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Norman Hall renovations project jumps on fast track

It's too soon to don a hard hat, but excitement is building as design plans for a top-to-bottom makeover of Norman Hall begin to take shape.


COE doctoral student named head of UF multicultural-diversity affairs

Will Atkins, a Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction at UF's College of Education, is the new executive director of multicultural and diversity affairs at UF.


Counselor Ed. professor doubles up on national laurels

Shon D. Smith, clinical assistant professor in Counselor Education, has recently drawn national attention in his field for two major achievements involving separate divisions of the American Counseling Association (ACA).


Six students honored for outstanding scholarship and professional work

High-achieving scholars took a break from their studies to pick up awards for their outstanding graduate or undergraduate achievements and leadership. The awards were given April 21 at the College of Education's annual recognition dinner.


World’s largest education research group honors UF grad school dean

Henry “Hank” Frierson, associate vice president and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Florida with a faculty appointment at the College of Education, has received the Presidential Citation from the American Educational Research Association.


High Demand Mentor: Buffy Bondy

Education Professor Elizabeth “Buffy” Bondy says mentoring doctoral students is at the heart of everything she does. No wonder Bondy has won the highest honor UF bestows on faculty mentors.


UF hosting leadership summit for Florida educators June 13-16

School's out for the summer, but some teachers and administrators from school districts around the state will stay sharp and learn new instructional leadership practices for the fall by attending an intensive professional development program June 13-16 at the University of Florida.


Special Education Scholar Receives Excellence Award

Nicholas Gage, an assistant professor of special education, was selected to receive a UF Excellence Award for Assistant Professors for the quality and innovativeness of his research.


April showers research laurels on Ed Tech PhD students

April was a month to remember for Ed Tech doctoral student Jiahui Wang. She must have thought it was still March because she was more lion than lamb, roaring to top prizes in multiple graduate student research competitions.


Can a ‘nudge’ prompt ex-students to re-enroll to earn a college degree?

Assistant Professor Justin Ortagus leads a team of education scholars on a two-year study to find out whether ex-students who receive targeted emails and financial incentives are more likely to re-enroll and finish their degrees.


UF Higher Ed. scholar named fellow to office charged with improving U.S. public service

Assistant Professor Dennis Kramer will spend the upcoming academic year in Washington, D.C., as a fellow for the Office of Evaluation Sciences conducting research on education topics, such as federal student aid.


Education Scholar Newest Member of Elite Group of UF Professors

John Kranzler is the College of Education’s University of Florida Research Foundation Professor for 2017-2020


How does stress affect middle schoolers with emotional and behavioral problems?

Michelle Cumming (Ph.D. in special education, 2016) found that students with these problems had significantly lower executive functioning abilities and thus tended to act out in ineffective ways when under stress.


COE makes its mark at nation’s largest gathering of education researchers

Some 65 University of Florida College of Education faculty and graduate students were among the 15,000 scholars from around the world who converged on San Antonio, Texas, from April 27 to May 1, for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the […]


UF Grad’s Newest Leadership Role: Chair of Florida’s Largest School District

UF education alumnus Larry Feldman (BAE ’72, MAE ’73, special education) has pretty much seen it all during his 44-year career as a teacher and leader in Miami-Dade County. Now he has assumed his biggest leadership role yet: chair of the nation's fourth-largest school district.


Counselor Ed Scholars Win Intl. Awards for Research, Practice and Communications

College of Education faculty and graduate students returned last week from a professional counseling conference in San Francisco bearing three major awards.


Hundreds Gather at UF’s International Conference on ‘Teacher Leaders’

More than 350 scholars and practitioners explored the crucial role a new generation of “teacher leaders” can have in improving education at the UF College of Education's first international conference on teacher leadership.


UF, COE, state mourn loss of ‘rising star’ alumnus Brian Dassler

UF and the COE mourn the sudden death on March 21 of "public education rising superstar" and EduGator alumnus Brian Dassler. He died of natural causes at age 38 in Tallahassee, where he was deputy chancellor of educator quality for the state DOE.


College again earns top rankings from US News

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The College of Education at the University of Florida continues to stake claim as the top ranked education school in Florida and among public universities in the Southeast, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education […]


Higher Ed. institute honors 10 outstanding alumni

The UF Institute of Higher Education (IHE) only selects its Outstanding Graduate Award winners every five years, so it’s a big deal when the recipients are announced. The 2017 recipients, all doctoral graduates, were selected for their effectiveness as community college administrators, in collegewide strategic planning, and their professional activities up to the national level.


UF Grads Dominate School District Teacher of the Year Awards

Lauren Marlowe, College of Education alumni and a teacher at Oak View Middle School, received Alachua County Public School's top teaching honor, besting 39 other teacher honorees in the running, including 22 UF graduates of the University of Florida.


PhD scholar designs community workshops to help preschoolers, English language learners

Brittney Beck has organized two “design-thinking” workshops to gather stakeholders to explore two of longstanding challenges in the U.S. education system: How to improve educational outcomes for preschoolers and students whose first language is not English.


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. […]


International Teacher Leadership Conference set for March 2-3

The conference, to be held in Miami, will bring together scholars and practitioners from across Florida, the country and the world to examine the emerging field of teacher leadership to improve schools and student achievement.


UF College of Education Garners Another Top 10 Ranking

The University of Florida College of Education rated No. 8 among the best U.S. undergraduate teacher education colleges in the United States, according to a new national ranking.


COE repeats No. 1 ranking in US for online graduate degrees

U.S. News and World Report rated the distance education program at the University of Florida College of Education as America’s best online graduate education degree program for the second consecutive year.


COE scholar: Students with disabilities more involved in bullying over time

A new study co-authored by UF College of Education scholar Nicholas Gage has found that the students with disabilities in grades 3 through 12 are consistently more involved in bullying than other students.


Giving Reading a Boost

The University of Florida College of Education is extending the reach of an innovative program that uses phonics, rap music and other techniques to help struggling elementary students to learn to read.


Counselor Ed. volunteers reflect on Orlando Pulse nightclub tragedy

Several months have passed since a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in what was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — a horrific tragedy the likes of which rarely strikes so […]


Athletes have coaches, why not teachers?

UF scholars are recommending just that: all teachers should have a skilled coach as a way to improve the nation’s educational system.


UF awarded $3.5 million to help improve social, emotional behavior of schoolchildren

UF researchers will study the effectiveness of a promising curriculum to help thousands of kindergarten and first grade students at risk for emotional and behavioral problems.


College Welcomes New Faculty

The UF College of Education appointed a half-dozen professors to the college’s full-time faculty this year. Read our mini-profiles to get acquainted with our new faculty.


UF College of Education ranked in top 10 by USA Today

The University of Florida College of Education rates No. 9 among the nation’s best undergraduate teacher education colleges, according to a ranking published today USA Today.


Early Learning Florida program garners top international accreditation

The world’s leading continuing education standards organization has endorsed Early Learning Florida, the UF College of Education’s professional development program for early childhood teachers and caregivers.


International group installs COE professor as president-elect

TESOL International, the world’s largest organization of educators committed to advancing English language teaching for non-English speaking students, has installed Ester de Jong, a UF COE professor and school director, as its president-elect.


UF Foundation selects education professor for research award

Education professor Mary Brownell says the $25,000 UF Foundation Term Professorship Award will allow her to develop ways of improving the practices of new teachers and interns, especially for teaching students with disabilities.


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.


School psychology professor wins second Mensa research award

UF school psychology Professor John Kranzler has received the 2016 Award for Excellence in Research from Mensa International Ltd.


UF awarded $10M to personalize online math learning

The UF College of Education is assembling top faculty researchers from multiple fields to seek solutions in two critical areas of 21st century education – personalizing online math instruction and adapting educational technology for students with visual impairments.


20 states join UF’s sweeping reform effort to boost teaching of students with disabilities

The college's federally funded CEEDAR Center has selected the final five of 20 states that have joined together in a sweeping reform effort to vastly improve teaching and learning for students with disabilities.


New school director Holly Lane embraces tradition of ‘vigorous research’

The College of Education has appointed Holly Lane, associate professor of special education, as the new director of its School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies. She succeeds Jean Crockett, who is leaving the post to resume her teaching and research responsibilities as a professor of special education.


Nepali PhD candidate cited for promoting global engagement

Doctoral candidate Uttam Gaulee, a native of Nepal, has scaled some impressive peaks as he has pursued a doctorate in higher education administration at the UF College of Education.


Acclaimed scholars to participate in UF’s first International Teacher Leadership Conference

Globally recognized scholars will participate in the college's international academic conference in Miami to explore the crucial role a new generation of “teacher leaders” can have in improving schools.


Q & A with Kara Dawson on closing the ‘digital divide’

Dawson took time to discuss her research and the ways incorporating technology and digital tools into traditional classrooms can help all types of learners to flourish.


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.


School finance leader named 2016 Distinguished Alumnus

After four decades working behind the scenes at many Florida school districts, Henry Boekhoff is in the spotlight as the winner of the college's Distinguished Alumni Award.


UF honors ed. finance faculty scholar for doctoral mentoring

Professor R. Craig Wood is the college's latest winner of the UF Faculty Doctoral Mentoring Award for outstanding work with his graduate students, many of whom have won national honors for their dissertations.


The EduGator110 Challenge. 110 gifts in 10 days. We can do this.

To celebrate the College of Education's 110th birthday, today we call all EduGator alumni and friends to join together to reach 110 gifts in 10 days.


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.


COE well represented at world’s largest education research meeting

Dozens of faculty and graduate students will meet starting Friday, April 8 for the world's largest gathering of scholars to examine critical issues of education research and public policy.


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