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St. Augustine Record: College’s Lastinger Center training teachers to improve STEM learning

Sebastian Middle School leads the way for district with plans for flagship STEM Academy
The St. Augustine Record
June 1, 2017
The Lastinger Center for Learning is leading training workshops to prepare middle school teachers to infuse STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) into their lesson plans. It is part of the Lastinger Center’s effort to improve and certify STEM programs at schools. Susan Butler of the Lastinger Center is quoted saying that an increasing number of jobs in the new economy will require STEM skills.


Gainesville Sun: Zucker Center helps SWAG to Build CHILD center

Gainesville Sun
May 23, 2017
SWAG to build CHILD center
The Sun wrote about the building of a new CHILD (Children’s Health, Imagination, Learning and Discovery) Center in southwest Gainesville. The center is a collaboration of UF Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies and local groups, SW Advocacy Group (SWAG) and O2B Kids, A public groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for this Thursday at 6 p.m.


Gainesville Sun: UF expects $120 M in new funding from state budget

The Gainesville Sun
May 10, 2017
UF expects $120 million in new funding from state budget
The state budget includes $17.4 million for renovations to Norman Hall — enough funding to complete the renovations to the home of the College of Education a year earlier than expected.


Palm Beach Post: Op-ed: Teachers benefit from professional coaching

Palm Beach Post
April 31, 2017
Point of View: Teachers benefit from professional coaching
Phil Poekert, assistant director of the UF Lastinger Center for Learning, penned an op-ed about the importance of every teacher having a professional teaching coach.


Gainesville Sun: ‘Sesame Street’ character will help shed light on autism, experts say

‘Sesame Street’ character will help shed light on autism, experts say
April 5, 2017
Gainesville Sun
Comments from Maureen Conroy, a professor of early childhood studies at the UF College of Education, are included in a story about how a new autistic “Sesame Street” character can teach children about autism.


Miami Today: University of Florida’s Algebra Nation boosts passing grades

Miami Today
March 28, 2017
University of Florida’s Algebra Nation boosts passing grades
Miami Today wrote Algebra Nation, a program developed by the College of Education’s ULastinger Center for Learning, has dramatically increased pass rates in end-of-course algebra tests, especially for minority students. It’s free, available to any student in Florida, and widely used in Miami-Dade County.


The Alligator: UF grad who set up school after Hurricane Katrina dies

UF grad who set up school after Hurricane Katrina dies
The Independent Florida Alligator
March 28, 2017
The newspaper wrote “an epilogue” in remembrance of Triple Gator Brian Dassler, who passed away suddenly at age 38 of a pulmonary embolism. The story noted the college has established a graduate student scholarship in his name.


Gainesville Sun: Racial Disparities a Challenge for Teachers

Racial Disparities a Challenge for Teachers
Gainesville Sun
March 19, 2017
The Sun quoted professor Elizabeth Bondy, clinical professor Vicki Vescio, and alumna and teacher Darby Delane in a story about the challenges educators face in tackling education disparities. The story highlighted the Gainesville for All initiative, GNV4ALL, which is advocates the local school district adopt an equity plan to address racial and socioeconomic disparities.


Florida Trend: UF grad schools rank high among nation’s top programs

Florida Trend
March 15, 2017
University of Florida graduate schools rank high among nation’s top programs
UF College of Education moved up one spot into a tie for 29th overall among private and public universities. The College of Education moved up one spot to No. 19 among public graduate education colleges, and remains No. 1 in the state of Florida and the Southeast.


Gainesville Sun: College of Education ranks No. 29 among public universities

UF grad programs rank in top 100
The Gainesville Sun
March 14, 2015
The Sun wrote about U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the country’s graduate schools, which had six University of Florida schools ranked in the top 100 in their disciplines. The College of Education was the highest ranked among UF programs: tied for 29th with the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Florida Alligator: Best-selling authors talk philanthropy, passion

Best-selling authors talk philanthropy, passion for writing at GatorNights
The Independent Florida Alligator
Feb. 25, 2017
James Patterson, the best-selling author and sponsor of scholarships for UF elementary education students, fielded questions from fellow author Michael Connelly, a UF journalism grad, about Patterson’s philanthropy, passion and advice for students as part of Friday’s GatorNights event co-sponsored by the UF colleges of Education and Journalism.


Gainesville Sun: Disciplined students become experts in school community

Darby Delane, former professor

Darby Delane (right) left the College of Education in 2013 to return to the middle school classroom.

Disciplined students become experts in school community
The Gainesville Sun
Feb. 23, 2016
The Sun wrote about former College of Education lecturer Darby Delane’s return to teach at Kanapaha Middle School, where she launched a two-year study to explore whether increased dialogue between teachers and students with disciplinary problems have an impact on student behaviors.


University of Florida opens office in UM’s backyard

University of Florida opens office in UM’s backyard
UF’s new office in downtown Coral Gables, which officially opened Monday night, will house admissions, alumni outreach, fundraising staffers, and an office for the College of Education’s Lastinger Center for Learning, which has a partnership with the Miami-Dade school district.


The Alligator: Despite DeVos confirmation, UF education students hopeful

Despite DeVos confirmation, UF education students hopeful
Independent Florida Alligator
Feb. 7, 2017
The newspaper wrote about the unsuccessful efforts tof College of Education doctoral student Stephanie Schroeder and other students to convince U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to vote against the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education.


The Alligator: UF education students petition Rubio to oppose DeVos

UF education students petition Rubio to oppose DeVos
Independent Florida Alligator
Feb. 6, 2017
The newspaper wrote about more than 140 student and alumni of the UF College of Education who have signed an “Open Letter” to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio opposing Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. The letter outlines why the group believes DeVos is unqualified to lead the U.S. Department of Education. Stephanie Schroeder, a UF education doctoral student, helped write the letter after DeVos’ nomination passed through a Senate committee.


Newspapers: US News Ranks UF’s College of Education Online No. 1

Jan. 11, 2017
These news outlets reported on the college’s No. 1 ranking for its online graduate degree programs:

UF College of Education’s online graduate program gets high rating
Gainesville Sun

College of Education’s online program ranked best in US
The Independent Florida Alligator


The Alligator: Lastinger Center in partnership to help train teachers in Colorado

UF, technology company partner to help train teachers
Independent Florida Alligator
Jan. 9, 2017
The newspaper wrote about the Lastinger Center for Learning’s partnership with an education technology firm to improve how educators teach at under-achieving schools in Colorado.


Florida Alligator: Norman Hall renovations to begin during Spring semester

Norman Hall renovations to begin during Spring semester
The Independent Florida Alligator
Dec. 6, 2016
Glenn Good, the dean of the UF College of Education, says Old Norman Hall’s estimated $30 million renovations are expected to start late spring and after a timeline and plan is approved the building’s most pressing issues will be addressed at the start of the two-year project.


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, in a guest column that appeared on the editorial page of the Orlando daily.


The Post and Courier: S.C. students could get a math boost from Algebra Nation online program

S.C. students could get a math boost from Algebra Nation online program
The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)
Dec. 5, 2016
State and local education officials have been in talks to bring a website and smartphone app called Algebra Nation to public school students. A product of the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center for Learning, the program has shown promising results after being rolled out to every school district in Florida.


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 to Create Coaching Roles that Achieve Their Potential to Improve Teaching and Learning,” codeveloped by the Lastinger Center for Learning.


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 greater work.”


The Alligator: College of Education to study emotional disorders in children

College of Education to study emotional disorders in children
The Independent Florida Alligator
Sept. 28, 2016
UF scholars Ann Daunic and Stephen Smith, and elementary education senior Rachel Johnson were quoted in a story about a $3.5 million federal grant to fund a UF College of Education project to research a new curriculum designed to help kindergarten and first-grade students learn about and express their emotions.


WUFT: Associate Professor Joe Gagnon Quoted on State-City Park Partnership

Youth In The Juvenile Justice Program To Clean Up Duval Park
WUFT.org
Sept. 14, 2016
UF College of Education Associate Professor Joe Gagnon weighed in on the City of Gainesville’s new partnership with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice in which youth held in juvenile detention will work to enhance a city park. Gagnon, who specializes in researching the needs of youth who are incarcerated or in treatment facilities, was quoted in a story by WUFT.org saying the partnership “is a great idea, but if you’re really looking to impact these kids—give them an education and give them mental health services.”


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: P.K. Yonge instructor recognized for research, teaching

P.K. Yonge instructor recognized for research, teaching
The Gainesville Sun
June 10, 2016
The Sun wrote about Ross Van Boven, a sixth- and seventh-grade learning community leader at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, who received the 2015 Teacher as Researcher Award from the American Educational Research Association.

 


Gainesville Sun: P.K. Yonge teacher uses various methods to help students learn

Gainesville Sun: P.K. Yonge teacher uses various methods to help students learn
The Gainesville Sun
April 25, 2016
P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School teacher Jon Mundorf, who received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the College of Education, says if a classroom doesn’t feel good, it’s hard to learn in it. Mundorf’s approach is to create a learning environment that is easily accessible for all students.


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 the home of the College of Education.


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 in the program remember more information when rap, contemporary, jazz and other types of music are used.

 


The Conversation, The Huffington Post: What do special educators need to succeed?

The Conversation and The Huffington Post
What do special educators need to succeed?
March 11, 2016

Two recent graduates of the College of Education’s top-rated special education program say schools need to provide far more support to combat the high turnover of teachers and ensure that students with disabilities are served by qualified and skilled special educators. Elizabeth Bettini and Kristin Murphy, graduates of COE’s doctorate program in special education and now assistant professors at universities in the Boston area, cited their work with Drs. Mary Brownell and Maureen Conroy of the COE on a study of data that found special ed. teachers were more likely to be emotionally exhausted, and more likely to plan to leave the profession.


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. The paper cited College of Education sources Don Pemberton, director of the Lastinger Director, and Holly Lane, associate professor.


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 coordinator for the program.


NEA Today: In Classrooms Now! Public schools are more diverse than ever

Diverse student populations are in the classroom
NEA Today For Future Educators
Feb. 22, 2016
Cover story NEA Today Winter 2016Ester de Jong, director of the School of Teaching and Learning, and COE graduate Kali Davis were quoted in the National Education Association’s Winter 2016 cover story on how public schools are more diverse and how passion and preparation are helping educators teach. At UF, “our goal,” says
de Jong, “is to prepare our students to be sensitive to work with all students and to recognize their differences. We want them to be eager and able to teach
in the schools where students need them the most.” Davis, a teacher at Melrose Elementary, earned a bachelor’s from UF’s College of Education in elementary education in 2008 and a master’s in special education in 2009. She spoke of the importance of her immersing herself in high poverty neighborhoods to give underserved students a great education.


Florida Alligator: iDigFossils receives $1.2 million, will donate 3-D printers to children

iDigFossils receives $1.2 million, will donate 3-D printers to children
The independent Florida Alligator
Feb. 16, 2016
UF Associate Professor Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko’s “iDigFossils” project includes giving students in Florida and California 3-D scanners and printers, the Florida Alligator reported. Antonenko’s project was awarded almost $1.2 million by the National Science Foundation.


UF seeks state money for reading program piloted in ‘failure factories’

POLITICO, Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 4, 2016
UF Lastinger Center Director Don Pemberton in talks with lawmakers about piloting reading program
UF researchers are working in Melrose Elementary

Don Pemberton, director of the college’s UF Lastinger Center for Learning, told POLITICO Florida he is in discussions with lawmakers to fund a pilot intensive reading program that has garnered preliminary success in two troubled Pinellas County elementary schools. A Lastinger Center team worked with 20 third, fourth and fifth graders after school and evaluated the students’ grasp of critical reading skills before and after the program. Students’ success improved by 75 percent to 100 percent. Pemberton said he is seeking funding for five to 15 schools in three districts, with the total cost not more than $1.5 million. The Tampa Bay Times’ education reporter also picked up the story.


Education Week — UF’s Brownell cites multiple reasons for shortage of special ed. teachers

Education Week
Jan. 25, 2016
UF Education Professor Mary Brownell cites multiple reasons for shortage of special ed. teachers
Education Week quoted Mary Brownell, UF professor of special education, on the multi-faceted issues that are to blame for a shortage of special education teachers. She cited three factors: (1)  Special education teachers say they have to teach more subjects than their colleague; (2) They don’t always feel supported by their administrator; (3) They aren’t given the time and resources they need to do their jobs well . . . Brownell also directs UF’s CEEDAR Center. CEEDAR stands for Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform, and was created by the U.S. Department of Education’s office of special education programs to strengthen teacher preparation in the field.


The Florida Alligator — UF doctoral candidate finds freedom of speech restricted in schools

The Independent Florida Alligator
Nov. 17, 2015
UF doctoral candidate finds freedom of speech restricted in schools
UF College of Education doctoral candidate Jesse Gates’ dissertation on social media policies at Florida school districts was picked up by The Independent Florida Alligator with a story about how school faculty and staff have more restrictions on their First Amendment rights.


The Florida Alligator — UF education professor receives record number of awards

The Independent Florida Alligator
Nov. 17, 2015
UF education professor receives record number of awards
Pasha Antonenko’s receiving a College of Education record four National Science Foundation grants in the same funding cycle — with a fifth award pending official announcement — received notice from The Independent Florida Alligator.


WalletHub.com — 2015’s Best & Worst Cities For Hockey Fans

WalletHub.com
June 2015
2015’s Best & Worst Cities For Hockey Fans
Andrew Thomas, associate professor in the COE’s Research, Evaluation and Methodology program, is quoted in WalletHub’s online story, “2015’s Best & Worst Cities For Hockey Fans.”


Education Week — P.K. Yonge School shines in UF lab school role

Education Week
02-25-15
P.K. Yonge School
While many university-affiliated, K-12 laboratory schools are turning into private schools or closing their doors due to budget constraints and reorganization, a story in Education Week profiles P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida as a shining example of a school that lives up to the original vision of the American laboratory school–where teachers and university researchers actively collaborate to “develop and spread instructional innovation.” P.K. Yonge director Linda Hayes is quoted extensively.


Folio Weekly — Why do some Florida schools still practice paddling?

Folio Weekly
02-23-15
Why do some Florida schools use the medieval practice of paddling?
Folio Weekly ran a cover page story about corporal punishment still being used in some Florida schools. The story, which quotes COE special education professor Joe Gagnon, is based on research Gagnon collected with COE co-researcher Brianna Kennedy-Lewis.


WUFT-TV — Dean Good interviewed re: Norman Hall renovation funding

WUFT-TV News
2-23-15
UF College of Education seeks renovation funding for historic Norman Hall
WUFT-TV interviewed COE Dean Glenn Good for a 98-second story about the apparent support COE officials have received from the Florida Board of Governors to seek funding for much needed repairs and restorations to Norman Hall.


Gainesville Sun — Board of Governors supports Norman Hall renovation

The Gainesville Sun
02-19-15
Norman Hall renovations approved for state budget ruling
The Gainesville Sun ran a story on the Florida Board of Regents approving UF’s request to add $25 million for renovations to Norman Hall to its capital improvement and maintenance requests it will submit to the Florida Legislature for the 2015-16 budget year. James W. Norman Hall is the College of Education’s stately but aging, 82-year-old academic building.


Huffington Post — Why some Florida school principals still spank students

Huffington Post
02/11/15
Why some school principals in Florida still spank students
The Huffington Post posted a story quoting UF special education professor Joe Gagnon and other sources about the ineffectiveness and counter-productivity of using corporal punishment on students. The story is based on Gagnon’s research with UF professor Brianna Kennedy-Lewis, and was developed into a news release distributed nationally by the COE and UF news and communications offices.


Clay Today — Corporal punishment spanked by research

Clay Today
02/5/15
Corporal punishment spanked by research
Clay Today, a weekly newspaper that serves Clay County, Florida, quoted COE research professor Joe Gagnon in a story about corporal punishment still being practiced in some Florida schools.


Independent Florida Alligator — UF study: condemn school paddling

Independent Alligator
01-23-15
UF study: condemn school paddling
The Independent Alligator in Gainesville, Fla., ran a story quoting COE research professor Joe Gagnon concerning his part in a study that calls for abolishment of corporal punishment in all Florida schools.


News 4 Jacksonville — UF study calls for an end to corporal punishment

News 4 Jax TV
01-21-15
Study calls for end to corporal punishment in schools
Channel 4 News in Jacksonville, Florida, aired a story and ran an article on its webpage about a study conducted by UF COE professors Joe Gagnon and Brianna Kennedy-Lewis that calls for abolishment of corporal punishment in all Florida schools.


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