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UF seeks state money for reading program piloted in ‘failure factories’

POLITICO, Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 4, 2016
UF Lastinger Center Director Don Pemberton in talks with lawmakers about piloting reading program
UF researchers are working in Melrose Elementary

Pemberton told POLITICO Florida he is in discussions with lawmakers to fund a pilot intensive reading program that has garnered preliminary success in two troubled Pinellas County elementary schools. A team from UF College of Education’s Lastinger Center for Learning worked with 20 third, fourth and fifth graders after school and evaluated the students’ grasp of critical reading skills before and after the program. Students’ success improved by 75 percent to 100 percent. Pemberton said he is seeking funding for five to 15 schools in three districts, with the total cost not more than $1.5 million. The Tampa Bay Times’ education reporter also picked up the story.


Education Week — UF’s Brownell cites multiple reasons for shortage of special ed. teachers

Education Week
Jan. 25, 2016
UF Education Professor Mary Brownell cites multiple reasons for shortage of special ed. teachers
Education Week quoted Mary Brownell, UF professor of special education, on the multi-faceted issues that are to blame for a shortage of special education teachers. She cited three factors: (1)  Special education teachers say they have to teach more subjects than their colleague; (2) They don’t always feel supported by their administrator; (3) They aren’t given the time and resources they need to do their jobs well . . . Brownell also directs UF’s CEEDAR Center. CEEDAR stands for Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform, and was created by the U.S. Department of Education’s office of special education programs to strengthen teacher preparation in the field.


The Florida Alligator — UF doctoral candidate finds freedom of speech restricted in schools

The Independent Florida Alligator
Nov. 17, 2015
UF doctoral candidate finds freedom of speech restricted in schools
UF College of Education doctoral candidate Jesse Gates’ dissertation on social media policies at Florida school districts was picked up by The Independent Florida Alligator with a story about how school faculty and staff have more restrictions on their First Amendment rights.


The Florida Alligator — UF education professor receives record number of awards

The Independent Florida Alligator
Nov. 17, 2015
UF education professor receives record number of awards
Pasha Antonenko’s receiving a College of Education record four National Science Foundation grants in the same funding cycle — with a fifth award pending official announcement — received notice from The Independent Florida Alligator.


WalletHub.com — 2015’s Best & Worst Cities For Hockey Fans

WalletHub.com
June 2015
2015’s Best & Worst Cities For Hockey Fans
Andrew Thomas, associate professor in the COE’s Research, Evaluation and Methodology program, is quoted in WalletHub’s online story, “2015’s Best & Worst Cities For Hockey Fans.”


Education Week — P.K. Yonge School shines in UF lab school role

Education Week
02-25-15
P.K. Yonge School
While many university-affiliated, K-12 laboratory schools are turning into private schools or closing their doors due to budget constraints and reorganization, a story in Education Week profiles P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida as a shining example of a school that lives up to the original vision of the American laboratory school–where teachers and university researchers actively collaborate to “develop and spread instructional innovation.” P.K. Yonge director Linda Hayes is quoted extensively.


Folio Weekly — Why do some Florida schools still practice paddling?

Folio Weekly
02-23-15
Why do some Florida schools use the medieval practice of paddling?
Folio Weekly ran a cover page story about corporal punishment still being used in some Florida schools. The story, which quotes COE special education professor Joe Gagnon, is based on research Gagnon collected with COE co-researcher Brianna Kennedy-Lewis.


WUFT-TV — Dean Good interviewed re: Norman Hall renovation funding

WUFT-TV News
2-23-15
UF College of Education seeks renovation funding for historic Norman Hall
WUFT-TV interviewed COE Dean Glenn Good for a 98-second story about the apparent support COE officials have received from the Florida Board of Governors to seek funding for much needed repairs and restorations to Norman Hall.


Gainesville Sun — Board of Governors supports Norman Hall renovation

The Gainesville Sun
02-19-15
Norman Hall renovations approved for state budget ruling
The Gainesville Sun ran a story on the Florida Board of Regents approving UF’s request to add $25 million for renovations to Norman Hall to its capital improvement and maintenance requests it will submit to the Florida Legislature for the 2015-16 budget year. James W. Norman Hall is the College of Education’s stately but aging, 82-year-old academic building.


Huffington Post — Why some Florida school principals still spank students

Huffington Post
02/11/15
Why some school principals in Florida still spank students
The Huffington Post posted a story quoting UF special education professor Joe Gagnon and other sources about the ineffectiveness and counter-productivity of using corporal punishment on students. The story is based on Gagnon’s research with UF professor Brianna Kennedy-Lewis, and was developed into a news release distributed nationally by the COE and UF news and communications offices.


Clay Today — Corporal punishment spanked by research

Clay Today
02/5/15
Corporal punishment spanked by research
Clay Today, a weekly newspaper that serves Clay County, Florida, quoted COE research professor Joe Gagnon in a story about corporal punishment still being practiced in some Florida schools.


Independent Florida Alligator — UF study: condemn school paddling

Independent Alligator
01-23-15
UF study: condemn school paddling
The Independent Alligator in Gainesville, Fla., ran a story quoting COE research professor Joe Gagnon concerning his part in a study that calls for abolishment of corporal punishment in all Florida schools.


News 4 Jacksonville — UF study calls for an end to corporal punishment

News 4 Jax TV
01-21-15
Study calls for end to corporal punishment in schools
Channel 4 News in Jacksonville, Florida, aired a story and ran an article on its webpage about a study conducted by UF COE professors Joe Gagnon and Brianna Kennedy-Lewis that calls for abolishment of corporal punishment in all Florida schools.


Sun Sentinel — UF researchers call for end to corporal punishment

Sun Sentinel
01-21-15
Corporal punishment in Florida schools: UF researchers calls for its end
The Sun Sentinel of Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach counties ran a story quoting UF research professor Joe Gagnon, who collaborated with UF colleague Brianna Kennedy-Lewis in publishing a monograph calling for an end to corporal punishment in all Florida schools.


Gainesville Sun — Morgan Freeman sees granddaughter graduate from UF

The Gainesville Sun
12-21-14
Morgan Freeman surprises granddaughter Alexis during COE commencement
The Gainesville Sun ran a story after Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman surprised everyone — even UF officials — when he dropped in at UF’s commencement on Saturday, Dec. 20. But no one was more surprised than his granddaughter, Alexis Freeman, who was graduating with her master’s degree from the College of Education.


Gainesville Sun — Mom follows daughter to UF; gets master’s degree

The Gainesville Sun
12-19-14

Mom’s journey following daughter to UF culminates in master’s degree
The Gainesville Sun ran a feature story on 64-year-old Roxie Gordon, who followed her daughter, former UF tennis star and COE student Alexis Gordon–to UF as a student and in December received her master’s degree in mental health counseling from the COE.


T-H-E Journal — Moran foundation approves $1 million grant

T-H-E Journal
11-3-14
Jim Moran Foundation
T-H-E Journal ran an article about The Jim Moran Foundation, a philanthropic organization named after an automobile industry billionaire, providing a $1 million grant to support UF’s Early Learning Florida program, a unique online professional development system, according to Donald Pemberton, director of the College of Education’s Lastinger Center for Learning.


Independent Alligator — Moran Foundation approves $1 million grant

The Independent Florida Alligator
11-3-14
Jim Moran Foundation
The Independent Alligator ran a story about The Jim Moran Foundation, a philanthropic organization named after an automobile industry billionaire, providing a $1 million grant to support UF’s Early Learning Florida program, a unique online professional development system, according to Donald Pemberton, director of the College of Education’s Lastinger Center for Learning.


Independent Alligator — Rose Pringle honored as top science teacher

The Independent Florida Alligator
10-21-14
Rose Pringle honored as top science teacher
The Independent Alligator ran a story about Rose Pringle, COE associate professor in science education, being honored by the Southeastern Association of Science Teacher Education with the John Shrum Award for Excellence in the Education of Science, as well as the Mary L. Collins Teacher Educator of the Year Award from the Florida Association of Teacher Educators.


Charleston Post and Courier — Anita Zucker donates record $5 million to the COE

The Post and Courier
10-14-14
Anita Zucker donation
Charleston, S.C.’s Post and Courier ran story on Charleston, S.C., philanthropist and UF College of Education alumna Anita Zucker’s record-setting donation of $5 million to enhance early childhood development and learning experience programs at UF. The donation is the largest individual gift ever made to the COE, and resulted in UF’s Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies being renamed after Zucker.


Gainesville Sun — Anita Zucker donates record $5 million to the COE

The Gainesville Sun
10-14-14
Anita Zucker donation
The Gainesville Sun ran a story on UF College of Education alumna Anita Zucker’s record-setting donation of $5 million to enhance early childhood development and learning experience programs. The donation is the largest ever made to the COE, and resulted in UF’s Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies being renamed the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies.


Independent Alligator — Anita Zucker donates record $5 million

The Independent Florida Alligator
10-13-14
Anita Zucker donation
The Independent Alligator ran a story on UF College of Education alumna Anita Zucker’s record-setting donation of $5 million to enhance early childhood development and learning experience programs. The donation is the largest ever made to the COE, and resulted in UF’s Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies being renamed the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies.


Florida Times-Union Project-based learning and COE’s role

Florida Times-Union
10-12-14
Project-based learning
The Florida Times-Union ran a story on project-based learning that was the result of a media source request triaged by the College of Education’s Office of News & Communications. The story is about the Foundation Academy and its project-based approach to education.


Gainesville Sun — Rose Pringle named top science teacher

The Gainesville Sun
10-6-14
Rose Pringle honored as top science teacher
The Gainesville Sun ran a brief in its business announcements section about COE science in education associate professor Rose Pringle being honored by the Southeastern Association of Science Teacher Education with the John Shrum Award for Excellence in the Education of Science, as well as the Mary L. Collins Teacher Educator of the Year Award from the Florida Association of Teacher Educators.


Gainesville Sun — P.K. Yonge among ‘Schools That Work’

The Gainesville Sun
9-18-14
P.K.Yonge named among ‘Schools That Work’
The Gainesville Sun ran a story on UF’s P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School being featured on Edutopia’s Schools That Work series. Edutopia is a national education foundation, and chose P.K. Yonge as one of only 20-25 schools it will feature in 2014.


Gainesville Sun — StarTalk program big hit with kids

Gainesville Sun
6-21-14
StarTalk program big hit with kids
Danling Fu and other UF College of Education faculty members organized a weeklong visit by 16 Chinese language teachers to the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County as part of StarTalk, a federally funded program that promotes the teaching of “critical need” languages and culture. Fu is quoted in the story, which also appeared on the Gainesville Sun’s website.


WJXT-TV — UF kicks off Algebra Nation summer program

WJXT-TV Jacksonville (News4Jax)
6-16-14
UF kicks off Algebra Nation summer program
UF Lastinger Center for Learning director Don Pemberton is quoted in a story on WJXT-TV’s news website about the start of UF’s partnership with Duval County schools to offer an online algebra summer camp for students who need help in addition to what is offered through UF’s Algebra Nation online tutoring program for high school students taking Algebra I.

 


Vialogues — Sevan Terzian discusses evolution of science education

Vialogues
6-13-14
Sevan Terzian discussion on the evolution of science education
Sevan Terzian, associate professor of social foundations of education, discusses on Vialogue’s “The Voice” online discussion platform how the growth of science fairs and science talent searches in the mid-20th century has affected the evolution of science education even to this day.


eWallstreeter — Carole Beal receives two appointments

eWallstreeter (Florida News)
5-21-14

Carole Beal appointed to COE ed tech and UF Online Learning Institute
The eWallstreeter, a nationwide financial news aggregator that captures links to breaking news, blogs and analyses about the marketplace and the nation’s economy, included a link to a UF news release concerning Carole Beal’s appointment with the COE’s school of education technology and the UF Online Learning Institute. The news release, generated by the COE Office of News and Communications, appeared in the eWallstreeter’s “Florida News” section.


Boys Town enewsletter — Jason Gallant receives UF award

Boys Town enewsletter
5-15-14

Jason Gallant receives UF award
UF COE alum Jason Gallant received the UF College of Education’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Leadership Award during the COE’s annual Recognition Dinner held at the Hilton Hotel in Gainesville.


GAINESVILLE SUN: Project Delta–Ester de Jong & Maria Coady

Gainesville Sun
3-24-14
Project DELTA, UF researchers seek to change ESOL education
UF researchers Ester de Jong and Maria Coady were quoted in a Gainesville Sun article about the link between UF’s elementary teacher preparation program and ESOL students’ achievement in the classroom and on the FCAT. The number of non-English speaking students placed in mainstream classrooms in Florida rises each year, and the way teachers-in-training learn to educate those students could be changing.


WJCT-TV News — Algebra Nation offers online summer camp

WJCT News
5-14-14
Algebra summer camp
UF Lastinger Center director Don Pemberton is quoted in a story on WJCT News’ website about UF partnering with Duval County schools to offer an online algebra summer camp for students who need help in addition to what is offered through UF’s Algebra Nation online tutoring program for high school students taking Algebra I.


Gainesville Sun — UF/Kids Count video project

Gainesville Sun
5-4-14

UF/Kids Count video project
Krista Ruggles is quoted in a story about the COE’s ProTeach program and Kids Count Alachua County developing a project that allows local elementary students to create short videos using stop-motion technology. Ninety-two first- and third-semester ProTeach students helped to create a video with 21 Williams Elementary School students.


Florida Times-Union — Boaz Dvir writes guest column on Algebra Nation

Florida Times Union
5-22-14
Algebra Nation guest column
Lastinger Center operations manager Boaz Dvir wrote a guest column about the apparent – and preliminary – success of Algebra Nation, the center’s online tutoring program designed to help Florida students who collectively are lagging woefully behind in algebra skills.


Miami Herald — Algebra Nation deemed success

The Miami Herald
4-17-14
Algebra Nation
Lastinger Center director Don Pemberton is quoted in an article written by center operations manager Boaz Dvir concerning the anticipated success of the COE’s Algebra Nation project. The article points out the need for educators to reach out to Florida students – especially ninth-graders – who are lagging in algebra at an alarming rate.


WJCT Public Radio: Suzanne Colvin–Quality education for all

WJCT-FM Public Radio
4-15-14
Suzanne Colvin interview

The COE Office of News and Communications worked with the UF University Relations/Communications Office in connecting Dr. Suzanne Colvin with WJCT Public Radio on one broadcast interview and two print stories that appeared on the station’s website. Colvin spoke about “The Quest for Quality Education For All: Mending the Broken Trust.”

LINK: http://news.wjct.org/post/quest-quality-part-ii-mending-broken-trust

Note: Dr. Colvin’s interview responses are three minutes and 49 seconds (3:49) into the interview and last about one minute. Click the listing bar just to the left of the halfway mark to find it.


Alligator — CEEDAR Center receives $5 million grant

The Independent Florida Alligator
4-3-14

CEEDAR Center grant
The Independent Florida Alligator quoted Mary Brownell, director of the UF Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) Center, in an article about the CEEDAR Center receiving a $5 million grant each year for the next three years to improve preparation of special education teachers, general education teachers and school principals in dealing with students with disabilities.


Independent Florida Alligator: CEEDAR Center’s 5-state launch

The Independent Florida Alligator
4-3-14
CEEDAR Center ‘s 5-state launch

The Independent Florida Alligator quoted Mary Brownell, director of the UF Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform Center, in an article about the CEEDAR Center receiving a $5 million grant each year for the next three years to improve preparation of special education teachers, general education teachers and school principals in dealing with students with disabilities.


Independent Alligator — Teacher-development network being formed

The Independent Florida Alligator
3-28-14
Teacher-development network
UF Lastinger Center for Learning operations manager Boaz Dvir is quoted in an Independent Florida Alligator article about a new teacher-development network being formed, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The network will be an expansion of the UF Lastinger Center for Learning’s Algebra Nation program, an online resource created in partnership with Study Edge to help high school students pass the algebra end-of-course exam.


Independent Florida Alligator: Algebra Nation teacher network

The Journal, Independent Florida Alligator
4-10-14, 3-28-14
Algebra Nation teacher network

An article in The Journal describes how UF’s Algebra Nation received a $250,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to build a teacher network that works hand-in-hand with a new teaching tool implemented in 2013 to help students with algebra. Also, Lastinger Center for Learning operations manager Boaz Dvir is quoted in a story about a new teacher-development network being formed, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The network will be an expansion of the UF Lastinger Center for Learning’s Algebra Nation program, an online resource created in partnership with Study Edge to help high school students pass the algebra end-of-course exam.

 

  


Gainesville Sun — Jacobbe opinion column: “Teaching for the test”

Gainesville Sun
3-23-14

Evaluating education
COE math and statistics education professor Tim Jacobbe submitted an opinion column on the topic of “teaching for the test” vs. “teaching for understanding” that ran in the Gainesville Sun. Jacobbe’s column calls for readers to challenge Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart’s decision for the American Institutes for Research to develop teacher evaluations for the state at a cost of $220 million.


Gainesville Sun: de Jong, Cody seek to change ESOL education

Gainesville Sun
3-23-14

Project DELTA, UF researchers seek to change ESOL education
UF COE faculty researchers Ester de Jong and Maria Cody were quoted in a Gainesville Sun article about the link between UF’s elementary teacher preparation program and ESOL students’ achievement in the classroom and on the FCAT. The number of non-English speaking students placed in mainstream classrooms in Florida rises each year, and the way teachers-in-training learn to educate those students could be changing.


Independent Alligator: Tom Dana–College rankings

Independent Florida Alligator
3-18-14
COE national ranking

Tom Dana, COE assistant dean of academic affairs, is quoted in an Independent Florida Alligator story about the UF College of Education’s graduate school leaping ahead nine spots — from No. 30 to No. 21 — among public education colleges in U.S. News and World Report’s latest rankings. UF also remains the highest-ranked education school in Florida and in the Southeastern Conference. Several COE specializations remain highly ranked as well. 


Gainesville Sun, Alligator — COE jumps 10 spots in national rankings

Gainesville Sun, The Independent Florida Alligator, Business Report of North Central Florida
3-12-14, 3-18-14, 3-26-14

COE national rankings
The Gainesville Sun, The Independent Florida Alligator and the Business Report of North Central Florida quoted COE Dean Glenn Good and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs Tom Dana in articles about the College of Education jumping 10 spots to No. 30 overall and nine spots – from No, 30 to No. 21 – among all public and private education colleges in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings. COE now has four programs in the top 20 nationally, including special education, which improved from its No. 6 ranking a year ago to No. 5; and counselor education, which rose three spots to No. 5. Elementary education moved two spots to 16th; and curriculum and instruction remained at No. 18. UF also remains the highest-ranked education school in Florida and in the Southeastern Conference. An article in the Business Report of North Central Florida reiterates the U.S. News and World Report rankings.


Gainesville Sun: Dean Good–COE rises 10 spots in rankings

Gainesville Sun
3-12-14
COE rises 10 spots in rankings

The Gainesville Sun quoted COE Dean Glenn Good in an article about the College of Education jumping 10 spots to No. 30 overall in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings. COE now has four programs in the top 20 nationally, including special education, which improved from its No. 6 ranking a year ago to No. 5; and counselor education, which rose three spots to No. 5. Elementary education moved two spots to 16th; and curriculum and instruction remained at No. 18.

    


Business Report of North Central Florida: College rankings

Business Report of North Central Florida
3-12-14
COE national rankings

The Business Report of North Central Florida ran a story about the UF College of Education jumping nine spots to No. 21 among public education colleges nationally in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings. The article also states that the UF COE ranks 30th overall — up 10 spots from last year’s ratings. Two academic programs — special education and counselor education — are ranked No. 5 in their respective areas. Special ed moved from No. 6 in last year’s rankings, and counselor education improved from No. 8. 


Gainesville Sun: Lastinger Center partners with Alachua County schools

Gainesville Sun
3-5-14
Kathy Dixon, Lastinger Center partners with Alachua County schools

Kathy Dixon was referenced in an article concerning Alachua County Public Schools entering into a three-year partnership with the Lastinger Center for Learning. The agreement, which brings COE’s Certified Instructional Coach program to Alachua County schools, was approved during a March 2014 school board meeting, and will take effect in July 2014. 


Counseling Today — Jacqueline Swank featured in Counseling Today

Counseling Today
2-24-14
Jacqueline Swank
COE assistant professor of counselor education and researcher Jacqueline Swank is featured in a Counseling Today cover story about the value of wellness, a deeply rooted aspect of the counseling profession that is given less consideration in other fields of study — partly because of trendy references made in pop culture. Swank, a member of the American Counseling Association, talks about her research on the effects of nature on child and adolescent wellness.


Counseling Today: Jacqueline Swank–Wellness counseling

Counseling Today
2-24-14
Jacqueline Swank

COE assistant professor of counselor education and researcher Jacqueline Swank is featured in a Counseling Today cover story about the value of wellness, a deeply rooted aspect of the counseling profession that is given less consideration in other fields of study — partly because of trendy references made in pop culture . Swank, a member of the American Counseling Association, talks about her research on the effects of nature on child and adolescent wellness. 

 


Independent Alligator — COE partners with Nanjing Xiaozhuang University

The Independent Florida Alligator
1-23-14
COE partners with Nanjing Xiaozhuang University
Dean Glenn Good and COE Professor Danling Fu are quoted in an Independent Florida Alligator article about 15 Chinese students who will attend classes at the UF College of Education in the fall of 2014 as the result of a partnership between the COE and Nanjing Xiaozhuang University.


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