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February 17, 2010

You're reading coE-News, an electronic newsletter produced monthly during fall and spring semesters by the College of
Education's News & Communications Office to keep faculty, staff and students up-to-date on college news, activities
and achievements. Click here to view the online version of this edition.

GOT NEWS? We want to hear it. Submit individual or unit news and calendar events of collegewide interest to news@coe.ufl.edu
for publication consideration. All submissions must be in writing or via e-mail and must include contact information for follow-
up questions.

Dean's Message


College News & Notices

Awards & Appointments


Vol. 5, No.4

Dean's Message

Improved accountability could elevate teaching profession

If teaching is to become widely recognized and acknowledged as the rigorous profession that it should
be, all teacher preparation programs should meet national accreditation standards that not only address
issues of program quality and continuous improvement, but also the impact teacher candidates have on
student learning in P-12 settings. (more)

P.K. Yonge Update

COE In The News

Connect with us!

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New Spotlight profiles on
COE home page

Check out two new Spotlight
profiles now rotating at top
of the COE home page. Newly
featured are recent UF Hall of
Fame inductee Julianne Scherker
(5th-year ProTeach student)
and Education Technology
faculty member Cathy Cavanaugh.

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With $800,000 grant, UF tackles dire shortage of teachers, professors in special education

With an $800,000 federal grant, COE Associate Professor Diane Ryndak is leading a new
effort to help institutions of higher education resolve the shortage of special education
professors in the field of severe disabilities. (more)

Professor speaks at D.C. briefing on educational crisis facing minority males

Luis Ponjuan, assistant professor in educational administration and policy, participated in a national
briefing on Capitol Hill Jan. 26 to raise awareness of the overwhelming barriers that minority male
students continue to face in educational achievement. He was one of five national experts on minority
education who participated in a panel discussion at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. (more)

Community counseling needed for U.S. relatives of Haiti earthquake victims, UF professor

A UF counselor education scholar sees an urgent need for community-wide counseling
services here in the United States for family members and others close to the victims and
survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. Since the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Jan. 12,
Associate Professor Cirecie West-Olatunji has been involved in the efforts of two national
counseling organizations to share information with fellow counselors about symptoms of
traumatic stress and associated interventions. (more)

Reunited and it feels so good

COE News & Communications
and COE Development- Alumni
Affairs both moved into new
quarters at the start of spring
semester, sharing an office suite
(again, after splitting up during
Norman Hall renovations) in
Rm 258. That's right next door
to the large classroom in
Rm. 250, on the second floor
of Old Norman. Drop by
and see us.

COE exhibit arrives on time at

Check out "Florida EduGator
Hot Spots in Public Scholarship"
now on display at Gainesville
Regional Airport through the
month of February. You'll find
the college exhibit in a window
display in the main hallway
between baggage claim and
the new restaurant. UF is
showcasing a different college
or program every month in the
showcase window.

Did You Know ...

The college's UFTeach program,
created to ease Florida's critical
shortage of math and science
teachers, enrolled 65 new
students this fall, raising total
current enrollment to 118. By
2012, UFTeach expects to have
more than 400 students enrolled
and graduate 80 students every
year into the undermanned
ranks of science and math

Need more COE annual
reports, pocket folders?

COE News & Communications
has more 2009 annual reports
and COE pocket folders
available for use as VIP hand-
outs to key stakeholders and
supporters of the college and
its individual units.
Contact: Larry Lansford,
News-Comm director,
273-4137, Ilansford@coe.ufl.edu.




Visit the college home page for links to these and other reports about College activities, accomplishments
and faculty-staff-student-alumni news and achievements.

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College News & Notices

UF CROP students tour--and march--in Atlanta

Forty Alachua County middle and high school students from the College
Reach Out Program at UF participated in the 5th annual CROP Atlanta tour I
Jan. 14-18 and marched in the city's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Parade (pictured above). They also toured several local colleges and
historical sites. CROP is based at the College of Education, where
collegewide fundraising efforts helped cover trip expenses. CROP is a
statewide project designed to increase the number of disadvantaged
students who successfully complete a postsecondary education. The UF-
based program is directed by Bobby Welch and provides tutoring, counseling and other services for about
200 Alachua County students. (Photo courtesy of CROP.)

Alliance holds financial aid workshops

The UF Alliance recently held a series of parent workshops on student financial aid for college at each of
its partner schools in Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami. Alliance staff assisted parents in completing their
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms to ensure that students fully qualify for any
available assistance. At press time, more than 80 families had participated in workshops held in three of
the six Alliance schools. The workshops were to continue through Feb. 11.

Saving energy at Norman Hall

UF Physical Plant energy specialists will offer tips and advice on energy usage and conservation Feb. 24,
2 to 4 p.m., in a presentation to COE faculty, staff and students. Their presentation, set for Room 250, is
tailored specifically for Norman Hall. The presentation sets the stage for the College of Education's
participation in UF's newest energy conservation campaign, "Chomp Down on Energy", with an ambitious
aim of carbon neutraility and zero waste campuswide. Check out details at www.sustainability.ufl.edu.
Contact COE Green Team Captain Christine Cook (cpcook@coe.ufl.edu) for more information.

Completed Census forms boost education funding

This March, the 2010 Census will arrive in every Gainesville resident's mailbox.
The responses will directly affect the distribution of more than $400 billion in
federal funding for education, healthcare, transportation and the environment.
Off-campus students must fill out the form with their housemates and return it
by mail before April 1. It is important that everyone in Gainesville fill out the
census form to ensure funding that will help keep The Gator Nation--and the
EduGator Nation--great. For more information, visit www.YouMeCensUS.com.



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Awards & Appointments


Thurs, Feb. 18
Education Career Day
7-8:30pm, Reitz Union, 282
(Faculty, please encourage your
students to attend, all UF Students
are invited.)

Anita Zucker (BAE '72) receives UF Distinguished Alumni Award

It's difficult to pin a label on COE graduate Anita Zucker (BAE '72), this year's UF
Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. She is a former educator, a lifetime education
advocate, a committed philanthropist, a history-making businesswoman, and one of

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Feb. 18-20
Back to College Weekend
with Alumni Association

Feb. 19-22
AACTE Conference
Wed, Feb. 24
Saving Energy at Norman Hall
2-4pm, Rm. 250 NMN
(Open to all COE faculty, staff,
Contact: cpcook@coe.ufl.edu

March 2-6
NASP (Natl Assoc. of School
Psychologists) annual convention

Thurs., March 18
COE Staff Appreciation Lunch
11:30am-lpm, Norman Courtyard
Contact: imount@coe.ufl.edu
(All COE & PKY faculty and staff are

March 18-22
American Counseling
Association Conference

Sat, March 20
Guiding and Teaching Our
Remarkable (G.A.T.O.R.)
8am-4pm, UF Cultural Plaza
Co-hosted by Baby Gator,
The Harn Museum, Florida
Museum of Natural History

Fri, April 9
COE Scholarship Banquet
6:30-8:30pm, UF Hilton
Contact: imount@coe.ufl.edu

Sat, April 10
Alumni Association's Orange
and Blue BBQ
2 hours before kickoff
North Lawn of The Swamp
(COE reserved area)
Contact: imount@coe.ufl.edu

Sat, April 10
Silver Society
UF's c/o 1985 Reunion Party
7-9:30pm, Emerson Alumni Hall
Contact: imount@coe.ufl.edu

Wed, April 14
Education Recruitment Day
sponsored by UF's Career
Resource Center
10:00 am 2:00 pm,
J. Wayne Reitz Union
Grand Ballroom
Contact: Career Resource

April 21-24
Council for Exceptional Children

April 30-May 4
AERA Annual Conference

Sat., May 1
Advance Degree Commencement
9am, O'Connell Center

Dean named to blue-ribbon panel on teacher preparation reform

The nation's largest accrediting body for teacher education programs has enlisted UF education dean
Catherine Emihovich for a blue-ribbon panel of educators and policymakers charged with bringing major
reforms to colleges of education and school districts. (more)

Hodge appointed senior director of development-alumni affairs

Matthew (Matt) Hodge has been appointed to the new position of senior director of
development and alumni affairs at the College of Education. Hodge has more than 15 years
of higher education fundraising experience, serving for the past five years as vice president
for institutional advancement at Seminole State College. (more)

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*Indicates co-author is a current or former COE student

Dixon, A. L., & Hansen, N. (2010). Fortid, nutid, fremtid (past, present, future):
Professional counseling in Denmark. Journal of Counseling & Development, 88, 38-42.

Flower, K.* & Clark, M.A. (2010, July). Tackling Male Underachievement. American School
Counselor Association Annual Conference, Boston.

Alliance reports address learning gap, dropout prevention

The UF Alliance program reports staff made the following presentations at recent major conferences. At
the 2010 Holmes Partnership Conference in Charleston, S.C., Alliance staff presented two reports: (1)
Attacking the Achievement Gap through College Access and Outreach: The UF Alliance Experience; and,
(2) Parental Engagement: A Necessary Ingredient for Addressing The Achievement Gap in Low-
Performing Schools. Alliance staff also presented Identity and Resiliency: Key Components in Dropout
Prevention at the Hispanic Organizations Program Enhancement (HOPE) Conference in San Juan, Puerto
Rico. Their report highlighted the use of technology to enhance retention among students.

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P.K. Yonge Update

LA radio-theater group works with PKY student Ii
performers .

PKY students in Sherwin Mackintosh's third-period vocal
ensemble class got a special treat Feb. 4 when two performers
from L.A. Theatre Works (Kyle Colerider-Krugh and John Wesley)
stopped by to lead a master class on monologues (pictured right).
The touring LATW troupe made a Gainesville stopover for an
evening performance at UF's Phillips Center. The troupe is on an
early leg of a national tour of "RFK: The Journey to Justice," a live radio theater-style docudrama
chronicling Robert Kennedy's personal transformation into a champion and crusader for the Civil Rights

Middle school magazine rates superior

P.K. Yonge's middle school literary magazine, Making Waves, has been awarded a SUPERIOR rating from
the National Council of Teachers of English for their 2009 magazine. PKY was one of only two middle
schools to receive the highest mark. Student editors were Austin Landis, Kaleigh Wasdin and Blythe
Ferguson. Carolyn Harrell is the faculty advisor.


COE Undergraduate
noon, Center for the Performing Arts
For info: www.education.ufl.edu/
Contact: imount@coe.ufl.edu

Sat., May 8
Gator Guayabera Guateque
UF Alumni Association Event

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Discount advance tickets for Curtains now on sale

Advance tickets for PKY's spring production of the Tony-award winning murder-
mystery musical comedy, Curtains, are now on sale. Get them now before prices go
up. The PKY box office is open every Wednesday 3-6 p.m. Starting April 12 through
May 2, box office hours extend from 12-6 p.m. weekdays. Reserved seating tickets
may also be purchased online at ticketmaster.com. A mail-in order form is available
to print out on the P.K. Yonge website. Advance tickets are $7 for students and $12
for adults until March 1, when prices go up to $12 and $15, respectively. For more
information, visit the PKY website or contact the boxoffice hotline at 392-1850.

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College of Education
University of Florida
Catherine Emihovich

News & Communications
Director and Editor-Writer:
Larry Lansford

Information & Instructional
Prentiss Lee Ladkani

P.K. Yonge Correspondent:
Marta Pollitt

COE In The News

*Coverage generated by UFCOE news release

*Feb. 4, 2010 -- Diane Ryndak, special education
SpecialEdConnection.com, UF NEWS WEB SITE
Under an $800,000 USDOE grant, UF special education researcher Diane Ryndak is leading a new effort
to help institutions of higher education resolve the shortage of special education professors in the field of
severe disabilities.

*Jan. 21 -- Cerecie West-Olatunji, counselor education
Since the devastating earthquake struck in Haiti Jan. 12, Associate Professor Cirecie West-Olatunji has
worked with two national counseling organizations to provide community-wide counseling services in the
U.S. for family members of victims and survivors of the earthquake.

*Jan. 20 -- Luis Ponjuan, educational administration and policy
Assistant Professor Luis Ponjuan is one of five national experts on minority education who
participated in a national briefing on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of the overwhelming
barriers that minority male students face in educational achievement.

portrait of
Luis Ponjuan

Jan. 14 & 20 -- UF CROP Program
Forty Alachua County middle and high school students from the College Reach Out Program at UF
participated in the 5th annual CROP Atlanta tour Jan. 14-18.


*Jan. 11 -- Lastinger Center for Learning
About 30 teachers at Jacksonville Raines and Ribault high schools will have the opportunity to get their
master's degrees free if they commit to working at the schools for five years, thanks to a UF Lastinger
Center for Learning program.

*Jan. 5 -- Catherine Emihovich
The nation's largest accreditor of teacher education programs has named UF education
dean Catherine Emihovich to a blue-ribbon panel of educators and policymakers charged
with bringing major reforms to colleges of education and school districts.

Dec. 16, 2009 -- Mary Ann Williams (alumna)
In a story about UF's commencement ceremony, Mary Ann Williams, recent COE doctoral graduate in
mental health counseling, was cited as an example of graduates who can still "land a dream job" in this
difficult job market.

*Nov. 27, 2009 -- Catherine Emihovich
Gainesville Sun
In a Speaking Out column submitted to the Opinions page, Dean Emihovich responded to policymakers'
latest criticisms that U.S. colleges of education are not sufficiently meeting the challenges of today's
tumultuous education world. She responds with examples of how UF, like many major education
colleges, "are (indeed) up to the task of preparing the next generation of America's teachers."

*Nov. 20, 2009 -- Lastinger Center for Learning
Aided by a $1.6 million grant from the Helios Education Foundation, as many as 500 middle and high
school math and science teachers in Pinellas County will have a shot at getting advanced degrees and
training, thanks to a new program being launched by UF's Lastinger Center for Learning.

Nov. 20, 2009 -- Cathy Cavanaugh, education technology
T.H.E. JOURNAL (Transforming Education Through Technology)
The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) selected Cathy Cavanaugh
to receive one of its first annual Online Innovator Awards, recognizing her for important
new research in education technology.

*Nov. 17, 2009 -- Catherine Emihovich and Lastinger Center for Learning
There is "no more pressing problem" in schools than low achievement in math and science, UF COE Dean
Catherine Emihovich told a UF summit on math and science education, sponsored by the Lastinger
Center for Learning.

Oct. 29, 2009 -- Cathy Cavanaugh, education technology
PASADENA STAR NEWS (Education magazine supplement)
Cavanaugh was quoted in an article on the emergence of virtual learning in K-12 classrooms, saying"
"Within the last decade K-12 education has become much more consumer-diven. Virtual schooling
happens to be an attractive and effective option."

*Oct. 14, 2009 -- P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School
A group of nearly 30 town and school leaders from Pike Road, Ala., visited P.K. Yonge Developmental
Research School last week to "scout out" PKY as a model school for the town's efforts to start its own
school system.

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