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PK Yonge School’s Tony-winning musical tackles social justice issues with 1920s tunes, laughter

Can it be: 1920s themed musicals a “go-to” for teaching high school students about discrimination, bias, and social justice? That’s definitely not what P.K. Yonge School Performing Arts faculty thought upon first read through the script of The Drowsy Chaperone. […]


COE doctoral student honored for ‘teaching tolerance’

Ninth-grade students at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School are starting the school year in the classroom of a language arts teacher who has recently gained state and national attention for his effective instructional methods.


4 P.K. Yonge teachers named among Florida’s best ‘high impact teachers’

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked these highly ranked teachers at UF's P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School why they are succeeding.


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 […]


How Outstanding Young Alum saved his teaching career

Jon Mundorf was considering quitting teaching. Now he is receiving the College of Education’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Learn how the P.K. Yonge teacher revived his career.


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,” […]


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 […]


Blue Wave volleyballers do it again — state champs

  The news bears repeating. P.K. Yonge’s girls volleyball team did it again. For the second year in a row the Blue Wave girls’ volleyball team won the Florida high school state championship. The team capped off its sparkling season by […]


P.K. Yonge goes international

Teachers from UF's P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School have increasingly traveled to foreign lands to broaden their global perspectives and strengthen the lessons they provide their students.


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 […]


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 […]


P.K. Yonge Spanish teacher honored for ‘excelencia’ as part of Hispanic Heritage Month

Excellence – or excelencia – in education is clearly evident in the teaching and learning activities occurring in Grisell Santiago’s Spanish classroom at P.K. Yonge. And this hasn’t gone unnoticed. Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera presented Santiago and two other […]


Trip of lifetime becoming yearly event for P.K. Yonge, China students

The partnership between P.K. Yonge DRS and the Nanjing Experimental International School continues to grow and touch the lives of an increasing number of faculty, students and families from both schools. NJEIS is a university-affiliated laboratory school in China much […]


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 […]


P.K. Yonge, COE professor team up to align math curriculum with Common Core standards

As Florida schools prepare for the official implementation of the Common Core standards next school year, UF mathematics education associate professor Tim Jacobbe and P.K. Yonge, UF’s K-12 developmental research school, have been teaming up since 2009 to ensure the […]


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 […]


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 […]


Summer institutes for teachers offered in reading instruction, Common Core

For students, school’s out for the summer. For teachers, it’s an opportune time to step back into the classroom – but as students.  Starting this month, P.K. Yonge laboratory school will hold its professional development series for the eighth summer […]


COE hosting statewide meeting of teacher preparation leaders June 6-7

More than 40 Florida education officials and teacher preparation leaders will converge upon the University of Florida this Thursday and Friday, June 6-7, for the 3rd annual Summer Institute for Higher Education. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Effective Teachers and […]


P.K. Yonge high schoolers visit Chinese partner school during spring break

  On March 23, 16 excited (and somewhat travel-weary) globetrotters from P.K. Yonge set foot in Shanghai for what would be an enlightening and life-changing week in China. Thirteen high school students and three chaperones from the UF K-12 laboratory […]


P.K. Yonge students headed to world ‘Odyssey of the Mind’ competition

After winning regional and state competitions, a team of seven high schoolers from the college’s P.K. Yonge laboratory school has been selected from 300 state teams to be among 30 groups representing Florida at the World Finals of Odyssey of […]


PKY high-schoolers in China visiting UF partner schools

As global east-west relationships grow stronger, UF’s P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School is celebrating a burgeoning relationship with the Nanjing International Experimental School (NJIES) in China by sending the first Blue Wave student delegation to visit the Chinese school during […]


PKY-COE host gathering to map out transformation of middle school science education

Bolstered by a $5 million grant last year from the National Science Foundation, a collaborating faculty research team from P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School and UF’s College of Education has been studying how to transform middle school science curricula and […]


PKY lab school students score in Top 5 on statewide FCAT, end-of-course exams

The test results are in and a high percentage of students–and their teachers–at UF’s P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School are beaming with pride for the students’ stellar performance on the 2012 statewide End of Course exams and FCAT scores. The average scores […]


Roaring Riptide robotics team makes big splash in FIRST season

The Roaring Riptide of P.K. Yonge, the school’s FIRST Robotics Team, competed in the South Florida FIRST Robotics regional competition this spring, and while the rookie squad didn’t walk away with official honors, the team was invited to present their […]


P.K. Yonge erects new elementary building in bid to become ‘technological powerhouse’

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The formal dedication Friday (May 11) of P.K.Yonge Developmental Research School’s new, technology-enhanced elementary wing marks completion of the first phase of total campus revitalization for the long-time University of Florida laboratory school. P.K. Yonge and UF […]


Performing Arts students to stage ‘Spelling Bee’ musical comedy at annual spring show

        SAVE THE DATES: March 23-31. That’s when the Performing Arts Center at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School will be presenting the musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Spelling Bee features another super-talented cast of […]


P.K. Yonge biology instructors pilot new standards-based grading approach

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School instructors Mickey MacDonald and Kerry Thompson are partnering to prepare the UF laboratory school’s biology students for this year’s inaugural end-of-course biology exam. With traditional grading practices often rewarding students for work completion or class […]


Research in Action: A hands-on approach to professional learning

Elementary teachers at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School hosted 32 visiting educators from Duval County schools on Nov. 17.  Their visit was a follow-up to an intensive, two-week summer training opportunity, Teachers Scholars Reading Academy, provided in collaboration with the […]


Middle school magazine wins gold medal for literary excellence

Making waves is an activity in which the staff of the P.K.Yonge “Making Waves” literary magazine excels. The yearly publication has once again been recognized for excellence, receiving a Gold Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. With a staff […]


Blue Wave lifer-alumna shares design expertise in planning new elementary building

P.K. Yonge alumna and “lifer” Jennifer Ramski has returned to the P.K. Yonge School campus to lend her expertise in the planning and furnishing of the new elementary building, currently under construction. Ramski, founding principal of the interior design and […]