RiTE medal and certificate winners from the College of Education.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM College of Education interns earn recognition

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: May 06, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 6, 2016) – Twenty-three aspiring teachers received special recognition this week during a ceremony to call attention to their internships at public schools.

About 65 students, faculty members, mentor teachers and others crowded into Selby Auditorium for the two-hour event Tuesday dubbed the Research in Teacher Excellence (RiTE) celebration.

The student-teachers interned at schools in Sarasota, Northport and Manatee County to prepare for the real thing once they graduate. Working closely with “mentor teachers” at elementary schools, the interns performed assessments and implemented lesson plans for the children.

Then for Tuesday’s event they created posters describing their classroom experiences. The students talked about their posters and answered questions at tables inside Selby. The celebration was the second such event after a similar one last semester.

“This is important because it showcases the positive impact our student-teachers are having on learning in the district,” said Dr. Heather Duncan, coordinator of clinical education. “This provides real classroom data to illustrate what students are learning at USFSM and implementing at K-5 schools. It’s also a great opportunity for self-reflection, which is also very important for educators.”

The “Level III” interns are set to graduate Monday.

Gibson wins Webecke Award

MBA candidate Ginger Gibson has been named this year’s Paul Searis Webecke Award winner.

The Webecke Award is presented to the one student in the USF Sarasota-Manatee MBA program who most embodies the highest principles of leadership.

Established by Boar’s Head Provisions, Inc., the award honors Paul Searls Webecke, a USF Sarasota-Manatee MBA student who lost his life just prior to graduation. Searles Webecke was an outstanding individual with qualities that extended far beyond academic excellence.

The awardee who exemplifies these qualities is selected by the graduates of the current MBA cohort.

Volunteers needed for ‘career hour’

Project TEACH (Teach Everyone About Career Horizons) is seeking volunteers to spend an hour talking about their job experiences with fourth graders.

The event, sponsored by the Manatee Education Foundation, seeks to widen the students’ knowledge about the world and career options available to them.

It’s scheduled for May 20 and starts with an orientation breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Freedom Village Auditorium, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. From there, volunteers will travel to assigned elementary schools to spend “a career hour” with a fourth grade class.

The registration deadline is May 13.

For more information, call Jahna Allen at (941) 748-4842, ext. 172.

Read more news stories below or view as a list