SRATE and FATE Conference for Teacher Educators

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee welcomed the Annual Southern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) and Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE) Conference October 10 through 12. Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, associate professor in the College of Education, chaired the event as president elect of SRATE and FATE.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education was presented with the Innovation in Teacher Education Award from SRATE for its work on arts-integration through the Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT). “The recognition of our efforts through the Center for PAInT would not be possible without the partnerships that form the foundation of our work,” said Terry A. Osborn, dean of the College of Education. “This award speaks to the incredible artistic resources of our region and the collective good will of the organizations, schools, and community supporters who come alongside their university’s College of Education for the benefit of the children of our area.”

The theme of the Conference was Teacher Effectiveness: Brilliance in the Making. Approximately 250 teacher educators, students, and administration from 15 southeastern states were represented on campus: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Along with research presentations on teacher education, the conference included board meetings of SRATE, FATE and the national Association of Teacher Educators (ATE).  SRATE is a regional professional organization affiliated with ATE. Its purpose is to improve teacher education, broadly conceived, in the Southeastern United States and directly or indirectly throughout the nation by its affiliation with ATE.

Two USFSM undergraduate students in the College of Education, Miriam Fleck and Naomi Jacobs, were also awarded the David Watts Scholarship for outstanding future educators. The students were nominated by Dr. Byrd-Blake based on their scholarship, service and leadership.

Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake said, “Over two hundred education professionals visited our campus for the 60th Annual SRATE Conference. The feedback received from the presenters and attendees was overwhelmingly positive. It was great to highlight what our campus has to offer to those from national, regional, state and local educational institutions.”

For more information about the Center for PAInT at USF Sarasota-Manatee, please visit