National & International Recognitions


Chris Parfitt's award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper
Dr. Christopher Parfitt

From the College of Education’s Ed.D. program, Dr. Christopher Parfitt, a Cohort 3 Graduate, received the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award for his dissertation titled: Perceptions of Succession Planning in Educational Organizations: A Mixed-Method Study of Four Florida School Districts. He was awarded by the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration during its recently held 58th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Dr. Robert Kenny

Dr. Robert Kenny received AECT’s Presidential Award in the field of educational technology at the AECT 2017 International Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Kenny and Dr. Gunter, from University of Central Florida, received this honor for their persistent efforts and innovative contributions in the initiation and development of the Journal of Formative Design for Learning.



Florida’s State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) Graduation for All-10/1/17-9/30/2022 Funded by US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs — $10,925,753.00 The FL SPDG grant was written and secured by Ms. Peg Sullivan for the FDOE. The SPDG administration project (annual funding for year one $1,068,283.00) is housed with Ms. Sullivan at the FGCU College of Education and two projects supporting the two key initiatives are housed at different fiscal agents. The SPDG is continuing 5 years of work in a former SPDG award to increase the capacity of school districts to implement and sustain implementation of two research validated practices, Check and Connect (C&C) and the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM). The work is targeted at districts throughout Florida demonstrating a need for some assistance in increasing proficiency or graduation rates and decreasing dropout rates of students with disabilities. C&C is a structured mentoring program which pairs a disengaged student with a trained Mentor for a minimum of two years.


Working with the Experts (WWE) for Occupational and Physical Therapists-8/1/2017-7/31/18 Funded by Florida Department of Education — $110,000 The grant was written and secured by Ms. Peg Sullivan. WWE provides high quality professional development opportunities to OT and PT professionals who provide services to students with disabilities in Florida’s public schools. The program provides Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for practitioners at no cost and allows participants to remain closer to home through the use of regional implementation models. WWE is a discretionary project funded by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) at the Florida Department of Education. The WWE OT/PT project management is housed in the College of Education at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers; however, project activities extend statewide. A strong and active Advisory Committee with representatives from districts across the state guide the content delivered through the project. This year marks the tenth consecutive year that FGCU COE has managed the WWE project.