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March 16, 2009


You're reading coE-News, an electronic newsletter produced monthly during the academic year by the College of Education News
& Communications Office to keep faculty, staff and students up-to-date on college news, activities and achievements. Click here
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P. K. Yonge News

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"All who have meditated on the
art of governing mankind have
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empires depends on the
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Decision on budget reduction proposal will come after legislative
session ends May 1










Reports about the possibility of the College of Education becoming a graduate-level-only college have
been widely publicized and discussed over the past couple of weeks. The proposal could entail the
elimination or significant reduction of our highly regarded undergraduate teacher-preparation programs
in elementary education and early childhood education. UF Provost Joseph Glover has asked us-along
with the College of Nursing-to prepare an analysis of the pros and cons of such a move as part of the
university's overall budget reduction planning process. This is only one of several alternatives being
discussed in dealing with budget shortfalls. I intend to share the analyses and our final budget reduction
plan with the college community in an open forum on March 20, 2-4 p.m., in the Norman Hall
Auditorium. Our final plan will be submitted April 1 to Provost Glover. No decisions about our budget
proposals and the analyses will be made until President Bernie Machen reviews them with his cabinet and
discusses the overall UF budget plan with the university's Board of Trustees. (more)

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Top Story


Schoolyard Wildlife Program chosen as'success story' for Obama's
environmental team


Vol. 4, No. 6





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Calendar

Wed., March 18
"Effective Teacher Induction
and Mentoring: Assessing
the Evidence"
Michael Strong
Director of Research
University of California
New Teacher Center
2 p.m.
Terrace Room, Norman Hall

March 19 23
American Counseling
Association Conference
Charlotte, N.C.

Thurs., March 19
COE Staff Appreciation
Lunch
11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
Norman Courtyard
Contact: imount@coe.ufl.edu
(All COE & PKY faculty & staff)

April 1 4
Council for Exceptional
Children Annual Convention
Seattle, Wash.

Thurs., April 2
"Overview of the Haitian
Diaspora: Implications for
Florida Educators"
Maria D. Alvarez
Alachua County School Board
2:30 p.m.
Terrace Room, Norman Hall
Sponsored by the COE and
Center for Latin American
Studies

Mon., April 6
Spring Faculty Meeting
Time/Location: TBD

Thurs., April 9
COE Scholarship Banquet
6:30-8:30 p.m.
UF Hilton Ballroom
Contact: jmount@coe.ufl.edu


April 13 17
AERA Annual Meeting
San Diego, Calif.

Sat., April 18
Orange & Blue Football
Game
Time: TBA


A UF-produced program that shows educators how to use school grounds as effective outdoor science
learning laboratories has been selected as a model success story in a national report requested by
President Obama's environmental transition team. The "Schoolyard Wildlife Program," created by UF
science education professor Linda Cronin Jones (right), was one of three model environmental education
programs identified by the state of Florida. (more)


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News & Notices


COE scholars will be out in force at AERA annual meeting

As always, the College of Education will have a major presence at this year's annual meeting of the
American Education Research Association, April 12-17 in San Diego. AERA's online program lists some 30
COE faculty and a like-sized contingent of graduate students presenting or participating in more than 60
presentations, panel discussions and meetings. You can view or print out a complete list of presentations
by COE faculty and students, in PDF format, by clicking here. (more)


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Awards & Appointments


NEA fetes retired ex-professor Walter L. Smith


The National Education Association has announced it will honor Walter L. Smith (right), a former
professor and graduate coordinator in educational administration and policy, for educational activities
"contributing to international understanding and motivating youth to work for world peace." Smith will
receive the NEA's prestigious 2009 Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award July
2 at the association's 2009 Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly in San Diego. He was a
member of the UF education faculty from 1995-2000. (more)


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Publications


Lefave, M., Behar-Horenstein, L.S. & Dix, A. C. (2009). "Productivity and relevance of the curriculum
professors' research." Journal of Faculty Development 22(3), 179-190.

Goodman, R. D., & West-Olatunji, C. A. (2008). "Traumatic stress, systemic oppression, and resilience in
post-Katrina New Orleans." Spaces for Difference: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1(2), 51-68.

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P. K. Yonge News


Sat., May 2
Advance Degree
Commencement
10 a.m.
O'Connell Center


Sat., May 2
COE Commencement






Performing Arts


Sat., May 16
International Gator Day
Chair, Danny Wuerffel


CoE-News is produced by:

College of Education
University of Florida
Dean:
Catherine Emihovich

News & Communications
Director and Managing Editor-
Writer:
Larry Lansford

News & Communications
Editor-writer:
Renee Zenaida

Information & Instructional
Technology
Webmaster:
Prentiss Lee Ladkani

P.K. Yonge Correspondent:
Marta Pollitt


The P.K.Yonge Vocal Ensemble performed at the UF President's Home recently for a benefit for Climb for
Cancer. The performance had an African theme centered around climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. Among other
selections, the group performed a Shongan song that Sherman Mackintosh, instructor and director of the
PKY Performing Arts Center, brought from South Africa, as well as "He Lives in You" from the musical
"The Lion King." Climb For Cancer is a not-for-profit foundation which funds leading-edge cancer
research while supporting patients who need treatment now.

High schoolers break new ground at Spanish conference

Advanced placement Spanish Literature students Jennifer Aranda-Cordero (12th grade), Celeste de la
Llana (11th grade) and Gisela FernAndez (11th grade) presented literary research papers at the 9th
Spanish Graduate Association (SAGA) Annual Colloquium on Feb. 27 at the University of Central Florida.
Previously, only graduate students or faculty members were invited to participate in the conference. This
year, however, high school students were included. Students chose and researched literary topics, using
at least 10 books or literary journals. Each then wrote a six-page paper and presented her findings in a
20-minute talk. Conference presentation can be daunting, even for seasoned graduate students. But high
school students are seldom expected to perform at this level of scholarship. PKY's AP Spanish teacher
Grisell Santiago, expected more, though, and she got it. The conference committee was so impressed
that they have decided to continue inviting high school students.

PKY instructors receive grant for greening the golden rule


Ninth grade instructors Mickey MacDonald and Jennifer Cheveallier have received a 2009 Toyota Tapestry
Large Grant worth $10,000 through the National Science Teachers Association. Out of 459 applications,
their grant proposal was one of only 50 selected to receive funding. They will implement their project -
titled "Educating Sustainability and Social Responsibility through P.K. Yonge's Community Garden and
Farmers' Market" during the 2009-10 school year. MacDonald and Cheveallier will guide their 9th grade
biology students from garden planning to selling their food crops at the planned on-campus farmers'
market. Proceeds will go to the St. Francis House homeless shelter in downtown Gainesville. Students
will also visit the shelter, interview homeless guests and compile a book of essays-"Giving Voice to the
Homeless."

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In the News


The Independent Florida Alligator (2/3/09)-Troy Sadler, Science Education

The Alligator announced Assistant Professor Troy Sadler's receipt of one of science education's premier
honors. The National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) will award Sadler its Early
Career Research Award at the group's annual conference in April.





The Gainesville Sun (2/25/09)-College of Education


The Gainesville Sun ran a story about the College considering the move to becoming a graduate-program
only school.


The Gainesville Sun (3/1/09)-Cathy Cavanaugh, Kara Dawson, Distance Learning

In response to an opinion column by journalist Bill Maxwell about distance learning, the Gainesville Sun
printed an article written by the School of Teaching and Learning's Cathy Cavanaugh, assistant professor,
and Kara Dawson, associate professor. Citing their own professional experience as well as current
research, Cavanaugh and Dawson point out that distance learning "works very well for millions of
students who learn with instructors prepared to lead 21st century learning environments."

The Independent Florida Alligator/National Education Association (3/1/09)-College of
Education

The Alligator covered a March 4 candlelight vigil staged by approximately 160 students, faculty and
community members in protest of the proposed cuts in undergraduate programs at the College. The
story also was picked up by the National Education Association (NEA) website.

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