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Baby Gator Research Report

Director, Baby Gator



Baby Gator Child Development and RESEARCH Center? In 2003, Baby Gator Child Care, Inc. charged its name to better reflect all that we do. We are well known for the child care we provide and the …

Centennial conference cites partnerships as essential tool for closing achievement gap

No matter how hard we try to improve teaching and learning in our public schools, or how faithfully we execute the intent of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the achievement gap between students of different income levels and social or ethnic backgrounds can be substantially narrowed “only when school improvement is combined with social and economic reform.”

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New Faculty, 2006-07

Dean’s Office


Elayne Colón
Assistant Scholar
Director of Assessment and Accreditation
Ph.D., University of Florida


James Wattenbarger, father of Florida’s community college system

When James Wattenbarger started school at Palm Beach Junior College in the 1930s, community and junior colleges were rare institutions, groping for a role in the academic world.

By the time Wattenbarger retired, two-year colleges were within driving distance of everyone in Florida, training thousands of Floridians for jobs and launching countless college careers – and Wattenbarger h…

coE-News: May-June, 2006, VOL. 1 ISSUE 9


MAY-JUNE, 2006

The coE-NEWS is an electronic newsletter produced monthly during the academic year by the College of Education News & Publications Office to keep faculty and staff up to date on College news and activities.

College announces Graduate Teacher of the Year


Mirka Koro-Ljungberg.

Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, assistant professor, Department of Educational Psychology, views herself as more than a teacher and mentor. The 2006 College of Education Graduate Teacher of the Year also sees herself as a facilitator, urging her students to think critically…

Cynthia Tucker to speak at COE commencement


Cynthia Tucker

Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Cynthia Tucker will be the featured keynote speaker at the 2006 College of Education Spring Commencement on Sunday, May 7, in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the University of Florida Gainesville campus…

Associate Professor Retires After 34 Years at UF

James PittsJames H. Pitts, associate professor, Counselor Education, is retiring at the end of December after 34 years at the University of Florida.

Pitts came to the University in the fall of 1971 as an assistant professor in University College, a now-defunct college at the University where freshmen and …

Fond farewell to retiring faculty

The UF College of Education and its laboratory school, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, bid fond farewells to four retiring faculty and administrators recently, with an appreciative sendoff reception at the UF Keene Faculty Center.

The new retirees are former education faculty members Cecil Mercer (distinguished professor in special education, 1974-2005) and Arthur White (prof…