field

July 15, 2016 Leave a comment

July 15, 2016

Chris Stanley

Chris Stanley

Chris Stanley — a researcher at Florida State University’s Florida Center for Reading Research — is set to serve as one of two sport psychologists for the USA Track and Field team at the U20 World Junior Championships from July 19 to July 24 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Stanley, who earned his MS in Sport Psychology at FSU in ’04, also serves as an adjunct faculty member for FSU’s sport psychology program. He is thrilled to be a part of USATF’s medical support staff for one of the world’s most important competitions in the sport of track and field.

“These are young athletes — older adolescents and emerging adults,” Stanley said. “This is a significant milestone for them and there are a lot of psychosocial aspects that need to be monitored. The sport psychologists are there to help them be aware of these things and the challenges that may arise and impact their performance, positively or negatively.”

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Researchers Assess Florida Developmental Education Reform

July 6, 2016 Leave a comment

July 6, 2016 

shouping hu

Dr. Shouping Hu

Two years after state-mandated developmental education reform to the Florida College System, Florida State University researchers say there are both positive and negative student outcomes as a result of the changes. 

The findings were a part of a research report released by FSU’s Center for Postsecondary Success assessing the effects of a 2013 state law that allows some Florida high school graduates to avoid college placement exams and opt out of remedial education courses — no matter their academic ability or preparation for college. The research was funded in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

The researchers analyzed student data for the cohorts of first-time-in-college students from 2009-2010 to 2014-2015. 

“The early evidence of our research indicates some worrisome signs while also offering a cautiously optimistic outlook,” said Shouping Hu, the project lead and a professor in the FSU College of Education. “It is worrisome that a higher percentage of students did not pass the courses they took, but it is also encouraging to see that the overall share of students passing gateway courses increased after the reform, and the gaps along the line of race/ethnicity actually narrowed as well.” 

Once developmental education courses became optional in 2013, enrollment in those courses declined across all subject areas for students of all racial/ethnic backgrounds, with the largest decline for black students, followed by Hispanic and then white students. Following the reform, the passing rates for developmental courses decreased slightly, after taking into account of student background characteristics and prior academic preparation. 

The researchers then looked at student success in first-level college courses, also known as gateway courses, both for students taking the courses as well as for the student cohort as a whole each year. 

The findings from the report included: 

  • Enrollment in gateway courses increased substantially for all students in both English and mathematics, and the rates of increase were higher for black and Hispanic students than white students.
  • The likelihood of passing gateway English and mathematics declined for students enrolled in those courses. The declines were similar for all students, with the exception that black students experienced bigger decline in likelihood of passing gateway English. 
  • Because of increased enrollment in gateway courses, the overall number of students successfully passing a gateway course in the first semester has increased, and the cohort-based gateway course passing rates increased in 2014, compared to previous cohorts. 
  • All students had gains in the cohort-based gateway course passing rates in 2014 compared to previous years, and Hispanic and black students showed even larger gains on that measure. Thus, the overall achievement gap between traditionally underrepresented minority students and white students in gateway courses is narrowing in Florida. 

The report also suggests taking developmental courses could help academically unprepared students increase their eventual chance of success in gateway courses. 

“The findings as a whole from our early analyses suggest that it is still important to advise students who are severely academically underprepared to take developmental courses instead of taking gateway courses without any developmental education support,” said Toby Park, an assistant professor in the FSU College of Education. 

Taking remedial courses and gateway courses during the same semester was particularly beneficial, according to Park. 

The Center for Postsecondary Success research team received a five-year research grant in the amount of $3.3 million from the Institute of Education Sciences to continue to assess the impacts of the redesign on student longer-term outcomes such as degree completion, while also examining institutional programs and practices that may help students succeed in college. 

In addition to Hu and Park, the center’s research team for the report includes Florida State faculty members David Tandberg, and Tamara Bertrand Jones; postdoctoral research fellow Chenoa Woods; and graduate research assistant Keith Richard. 

The full report is available at

College of Education faculty and students work with K-8 students on math skills

July 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Dr. Ian Whitacre

Dr. Ian Whitacre, Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education, along with a group of preservice elementary teachers and grad students, are working with students at the North Florida Freedom Schools summer camp on honing their math skills.

“This is a professional development experience in which the teachers get practice leading number talks with students at the camp,” explains Whitacre. Number talks are a particular type of mathematical discussion in which students share their ideas and strategies. With this model, the teachers benefit by improving their skills in selecting tasks and leading mathematical discussions, and the kids benefit from participating in number talks, which involve reasoning flexibly about math problems and explaining one’s thinking. 

The students from the camp will visit the Stone building on Friday, July 8 where the College of Education will hold a Math Fair from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

College of Education, Gadsden County Public Schools host summer institute for teachers

June 15, 2016 Leave a comment

The summer institute is held at Greensboro Elementary School.

The Florida State University College of Education and Gadsden County Public Schools have partnered to host a two-week summer institute that will provide teachers with research-based instructional strategies for teaching STEM related subjects.

The GCPS-FSU Advancement of STEM Teaching — or GFAST — Mathematics and Science Summer Institute for Teachers is an immersive, hands-on and inquiry-based practice in STEM education for teachers of grades PreK-8 that includes instruction on project-based learning. The two-week institute runs from Monday, June 13, through Friday, June 24, at Greensboro Elementary School in Quincy, Florida.

STEM education experts and professional development consultants from the FSU School of Teacher Education and It’s About Time will deliver instruction in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science with a strong practice base aligned to the Florida mathematics and science curriculum standards.


Ella-Mae Daniel

“Each day, teachers will participate in a discussion on how to apply what they have learned,” said Ella-Mae Daniel, teaching faculty in FSU’s School of Teacher Education. “In addition, they will have the opportunity for written reflection as well as the development of a plan for classroom implementation.”

The institute’s objectives are based on professional development outcomes from the Florida Department of Education. They seek to deepen teacher-participants’ mathematics and science knowledge; expand teacher-participants’ pedagogical knowledge; improve student mathematics and science achievement; and integrate project/problem-based learning in mathematics and science instruction.

GFAST’s goal is to maximize learning for all while respecting students’ cultural and linguistic differences by organizing a sustainable professional development model for meeting instructional practices to optimize the effectiveness of teaching based on student achievement in mathematics and science. This model is reflective of the Florida Strategic Plan, highlighting performance goals around high student achievement.

2015-2016 Promotion & Tenure Recipients

June 9, 2016 Leave a comment

Congratulations to the following faculty members who received promotion and tenure, effective August 2016:

Promoted to Specialized Teaching Faculty II
Ella-Mae Daniel, Elementary Education (STE)

Promoted to Specialized Teaching Faculty III
Dr. Angie Davis, Elementary Education (STE)

Promoted to Associate Professor
Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones, Higher Education (ELPS)
Dr. Angela Canto, Psychology and Counseling Services (EPLS)
Dr. Bradley Cox, Higher Education (ELPS)
Dr. Insu Paek, Measurement and Statistics (EPLS)
Dr. Ryan Rodenberg, Sport Management (SM)

Dr. Russell Almond, Measurement and Statistics (EPLS)
Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones, Higher Education (ELPS)
Dr. Angela Canto, Psychology and Counseling Services (EPLS)
Dr. Bradley Cox, Higher Education (ELPS)
Dr. John Myers, Social Science Education (STE)
Dr. Insu Paek, Measurement and Statistics (EPLS)
Dr. Ryan Rodenberg, Sport Management (SM)

Promoted to Professor
Dr. Motoko Akiba, Educational Leadership and Policy (ELPS)
Dr. Vanessa Dennen, Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies (EPLS)

Promotion & Tenure 2016

Job opportunities for the upcoming school year

June 3, 2016 Leave a comment

job opps

Innovation Charter School in Pompano Beach, FL job openings for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • K-4th Grade Teachers

  • Interested applicants may contact Tiffanie Holm.

    Community Leadership Academy in Tallahassee, FL job openings:

    • Middle School Math Teacher
    • Middle School Science Teacher
    • K-8th Grade Music Teacher
    • First Grade Teacher

    Interested applicants can visit and contact Heidi Stidham.

    Florida State University Schools (FSUS) in Tallahassee, FL job openings for the 2016-2017 year:

    • Instructor (10 Month Position)– Math, Science, Latin Grades 6 – 12 (4 positions)
    • Instructor (10 Month Position) – Grades 3 – 5

    Apply online or contact Mandy Manning.

    Grady County, GA job openings for the 2016-2017 school year:

    • High School Science Teacher
    • English Language Arts Teacher
    • Art Teacher
    • Middle Grades Math Teacher
    • Foreign Language (Spanish) Teacher

    Fill out an application at or contact Dana Pritchett.

    Indian River Academy in Vero Beach, Florida job openings for the 2016-2017 school year:

    • Fifth Grade Teacher
    • Fifth Grade ELA Teacher
    • Media Specialist

    Fill out an application at or contact Diane Fannin, Principal, or Meghan Davis, Assistant Principal.

    New York Film Academy based out of a new South Beach, Miami location:

    • Assistant Director of Recruitment position

    Click here for more information or contact Maria Culbertson.

    The School of Arts and Sciences in Tallahassee, FL job opening for the fall 2016 semester from 8:30-12:30:

    • Long-Term Substitute in Second Grade Math or Behavior Management

    For more information, contact or

    The School of Arts and Sciences at the Centre (SASC) in Tallahassee, FL job opening for the 2016-2017 school year:

    • Associate Teacher to co-teach with Lead Teacher K-3
      Associate Teacher to work with a Lead Teacher in a multi-aged K/1 or 2/3 classroom with 25 students. The curriculum at The School of Arts & Sciences Center is teacher created, based on the Florida Standards. Applicant must be creative, flexible, and have the ability to plan and execute hands-on, thematic lessons, often with guidance from the Lead Teacher. A valid Florida Teaching Certificate in field is required and pay starts at $14.50 per hour for 38 hours per week. Benefits (medical insurance, retirement, leave) are available. Associate Teachers proven highly effective with strong classroom management can move into a Lead Teacher position within 1-2 years. Conscious Discipline training preferred.

    If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter with Associate Teacher Position in the subject line by June 24, 2016 to Lindsey Merrick, Principal at

    West Bainbridge Elementary in Bainbridge, GA immediate opening:

    • Fourth Grade Teacher

    Contact Principal Jamie Ard.

    Do you have a job opening you’d like us to add? Send the available positions and contact information to

Training system developed by FSU associate professor nominated for prestigious award

May 11, 2016 Leave a comment

By Bill Edmonds, Learning Systems Institute

Aubteen Darabi

Dr. Aubteen Darabi

The Learning Systems Institute has been nominated for a Lloyd’s List 2016 North America Award for the PortStar project, America’s only online and instructor-led training system on port security.

The system was developed at LSI out of a $6.2-million grant awarded to Dr. Aubteen Darabi by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Darabi is a senior research faculty at LSI and a tenured associate professor of Instructional Systems and Learning Technology in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in FSU’s College of Education.

For his effort on this initiative, Dr. Darabi was also nominated for the 2009 Homeland Security Award presented by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. In 2011, he received the Innovators Award from Florida State University for the advanced systemic features of this product that consolidated the fragmented national training and reporting efforts, and its contribution to the field.

Lloyd’s List, one of the world’s oldest continuously running journals today, covers all information, analysis, and knowledge relevant to the shipping industry, including marine insurance, offshore energy, logistics, market data, research, global trade and law.

This award goes to a North American company or institution for outstanding commitment in training its employees ashore or at sea or a company or institution that can demonstrate a contribution towards improving training standards across the maritime industry as a whole. Judges will be looking for examples of investment in new facilities and courses, innovative training solutions and a sustained and effective approach to developing quality staff in the maritime sector.

LSI is one of nine nominees for this year’s award.

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