Saint Leo Professor Discusses Education Program at National Summit

June 14, 2016

Saint Leo University Professor of Education Candace Roberts Dr Candace Roberts2 (pictured) spoke at the request of the federal Department of Education at a national summit held June 7, outside Washington, DC, on the innovative methods developed at Saint Leo to train future K-12 teachers in the effective use of classroom technology.

Professor Roberts represented Saint Leo at the EdTech in Teacher Prep Innovators Summit, held in Alexandria, VA, by the Department of Education and the professional educational organization, ACSD (formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development).

In addition to teaching future teachers herself, Teaching -technologyRoberts served for seven years as chair of the undergraduate Education Department at Saint Leo’s School of Education and Social Services. At the summit, she described how Saint Leo strengthened the technological elements throughout its teacher preparation program so that teachers graduating from Saint Leo use classroom technology effectively to help their own students discover and absorb knowledge at demonstrably deeper levels. (Pictured: Faculty member Dr. Holly Atkins working with education students.) 

Saint Leo graduates can be found teaching in many states. Alumni are frequently hired in school districts in Central and North Florida counties, including the Tampa Bay area, Gainesville, Ocala, Madison and Lake City areas, as well communities including Orange Park, St. Augustine, and Palatka.

“America’s pre-service teachers must be prepared to use technology effectively in the classroom,” said Joseph South, director of the Office of Educational Technology within the Department of Education. “We are excited by the innovations we’re seeing at Saint Leo University’s School of Education and Social Services to ensure their pre-service teachers have opportunities to actively use technology to support learning and teaching through creation, collaboration, and problem solving.” 

Deb Delisle, the CEO of ASCD commented:Gainesville “Over the last decade, technology has given educators important new tools to support learning and teaching, and the Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit at ASCD was an important step in supporting the teaching community and ensuring institutions of higher education are better prepared to serve the next generation of educators.”

The summit occurred the same week that Saint Leo was recognized for the same strength in an article in the professional publication Education Week. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/06/09/5-schools-of-education-making-ed-tech.html?qs=Candace+Roberts

Saint Leo University’s undergraduate program in education is also known for providing future teachers with ample field placement hours in public schools over their college career so they are well-prepared for the classroom when they graduate. Education students at Saint Leo can focus either on elementary education or middle grades education. For more information on the majors, consult this page. /academics/schools/school-of-education-social-services.aspx