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TAMPA BAY NEWS WEEKLLY

Tampa Bay News Weekly 
3-29-2012
Lastinger Center

The Lastinger Center was mentioned in an article about the Pinellas county teacher of the year for its Teacher Fellow Facilitator program. Teacher-of-the-year winner Stephanie Whitaker is involved with the program that gives teachers in Pinellas county support and feedback regarding their classroom practices.

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CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: Linda C. Jones

The Chronicle of Higher Education 
3-25-2012
Linda Cronin Jones (science education)

In a letter to the editor published in The Chronicle, UF science education professor Linda Cronin Jones and co-author Francis Putz, a biology professor, warn of the consequences of STEM educators not having sufficient experience in teaching before going into a classroom.

GAINESVILLE SUN: Dean Glenn Good

Gainesville Sun    
3-13-2012
Dean Glenn Good

Education writer Nathan Crabbe penned an article about UF’s graduate school rankings in the recent U.S. News and World Report. The College of Education made the largest improvement on campus, moving up 18 spots in the rankings to number 34. Dean Glenn Good said the college’s “jump reflected its focus on increasing research and being more selective in graduate admissions.”

GAINESVILLE SUN: Mary Brownell (special education)

Gainesville Sun
2-09-12
Mary Brownell (special education)

Special education professor Mary Brownell was quoted in the Gainesville Sun in an article about the recent decision to free some states, including Florida, from some of the dictates of the No Child Left Behind Act. Brownell was quoted as saying, “We are very concerned about schools watering down expectations for (students with disabilities) if there aren’t clear guidelines.”

EDUCATIONWEEK.COM: Catherine Cavanaugh (education technology)

EdWeek.com
2-08-12
Catherine Cavanaugh (education technology)

Catherine Cavanaugh in Education Technology was quoted in EdWeek.com’s article addressing lack of research in online education. The article discusses the lack of knowledge about the field. Cavanaugh spoke about the success of online higher education and the lack of information and research about K-12 online education.

GRAHAM CENTRAL newsletter: Elizabeth Washington (School of Teaching and Learning)

GRAHAM CENTRAL newsletter / Bob Graham Center for Public Service website
2-07-12
Elizabeth Washington (civics education)

A profile of COE civics education professor Elizabeth Washington graces the back cover of the Spring 2012 edition of Graham Central, the newsletter of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at UF. The profile identifies Washington as one of the nation’s leading experts on civic education. It also mentions her partnership with the center and the University of Central Florida to improve civics education in Florida.

INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR: Don Pemberton (Lastinger Center for Learning)

Independent Florida Alligator
1-31-12
Don Pemberton (Florida Master Teacher Initiative)

The Independent Florida Alligator quoted Lastinger Center director Don Pemberton in an article about a $6-million federal grant awarded to expand the center’s Florida Master Teacher Initiative in Miami-Dade County.

South Florida’s UF IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Lastinger Center for Learning

South Florida’s UF in Your Neighborhood
1-30-12

Lastinger Center for Learning

The Lastinger Center for Learning was featured in the South Florida edition of UF in Your Neighborhood, a booklet produced by the UF Foundation. The edition serves the Miami-Dade area and begins with a one-page feature on how “improving teacher practice and student achievement is at the heart  of (the Lastinger Center’s) newly expanded program in Miami-Dade County.” The booklet also contains a mini-profile of UF alum, David Lawrence, Jr.

OCALA STAR BANNER: Don Pemberton (Lastinger Center for Learning)

Ocala Star Banner
1-30-12, 1-25-12, 1-23-12
Don Pemberton (Lastinger Center for Learning)

Don Pemberton was quoted by the Ocala Star Banner in three articles about the release of Florida’s individual school rankings based solely on FCAT scores. Pemberton said ranking schools based on FCAT scores doesn’t do any favors for students or the schools.

Florida Alligator/MarketWatch.com: UF Teach

Independent Florida Alligator / MarketWatch.com
1-23-12, 1-19-12
UF Teach program

The Independent Florida Alligator wrote an article about the $100,000 that UF Teach received from AT&T and highlighted details about the program. MarketWatch.com also cited UF Teach in an article about AT&T’s $500,000 grant funding UTeach programs at five universities.

UF TODAY alumni magazine: Donors Anita Zucker, Bill and Robbie Hedges

UF TODAY (alumni association magazine):
Fall/Winter 2011 edition
COE donors Anita Zucker and Bill and Robbie Hedges
COE donors Anita Zucker and Bill and Robbie Hedges were cited in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of UF Today alumni magazine. They were two of four donating parties mentioned and pictured in a single-page feature titled “Champions”, with a headline of “Supporting the Mission: Meet the people who are helping UF to be the best it can be.” Brief blurbs described their respective gifts.

GAINESVILLE SUN: David Miller (research & evaluation methods)

Gainesville Sun
12-14-11
David Miller (research and evaluation methods)
REM Professor David Miller was quoted in the Dec. 14 edition of the Gainesville Sun in an article titled “Students working overtime to conquer FCAT.” The article described how some local schools were conducting voluntary FCAT preparation classes on Saturdays to help struggling students prepare for the standardized tests. Miller was quoted as saying the cut (minimum required) test scores have become a political issue “that doesn’t necessarily translate into what students should be achieving.”

WGCU-FM NPR Radio: Cathy Cavanaugh (education technology)

WGCU-FM (NPR affiliate at Florida Gulf Coast University, covering southwest Florida)
12-2-11
Cathy Cavanaugh (education technology)
“Sound Off with Sasha,” a weekly radio review of current topics hosted by Sasha Rethati, produced a report on the pros and cons of virtual education. Cathy Cavanaugh, UF associate professor in education technology, was one of two experts interviewed for the show and commented on the effective use of online and blended education through technology.

INSTITUTE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY website & nationwide press release: Luis Ponjuan (UF IHEP)

Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) website & nationwide press release
11-29-11
Luis Ponjuan (UF Institute of Higher Education)
IHEP, based in Washington, D.C., disseminated a nationwide news release Nov. 29, and also posted a news item on its website, about a policy brief co-authored by UF IHE Director Luis Ponjuan that introduces a “Blueprint for Action” — providing model program examples and action steps to best support Latino males to and through college and into the workforce.

 

 

INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR: Dorene Ross (Teaching & Learning)

Independent Florida Alligator
11-21-11
Dorene Ross (School of Teaching and Learning)
The Alligator reported that the Florida Department of Education requested to be exempt from certain portions of the No Child Left Behind law. In regard to standardized student-testing, the Alligator article quotes professor Dorene Ross as saying, “The emphasis on high-stakes testing has changed the school experience so that the emphasis is less on learning and more on performing on a test.”


MEDIA NEWSWIRE / WRUF RADIO: Lynda Hayes (P.K. Yonge), Rose Pringle (science education)

Media Newswire / WRUF Radio
11-14-11
Lynda Hayes (P.K. Yonge School director), Rose Pringle (STL)
Media-Newswire.com, an international press release distribution firm catering to the specialist media, carried the college’s press release about “COE-PK Yonge head $5M effort to transform middle-school science education.” PKY Director Lynda Hayes and co-investigator Rose Pringle, of the COE’s School of Teaching and Learning, were both quoted describing the project. Media Newswire delivers directly to more than 250 news desks, reaching thousands of international journalists, and also reaches over 100,000 end-users daily.

FLORIDA TIMES-UNION: Lastinger Center mentor apprenticeship

FLORIDA TIMES-UNION (JACKSONVILLE DAILY NEWSPAPER)
11-5-11
Lastinger Center mentor apprenticeship pays off

The Florida Times-Union daily newspaper in Duval County profiled North Shore Elementary School instructional coach Brooke Cobbin, one of the first participants in a 2006 apprenticeship program sponsored by the college’s Lastinger Center for Learning.

ST. PETERSBURG TIMES: Anita Zucker (1972 alumna and donor)

ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
11-5-11
Anita Zucker (1972 graduate) cited in listing of million-dollar philanthropists

COE alumna and major donor Anita Zucker (BAE ‘72) is mentioned in this St. Petersburg Times (Sunday edition) article on Florida’s million-dollar philanthropists.

WUFT-FM Radio: Tim Jacobbe (mathematics education)

WUFT-FM RADIO
11-2-11
Tim Jacobbe (math education)

Jacobbe was quoted in a WUFT radio news report describing the implications of the latest report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, showing that the nation’s scores of reading and math progress for fourth and eighth graders remained about the same from 2009.

THE DAILY (1st iPad-only newspaper): Dorene Ross (teaching and learning)

THE DAILY (the first iPad-only newspaper)
11-1-11
Dorene Ross (School of Teaching and Learning)

Professor Dorene Ross was quoted in The Daily (the first-ever iPad-only newspaper) in an article headlined “Miami-Dade  joins school districts making end-of-term exams optional.” Ross said that by dropping final or midterm exams, students will lose a chance to get feedback about how well they are doing in class.

NAPLES NEWS daily newspaper (TLSI degree program)

Naples News daily newspaper
10-28-11
Education Leadership doctoral program
A Naples News report discusses the impact of technology on learning, focusing on issues covered by 18 Collier County district administrators in a new, job-embedded educational leadership doctorate program offered online through UF’s College of Education.

 

NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY CENTER: Cathy Cavanaugh (education technology)

NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY CENTER
October 2011
Ed tech’s Cavanaugh cited in national policy brief

Ed Tech instructor Cathy Cavanaugh’s published research analyzing online learning outcomes in K-12 teaching was cited five times in a policy brief titled “Online K-12 Schooling in the U.S.: Uncertain Private Ventures in need of Public Regulation,” published by the National Education Policy Center.

EDUCATION WEEK: Online ed tech degrees

EDUCATION WEEK
10-26-11
UF online degrees in education technology

The COE’s online graduate degree programs in educational technology, teacher leadership and school improvement, and special education were cited in the Oct. 26 edition of Education Week as examples of “options” that many practicing teachers who have the time for graduate coursework are taking advantage of.

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ST. PETERSBURG TIMES: Brian Dassler (2002 alumnus)

ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
10-26-11
Brian Dassler (COE 2002 graduate)

COE graduate Brian Dassler (MEd “02, English Education) and David Colburn of UF’s Reubin Askew Institute co-authored a guest opinion column in the St. Petersburg Times urging policymakers not to embrace virtual schooling—especially for-profit virtual schools—as a cure-all for problems in public education.” Dassler is principal of a KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) High School in New Orleans.

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA: SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE, JAX DAILY RECORD, FLAGLER LIVE.COM

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA: SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE, JACKSONVILLE DAILY RECORD, FLAGLER LIVE.COM,
10-25-11
Cathy Cavanaugh (professor, education technology), Peggy Haldeman (Ed tech Ed.D. student)

Dr. Cavanaugh and Peggy Haldeman (EdD student and Florida Virtual School senior manager) were quoted in this Sarasota Herald-Tribue article critical of the quality and cost of for-profit virtual schools. The article cites a Missouri-based study Cavanaugh worked on. The story by the News Service of Florida also appeared in the Jacksonville Daily Record and on FlaglerLive.com website.

FLORIDA ALLIGATOR, THE LEGIS-GATOR: Tim Jacobbe (math education)

INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR; THE LEGIS-GATOR; UF BROADCAST NEWS
10-10-11
Tim Jacobbe (STL-math education) receives $2M NSF grant

Supported by a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UF math education researcher is leading a multi-center effort to create high-quality testing instruments in statistics, which will help teachers keep middle and high school students on track for meeting rigorous, new national math standards. Story was covered by the Florida Alligator and the Nov. 2, 2011 issue of The LegisGator (a newsletter for the Gator Caucus). UF also produced a broadcast news story made available to national TV news affiliates via satellite. Also covered on the following websites: — usCollegeRanking.org/universities; eCollegiateNews.com; scoop.it/the-lead-learner-is-the-learning-leader; and gatorcountry.com/gatorbeat/

 

PALM BEACH POST: Linda Jones (science education)

PALM BEACH POST
10-16-11
Linda Jones (science education) encourages hands-on labs

A Palm Beach Post article reports the decision of a Palm Beach middle school to get rid of hands-on science labs in their classrooms, placing more emphasis on standardized testing like the FCAT. Associate professor Linda Jones, a proponent of hands-on learning, was quoted saying, “There’s no questioning whether hands-on is important. That’s been asked and answered.”

FLORIDA ALLIGATOR: Linda Hayes (PKY), Rose Pringle (science education)

INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR
10-9-11
Lynda Hayes (P.K. Yonge DRS), Rose Pringle (science education)
An article in the Oct. 9 edition of the Florida Alligator reported on the National Science Foundation’s award of a $5 million grant to COE and P.K. Yonge education researchers, who will use the money to revise science programs in Florida middle schools. Hayes was quotes saying that retraining middle school teachers will help them increase students’ interest in biology, chemistry, physics and earth science.

FLORIDA ALLIGATOR: Dimple Malik Flesner (UF Teach)

INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR
10-7-11
Dimple Malik Flesner (UF Teach)
Student Heather McNeill was featured and UF Teach associate director Dimple Malik Flesner was quoted in a sizable profile article in the Florida Alligator on the college’s UF Teach program, appearing in the Oct. 7, 2011 edition.

 

In the news: INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR (9-30-11)

INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR
9-30-11
Hedges add to $2M gift

When Bill and Robbie Hedges saw their 2005 donation of almost $2 million to UF’s College of Education drop in value during the recent recession, they feared the education research supported by their gift would suffer from the reduced funding.  As reported in the Sept. 30 edition of the Florida Alligator, the retired Gainesville couple recently added another $63,000 to their endowed research fund to restore its value to previous levels.

In the news: CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION (9-25-11)

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
9-25-11
Luis Ponjuan (UF Institute for Higher Education)

Ponjuan, assistant professor of educational administration and director of UF’s Institute for Higher Education, was quoted in the Sept. 25, 2011 issue of the online Chronicle of Higher Education in an article titled “Educators Start Early to Create a College-Going Culture Among Hispanics in Texas.” He said Hispanic children will face pressure from friends who insist that college is a waste of time and encouraged parents to keep talking with their children about the pressures they will face.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: Luis Ponjuan (UF Institute of Higher Education)

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION–Luis Ponjuan (UF Institute of Higher Education)–9-26-11
Many higher-education institutions are pairing up with local school officials to create a college-going culture among Hispanic students, even in kindergarten. Luis Ponjuan of UF’s Institute of Higher Education is quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article advising parents that their children will face pressure from friends who insist that college is a waste of time. He urges parents to get to know faculty members and administrators at the college, and to keep talking with their children about the pressures they will face.

In the news: GAINESVILLE SUN (9-24-11)

GAINESVILLE SUN
9-24-11

P.K. Yonge School

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School is heralding its new elementary wing, set to open for the 2012-2013 school year, as a “new, new building, not a new old building.” Instead of desks and chairs, PKY students will learn in reading lofts, outdoors and in large rooms with more than 50 other students, each working in a small group. With a new building, says director Lynda Hayes, comes a new way of teaching. (Read more in the Gainesville Sun )

GAINESVILLE SUN: P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School

GAINESVILLE SUN–P.K. Yonge School–9-24-11
P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School is heralding its new elementary wing, set to open for the 2012-2013 school year, as a “new, new building, not a new old building.” Instead of desks and chairs, PKY students will learn in reading lofts, outdoors and in large rooms with more than 50 other students, each working in a small group. With a new building, says director Lynda Hayes, comes a new way of teaching. (Read more)

In the news: GAINESVILLE SUN (9-5-11)

GAINESVILLE SUN
9-5-11
Lynda Hayes (new director of P.K. Yonge School)

A Gainesville Sun feature story profiled Lynda Hayes, new director of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School (UF’s K-12 laboratory school). The article described the school as “on the cusp of a major transformation, with a new school director, new UF College of Education dean and construction of a new elementary wing as part of a major campus renewal project.

In the news: ST. PETERSBURG TIMES (9-3-11)

ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
9-3-11
Lastinger Center for Learning

The St. Petersburg Times reported in an article Sept. 3, 2011, that UF’s Lastinger Center for Learning will partner with the Pinellas County school district to study the link between black student achievement and teacher quality in Pinellas schools. The Lastinger Center has secured a commitment from the Kellogg Foundation to fund the effort.

FLORIDA TREND: Cathy Cavanaugh (education technology)

FLORIDA TREND–Cathy Cavanaugh (education technology)–9/1/11
In a Florida Trend profile feature about Florida Virtual School principal Julie Young, UF associate professor Cathy Cavanaugh stated that national research shows virtual schooling is “at least” as effective as traditional schooling.

In the news: EDUCATION WEEK (8-24-11)

EDUCATION WEEK
8-24-11
Cathy Cavanaugh (education technology), Jeanne Repetto (special education)

Cavanaugh and Repetto were quoted in a supplement to the Aug. 24 issue of Education Week in a Special Report on K-12 Education Technology—titled  “E-Learning for Special Populations”—which examined the growing e-learning opportunities for students with disabilities. Cavanaugh was quoted as saying policymakers are warming to the idea that online programs should be an option for special populations of students, and she hopes that shift in thinking will attract more researchers to what is still a lightly populated field.

In the news: HUFF POST (8-11-11) / NEA TODAY 6-21-11)

HUFFINGTON POST / NEA TODAY
8-11-11, 6-21-11
Luis Ponjuan (UF Institute for Higher Education)

A research article on the “Vanishing Latino Male,” co-authored by Ponjuan, was cited in the Aug. 11, 2011 edition of the Huffington Post online newsletter headlined “The Hispanic Gender Gap: Can Latinas Save the American Family?” The Huff Post cited an excerpt from a paper published by the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, in which Ponjuan and co-author Victor Saenz from the University of Texas at Austin warn, “Latino male students are ‘vanishing’ from the American education pipeline” . . . Ponjuan also was the primary source for a story on the Latino dropout rate in the June 21 issue of NEA Today, the website of the National Education Association.

GAINESVILLE SUN: Alyson Adams (Lastinger Center for Learning)

Gainesville Sun / South Florida Business Journal / WRUF-AM 850 (Gainesville): Alyson Adams (UF Lastinger Center for Learning)
Alyson Adams was quoted in story carried by these 3 media outlets about $6 million in grants the UF Lastinger Center for Learning landed to team with Miami-Dade Public Schools and the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation on a local teaching program. Miami-Dade early education teachers will get free, on-the-job graduate education from UF professors-in-residence in a program designed to train master teachers in early childhood education.

In the news: INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR (8-2-11)

INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR
8-2-11
Dean Glenn Good

A story in the Florida Alligator reported the appointment of Glenn E. Good as the new dean of the College of Education.

In the news: FLORIDA TREND / GAINESVILLE SUN / WCJB-TV 20 / FLORIDA ALLIGATOR (6-29-11)

FLORIDA TREND MAGAZINE (Daily Pulse website)/GAINESVILLE SUN/WCJB-TV 20 (LOCAL ABC AFFILIATE)/FLORIDA ALLIGATOR
6-29-11
Maureen Conroy (Early Childhood Studies), Stephen Smith (special ed), Ann Daunic (special ed)

News reports on Florida Trend magazine’s Daily Pulse website, in front-page stories in the Gainesville Sun and Independent Florida Alligator, and on WCJB-TV 20 in Gainesville covered the announcement of two federal grants, totaling $5.5 million, that were awarded to UF education researchers for studies designed to help teachers reduce disruptive classroom behavior.

In the news: GAINESVILLE SUN: (6-21-11)

GAINESVILLE SUN
6-21-11
Anita Zucker (alumna and donor)

An article in the June 21 issue of the Gainesville Sun reported the announced gift of $1 million made by entrepreneur and philanthropist Anita Zucker, a 1972 graduate of the College of Education and a 2010 recipient of UF’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Bay News Ch. 9 (Tampa Bay area): Lastinger Center-Pinellas schools showcase

Pinellas County teachers lead the state in classroom research projects, and on Wednesday they had the chance to showcase their work at an event sponsored by the school district and UF’s Lastinger Center for Learning. Bay News 9 covered the story.

Clearwater Current: Lastinger Center’s statewide inquiry showcases Old Northeast-Downtown St. Pete PATCH (e-newsletter) insideEDGE (Pinellas County Schools monthly newsletter) State of Florida Facts (news highlighting website)

More than 1,300 public school educators are presenting 1,100 problem-shooting research projects this month at University of Florida showcases around the state. Pinellas County educators will present 746 of the projects at a showcase scheduled at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Wednesday, May 11 beginning at 3:45 p.m. The UF Lastinger Center for Learning is staging the showcases with its partner school districts around the state. (The Clearwater Current is an online newspaper for Clearwater Beach, Old Clearwater Bay and Dunedin communities.)

InsideEDGE (Pinellas County Schools monthly newsletter): TLSI graduate degree

The graduate degree component (Teacher Leadership for School Improvement) of the Florida Master Teacher Initiative, offered to Pinellas teachers at area schools partnering with UF’s Lastinger Center for Learning, received the 2011 Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award by the Association of Teacher Educators.

Virtual School Meanderings (Web blog): Cathy Cavanaugh (education technology)


Cavanaugh’s appointment as a Fulbright Scholar was reported, as was a recent COE news release about UF’s virtual school internship program. (VSM is a Web blog about K-12 online learning, written by a Wayne State University I.T. professor.)

Gainesville Sun: Dorene Ross (STL)

Professor Dorene Ross was quoted extensively in segments one and two of a five-part series in the Gainesville Sun about the value and impact of standardized testing in Alachua County public schools.

South Florida Sun Sentinel: Catherine Emihovich (dean)

Dean Emihovich is quoted in a March 19 article in the South Florida Sun Sentinel reporting how the sweeping merit pay bill passed recently by the Florida Legislature has many teachers worried about the future of their jobs and profession. Said Emihovich: “We’re already hearing students raise questions about, ‘What is my long-term future as a teacher?’ “

Education Week: Wendy Drexler & Cathy Cavanaugh (education technology)

Wendy Drexler and Cathy Cavanaugh are quoted in research article weighing the pros and cons of technology-driven personalized learning. Article appeared in Education Week’s annual Technology Counts report for 2011.