Nov. 15, 2007 VOL. 3, ISSUE 3
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IN THIS ISSUE
News and Notices
0 P.K. Yonge News
In the News
Leadership for change. Virtual environments. Real accomplishment.
The public is just beginning to understand that computer games and virtual environments
are good for your brain. As Dean Catherine Emihovich reminds us, visionary faculty at
UF understood this a long time ago. COE is now way ahead of the game where virtual
learning is concerned ... And, oh yes, our inaugural annual report is hot off the presses.
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UF launches major initiative to end teacher shortage in mathematics, science
With up to $2.4 million in funding from two non-profit organizations, COE is teaming up
with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on a new program that will revamp UF's
science education and mathematics education programs and recruit fresh faces into the
field in hopes of ending Florida's critical shortage of qualified science and math teachers.
U.S. should emulate Canadian research funding system, UF professor says
Canada is sometimes considered "America's cute little brother," says Assistant Professor
Pilar Mendoza but the U.S. would do well to look north of the border for tips on how to
fund research. Earlier this month, Mendoza presented and published a policy brief
outlining the reasons why Canada's "national network" model is being adopted by other
College publishes inaugural annual report
The COE Office of News & Publications has published the college's inaugural annual
report, for FY2006-07. The report, titled "Leadership in Changing the Face of
Education," highlights key faculty and student activities and accomplishments over the
past year that address some of today's most critical issues and concerns in education.
The 16-page, fold-out publication features a combination of bulleted highlights of the
college's major accomplishments for the year, lists and charts of key statistics and data,
articles on key initiatives and "engaged scholarship" activities, a donor honor roll, a list
of faculty research awards, and a message from Dean Emihovich. The first copies off the
press were immediately sent to education college deans and graduate studies
coordinators across the nation-in time for them to review the report before submitting
their peer survey ratings of education colleges to the U.S. News & World Report for that
magazine's annual rankings of "America's Best Graduate Schools." U.S. News publishes
the yearly rankings each May. Other key audiences receiving the report include the
COE's own academic departments, state education leaders, top donor prospects and
funding sources, UF Trustees, top Department of Education officials, and top UF
administrators. A PDF version of the annual report is available online at:
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NEWS AND NOTICES
Win Thanksgiving meal, support first-generation college students in CROP raffle
The College Reach-Out Program is holding a raffle to raise funds for the Spring Break
College Tour, which brings high school students students who could become the first
person in their family to attend college for introductory visits to college campuses
during high schools' Spring Break. You can enter the raffle by buying one ticket for $1 or
five tickets for $4. One lucky winner will receive the makings of a free Thanksgiving
meal, including turkey, stuffing, canned goods and baked goods. To get your tickets, stop
by the CROP office at G-415 on or before Nov. 20.
Save the Cans
This can is bright. He's shiny. He's full of good things. Don't let this can
go bad. (more)
Humanities speaker series to address literacy instruction
To some people, linguistics may seem like an academic, theoretical field of study. But
not to teachers, who deal every day with tasks that raise fundamental questions about the
nature of language tasks like grading grammar or teaching new vocabulary. In January,
COE will team up with UF's Department of Linguistics and its Department of Romance
Languages to bring to campus three speakers who can shed light on linguistics issues of
interest to educators. Speakers include University of Michigan linguistics professor Diane
Larsen-Freeman; Ontario Institute for Studies in Education professor Jim Cummins and
University of Minnesota professor Elaine Tarone. For more information, contact
Assistant Professor Maria Coady at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New federally-funded UF study to examine how colleges prepare teachers for
English language learners
A new study by three University of Florida
education professors could cause a nationwide
change in the way colleges prepare teachers to
deal with students who speak English as a second
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Dean appointed to board of Florida Fund for Minority Teachers
Dean Catherine Emihovich has been appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors for the
Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc. Also known as FFMT, the Fund was created by
the Legislature in 1999 to attract minority students into the teaching profession and award
scholarships to qualified teacher education students. FFMT is headquartered here at
Norman Hall, in the Office of Recruitment, Retention and Minority Affairs.
Dixon named officer of international counseling honor society
Assistant Professor Andrea Dixon has been elected to a three-year term as secretary of
Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for professional counselors. Dixon also
serves, with Assistant Scholar Kitty Fallon, as co-faculty advisor to the UF Beta Chapter
Transition Center lands award
UF's Transition Center was honored with an Award of Appreciation from the National
Division on Career Development and Transition for its work in helping the Florida
DCDT host its 14th annual international conference in Orlando. The three-day conference
brought more than 700 professionals and scholars to the Sunshine State to discuss and
share their research on the transition from school to adult life for students with
disabilities. Associate Professor Jeanne Repetto, director of the Transition Center, also
served as a presenter at the conference.
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Gagnon speaks at International Conference on Behavioral Disorders
Assistant Professor Joseph Gagnon presented two papers at the recent International
Conference on Behavioral Disorders. He spoke on "Combining explicit and constructivist
instructional approaches in secondary mathematics" and "Empirically-based mathematics
instruction for secondary students with EBD" at the conference, held in Dallas in
Five COE students present at History of Education Society
Five graduate students from the School of Teaching & Learning participated in the
History of Education Society annual meeting from Oct. 25-28, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Andrew Grunzke, Donald Boyd, and Patrick Ryan each presented papers in a panel titled,
"Media, Morality, and Meaning: New Perspectives on Literacy in Early to Mid-20th
Grunzke's paper, "Serial Killers: Librarians, Children, and Books in Series,
1876-1930," examined systematic efforts to shield American youth from literature
deemed harmful to them by a growing corps of professional librarians.
Boyd's paper, Front Porch Literacy: The Evolution of Reading in Eastern
Kentucky, 1936-1943," investigated the changing tastes and motivations for
reading in a historically isolated region.
Ryan's paper, "Representations of Classroom Learning in 1950s Television and
Film," analyzed popular depictions of schoolteachers and their pedagogy in the
postwar-era United States.
Amy C. Martinelli and Robert Dahlgren each presented papers as part of a
panel titled, "The Struggle for Civil Liberties and Rights: Florida and
Martinelli's paper, "A Moderate Calm? Florida's Struggle for Segregation, 1955-
1961," examined the Sunshine State's immediate responses to the Supreme
Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Dahlgren's paper, "Red Scare in the Sunshine State: Anti-Communism and
Academic Freedom in Florida Public Schools, 1945-1960," discussed the
systematic attempts to address suspected radicalism among K-12 teachers in the
context of the Cold War.
All five students researched and wrote their papers as part of courses, theses, or
dissertations in the social foundations of education program under the guidance of
Associate Professor Sevan Terzian, who chaired both of the panel sessions at the History
of Education Society conference.
Dixon presents at ACES, indigenous counseling conference
Counselor education Assistant Professor Andrea Dixon presented "Multiculturally
competent school counseling through a social justice perspective: Training implications
for counselor educators" and "Integrating the universalistic and cultural relativistic
approaches for socially responsible counseling: Can they coexist?" at the annual
conference of the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Annual
Conference in Columbus, Ohio in October. Earlier in the year, she spoke on the topic
"Multiculturally competent school counseling through a social justice perspective:
Training implications for counselor educators" at the Indigenous Voices in Social Work:
Not Lost in Translation conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Denney, M. K., Itkonen, T., & Okamoto, Y. (2007). Early intervention systems of care
for Latino families and their young children with special needs: Salient themes and
guiding implications. Infants & Young Children, 20(4), 326-335.
Dixon, A. L. (2007). Mattering in the later years: Older adults' experiences of mattering
to others, purpose in life, depression, and wellness. Adultspan: Theory, Research, &
Practice, 6, 83-95.
Dixon Rayle, A. L., & Chung, K. (2007). Revisiting college students' mattering: Social
support, academic stress, and the mattering experience. Journalfor College Student
Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice, 9(1), 21-37
Dixon Rayle, A. L., & Adams, J. R. (2007). An exploration of 21st century school
counselors' daily comprehensive school counseling program work activities. Journal of
School Counseling, 5(8), at http://www.jsc.montana.edu/articles/v5n8.pdf
Dixon Rayle, A. L., & Hartwig Moorhead, H. J., Green, J., Griffin, C. A., & Ozimeck, B.
(2007). Adolescent girl-to-girl bullying: Wellness-based interventions for school
counselors. Journal of School Counseling, 5(6), at
White, N. J., & Dixon Rayle, A. L. (2007). Strong teens: A school-based small group
experience for African American males. Journal for Specialists in Group Work: Special
Issue: Group Work in K-12 Schools, 32, 178-189.
Leite, W. L. (2007). A Comparison of Latent Growth Models for Constructs Measured by
Multiple Items. Structural Equation Modeling. 14(4), 581-610.
Laframenta, J. (2007) Ability Grouping: Is this the preferred tool for the middle school
classroom? Journal of the New England League ofMiddle Schools. 18(1), 18-21.
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P.K. YONGE NEWS
PKY Players to present The Illusion
The P.K. Yonge Players will proudly present their production of The Illusion Nov. 16-17
at 7 p.m. in the P.K. Yonge Performing Arts Center. Filled with sword fights and
sorcery, trysts and teases, this is a tale you don't want to miss. Tickets cost $5 for PKY
students and faculty, and $7 for the general public. The PKY box office will be open 2-6
p.m. through Nov. 16.
Football heroes return to PKY...60 years later
National championships don't happen just
every day... not even at UF. That's why
PKY faculty, staff and students were so
proud to see members of the school's
1947-48 football team return to campus.
Sixty years ago, these men led P.K. Yonge
to a national co-championship in football last month, they were the stars of the show at
P.K. Yonge's Homecoming festivities. Pictured here are: (seated, from left)1947-48
Coach Bob Gilbert, Team Captain John Neller, Tom Evans, Current PKY Athletic
Director John Clifford; (standing, from left) Bill Gager, Warner Weseman, Orlo Shultz,
Bob Beaty, Rhesa Bostick, Retired PKY Coach Bobby Hawkins.
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IN THE NEWS
A recent sampling of "media hits" from the College of Education:
Associated Press Dean Catherine Emihovich and Professor Tom Dana, Director,
The Associated Press and several other news outlets covered the Nov. 14 announcement
of the creation of FloridaTeach, a new UF program intended to end Florida's shortage of
qualified math and science teachers. In the 24 hours since the announcement, stories
about the program have appeared in the following outlets: WJHG (Panama City), CNN
Money, MSNMoney, The Sl Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale), WFTS (Tampa),
WPMI (Mobile, AL), The Houston Chronicle, The Independent Florida Alligator,
Forbes.com, CondeNast Portfolio.com, The Tallahassee Democrat, Euro2Day (Greece),
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, The Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette, The Florida Times-
Union, The Miami Herald, Jacksonville Business Journal and several other publications.
Chronicle of Higher Education Professor Linda Serra Hagedorn, Chair, EAP
In an article titled "Rural Community Colleges are the Land-Grant Institutions of the
New Century," University of Alabama Professor Stephen Katsinas outlined the potential,
and the shortcomings, of rural community colleges as a path to higher education for
millions of people. Citing Hagedorn's comprehensive study of Los Angeles community
colleges as a model, he called for a similar study of community colleges in small towns.
University Business COE News and Publications Office (10/01/07)
The magazine's October 2007 issue included an article on college publications and the
question of whether these should be published in print or online. The article cited the
COE alumni magazine, Education Times, and its online supplement, ETExtras, as a good
example of a blend between online and print approaches.
Miami Herald-Associate Professor Kara Dawson, STL (10/18/07)
Dawson was quoted in a story on computerized whiteboards in the classroom. Dawson
noted that the potential education benefits of the new technology could be lost if teachers
use interactive whiteboards in the same ways they used old-fashioned blackboards.
Montreal Gazzette Associate Professor Sevan Terzian (11/13/07)
Terzian was interviewed regarding his research on the role of "school spirit" in the K-12
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Grand Guard/UF Alumni 50-year Reunion
Contact: jmount(@coe.ufl.edu or (352) 392-0728, ext. 250
Last day of fall classes
Fall Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony
3:30 p.m., O'Connell Center
Distinguished Educators Dinner
7 p.m., Reitz Union, Rm. 404
Contact: imount(@coe.ufl.edu or (352) 392-0728, ext. 250
2 p.m., O'Connell Center
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