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April showers research laurels on Ed Tech PhD students

April was a month to remember for Ed Tech doctoral student Jiahui Wang. She must have thought it was still March because she was more lion than lamb, roaring to top prizes in multiple graduate student research competitions.


COE makes its mark at nation’s largest gathering of education researchers

Some 65 University of Florida College of Education faculty and graduate students were among the 15,000 scholars from around the world who converged on San Antonio, Texas, from April 27 to May 1, for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the […]


UF, COE, state mourn loss of ‘rising star’ alumnus Brian Dassler

UF and the COE mourn the sudden death on March 21 of "public education rising superstar" and EduGator alumnus Brian Dassler. He died of natural causes at age 38 in Tallahassee, where he was deputy chancellor of educator quality for the state DOE.


College again earns top rankings from US News

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The College of Education at the University of Florida continues to stake claim as the top ranked education school in Florida and among public universities in the Southeast, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education […]


Higher Ed. institute honors 10 outstanding alumni

The UF Institute of Higher Education (IHE) only selects its Outstanding Graduate Award winners every five years, so it’s a big deal when the recipients are announced. The 2017 recipients, all doctoral graduates, were selected for their effectiveness as community college administrators, in collegewide strategic planning, and their professional activities up to the national level.


The making of America’s best online graduate education program

By JASON ARNOLD Director of E-learning, Technology & Creative Services (ETC) UF College of Education The UF College of Education has always strived to offer the most innovative and student-centered online graduate degree programs in the country. If we’re not […]


International group installs COE professor as president-elect

TESOL International, the world’s largest organization of educators committed to advancing English language teaching for non-English speaking students, has installed Ester de Jong, a UF COE professor and school director, as its president-elect.


COE alumna Stacy Ellis named new UF Baby Gator director

After conducting a national search, the University of Florida has named a College of Education alumna as the new director of Baby Gator Child Development and Research Centers at UF. Deciding the best candidate was already on staff, the university […]


UF awarded $10M to personalize online math learning

The UF College of Education is assembling top faculty researchers from multiple fields to seek solutions in two critical areas of 21st century education – personalizing online math instruction and adapting educational technology for students with visual impairments.


20 states join UF’s sweeping reform effort to boost teaching of students with disabilities

The college's federally funded CEEDAR Center has selected the final five of 20 states that have joined together in a sweeping reform effort to vastly improve teaching and learning for students with disabilities.


New school director Holly Lane embraces tradition of ‘vigorous research’

The College of Education has appointed Holly Lane, associate professor of special education, as the new director of its School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies. She succeeds Jean Crockett, who is leaving the post to resume her teaching and research responsibilities as a professor of special education.


‘Global classrooms create worldly connections for future teachers

University of Florida education students are using technology to connect with educators and classrooms worldwide to learn about other cultures and education systems first-hand thanks to a new Global Classroom Initiative (GCI) developed by UF researchers. Swapna Kumar, a clinical […]


UF Anderson Scholars program honors 17 ProTeach students–most ever!–plus 2 faculty mentors

Seventeen COE ProTeach elementary education students have been named UF Anderson Scholars for their outstanding academic performances during their first two years at UF—the most education students to receive the award in recent memory. Two education faculty members—Mary Ann Nelson […]


COE well represented at world’s largest education research meeting

Dozens of faculty and graduate students will meet starting Friday, April 8 for the world's largest gathering of scholars to examine critical issues of education research and public policy.


School names corridor after former principal to honor daughter’s gift

Leslie Eggert Scales-Holloway (BAE ’68) was visibly moved as she reflected on her late father’s role as the beloved principal at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School from 1947 to 1952. “He strongly believed in the connection between school and community,” […]


40 educators chosen for UF’s new leadership network

The College of Education named 40 public school educators to a new program to develop leadership skills and share their expertise with teachers across Florida.


Study explores impact of ‘active learning classroom’ design

Inspired by the early impact of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School’s new, state-of-the-art elementary wing, faculty researchers from PKY and the University of Florida are teaming up on pioneering studies into how school building design can influence and improve schooling for […]


UF online graduate education rated best in nation

The UF College of Education is America’s best online master’s degree program, according to U.S. News and World Report. About 1,750 students are enrolled in 160 online courses.


Preaching the power of Teacher Inquiry

Professor and best-selling author Nancy Dana has turned globetrotter to "spread the gospel" of practitioner inquiry--a powerful form of educator professional development that's helping teachers help students learn to their maximum potential.


FSU honors UF’s inquiry scholar Nancy Dana with distinguished alumni award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida College of Education Professor Nancy Dana has been honored with a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Florida State University College of Education, where she received her doctorate in childhood education in 1991. The award […]


‘Pivotal force’ in special education policy helping COE celebrate 40th anniversary of landmark Disabilities Education law

The UF College of Education and its School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies (SESPECS) are commemorating the 40th anniversary of the passage of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act this week with two special events, […]


Pop some popcorn and ease into Sevan Terzian’s new book on American education in popular media

What iconic character types spring to mind when you think of your school days: Playground bully or rope-jumping queen? Jocks and cheerleaders? Freaks and geeks? Despotic principal? Inspirational teacher or professor? Are your most vivid school memories totally of your own experiences, […]


New staff developments in COE Development-Alumni Affairs

New staff developments are evident in Development and Alumni Affairs at the UF College of Education, starting with the promotion of Brian Danforth as the new director of the combined DAA and News and Communications offices. Danforth, who served as […]


UF center partners with states’ school system chiefs to boost teaching of students with disabilities

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stronger licensure standards for teachers and principals, identification of skills educators need from their first day in the classroom, and more rigorous preparation programs for teachers and school leaders are among the steps state education chiefs can […]


Education school rankings place UF No. 1 in Florida, Southeast

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida College of Education held on to its spot as the No. 1 education school in Florida and also was rated first among public universities in the Southeast, according to the U.S. News & World […]


UF awarded $2.7M for new center aiming to transform elementary teacher preparation

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—With $2.7 million from the Florida Department of Education, the University of Florida College of Education is creating a new “center of excellence” to transform its nationally ranked elementary teacher preparation program—and several of Alachua County’s high-needs schools will […]


NSF fellowship is just the latest achievement for UFTeach alum Xavier Monroe

Xavier J. Monroe, a 2013 UF graduate, belongs on a UFTeach student recruitment poster. And that’s even before he was awarded a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship in STEM education and learning research recently from the National Science Foundation. While Monroe […]


P.K. Yonge DRS robotics team vying for title in international competition

P.K. Yonge: Robotics world champs? Well, we don’t know yet. At this writing, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School’s robotics team is competing in the FIRST Robotics Championship April 22-25 in St. Louis. The 21-member Roaring Riptide team qualified for the finals in mid-March by earning […]


P.K. Yonge expanding educator outreach by Swivl and Twitter and streaming—oh my!

Striving to make an impact on education locally, statewide and beyond,  UF’s K-12 lab school, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, has been hosting more than 300 K-12 visiting educators annually as part of its Research in Action program, offering classroom observations, teacher-to-teacher mini-workshops, debriefing […]


College honors five ‘outstanding’ students for 2014-15

Congratulations to UF ProTeach undergraduate students Shelby Boger and Madison Buchert, and graduate education students Julie Boker, Natalie King and Elizabeth Bettini, who will receive Outstanding Student Awards April 24 at the 2015 College of Education Recognition Dinner at the […]


’72 grad Renee Tipton Clift honored as 2015 UF Distinguished Alumna

The University of Florida has selected noted teacher education innovator Renee Tipton Clift, a 1972 graduate of the UF College of Education, to receive its 2015 UF Distinguished Alumni Award. Clift, a professor and dean at the University of Arizona […]


UF’s free tutoring app helping Fla. students prep for high-stakes algebra exam

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Last spring, nearly half of Florida ninth-graders flunked the statewide end-of-course Algebra 1 exam—a gateway test that Florida high school students must pass in order to graduate. University of Florida education researchers, using a powerful online teaching […]


COE scholars make strong showing at massive AERA meeting

More than 70 University of Florida College of Education faculty and graduate students were among the 14,000 scholars from around the world who converged on Chicago April 16-20 for the 2015 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association to examine […]


Service for Thomas Oakland set for March 28

A Celebration of Life service for retired school psychology Professor Emeritus Thomas Oakland will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville. Everyone is welcome to attend and a reception will follow […]


EduGator alumni gatherings coming your way in Tampa, Gainesville, Chicago and St. Augustine

EduGators in Tampa, Gainesville, Chicago and St. Augustine areas take note: We’re heading your way and would love to get together with you! Delicious food, great conversations and reminiscing with your fellow COE alumni await you, and you’ll hear the latest updates on the College’s […]


COE responds to tragic death of Professor Emeritus Thomas Oakland

(Thomas Oakland, a beloved and world-renowned professor of school psychology at the UF College of Education from 1995 until his retirement in 2010, was killed on Wednesday, March 4, when, Gainesville police allege, a local man set Dr. Oakland’s house on […]


Kramer named co-director of Institute of Higher Education

The University of Florida College of Education has named assistant professor of higher education Dennis Kramer to the new position of co-director of its UF Institute of Higher Education (IHE)—an appointment college officials say “further strengthens the institute’s commitment to […]


Online master’s in reading education program ranked 2nd in U.S. by BestSchools.org

The UF College of Education’s online Master of Education degree program in “Reading: Language and Literacy” has been ranked second in the nation by TheBestSchools.org in its listing of The 25 Best Online Master in Reading Degree Programs. TheBestSchools.org is […]


Special ed. colleagues share national honor for teacher education achievements

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) honored University of Florida special education professors Mary Brownell and Paul Sindelar with its 2015 David G. Imig Award for distinguished achievement in teacher education on March 1 at the group’s annual […]


COE online program rated best in nation for student selectivity; jumps to 13th overall in U.S. News rankings

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The University of Florida College of Education has one of America’s best online master’s degree programs in teacher education, and some of the nation’s best graduate students, according to national rankings announced Wednesday (Jan. 7) by U.S. News & […]


In Memoriam: Cecil D. Mercer, Ph.D., special education ‘giant’

Cecil D. Mercer, a giant in his field during his 31 years (1974-2005) on the College of Education’s special education faculty, passed away at home on Nov. 21, 2014, after a long battle with Lyme disease. He was 71. In […]


Alachua couple’s ‘unrestricted’ gift will boost COE’s areas of greatest need

University of Florida alumnus Joe Thigpen and his wife, Rebecca De Marie, of Alachua, Fla., have pledged an estate gift of $200,000 in unrestricted funds that will “advance the ambitious and transformative goals of the UF College of Education,” according […]


P.K. Yonge volleyball team scores state title

Hard work and dedication are values touted by P.K. Yonge faculty—and not just in the classroom. This year, that hard work and motivation from last year’s near-miss at a state volleyball title served as inspiration in the gym as the […]


PKY robotics team standout among youngest ever to pass mechanical design exam

The word on the (education) street is that school Robotics programs are a splendid pathway to careers in the vital STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math for today’s youth. At P.K. Yonge, UF’s K-12 developmental research school, there is […]


50-year EduGator alums offer advice for today’s students

What advice would UF College of Education alumni who graduated exactly a half-century ago–from the class of 1964–give to today’s education students? The COE recently joined colleges across campus in honoring their new 50-year alumni, as members of the class of 1964 were inducted […]


COE-UF contingent makes splash at inaugural early childhood symposium

  Early childhood faculty researchers, postdoctoral fellows and students from the College of Education and other UF colleges associated with UF’s Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies formed a substantial presence last week at an inaugural symposium […]


School teams with COE faculty to redefine how kids learn ‘STEAM’ subjects

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Education researchers say the elementary school curriculum is moving away from traditional blocks of math, science, social studies and language arts, and evolving into project- and problem-based teaching and learning. Children are now learning through direct hands-on […]


Spotlight shines thrice on Prof. Pringle as top science teacher educator

With three major awards in less than three months, UF COE associate professor Rose Pringle is solidifying her reputation as one of the top science teacher educators around. Over a recent six-week span, she received a regional award from the […]


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