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Pemberton, Donald

Director, Lastinger Center for Learning

College of Education
University of Florida
307 Norman Hall
PO Box 117052
Gainesville, FL 32611
Fax: 352-392-3505

Research Biography

Conceptualize, implement, evaluate, and scale-up research-based multi-partner initiatives to improve child well-being, student learning, educator practice, and school performance.

1. Florida Ready Schools – research-based, job-embedded, practice-centered professional development model linked to community services to improve child well-being.

2. Take Stock in Children – youth development program (provide college scholarships, adult mentors, and social services to 10,000 children in 67 counties in Florida).

3. Pinellas Education Foundation – founded model school-community partnership to improve student achievement and teacher practice.


Ph.D. – University of South Florida, Counselor Education

M.A. – University of South Florida, Guidance and Counseling

B.S. – Ohio State University, Social Studies Education

Key Professional Appointments

Director, Lastinger Center for Learning, University of Florida, College of Education

President and Founder, Take Stock in Children

President and Founder, Pinellas County Education Foundation

Activities & Honors

Top Mentoring Program in America (awarded for Take Stock in Children) – National Mentoring Partnership, 2002


Grants for Lastinger Center for Learning Initiatives (2004-present) Foundation grants from Wachovia Teachers and Teaching Initiative, Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Jim Moran Foundation, Mercantile Foundation, Naples Children and Education Foundation) $2,500,000

Grants for Take Stock in Children, local and statewide programs, (1995-2002, State of Florida grants and corporate foundations, including: Bank of America, Barnett Bank, Publix Supermarket Charities, Outback Steakhouse, JM Family Enterprises, Florida Progress Corporation, Tropicana, Universal Studios, AutoNation) $51,000,000

Grants and gifts for Pinellas County Education Foundation (1986-1995) from individuals, corporations and foundations. $17,300,000

Selected Publications

Study of Child Well-Being (2006)

Selected Links