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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 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.


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 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.

 

  


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: 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–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 Florida Alligator: COE partners with Chinese university

Independent Florida Alligator
1-23-14
COE partners with Chinese university

Dean Glenn Good and COE Professor Danling Fu are quoted in an Independent Florida Alligator story 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.  


Orlando Sentinel: Pedro Villarreal III–Pell grants

Orlando Sentinel
12-28-13
Pedro Villarreal III 

COE education professor Pedro Villarreal III, who specializes in education finance, is quoted in an Orlando Sentinel story that suggests more Florida college students are applying for — and receiving — Pell grants because more Floridians are having trouble paying for rising education costs. Nearly 40 percent of public-university undergraduate students got Pell grants last year — up from 22 percent six years earlier, according to the latest state university system data.  


Gainesville Sun: Kara Dawson, Albert Ritzhaupt–iPads donated to school

Gainesville Sun
12/18/13
Kara Dawson, Albert Ritzhaupt 

UF researchers Kara Dawson and Albert Ritzhaupt are quoted in a Gainesville Sun’s story about 20 students at Terwilliger Elementary School in Gainesville receiving iPads as part of an education grant. Dawson and Ritzhaupt study digital learning.   

 


THE REPUBLIC: Algebra Nation

The Republic
11-22-13
Algebra Nation

The Republic, a newspaper in Columbus, Ind., published a feature article about Algebra Nation. Don Pemberton and Boaz Dvir of the Lastinger Center for Learning are quoted in the story


THE NEW YORK TIMES: Amanda Kraemer (MA ’09)

The New York Times
11-26-13
Amanda Hughes Kraemer (MA ‘09)

Alumna Amanda Kraemer, maiden name Hughes, was quoted in a New York Times article about diverse students’ enrollment in Advanced Placement courses in Orange County, Florida. Kraemar is an AP calculus teacher at Freedom High School in Orlando.


THE GAINESVILLE SUN, THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Algebra Nation 2.0

The Gainesville Sun, The Tampa Tribune
11-15-13, 11-17-13
Algebra Nation 2.0

Articles in The Gainesville Sun and The Tampa Tribune covered the Nov. 1 release of Algebra Nation 2.0, the update to Algebra Nation, a digital algebra program created by the Lastinger Center for Learning and Study Edge. Boaz Dvir of the Lastinger Center is quoted in the story.


ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S FLORIDA GATOR: Stacy Carlson

Alumni Association’s Florida Gator
Fall 2013
Stacy Carlson (PhD ’11)

The UF Alumni Association profiled alumna Stacy Carlson, who is the program director of a STEM grant awarded to the Lastinger Center for Learning, in their fall magazine’s “Pathfinder” section.

Story not available online.


HBCU DIGEST, BLACK PR WIRE: Statewide minority mentoring program

HBCU Digest, Black PR Wire
10-31-13, 11-1-13
SEC statewide minority mentoring program

HBCU Digest and Black PR Wire reported on the College of Education’s partnership with Florida’s historically-black colleges and universities to form the Situational Environmental Circumstances (SEC) mentoring program. The statewide program matches student mentors at the colleges and universities in Florida with minority male elementary school students. Cheryl Williams, the College of Education’s community and government liaison and the SEC’s assistant director, and Randy Nelson, founder of 21st Century Research and Evaluations, were quoted in both articles. 


TAMPA TRIBUNE: Don Pemberton

Tampa Tribune (Highlands Today edition)
10-12-13
Don Pemberton

Highlands Today, an edition of the Tampa Tribune, quoted Don Pemberton, director of the UF Lastinger Center for Learning, in a story about teacher quality in early learning programs.According to the article, Pemberton told the Florida House Education Committee that UF had just completed a study for the state Office of Early Learning that showed “significant and substantial improvements in outcomes for teachers” after they’d completed a 20-hour professional development course.


INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR: Eric Thompson

The Independent Florida Alligator
8-26-13
Eric Thompson

An article in the Independent Florida Alligator reported on recent doctoral graduate Eric Thompson’s research findings, which reveal a link between stressful life circumstances and low reading test scores. Thompson was quoted in the story.


MDLINX: Linda Behar-Horenstein

MDLinx
8-9-13
Linda Behar-Horenstein

MDLinx, a website that provides medical research knowledge, featured a research article by Linda Behar-Horenstein, a College of Education faculty member who is also an affiliate faculty member at UF’s College of Dentistry. The article discusses Behar-Horenstein’s study of valid and reliable instruments used to measure and assess dental students’ cultural competence.


INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR: Dorene Ross

The Independent Florida Alligator
10-10-13
Dorene Ross

The Independent Florida Alligator quoted COE professor Dorene Ross in an article about highly-skilled adults in the United States.


INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR: $1.5 million grant to program for parents of children with disabilities

The Independent Florida Alligator
10-8-13
$1.5 million grant for COE’s program for parents of children with disabilities

The Independent Florida Alligator reported that the COE received a $1.5 million grant to develop a learning program for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities. Professor Patricia Snyder and education freshman Emily Kaidy were quoted in the story.


GAINESVILLE SUN, INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR, UF NEWS: James Patterson scholarship gift

The Gainesville Sun, The Independent Alligator, UF News
9-2-13, 9-4-13
James Patterson scholarship gift

A Gainesville Sun blog, The Independent Alligator and UF news published articles about bestselling novelist James Patterson’s $48,000 donation to the College of Education for teacher scholarships. Patterson, Elizabeth Bondy, director of the college’s School of Teaching and Learning, and Shannan Campbell, a Patterson scholarship recipient, were quoted in the stories.


NEWS-PRESS.COM: Jason Schipper

Ft. Myers News-Press.com
8-4-13
Jason Schipper

Social studies doctoral studies Jason Schipper was quoted in a Ft. Myers News-Press.com article about Asian college students’ views about grades and education. 


CHANNEL NEWSASIA: Leah Villanueva

Channel NewsAsia
7-30-13
Leah Villanueva

Channel NewsAsia featured educational leadership alumna Leah Villanueva in a report about  the new Teach for the Phillippines initiative, which is similar to the United States’ Teach for America. Villanueva is a public school teacher for the program.


GAINESVILLE SUN: Brianna L. Kennedy-Lewis

The Gainesville Sun
7-22-13
Brianna L. Kennedy-Lewis

Brianna L. Kennedy-Lewis, an assistant professor in the School of Teaching and Learning and a school discipline researcher, wrote an open letter about how educators should “focus on students’ strengths and schools’ failures, rather than on schools’ strengths and students’ failures.” The letter was in response to a previous Gainesville Sun column by Greg Marshall.


GAINESVILLE SUN: Algebra Nation

The Gainesville Sun
7-21-13
Algebra Nation

A Gainesville Sun article featured the expansion and success of Algebra Nation, a digital project by the Lastinger Center for Learning and Study Edge. Boaz Dvir and Dom Pemberton of the Lastinger Center and Alicia Stephenson of P.K. Yonge Developmental School were quoted in the story.


NPR StateImpact: Albert Ritzhaupt

State Impact by NPR
6-13-13
Albert Ritzhaupt

An NPR StateImpact radio and online report quoted Albert Ritzhaupt, a professor of educational technology, about the digital divide present among Florida’s public school students. The article cites Ritzhaupt’s research on how Florida public schools in low socioeconomic areas use technology.


GAINESVILLE SUN: Jamal Sowell, Situational Environmental Circumstances

The Gainesville Sun
6-2-13
Jamal Sowell, Situational Environmental Circumstances program

In a column in the Gainesville Sun, Jamal Sowell, the special assistant to UF President Bernie Machen, discussed educational inequality in Florida and the university’s new mentoring program for at-risk and minority youth. The new College of Education-led project is called Situational Environmental Circumstances.


INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR: U.S. News and World Report ranking

Independent Florida Alligator
3-15-13
U.S. News and World Report ranking

The Independent Florida Alligator reported that U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Education as 30th among public education colleges and 40th among both public and private universities. Larry Lansford, director of the college’s News and Communications, was quoted in the story.


GAINESVILLE SUN: Linda Behar-Horenstein

Gainesville Sun
2-22-13
Linda Behar-Horenstein

Linda Behar-Horenstein, a UF distinguished teaching scholar and professor in higher education administration, wrote an essay as part of her work as a member of UF’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, which comes up with ideas and implements programs to further UF’s state as a research institution that values teaching.


TAMPA BAY TIMES: Alumnus Brian Dassler

Tampa Bay Times
2-19-13
Alumnus Brian Dassler

Alumnus Brian Dassler contributed to a special article in the Tampa Bay Times about the introduction of national standards in the classroom, specifically Florida’s decision to adopt the Common Core State Standards.


NEW YORK TIMES: Pilar Mendoza

New York Times
2-9-13
Pilar Mendoza

Pilar Mendoza, an assistant professor in higher education administration, was quoted in a New York Times article about college costs and student debt. The article cited her research findings, published last year in The Journal of Student Financial Aid, showing that students pursuing degrees who work fewer than 30 hours a week in a job were 1.4 times more likely to graduate within six years than students who spent more than 30 hours a week working.


KAPPA DELTA PI: Jason Schipper’s classroom Thailand project

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society
February 2013
Jason Schipper’s classroom Thailand project

Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, featured a College of Education NewsComm video on their foundation’s website about education doctoral student Jason Schipper’s Thailand classroom exchange project. The classroom project connects UF social studies education students with elementary school students in Thailand.


THE POST: Collaborations between the College of Education and UF’s health colleges

UF&Shands’ The Post
February 2013
Collaborations between the College of Education and UF’s health colleges

The Post wrote an article about the relationship between the College of Education and UF&Shands that is helping improve health education and health care. Linda Behar-Horenstein, Kent Crippen, Erik Black, Jeanne Repetto, Maureen Conroy, and Thomasenia Adams are quoted.


INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR, GAINESVILLE SUN: National Science Foundation scholarships

Independent Florida Alligator, Gainesville Sun
1-30-13, 2-4-12
National Science Foundation scholarships

The Independent Florida Alligator and the Gainesville Sun wrote articles about a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant that was awarded to the College of Education to fund scholarships for STEM majors in the UFTeach program. Tom Dana and Dimple Flesner were quoted in the reports.


INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR: Colombia law school human rights center

Independent Florida Alligator
1-18-13
Colombia law school human rights center

The Independent Florida Alligator reported that the University of Florida’s College of Education has partnered with the Levin College of Law and the Center for Latin American Studies to create a human rights center at two law schools in Colombia with a $757,200 grant from the U.S. government. Pilar Mendoza, an assistant professor in higher education administration at the COE, was quoted in the article about her involvement in the project.


WUFT-FM: Online education program ranking

WUFT-FM Radio
1-16-13
Online education program ranking

Local radio station WUFT-FM announced that UF’s online education program ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 18 in the nation. The college’s Daniel McCoy, senior director of e-Learning, technology and creative services, was quoted in the report.


GAINESVILLE SUN: Lastinger Center for Learning

Gainesville Sun
1-1-13
Lastinger Center for Learning

The Gainesville Sun wrote an article about the Lastinger Center for Learning’s collaboration with Study Edge in the creation of a new free web application for students, teachers and parents named Algebra Nation. The online tool offers instructional videos and virtual practice platforms covering material tested by the state’s Algebra 1 end-of-course exam.


UF EXPLORE MAGAZINE: U-FUTuRES

UF Explore Magazine
January 2013
U-FUTuRES

The University of Florida’s Explore Magazine wrote a profile article about the College of Education’s U-FUTuRES, a master’s degree program for current middle school science teachers.


FUTURITY.ORG: Stephen Smith, Ann Daunic

Futurity.org
12-24-12
Stephen Smith, Ann Daunic, Tools for Getting Along

Futurity.org reported on the University of Florida’s Tools for Getting Along, a new curriculum aimed at helping at-risk students learn how to control aggressive behavior. Stephen Smith and Ann Daunic, the UF professors who researched the effects of the curriculum, are quoted in the story.


WCJB-TV 20, GTN: Lastinger Center for Learning

WCJB-TV 20, GTN
12-5-12
Lastinger Center for Learning

Local TV news programs, WCJB-TV 20 and GTN, recently featured the Lastinger Center’s latest innovation, Algebra Nation – a highly effective, intensive, online learning, 24/7, free, End-of-Course exam preparation resource.


THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL: Pilar Mendoza

The National Law Journal
11-28-12
Pilar Mendoza, Colombia law school human rights center

The National Law Journal mentioned the University of Florida’s College of Education and Pilar Mendoza in an article that announced the college’s partnership with the Levin College of Law and the Center for Latin American Studies. With a $757,200 grant from the U.S. government, the three institutions will collaborate to create a human rights center at two law schools in Colombia.


GAINESVILLE SUN, OCALA STAR-BANNER: Linda Behar-Horenstein

Gainesville Sun, Ocala Star-Banner
10-26-12
Linda Behar-Horenstein

The Gainesville Sun and the Ocala Star-Banner quoted Behar-Horenstein in an article about a $2.5 million grant that was awarded to the College of Dentistry for the improvement of faculty education. Behar-Horenstein, who has a co-affiliation with the College of Dentistry and College of Education, is the co-principal investigator for the grant.


GAINESVILLE SUN, STATE IMPACT: STEM education/STEM-TIPS Center

Gainesville Sun, State Impact, The Times of Alapachicola and Carrabelle
10-16-12, 10-31-12
STEM education/STEM-TIPS Center

The Gainesville SunState Impact, a reporting project of local public media and NPR, and The Times of Alapachicola and Carrabelle reported that the Florida Department of Education awarded the University of Florida’s College of Education with a $2 million grant. The grant will fund the creation of a statewide support system for science and math teachers in middle and high schools, as well as a new Florida STEM-Teacher Induction and Professional Support Center.


FLDOE: STEM education/STEM-TIPS Center

Florida Department of Education
10-15-12
STEM education/STEM-TIPS Center

The Florida Department of Education posted a press release about its awarding of a $2 million grant to the University of Florida’s College of Education. The grant will fund the creation of a statewide support system for science and math teachers in middle and high schools, including the new Florida STEM-Teacher Induction and Professional Support Center.


GAINESVILLE SUN, INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR: CEDAR Center

Gainesville Sun, Independent Florida Alligator, WUFT-FM Radio, Sunshine State News, Education Week, American Institutes for Research, SiloBreaker.com
10-1-12

CEDAR Center

The Gainesville Sun, along with the Independent Florida Alligator, WUFT-FM Radio, Sunshine State News, Education Week, American Institutes for Research, and SiloBreaker.com, reported that the University of Florida’s College of Education will receive $25 million over the next five years to improve the teaching of children with disabilities. This grant from the U.S. Department of Education will fund the opening of the new Collaboration for Educator Development and Accountability and Reform (CEDAR) Center slated for January 2013. 


GAINESVILLE SUN: Kids Count

Gainesville Sun
9-3-12
Kids Count

The Gainesville Sun published an article about the re-opening of the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County’s Rotary Campus & Mentor Center, which houses the Kids Count program, the America Reads literacy tutoring program through UF’s College of Education.


WUFT-FM: Dorene Ross

WUFT-FM Radio
8-15-12

Dorene Ross (teacher education)

A local radio station, WUFT, aired a news report with an interview of Professor Dorene Ross offering back-to-school tips for parents of young schoolchildren. The coverage resulted from a COE media advisory.


INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR: Suzanne Colvin

Independent Florida Alligator
7-12-12

Suzanne Colvin (School of Teaching and Learning)

A story in the Independent Florida Alligator reported the College of Education’s launch of a new cutting-edge classroom in hopes of bringing education into the 21st century.


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