Thursday, April 21, 2011

College of Education graduates working and making a difference

The College of Education is pleased to announce that 46 students will formally receive their Bachelor of Science in Education diplomas during commencement ceremonies on Monday, May 16.  These proud graduates consist of a cohort of 11 students who completed their coursework, certification exams and senior internships in December 2010, and a second cohort of 35 students who will complete their coursework, certification exams and senior internships in May.  The graduates will be certified in either Elementary Education or Special Education, and all 46 graduates will be fully endorsed in Reading and ESOL.  Also, of the 11 students who completed their program in December last year, all who applied for teaching positions in Volusia County are currently working at elementary or middle schools in the district, according program chair, Dr. Les Potter.

Professor Gets Books into Children’s Hands
Dr. Joy Lewis
Dr. Joy Lewis, reading education professor in the College of Education, will collaborate with Book Trust and Holly Hill Elementary School to present the 100 Book Challenge to students in kindergarten through second grade. The Holly Hill students will receive $7 in free books every month through participation with Book Trust, a company which uses donors to put free books into the hands of students at Title One schools across the country.  Dr. Lewis is currently teaching a practicum course at the Holly Hill school, providing hands-on experience to Daytona State College’s pre-service teachers.

“Thanks to the cooperation between the two schools, Holly Hill will be a professional development school with Daytona State College,” Dr. Potter said.

Holly Hill Elementary School will be Volusia County’s first K-8 school in the fall of 2011.
Dr. Lewis also was a member of the planning committee for the Florida Association of Teacher Education Crown Conference held this month at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville. The theme for the conference was Teaching for Tomorrow: Fostering Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Sub-sessions included:  Teaching ESOL students, Educational Psychology, Classroom Management, Children's Literature, Multiculturalism, and Technology in the Classroom.

Conference participants included teachers of education from colleges and universities across the region, as well as more than 80 education students.

Evelyn Lynn Scholarships available

The Daytona State College Foundation is accepting applications for its Evelyn Lynn Teachers’ Education Transfer Endowment Scholarship.
One scholarship in the amount of $5,000 is available for continuing students who have graduated with an AA degree from Daytona State and who will enroll for at least six credit hours during their junior year at a four-year state university in the semester for which the scholarship is sought. (Applicant must provide proof of registration.) Applicants must be enrolled in an education-related discipline and must provide proof of a passing score on the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) prior to the semester for which the scholarship is sought.

Applicants also must intend to obtain their K-12 teaching degree and certification within a two-year period, and must meet all eligibility requirements to be employed as teachers for the Volusia and Flagler County school districts.

Applications may be downloaded on the Foundation’s website.