Professional Partnership and Community Connections
The University of South Florida St Petersburg College of Education is committed to enhancing the quality of the education.
We provide our students through excellence in teaching, research and service, as well as through direct involvement in schools and the local community.
Our community and professional partnerships highlight this commitment.
Our Community Connections:
The Florida Holocaust Museum’s Education Department creates stimulating educational programs that engage learners through highly developed materials on the Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide studies.
As part of the Museum’s mission to educate all people to recognize the worth of human life as to prevent future genocides, we encourage teachers to integrate the history of the Holocaust, other genocides and human rights violations into their curriculum.
The Florida Holocaust Museum and USFSP have a collaborative partnership. All students at USFSP are invited to attend events, visit, and tour the museum for free.
Artistas Café in partnership with USFSP is developing an alternate career path option for those working toward a degree in Special Education or other majors and those with a passion to work with individuals with disabilities. Artistas Café supports, Art for Autism, a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization.
Artistas Café is a full-service coffee bar featuring espresso beverages, gourmet whole-bean coffee, and delectable snacks. What makes Artistas Café unique is that all of our front -line team members are on the Autism Spectrum.
Academic year 2012 saw the development of a strategic partnership between USFSP and the Salvador Dali museum.
The College of Education has participated and will continue to look for ways to strengthen and structure the collaboration.
Dr. Cynthia Leung, Professor of Childhood Education Reading and Literacy, has had students’ complete assignments in which they connected writing and art in the classroom.
The College of Education has entered into a partnership with Pinellas County Schools to develop and implement programs, events and cooperative efforts to improve student performance based on the premise that education must be viewed as a continuum from kindergarten through university and that significant improvement in one part of the system is not likely without improvement throughout.
Duke Energy Math Certificate Funding
In March 2013, Duke Energy donated $127,230 to the USFSP Graduate Mathematics Program fund to provide tuition support for 20 students taking 5 courses each in the academic year 2013 – 2014.
Our Professional Partnerships:
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders to enhance PK-12 student learning.
The Department of Education serves as the single repository of education data from school districts, state and community colleges, universities, and independent postsecondary institutions, allowing us to track student performance over time and across varying education sectors.
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher.
The Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU) is an organization for the primary administrators of schools, colleges or departments of education in AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities) institutions. TECSCU commits itself to the simultaneous and continuous renewal of public schools and the education of teachers and other educators.
Our Grant Initiatives:
Within our College of Education, the K-16 Educational Initiatives division focuses on grant development and educational initiatives statewide and within the local community. These initiatives include four wonderful programs led by USFSP faculty, staff and students.