Brian K. Marchman Named Next Director of P.K. Yonge

The College of Education at the University of Florida has appointed Brian K. Marchman, Ph.D. as the next director of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School. Lynda F. Hayes will remain on as the school’s director during the leadership transition.


College of Education alumna named 2022 Florida Teacher of the Year

Sarah Ann Painter (M.Ed.’12) was recognized as the 2022 Teacher of the year by the Florida Department of Education.

$200 Million for Florida Literacy Initiative

House Bill 3 establishes the New Worlds Reading Initiative, a statewide book delivery and family-engagement program, to be administered by the UF Lastinger Center for Learning.

UF faculty receive 2021 COE Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Chonika Coleman-King, assistant professor of Teachers, Schools and Society, and Travis Smith, clinical assistant professor in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, were awarded the College of Education Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Award. 

UF faculty named Irving and Rose Fien Endowed Professors

UF faculty John Kranzler, Holly Lane and Walter Leite have been appointed to the esteemed Irving and Rose Fien Endowed Professorship.

Ortagus Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment

Justin Ortagus, director of the Institute of Higher Education and assistant professor of Higher Education Administration & Policy, testified on July 29 before the U.S. House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment.


Three UF faculty recognized with B.O. Smith Professorship

Three University of Florida faculty have been appointed to the esteemed B.O. Smith Professorship — Christopher Anthony, Hannah Bayne and Pasha “Pavlo” Antonenko.

Faculty named among most cited researchers

Zhihui Fang, professor of Education, and Nicholas Gage, associate professor of Special Education, were listed among the top 2 percent of the most cited researchers within their respective fields.


UF College of Education Demonstrates Enduring Leadership in U.S. News Rankings

Through a year unlike any other, we have endured as a recognized leaders in the field with expanding domain expertise. The college achieved a No. 13 ranking among public institutions from U.S. News & World Report and earned rankings in every applicable category among Specialty areas.


Council for Exceptional Children honors two UF faculty with distinguished research awards

The Council for Exceptional Children Division for Research recognized two University of Florida College of Education faculty — Patricia Snyder and Nicholas Gage — as distinguished researchers.


UF College of Education is Number 1 in the Nation

The College of Education at the University of Florida is No. 1 in the nation according to the 2021 Best Online Programs rankings released by U.S. News and World Report. The college has been in the top one or two spots since 2016.

Microsoft Support for Mathematics Innovation

To meet this exponentially increasing demand Math Nation, a Lastinger Center innovation, accelerated the development and launch of the new On-Ramp to 6th Grade for teachers and students to use in Florida, Michigan, Mississippi and South Carolina.

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Mary Brownell named UF Distinguished Professor

Mary Brownell, professor of Special Education and director of the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) Center, was named a University of Florida Distinguished Professor.

Hurt, Healing, Hope: A Turning Point for Change

We are living in historic times in so many ways. Particular events in the past 30 days have etched a place in history that is sorrowful and crushing. As your dean and as a fellow human being, I want each of you to know that I stand in anguish with you and acknowledge the deep and seemingly unbearable pain that is being felt by people of color in the College of Education community and across our nation.


Endowed professor creates online literacy curriculum for eighth grade students

Preparing students in online literacy education and practice is becoming increasingly important as children grow up in an overwhelmingly digital world. Angela Kohnen, the most recent recipient of the B.O. Smith Professorship, hopes to create a comprehensive curriculum to ensure our students are prepared for their futures in an inevitably online world.


Endowed Professor Strives to Improve Literacy Education

For more than 22 years, Professor Zhihui Fang has been impacting students at the University of Florida. With his recent endowment of the Irving and Rose Fien Professorship, he hopes to use his research to transform the way teachers approach reading and writing in content area subjects, a common struggle for many K-12 educators. 

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Erica McCray ushers in the new decade as director of the School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies

With a vision to empower faculty, staff and students to prioritize equitable outcomes for learners, families and communities, associate professor Erica McCray became director of the School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies (SESPECS) in October 2019.


College of Education awarded an A+ ranking from the National Council on Teacher Quality

The University of Florida College of Education was recently given an A+ ranking from the National Council on Teacher Quality for our Unified Elementary ProTeach Program.

James M. Rujimora awarded first place in CACREP Leadership Essay Contest

James M. Rujimora, currently enrolled in the M.Ed/Ed.S in Mental Health Counseling through the College of Education at UF, was recently awarded first place in the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) Leadership Essay Contest.


The UF College of Education remains a leader in online education

The UF College of Education has been ranked No. 1 or 2 by U.S. News & World Report for the past five years.

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Novelist’s continued support helps scale up UF literacy initiatives

After a successful first phase, the next chapter of the James Patterson Literacy Challenge is ready to be written.

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New UF Faculty Earns National Fellowship

F. Chris Curran, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, has been named recipient of the National Academy of Education and Spencer Foundation’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2019 year. This fellowship is one of the highest honors for those early in their career in higher education.

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Higher Education professor awarded co-funded grant to continue work on performance-based funding

Justin Ortagus, director of the Institute of Higher Education and assistant professor of Higher Education & Policy, who received $373,590 in co-funding to analyze how variations in performance-based funding policies impact outcomes for underserved students and under-resourced institutions. The grants serves as Phase Two of a two-part project to identify the impact of PBF policy design elements on college access and student success.


New Textbooks By UF College of Education Faculty

Four faculty members within the UF College of Education have recently published textbooks. Three of the faculty members focused their publications on bilingual students and the variety of needs that they have within schools, one addresses school finance.

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CASE recognizes Anita Zucker with James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education

Global businesswoman, philanthropist and College of Education alumna (B.A.E. ’72) Anita Zucker was recently honored with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education.

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Patricia Snyder Named UF Distinguished Professor

The University of Florida has awarded Patricia Snyder with the rare honor of Distinguished Professor. Snyder is only the seventh College of Education professor to ever receive this distinction.

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UF Professors Receive $956,733 To Pilot Cryptography-Focused Elementary-Level Curriculum

Cryptography has been used for thousands of years to conceal covert messages, but researchers believe it may serve another purpose — to help children become successful readers and writers.

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Nancy Dana Named Finalist for Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching

The University of Florida College of Education is proud to announce Nancy Fichtman Dana, professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, is one of the three finalists for the 2020 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.

UF College of Education ranks among the nation’s best graduate education schools

The College of Education continues to earn recognition as the best graduate education college in the state and stands as No. 15 among the nation’s top public colleges of education, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of America’s Best Graduate Education Schools. Two academic programs were recognized in the top-10, Counselor Education (No. 3) and Special Education (No. 7), and two programs gained positions in the top-20, Elementary Education (No. 16) and Curriculum & Instruction (No. 18).


Higher Ed Professor Awarded Grant to Study Performance-Based Funding

Dr. Justin Ortagus, director of the Institute of Higher Education (IHE) and assistant professor of higher education & policy, and a team of researchers were awarded $204,528 from the William T. Grant Foundation to construct a comprehensive state-by-state data set of performance-based funding (PBF) policies across the nation.

The Institute of Higher Education Awarded Grant to Improve Student Success

The Institute of Higher Education (IHE) has been awarded a $355,997 grant to lead a team of researchers and institutional stakeholders in a collaborative project designed to facilitate student success and institutional transformation through the use of the guided pathways framework. Dr. Justin Ortagus, director of IHE and assistant professor of higher education administration & policy, will serve as the principal investigator of the project.

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University of Florida Initiative Seeks Solutions to Critical Challenges Affecting Society

The University of Florida is spearheading the search for solutions to society’s most ever-present challenges through its latest initiative.

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Alayna Calhoun recognized by SRATE as David Watts Scholar

Alayna Calhoun, a UF Unified Elementary ProTeach preservice student, was recently recognized as a David Watts Scholar by the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE).

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SITE Program Awarded Innovation in Teacher Education by SRATE

The University of Florida Site-based Implementation of Teacher Education (SITE) program has been recognized as an outstanding teacher education program and was selected to receive the Innovation in Teacher Education Award by the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE).

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Endowed professor raises the bar on teaching English language learners

Bilingual Ed. scholar Maria Coady fills a prestigious endowed Fien professorship that allows her to expand her landmark multilingual studies aimed at helping at-risk English language learners at rural high-poverty schools.

IIHS-HLDI collaborates with UF College of Education on new educational website for science teachers and students

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety collaborated with the UF College of Education to create a new educational website for science teachers and students. The site is a free, online resource featuring hands-on science activities designed by science educator Griff Jones with focus on topics such as inertia, momentum, impulse and energy.

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UF is feeder to leadership posts for LGBT counselor groups

Faculty member John Super and two students in UF’s nationally ranked Counselor Education program have been elected officers of the Florida Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (FALGBTIC).

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Gov. Scott appoints UF Higher Ed doctoral student

Gov. Scott has appointed John D. Hooker II, a UF doctoral student in Higher Education Administration, to the Higher Education Facilities Financing Authority of Florida.

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EduGators awarded editor posts at national journals

COE faculty scholars Albert Ritzhaupt and Cynthia Griffin have been awarded editorships of leading research journals in their respective disciplines. Alumna Melinda Leko (PhD ’08) also landed a editorship alongside Griffin, her former UF professor.

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Higher Ed assistant professor gets UF excellence award

UF has honored Justin Ortagus, a faculty researcher in Higher Ed Administration and Policy, with its 2018 Excellence Award for Assistant Professors. He also is the new director of the UF Institute of HIgher Education.

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Acclaimed study adds new dimension to college chemistry instruction

To 3D or not to 3D? College instructors in chemistry and other science disciplines are debating whether it’s best to use traditional, two-dimensional renderings of basic structures like organic molecules and crystals, or to adopt new technology that can render images of molecular structures in three dimensions.

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AERA honors UF Special Ed professor for impactful research

Special Education professor Stephen W. Smith, one of the College’s most prolific researchers and federal grant generators, has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Special Education Research special interest group of the American Educational Research Association.

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UF College of Education jumps five spots in national rankings; still No. 1 in Florida, and best in Southeast among publics

The UF College of Education jumped five spots in the US News annual rankings of America’s Best Graduate Education Schools–placing 14th among public education colleges and 24th overall. Once again, that makes UF the top-ranked education college in the state and among public institutions in the Southeast.

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COE-STL host conference of education historians; outsiders welcome

Some of the South’s leading scholars and students in the field of education history will gather in Gainesville March 23-24 when the COE hosts the 2018 annual conference of the Southern History of Education Society.

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Novelist’s $3M gift could mean happy ending for struggling readers

Best-selling author James Patterson’s generous donation backs COE’s ‘Literacy Challenge’ to aid Florida’s youngest readers

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UF scholar doubles up on national honors for advancing learning disabilities field

Prof. Mary Brownell is feted twice for leading reform efforts in Special Education teacher preparation.

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COE co-hosts Social Justice Summit

The UF COE co-hosted its 2nd Social Justice Summit: For the Gator Good on Jan. 26-27 on campus. The summit brought together scholars and experts from multiple disciplines, members and advocates of marginalized groups, and other concerned individuals from the university and community to discuss priorities and set aggressive action strategies for eradicating social and racial injustices and biases in the greater Gainesville area.

UF College of Education online programs ranked best in state, No. 2 in U.S.

The College of Education at the University of Florida continues to stake claim as the state’s best online graduate degree program in education and rates second best in the nation, according to the annual rankings released today (Jan. 9) by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

Algebra Nation Aims To Incorporate Personalized Learning Features

The Virtual Learning Lab, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, is relying on the collaboration of nationally acclaimed researchers to evaluate Algebra Nation and its effects on students’ overall performance in Algebra I.


States unite to boost teaching of students with disabilities

The UF-led effort to help 20 states across the nation vastly improve teaching and school leadership for students with disabilities has received a $21 million boost to strengthen the program add more states.