May 19, 2010
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Did You Know ...
No "areas for improvement" were
cited in the College of Education's re-
accreditation report submitted
recently by the National Council on
Accreditation of Teacher Education.
(That's nice, but we'll keep trying to
get even better still.)
Commencement--by the numbers
College students more likely to report campus threats if
'connected' to school-UF study
College students who witness a threat of violence on their campus are more
likely to report the incident if they feel connected to their school and trust
campus police and administrators, according to a University of Florida study.
The dissertation study by Michael Sulkowski (right), a doctoral student in
school psychology at UF's College of Education, queried 820 UF
College educator preparation programs granted full re-accreditation; report cites high
quality of faculty, students
The College of Education at the University of Florida has been granted full, continued accreditation of its
educator preparation programs by the National Council on American Teacher Education, the nation's
primary accreditor of teacher-education programs. (more)
U.S. education sec'y enlists ed tech professor to advise on NCLB overhaul
Leaders of the bipartisan effort to overhaul the controversial No Child Left Behind law
have enlisted the aid of a UF education instructor to help them explore how technology
can help advance school reform and improve student learning. Cathy Cavanaugh,
associate professor in education technology, was one of several university and K-12
experts in virtual education invited in late April to meet with U.S. Education Secretary
Arne Duncan, Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton and Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) of
the House Education and Labor Committee. (more)
Visit the college home page for links to these and other reports about College activities, accomplishments
and faculty-staff-student-alumni news and achievements.
The College of Education conferred back to top
degrees to 312 spring semester
Vol. 5, No.6
graduates. Some 110
baccalaureate degrees, including 102
ProTeach candidates, while 202
candidates earned advanced
degrees. About half of the latter
group were ProTeach students
receiving their fifth-year master's
degrees. (Pictured below, B.A.E.
degree candidates show off their
mortarboard artwork while lining up
for their commencement
Campus going tobacco-free July 1
To promote the health and well-
being of faculty, staff and students,
UF will go tobacco-free July 1. The
use of cigarettes or other tobacco
products on campus, including
parking lots, or in vehicles, will be
prohibited. For more information,
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Awards & Appointments
2010 achievement awards announced for alumni, faculty and students
The year's top achievement honors for COE faculty, alumni and students were announced
earlier this month at the college's spring undergraduate commencement ceremony.
Among the honorees were Linda Behar-Horenstein (pictured, right) as Graduate Teacher U
of the Year, retired counselor education faculty member W. Max Parker for Lifetime
Achievement, and special education alum David Westling (EdD '76) for Alumnus
Achievement. For a complete list and profiles of all the award recipients, click here.
Koro-Ljungberg named to prestigious UFRF Professorship
Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, associate professor in research and evaluation methods and an
expert in qualitative research, has been named a University of Florida Research
Foundation (UFRF) Professor for 2010-2013. UF's research foundation awards the
professorships to faculty who have made recent contributions in research and a have a
strong research agenda likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields. (more)
Top efforts in 'engaged scholarship' recognized
The college has announced the 2010 Scholarship of Engagement Awards honoring some of this year's
most noteworthy efforts in public-minded scholarship by COE faculty and graduate students, UF faculty,
and other education professionals and advocates in partnering school districts. Winners in the faculty
category are Joseph Gagnon (SESPECS), Tim Jacobbe (STL), David Miller (SHDOSE) and Randy Hollinger
Gagnon Jacobbe Miller Hollinger
Business office assistant Mike Carter wins Superior Accomplishment Award
Business office assistant Mike Carter has been a guiding force and stabilizing
influence in a sea change that has occurred recently within the college and
its historic Norman Hall. His "can-do" attitude and cool-as-a-cucumber
demeanor under stress explains why he was chosen recently for a
universitywide 2010 Superior Accomplishment Award. (Pictured right, Carter
receives his award from UF Associate Provost Bernard Mair.) (more)
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P.K. Yonge Update .<--,-
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A contingent of PKY teachers, students and parents were among Gainesville's !
most selfless volunteers honored at the 38th annual Work of Heart Awards
ceremony April 27. Blue Wave art instructors Dianne Skye and Leslie Peebles
and students in the middle school art club and the high school portfolio class
were honored in the youth group category for their Memory Walk project. PKY '
parent Carol Doak was recognized in the arts/recreation category for her work in helping to keep arts
and performing arts programs alive in school. The Work of Hearts program was started in 1971 by the
Volunteer Center of North Central Florida, and Haven Hospice took it over in 2007.
Teacher to explore history of colonial Florida between Columbus and Jamestown'
How will P.K. Yonge middle school social sciences instructor Shannon Hamlett spend her summer? Well,
for five days in July, she will immerse herself in Florida's Spanish Colonial past in a comparative study of
America's Spanish and British colonial experiences. Hamlett has been selected to participate in the
Florida Humanities Council's summer seminar, "Between Columbus and Jamestown," to be held at Flagler
College in St. Augustine, America's oldest existing city. Preeminent historians, archaeologists and
architectural historians will lead participating teachers in an examination of historical archives, artifacts
and events that shaped America's history and heritage. They will be able to adopt the rich learning
experience into their history lessons come next school year.
Bluegrass stars 'pick-n-grin' with student musicians
The music of "picking, strumming, plucking and singing" filled a PKY classroom April 23, when nationally
acclaimed bluegrass musicians Jim Hurst and Scott Anderson dropped in to teach students about the
music they love. A WUFT-FM89 radio reporter was on hand to file an audio news report on the musical
jam that broke out.
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COE In The News
*Coverage generated by UFCOE News-Comm press release or media coordination
*Spring, 2010--Jamee and Gilbert Miller, COE alumna-donors
UF Today magazine
Jamee (BAE '01, MEd '02) and husband Gilbert were featured in the "Pay It
Forward" column of UF's alumni magazine, after creating a $30,000 fellowship
in education technology. Jamee was the college's 2009 Young Alumni Award
*April 15, 2010 Harry Daniels, counselor education
WDBD-FM Radio, Orlando
To predict student success, there's no place like home. UF counselor education
researchers, led by Harry Daniels, have documented a profound correlation between
home location, family lifestyles and students' achievement on state standardized tests.
The nationwide media splash created in March by their report carried over into April.
Their study reportedly was a hot-button topic in Tallahassee during the debate over
Senate Bill 6--the teacher-compensation proposal that Gov. Crist subsequently vetoed.
*April 19 & 20, 2010 -- Cathy Cavanaugh, education technology
Virtual School Meanderings (Web blog)
Cavanaugh's appointment as a Fulbright Scholar was reported, as was a recent COE news release about
UF's virtual school internship program. (VSM is a Web blog about K-12 online learning, written by a
Wayne State University I.T. professor.)
April 21, 2010 -- Catherine Emihovich, dean
Tampa Bay Newspapers (weekly: Beacon, Leader, and Bee)
Emihovich was quoted in a story about the college's recent awarding of a 2010
Scholarship of Engagement Award to Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Linda
Janssen. The dean called Janssen "instrumental in forming a multi-partnership with the
UF Lastinger Center."
April 23, 2010 -- Cathy Cavanaugh, education technology
E-Curriculum Builders Seek a Personalized Approach. Cavanaugh was quoted in Ed Week's online special
report, "E-Learning 2010: Assessing the Agenda for Change." She said she doesn't consider an online
offering that is solely computer-based, with no teacher support, a true course. "For K-12 students...the
instructor is a key element."
*May 16, 2010 -- Sevan Terzian, social foundations of education
Daytona Beach News Journal
In an article on the various forms of high school education teens can choose from today--
charter schools, home-schooling, dual enrollment, etc.--Terzian pointed out that the
original civics-instruction mission of high schools is not as prominent anymore due to
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