COE Events Archive

Dialogues featuring Alberto Carvalho

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Dialogues featuring Alberto Carvalho
Alberto Carvalho has served as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the nation’s fourth largest school system, since September 2008. He is a nationally recognized expert on education transformation and finance who has successfully elevated his district’s academic profile and streamlined its business operations and financial systems. Now widely considered one of the nation’s highest-performing urban school systems, M-DCPS was named as the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year, as well as the 2012 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. A versatile leader, Carvalho is also the self-appointed principal of two award-winning schools—the Primary Learning Center and the iPrep Academy, and has served as President of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. He has been selected as Florida’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year, as well as the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year and was recently named by Scholastic Administrator as one of “The Fantastic Five” educators making a difference in America. Mr. Carvalho has been awarded of a number of honorary degrees including a Doctor of Public Service by Florida International University; Doctor of Humane Letters by both Barry University and Florida Memorial University; and a Doctor of Pedagogy, Honoris Causa from Nova Southeastern University. He has been honored by the President of Portugal with the “Ordem de Mérito Civil” and by Mexico with the “Othli Award,” the highest award for a civilian living outside of Mexico. Mr. Carvalho has been featured on CNN, NBC, and ABC and in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, District Administration Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 9:30am Graham Center Ballrooms
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8 Street, MiamiFlorida 33199

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Student Teachers Begin Their Journey

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The 3-day student teaching orientation took place on August 20 – 22 at the FIU Football Stadium Club Room.  The student teachers attended a variety of sessions regarding their assignments and responsibilities, including an afternoon of conversation with their FIU Supervisors. Guest speakers from Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the College of Education presented a variety of topics, including: Ethics and Professional Conduct, Florida Standards, Classroom Management, Differentiated Instruction, and The Heart of Effective Instruction.  Dr. Reio and Katie Pereyra from Graduate Studies shared information about our graduate programs – and motivated the students to begin planning for their future educational opportunities.  A very special guest, Mr. Alex Lopes, Florida’s 2013 Teacher of the Year, National Teacher of the Year finalist, Instructional Supervisor for M-DCPS’s Prekindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities, and a current doctoral candidate here in the COE Special Education program, shared some of his unique and memorable experiences.  On Friday, the students enjoyed a “Celebration Luncheon,” followed by some inspiring and encouraging words from Drs. Garcia, Hasson, Perkins, and Miller.  In the afternoon, they attended a presentation (Banking in an Ever-changing Economy and Financial Environment), and reception hosted by Continental National Bank at the Frost Art Museum.  President Rosenberg joined us, shared some uplifting words of wisdom regarding our noble profession, and posed for many great pictures!  A happy time was enjoyed by all!   With much excitement and some anxiety, 118 very well-prepared student teachers began the student teaching journey on Monday, August 25th!

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Thank you for Joining us for Dr Richard Fry’s Presentation

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Alumni Chapter Wine & Cheese Reception

Friday, April 18th, 2014

All Faculty, Graduating Students and their families were invited to a reception on April 28 from 5pm to 6:30pm in the Ziff Education Building Courtyard. Please take a look at pictures from the event below.

Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang Presentation

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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On March 19, 2014, Dr. Immordino discussed the neurobiology of social emotions and examined how academic learning is driven by a desire to make culturally appropriate meaning of one’s experiences.

From moments after birth, people develop within social relationships—we come to the world biologically ready to engage with other people, and the emotions we feel in cultural contexts shape how we feel about ourselves and how we experience our own lives. Dr. Immordino-Yang discussed the neurobiology of social emotions and how academic learning is driven by a desire to make culturally appropriate meaning of one’s experiences.

Mary Helen Immordino- Yang, Ed.D.  is an affective neuroscientist and human development psychologist who studies the neural, psychophysiological and psychological bases of social emotion, self-awareness and culture and their implications for development and schools. She is an Assistant Professor of Education, Psychology, and Neuroscience at the Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

The Photo Gallery of the event can be accessed here:

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Inaugural Panther Alumni Week

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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FIU held its inaugural Panther Alumni Week (PAW) on February 3-7, 2014, during which time alumni spoke to our students. As accomplished graduates, a personal account of their FIU education and student experience as well as career advice was of profound value to our students. In honor of this event, reserved campus parking was provided and a student ambassador was assigned to each speaker to welcome and escort the visitor around campus. Speakers and a guest were then invited to a reception hosted by President Mark B. Rosenberg on Friday, February 7, 2014 to celebrate FIU’s educational successes. We are confident that visitors experienced FIU’s spirit and vibrancy as never before and we look forward to welcoming our alumni back to our campus and our college next year.

Please take a look at some of the pictures below from the COE PAW Event:

Please take a look at some of the videos from the COE PAW Event:

Monday Feb 3rd 2014: Eric Feldman at Dr Joy Blanchard’s Class

Tuesday Feb 4th 2014: John Sanchez at Professor David Chang’s Class

Wednesday Feb 5th 2014: Jonelle Dougery at Dr Maureen Kenny’s Class

Dr Enrique Murillo, Jr. (LEAD) Presentation

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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On February 12, 2014, Dr. Enrique Murillo Jr. presented on the necessity of positive education of Latinos for the competitive strength of the nation. The competitive strengths of our nation will continue to depend, to a large extent, on the positive educational outcomes of Latino students. This presentation engaged the participants on the ways the LEAD organization serves as a primary site for innovative and productive programs in Latinos and Education. The video and pictures of the event can be found below. This event was sponsored by the COE Title V CLAVE project, Creating Latino Access to a Valuable Education.

The Photo Gallery of the event can be accessed here:

COE Alums and former Teachers of the Year lead the Walking Bridgade in 2013 Homecoming Parade

Thursday, October 24th, 2013


FIU’s Homecoming week ended October with a wide array of activities.  The College of Education made an impressive mark at the Homecoming Parade with over 40 students, faculty, administrators, and staff walking during the parade. In the Spirit car leading the Walking Brigade, was two former Teachers of the Year, Victor Lopez ’84, ’06  and Cristine O’Hara ‘99. Victor was the 1979 Florida Teacher of the Year also Principal of Miami Sr. High School for over 11 years and possesses an Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision from our College.  Cristine, 2011 Teacher of the Year, has a Bachelors in English Education and a Master’s in Urban Education from FIU.  It was indeed very special to have both of them representing our College.

Walking in the Parade were members of our faculty and administrators (Maria Fernandez, Deborah Hasson, M.O. Thirunarayanan, Cari Autry, Steve Person and Eva Frank), students representing COE clubs Recreational Therapy,  KDP and Sports Science Organization . Of course, the Panther LIFE students were all there showing their FIU Panther spirit!

Parade Photos

This week also culminated in the selection of the winners in the Homecoming Office Decorating contest. The College of Education came in third place this year.  All the offices in the College were impressively decorated and showed outstanding ideas in promoting the Panther spirit.

Decorating Photos

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

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

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

Click here to see more photos of the conference.

College of Education Alumna to be honored as Torch Award Recipient

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Florida International University

College of Education Alumna

Conchy P. Argiz ’75

Community Philanthropist

To be honored as the College of Education Torch Award Recipient

Saturday, March 23, 2013

conchy-p-argizConcepcion Argiz is a wife, mother, teacher and philanthropist. The Havana native came to the United States at the age of nine, preceding her parents by three years. In 1975, she graduated from FIU with a degree in education. For 10 years, as a teacher at Key Biscayne Elementary School, Argiz taught various grades, including kindergarten, first, second and fourth. She is an active member and supporter of many charitable organizations, including the Junior League of Miami; Guardian Angels of Jackson Hospital; the American Heart Association; the American Cancer Society;