Good morning friends. This past weekend was the 61st annual Florida Council for the Social Studies state conference, and it featured a keynote (sponsored by the Lou Frey Institute) from National Council for the Social Studies President-Elect Dr. Tina Heafner of UNC-Charlotte. The keynote was well-received, and we are grateful for Dr. Heafner's participation and engagement with FCSS members!
During the awards dinner, fellows and staff from the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship at the Lou Frey Institute at UCF demonstrated why both LFI and UCF continues to grow in reputation and influence. The following winners of professional organizational awards were announced:
The Agnes Crabtree International Relations Award The Agnes Crabtree International Relations Award recognizes the FCSS member who has through teaching, research, or community activities, furthered the cause of international relatiions. It is given in honor of Agnes Crabtree, a teacher in Miami-Dade County. Agnes was active in the NCSS and the FCSS, and the United Nations Association, serving three times as international relations consultant for the NEA. Dr. Scott Waring of UCF's College of Community Innovation and Education and a Fellow of the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship at the Lou Frey Institute Dr. J. Doyle Casteel Outstanding Leadership Award The Doyle Casteel Outstanding Leadership Award is given to an individual with a minimum of five years' experience for his/her continuous leadership in a supervisory or administrative capacity, and leadership in FCSS. Applicants are judged on the impact their efforts have made to promote cross-cultural understanding, the role they have played in mentoring classroom teachers, and the degree to which they have advocated the importance of social studies education. Mr. Christopher Spinale, FJCC's Action Civics Coordinator Dr. B.J. Allen Social Science Professional Award The BJ Allen Outstanding Leadership Professional Award honors an outstanding FCSS educator who has served the professional organization in a comprehensive way. It emphasizes service to FCSS and to social studies during the year or years immediately past. B.J. Allen was Florida State University Professor and President of the Organization. Ms. Peggy Renihan, FJCC's Professional Development Coordinator J.R. Skretting Leadership Award The J.R. Skretting Social Studies Science Proffesional Award recognizes the FCSS leader who has excelled in the past year in increasing membership and involving members as well as representing ably the goals and purposes of FCSS to the public, the membership, members of the total professional community, and the legislature. J.R. Skretting was a Florida State University Professor and First Executive Director of FCSS. Dr. Stephen Masyada, FJCC DirectorCongratulations to these excellent folks for representing not only UCF but the Institute and the Center well, and for contributing so powerfully to our field, to civic education, to our state, and to our nation.