Entries by cboisseau

Documentary to tell the story of transformative Gainesville teacher Gloria Jean Merriex

PSU professor and filmmaker discovers transformative teacher Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.) Aug. 27, 2017 When Duval Elementary School in East Gainesville received an “F” on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in 2002, shock waves jolted the administration, which faced cuts in state funding. That’s when long-time teacher Gloria Jean Merriex radically changed her approach. […]

UF teams with education tech firm to develop leadership program for Colorado educators

GAINESVILLE, Fla.  – The University of Florida joined with Promethean, a global education technology company, in announcing their collaboration on a novel, peer-coaching program to provide leadership development training to educators of Priority Improvement/Turnaround schools in Colorado. Promethean and the UF Lastinger Center for Learning, the teaching and learning innovation incubator at the university’s College […]

Guest column in Orlando Sentinel: UF trains professional coaches to benefit teachers — just like great athletes

UF trains professional coaches to benefit teachers — just like great athletes Orlando Sentinel Dec. 6, 2016 To tap into the transformative power of coaching, leaders in districts and schools need to make instructional coaching an important part of their overall strategy for school improvement, writes Don Pemberton, director of the Lastinger Center for Learning, […]

Columbia Missourian: Students with disabilities bullied more than others, reports national study

Students with disabilities bullied more than others, reports national study The Columbia (Mo.) Missourian Nov. 29, 2016 Students with disabilities are more often the victims and perpetrators of bullying in schools than students without disabilities, according to a new study co-authored by Nicholas Gage, assistant professor of special education at the UF College of Education.

WUFT-TV: New research shows effect of teacher coaching

Athletes have coaches, why not teachers? WUFT-TV (Gainesville) Oct. 27, 2016 Associate Director of Teaching and Learning Alyson Adams and professor emerita Dorene Ross were quoted on camera about a story on the value of teacher coaching to improve student success. The story comes after the release of a report, “Coaching for Impact: Six Pillars […]

Norman classrooms get updates

Updates to three classrooms are changing the way future educators are learning The Independent Florida Alligator Oct. 27, 2016 Norman Hall classrooms were updated with more than $30,000 in donations. Dean Glenn Good is quoted: “We aspire to be a top-three college of education. We’re hoping that renovated spaces will allow us to do even […]


Counselor Ed’s Kristina DePue receives national research honor

After nearly three-and-half years of conducting behind-the-scenes research, Kristina DePue was suddenly overcome with emotions earlier this month when she was thrust into the spotlight in her field of counselor education. “Honestly, I broke into tears,” DePue said when she received one of the most prestigious awards given annually by the American Association for Counselor […]

Gainesville Sun: UF College of Education Makes Top 10 List

UF College of Education Makes Top 10 List USA Today Sept. 11, 2016 In its Sunday edition, The Gainesville Sun published news about the University of Florida College of Education being rated No. 9 among the nation’s best undergraduate teacher education colleges, according to a ranking published by USA Today.

Gainesville Sun: UF gets $10 million to personalize math

UF gets $10 million to personalize math The Gainesville Sun July 4, 2016 The Sun wrote about UF receiving two U.S. Department of Education grants to support Precision Education: Virtual Learning Lab, which brings together teaching experts to explore massive sets of student data to update and personalize virtual instruction.

Gainesville Sun: HIgh-achieving teachers

Gainesville Sun: P.K. Yonge teachers noted ‘achievers’ The Gainesville Sun May 16, 2016 Five P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School teachers were highlighted in the newspaper’s Achievers blog: Jon Mundorf for receiving the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the College of Education, and Cody Miller, George Pringle, Bill Steffens and Kate Yurko for being among the […]

Ed. Leadership alumna heads Florida Philanthropic Network

UF College of Education alumna Stacy Carlson (PhD ‘11, educational leadership and administration) is the new president and CEO of the Florida Philanthropic Network. Carlson previously was vice president and program director of College and Career Readiness at Helios Education Foundation in Tampa. Over the years, she worked closely with the college’s Lastinger Center for Learning […]

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Anita Zucker Center co-director honored for leadership, impact on behavioral disorders

Maureen Conroy, co-director of the University of Florida Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, has received the 2016 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. CCBD, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children, presents the award to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of behavioral […]

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PKY instructor cited nationally as outstanding teacher-researcher

Practitioner Scholars Ross Van Boven received his doctorate in curriculum and instruction, a program designed to prepare practitioner scholars. What is a practitioner scholar? A professional who brings theoretical, pedagogical and research expertise to help identify, frame and study educational problems as a way to continually improve the learning conditions in their schools and districts. […]

The Alligator: Guest Column: Updates from the Student Body president

Guest Column: Updates from the Student Body president The Independent Florida Alligator March 30, 2016 UF Student Body President Joselin Padron-Rasines wrote about the hard work and success in bringing much-needed funding to renovate the college’s historic Norman Hall. Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently agreed to $14.1 million in initial funding for the renovation of […]

Gainesville Sun: Making black lives matter in Alachua County

Brianna L. Kennedy-Lewis: Making black lives matter in Alachua County The Gainesville Sun March 29, 2016 Brianna L. Kennedy-Lewis, an assistant professor of education in the School of Teaching and Learning, writes about how the community can improve the education and outcomes for students in the wake of the recent tragic police shooting of a […]

Florida Alligator: College of Education teaches students to read with music

College of Education teaches students to read with music Independent Florida Alligator March 15, 2016 The student-run newspaper wrote about the $400,000 grant the Lastinger Center for Learning received to help elementary students learn through its Winning Reading Boost program. Shaunté Duggins, an early literacy and teacher development consultant for the Lastinger Center, said students […]

Orlando Sentinel: 40 fellows selected for teacher-leader program

Teachers tapped to help boost classroom performance Orlando Sentinel Feb. 29, 2016 A group of 40 educators were selected for a new UF College of Education leadership program to improve their classroom skills and student learning. The Florida Teacher Leader Fellowship is funded by a $764,553 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The […]

Tampa Bay Times: Legislators OK $400,000 for UF reading program

Legislators earmark $400,000 for reading program at struggling schools in St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Times March 11, 2016 Florida legislators approved spending nearly $400,000 for a new intensive reading improvement program developed by the College of Education’s Lastinger Center for Learning to help struggling students. Five failing elementary schools are targeted for the reading program. […]

Florida Alligator: UF College of Education launches website redesign

UF College of Education launches website redesign Independent Florida Alligator March 8, 2016 The student-run newspaper quoted Associate Dean Tom Dana, who said the revamped website is more student-focused and targets recruiting students. Jason Arnold, associate director of e-learning, technology and creative services, and Kendall Messersmith, a UF elementary education junior, also are quoted.

Florida Alligator: New fellowship program selects 40 teachers

UF College of Education begins new fellowship program, 40 teachers selected Independent Florida Alligator Feb. 24, 2016 The student-run newspaper picked up the story on the College of Education Lastinger Center for Learning’s selection of 40 public school teachers for a new Florida Teacher Leader Fellows program. The story quoted Rebekah Cordova, the professional development […]

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Early learning ‘action network’ taps Lastinger Center specialist for national fellowship

Valerie Mendez-Fariñas of the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning didn’t have to think twice about joining a vibrant national movement over the next three years to improve early learning opportunities and resources for our youngest children. Mendez-Fariñas, a professional development specialist, is one of 38 American leaders in the early-childhood arena recently selected […]