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building at new P.K. Yonge Alice McCartha earns a Ph.D. in
Laboratory School, the state's first education, the first woman to receive
lab school. J a doctorate from UF.


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SJohnnie Ruth Clark is first African-
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Education Professor James system in Florida to help educators UF with urban schools around
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state's community college system. transitional setting. .urban education issues.


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William and Robbie Hedges commit
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First Scholarship of Engagement
banquet held to honor scholarship
students, donors and educators
whose activities address important
social and community concerns.

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COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

9o Celebrating the Past; Educating for the Future '

1The founding of a Normal Department down as dean in 1941 and Assistant Under Wattenbarger's guidance, the state's
I for male teacher education in Dean G. Ballard Simmons, who had a community college system went from an
Gainesville in 1905 set the stage for a long history at the university including enrollment of just under 3,000 students to
long and rich history for the College of director of P.K. Yonge Laboratory School, more than 75,000.
Education at the University of Florida. was named acting dean. The College of Education remained
active in higher-education development
The EarlyYears through the newly formed Institute of
Higher Education, which today continues
its mission of helping state colleges and
Graduate education got a boost in universities run more efficiently.
1946, with approval to offer a doctor of
In 1909, founding dean, John A. education degree. The EarlyResearchYears
Thackston, and other early administrators A major change for the university
worked tirelessly to promote education at and College alike came in 1947 when the
the university. Their efforts became visible Legislature made both state universities
in 1912, when the university opened a coeducational. The challenge of the late
Teachers College that offered courses 1940s was to accommodate the rise in Kimball Wiles became dean in 1964.
leading to bachelor's degrees in education, enrollment at both the undergraduate Although he sat in the dean's chair for
as well as a Summer School open to men and graduate levels that came with just four years before his death in an auto
and women. coeducation and the influx of young men accident, his legacy would live on more
taking advantage of the G.I. Bill. than 30 years later.
By 1965, Wiles felt that colleges of
education had progressed past the point of
merely turning out teachers. To become a
Harvey Warren Cox replaced Thackston quality graduate institution in education,
as dean in 1916. A new era in teacher By the time Joseph B. White, a young Wiles thought the College needed to


training at the university level would soon
take shape as the Florida Legislature ruled
to consolidate teacher training around
the state into the two programs at the
University of Florida and the Florida State
Women's College (now FSU).


In 1920, James W. Norman, fresh with
a doctorate from Teachers College at
Columbia University, took over the dean's
chair, a seat he would hold for more than
20 years. Norman endorsed the idea that


professor in elementary education, was
appointed dean in 1949, the College was
experiencing serious growing pains. In
1957, a new laboratory school opened
on 37 acres near the university. The old
P.K. Yonge Laboratory School renamed
Norman Hall for the former dean
- became the College of Education.
The rising student enrollment in the
College made it necessary to place more
student teachers in community schools,
thus shifting the role of P.K. Yonge in
teacher training from active involvement
to observation and limited participation.
Meanwhile, the College gained national


expand its research efforts. He enacted a
plan to create three institutes that would
promote scholarly investigations in the
fields of human resources, curriculum
development and educational leadership.
The Florida Educational Research and
Development Council was also formed,
linking the College with 21 counties to
promote innovation and research in state
public schools. And in 1963, the College
helped advance the study of a new middle-
school concept to meet the needs of
children between the ages of 10 and 13.
Bert Sharp, director of undergraduate
programs in teacher education, was


professional training combined with recognition for its teacher-education named dean after Wiles' death in 1968.
experience would result in success in program in 1954, when it was accredited
education. His philosophy took shape in by the National Council for the
the form of a laboratory school that would Accreditation of Teacher Education.
house a K-12 school as well as College of By the 1950s, Florida was on its way
Education faculty and students. to becoming the largest state in the This was a high time for the College.
P.K. Yonge Laboratory School opened Southeast. The state Board of Control In a 1971 survey of education doctoral
in 1934 with 470 students. sought out UF Education Professor programs, the College ranked among the
James Wattenbarger to develop a plan top 10 in the fields of higher-education
The EarlyTransitionYears for community colleges that would help administration and curriculum teaching
The 1940s were important transition lessen the strain on the higher education and in the top 15 in guidance and
years for the College. Norman stepped system from the growing population. administration. In 1975, P.K. Yonge was
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Our First Century '

voted the country's best laboratory school. departments: Counselor Education; Emihovich introduced the "Scholarship
And a 1976 survey rated the College 16th Educational Administration and Policy; of Engagement" concept, where academic
in the nation in terms of faculty and Educational Psychology; Special scholarship speaks to important education
program strength. Also during the 1970s, Education; and Teaching and Learning. and social issues of the time.
the Department of Counselor Education The restructuring created opportunities Also in this time, collaborations within
made great strides in its path to becoming for more collaboration between units the UF community have strengthened,
the No. 1 counselor-education department and for the development of new graduate with the College and other campus
in the nation. programs and research initiatives, units teaming on projects to address
substance abuse and addiction issues and
The ProTeach Years The Later Transition Years multidisciplinary training avenues. The
relationship with P.K. Yonge Laboratory
School has been bolstered through
the work of the Center for School
Improvement, which has applied its new
Sharp left the dean's office in 1978 and In 2000, Ben F. Nelms, director of the model of teacher inquiry in 14 school
David Smith, then dean of the School of College's newly named School of Teaching districts in Northeast Florida.
Education at the University of Montana, and Learning, agreed to serve as dean for a
was tapped to replace him. Smith's 16- two-year term. Nelms persuaded Rodman The Future Years
year tenure would be marked by a project Webb, veteran faculty member, to join Preparing teachers to meet the
that would overhaul the teacher-education him as associate dean for academic affairs. classroom demands of the 21st century
program. It was a tough period for the university, will be a special challenge for the College
Pioneered in the early 1980s by College which was experiencing budget woes and in the coming years. Distance education
faculty, ProTeach (PROfessional TEACHer) a statewide reorganization. Together, and online degree programs will take on a
entailed two components: general studies Nelms and Webb would help transition the greater importance in the College through
to provide students with a broad liberal College into the 21st century. such initiatives as a job-embedded
arts and sciences base and professional Nelms and Webb led the College master's degree program that enables
studies to give students instruction in through several construction projects that classroom teachers to earn their degrees
the College and experience in schools. included building a new student services on-site in their districts while working
The program required five years of study center, restoring the former P.K. Yonge with master teachers and UF faculty.
toward a master's degree. Enrollment rose school library for use as classroom and The College's biggest challenge may
along with the quality of applicants for meeting spaces, and commissioning plans be in restoring and preserving the history
admission. to build a proposed education technology of Norman Hall while also updating its
annex. facilities to accommodate 2 1t-century
Perhaps the highlight of Nelms' classroom technologies. Plans call for
administration, however, is the extension adding a state-of-the-art educational
of services to public schools. The technology and research complex that
Roderick J. McDavis became the Lastinger Center for Learning opened will make UF a leader in the design,
College's ninth dean in 1994. Recognizing to serve high-poverty elementary application and study of experimental
that the College could not remain static schools in the Gainesville, Jacksonville classroom technologies.
if it wanted to keep on the cutting edge and Miami areas. And the University of Looking to the future, the College is
of teacher education, McDavis set out Florida Alliance became a universitywide well-positioned to frame public debates
to restructure the teacher education program, collaborating with urban on the pressing questions of how to best
program and the College as a whole. high schools in Jacksonville, Miami and educate citizens to meet the challenges
The ProTeach program was retooled Orlando to help prepare at-risk students of expanding economic globalization,
in 1995 to focus on the changing for college admission. increasing population diversity and rising
demographics in public schools and K-12 enrollments. Over recent years, the
the movement to include students with The Current Years College has consistently ranked in the
disabilities in general education classes. top 25 of the best graduate education
By combining the elementary and special programs in the nation. The steady growth
education programs, the College was of graduate student enrollment and
better able to prepare teachers for dealing outreach scholarship activities will enable
with the varied demands of an exceptional In August 2002, Catherine Emihovich the College to maintain its leadership role
student body. became the first woman dean of the across Florida and the United States in
One of the final changes McDavis made College of Education. Adding a fresh establishing the models and paradigms
before he left the university in 1999 was to perspective to the College's already- that will define and shape education deep
reorganize the College into five academic successful outreach initiatives, into the 21st century.

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