Entries by aklopez

Children’s literacy professor to serve on committee that selects nonfiction book award

Ruth McKoy Lowery, a UF associate professor of children’s literacy, was recently appointed to the selection committee for the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction in Children’s Literature. She will serve on the committee for three years.  Lowery’s teaching and research focuses on literature for children and adolescents, […]


Fulbright scholar in special education to study juvenile corrections schools in South Africa

Joseph Gagnon, a UF associate professor of special education, will spend seven months conducting research and lecturing at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program.  Gagnon’s research often focuses on improving the education and literacy of incarcerated youth. In Cape Town, he will study […]

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STL doctoral fellow named national scholar for research, social justice promotion

Julie Brown, a UF doctoral fellow in curriculum and instruction, has been named as one of six Jhumki Basu Scholars by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching’s Equity and Ethics Committee. Brown is a former high school science teacher and P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School’s elementary science coordinator. At UF’s College of Education, […]

Doctoral student receives endowed teaching chair at Broward College

Angel Rodriguez, a UF doctoral student in higher education leadership, recently received the R. Irene Craney Fischley Endowed Teaching Chair at Broward College in South Florida.  Rodriguez has been teaching science, including anatomy and physiology, biology, environmental science, and oceanography at Broward College since 1993. This is his second endowed teaching position at the college.  […]


UF doctoral candidate receives $20K grant for dissertation

Lian Niu, a doctoral candidate in higher education administration at the University of Florida, was awarded with a $20,000 grant from the Association for Institutional Research that will fund her dissertation research. Niu is one of 10 doctoral students from across the country that received the dissertation grant, which is funded by the National Center […]

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

Independent Florida Alligator3-15-13U.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.


US News rates COE first in state; five specialties nationally ranked

UF’s College of Education remained the top ranked education college in Florida and among public institutions in the Southeastern Conference, while its special education and counselor education programs maintained top 10 national ratings in their specialties in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools, which were announced Tuesday (March […]

UF, county to celebrate International Children’s Book Day

On April 2, join the College of Education and Alachua County in celebrating International Children’s Book Day. The event, which is sponsored by the University of Florida, Alachua County Library District, Santa Fe College and St. Leo University, will offer a variety of activities, including book displays at UF’s Education and Baldwin libraries and a […]

GAINESVILLE SUN: Linda Behar-Horenstein

Gainesville Sun2-22-13Linda 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 Times2-19-13Alumnus 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.

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ESOL professor picked for Fulbright study in Ukraine

Maria Coady, a UF associate professor of ESOL and bilingual education, will embark on a 42-day research trip in Ukraine on March 10 as part of the Fulbright Specialist Program. Coady will study teacher education and English language development at the Ukrainian Pedagogical Institute’s English language department. She will also lead workshops on second language […]


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 […]

KAPPA DELTA PI: Jason Schipper’s classroom Thailand project

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor SocietyFebruary 2013Jason 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 […]

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

UF&Shands’ The PostFebruary 2013Collaborations 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 Sun1-30-13, 2-4-12National 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 […]

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.

Alumnus named chief psychologist at Boys Town central Florida campus

University of Florida College of Education alumnus Jason Gallant was recently appointed the chief psychologist at Boys Town Central Florida’s new Behavioral Health Clinic. Boys Town is a national nonprofit child-care agency that provides treatment through a continuum of services for children and families’ behavioral, emotional and physical problems. The Central Florida campus clinic in […]


Eight education majors named ‘Anderson scholars’

Eight College of Education undergraduates have received a prestigious campus-wide award for academic achievement, and an education faculty member was recognized for his mentorship of several of the honored students. The College of Education student recipients are ProTeach elementary education majors Brenna Burke, Kate Logan, Janelle Lopez, Alexandra Ramlow, Katherine Romero, Carolyn Smith, and Katie […]

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UF education researchers recognized at state research conference

Several University of Florida education researchers were honored at this year’s Florida Educational Research Association annual meeting, hosted last month by the College of Education at UF’s Hilton Conference Center Hotel. Walter Leite, an associate professor of research and evaluation methodology (REM), and his research assistant Francisco Jimenez, a Ph.D. student, received the conference’s Distinguished […]

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 […]


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. Read the story.

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.


Studying abroad found to boost creative thinking

When American college students travel overseas to study, they often seek deep cultural immersion, adventures among historic sites, culinary and artistic exploration and a life-changing learning experience. Now, according to a new study out of the University of Florida’s College of Education, study-abroad students can also expect one more benefit: enhanced creativity. UF researchers have […]

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.


UF education, dentistry schools team up to sharpen dental faculty’s teaching skills

For years, University of Florida education scholar Linda Behar-Horenstein has dreamed of helping UF dental faculty sharpen their teaching skills and chairside manner as they perform precise dental procedures on their patients. Behar-Horenstein, who has been teaching at the College of Education Department of Educational Administration and Policy since 1992, has always had an interest […]


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 […]


One of COE’s ‘6 to Watch’ students receives leadership scholarship

UF education doctoral student Angel Rodriguez was selected by Kappa Delta Pi to receive the C. Glen Hass Laureate Scholarship in Instructional Leadership.  The $1,500 award is only awarded to applicants from the University of Florida doctoral program. Kappa Delta Pi is an international education honor society comprised of more than 40,000 students, teachers, professionals […]

State scholarship program aids future minority teachers

Sixth-grader Carolina Diaz did not feel like her Hispanic roots made her a minority within the diverse collection of students at her Miami Beach elementary school. Instead, it was her limited grasp of English that made her feel like an outsider. Things changed when her teacher, a young Jamaican woman, told Diaz that she saw […]


Math ed professor nominated for Spirit of Gainesville Award

Tim Jacobbe, a math education professor at UF’s College of Education, and his wife, Elizabeth, were nominees for The Gainesville Sun’s 2012 Spirit of Gainesville Awards. The awards were announced on Nov. 28. Now in its second year, the Spirit of Gainesville Awards honor members of the community in five categories: arts, community service, entrepreneurship, […]

Doctoral student to represent UF on council for pre-service leadership preparation, practice

Second-year educational leadership doctoral student Jasmine Ulmer was recently appointed to the Graduate Student Council (GSC) of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). As one of eight graduate students in the GSC, Ulmer will help to increase the voice and presence of graduate students in the UCEA, among other responsibilities. The UCEA, composed of […]

PDK recognizes UF professor as ‘International Emerging Leader’

Crystal Timmons, UF clinical assistant professor in education, was named one of 22 “International Emerging Leaders” by Phi Delta Kappa International. Every year, Phi Delta Kappa International, an association for professional educators, recognizes leading educators under the age of 40. Timmons is a professor in residence for the Teacher Leadership for School Improvement degree program […]

Scholarship will help doctoral student forge COE-Thailand virtual connection

UF social studies education doctoral student Jason Schipper was recently awarded a $2,750 scholarship from the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation. The scholarship is based on transcripts, involvement in Kappa Delta Pi and a written essay. A review committee selected Schipper from applicants around the country. Kappa Delta Pi is an international education honor society comprised […]

UF-honored student-teacher excels in both roles in the classroom

When 21-year-old Carla-Ann Brown isn’t exploring Gainesville’s culinary diversity or teaching herself how to knit, she is excelling in the classroom, both at the college’s Norman Hall and in fourth grade at Terwilliger Elementary School where she is an intern. Brown was named an “Outstanding Four-Year Scholar” during summer commencement when she graduated cum laude […]

Social studies organizations names UF alumna ‘Teacher of the Year’

UF College of Education alumna Kassie Erenstoft was named the Dr. Theron Trimble Teacher of the Year among elementary school teachers by the Florida Council for the Social Studies. The council is a professional organization of social studies educators aimed at promoting social studies instruction in the state. Erenstoft graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s […]


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 […]


Nov. 14 event celebrates education around the world

Pack your book bags and set your GPS destination for Norman Hall on Nov. 14 to partake in the College of Education’s seventh-annual International Day, part of International Education Week. The College of Education Office of Student Services sponsors the annual celebration as a part of International Education Week, a global project of the U.S. […]


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

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 […]


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 […]


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 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.


Florida Today (Cocoa) 7-6-12 James McLeskey (special education) Florida Today daily newspaper for the Cocoa area quoted McLeskey in a story on the Florida Education Department’s inclusion of disabled students and English Language Learners in their statewide school assessment measure.