Patterson Scholar ReadingMeet the James Patterson Scholars in elementary education

“The 2014-2015 recipients of the James Patterson award shared their passion for cultivating a love for reading in their students. Each scholar has a story to tell, a goal to strive for and a passion for teaching (You might call this: the Patterson passion).
(posted 6/4/15)



Alumna makes lead gift for $10M early childhood initiative
“Anita Zucker, a passionate advocate of early childhood education, will provide a leadership gift of $5 million to bolster a comprehensive initiative at the University of Florida focused on optimizing early childhood development and learning experiences…(posted 10/11/14)


thigpen_givingnewsAlachua couple’s ‘unrestricted’ gift will boost COE’s areas of greatest need
“University of Florida alumnus Joe Thigpen and his wife, Rebecca De Marie, of Alachua, FL have pledged an estate gift of $200,000 in unrestricted funds that will “advance the ambitious and transformative goals of the UF College of Education,” according to COE Dean Glenn Good …(posted 12/11/14)


pemberton_dCOE awarded $1 million to boost skills of Florida’s early learning educators
“The Jim Moran Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Florida College of Education to provide access to the latest teaching tools for the state’s 55,000 early learning educators…(posted 10/30/14)



hgilbart6SPC Honors EduGator alumna-donor Helen Gilbart
“St. Petersburg College has honored UF College of Education alumna Helen Gilbart with its 2014 Outstanding Alumna Award…” (posted 6/3/14)



ipadsinclassroom_2Donor-funded iPads Helping COE Students Learn To Teach Digital Curriculum
“Today’s schools are under pressure to increase technology access, education and use for their students. UF’s College of Education is helping schools meet these 21st-century goals through a new initiative that prepares teachers with the resources and skills necessary to teach students how to effectively use and learn from technology…” (posted 11/12/13)


gengler_7 Gratitude Inspires $2.2M Gift To UF Supporting Teachers’ Graduate Studies
“Wisconsin attorney Michael Gengler, who attended high school and spends his winters in UF’s hometown Gainesville, made a bequest gift of $2.25 million to the College this summer, which will create an endowed scholarship fund for local teachers pursuing graduate studies at UF to advance their education practices and careers…” (posted 10/31/13)


patterson_3UF Gift From Novelist James Patterson Creates 8 Scholarships in Elementary Education
It should come as no surprise that James Patterson, one of America’s current top bestselling authors, has a passion for books and reading, and he supports those who do the same…”  (posted 8/26/13)



hedges_2Couple Adds To $2M Gift To Make Up For Losses During Recession   “When former teachers Bill and Robbie Hedges saw their 2005 donation of almost $2 million to the University of Florida’s College of Education drop in value during the global financial crisis in recent years, they feared the education research supported by their gift would suffer from the reduced funding…” (posted 9/27/11)


wass_4 In Memoriam: Hannelore Wass
“Hannelore Wass, a professor emeritus in education psychology at UF’s College of Education and a prominent scholar in the field of death studies, died Friday, April 12 at age 86. Dr. Wass was one of the college’s pioneers in bringing professional journals to the college to be edited…” (posted 4/17/13)


Teacher-Packet-photo-300x240 Sponsor An EduGator Classroom
“With your donation of $100, an EduGator Teacher Packet will be sent to a Florida public school teacher.  Each packet includes UF College of Education branded items that will be used in the classroom to promote the college and university…”



azucker_3 UF Distinguished Alumna And Donor Speaks Out About Education
“The following is a letter from alumna, Anita Zucker, regarding her view of education and the necessity of proper funding of education as a way to secure a better future for our country…”



Middle School Reform Is A Goal of Professors
“The University of Florida’s College of Education has launched a professional scholars program–teaming UF education faculty with Alachua County middle-school teachers and district administrators–to ignite a grassroots movement to reform the nation’s troubled middle-school education system…” (posted 6/30/11)


Florida Teacher Creates UF Fellowship To Boost Technology In Classroom
“When Jamee Cagle Miller, of Sanford, finished her University of Florida studies in education technology and started her first teaching job in 2003, she was shocked and chagrined to find “just two very old computers” in her portable fourth-grade classroom. Only one was connected to the Internet and printer…” (posted 9/11/09)



hedges_2Helping “Invisible Kids” Succeed
Former high school teachers William and Robbie Hedges pledged the College of Education almost $2 million, the second-largest gift in the college’s history, to help marginal students in K-12 schools get the attention they need…”



lastingersNew Educational Model Starts With Teachers & Principals
“The Lastingers are no strangers to Norman Hall. Delores Lastinger majored in business education at UF. Allen Lastinger grew up in Gainesville and attended PK Yonge School in the building from kindergarten through high school. Allen’s mother and father were teachers. His sister and three members of the Lastinger family are educators…”


Seeing The Potential In ‘At-Risk’ Students
“Irving Fien was a classic Florida success story. The son of Russian immigrants, he left his native Philadelphia for the rough-and-tumble economy of the Sunshine State and spent decades building a small food distribution company into a multi-million-dollar enterprise…”


counselor_ed_2Memory Of Brothers Lives On With Mother’s Gift To UF
In August of 2006, UF’s College of Education lost two of its most involved and beloved graduate students, but their memory lives on in a scholarship created by donations from their mother, friends, faculty and fellow students…(posted 2/9/12)



wester_4Gift Honors Long College – PKY Lab School Partnership
The University of Florida and its K-12 laboratory school, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, have a long history of collaboration dating back to 1934, and now each will benefit from a $100,000 gift from one of the lab school’s former teachers…(posted 3/6/12)