October 15, 2008
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While economy's in the tank, COE's bullish resolve comes to fore
In the face of plunging state budgets and the Wall Street meltdown, COE faculty,
staff and students nonetheless remain in high spirits and bullish on tackling the
missions at hand. Need evidence? Then read on ... (more)
News & Notices
P. K. Yonge News
In the News
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The College of Education has received four
Research Opportunity Fund (ROF) "seed
grants" from UF's office of research-ever-
but two of the highly competitive grants have
come in the past two years. (See "Top
Stories" to learn about the most recent
"This has been called the 'civil war' of our
field, pitting colleague against colleague.
There is a wide philosophical divide, but ...
UF awards prestigious Opportunity grant for Project Read Aloud
College of Education researchers are celebrating the highly competitive "Research Opportunity
Fund" (ROF) grant they have received from the university's research office-but the real winners
are the young children who figure to benefit from the newly funded studies in early language and
literacy development. (more)
Lastinger Center will help top educators share secrets of teaching success
Imagine assembling 100 of Florida's top K-12 school teachers all in one place, picking their
brains about how they teach and why their methods work so well, and then passing on their
secrets of teaching success to educators throughout the state, and beyond. That's exactly what
will happen Oct. 24 in Orlando at a statewide professional development and awards program for
up to 100 exceptional teachers from Florida public schools-and the UF Lastinger Center for
Learning will be right in the thick of it all. The event is sponsored by the Tallahassee-based
Foundation for Excellence in Education. (more)
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Vol. 4, No. 2
an understanding is evolving that ... for
certain communities, it makes sense."
Professor Dale Campbell on the new law
allowing community colleges to grant 4-
Did you know...?
... International Education Week, Nov. 17-
21, is celebrated in more than 100 countries.
The yearly celebration is a joint initiative of
the U.S. departments of State and
Education. See plans for COE's festivities in
"News & Notices."
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Happy 75th P.K. Yonge!
P.K. Yonge Developmental Research
School at UF will (literally) kick off its
yearlong 75th anniversary celebration this
week during the school's 2008 Homecoming
festivities, starting at the Friday night football
Thurs., Oct 23
Faculty Research & Engaged Scholarship
4:30-7pm, Paramount Plaza
www. education. ufl.edu/ResearchShowcase
Fri., Oct 24
Unveiling the COE DONOR WALL
10:30-11am, Norman Hall,
Dean's Office Area Hallway
Open to all COE Alumni & Donors
Fri., Oct 24
COE Alumni Gathering to watch the
11:30 a.m., Mellow Mushroom Restaurant
Tues., Oct 28
Peg Tyre Symposium at Norman Hall
The Trouble With Boys: How Our Families,
Our Schools and Our Culture is Making It
News & Notices
3-MINUTE INTERVIEW: Q&A with Professor Dale Campbell on Florida's emerging state
St. Petersburg College in 2001 became Florida's first community college to
grant bachelor's degrees and now offers some 20 four-year degrees. Gov.
Charlie Crist in June signed a new law allowing other community colleges to
grant a limited number of baccalaureate degrees and creating a new state
college system to oversee them. In this quick breeze-of-a-read, Dale
Campbell, professor of higher education administration, talks about some of
the key implications of this emerging transition-for Florida citizens but also for
faculty and students at the College of Education.
'Fostering Our Global Community'
3rd annual celebration of Comparative &
International Education Week
Come celebrate Comparative and International a -
Education Week with your colleagues and fellow
students. The event will bring together the
internationally and culturally diverse people of the
College of Education. Together, we'll explore the
ways in which educators and educational institutions
are "Fostering Our Global Community"-providing
context and meaning within an international and
What: Speakers, Student Panels, Music, a
When: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 12:30-5 p.m.
Where: Terrace Room, Norman Hall
Contacts: John P. Bailey or James Osterhout, 392-9191, x274
Summer institute examines gender role in math-science learning
Some local teachers and school counselors-and their students-are now benefitting from a UF-
led effort over the summer to steer more African-American girls toward an interest and learning
success in science and mathematics. A COE research team-led by Rose Pringle and
Thomasenia Adams in mathematics education and Cirecie West-Olatunji in counselor
education-hosted a two-day summer institute at Metcalfe Elementary School for area parents,
teachers, counselors and members of a community advisory board. The summer workshop
culminated the first year of a three-year, $439,000 study, funded by the National Science
Foundation, on the role gender may play in children's attitudes and achievement in math and
science. The researchers led participants in group activities exploring how African-American girls
from impoverished communities are steered either toward or away from mathematics and
science learning, and examined the impact that teachers, counselors and parents may have on
the girls' interest in the technical subjects. Participants also created a "time capsule" of ideas
they planned to institute during the current school year to heighten the interest of all students in
math and science. Other COE co-researchers participating were Diane Archer-Banks, Joanne
LaFramenta, Dadria Lewis, Dimple Malik Flesner, Katie Milton and Lauren Shure.
New faculty profiles posted on the COE homepage
Visit the COE home paqe now and you'll find 3 new faculty researcher profiles flashing on
* Getting past the gatekeepers in science and math featuring Cerecie West-Olatunji, Rose
Pringle and Thomasenia Adams
* Hands-on science Troy Sadler
* Rethinking education for English language learners Candace Harper, Ester de Jong, Maria
Hard for Boys to Succeed.
4:30-6pm, Norman Hall Terrace Room
Limited to the first 60 people to RSVP to
rwarner@.coe.ufl.edu or (352) 392-0728 ext:
Fri., Nov 21
Grand Guard, class of 1957
11:30am, Terrace Room
Open to All COE & PKY Faculty & Staff
Fri., Dec 5
COE Holiday Reception
3-4pm, Terrace Room
University of Florida
College of Education
P.K. Yonge Developmental
Faculty Practice Council
COE News & Publications
The profiles are a joint project of the COE Office of Educational Research, News &
Communications and Information and Instructional Technology.
Author to discuss "The Trouble with Boys"
It's one of the hottest topics in education today. Are boys, as a group, really
falling behind in school? Are educators unintentionally doing something to cause
i r the lag or is the problem in the culture outside the classroom? Newsweek
writer Peg Tyre shook up popular thinking on the subject with her cover story,
"The Boy Crisis." Now she has penned a book, The Trouble with Boys, which
further explores the topic. Tyre will visit UF Oct. 28 to discuss her book, in a free
symposium from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Norman Terrace Room. Limited seating still
available, so please RSVP to Rosie Warner at rwarner(coe.ufl.edu by Oct. 17.
For more information, click here.
Leave your legacy with a commemorative brick
There's a new way you can ensure your place in the history-and the future-of the College of
Education. Now you can celebrate cherished UF memories, honor a colleague or favorite
professor, or commemorate a birthday, retirement or graduation with a personalized brick paver
at the COE's Norman Hall Plaza (by the west archway entrance facing SW 13th Street). Space is
limited, so act now! Check out the details for the new brick campaign on the COE Development
Office's Web site by clicking here.
New UF initiatives strive to help budgets and environment
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Please don't print or philotopy unless you need to.
As part of an ongoing effort to reduce our budgets and embrace sustainability, the University of
Florida has launched a new program, "Think Before You Ink." The program affects printed
materials from all areas of UF, and has three separate initiatives: Save the Paper, Print to Web,
and Printer Certification. (more)
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TOPIC: Biotechnology career education
TITLE: OUTBREAK: Opportunities to Use immersive Technologies to explore Biotechnology
Resources, career Education And Knowledge.
AMOUNT: $1.49 million (2008-2011)
FUNDED BY: National Science Foundation
1. Troy Sadler (PI) and Rick Ferdig, UF College of Education
2. Len Annetta, North Carolina State University
3. Mary Jo Koroly, UF Center for Precollegiate Education and Training
4. Richard Snyder, UF Center of Excellence for
Regenerative Health Biotechnology
Florida and North Carolina stand out as states with
a high demand for skilled workers and scientists in
biotechnology. The need will continue to rise as the
nation becomes more dependent on biotech
applications and products. In this three-year project,
the researchers will develop a computer-based
gaming environment for high school students to I
explore biotechnology content and processes. Computer-based games have become immensely
popular among adolescents and young adults, and educational researchers have begun to
document how the gaming medium can be used as a context for meaningful learning. Partnering
researchers at UF and North Carolina State will create the game and supporting curriculum and
gauge their effectiveness in generating interest and preparing high school learners for careers in
the biotechnology workforce.
TOPIC: Leadership in math education
TITLE: Project COMPUTE: Creating Opportunities for Mathematics Progress Utilizing Teacher
AMOUNT: $ 788,291 (2008-2012)
FUNDED BY: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
1. Cynthia C. Griffin (PI), UF Special Education
2. Joseph Gagnon (co-PI), UF Special Education
3. Stephen Pape (co-PI), UF Teaching and Learning
Federal funding provided for Project COMPUTE will support the leadership !
preparation of five full-time doctoral students in special education at UF.
Students will participate in mathematics teacher education and research
activities designed to improve the underachievement in math of students
with disabilities. Each doctoral student will receive tuition remission, travel
funds, and a generous stipend each year for four consecutive years, starting
in 2009. Along with regular doctoral coursework, six new doctoral seminars
have been created specifically for Project COMPUTE students. For further
information, contact Cynthia Griffin at ccqriffin()coe.ufl.edu; 352-392-0701,
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EAP doctoral student named first graduate fellow by NCCHC
Desiree D. Zerquera, a doctoral student in educational administration and policy, has been
chosen as the first graduate research fellow for the National Community College Hispanic
Council. Under the fellowship, she will receive a stipend and conduct about five hours of
research per week. She also will attend council-sponsored symposiums to present her research
findings. The symposiums also will expose Zerquera to networking opportunities with community
college presidents and administrators from across the country who share a common focus on
Hispanic student success at community colleges.
Women's studies center awards scholarship to counselor ed doctoral candidate
UF's Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research has selected Rebecca Goldberg, a
doctoral candidate in counselor education, to receive the 2008 Irene Thompson Scholarship,
which honors outstanding UF students pursuing studies on women and gender issues. The
scholarship, named for a founding member and the first director of the women's studies program,
is worth $500. Goldberg was selected on the strength of her doctoral dissertation study, in which
she examined relationally aggressive behaviors-often referred to as the "queen bee" or "mean
girl" complex-among female college students.
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Archer-Banks, D.** & Behar-Horenstein, L.S. (2008). African American parental involvement in
their children's middle school experiences. Journal of Negro Education 77(2), 143-156.
Behar-Horenstein, L. S., Mitchell, G. S., & Graff, R.* Faculty Perceptions of a Professional
Development Seminar. (2008). Journal of Dental Education 72(4), 472-483.
SClark, M.A., Lee, S., Goodman, W. & Yacco, S.* (2008). Examining Male
Underachievement in Public Education: Action Research at a District Level.
NASSP Bulletin, 92 (2), 111-132.
Clark, M.A. (2008). Embracing Diversity: Teaching and Modelling
Appreciation for Other Cultures. In B. Swaffield and I. Guske, Education
Landscapes in the 21st Century: Cross-cultural Challenges and Multi-
disciplinary Perspectives. pp. 56-64. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge
MaryAnn Clark Conwill, W.L., & Jooma, K. (2008). Thwarting ethnoviolence against Muslim
women: Performing identity in social action. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and
Psychology, 1(2), 30-47.
Dix, A.* Behar-Horenstein, L. S., LeFave, M.** (2008). Curriculum professors' contributions to
evidence-based research. Education and Society 26(1), 83-98.
Leite, W. L., Huang, I., & Marcoulides, G. A. (2008). Item selection for the development of short-
forms of scales using an Ant Colony Optimization algorithm. Multivariate Behavioral
ii Mendez, J.P. & Mendoza, P. (2008). The implications of financial aid
packages on African American student retention. National Association of
Student Affairs Professionals Journal, 11(1).
Mendoza, P.(2008). Academic Capitalism and Doctoral Socialization.
Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller Publishers.
Taliaferro, L.A., Rienzo, B.A., Miller, M.D., Pigg, R.M., & Dodd, V. J.
(2008). High school youth and suicide risk: Exploring protection afforded
through physical activity and sport participation. Journal of School Health,
PilarMendnz 78(10), 545-553.
Thomas, S. P., Thompson, C., Pollio, H. R., Greenberg, K., Conwill, W., Sail, A., Klukken, G.,
Davis, M. W., & Dias-Bowie, Y. (2007). Experiences of struggling African American students at a
predominantly white university. Research in the Schools, 14(2), 1-17.
West-Olatunji, C. (2008). Culture-centered case conceptualization: The case of "Joseph." In C.
C. Lee, D. A. Burnhill, A. L. Butler, C. P. Hipolito-Delgado, M. Humphrey, O. Munoz, & H. Shin
(Eds.), Elements of culture in counseling (pp. 163-176). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
West-Olatunji, C.A., Behar-Horenstein, L. S., Rant, J.* & Phillips, L. (2008). Enhancing cultural
competence among teachers of African American children using mediated lesson study. Journal
of Negro Education 77(1), 27-38.
Wood, R. Craig, & Dayton, John, "School Funding Litigation," The Principal's Legal Handbook,
Dayton Ohio: Education Law Association, Chapter 34, pages 551-578, 2008.
* denotes graduate student
** denotes former graduate student
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Jones is featured speaker Oct. 22 at History of Science Colloquium
Linda Cronin Jones, associate professor of science and environmental
education, is one of six UF faculty scholars featured in a speaker series
marking the universitywide History of Science 2008 Fall Colloquium. Jones
will give an hour-long presentation Oct. 22 at 3 p.m., titled, "Don't Know Much
About History: Is a Historical Perspective Really Necessary in High School
Science Classes?" The periodic series, sponsored by the History of Science
Society, runs Sept. 10 through Dec. 3. All talks are held in Pugh Hall Room
210. For more information, contact: info@)hssonline.orq.
Mendoza, P., & Kuntz, A., Berger, J.B. (2008). The effects of market forces on faculty work in
science and engineering. The 2008 American Educational Research Association Annual
Meeting, New York City.
Mendoza, P., & Mendez, J.P. (2008). Financial accessibility in community colleges: Assessing
the impact of Oklahoma's Promise program vs. the Federal Pell grant and Stafford Loans. The
2008 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York City.
Mendoza, P. (2008). How doctoral socialization shapes the academic culture. Symposium:
Expanding models of doctoral student socialization. The 2008 American Educational Research
Association Annual Meeting, New York City.
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P. K. Yonge News
Blue Wave birthday on the ball field
Members of the UF lab school's first 11-man football
team and first cheerleading squad will be honored
Friday night, Oct. 17, at the Blue Waves' 2008
Homecoming football game at 7:30. Former Blue
Wave player and ex-Gator football coach Doug
Dickey is expected to be on hand. The reunion is part
of P.K. Yonge School's yearlong 75th anniversary
celebration, which (literally) kicked off this week.
NAS semi-finalist is PKY's first since 1996
Blue Wave senior Jonathan Fethiere has been
named a semi-finalist in the National Achievement
Scholarship program. The NAS program, geared to African-American students, is similar to the
National Merit Scholarship honor and is also based on outstanding PSAT scores. Some 150,000
black students took the PSAT in 2007 and only 1,600 nationwide achieved semi-finalist status.
Jonathan is one of only semi-finalists from Alachua County. He is PKY's first semi-finalist since
P.K. points of pride
Looking for a school with straight A's, as in a well-rounded program of academics, athletics and
the arts? Then ponder the balance of these PKY points of pride:
The Department of Education's 2007 report card on Florida's public schools has P.K.
Yonge earning an A grade for the seventh straight year. Grades are based on how well
students do on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT.
For five years running (literally), Blue Wave sports teams constitute Florida's most
successful athletic program among class 3A schools, based on the Florida High School
Athletic Association's points system.
The Florida Music Association has recognized P.K. Yonge School for its high percentage
of students taking music classes.
Blue Wave students also have big hearts, as evidenced by the school receiving the
Golden School Award for student volunteer hours for six straight years.
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In the News
Newsweek blog How to Close the Education Gender Gap Mary Ann Clark
An opinion column-"How to Close the Education Gender Gap"-written for the Gainesville Sun
in June by B.O. Smith Research Professor Mary Ann Clark (counselor education), was later
posted on the blog of Newsweek journalist Peg Tyre, author of the new book, "The Trouble With
Boys". You can catch Clark and Tyre together at a free symposium Oct. 28 at Norman Hall. See
story elsewhere in this e-newsletter.
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