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Education Times Education Times U NIVERSITY OF F LORIDA C OLLEGE OF E DUCATION Magazine Summer 2007 student s in the military

PAGE 2 Our faculty have a unique responsibility. They are more than teachers; they are the architects of a nation. Last year more than 10,000 new members joined The Gator Nation, including more National Merit Scholars than any other public university and students from all 67 Florida counties, all 50 states and more than 100 countries. They are inspired and directed by more than 4,000 of the nest faculty members on the planet. We are The Gator Nation. Visit to continue the story. Our professors do more than teach. They’re building a nation. for Fiscal Year 2005-2006


As was the case with the Centennial edition last fall, this issue of Catherine Emihovich Dean Responding to need. More new faculty. Promising initiatives.


2 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 3 Lt. Ben Ruffner, a UF ProTeach senior, poses on the lawn of Norman Hall with a Humvee military vehicle from the Florida Army National Guard unit in Gainesville. See page 26 Photo by Ray Carson, UF News 24 Centennial focus: Closing the achievement gap A common theme emerged at the College’s centennial national conference: The cavernous learning gap between students of different social or economic levels can be narrowed only when school improvement is combined with social and economic reform. Good readers formed before kindergarten? A UF study suggests teachers often can tell, as early as kinder garten, which students are likely bound for college and which are headed for a long struggle to nish school. Managing anger in the classroom Why can’t Johnny learn to read? Maybe Johnny is too worried about the class bully mugging him at recess for his lunch money. COVER STORY Students in the military From the frontlines of Afghanistan and other venues to the front of the classroom back in the states, three UF education students share their stories on how their military experience is affecting their lives and teaching careers. Gator mates Albert and Alberta getting married? Only time will tell, but a CoE alum and his ance have UF’s beloved Gator mascots to thank for their wedding plans. VB star Angie McGinnis is ‘set’ for life Gator All-American setter Angie McGinnis is driven to succeed on the volleyball court and in her elementary education classes at Norman Hall. 14 10 News Research & Public Scholarship Features Students Faculty Alumni/Class Notes Philanthropy 4 26 32 37 14 26 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. Dean Catherine Emihovich Editor/Director of News & Publications Larry O. Lansford, APR Contributors Tim Lockette, staff writer Juawon Scott, illustrator Tara Goodin, student writer Anwen “Wendy” Norman, student assistant Design & Production Kristi Villalobos kno limit designs Photography UF News Photography CoE News & Publications JupiterImages Corp. Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Robert Henning Coordinator of Alumni Affairs and Events Jodi Mount Education Alumni Council Board of Directors President Jim Bradenburg (BAE , MEd 2, EdS ), Gainesville Secretary Joanne Roberts (MEd ), Gainesville At-large Members Amalia Alvarez, Gainesville Marjorie Augenblick-Soffer (BAE ‘94, MEd ‘95), Boca Raton Gerald Bacoats (MEd ), Melrose John Carvelli (MEd ), Port St. Lucie Marci Klein (BAE 3, MEd ), Ft. Lauderdale Aimee Pricher (BAE 2), Gainesville Lydia Maria Sorli (BAE ), Gainesville David Shelnutt (MEd , EdS 3), Gainesville Jack Taylor (MEd , DED ), Clearwater E ducation Times is published by the University of Florida College of Education for its alumni, friends and stakeholders. Please send all correspondence to Editor, E ducation Times , PO Box 117044, UF College of Education, Gainesville, FL 32611-7044; or to news@education. . 30 52 43 26 24 Visit ET.extras , our new online supplement to Education Times magazine on the College’s Web site, featuring more special features and news reports: RESEARCH U.S.-China teaching styles compared A UF study suggests that contrasting teaching styles in U.S. and China classrooms may inuence students’ learning preferences. FACULTY Mobile books for migrant farm families UF bilingual education specialist Maria Coady has learned you can’t always go by the book to get things done. Ironic, since books are a vital tool of her trade. STL professor inspires creation of Children’s Alliance Professor Buffy Bondy is honored for her perseverance that helped spawn the new Alachua County Children’s Alliance. HISTORY Norman on Norman UF sophomore Wendy Norman writes on the man her family called, simply, “Pa” — her great-grandfather, Dr. James W. Norman, the revered third dean of the College, from 1920-1941. 34 new!


4 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 5 Film identifies PKY as model of inclusion PKY is the school featured in “Seven Effective Strategies for Secondary Inclusion,” a recently released instructional video offering teachers tips on how to include students with disabilities in the general classroom. The video, produced by National Professional Resources, Inc., uses PKY as a model for successful inclusion. Straight A’s for 5 years running achieved an A rating on the Florida Compre hensive Assessment Test. A school can continue to receive an A rating only if scores show improvement each year. PKY is the College of Education’s K-12 laboratory school, located a few blocks from Norman Hall. Graduation rate makes the grade in all demographic groups P.K. Yonge logged a 98 percent graduation rate in 2005-06, up 2 percent from the previ ous year. The rate has the school far above the statewide average (69 percent for 2004-05). Lab School Notes: P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School Golden School Award cites volunteerism For the third year in a row, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School has won the Florida Department of Education’s Golden School Award, which recognizes schools with exemplary volunteer programs. During 200506, the school had more than 360 volunteers logging a total of 7,500 hours of volunteer work. That’s roughly 20 hours per volunteer — and one volunteer for each day of the year. Middle School Makeover By TIM LOCKETTE Thirty years ago, Paul George was among a group of visionary UF education professors who campaigned for creation of separate schools to meet the needs of children in early adolescence. Now George says many Florida middle schools may no longer be serving their original function. He recently headed a panel of Florida educators that produced an assessment of critical issues for middle school reform in our state, at the request of the Helios Education Foundation. “When we think of the student as the client — rather than the high school or the FCAT — we are obli gated to address all the devel opmental needs of children in early adolescence,” said George, Distinguished Professor Emeri tus in the college’s School of Teaching and Learning. “We need to think about the students’ social development, their health, their self-esteem and a number of other issues that reach a crucial point in early adolescence, rather than treating a student as a test score.” Middle School Journal as the nation’s “No. 1 ranking scholar” in middle grades education, led a group of middle-school experts in a review of the latest scholarship addressing the successes and failings of Florida’s middle schools. The review was requested by Helios, a foundation created when a large not-forprovided loans in Arizona and Florida — was reorganized in 2004. One of the goals of Helios is to promote better middlegrades education in both states. George’s group found a system in which many schools were doing their jobs admi rably well, but many other schools were too large and too testing-focused to meet the special developmental needs of adolescents. “Florida has the largest secondary schools in the nation,” George said. “While there are good economic reasons for this — per-student costs are lower in a large school — it isn’t always the best environment for learning.” The Sunshine State’s massive middle schools are often staffed by administrators and teach issues, George said. Those educators are often biding their time in middle school while looking for positions in high schools. The result, he said, is an alienating environment where classroom instruction resembles the grade level teachers wish they were teaching, rather than instruction that is appropriate for students in their early teens. “The curriculum is often organized like the curriculum at a college,” he said. “There’s even a push now to have students declare a major in middle school. This is completely inappropriate. Students at this age should be exploring their potential, not focusing on a career.” According to George, Helios has as one of the critical areas requir ing improvement in both states. George said reforms in Florida and Arizona could lead other states to reexamine their approach to middle-school education. other studies at the national level,” George said. “This could be the beginning of a nationwide reform of middle-grades education.” Many Florida middle schools may no longer be serving their original function. — Paul George “ ” Bluegrass, Blue Wave style Sweetwater Special, a popular bluegrass band composed of P.K. Yonge Blue Wave high school musicians, entertains at a fall social for local Education alumni at the UF President’s House. The band members are, from left, Om Narayana Deitenbeck (banjo), Andy Gareld (bass), Heather Lopez (lead vocalist and acoustic guitar), and Mike Lesousky (mandolin, guitar and bass). The group is a spinoff of the school’s Waves of Blue bluegrass band, started in 2003 by PKY middle-school science teacher Randy Hollinger. He recruited mainly nonmusicians, practicing daily at a casual lunch-time jam session, but before long the band was touring bluegrass festivals around Florida and the Southeast. LARRY LANSFORD/Ed Times LARRY LANSFORD/Ed Times 4 | Summer 2007 George A tip of the mortarboard to members of the PKY Class of 2006 for their stellar graduation rate. RAY CARSON/UF News Bureau UF study suggests middle schools may no longer be meeting the special developmental needs of young adolescents.


6 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 7 To add some spooky fun to the college’s year-long Centennial Celebration in 2006, the college capitalized on Norman Hall’s rumored reputation as a haunted hot spot when it hosted the Haunted Norman Hall “open house” over the Halloween weekend. Legend has it the college’s vintage academic building is haunted by the spirits of P.K. Yonge schoolchildren who supposedly died in an elevator accident many decades ago. Such rumors are unsubstantiatedbut you couldn’t con vince the 400 scared-stiff souls who dared to enter the creepiest haunted house in Gainesville on that October evening. The surrounding photos capture some of the frightful encounters visitors faced on their guided tour. The event, for ages 17 and older, was organized and staged by a committee of CoE students and staff headed by Special Events and Alumni Affairs Coordinator Jodi Mount and graphic artist Juawon Scott. Blood-curdling encounters included a chainsaw-wielding janitor, a bewitching storyteller whose “Big Bad Wolf” character comes to life, a psycho-Goth knife murderess and her latest victim in the school’s old nursing station, a base ment torture chamber and a spine-tingling vision of the legendary elevator-accident schoolchildren, whose halfspeed, at-pitched rendition of “Ring-Around-the-Rosies” lled the dark and foggy hallways. Next Halloween, the Norman Hall spirits may come “lurking” for you. 6 | Summer 2007 ‘Haunted Norman Hall’ was a ghostly affair Story & photos by LARRY LANSFORD EDUCATION TIMES | 7


8 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 9 UF News Bureau Five of the state’s most effective teachers and education leaders received the University of Florida Distinguished Educator Award at UF’s fall commencement Dec. 16 in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. UF created the Distinguished Educator Awards in 1988 to honor the important role teachers and school administrators play in shap ing the lives of Florida’s children. While the Sunshine State is home to thousands of teachers who deserve to be honored, the Distinguished Educator Award is granted only to a select few educators. This year’s honorees are: • Theresa Axford , principal of Sugarloaf School in Monroe County. At Sugarloaf, a K-8 school, teachers use a computerized system to assess each student’s learning style and issue homework based on the style that works best for each student. These efforts helped Axford become one of three principals around the state Top Florida educators honored at UF commencement to be honored by the Florida Council of In structional Technology Leaders for outstanding leadership in technology. • Loreen Francescani , principal at Warf ield Elementary School in Indiantown. Ninetyor reduced lunch, and almost two-thirds speak English as a second language. Under Frances an A rating under Florida’s school accountabil ity system. In October 2006, Francescani was named Florida’s Elementary School Principal of the Year. • Barbara Hicks , a reading teacher at Mowat Middle School in Bay County. Hicks, a teacher for 17 years, found her true calling three years ago — teaching reading to at-risk kids in middle school. Hicks creates an atmo sphere of high expectations for all her students. She teaches students to be proud of their work by displaying it in her room: even the ceiling is covered with student-produced material. Hicks was named Bay District’s 2006 Teacher of the Year. • Susan Mikolajczyk , a teacher who is known as “the queen of kindergar ten” at Tampa’s Westchase Elementary School. Miko lajczyk uses drama to teach her students the basics of literacy by dressing up as the Cat in the Hat, or by appointing her students as “Magic ‘E’ Fairies” who sprinkle fairy dust on words ending with “e.” Knowing the value of music in the development of math skills, she actually started a Suzuki Method violin course for her students. Her methods have earned her Hillsborough County’s 2006 Teacher of the Year Award. Former Florida governor and retired U.S. Sen. Bob Graham was a guest lecturer recently in Adjunct Professor Jamie Leier’s educational foundations class in the college’s School of Teaching and Learning. Graham led a discussion on “Schools in a Democratic Society” and emphasized that schools spend too little time teaching social studies subjects such as history, government, economics and geography. He said he would urge the state to make civics education a primary component of the public school curriculum, including civics on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. He also said the state should help teachers improve their skills and methods for teaching the subject. in 2005, said he thought all political candi dates should pass a standardized civics exam Class attendance for his appearance dou bled the usual 20 students as other UF educa tion students and faculty “crashed” his lecture. Graham will soon have a more visible presence at UF: Currently under construction and due for completion in 2008 is a new campus building that will be home to UF’s new Bob Graham Center for Public Service. Ex-Gov./Sen. Graham leads EDF class in discussion on schools in a democracy • Betsy Seymour ( MEd ), a teacher of gifted students at Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Gainesville. In 27 years of teaching, Seymour has earned the love and respect of a whole generation of students. As a mentor to teaching interns, she has devoted countless hours to helping UF students become the teach ers they should be. She has been eager to share her knowledge with her colleagues through training sessions and work as a cooperative learning consultant. She was Alachua County’s 2006 Teacher of the Year Each fall and spring term, a county from state is asked to select a distinguished buildinglevel educator who is representative of all of the outstanding educators in the county. The chosen educators are invited to take part in UF commencement ceremonies as members of the platform assembly in full academic regalia. Each educator is recognized by the president of the university and presented the Distinguished Educator Award from UF. UF honored ve of Florida’s most effective educators at its December commencement ceremony. Shown here are (from left) UF President Bernard Machen and the ve Distinguished Educator Award recipients: Theresa Axford (Monroe County), Loreen Francescani (Indiantown), Betsy Seymour (Gainesville), Susan Mikolajczyk (Tampa), and Barbara Hicks (Bay County), and UF Education Dean Catherine Emihovich. LARRY LANSFORD/Ed Times The center will provide students with opportuni ties to train for future leadership positions, meet current policymakers and take courses in critical thinking, language learning and studies of world cultures. Graham says schools should spend more time teaching civics-related courses and help teachers improve their knowledge and teaching skills in those subjects.


10 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 11 By LARRY LANSFORD No matter how hard we try to improve teach ing and learning in our public schools, or how faithfully we execute the intent of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the achievement gap between students of different income levels and social or ethnic backgrounds can be substantially narrowed “only when school improvement is com bined with social and economic reform.” Noted education policy expert and author Richard Rothstein drove home that point in his keynote address at the UF College of Education’s recent national conference, “Closing the Achievement Gap Through Partnerships,” held in November in St. Petersburg. Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and former national education colum nist for The New York Times , said good teaching alone the achievement gap. His comments echoed opin ions cited in some of his publications on education policy in America, includ ing his recent book, “Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the BlackWhite Achievement Gap.” “If we properly iden tify the actual social class characteristics that pro duce differences in average achievement, we should be able to design policies that narrow the achieve ment gap,” Rothstein says. “Certainly, improvement of instructional practices is among these, but a focus on school reform alone is bound to be frustrating and ultimately unsuccessful.” Rothstein was one of several prominent speakers at the conference, held as the culminat ing event of the College of Education’s yearlong centennial celebration. Several speakers cited the connection between school improvement and social reform, and the advantages of forming community partnerships to help narrow the social in average achievement between children. Other speakers included: • Marilyn Cochran-Smith of Boston College (topic: Teaching for social justice in an era of accountability) • Heather Weiss of the Harvard Family Research Project (Complementary Learning: Can we build effective family, school and community connections so that truly no child is left behind?) • Etta Hollins of the University of Southern California (Transforming the culture of practice in low performing schools) School superintendents from three Florida districts — Ronald Blocker (Orange County), Mary Ellen Elia (Hillsborough County) and James McCalister Sr. (Bay County) — also participated in a panel discussion on teaching for social justice in an era of accountability. Many of the college’s community partnerships and public scholarship activities were featured in breakout sessions and poster sessions led by UF education fac ulty and doctoral students. Featured college programs included the UF Alliance, the Lastinger Center for Learn Centennial conference cites partnerships as essential tool for closing achievement gap If we properly identify the actual social class characteristics that produce differences in average achievement, we should be able to design policies that narrow the achieve ment gap. — Richard Rothstein “ ” ing, the schoolwide writing program at Newberry El ementary School, studies on male underachievement in education, the Libros De Fa milia home-literacy initiative with migrant farm-working families, P.K. Yonge School’s student-led parent confer ences, and college-sponsored teacher inquiry programs and teacher learning com munities. More than 200 educators, counselors and public policy leaders, from across the state and nation, at tended the conference, which was coordinated by of Teaching and Learning and associate dean in UF’s division of continuing education. A colleg ewide committee of faculty and staff assisted in planning and implementation. Professor Buffy Bondy of the School of Teaching and Learning said the highlight for her was “seeing so many College of Education students and graduates presenting their work at the conference.” “We had ProTeach students, practicing teach ers who have graduated from our program, and doctoral students presenting along with faculty members,” Bondy said. “I (also) felt proud of our college for the work we do to address pressing problems in teaching and learning in high-poverty schools.” UF Education Dean Cath erine Emihovich closed the conference by issuing a “call to arms” for all educators to take direct action in bringing about substantive changes in children’s education and well-being across the state and throughout the nation. Associate Professor Jane Townsend, left, and doctoral student Robbie Ergle view interpretive art with Martin County High School Assistant Principal David Hall in a breakout session on “Joining Literacy and the Arts to Express, Engage and Inspire.” Photos by LARRY LANSFORD/Ed Times The college-sponsored conference drew more than 200 attendees, including CoE faculty Dorene Ross and Don Pemberton, in foreground. CoE Afliate Professor Eileen Oliver was conference coordinator.


12 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 13 By LARRY LANSFORD How will today’s UF College of Education, and daily life teaching and studying in historic Norman Hall, be viewed by future generations 50 years from now? Will Ol’ Norman still be standing in 2056? Will the future EduGator Nation even recognize contemporary artifacts of education such as computer disks and chalk or white boards? How will today’s traditional class rooms, with chairs or desks lined up in rows facing the instructor up front, compare with the learning environ ments a half-century from now? And what of today’s hairstyles and how we dress — cause for snobbish snick ering or inspiring retro fashion fads? These and other questions should be answered sometime during 2056, when mid-century inhabitants of Norman Hall are instructed to unearth a time capsule planted on Dec. 7, 2006 beneath the vintage building’s oak-shaded, red-brick courtyard. The burial ceremony, attended by about 40 faculty, staff and students, was the culminating event of the college’s yearlong centennial celebration. The excavation instructions are engraved on a com few paces from the Education Library’s exterior center stairwell. Buried just beneath the marble marker is a shiny airtight cylinder, 12 inches in diameter to the brim with some 90 items gath ered from each unit of the college. The items range from the silly (a condom “rep resentative of UF students in 2006”) to the sublime (the Lastinger Center for Learning’s spreadsheet of partner school demo online federal grant proposal). Education Dean Catherine Emihovich en closed a “Message to Colleagues of the Future,” noting how little some aspects of education have changed since the college’s founding a century earlier, but envisioning much greater in novation and technology in the virtual learning environments of the future — certainly by 2056, which will mark the college’s 150th anniversary. “One aspect I sincerely hope will not have changed (in the pass ing 50 years) is that there will still be a learner and a wise teacher who together walk through the door to greater knowledge and understanding of a world without limits, except for those imposed by a lack of imagination,” Emihovich wrote. “That fundamental human connection is the glue that has held this world together so far, and it would be a pity if the technological advances I envision in your future society left individuals bereft of social contact in learning For the School of Teaching and Learning’s contribution, business cards were collected from each faculty member with a personalized message for the future written on the back. Other notable capsule items included a computer keyboard, a recruitment video for graduate students, “Our First 100 Years” history booklet and the college’s Education Times magazine, Gator Nation campaign posters, an undergraduate college catalog and an FCAT exam. If the presumably tech-savvy 2056’ers can translate the primitive formats of today’s CDs and DVDs, they’ll be able to peruse digital ver sions of various college documents and presenta tions, including the UF Alliance’s presentation at the college’s centennial conference on closing the achievement gap, the Alumni Electronic Newsletter and a fundraising video supporting the renovation and expansion of Norman Hall. (By 2056, time capsule “un-earthlings” will know if the college met its fundraising goal allowing for construction of the proposed education technol ogy annex.) An interred copy of the Dec. 7, 2006 edition of the Gainesville Sun will give future EduGators a taste of the day’s current events, including an article coincidentally looking ahead a half-century for another reason as revealed by its headline: “Study: Fla. population to double in 50 years.” (Well, did it?) And, of course, the Gator Nation-wide buzz and excitement over the national title runs in 2006 of both the UF basketball and football teams is documented in news printouts from the Gator Web site. Save this date — 2056 — for opening of college’s centennial time capsule JUAWON SCOTT/ Ed Times JUAWON SCOTT/ Ed Times A complete listing of time capsule items can be found at: In the dean’s optimistic vision of education 50 years into the future, Emihovich hinted how she hopes the college’s core philosophy of “engaged scholarship” — academic activities and research that contribute directly to the public good — ends up helping to transform education for future generations. “By now (in 2056), the physical characteristics of students and teachers will truly be irrelevant as barriers to learning” she predicted. “I hope to create a more just and equitable society, and we send you our best wishes from 2006.” One aspect I sincerely hope will not have changed (in the passing 50 years) is that there will still be a learner and a wise teacher who together walk through the door to create knowledge and understanding of a world without limits. — Dean Catherine Emihovich in her “Centennial Message to Colleagues of the Future” “ ” Shoveling the rst dirt over the centennial time capsule are, from left, associate deans Jeri Benson and Paul Sindelar, Dean Emihovich and Graduate Studies Director Thomasenia Adams.


14 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 15 By TIM LOCKETTE So you’ve bought your child a lunchbox, a backpack, new shoes and hand soap for the teach er’s closet — but did you remember to give your kindergartener the literacy skills he or she needs to begin school? Teachers often say they can tell, as early as kin dergarten, which students are likely bound for col lege and which are headed for a 12-year struggle to “There are certain simple skills, such as let ter recognition and the awareness of the sound structure of our language, that serve as very good “Without early intervention, a child who lacks these skills in kindergarten may have a hard time Martha League, have conducted a long-term study in which they tested children for various readingrelated abilities in kindergarten, then followed up on their performance in reading through the fourth They tested the validity of a number of mea ness and rapid naming of familiar objects predicted just as advantageous to test children early in their The earlier students can be tested for learning de “We didn’t look beyond the fourth grade, but it is clear that a lack of good reading skills can have a ies have revealed that it is far catch up beyond the elementary for helping children in the early League, critical skills for kinder garten-age children include: Recognizing letters : most people associate with a young child’s education — and League found a strong correla tion between the ability to name the letters of the alphabet in kindergarten and later perfor Word play with sounds an appreciation of the sound structure of language, which is games such as rhyming, clapping out the syllables in their names, taking apart simple compound words level, kindergarten students should be able to recog nize that words are composed of separate, distinct sounds — and should be able to count the differ does not have to be able to read to develop these phonological skills, as this wordplay is done without seeing the words, just working on the word parts or While some students struggle with reading because of cognitive-based learning disabilities, monly due to a lack of early exposure to print and Ready for school? Good readers formed before rst day of kindergarten, UF study shows UF special education researcher Anne Bishop tests the “pre-literacy” skills of 5-year-old Camille Eyman, a few days before Camille’s rst day of kindergarten. JUAWON SCOTT/Ed Times Decades of research have shown that children their non-disabled peers, yet most severely disabled students remain isolated in classrooms that serve only students with severe disabilities, according to tional methods, provide support to practicing teach ers who want to provide more effective services, and ultimately facilitate systemic change in schools to get better results for all students, including students instructors, and many leadership roles remaining doctoral student David Hoppey, are working with They are involved in three aspects of leadership conducting research on the most effective services for students with severe disabilities, within settings where they have access to classmates who do not putting them in a classroom with classmates who do not have disabilities, the students interact and com opportunities to demonstrate that they understand what is going on in the class and chances to demon The second aspect of leadership addressed in develop the expertise required to implement effec of leadership is engaging in systemic reform efforts with districts and schools that want to implement Ryndak Inclusion study ‘ RISE s’ to top of federal funding priorities UF’s Project RISE prepares new leaders in inclusive education she is behind in any of these skills, the research ers say, that doesn’t mean he or she is doomed to


16 | Summer 2007 EDUCATIONTIMES | 17 A dying woman hangs on to life just long enough to see her grandson graduate from college. A wounded soldier refuses a chance to be transferred home, because his buddies are still -satisfaction to teen suicide. A Need to be Needed Mattering, as a subject of study, isn’t entirely new. -change, a rehearsal they cannot miss. -UF alumna Jane Myers (EdS , PhD )-In recent years Myers has researched the effects ---As it turns out, they weren’t as alone as they thought. Around the same time, researchers across Do Students Matter? -chance to matter. And mattering may be the one a stronger sense of mattering than men. Mattering Do you matter to the people in your life? A small, but growing group of researchers — including a new UF Counselor Education scholar — says “mattering” may be the hidden key to a variety of psychological phenomena.over MindBy TIM LOCKETTE RayleIllustration by JUAWON SCOTT


18 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 19 By TIM LOCKETTE Students with mental retardation are far more likely to be educated alongside typical students However, the trend once known as “main streaming” — widely considered the best option for such students — appears to have stalled in graphic location, rather than the severity of his disability, often determines how he will spend his “We’ve known for a long time that students educationally if they can spend at least part of the found that there are still a lot of students who could be included in the general classroom, but tal retardation were completely segregated from other children in the school system, if they were formally edu widely viewed these children as unedu cable, and those who did attend school were sent to institutions solely for children with their parents often viewed these institu tions as dehumanizing and ineffective — and educators had assem bled a large body of research to show that children with mental retardation did indeed perform much better when schooled, at least part-time, among the gen gress to pass a 1975 law requiring a more inclusive that schools had made little progress toward imple Exceptional Children a comprehensive look at placement rates for stu in the general classroom as a similar student the peers, learning in separate classrooms or entire schools dedicated to children with mental retar egon, South Dakota and Vermont — accounted for much of the gain seen nationwide, with many say, can have a major impact on a child’s educa states identify mental retardation in as few as three differ widely in their reported rates of mental retardation — suggesting the differences are due retardation, geographic location is possibly the strongest predictor of the student’s future educa Many of these students can have functional work lives in However, if they aren’t exposed to their peers in the general may not pick up the social and academic skills they need to typical students attend school the researchers say, they learn leadership skills and become higher, as a group, on standard “The inclusive classroom en vironment seems to work better for students who are struggling, “That tends to bring up averages on test scores for typical students stakes testing, that effect could accountability rules, many states did not count the scores when conducting statewide achievement tests — an incentive to administrators to keep students with schools must report test scores of all students, in Study: Students with mental retardation making gains in general classroom have an incentive to improve their scores,” A study by CoE researchers — including (from left) doctoral candidate Pam Williamson, Professor James McCleskey, and doctoral candidates David Hoppey and Tarcha Rentz — found that schools are making real, but uneven, progress in bringing students with mental retardation into the general classroom. TIM LOCKETTE/Ed Times JupiterImages Corp. When typical students attend school with classmates with mental retardation, studies show they learn leadership skills and tolerance, and even score higher on standardized tests.


Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 21 birthright of every child? a team that is studying the effects of “ubiquitous future in which the majority of course content in school districts to experiment with ways to incorporate information technology into federal grant money to update computer students with their own computers or otherwise make computers a pervasive part constraints, these projects are usually small in scale, but they offer a glimpse of what program is the leeway that has been given to districts are giving students computers and of them are providing computers but keep program to see what strategies are most ef but Dawson and her colleagues are planning 1:1 ratio between students and computing devices will lead to an improvement in both computer Dawson said her preliminary results show that to be true, though how the computers are used is very learning and authentic contexts play very important Laptops for all students? Study investigating effects of ‘ubiquitous computing’ By TIM LOCKETTE Quitting a private-sector job to teach in a highpoverty school may sound like an noble pursuit, but when people actually make the leap from the gives career-changers a chance to learn the skills giving pre-service teachers a genuinely job-embed ded program with coaching support, which is differ program for career changers hoping to become teachers are working under the supervision of men and they must commit to three years of work in a tices receive a wage of roughly $12 per hour, and take on-site courses in pedagogy led by faculty from The apprenticeship is not a master’s degree program – it’s focused on preparing teachers for The apprenticeships take place in schools served vides professional development and other support to schools with an exceptionally high percentage of prenticeship program is one of very few alternative “The fact is that education researchers (col really know a lot about how to prepare good teachers for lowincome schools,” Yendol-Hoppey teaching what we know from the research, but we are researching the topic as well in order to deepen our understand ing from a wide variety of backgrounds — includ doctoral student Lissa Dunn, who directs Duval Whatever their reasons for making the switch to the classroom, many second-career teachers who start their teaching careers in high-poverty schools teachers often don’t feel like they get adequate “Without support, they get burned out and de cide they’d rather go back to brokering mortgages, or they escape to the suburbs where teaching ap by giving pre-service teachers the preparation they need to feel successful within this environment and Apprenticeship program prepares career changers to teach in crisis schools Preliminary studies suggest that providing all schoolchildren with their own computers will lead to improvement in computer literacy and overall learning. JupiterImages Corp. LARRY LANSFORD/Ed Times Diane Yendol-Hoppey, left, heads the team of UF professors-in-residence who will help coach 16 secondcareer teachers in Duval County elementary schools.


22 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 23 pub -lic scholar-ship noun 1 Original research and academic activities — done for the public good — that contribute directly to improved schools and increased student learning or address important social and community issues 2 A core principle of the College of Education’s research, teaching and service programs gram that will teach community college administra tors to make better use of the data they collect on doctoral students are developing an online educa tion program that will show community college sible for collecting data on enrollment, retention and student demographics — how to use their data to create policies to help students become more The institute is headed by Linda Serra Hagedo rn, professor and chair of the college’s Department lecting data to report to their funders – the various state legislatures – but they often aren’t using their their data to report progress to outside agencies, they could be using the same numbers to spot prob that collects demographic data on entering stu dents, and then tracks them over the next two years to evaluate their progress and measure retention school might identify a high dropout rate among a certain demographic group — say, Hispanic males the community college could have spotted the ata multiyear national initiative to help more com particularly concerned about student groups that including low-income students and students of ing access to postsecondary education across the institutional researchers perform their jobs more While other universities have established pro institutional research program to be offered com By TIM LOCKETTE ida schools — but administrators in eight out of Spanish-speaking counselors to serve the growing “They need a place in the school system where they feel safe, where they feel their child’s needs are led a team that surveyed school services administra ers published their results recently in the journal Professional School Counseling their Hispanic students were at risk of not receiving district needed more Spanish-speaking bilingual counselors to address the personal needs of stu needed more Spanish-speaking counselors to guide population at the time, only 2 percent of school – but there is no evidence of a similar increase in Mental health counseling is just one responsibil navigate the increasingly complex academic world for students who are new arrivals to the country, or are only a handful of Hispanic counselors serving year, grant-funded program that brought 17 bilin for the educational specialist degree in counselor speaking and most were either of Hispanic origin or had prior experience living in a Spanish-speak permanent distance education program that would allow bilingual teachers to study for a counselor “Many bilingual teachers are already serving as a contact point between the school system and the Higher ed institute launches $1.6 million study to help colleges improve data use Study: Fla. schools face shortage of Spanish-speaking counselors Christopher Coogan, associate director of UF’s Institute of Higher Education In UF study, 8 out of every 10 school districts didn’t have enough Spanishspeaking counselors to serve their growing Hispanic populations. Special to Ed Times


24 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 25 By DAVID GREENBERG and LARRY LANSFORD is too worried about the class bully mugging him at the fear and distraction of increasing violence and unruly behavior in the classroom today is taking its toll on student learning, and they are taking steps to several years to develop a curriculum that helps stu dents in elementary and secondary schools deal with the breadth and scope of their studies, thanks to a earlier studies,” said Daunic, an assistant scholar in “Students were learning the curriculum and we were seeing some constructive changes in teacher ratings exactly was student learning affected? The new grant will help Smith and Daunic answer these and related questions by letting them hire enough re search assistants to have a critically needed presence Their experimental curriculum, dubbed Tools for of lessons that incorporate the kinds of situations tunities, through role-playing, for the students to will spend three years testing and observing their intervention strategies on hundreds of fourthDaunic’s research emphasis focuses on tailor instruction to the at-risk child’s background and environment to encourage their acceptance and Smith, a professor in special education who teaches courses on classroom and behavioral management, has directed a number of research grants on the effectiveness of classroom-based activities designed to change behavior and reduce “There are students in regular classrooms with behavioral problems, but not critical enough to be these problems will become worse over time, especially when students get to the less structured With standardized test results serving as the ulti mate measure of success or failure for both students and schools, the researchers say simple solutions “Since teachers are forced to spend more time fo cused on a high-stakes testing atmosphere, they have less time to deal with social and behavioral issues,” Under $1.6 million federal grant, UF researchers are developing new tools for managing Anger classroom in the Left unchecked, these problems will become worse over time, especially when students get to the less structured middle and high schools. — Stephen Smith “ ” Illustration by JUAWON SCOTT


26 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 27 lis surrounding the American base. Sometimes McNichols’ squad would be called out to investigate reports of trespassers on the Afghani base. Sometimes his group would patrol roads where bandits were reportedly forcing people to pay tolls. Fortunately for McNichols, those bandits seemed to vanish at the sight of U.S. forces. Their biggest problem was the prospect of being detained by throngs of admirers. “Everywhere we went, we drew a crowd of about 50 people,” he said. “A lot of people in Kabul know at least some English, and everyone wanted to practice.” It’s said that war consists of weeks of boredom punctuated by moments of paralyzing fear. McNichols has a slightly different take. “It was not fear I felt, it was annoyance,” he says of the rocket attacks that occurred during his stay in Afghanistan. He said he was annoyed because Americans were hurt in some of the attacks, because the attacks seemed to come from nowhere and end as soon as they started, because there was no effective way to lash out at the attackers. The Afghani resistance used similar tactics McNichols, an Ocala native, had just started teaching at an Alachua County school at the time of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. At the time, he was eager to leave the classroom for a deployment to Afghanistan. The son of a retired Guardsman, McNichols had been in the Florida National Guard since 1997, part of a unit “As soon as I heard about the attacks, I was on the phone with my unit asking, ‘when do we go?” he said. “I knew we’d be sent somewhere as a result of this, and I was glad to go. I just had no idea how long it would take.” In fact, it would take almost four years of anx ious waiting – as the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and later Iraq – before McNichols would know his role in the war on terror. On July 4, 2005, he left for a year’s deployment to Afghanistan. Kabul. He and his fellow soldiers provided security for American instructors training the new Afghani army, and they patrolled the streets outside the base. On patrol, McNichols was able to get a taste of Kabul, the sprawling, creaky, war-ravaged metropo A ustin McNichols would not want this story to open with a rocket attack. He would not want readers to imagine Taliban sympathizers, in the hills overlooking Kabul, propping an artillery rocket against a pile of rocks, aimed in the general direction of an American military base. He would not want you to picture the arc of the rocket as it sails toward its target, or see the ominous looks on the faces of American soldiers as they hear the rocket land with a dull whump inside their compound. Afghanistan is not where McNichols’ head is these days. It’s not that he isn’t proud of the year he spent patrolling the streets of Kabul with the Florida National Guard. It’s just that he has a tion classes at UF. He has papers to grade, and papers to write. Besides, he said, there’s not much one can say about surviving a rocket attack. “By the time you know it’s happening, it’s over,” he said. “You hear a boom when it hits, and you know it didn’t hit you, and that’s the end of it.” By TIM LOCKETTE 26 | Summer 2007 RAY CARSON/UF News Bureau Staff Sgt. McNichols by the “Bench of Pedagogy” on the north wall of Norman Hall


28 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 29 against the Soviet army 20 years ago, but Mc where the Russians failed. “We’re not occupiers,” he said. “We’re work ing with a democratically elected government there, and we displaced another government, the Taliban, that was widely hated.” He is now busy teaching science and social studies to gifted students at Littlewood in west Gainesville. At night, he’s pursuing a master’s Nichols was the star presenter at Littlewood’s recent Veterans’ Day event. pressed, he said. But for the most part, he said, the war doesn’t come up, either in class or out of class. McNichols said he still isn’t sure how his year in Afghanistan has affected his teaching. But he knows it has given his civilian career a new sense of focus. “When I got back from Afghanistan I didn’t have a job, a car or a place to stay,” he said. “Within two weeks, I had all three.” His unit isn’t scheduled to deploy overseas again until the end of the decade, but McNich ols knows that if the world situation changes, the Army could claim him for another year, or longer. That uncertainty, he said, is one of the invisible costs of being in the Guard. Maybe it’s invisible because Guardsmen don’t like to complain. “Every once in a while, someone will thank me for my service,” he said. “Usually I just say, ‘no problem.’” By TIM LOCKETTE As Hurricane Charley took its last fateful turn in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2004, most Florida residents were hunkering down for what would turn out to be a long and weary hurricane season. Not Ben Ruffner. Even before the Category 4 storm crossed South Florida, Ruffner was preparing to command a team of three dozen National Guard soldiers in storm recovery efforts. And before the rain stopped, Ruff ner and his troops were driving into a pitch-black Charlotte County landscape stripped clean of road signs and streetlights. Not bad for a 21-year-old college sophomore. “It can be hard to balance school and your mili tary commitments at a time like that,” said Ruffner, now 23 and a senior at the UF College of Educa tion. “As soon as we were done in Punta Gorda, we did the same thing for Hurricane Ivan, which made things even more challenging.” Ruffner, majoring in elementary education, already put in more than two years of service as a lieutenant in the Guard. A graduate of Marion Military Institute, a two-year college in Alabama, he was commissioned under a little-known Cold War-era program designed to speed entry into graduates. Ruffner comes from a family with a long tradi tion of military service — he says “just about every male in the family is in one of the branches of the military” — and he knew he would follow in their footsteps. But when the time came to choose a ma jor at UF, his choice drew him to Norman Hall. “I came to education because I liked the idea of working with youth, particularly in Title I schools, and helping to change their lifestyles and attitudes so they can succeed,” Ruffner said. When not in class, Ruffner divides his time between student teaching and his Guard commit quite similar. “In military training, you often follow a ‘crawlwalk-run’ model that is very similar to some of the (teaching) techniques that work well in Title I schools,” Ruffner said. “First I tell you what you’re going to learn, then I tell you how to do it, then you go out and do it.” Ruffner is due to earn his bachelor’s degree in ProTeach program in 2008 — if he doesn’t get It’s a very real possibility. Ruffner’s unit was Afghanistan after Sept. 11. Under the Guard’s typical six-year rotation schedule, they would be ready to go again sometime next year — and in vanish instantly. Ruffner says he’s ready to go if the call comes. “Serving in Iraq is one of my goals,” he said. “I want to give the taxpayers something of value for all the money they’ve spent on my training, TOP SECRET? ProTeach senior transfers life lessons from military to classroom training By TIM LOCKETTE During her four-year enlistment in the Air Force, Tanya Heard spent much of her time in a darkroom, developing pictures – ev erything from top-secret aerial photos to “happy snaps” of local ceremonies for the base newspaper. But some of the life lessons from her enlistment are just now coming into focus. “Looking back on my military training, I see how much of it was focused on people skills,” said Heard, a UF senior in Pro Teach elementary education. “Getting along and working with others is extremely important when you’re part of a military unit, Heard served as a photographer at the ultra-secret National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for most of her four-year term – a job she cannot discuss in detail. Later, the senior airman was stationed in Germany, in a shop that developed a wide variety of photos, from autopsy pictures to on-base publicity shots. She was married with children by the time she left the Air Force in 1998. Heard’s experiences educating her own three kids convinced her to pursue an education major at UF. Many people associate the military with a top-down, authori tarian leadership style. Like a lot of veterans, Heard sees things a bit differently. She recalls a strong emphasis on “cus tomer service” – the customers, in this case, being fellow military units in need of support. “In education courses, you learn a lot about ‘blameblocking’ and other techniques that help you focus on prob lem-solving without people,” she said. “It’s very similar to the management style you learn in the military.” JUAWON SCOTT/Ed Times KRISTEN BARTLETT/UF News Bureau Lt. Ben Ruffner: In command, in the classroom Tanya Heard on the west lawn of Old Norman. McNichols, right, now teaches 5th graders in Gainesville. RAY CARSON/UF News Bureau Lt. Ruffner stands at parade-rest outside the Norman Hall clock tower.


30 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 31 Talk about your long engagements. By TIM LOCKETTE For decades, a pair of portly, fuzzy alligators has been the most famous couple at the University of Florida. Everyone has seen Albert and Alberta on the sidelines, holding hands, bickering occasionally — but always united in their support of the team. It was no secret that they were seeing each other, but like so many college couples, they kept the status of their relationship pretty vague. bended knee to ask Alberta to be his wife. CoE alumnus Brian LaPlant ( MEd ) recently popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, UF alumna Kourtney Long, in a picture-perfect proposal on the 50-yard line of Florida Field. Ben couple, who spent their college years playing UF’s male and female alligator mascots. “I knew the time was right, and I wanted to do it at a place that was special for both of us,” said LaPlant, who now teaches social studies at Mebane Middle School in Alachua, just north of Gainesville. The pair began dating in high school. When Long came to UF’s College of Pharmacy in 2000, she saw an ad for mascot tryouts in The Independent Florida Alligator and thought a stint as Alberta would be a hoot. Later, LaPlant transferred to UF from the Uni versity of North Florida in Jacksonville and joined the school’s mascot team to stay close to his true love. Soon they were seeing the world together, through tiny eyeholes. “As a mascot, you get to see a side of UF that most students never see,” LaPlant said. “We’ve been in the press box, we’ve met the players, and we’ve traveled to some of the biggest games.” Becoming a Gator — literally — has opened a lot of doors for LaPlant. Not everyone gets to perform a powers that be simply could not say no to the school’s own mascots. A chance encounter with Gainesville Sun photographer Mike Weimar — whom LaPlant coverage of the proposal, and a follow-up story in the St. Petersburg Times . LaPlant’s students loved their teacher’s 15 minutes of fame even more than he did. “After the story ran, students kept bringing me clippings and saying they saw me in the paper,” he said. “If you need a copy, I have about 75 of them.” LaPlant tried out for a chance to play Thrash, the musclebound bird of prey who represents the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team. Yes, the job pays substan tially more than a starting teacher’s salary (though there’s no bonus for holders of a master’s degree). And no, LaPlant never seriously considered taking the job. To him, the awed silence of the “teachable moment” is better than the roar from the bleachers. “When you lead thousands of people in a cheer, When you help a seventh grader understand some thing he’ll remember for the rest of his life, you know you’ve done something that truly matters.” EDUCATION TIMES | 31 Gator Mates Photos courtesy of Gainesville Sun Laplant pops the question to Long, now his ance, at Florida Field. Their wedding date is this May. With Brian and Kourtney, the affection Albert and Alberta shared was genuine.


32 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 33 By TARA GOODIN CoE Student Writer Six College of Education doctoral students have been chosen as Holmes Scholars for 2007. The prestigious honor recognizes advanced-degree edu cation students of color for their character, academ ic standing and career goals in higher education. Evelyn S. Chiang and Katherin E. Garland are Fenty, Sophie Maxis, Jyrece McClendon and Tyran Wright were repeat selections. The national Holmes Scholars Program was founded 15 years ago to address the under-repre sentation of men and women of color in leadership positions in higher education. The program awards several dozen assistantships each year to enrich the scholarly experience of minority graduate students in education. “The students can attend the national confer ence, which is an opportunity for them to network with other minority graduate students who are preparing to become the next generation of profes college’s Center for School Improvement. “Three of our Holmes Scholars also receive assistantships to engage in school-university partnership work through the college’s UF Alliance program, the Lastinger Center for Learning and the Center for School Improvement.” as the Holmes Scholars Program’s vice-president for research, and is engaging one of UF’s Holmes scholars in a national study of school-university partnership work. Three UF scholars, who already have assistantships in their departments, will receive travel support to attend the national conference. All of the Holmes scholars will serve the college this year by designing and delivering a brown bag lunch series for graduate students focused on writ This year’s Holmes scholars include: • Evelyn S. Chiang , who received her un College in Sarasota and her M.A.E. in educational psychology at UF. She is currently working on a study of readers’ representations of spatial informa tion in narrative text and studying children’s ability to make logical inferences in narrative text. Chiang • Katherin E. Garland , a third-year doc toral student in English education with a focus on media literacy. She received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a minor in English from Western Michigan University. She holds an M.A.T. in English from Jacksonville University. She plans to work in a teacher education program at a research university and to research media literacy. • Nicole Fenty , a doctoral student in special ed ucation. Fenty received a bachelor’s degree in psy chology from the University of South Florida and master’s in special education from UF. Her research interests include struggling readers, technology as a method of instructional delivery and professional development, and the connection between reading instruction. • Sophie Maxis , a doctoral student in coun selor education. Maxis received her Ed.S. and M.Ed. from UF’s counselor education department studying school psychology with an emphasis in mental health. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Oakwood College in Alabama. 6 UF minority graduate students named national Holmes Scholars • Jyrece McClendon , a doctoral student in the school psychology program. She was a at the University of Miami. After receiving her bachelor’s degrees, she received her master’s in higher education administration from Florida State University. McClendon is interested in improving the academic performance of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. • Tyran Wright , a doctoral student in special education. Wright obtained her undergraduate degree from UF and holds a master’s degree in educational leadership. Before returning to graduate school, she worked as a classroom teacher, reading coach and a curriculum specialist in Lake City. Her research focus is the prevention and remediation of inger Center for Learning. Scholarship leads to science camp post Working at a summer camp is a fairly common Lopez, a senior in ProTeach elementary educa tional Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/ Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, Lopez will travel to eastern Virginia in summer 2007 to direct Museum (home of the USS Wisconsin) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. She will also the success of its exhibits at both museums. The ship, awarded each year to a few dozen students nationwide who show promise as future leaders in increasing public awareness of oceanic and atmospheric sciences. Dissertation wins national award Wesley Wilson-Strauss, a recent doctoral gradu ate in education administration and policy, has won high honors for his dissertation. Earlier this year, Wilson-Strauss defended “Graduate Prepa ration of Community College Student Affairs “With an increasingly diverse student popula 3 garner KDP scholarships Honor Society in Education, compete for the organization’s 50 coveted scholarships. Three of those scholarships were awarded for the current academic year to UF students. ProTeach student Sarah Elizabeth Huggins was the recipient of the Hass Scholarship for her research on gender and three scholarship recipients from a single univer sity in the same year. School psychology student awarded Hyman Scholarship Krista Schwenk, a doctoral student in school psychology, has Hyman Memorial Scholarship from the American Academy candidates in school psychol ogy from around the country compete for the scholarship, Schwenk is a member of the student editorial board for School Psychology Quarterly and has been involved in a number of research funded studies on Prader-Willi Syndrome and obesity. Huggins EDUCATION TIMES | 33 This year’s Holmes Scholars at UF are, from left, Evelyn Chiang, Tyran Wright, Katherin Garland, Nicole Fenty, Jyrece McClendon and Sophie Maxis.


34 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 35 By TARA GOODIN CoE Student Writer P arties, football games, clubbing and weekly night-before-test cramming sessions. Ah, the life of a college student. Hall, studying or volunteering at a local elementary school. There are barely enough hours in the day for school and sports, much less partying. have to be strict with scheduling, and playing helps me stay focused and use the two free hours I have in a week wisely,” McGinnis said. volleyball competitively by the time she was 10. Even then her inner drive was evident. “I remember one day I ran two miles home after practice, and my mom wondered why I wanted to much intensity and it keeps me going,” McGinnis said. With her senior season still to play, McGinnis is racking up some awesome numbers for the Gators. selected McGinnis as SEC setter chosen in the 15-year history of the award. She two-time All-American setter in school history when she American Volleyball Coach es Association All-American. But McGinnis is more bles over the past two seasons. She broke the Florida career setting record for kills, attacks, block solos, block assists, total blocks and points, and is the fastest player in school history to record 4,000 assists. She th consecu th She also excels off the court. “I am amazed that Angie can play two volleyball travel, attend all the practices and still get her assign ments for my class completed and in on time. She is always prepared and participates actively in class,” said Professor Linda Lamme, who teaches McGinnis in her children’s literature and child education class. dating her boyfriend, Harry Polenychko, a Marine who years. “It’s been pretty rough having to do the long-dis tance thing, but we love each other enough to make it work,” McGinnis said. number of international competitions including the Olympics. McGinnis trained with the team last summer. She also hopes to play professionally for an overseas team one day. But teaching remains her long-term career goal. career. My mom is a kindergarten teacher, and I ab solutely love working with kids,” McGinnis said. While college life as both a student and athlete is a challenge, McGinnis attributes her success to her drive to excel in each activity. people tell you what to do, because it’s that intensity that got me here.” On the court and in the classroom, Angie McGinnis appears to be 34 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 35 Set for Life Photos by KRISTEN BARTLETT/UF News Bureau McGinnis, left, gets help from Professor Linda Lamme.


Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 37 (EdS ) , a doctoral student in the college’s School of Teaching and Learning, million for the Clay County school district, where cation awarded the grant to the Andrew Jackson Liberty Fellowship, a professional development program for 50 K-12 history teachers. “The fellowship program is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge of history so that they will be better teachers in the classroom,” Miller said. “There will be three symposiums a year that a histo only do we teach them the history, but we introduce new teaching strategies they can use in class.” Student Ambassadors lend a (foam) hand Who better to carry the CoE banner — or to don the “We’re No. 1” foam hands — than the College of Education Student Ambassadors? Pictured, right, at this year’s Homecoming parade alumni party, is CoE Alumni Affairs and Events Coordinator Jodi Mount (center, in navy blue shirt), anked by current Student Ambassadors, from left, Rachel Cannon, Elisabeth Harvin, Laura Williams, Olivia Generales and Kutura Watson. The ambassadors are a select group of education majors, numbering about 15 per semester, who assist the dean with special events and act as college liaisons within the community. Mount is the group advisor. ment of Educational Administration and Policy, has been named the Florida Education Association’s tion’s Teacher of the Year award. LARRY LANSFORD/Ed Times Daniel Miller STL student secures $1 million grant for history teaching in Clay County Miller, who was Clay County teacher of the year in 2001, earned her specialist degree in education from UF in 2004. She is currently teaching AP Macroeconomics for the Florida Virtual School, and commutes to Gainesville to attend classes in pursuit of her doctorate in curriculum and instruc tion with an emphasis in social studies education. tablish a three-year program focused on educating Under the grant, UF Education Professor Eliza beth Yeager will conduct a social studies workshop and Associate Professor Colleen Swain will conduct technology workshops. in a lesson about atoms and electrical charges. “Using a water gun, I taught them how atoms at Seminole County’s Hagerty High School, and she now serves as the department’s chairperson as in grant writing and has worked on professional training development. Doctoral student named FEA Teacher of Year Summer 2007 Welcome, new faculty The College of Education’s academic program has received a fresh infusion of new teaching perspectives and innovative thinking with the appointment of the following new faculty members to start the 2006-07 academic year: Dean’s Ofce Elayne Coln Assistant Scholar Director of Assessment and Accreditation Ph.D., University of Florida Elayne Coln recently re school psychology program, where her dissertation focused on the evaluation of an intensive reading intervention program for kindergarten students. In her new position, Coln will focus on assess ment and accreditation issues within the college and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Unit Assessment System. Coln previously served as a psychoeducational consultant at UF’s Multi The Journal of Special Education and Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment . Ana Puig Assistant Scholar Research Director, Ofce of Educational Research Ph.D., University of Florida Ana Puig, well known to UF education faculty and staff as the research director of Research, has also been ap pointed to an assistant scholar position. A graduate of UF’s counselor education program, Puig is a licensed mental health counselor in Florida and a from UF’s Center for Spirituality and Health. Her research has focused on complementary therapies in breast cancer care, spirituality and health issues in counseling and multicultural spirituality. Counselor Education Michael Garrett Associate Professor Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro “I want every counselor American client to understand tribal life as if he or she were an insider,” says Mi chael Garrett. Garrett has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles or chapters on multicultural ism, group work, spirituality, school counseling and seling. Garrett has worked as a school counselor, director in an urban Indian center. He comes to ship and Counseling. Andrea Dixon Rayle Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro research interests include identity development in ado lescent females and minority and mattering, spirituality and wellness across the lifespan. She is an editorial board member for Arizona State University, where she served as as Education and was co-investigator on the Ameri


38 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 39 Educational Psychology Mark Shermis Professor and Chair Ph.D., University of Michigan Mark Shermis has played a key role in a number of innovations that have made computerized testing a useful research tool for the social Using Microcomputers in Social Science Research the earliest successful texts on the topic. Shermis played a leading role in bringing computerized adaptive testing to the Internet. For the past eight and co-edited professor in educational and psychological studies and associate dean for research and grants in the College of Education at Florida International University. School of Teaching and Learning Alyson Adams Assistant Scholar Ph.D., University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learn implemented job-embedded professional development for teachers in highpoverty elementary schools around the state. and conducting research in the School of Teach ing and Learning. Her research interests include: measurement and evaluation of professional development; measuring the impact of job-em bedded graduate programs; teacher education; inclusive education; professional learning commu nities; and critical friends groups. Stephen Pape Associate Professor Ph.D., City University of New York professor of mathemat UF from The Ohio State University. His research has focused on the problem-solving and self-regulated learning behaviors of middle school children and classroom contexts that foster mathematical un derstanding and the development of strategic be and middle school mathematics and science. He has been principal investigator and co-principal investigator on several research grants that sup and change their teaching practices. Lee Mullally Associate Professor, School of Teaching and Learning Mullally may be best SITE (Site-based Implemen an innovative alternative cer is administered. nology from Michigan State University. Before com served as associate professor and director of faculty development in the curriculum and instruction department at Kent State University. His research site teacher education and the role of mentors. James Pitts Associate Professor, Counselor Education at the University of Northern freshmen and sophomores completed their core curriculum before taking classes in their majors. identity and ethics. Larry Tyree Professor, Educational Administration and Policy Tyree has excelled both in scholarship and in day-to-day community college adminis in social studies and his M.Ed. in counselor educa administration. system and president of Santa Fe Community Col lege in Gainesville. He has served as chairman of chairman of the Florida Community Colleges Tyree has been a member of the UF faculty named interim president of Johnson County Com munity College in Kansas. Fond farewell to retired faculty The College of Education bids a fond farewell to three newly retired faculty members. We’ll miss their wisdom, experience, mentorship, leadership and friendship. SACS taps Doud for leadership honor in educational adminis Educational Leadership profession and have a reputation for innova tion in educational change and development. Guests at the Retired Faculty Reception included former CoE faculty members, from left, Richard Renner, Barbara “Babs” Dalsheimer (PKY), William Hedges, Barry Guinagh, William Drummond, Donald Bernard and newly retired Lee Mullally.


Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES brain trust of educators dedicated to improving teaching at UF. its teaching methods. practice can contribute to the betterment of instruc student to the highest academic and performance educational administration and policy at the College of Education. quality and gener Like other academy mem a three-year term on the advi sory board for the University Center for Teaching and UCET. Founded helps graduate students acquire the skills they need to become good UF academy taps education professor Professor helps revise state math standards ematics educator in the School of Teaching and Education panel charged shine State Standards for mathematics level. director of graduate cluded more material than teachers could effectively implementation. major issues in instruction at UF. Gainesville Sun – Cirecie West-Olatunji (8/10/06) regular school year after Hurricane Katrina. New York Times – James Wattenbarger (8/17/06) The Times carried an obituary for former UF The Gainesville Sun also Gainesville Sun – James Wattenbarger, Robert Primack (8/18/06) UF political science professor Richard Scher re Daytona Beach News Journal – Dean Catherine Emihovich (9/17/06) mentoring program that pairs black professionals in academically. Orlando Sentinel – Holly Lane (10/8/06) about a Rotary Club drive that provided dictionaries to thirdand fourth-graders in Volusia County. Lane said Gainesville Sun – Sondra Smith-Adcock, Harry Daniels (10/17/06) The Sun’s Florida Today – Harry Daniels (11/09/06) bilingual counselors in Brevard County schools. Gainesville Sun – P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School Principal Fran Vandiver (10/21/06) school shootings. Independent Florida Alligator – Art Sandeen (10/20/06) vice president for student affairs at the time of the story about local memory of the murders. Associated Press – Dean Catherine Emihovich (12/14/06) cation legacy of Gov. Jeb Bush. She challenged asser spending more money. Daytona Beach News-Journal – Linda Serra Hagedorn (11/30/06) tion system. Palm Beach Post – Linda Serra Hagedorn (1/1/07) Bonita News – Paul George (12/17/06) Ocala Star-Banner – Colleen Swain (1/22/07) sor and associate director in the School of Teaching schools program called student access to computers periences on computers learning enhancement. UF College of Education faculty are frequently sought out by the media for their expertise on appearances our faculty have made in recent months: LARRY LANSFORD/Ed Times Behar-Horenstein, standing in classroom, has been named UF Distinguished Teaching Scholar. Adams, right, is on state mathematics standards panel.


42 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 43 EDUCATION TIMES | 43 Former Faculty Vocal proponent of school accountability Vincent McGuire time member of the College of Education faculty ship program that used student teaching interns as of shoddy schools and an unvarnished critic of after McGuire had been teaching at UF for almost McGuire became chair of the group creditation of schools McGuire found on accreditation led to hearings by State. One legislator ribbed the pro outspoken on accountability issues throughout his Mexico and an educational advisor to Bermuda and Visionary co-founder of ProTeach Arthur Lewis cation program and educational advisor to schools. He soon shift ed to an administrative assistant superinten dent for the Minne system. He served as a professor of educational administration at Columbia University before coming to UF. In addition to his advisor to the Iranian Ministry of Education before study of the effectiveness of all ongoing programs the next six years on just such a study. McGuire Lewis EDUCATION TIMES | 43 1949 Donald D. Bishop, MEd 1967 Kenneth T. Henson Educators. He currently is professor of 1971 Robert Fulton, been heavily involved in the search for the reside on a farm in the rolling hills of North Community College. 1973 Melvin L. Sharpe a distinguished career as a public relations instructor at Ball State University. Under his evolved into one of the top-ranked programs of EDUGATOR NEWS 1976 David Mosrie education in Florida. He immediately started a as vice president. 1977 Richard C. “Rick” Boothby currently the managing director of the South 1983 Lesley S. Hogan college and high school English. 1992 Michelle Foster Sammartino a social studies teacher and department chair at selected to participate in the Landmarks of 1996 Laura Vawter Hobby 1999 Raymond M. McAdaragh Langley Research Center and is a member of several committees that are developing requirements and standards for the Next Generation Nancy M. Gimbel of undergraduate programs for the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of 2000 Genobia Wedemier Babalola program manager of the Tanner Intensive Margaret U. Fields earned her specialist degree and a doctorate International. She is the assistant dean for research and development at the UF College have three children. 2006 coaching football at Florida High School (FSU year starter as long snapper on the Gator varsity 42 | Summer 2007


44 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 45 Undergrad Student Teaching Professional Teaching E very UF College of Education graduate knows the leading role the college plays in education. UF’s education programs are among the highest-ranked in the nation. from top-ranked public colleges to highly-respected private schools. Grooming leaders for higher education has always gone hand-in-hand with the College of programs in educational leadership and higher education administration. with their responses to a question or two we asked them about their careers as dean or their memories of UF: Sandra Bowman Damico (DEd ’73)PROFESSION: since 1999 UF EDUCATION DEGREES: DEd ( social foundations of education) CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Iowa. Formerly director of the educational stud ies department at she taught at UF from 1982 to 1992. cused primarily on school organization and policies and their impact on the achievement and behavior of adoles cents. She currently is studying leadership in higher education. WHAT IS THE MOST IMP ORTANT ISS UE FACING TEACHER EDUCATION TODAY? DAMICO : Teacher training programs in colleges of education are under attack. There is a seg ment of society that believes that anyone with content knowledge can teach at the secondary level and anyone who loves little kids can be to be able to document that the training we with the knowledge and skills they need to help children learn. Samuel Dietz (MEd ’69/PhD ’78)PROFESSION: University since 2000. UF EDUCATION DEGREES: MEd /PhD ( educational psychology) CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: campaign to raise $11 million for new now under con at Georgia State University for 29 dean. doctoral graduate of UF’s educational WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF THE UF COLLEGE OF EDUCATION? DEITZ one of my students from when I taught eighth grade and one of my teachers when I was in high school. It was impressive to see these three generations of teachers at the university study ing in the library. We’re a lean, mean, dean machine At least eight UF College of Education alumni sit as deans at U.S. education colleges, continuing the CoE’s tradition of turning out top education leaders. By JOY RODGERS Illustration by JUAWON SCOTT EDUCATION TIMES | 45


46 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 47 Graduate Studies University Faculty William H. Graves (MEd ’70/PhD ’72)PROFESSION: UF EDUCATION DEGREES: MEd (rehabilitation counseling)/ PhD ( counseling education) CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: State University. appointed Graves to head the National ity and Rehabilita ment of Education. the counselor education and educational psy OFFER SOME ADVICE FOR EDUCATION GRADS TODAY: GRAVES workplace you will surely face. James (Jim) E. McLean (BSE ’68/PhD ’74)PROFESSION: bama since 2004. UF EDUCATION DEGREES: BSE (secondary mathematics education) / PhD ( research foundations of education) CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: has been teaching at the college level for more than 35 years at institutions Eastern Tennes see State and the prestigious designation of University Research HOW DO EDUCATION STUDENTS TODAY COMP ARE WITH STUDENTS WHEN YOU ATTENDED UF? MCLEAN the word of authority without evidence of its ternet helps them check out what they question. I think this skeptical approach to the world is a healthy thing. Jeffery Gorrell (PhD ’75)PROFESSION: UF EDUCATION DEGREES: PhD ( educational psychology) CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: University’s College of Education and direc Institute at South State University. and professional development. TELL SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT WOULD S URP RISE P EOP LE YOU KNOW: GORRELL Gerardo Gonzalez (PhD ’78)PROFESSION: since 2000. UF EDUCATION DEGREES: PhD (counselor education) CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: UF education faculty and staff best remember the former chair of UF’s nationally ranked counselor education program and as interim college dean in ness Concerning a nationwide organization for prevention of Reagan in 1986. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISCONCEP TION ABOUT BEING A DEAN? GONAZL EZ : Some people have a misconception about the level of authority and power that deans have. Sometimes people think deans have the power to do things that really depend on community consensus to get support for big ideas. 46 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 47


48 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 49 Education Dean William E. Sparkman (MEd ’73/PhD ‘75)PROFESSION: UF EDUCATION DEGREES: MEd /PhD (educational administration) CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: as Tech University College of Educa education faculty positions at the Uni Kansas State Uni versity and UF in educational admin istration (1974-75). research areas Sparkman). WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISCONCEP TION ABOUT BEING A DEAN? SPARKMAN probably that the dean has plenty of money hidden in the college budget. Julie Underwood (PhD ’84)PROFESSION: UF EDUCATION DEGREES: PhD (educational leadership) CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: authority on school law. She served for seven years as director and gen eral counsel of the National School where she led a legal advocacy pro gram on behalf of the nation’s public on school law in cases before the U.S. Supreme University’s School of Education. IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE? UNDERWOOD been. I wish we could gain his insights in how to the challenging conditions today. College of Education alumnus and former Ga (MEd , EdD ) has been appointed assistant vice president of student affairs at UF. process in student government courts. Carry returns to the UF campus from Temple University where he served as associate vice previously held a number of administrative posts nationally in education technology leadership. MEd for Technology and Learning magazine’s magazine is a leading publication in ogy. nology specialists and administra tors who demonstrate leadership and innovation in reshaping the role technology plays in teaching and learning. The magazine selected four toward bridging the digital divide for students with special needs are on the wrong side of the divide. I Alumna named one of ‘best of best’ in education technology leadership tional technology. with a high percentage of students provides opportunities for students with special needs to apply and showcase their creative uses of digital media. an international organization of edu program at Supercomputing 2006 high-performance computing. She is co-developer in how children interact with technology. “This (framework) provides a lens through which teachers can understand how children of all ages relate to information and communications tech Carry was a walk-on to the Gator football team UF appoints CoE alum as Student Affairs VP DeCraeneteaching technology leader


50 | Summer 2007 EDUCATION TIMES | 51 Homecoming Parade Party (Never was the oversized “We’re No. 1” foam hand more relevant to the Gator Nation than in 2006. That’s truth in advertising!) 1. Kay Maloy (BAE ), Connie Myrick (MEd ), Diane McAlister (BAE , MEd ), Reeves Byrd (MEd ) and Jo Anna Hallman (MEd ). 2. CoE homecoming partiers gather for group shot. 3. Rick and Barbara Anderson (BAE ), Steve and Amelia Packard, and Donna Lutz (BAE ). Education Alumni Career Night 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 2. 8. 4. 9. 3. 1. 4. More than 75 UF students attended Career Night and asked Education alumni panel members questions about their varied careers. 5. Dean Catherine Emihovich with Education Alumni Career Night panel members Sandra Damico (DEd 73), Terry Dozier (MEd ) and Ron Blocker (EdS ). Grand Guard inducts new 50-year alumni 5. 6. New 50-year alumni inducted into UF’s Grand Guard included CoE Class of 1956 members Johnny Arnette, Jeannette Bailey, Jeweline Richardson, Dee Moore Huss and Hiram Henderson. 7. P.K. Yonge School Director Fran Vandiver (center) anked by inductee Jeweline Richardson (BAE ) and her husband John . 8. Bob Irwin (MEd ) and wife Eula Davis. 9. Christine Dietrich keeps step to the bluegrass beat . 10. Rick Dietrich (BAE ) with Edward and Willa Wolcott (PhD 89). 11. Dean Emihovich, Donna Lutz (BAE ) and Amalia Alvarez. 6. 7. Alumni Social at the UF President’s House 10. 11.


52 | Summer 2007 By TIM LOCKETTE public interest. Those are phrases UF alumni often use to describe the College of Education. They the college’s new director of development and alumni affairs. that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities. shortly after graduation from George while work ing as a program director for on to larger including cational administration and planning from New development director reects CoE’s core values Henning U nderlying the success of the UF College of Education’s efforts in teaching, research and public scholarship are thousands of individual stories that illustrate why so many donors are so eager to give to the College. Although we lack the space to tell all of their stories, we wish to acknowledge each of them for their outstanding loyalty, generosity and leadership. To you, our donors, your generous giving has supported scholarships, research, teaching, supplies, special programs and activities, and much more. Thanks to you it was another outstanding year for the College of Education! A complete Honor Roll of Giving is available online at* The Dean’s Leadership Circle of donors includes alumni, friends and corporate benefactors who made gifts totaling $1,000 or more to the College during the 2005-06 scal year (July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006). The College sincerely thanks the following Dean’s Leadership Circle donors whose giving has assisted students and promoted our major strategic initiatives. The leadership and support expressed in your giving allow our College to continue as one of the premier education colleges in the United States. Thank you for giving! * The Honor Roll of Giving was compiled as accurately as possible from university records, but occasionally, errors can occur. If there are any discrepancies, please contact the College of Education Development Ofce at 352.392.0728, ext. 600, or toll-free at 866.773.4504, ext. 600 ; or via email at Honor Roll of Giving


$1,000,000 -$2,000,000 William & Robbie Hedges (Gift spans 2 years) $100,000 $999,999 Thomas * & Anita Harrow Jim Moran Foundation, Inc. Naples Children & Education Foundation Wachovia Foundation $50,000 $99,999 Mercantile Bank The Education Foundation of Collier County $25,000 $49,999 Thomas Bronson ** CSX Corp. David & Roberta F. Lawrence Alan S. Pareira $10,000 $24,999 Bob Dickinson Lincoln & Lillian Hall James Horner ** Donna Lutz * Carlos & Mrs. Maite A. Martinez Schultz Center for Teaching & Leadership Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp. $5,000 $9,999 Jean Batten for Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Donald * & Helen * Gilbart The A.D. Henderson Foundation, Inc. Law Ofces of Friedman & Friedman Norman * & Margaret Nelson Francisco Rabell Karen Scarborough Randall Stocker ** William ** & Marilyn Thomas Marjorie Waggoner * $2,500 $4,999 Kimberly Auburn Joseph Beckham * BellSouth Foundation, Inc. James Casto Joseph Ellis * The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation W. M. Palmer Co., Inc. Louetta Peterman ** Sanibel Leadership Assn. C. Frederick Shewey Joseph Traba Jr. * $1,000 $2,499 African American Success Foundation Barbara * & Richard Anderson IV Johnny *** & Betty Arnette BP Foundation, Inc. R. Douglas Bradbury ** Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, Inc. Dean’s Leadership Circle Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Inc. Christopher Crawford M. Harry Daniels Dr. Phillips, Inc. Catherine Emihovich Bonnie Farnell * Lewis Freeman & Partners, Inc. Stephen & Alice Gertzman Jeffrey Gorrell * Herman * & Helen Harms Thomas Harrison * (d) Linda Johnson * Karen Koegel * Anita * & Franz Lerch Jr. Marsh & McLennan Cos., Inc. Lindsay Mickler ** Russell Mitchell ** John Mullett ** Leslye Pennypacker ** Walter Pike Frank Rabell Elizabeth Riker * Mr. & Mrs. Mark * Rosser Grant Smith * Theresa * & William Vernetson Robert Wallace Marjorie Wesche ** Jim White * College of Education alum ** P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School graduate ***CoE & PKY alum ALUMNI & GIVING SUMMARYTotal Gifts Amount $3,025,724 Total Number Gifts: 1,992 Total Number Donors 1,522 Total Alumni Donors 1,299 Total CoE Living Alumni 26,784 Number CoE Alumni in UF Alumni Association 3,142 GIFTS BY SOURCEPRIVATE No. Alumni 1,299 Parents 12 Friends 171 Corporations 19 Foundations 8 Other Organization 11


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