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FATE has Timmons on presidential track

Crystal Timmons, a UF professor-in-residence in the Duval County school district for the College of Education’s Lastinger Center for Learning, is the new president-elect of the Florida Association of Teacher Educators. Her one-year term as president-elect, starting in October, puts her on track to automatically assume the presidency of FATE in 2015-16. She will continue […]

UF’s summer Algebra Nation program launched in Jacksonville, aided by $2M in state funds

Thanks to $2 million from the Florida Legislature, about 1,000 Duval County rising 10th-graders who failed the high-stakes Algebra 1 end-of-course exam have a chance to pass it this summer. The University of Florida is piloting its Algebra Nation summer program in Jacksonville June 16-July 26. The legislature’s $2 million allocation will also fund this new program in […]

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Early-childhood education scholars join UF Institute for Child Health Policy

Patricia Snyder and Maureen Conroy, the director and co-director, respectively, of the UF Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies (based at the College of Education), have been named affiliate faculty members of the College of Medicine’s Institute for Child Health Policy. The institute focuses on disparities in health and health care outcomes for minority […]

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New COE autism scholar will work with early childhood studies center

The University of Florida College of Education has appointed an emerging scholar of behavioral interventions for young children with autism and developmental disabilities to its faculty. Brian Reichow, assistant professor of community medicine and health care and research director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Connecticut Health Center, […]

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New education technology professor to head UF Online Learning Institute

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The University of Florida College of Education has hired a leading authority on technology-based learning as a professor of education technology who will also head UF’s new Online Learning Institute, one of UF’s major preeminence initiatives. UF Education Dean Glenn Good announced May 21 the appointment of Carole R. Beal as a faculty professor […]

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Study: Solving behavior problems early boosts preschoolers’ chances for success in learning

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Studies show that up to a quarter of all children entering prekindergarten classrooms today have behavior problems that can disrupt learning for them and their peers. What’s more, researchers say that many preschool teachers lack the necessary training to effectively quell this growing trend in behavior problems. “Many preschool teachers are ill-prepared […]


School psychology alum receives Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award

Jason Gallant, who earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in school psychology from UF’s College of Education, has been given the college’s 2014 Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award. Among numerous achievements, he was recognized for tripling the number of families served during his first year as chief psychologist at the Boys Town Central Florida Behavioral Health […]


Florida among 5 states partnering with new UF center to transform teaching of students with disabilities

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — School districts and special education interests in five states—Florida, California, Connecticut, Illinois and South Dakota—are partnering with a new, federally funded center at the University of Florida on an ambitious effort to transform their preparation of effective teachers and leaders serving students with disabilities. The CEEDAR Center at UF’s College of Education […]

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International group honors Special Ed researcher for 2nd straight year

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—For the second consecutive year, University of Florida special education professor Mary Brownell has been chosen to receive a top honor from the Council for Exceptional Children, the world’s largest advocacy organization for students with special needs. Brownell will receive the Kauffman-Hallahan Distinguished Researcher Award, to be presented by the CEC’s Division for Research […]


Lastinger Center wins Gates Foundation grant to build Algebra Nation teacher-development network

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning has received a $250,000 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to build a teacher-development network as part of its highly successful e-learning resource, Algebra Nation. A virtual home for teachers, the Algebra Nation Teacher-Development Network will allow them to collaboratively enhance their grasp and use of […]

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Broadway pros work behind the scenes for P.K. Yonge’s production of ‘Anything Goes’

Administrators at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School may not have known it, but they got more than one person when they hired Michael Cundari to take over the school’s performing arts program last year. Cundari, a Nutley, N.J., native whose list of performances as a high school music director could double as an international travel […]

Counselor Ed student doubles up on CSI honors

Sandra “Sandi” Logan, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s counselor education program, has been chosen to serve as a Chi Sigma Iota Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year. The distinction was awarded recently just one day after Logan learned that she’d also won the counseling professional honor society’s annual leadership essay contest. Both […]

Education pundit Diane Ravitch gets topical with UF students, faculty

Diane Ravitch, a renowned education historian and pundit, research professor and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, held an informal Q&A session with 200 UF College of Education students and faculty on Jan. 22 at Norman Hall. The session was held just hours before Ravitch — author of the best-selling book, “Reign of Error: The […]

Harry and Diane Daniels: a marriage of true minds

Harry Daniels is a longtime professor of counselor education and has have been actively involved in the training and supervision of school and mental health counselors and marriage and family counselors for over 30 years. Daniels and his wife, Diane, have had the opportunity to expand their professional horizons since their move to Gainesville in […]


P.K. Yonge-China connection continues to blossom

Months of planning became bustling activity when a tour bus of 15 Chinese students, two administrators, and one faculty member arrived at UF’s P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School. from the Nanjing Experimental International School (NJEIS) on Sept. 24. The five-day visit from NJEIS is the second major step in the blossoming partnership between the two […]

Award-winning UF documentary filmmaker shines a light on innovative inner-city teacher

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Written, directed and produced by award-winning University of Florida documentary filmmaker Boaz Dvir, “Discovering Gloria” tells the story of Duval Elementary (Gainesville) teacher Gloria Jean Merriex’s transformation into a trailblazing innovator and a national model.  “Discovering Gloria” screens Sept. 26 at 6:30 pm at Lincoln Middle School in Gainesville. The 90-minute program, which […]


UFTeach summer scholars get hands-on training in STEM education

WATCH NOW on the COE YouTube channel. CLICK HERE: http://goo.gl/J6JCje A college student’s typical summer often includes lounging by a pool, spending hours glued to technology and social media, and sleeping until noon. For recipients of the University of Florida’s Noyce summer scholarships, however, vacation days this summer were spent soaked in science teaching and learning. […]

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Technology Teaching Lab for future teachers takes interactive learning to higher level

After a few months of training sessions and moderate class scheduling, the UF College of Education’s new “technology teaching laboratory” will open in full swing this fall to hundreds of computer-savvy students—not only in education but from several colleges across campus.   Aiming to bring teacher education into the 21st century, the college has converted a […]


UF, historically black colleges and universities launching statewide mentoring for at-risk minority youth

Research has shown that minority youth in Florida are less likely to graduate from high school and more likely to encounter law enforcement officials compared to their white peers. University of Florida education researchers want to reverse that trend through a new program that will provide 150 at-risk minority students, particularly young black males, with […]


PKY starts planning for new secondary wing

With dust barely settled from the recent construction of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School’s prototype elementary wing, preparations have started for the next phase of the school’s campus revitalization project: a new $15.9 million building that will house the middle and high school grades. P.K. Yonge is the K-12 laboratory school of the University of […]


Faculty pair awarded annual research grant from College of Education

UF faculty co-researchers Jacqueline Swank and Joseph Gagnon will share the College of Education’s 2013-2014 College Research Incentive Fund Award. The annual CRIF grants are awarded to faculty with promising research projects that are likely to attract additional funding in the future.  Swank is an assistant professor in counselor education and Gagnon is an associate […]