USFSP Education Student Presents in National Conference

A photo of USFSP graduate student Allison Stering with SEPES President Jessica Heybach Vivirito

From left: USFSP graduate student Allison Stering with SEPES President Jessica Heybach Vivirito

USFSP College of Education graduate student, Allison Stering, presented at the Southeast Philosophy of Education Society (SEPES) Conference 2016 Feb. 4-6 in Ashville, NC.

Stering, who is enrolled in the Master of Elementary Education with ESOL Endorsement, presented “A Personal Account of Inequality through Four Schools,” which focused on her experience as a student, volunteer, and teacher in various elementary and pre-elementary schools.

“Many of the schools that I talk about are located in St. Petersburg, including one of the ‘failure factory’ schools,” Stering said, adding that since 2007, Pinellas County has made ‘neighborhood schools’ that have attributed to re-segregation in area schools. “This re-segregation has led to vast differences in schools, some of which are less than five miles away from each other. Looking at the differences in curriculum, demographics, and funding in these schools provides us with a better idea of what is to come and how this situation can, hopefully, be helped.”

Stering seeks to graduate in Fall 2018.