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Ideas that matter. Innovations that work.

In this year's report, we feature news and stories where the
"I's" have it: as in IDEAS, INNOVATIONS and IMPACT. Far too
often, schools or colleges of education are criticized in the
media and by policymakers for not being connected with or
involved in the most critically important educational issues
of the day. Reading through this report on research and
scholarship underway at UF, it's evident that our faculty,
students and alumni take seriously the challenge of making a
Whether the focus is on creating a unique job-embedded
master's degree program on teacher professional development
in urban districts, closing the cavernous math-science gap,
addressing the needs of our youngest learners, promoting
new advances in educational technology, or providing new
scholarships for students in need, Florida's flagship college
is engaged in actions to change schools and transform lives
across the state and the country.
Below is just a sampling of the incredible array of UF
initiatives having a demonstrable impact:

The National Center to Inform Policy and Practice
in Special Education Professional Development
(NCIPP) has been established to help states and
local school districts improve the retention and quality
of beginning special education teachers.
The Lastinger Center for Learning works with over
250 schools across Florida on quality teacher
development, and leads workshops in five states to
improve early-learning opportunities for children from
infancy through age 5.
Educational technology faculty have established the
Virtual School Clearinghouse to create the first national
database on virtual schools.

The Community College Leadership Consortium at
UF examines the impact of community colleges offering
four-year degrees on first generation college student
access to higher education.
The success of all these initiatives has caught the attention
of state and federal funding agencies, foundations, and private
donors. Just two years into UF's five-year Capital Campaign,
the College has already raised nearly 98 percent of its
ambitious $20 million target, and now holds over $29 million
in external funding from grants. Even in these difficult
economic times, the College continues to flourish and attract
outside support.
The one 'I' not mentioned so far is IMAGINATION,
and that's the direction we will take next. Albert Einstein
noted that "Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." All
of us need to imagine a world where children have equal
opportunity to learn, where families, schools and community
groups become partners with higher education to improve
teaching and learning in the most challenged schools and
neighborhoods, and where a commitment to reducing poverty
and improving the quality of life for all citizens is not just a
hollow statement but a way to enact one's role as a democratic
Given the enormous wealth and resources the United States
still has, why can't we imagine a better future for all children,
and then take the necessary steps to achieve it? The College of
Education at the University of Florida has heard this call, and
our work will continue until this dream is achieved. Now,
imagine that.

Dean Catherine Emihovich

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UF education programs pack a punch felt around the state (and beyond)

Hv\ A do we measure our college's impact on the future of our
H v education system? Take a good look at what is working.

UF's College of Education has a legacy, over a century in
the making, of finding innovative solutions to the most critical
issues of the day in education and society-having played
leading roles in school integration, Head Start, the middle
schools movement and Florida's community college system, to
name a few.
Such a tradition can be reassuring in today's embattled
education world: Education funding seems stuck in reverse;
our public schools struggle to attract and retain high-quality
teachers; America is being outpaced in math and science
education by our peer industrialized nations; our youngest
generations have all but stopped reading; and, access to high-

quality schools and competent teachers is still influenced
far too often by a student's race, ethnic background, family
income level or disability status. It's a perfect storm creating a
vast education achievement gap in our schools that threatens
America's economic success and global competitiveness.
There are no magic solutions, but new models of school
reform, novel teacher recruitment and retention strategies,
classroom technology advances, and research-proven
intervention strategies are cause for new optimism. Below is
just a sampling of the many University of Florida initiatives, in
all education disciplines, that are having a major impact on our
education system, from preschool to graduate school.

* Stimulating education and the
economy. UF's Lastinger Center for
Learning-wielding a statewide focus on
improving schools, teacher practice and student
learning-is also the college's most prolific
generator of external funding. Since its inception
in 2002, the Lastinger Center has attracted nearly
$34 million in private gifts, grants and contracts. The

center pumps a large chunk of those dollars back
into the Florida communities it serves by offering
free advanced degrees in school leadership for
teachers in partnering school districts, hiring and
training master teachers as on-site "professors-in-
residence" and mobilizing community and business
groups for child wellness and school improvement

School readiness extends its reach. Under a
shared $10 million grant, UF early childhood and special
education faculty are partnering with public school
districts and community groups to expand research-proven
school readiness programs-first in Miami-Dade County
schools and then throughout Florida. The Ready Schools
Florida program is designed to smooth the transition to
school for the alarming number of young children who are
likely to start school unprepared. All 200-plus elementary
schools in Miami-Dade are now participating in the effort,
and school districts in Collier, Duval, Pinellas and Alachua
counties recently formed Ready Schools networks with UF

SClosing the cavernous math-science gap. To
ease the critical shortage of mathematics and science
teachers, our new UFTeach program uses innovative
recruiting strategies to draw UF's best and brightest math
and science majors into teaching. UF Teach last year
enrolled 56 students, all in-state residents, from 19 Florida
counties. By 2012, UFTeach expects to have more than 400
students enrolled and graduate 80 students every year into
the teaching ranks.

SMaster teachers for high-needs schools.
Practicing teachers in several
inner-city and rural school districts
are taking advantage of an innovative
master's degree offering at UF that's
free to teachers in Florida's highest-
need schools. This big-bang-for-the-
bucks program, called the Florida Master
Teacher Initiative, is a powerful push
to help practicing teachers develop
as master teachers, leaders, change
agents and advocates for children at
Florida's most challenging schools. The
job-embedded coursework is delivered
online and on-site by UF education
professors to groups of teachers from
the same school. Participating teachers
must make a five-year commitment to a
designated high-needs school.

f- College exposure for minorities. The college's
t UF Alliance program partners with six high-poverty high
Schools in Florida's three largest cities-Jacksonville,
Orlando and Miami-and three more in Puerto Rico,
promoting access and exposure to the college experience
to more than 1,500 first-generation American minority
students yearly.

Teaching English language learners. New UF
research could cause a nationwide change in the way
colleges prepare teachers to work with students who
speak English as a second language. Under a $1.2 million
federal grant, education researchers are assessing the
effects that UF's own graduates from its elementary teacher
preparation program are having on English language
learners in elementary school classrooms. With immigrant
populations growing across the country, many states are

looking for new ways to give teachers the second-language
teaching tools they need, and are considering a teaching
approach based on the Florida model. Now in its third
year, the study will focus on case studies of teachers and
analysis of data from the Florida Department of Education's
K-20 Education Data Warehouse, one of the most detailed
education databases in the U.S.

P Classroom technology makeovers. Since 2006,
UF education technology researchers have partnered
with 29 Florida school districts to boost student learning
through improved classroom technology and instruction in
21st century computer skills. Working through the college's
nationwide, online Virtual School Clearinghouse, the
researchers are collecting data from some 560 teachers
at 73 participating public schools to assess and develop
improved online teaching tools and lesson plans. The
classroom technology "makeovers" are benefiting some
20,000 students in kindergarten through high school.

Lab school with long reach. P.K. Yonge
Developmental Research School, the college's nearby
Laboratory school since 1934, is a hub of innovative
educational program development and dissemination
for K-12 schools. Over the past six years, PKY has hosted
230 professional development days-
workshops, classroom observations and
teacher-to-teacher consultations-for
1,800 teachers and administrators from
S P more than 100 elementary and secondary
schools, representing 27 Florida school

Helping students with learning
S disabilities. With several million
dollars in funding from the federal
Institute for Education Sciences, special
education faculty are working with school
districts in Florida and several other states
to strengthen teaching and learning for
students with disabilities, One group is
field-testing a promising curriculum to help
students deal with aggressive behavioral
issues in the classroom; faculty teams also
are introducing research-based models of professional
development for early childhood educators and for
practicing teachers to advance their literacy-instruction skills
for students with learning challenges.

Teachers teaching teachers. For five years, UF's
Center for School Improvement has staged a widely-
attended annual showcase on "teacher inquiry"-a
novel school-improvement approach involving educators
working individually and with each other to evaluate and
improve their own classroom practices. After drawing a
capacity crowd of 400 educators from 14 Northeast Florida
counties in 2008, the showcase last year had to switch to
separate regional gatherings in eight counties-Alachua,
Baker, Collier, Dixie, Flagler, Levy, Miami-Dade and Pinellas-
to meet the demand.

The mission of the College of Education is
to prepare exemplary practitioners and scholars; to
generate, use and disseminate knowledge about
teaching, learning and human development; and to
collaborate with others to solve critical educational
and human problems in a diverse global community.

UF College of Education

At a Glance

National Rankings (US News & World Report)
3rd Counselor Education program
5th Special Education program
26th Educational Administration program
25th among public education schools of elite AAU institutions
54th overall nationally

Currently funded research: $29.3 million

Human Development & Organizational Studies in Education
Special Education, School Psychology & Early Childhood Studies
Teaching and Learning

Center for School Improvement
Lastinger Center for Learning
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice
in Special Education Professional Development (NCIPP)
UF Alliance

Laboratory School
P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School



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Key Initiatives

... Addressing education's most critical needs and issues of our time

Centers connect for statewide school reform. Four college-wide centers each focus on
different aspects of school improvement, and continue to expand their reach across the state and beyond:
UF's Lastinger Center for Learning connects more than 250 schools across the state with UF education
scholars, forming powerful learning communities in support of school improvement and children's learning
and healthy development. By 2010, the Lastinger network expects to expand to more than 300 schools-
mostly elementary schools in inner-city neighborhoods and impoverished communities.
The UF Alliance partners with high-poverty high schools in Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami, and with
the School District of Puerto Rico, promoting access and exposure to the college experience to more than
1,500 first-generation minority students each year.
The college's Center for School Improvement cultivates partnerships with high-needs K-12 schools in
Northeast Florida and now throughout the state, providing novel "inquiry-based' professional development
programs as a primary method of school improvement.
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development
(NCIPP): Beginning special education teachers are considered the most vulnerable teachers in America's
school system, receiving little support for one of the most challenging jobs. With major federal support, UF
researchers have established this national center to study and introduce new strategies for helping states and
local school districts to improve the retention and quality of beginning special education teachers.

Heightened focus on early childhood education. Studies show that learning begins at birth,
yet about one in three children start kindergarten unprepared to learn and never catch up. Faculty scholars
led by Patricia Snyder, the first holder of the David Lawrence Jr. Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Studies,
have launched several cross-disciplinary initiatives to address the need for quality early-learning experiences
during the infant and toddler years. As part of the landmark Ready Schools Florida project (seepage 3), UF
early-child educators are helping public schools across Florida connect with early learning centers, families
and community groups to support improved learning, health and development in young children. UF early-
learning students-the next generation of scholars and leaders in the field-receive more field experiences in
early intervention settings, while new doctoral programs generate more research in areas such as early literacy
and language, family support, and the social and emotional influences on young children's learning and
development. Key UF partners in the effort include The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation in Miami,
UF's Baby Gator Child Development and Research Development Center and UF's pediatrics department.

Science for Life. With $1.5 million in grant support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
the college teamed up with nine other UF colleges in 2008 to launch "Science for Life"-an ambitious
initiative to transform education in the life sciences from kindergarten through college. The program
aims to close the critical gap in science education and groom more science teachers and career scientists,
a critical workforce need in Florida and the nation. The effort has started with UF's own student body
by expanding what is now Florida's largest early-undergraduate laboratory research program. The
College of Education's new 18-credit science education minor is available for students majoring in any
scientific discipline. Education faculty also lead a mentorship program that prepares advanced graduate
students in the life sciences for academic teaching positions, and have developed novel assessment tools.
A Science for Life outreach component, involving UF Alliance partnering schools, reaches out into the
high schools and middle schools to engage and prepare future science majors and to strengthen science
teaching through professional development activities with their teachers.

Preparing career-changers to teach in crisis schools. To address the urgent need for
high-quality teachers in the most challenging schools, the college complements its traditional teacher
preparation programs with two state-designated Educator Preparation Institutes, in Duval and Alachua
counties. The institutes offer yearlong apprenticeships to put talented college graduates and mid-career
professionals who have non-education degrees on the fast track to teaching jobs and learning the skills
they need to thrive at high-poverty elementary schools. The Alachua County apprenticeship leads to a
master's degree in elementary education.

Virtual schools clearinghouse. UF is a key player in virtual school research.
Education technology researchers in 2006 established the online Virtual School has compiled the first national
database for virtual schools. The project enables state-run virtual schools
across the nation to analyze their own statistics and pool data, making it
publicly available to researchers to conduct studies. UF researchers now are
using their evaluation tools to identify the best teaching practices for
online instruction.

Improving teacher quality. Research clearly shows
that from pre-school on up, teachers have the greatest impact
on student achievement, Many inner-city schools, though,
find it difficult to retain its most effective and experienced
teachers, especially those with expertise in teaching students
with disabilities. With funding from the U.S. Department
of Education and the college's Lastinger Center for Learning, UF
researchers are developing new professional development packages to
promote inclusive teaching practices in preschool learning centers, irr pr..
the literacy instruction of special education teachers and improve general
teaching practices in elementary classrooms.


Academics in Action

... Educating for the future

Distance education growth spikes again. The college's distance education program
started modestly in 2004 with three online graduate courses and 57 students enrolled. Distance-
learning enrollment last year topped 2,600 students from 51 Florida counties, 37 states and 11
nations worldwide. The program grew by about 50 percent over the previous year in three key
categories:--courses offered, student enrollment and total credit hours earned (7,863). Our online
menu now includes eight comprehensive degree programs. Job-embedded online courses and degree
offerings provide vital support for educators in Florida's public schools and colleges, and also appeal
to alternatively certified educators needing assistance during their first years on the job.

Distance Learning Growth Trends:
UF College of Education
Academic # Courses Student Credit
Year Offered Enrollments Hours




Initiatives address need for virtual teachers. State-run virtual schools are expected
to play a major role in the emergence of distance education in K-12 public schools-likely blending
online experiences with traditional classroom coursework. UF exposes its education students to
virtual school instruction during their five-year teacher preparation coursework, offering educational
technology as a specialty area and partnering with Orlando-based Florida Virtual School, the
nation's largest virtual school, to provide five-week, supervised teaching internships in the online
learning environment. UF's School of Teaching and Learning also has launched a new online
Professional Practice Doctorate in education technology. The popular Ed.D. program filled to
capacity with a spring 2009 cohort of 30 students.

Community clinic offers free counseling, hands-on training. Counseling services
should not be limited just to those who can afford services through private pay or insurance. That's
why the college's nationally-ranked counselor education program operates a free Couple and Family
Clinic to provide relationship and family counseling for area residents. Besides serving as a clinical
training site, counselor-ed faculty and students have offered more than 7,000 hours of supervision
and counseling to more than 300 couples and families since its inception in 1992.

Student, faculty diversity on the rise. From 2004 to 2008, the percentage of racially
and ethnically diverse faculty at the college increased from 15 percent to 18 percent, including the
recent hiring of two women faculty of Latin and East Indian nationality, respectively. The diversity
of our undergraduate student body has risen steadily over this period from 16 percent to 23 percent,
while graduate enrollment of underrepresented minorities has jumped from 24 percent to 28 percent.
Overall minority student enrollment increased from 20 percent to 27 percent.

Students stage Family Math Nights at local schools. Students in UF's mathematics
education program last year helped stage Family Math Night events at three local high-needs elementary
schools. Schoolchildren and their family members filled their respective school cafeterias (bottom right photo)
to compete in math games and learn mathematical strategies for fun and door prize tickets.

Lab school report card: A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A. The Department of Education's latest report
card on Florida's public schools has P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School-the college's renowned
laboratory school-earning an A grade for the eighth straight year. Grades are based on how well students do
on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. PKY's well-rounded curriculum also has Blue Wave students
excelling in sports and the arts: For six years running (literally), Blue Wave sports teams have earned the
title of Florida's most successful athletic program among class 3A schools; the Florida Music Association,
meanwhile, has recognized P.K. Yonge for its high percentage of students taking music classes. Blue Wave
students also have big hearts, as evidenced by the school receiving the statewide Golden School Award for
student volunteer hours for six straight years.

New graduates persevere to celebrate degrees. Members of the UF EduGator Class of
2009 will be remembered for many reasons, but especially for their perseverance and strong will. The '09
classmates endured three straight years of substantial college budget cuts, the threatened elimination of core
undergraduate programs, and even a nationwide swine flu scare that threatened their graduation ceremony.
None of that seemed to matter, though, to the 130 undergraduates who marched proudly across stage at last
May's commencement ceremony to receive their bachelor's degrees. In a separate ceremony, more than 300
COE graduate students-including 111 in teacher preparation programs-received their degrees.


2008-09 Research Highlights

... Transformation through collaborations in research

While enduring the worst of the current economic recession, with dwindling state support and stiff
competition for federal research dollars, faculty scholars at the College of Education and its P.K. Yonge
laboratory school still managed to conduct more than $29 million worth in externally funded research
projects and training last year. That is the second highest amount over the past four years. Faculty in 2009
attracted more than $6 million in grant support for new research, with research expenditures totaling $7.6

A stepped-up focus on multidisciplinary research and engaged scholarship has allowed the college to weather
the current financial strife. In some of the latest developments, education faculty and their graduate students
are making a dramatic impact on improving schools, attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers at
high-poverty schools and improving student learning. College-designated centers tackle some of the most
critical education issues, with new research conducted in early childhood education and well-being, bilingual
education, literacy, counseling and substance abuse, professional development in all education disciplines,
personnel preparation in special education and classroom technology.

The research enterprises of both the college and university are reaping early benefits from our new
Collaborative Assessment and Program Evaluation Services-or, CAPES for short. Run by faculty specialists
in research and evaluation methodology, CAPES provides vital assessment and research support for grant
programs within the college, across campus and even in local school districts. Since its inception last year,
CAPES has written more than 20 research proposals, garnering funding for seven projects with others still
in review. One funded project, for $111,000, calls for CAPES to evaluate the children's intervention services
of the Jacksonville Children's Commission. CAPES also offers additional placement opportunities for UF
graduate students in statistics, research, design, measurement or evaluation.


Teacher knowledge matters in reading instruction. New research shows that the
most effective reading teachers for at-risk students are those who know the most about effective
literacy instruction. The finding highlights the importance of resolving the critical shortage of
qualified teachers with reading expertise. In two multi-institutional studies, special education
researchers at UF and elsewhere found that elementary school students taught by teachers who knew
and used more advanced literacy-instructional practices improved their reading skills substantially
more than students taught by less knowledgeable instructors. The studies were funded in part by a
$4.5 million grant from the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs.

News you can use-to save schools money. More than two decades of studies
support the effectiveness of online learning, but new UF research offers some of the first hard
evidence that virtual schooling in kindergarten through 12th grade-usually blended with face-
to-face teaching-could also save school districts money. In a recent 14-state study, UF education
technology researchers found that the average yearly cost of online learning per full-time pupil
was about $4,300. This compared with a national average cost of more than $9,100 per pupil in
traditional public schools.

Girls proven as best allies against playground bullies. Playground bullies may
meet their match from where they least expect in the ranks of kids who are anti-bullies -- and most
of them are girls, a new UF study finds. Boys may be more likely to bully, but girls are more likely
to defend those being bullied, Understanding kids who defend against bullying may reveal a new
avenue toward preventing school-related violence.

Computer-gaming tested for biotech career education. The high demand for
more skilled workers and scientists in biotechnology will continue to rise as the nation becomes more
dependent on biotech applications and products. Under a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the
National Science Foundation, partnering researchers at UF and North Carolina State are exploring
the effectiveness of popular computer-gaming applications in generating interest and preparing high-
school students for careers in the biotechnology workforce.

Leadership in math education. Nearly $800,000 in federal funding is supporting the
four-year leadership preparation of five full-time UF doctoral students in special education. The
students are participating in mathematics teacher education and research activities designed to
improve the underachievement in math of students with disabilities. Along with regular coursework,
six new doctoral seminars have been created specifically for the students.

Religious devotion linked to college success. Adolescents who consider themselves
"very religious" are generally more likely to finish college than their less devout counterparts, report
UF counselor education researchers. The effect was most pronounced in the Muslim community,
with "very religious" Muslim students nearly four times as likely to attain a degree as "non-religious"
Muslims. The study offers insights that teachers and counselors can use in improving student

Rare 'opportunity' for early literacy studies. For just the fourth time ever, the college
has received a highly competitive Research Opportunity Fund grant from UF's research office.
The real winners, though, are the young children who figure to benefit from the resulting studies
in early language and literacy development. The two-year award is worth more than $70,000.
ROF grants historically go to faculty researchers in the technical fields, but College of Education
faculty have now landed the special "seed" grant two years in a row. ROF grants support promising
multidisciplinary research proposals that are expected to attract additional external funding from
major funding agencies.

Faculty Research Awards

List includes all active projects for FY 2008-2009. *Asterisk indicates new project funded during 2008-09.

Dean's Area
> Catherine Emihovich
Equipment for the Norman Hall
US Department of Education-FIPSE
July 2008 June 2009

> Catherine Emihovich
Norman Hall Renovation Project
US Department of Housing and Urban
October 2007- December 2013

> Valeria Gordon (Dentistry)
Co-PI: Cyndi Garvan
Alkali Production in Human Dental
Plaque and Saliva as Predictor or
Caries Risk
National Institutes of Health
September 2008 August 2009

> Theresa B. Vernetson
Co-PI: Michael V. Bowie
College Reach-out Program (CROP)
State Community Colleges
September 2008 August 2009
$66,566 *

School of Human
Development &
Organizational Studies in
Research Evaluation &

> Mirka E. Koro-Ljungberg
ADHD: Detection and Service Use
National Institutes of Health
July 2004 April 2009

> Walter Leite
Combining Latent Growth Modeling
With Propensity Score Matching to
Estimate the Time-varying Effect of
Student Mobility
American Educational Research
May 2008 April 2009

, David Miller
Co-PI: Catherine
(Dean's Area)
Evaluation of
March 2009 September 2009

P.K. Yonge Developmental
Research School
> Lynda Hayes
Co-PI's: David Young, Kara Dawson
(STL-STEM education)
PK Yonge Classrooms of the Future,
Florida Department of Education
July 2008 September 2009

> Mickey MacDonald (PKY)
Co-PI: Jennifer Cheveallier
Educating Sustainability and Social
Toyota Motor Sales USA
June 2009- May 2010

> Fran Vandiver (PKY) .' .., '*'
IDEA Part B' "
Florida Department
of Education
July 2008 June 2009

> Fran Vandiver (PKY)
Title I Part A
- Education of
Disadvantaged Children and Youth
Florida Department of Education
July 2008 July 2009

> Fran Vandiver (PKY)
Title I Part A
Florida Department of Education
April 2009 September 2010

> Fran Vandiver (PKY)
Training Grant
Florida Department of Education
July 2008 June 2009

> David Young (PKY)
Title II Part D
Florida Department of Education
February 2009 June 2009

School of Special
Education, School
Psychology & Early
Childhood Studies
Special Education/
Early Childhood Studies

> Mary Brownell
Co-PI: Paul Sindelar
National Center to Inform Policy
and Practice in Special Education
Professional Development
US Department of Education-OSERS/OSEP
October 2007 September 2011

> Mary Brownell
Co-PI: Anne Bishop
The Influence of Collaborative
Professional Development Groups &
Coaching on the Literacy Instruction of
Upper Elementary Special Education
US Department of Education-IES
July 2007- June 2011

> Mary Brownell
Co-PI: Zhihui Fang (STL- Language
and Literacy Education)
Preparing Reading Endorsed
Secondary Special Ed (Project PRESS)
US Department of Education-OSERS/OSEP
September 2005 August 2009

> Mary Brownell
Co-PI: Paul Sindelar
Building Capacity for Research in Teacher
Education: Project RITE
US Department of Education-OSERS/OSEP
January 2005 December 2008

> Mary Brownell*
Co-PI's: Paul Sindelar, Erica McCray
Research on Quality in Educating Special
Education Teachers (Project ReQuEST): A
Program to Prepare Leadership Personnel in
Special Education
US Department of Education-OSERS/OSEP
August 2009 August 2013

> Jean Crockett
Co-PI: David Quinn (SHDOSE-Ed. Admin.)
Project Excel
US Department of Education-OSERS/OSEP
June 2007- May 2011

> Ann Daunic
Co-Pi: Nancy Corbett, Stephen Smith
Social Emotional Learning Through Literacy
UF Div. of Sponsored Research
August 2009 July 2010

> Cynthia Griffin
Co-PI's: Joseph Gagnon
Stephen Pape (STL-STEM
US Department of
August 2008 August 2012

> Hazel Jones
Co-PI: Alice Emery
Project Cycle: Changing Young Children's Lives
Through Education
US Department of Education-OSERS/OSEP
January 2007 January 2010

SHazel Jones
Project ACE: Autism Competencies for
US Department of Education-OSERS/OSEP
January 2006 December 2009

> Holly Lane
Co-PI: Martha League
Project InSPIRE: Integrating Scientifically-Based
Practices in Reading Education
US Department of Education-OSERS/OSEP
January 2005 December 2008

> Holly Lane
Co-Pi: Hazel Jones
Christie Cavanaugh (STL)
Project Read Aloud
UF Div. of Sponsored
August 2008 August 2009

> Holly Lane
Co-PI: James McLeskey
US Department of Education-OSERS/OSEP
January 2008 December 2011

> James McLeskey
State Personnel Development Grant
Florida Department of Education
November 2007 September 2008

> James McLeskey
Personnel Development Partnerships
Florida Department of Education
November 2007 October 2008

> James McLeskey
State Personnel Development Grant
Florida Department of Education
October 2008 September 2009

> Jeanne Repetto
Career Development and Transition
Florida Department of Education
September 2007 August 2008

> Diane Ryndak
Project RISE: Researchers in Inclusion and
Systems Change in Special Education
US Department of Education-OSERS/OSEP
January 2006 December 2009

FIPSE: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (USDOE)
IES: Institute of Education Sciences (USDOE)
OELA: Office of English Language Acquisition (USDOE)
OSEP: Office of Special Education Programs (USDOE)
OSERS: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (USDOE)

> Diane Ryndak
Project SCIPP: Significant Cognitive
Disabilities Personnel Preparation
US Department of Education-OSERS/OSEP
January 2007 December 2010

> Paul Sindelar
Invest: Optimizing Investments in
Teacher Preparation Alternatives
US Department of Education-OSERS/OSEP
January 2005 December 2009

> Stephen Smith
Co-PI: Ann Daunic
Universal Cognitive-
for Elementary
Students to
Reduce Disruptive/
US Department of Education-IES
May 2006 July 2010

> Stephen Smith
Co-PI: Nancy Corbett
Preparing Teachers for the Critical
Shortage Area of Emotional or
Behavioral Disorders: Training of High
US Department of Education-OSERS/OSEP
January 2007 December 2010

> Patricia Snyder
Impact of
Development on
Preschool Teachers'
Use of Embedded-
Instruction Practices
US Department of
July 2007 February 2010

> Patricia Snyder
TEIDS Plus: Integrating Quality
Assurance and Data-Based Decision
Making to Enhance IFSP Quality,
Implementation, and Child and Family
Vanderbilt University
August 2007 August 2008

> Patricia Snyder
Siskin Children's Institute
January 2009 June 2009

> Patricia Snyder
Examining the Potential Efficacy of a
Classroom-Wide Model for Promoting
Social Emotional Development &
Addressing Challenge Behavior in
Preschool Children With & Without
Vanderbilt University
August 2007 February 2010

> Patricia Snyder
Co-PI: Maria Denney
Head Start Center for Inclusion
University of Washington
September 2008 September 2009

School Psychology

> Nancy Waldron
Co-PI: Diana Joyce
Project TIER
US Department of Education-OSERS/
January 2010 December 2013

School of Teaching and


(Curriculum & Instruction)

> Thomas Dana
Science Technology
Mathematics (STEM)
Co-PI: Alan Dorsey
(College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences-
Florida Teach:
Increasing the
Quantity & Quality of Mathematics &
Science Teachers in Florida
National Math and Science Initiative
November 2007 July 2012

> Thomas Dana
(STEM Education)
Project SOAR: Science: Optimizing
Academic Returns
Panhandle Area Educational
June 2007 August 2008

> Kara Dawson
(STEM Education)
Strategies for Science Teaching and
Union County
July 2007-J uly 2008

Co-Pl(s): Maria
Coady, Candace
(Language and
Literacy Education)
Project DELTA
US Department of
July 2007 June 2012

> Rick Ferdig
(STEM Education)
Fathers as In-Home Trainers of Autistic
National Institute of Health
August 2005 May 2009

> Rick Ferdig
(STEM Education)
Establishing a Framework to Strengthen
Virtual High Schools: A Collaborative
Initiative to Improve Student
Performance and Quality of Instruction
Bell South Foundation
May 2006 May 2011

Benjamin Lok
(UF Computer and Information Science
and Engineering)
Co-PI: Rick Ferdig (STEM Education)
HCC-Medium Mixed Reality
Virtual Humans for Training
National Science Foundation
September 2008 August 2012

Ruth Lowery
(Language and Literacy Education)
Bright Future's Project
Gainesville Housing Authority
August 2008 May 2009

> Stephen Pape
(STEM Education)
Connectivity in
Math and Science
Ohio State University
Research Foundation
August 2006 May 2009

> Stephen Pape
Co-PI: Tom Dana
(STEM Education)
Florida Promise
University of South Florida
January 2009 September 2009

> Rose Pringle
Co-Pl(s): Thomasenia Adams
(STEM Education)
Cirecie West-Olatunji
(SHDOSE-Counselor Education: Mental Health
An Investigation of African American Girls'


Positionality in Science and Mathematics
National Science Foundation
September 2007 August 2010

> Troy Sadler
Co-PI: Rick Ferdig
(STEM Education)
National Science Foundation
September 2008 August 2011

> Sevan Terzian
(Teacher Education and
Professional Development)
Enlisting Science Education
for National Strength: An
Examination of Historical
Spencer Foundation
June 2008 August 2009

> Elizabeth Yeager-Washington
(Teacher Education and Professional
Critical Analysis of Constitutional Issues
with Implications for Social Studies Methods
Courses: A Summer Institute for Methods
Center for Civic Education
October 2008 September 2009

Research: Currently Funded Projects
by Agency Type
Total: $29.3 million


2 7


* Federal
* Private
* State
* Local

$ 3,630,574
$ 2,281,268
$ 321,525


Engaged Scholarship

Since the early years of this decade, the College of Education has maintained a deep commitment
to the core principle of "engaged scholarship"- innovative research and academic activities pursued
specifically to make a meaningful difference in education and people's lives. Engagement requires
building connections with schools, families, school districts, community groups and government
agencies to lead for change in a world where transformation is essential.
Some of the year's most noteworthy efforts in engaged scholarship by UF education faculty and
graduate students were celebrated recently at the college's 2009 Faculty Research and Engaged
Scholarship Showcase:

Faculty Award-Teaching and Learning
I Rose Pringle, associate professor
Under a National Science Foundation grant, Pringle and co-researchers are
finding ways to encourage more African-American schoolgirls into science,
math and other technical fields. She's also part of a university-public schools
partnership working to prepare elementary school teachers for the state's
tough new science curriculum standards. Several Florida school districts
are using the team's findings to obtain national funding for extending
the program to their schools. Pringle also volunteers in local high-needs
elementary schools to help teachers improve their science content knowledge
and class curriculum.

Faculty Award-Special Education
I Diane Ryndak, the B.O. Smith Research Professor
Working locally and globally, Ryndak has forged an impressive record of
scholarship in her school-based research on the effects of inclusive education
and the development of leadership and teacher preparation programs in
the field. She has worked with school districts around the state to develop
inclusive programs for students with severe disabilities, and helped to
develop an evaluation and planning tool for educators and schools working
to implement best practices in inclusive education. Internationally, a
Fulbright Research Award has allowed Ryndak to assist Poland in advancing
inclusive education services in its school system. Through her new endowed
professorship appointment, she will investigate methods to improve
educators' decision-making in the curriculum and instruction for high school students with severe
disabilities in inclusive general-education classes.

Faculty Award-Counselor Education
I Cerecie West-Olatunji, associate professor
West-Olatunji's research specialty is in multicultural counseling and the
role of cultural identity in the psychological, emotional and educational
development of socially marginalized students. She has worked with local
school communities to improve supportive parenting practices among
students in low-income African-American families, and has taken graduate
counseling students to New Orleans to assist in post-Katrina disaster
recovery efforts. Globally, she has organized national teams of counseling
students, faculty and practitioners to travel to South Africa and Botswana
for "community-based counseling" of HIV and AIDS patients. She is past
president of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
and also has consulted with the Buraku Liberation Movement in Japan in
anti-bias education for young children.

Graduate Student Award
I Darby Delane, School of Teaching and Learning
For three years, Delane has balanced her doctoral studies with her duties as coordinator of the college's Professional
Development Community (PDC) partnership effort with local elementary schools. The partnership promotes the
learning of UF prospective teachers and the school- and university-based educators who work with them. Delane
was instrumental in developing the PDC component of the Unified Elementary ProTeach program. She also teaches
in elementary education and in Teacher Leadership for School Improvement. In her dissertation research, Delane is
investigating how the supervision of prospective teachers at PDC schools directly impacts equity and social justice for
K-5 students. She also collaborates with UF's Center for School Improvement in studying exemplary middle-school
practices and teacher leadership.

Graduate Student Award
I Vicki Vescio, School of Teaching and Learning
During her four-year doctoral experience, Vescio has been is an integral cog in the Lastinger Center for Learning's
statewide school reform activities. She's helped stage leadership institutes for partnering teachers and administrators and
completed National School Reform Faculty coaching training to advance her leadership skills. She has helped high-
poverty schools in Miami and Alachua County launch teacher inquiry programs and professional learning communities
to boost teaching quality, and helps teach the internship semester for UF interns in high-need elementary schools in
east Gainesville. Vescio has published a literature review documenting the impact professional learning communities
can have on teaching practice and student learning-a critical part of the Lastinger Center's early research efforts.

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School Award
I Mickey MacDonald, science instructor
Ninth-grade biology teacher Mickey MacDonald is an area facilitator of teacher inquiry, working closely with UF's
Center for School Improvement and the Northeast Florida Educational Consortium. She recently received a highly
competitive $10,000 grant through Toyota Tapestry to develop a student-run community garden and farmer's market.
Ninth-grade biology teachers at the UF lab school will guide their students from garden-planning to selling their food
crops at the on-campus farmers' market, with proceeds going to a local homeless shelter. Students will also visit the
shelter, interview homeless guests and compile a book of essays-"Giving Voice to the Homeless."


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Alumni & Giving

.Loyalty of donors shines bright in dark economic times

UF's College of Education could not escape the adverse effects of an economic recession that has
touched all of us. The college has endured its third budget callback in three years, losing nearly $1
million ($985,000) after the latest budget reduction mandate from state lawmakers. The three cutbacks,
combined, have cost the college more than $2.6 million in reduced state appropriations since 2007. Once
again, though, generous giving by our loyal alumni and friends continues to support vital scholarships,
research, teaching and other special programs in our ongoing efforts to transform education.

Total private giving ($2.47 million) and total number of gifts (1,549) both declined by about 40
percent in 2009-a sign that our supporters are also feeling the pinch of America's financial strife. With
economists saying the recession seems to be bottoming out, though, we are cautiously optimistic that
better days are ahead for both our supporters and the college.

Fundraising highlights in 2009 include:
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's donation of $1.25 million-the year's largest gift-for ongoing
support of groundbreaking school-readiness programs in Miami-Dade public schools.
The Jim Moran Family Foundation gave $250,000 to support the Lastinger Center for Learning's
school improvement efforts at high-poverty schools in Jacksonville.
Henry "Tip" and Diane Graham of Jacksonville made the largest single gift by individuals by
fulfilling a $150,000 pledge to support the novel "teacher renewal" professional-development
program at the college's P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School.
A complete Honor Roll of Giving for the year is available online at education.ufl. edu/HonorRoll.

Contributions supporting endowed scholarships and fellowships enable students to pursue their life
dreams in special areas including educational administration, social studies, math and science, reading
and bilingual education. Interest earned last year on cumulative endowments and annual gifts, valued at
$3.9 million, enabled us to award $96,100 in scholarships and fellowships to 31 of our most deserving
students. John Sofarelli and his family have donated $30,000 to create a new endowed scholarship in
memory of his sister, UF alumna Carol Sofarelli Schraml (BAE '72), to support deserving students in
early childhood or elementary education.

Just two years into UF's historic $1.5 billion Florida Tomorrow capital campaign, the College has
already raised more than $19 million, or 96 percent, of its ambitious $20 million campaign goal. Our
top fundraising priority continues to be the renovation and expansion of historic Norman Hall to create
an education research and technology complex, where UF researchers from multiple disciplines would
adapt the latest information technologies to transform how education has been traditionally delivered.
The campaign, running through 2012, also targets adding more graduate scholarships and fellowships,
and establishing an Early Childhood Center of Excellence. A great big "THANK YOU!" goes out to the
nine volunteer members of the college's capital campaign council for their hard work and enthusiasm:
Barbara Anderson (chair), Mary and Jim Brandenburg, Susan Cheney, Jim Eikeland, Bill Hedges,
Carolyn Marty, Sheila Pettis and Dianne Reed.


Total Gifts Amount
Total Number Gifts
Total Number Donors
Total COE Alumni Donors
Total COE Living Alumni
Total COE Alumni in
UF Alumni Association

Best Giving Percentage
Best Giving Overall

$2.5 million



$4.2 million


# Donors

COE Alumni
Other UF Alumni
Other Organizations
UF Faculty
Community/Charitable Fund
(UF and UFF faculty, staff, students)

Total Gifts

8 $2,122,419
794 $124,009
85 $110,211
143 $38,193
15 $36,110
5 $19,253
8 $18,054
8 $6,641
3 $1,750
11 $908


$3.2 million


Class of 1986 (6 percent)
Class of 1980 ($20,892)


Alumni and Giving Summary

Private Giving by Source (2008-09)



The Year in Pictures

6 Retired COE faculty member and scholarship namesake Walter Smith (left)
and guests pose at the 2009 COE Scholarship Banquet; 7 Associate Dean for
Academic Affairs Tom Dana gets into the spirit of the 2009 Staff Appreciation
Luncheon's Mexican Fiesta theme; 8 There's never a dull moment for students
in the UFTeach classroom. The UFTeach program draws some of UF's best and
brightest math and science students into teaching.

1 Meet the Project DELTA team, which is assessing UF's prototype teacher-prepa-
ration model for giving elementary teachers the second-language instructional
tools they need; 2 UF's two state-approved Educator Preparation Institutes (EPI's)
provide a fast track to teaching experience and alternative teacher certifica-
tion in elementary education for qualified college graduates; 3 Dean Catherine
Emihovich (left) serves up some Ben-and-Jerry's to welcome back students at the
college's annual fall ice cream social; 4 UF education students demonstrate at an
evening candlelight vigil calling for more education funding; 5 Theresa Vernet-
son, assistant dean for student affairs, escorts yet another graduating class of
education students at spring commencement. She's been with the college, both
as a graduate student and long-time faculty member, since the late 1970s.

Administrative Listings

Professor and Dean
(352) 273-4135

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
(352) 273-4134

Professor and Interim Associate Dean
for Research & Faculty Development
(352) 273-4116

Lecturer and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
(352) 273-4376

School Directors
Human Development and
Organizational Studies in Education
Professor and Acting Director
(352) 273-4305

Affiliate, Center & Program Directors
Center for Disability Policy & Practice
Professor and Director
(352) 273-4278

Center for School Improvement
Professor and Director
(352) 273-4204

Lastinger Center for Learning
Lecturer and Director
(352) 273-4108

National Center to Inform Policy
& Practice in Special Education
Professional Development (NCIPP)
Professors and Co-Directors
(352) 273-4259

Teaching & Learning UF Alliance

Professor and Director
(352) 273-4242

Special Education, School Psychology
and Early Childhood Studies
Associate Professor and Acting Director
(352) 273-4292

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Professor and Director
(352) 273-4358

P.K. Yonge Developmental
Research School
Lecturer and Director
(352) 392-1554, ext. 223

Degree programs and enrollment

Academic Program Students Enrolled Degrees Awarded
(Fall 2008) (2008-09)
Counselor Education (170 total enrollment)
School Counseling and Guidance 50 21
Marriage and Family Counseling 48 8
Mental Health Counseling 72 21
Educational Administration (208)
Educational Leadership 108 20
Higher Education Administration 75 6
Student Personnel in Higher Education 25 11
Education Psychology (104)
Educational Psychology 20 4
Research and Evaluation Methodology 21 3
School Psychology 63 20
Teaching & Learning (1,089)
Curriculum and Instruction 334 100
Elementary Education 679 284
English Education 23 19
Foreign Language Education 0 1
Foundations of Education 3 2
Mathematics Education 5 2
Reading Education 9 5
Science Education 10 3
Social Studies Education 26 30
Special Education & Early Childhood Studies (316)
Special Education 295 85
Early Childhood Education 21 53

College Total 1,887 698

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