What: Tocqueville Society and Women United Breakfast Forum on Education
When: Tuesday, August 14 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Selby Auditorium, USF Sarasota Manatee 8350 N. Tamiami Trail
Cost: Free – Thanks to USF sponsorship
Women United is planning a very special event for Tuesday, August 14th from 8:00-10:00am at the Selby Auditorium at the USF Sarasota Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. We are fortunate enough to have both the Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools, Dr. Todd Bowden and the Superintendent for Manatee County Schools, Ms. Cynthia Saunders join us for a panel discussion on the recently approved property tax proposal dedicated to continue support to Sarasota schools for more hours and resources and the new millage increase in Manatee County to provide the same.
We will be discussing with both Dr. Bowden and Ms. Saunders the plans for the effective utilization of this funding and how the accountability for progress will be managed along with other critical issues such as plans to increase school safety.
Thanks to USF’s kind sponsorship this event is free of charge.
Dr. Todd Bowden was selected as the next superintendent of Sarasota County Schools by the School Board in October 2016 and began serving in that role on March 1, 2017. Prior to being named superintendent, Bowden served as executive director of career, technical and adult education (2012-16) and director of Sarasota County Technical Institute (2007-16).
He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Florida, a master’s in business administration from Florida State University, and a master’s and doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.
A Florida native, Bowden grew up in Brandon and Valrico and attended Bloomingdale High. He and his wife Janene have two children who attend Sarasota County public schools: a daughter, Johnna, and a son, Bobby.
Cynthia Saunders was sworn in as Superintendent on June 28, 2018. Prior to that Mrs. Saunders was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services on July 25, 2015. She has been in education with more than 28 years of combined experience in advanced leadership, curriculum development, staff development, school administration and teacher.
A Silver Springs, Florida resident Mrs. Saunders graduated with a Master’s Degree (M.S.) from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership, a Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Mathematics Education at the University of Central Florida and holds an Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) from Central Florida Community College.
She has been a member of the Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA), United Way and Kiwanis.
Denise Davis-Cotton, EdD, the Coordinator of the Florida Center for PAInT. She is an esteemed professional and educator and author of Losing My Mind over Education (Finding My Way Back to Me), in which she shows the discord between the preparations of her educational journey along life’s landscape, what she discovers, and what needs to happen to reignite the educational spirit.
She is a Milken Foundation internationally recognized educator, Michiganian of the Year, and Past President of Arts Schools Network in which she made historic contributions to education and the cultural renaissance. She is the founder and served as the First Principal of Detroit School of Arts (DSA). She also received two Keys to the City of Montgomery (Alabama), as well as the Congressional Record Recognition by the 106th Congress, and she is recognized as a Distinguished Alumni – Alabama State University.
Dr. Davis-Cotton hails from Montgomery, Alabama and is dedicated to promoting achievement through science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) initiatives, thus providing a balanced intellectual sphere that includes divergent thinking and creativity.
She holds an earned doctorate from Wayne State University, an Education specialist certification from Wayne State University, a Master of Arts from the University of Montevallo, and a Bachelor of Science from Alabama State University.