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Dr. Doug Dobson receives a plaque recognizing the student civic engagement award in his honor from incoming FCSS president Peggy Renihan

It is with great excitement and appreciation that UCF’s Lou Frey Institute and its Florida Joint Center for Citizenship subsidiary shares some wonderful news from the Florida Council for the Social Studies (FCSS) recent annual conference, held the weekend of October 18, 2019 in Orlando. FJCC’s director of professional development, Ms. Peggy Renihan, was installed as the president of FCSS, the state’s leading association of professional social studies educators.


At the same time, LFI’s interim executive director, Dr. Steve Masyada, was the recipient of the Dr. B.J. Allen Outstanding Leadership Award. This 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.


Both Renihan and Masyada, as well as other LFI staff, have played a significant role in both FCSS and social studies and civics education in the state of Florida and nationally, and we at LFI are so pleased to see them recognized.

More excitingly, recently retired Lou Frey Institute Executive Director and now LFI Senior Fellow Dr. Doug Dobson was surprised and honored by FCSS creating a permanent student award in his honor. The Dr. L. Douglas Dobson Student Civic Engagement Award is the Florida Council for the Social Studies’ first student-centered award, and is intended to recognize a K-12 student or students who demonstrated outstanding civic engagement and leadership. Dr. Dobson has long been one of the driving forces behind civic education in Florida, culminating in the passage of the Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Civic Education Act. This act is the reason that Florida is now recognized as a national leader in civics education, and Dr. Dobson’s work, vision, and leadership have helped make the Lou Frey Institute one of the state’s (and the nation’s!) leading civic education organizations. Congratulations to Dr. Dobson for a well-deserved recognition and a legacy that shall live forever through the Florida Council for the Social Studies.

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