Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho Keynote Speaker at South Florida Research Conference

The 12th Annual South Florida Education Research Conference was recently held at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.  For the first time, partners from several other local universities joined FIU to participate in the conference.

The purpose of the South Florida Education Research Conference (SFERC) is to enhance the existing culture of research in colleges and universities in South Florida. The conference provides a meaningful vehicle for the preparation, mentorship, and presentation of scholarly work by students, faculty, practitioners, and alumni. The conference started in 2002 as the Annual College of Education Research Conference at Florida International University (FIU).

160 participants attended sessions covering a wide array of topics.  The keynote speech was delivered by Superintendent Alberto Carvalho who was introduced by FIU’s President, Mark Rosenberg.  Carvalho challenged the audience to help ensure we do everything possible to guarantee every child gets a quality education. The keynote was recorded and is available on our website:

The leaders of six local colleges/schools of education joined Dean Delia Garcia for a lunchtime panel discussion on what colleges of education can do to improve K-12 education.  Participating were Mildred Berry, Dean, School of Education, Florida Memorial University; Sara Malmstrom, Dean of the Graduate School, Keiser University; Craig Mertler, Dean, Ross College of Education, Lynn University; Susan Neiman, Director of Education, Miami Dade College, Isaac Prilleltensky, Dean, School of Education and Human Development, University of Miami; and H. Wells Singleton, Dean, Fischler School of Education, Nova Southeastern University.

The following Awards were presented at the Conference

The Lorraine R. Gay Research Award

The purpose of this award is to acknowledge, in the name of Dr. Lorraine R. Gay, outstanding research scholarship on the part of students and at the South Florida Education Research Conference.


Ildiko Barsony receives award from Dr. Tom Reio

The Lynn University Outstanding Poster Presentation Award

The purpose of this award is to acknowledge, in the name of Lynn University, outstanding scholarship on a poster created by a student and presented at the South Florida Education Research Conference.


Trisha Spencer receiving Poster Award from Lynn University’s Priscilla Boerger

Barnes & Noble Best Faculty-Student Paper Award

The purpose of the award is to acknowledge, in the name of Barnes and Noble, outstanding scholarship on a paper written by a faculty-student(s) team and presented at the South Florida Education Research Conference.


Winners of the Barnes and Noble Award for Best Faculty-Student Paper at

SFERC on June 1, 2013

“Effects of Number-Way Curriculum on Pre-Schoolers Mathematical

Learning for Low Socioeconomic Status Children”

Authors: Zhizhen Chen and Charles Bleiker

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