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Despite hard times, there's
still much good in education
"Dreams come true if you survive the hard times." This anonymous quote from the
Internet sums up perfectly the tenor of this edition of Education Times. The magazine J
is packed with articles that describe wonderful initiatives by faculty and students that
enable people across the state to achieve their dreams. Whether the story reports on a dynamic
school-university-community partnership to create "Ready Schools" to help young children
succeed in the early grades, or describes creative ways to help teachers' reach struggling ESOL
learners, or tells of an innovative project to attract more girls of color into the sciences, just to
name a few examples, the focus is always on how education plays a critical role in making these
dreams come true. In her guest column, Lacy Redd, winner of our recent student essay contest
on "What's good in education," poignantly reminds us that what matters are the little things that
seem inconsequential, but yet add up to an enduring picture of what it means to be deeply con-
nected to life in schools. From cover to cover, readers can find striking examples of the dramatic
results achieved when committed, passionate scholars link the power of their research and teach-
ing in pursuit of the common good.
As heartwarming as these articles are, we cannot minimize the painful realities of the recent
budget reductions felt across the state. Like other units on campus, the College of Education has
felt the brutal impact from losing 22 faculty and staff positions in a single year due to retirements
or resignations and which will not be replaced-closing some academic programs, restructuring
departments, and most painfully of all, laying off qualified, dedicated people. Without ques-
tion, the college is financially stressed beyond belief, and even though the economic fortunes of
the state will certainly rebound in the future, the damage done in the present poses considerable
risks to our continuing success. Now more than ever, the strong support of our loyal alumni and
friends of education is critically needed if we are to continue on our course as Florida's partner in
The special four-page centerspread on the College's Florida Tomorrow capital campaign
highlights some of our dreams that will only be realized if they are shared and supported by those
who care most about the future of this College, and the lives of the people we touch. As Eleanor
Roosevelt said, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
All-out push in early childhood education 4
Under a shared $10 million grant, the College has launched an
ambitious school-readiness effort to prepare all Florida pre-school
kids for success by the time they enter the classroom.
Cover Story)We're sparking a revival
in math and science
Education faculty specialists are taking action in a big way
to help make U.S. students in science and math competitive
with the rest of the world. (illustrations by stockphoto.com)
What's good in education? 13
Despite all the doom and gloom we read about education, there's
still a lot that's GOOD about education. Our guest columnist, a school
principal and UF doctoral student, offers some feel-good examples.
We are NOT AFRAID 14
Two professors in counselor education take on
the racist "noose incident" at Columbia University.
Social bullying: the hurt can linger for years 1 A
UF researchers discover the psychological consequences of 6 d e
social bullying by schoolmates can linger into early adulthood.
Gift as tribute boosts middle school reform 1 1 4 News
To honor their daughter-in-law, a longtime teacher, a Gainesville 1 3 Features
couple creates a $600,000 endowment to support new research
and programs aimed at middle school reform and enhancement. 1 8 Research & Public Scholarship
special section 26 Faculty
Florida Tomorrow and the COE Center 34 Passages
The College's ambitious $20 million goal in UF's capital spread
campaign reflects a commitment to transform education 36 Alumni/Class Notes
at all levels-from cradle to college to career advancement.
2 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
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Religious devotion linked
to finishing college
Adolescents who consider themselves
very religious" are generally more
likely to finish college than their less ,
devout counterparts, according to
a UF study
TEACHING & LEARNING
Election '08 is great tool for teaching about democracy
Civics education Professor Elizabeth Washington and her doctoral students share their
classroom-tested techniques for harnessing the power of the 2008 Presidential election
to get contemporary students involved in the political process.
Who should U.S. emulate
I in global research race?
To stay afloat as a world economic power,
the United States must radically change its
model for funding scientific research-and we
need look no further than to our neighbors to
the north-Canada, says UF higher education
researcher Pilar Mendoza (left).
Also on ET.extras:
* Graphing technology takes math teaching to next level
* Study: Review boards hamper social sciences research
* Ed tech professor helping Rwandan schools go high-tech
* CAMP Gator: Student-athletes learning and leading
Fall/Winter 2008 EducationTimes 3
Shared $10M grant spurs all-out push to help children succeed in school, life
An alarming number of young children face extreme
obstacles to learning before they enter school-poverty, poor
access to health care and meager early-learning opportunities,
to name a few. But some impressive help is on the way.
Two champions of early child development and education
in Florida are sharing a $10 million grant and joining forces
to improve learning by smoothing the transition to school
for children who are likely to start school unprepared. The
partnership pairs the University of Florida's Lastinger Center
for Learning with The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation,
based in Miami, in an ambitious school-readiness effort called
Ready Schools Florida.
The shared grant was awarded last spring by the WK. Kel-
logg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich.
Early child educators, researchers, program developers and
measurement experts involved in the initiative's four-year roll-
out are taking a research-proven model of early child interven-
tion and rapidly bringing it to scale in Miami-Dade County
and, ultimately, to other Florida counties and states.
"Every year, 4-million children in America enter kindergar-
ten. As many as one in three starts school behind and never
catches up. The time to reach kids and their families is well be-
fore kindergarten," said David Lawrence Jr., a prominent leader
of the school-readiness movement who has close ties with both
partnering organizations. "The Ready Schools Florida model
seeks to prepare both 'ready children' and 'ready schools' to
enhance a child's healthy growth and development."
Lawrence, former publisher of The Miami Herald, is presi-
dent of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation. He also is a
1963 University of Florida graduate and a board member of the
Lastinger Center for Learning at UF's College of Education.
He inined the UF faculty in 2001 as the Universitv Scholar for
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While mobilizing community support is key, the initiative
focuses intently on the teaching and learning culture inside
schools and classrooms, according to Lastinger Center Director
"We will coordinate and align training for pre-kindergarten
and elementary teachers and increase parent involvement to
create a family-friendly school culture," Pemberton said. "We've
created the Florida Ready Schools network to link participating
schools for teacher collaboration, shared learning and resources,
and ongoing professional development."
Teachers and principals at participating schools can take
advantage of a new "job-embedded" master's degree program in
early child education. The program enables cohorts of teach-
ers (pre-K through third grade) and principals from the same
school to earn their degrees on-site while working with master
teachers and University of Florida education professors from
the Lastinger Center for Learning.
The UF College of Education degree program is free except
for the cost of books, and participants must commit to remain
at their schools for at least five years, helping many high-pov-
erty schools retain some of their most highly qualified teachers
"This is a brand new concept, combining online graduate
education with hands-on coaching by university 'professors-in-
residence' who embed themselves in the teachers' own class-
rooms," Pemberton said. "Teachers can learn a new teaching
strategy one afternoon and immediately apply it in their
classroom the next day."
The job-embedded program is already underway in some
Miami schools and also in Collier and Pinellas counties.
4 EducationTimes FallWinter 2008
Top scholar fills endowed chair in early-childhood studies
For Patricia Snyder, being named the first occupant of
the David Lawrence Jr. Endowed Chair in Early Child-
hood Studies at UF was a natural fit.
For infants, toddlers and pre-school children in Florida,
Snyder's selection to the $1.5 million teaching and re-
search post means they now have a leading scholar in early
education and care working on their behalf.
Snyder's appointment last August placed her in a
prestigious professorship named for one of Florida's most
prominent advocates of the school-readiness movement,
which focuses on smoothing the transition to school for
young children who are likely to start school unprepared.
UF created the endowed chair in 2006 in the College
of Education, hoping to attract a world-class scholar to
lead collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and develop
programs addressing the complex needs of children from
before birth to entering kindergarten.
Snyder's credentials seem the perfect match. Her work
and leadership in linking public and private sectors on
behalf of early education and care spans nearly 30 years,
most recently at the Center for Child Development at
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2005-07) and the
Louisiana State University Health Science Center's School
of Allied Health Professions (1984-2005). At LSU, she
was the founder and first director of the state-designated
Early Intervention Institute. She also was editor of Journal
ofEarly Intervention, a
leading refereed scholarly '
journal, from 2002-2007. I gained insight early
She received her doctor-
ate in early childhood about the importance
special education with a
minor in psychology from and social service
the University of New Or- enhance child a
leans. Before starting her
she worked as a children's
speech and language thera-
pist in community-based early childhood programs, at a
high-risk, follow-up clinic for infants born prematurely,
and as a preschool director and teacher of young children.
"I gained insight early in my professional career about
the importance of linking health, education and social
service systems to support and enhance child and family
well-being," Snyder said. "I was mentored by colleagues
who stressed the importance of being 'family-centered' in
interactions with children and families, long before this
concept gained widespread recognition."
Snyder has generated more than $13 million in research
and training grants in her career, including several from
federal funding agencies. Her leadership experience in
Lawrence and Snyder
interdisciplinary research was a key factor in her selection,
according to UF Education Dean Catherine Emihovich.
"About a third of all children begin kindergarten already
behind," Emihovich said. "There is a growing recognition
of the need for collaborative, policy-oriented approaches
to fully address the complex needs of children from before
birth to age 5. As the first David Lawrence Chair holder, Dr.
Snyder will help to bridge the existing research gap in early
Lawrence, an active UF
my professional career alumnus and the namesake
of Snyder's new endowed
inking health, education chair, retired in 1999 as
publisher of The Miami
tems to support and Herald. He now is president
of the Early Childhood
family well-being. Initiative Foundation in
Patricia Snyder Miami.
Snyder has hit the
'/ ground running at UF
She has quickly become
involved with several key community and statewide initia-
tives focused on early learning, including UF's ambitious
Ready Schools Florida program launched last year in col-
laboration with the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation
(see storyfacingpage). She is an active contributor on several
state planning forums, national advisory panels and journal
editorial boards focused on early childhood policy and
education. Snyder has already recruited several outstanding
doctoral students who will train and work with her on stud-
ies of new intervention strategies for young, at-risk children
and their families.
Fall Winter 2008 EducationTimes 5
STL Chair Tom Dana gets nod as
associate dean-academic affairs
UF's College of Education
had to look no further than its
own academic leadership team
to find its next head of academic
After an internal, faculty-led
search, Dean Catherine Emi-
hovich has named Tom Dana
as associate dean for academic
affairs, the college's penultimate
executive post. Dana previously
directed the college's School of
Teaching and Learning (STL).
His appointment took effect Dana
July 1 with the start of the 2008-09 fiscal year. Dana succeeds Jeri
Benson, who retired.
Emihovich said Dana's proven leadership skills and experience
suit him well for his new responsibilities.
"Dr. Dana has served on the college's NCATE (National Coun-
cil for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and FLDOE (Florida
Department of Education) accreditation team since the last site
visits in 2003," Emihovich said. "With the next site visits occur-
ring in 2009, Tom's experience is sure to help us succeed in the
current program review cycle."
Dana is a self-described "technology and data geek," which
should come in handy while overseeing the college's Instructional
and Informational Technology Office-part of his new job de-
After arriving at UF from Penn State in 2003, he helped create
a financial plan and the infrastructure for the college's burgeoning
distance education program, which Emihovich says "is allowing
our college to meet the advanced degree needs of working educa-
As head of academic affairs, Dana also will serve on the curricu-
lum committees for the college and the entire university.
"Recruiting, retaining, supporting and rewarding excellent fac-
ulty has been one of my highest priorities as director of the School
of Teaching and Learning, and I will carry that philosophy over to
my new position as we strive to maintain an intellectually stimu-
lating College of Education," Dana said.
While teaching at Penn State, from 1998-2003, Dana held an
endowed professorship and coordinated teacher education at Penn
State. He has a doctorate in science education from Florida State
University, and B.S. and master's degrees in science from State
University of New York-Oswego.
Carnegie enlists COE
in multi-university effort
to revamp Ed.D. degree
Quick: What's the difference between an Ed.D. and a
Ph.D. in education?
If it takes you a while to explain, you're not alone.
UF is one of 20 top-tier education colleges tapped
by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (or
CPED) for a three-year effort to review and revise the
terminal degree for practitioners in education.
"The professional practice doctorate (awarded as an
Ed.D.) is needed because we have an audience of potential
students who are practicing professionals in the field of
education and who are aspiring toward more academic
preparation to engage in their professions," said Thomase-
nia Adams, professor in teaching and learning.
Adams heads a team of UF education faculty charged
with examing the college's own Ed.D. program, to address
curricular questions and to build an Ed.D. program with a
more highly respected reputation. The Carnegie Founda-
tion for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council
of Academic Deans from Research Education Institution
(CADREI) began working on issues surrounding the
Ed.D. two years ago, in response to input from researchers
and educators around the nation. CPED is the result of
The CPED project is not a grant, but a collaborative
effort between universities. Participating institutions will
conduct reviews of their own Ed. D. programs, imple-
ment changes where necessary, and share their results with
peer institutions. These reforms could spark similar efforts
at universities across the country, Adams said.
"The professional practice doctorate will be designed to
meet academic needs that aren't necessarily (or typically)
addressed by a program of study that focuses on widely
applicable) research findings. With our variety of faculty
and supports, the College of Education is positioned to
provide such a degree," Adams said.
6 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
Professor heads effort to bring civics back to middle school
If you know a teenager who can't name the
branches of government, don't be too surprised. In
this age of high-stakes testing, civics education is be-
ing crowded out of the curriculum in many schools.
A UF professor, though, hopes to reverse the tide
as project director of a new, half-million-dollar effort
to prepare teachers to bring civics instruction back to
Florida middle schools.
"Social studies, including civics, isn't tested on
the FCAT, and it isn't part of No Child Left Behind,
and as a result it's falling off the map," said Elizabeth
Washington, a professor at UF's College of Educa-
tion. "If you don't have informed citizens, you can't
have a functioning democracy."
Two years ago, the Florida legislature responded
to the civics education slump by passing a law
that required the teaching of civics in all the state's
That created a problem for middle-grades educa-
tors, who for years had taught geography, world
cultures and history-but not civics-in social
studies courses. Many younger teachers had never
taught civics. Others had not had a class in Ameri-
can government since their college years.
Enter the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship, a
bipartisan, multi-institutional organization dedicated
to bringing quality civics education back to the K-12
classroom. The brainchild of former Florida Sen. and
Gov. Bob Graham and former Congressman Lou
Frey, the center was officially launched last January
by Gov. Charlie Crist. The center will combine the
efforts of UF's Graham Center for Public Service and
the University of Central Florida's Lou Frey Institute
of Politics and Government to strengthen civics
education in the state.
One of the center's first initiatives is a project that
would provide summer workshops for middle grades
educators to help them brush up on their knowl-
edge of government. The effort will be funded over
a three-year period by a $556,000 grant from the
Helios Education Foundation.
Washington, working in conjunction with An-
nette Boyd-Pitts and the staff of the Florida Law-
Related Education Association in Tallahassee, will
direct the program, which will involve
intense, five-day workshops in which
teachers will study the foundations of
the Constitution and current con-
stitutional issues. The program will
also include a "service learning"
component in which teachers
are asked to identify a problem
in their community and craft
a plan for solving it through
citizen action. Teachers can
then go to their classes
and ask their students f
to get involved in a
"The goal t, i i
content of .
the process for getting in-
volved in their government,"
Washington said. "Democ-
racy should be more than a *
Education Finance group moves HQ to Norman Hall
After 35 years of publishing research on school
finance issues, the American Education Finance As-
sociation has moved its headquarters to UF's College
of Education. COE Professor Craig Wood, the new
executive director of the AEFA, started managing the
organization from Norman Hall last July.
Wood is a leading scholar in the field of educa-
tion finance. His publication records include more
than 250 book chapters, monographs, and scholarly
journal articles. His book, Education Finance Law,
was published last spring by the Education Law As-
sociation of Dayton, Ohio. He serves on the edito-
rial boards of the Education Law Reporter, Journal of
Education Finance, and Educational Considerations.
He has also designed the education finance distribu-
tion formulas for state legislatures.
Fall/Winter 2008 EducationTimes 7
BY TIM LOCKETTE
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CO! nRAws MAJOR SUPPORTT TO KLP MAKE U.S. STUDENTS
IN SCIENCE AND MATH COMPIITIVE[ WITH aIST OF WORLD
weren't at the forefront of science?
What if the Wright Brothers had
stuck with fixing bicycles? What if the
light bulb had been invented in France, the telephone
in Russia, the motion picture in Italy? If the flag on
the moon were British, we might still be in fine shape
here-but who would we be?
If something doesn't change, we might soon find
out. While developing powers like China and India
are turning out science and mathematics graduates
in record numbers, American kids are increasingly
t of the Presidential Award turning away from
joined the COE faculty last these careers. The
her for science in the new shortage of science
graduates has led to
a crisis in the K-12
of children learn
science and math
from teachers with
degrees in other
fields. As a result,
shortage of sci-
may become the
UF's College of
Education is taking
action to stop the
a- downward spiral in
u related disciplines--
A and it's taking ac-
/ tion in a major way.
With millions of dollars in newly funded grants from
non-profit organizations and the state and federal
government, the college is teaming up with other
Florida universities on two major initiatives to revital-
ize science and math education in the state.
This year, the School of Teaching and Learning is
launching UFTeach, a dramatic revision of the col-
lege's science and mathematics education programs.
Loosely based on the highly successful UTeach pro-
gram at the University of Texas-Austin, the program
will recruit science majors at all points in their college
careers-from freshmen to graduate students-with
scholarships and other incentives.
"We think that the best incentive to attract new
teachers is to create a place where they're celebrated
and rewarded," said Professor Tom Dana, associate
dean of academic affairs in the College of Education
and co-principal investigator on the project with UF
Physics Chair Alan Dorsey.
There wasn't anything wrong with the way UF was
teaching math and science education before UFTeach,
Dana says-there just weren't enough young people
willing to enter the program. With science gradu-
ates in short supply and high demand, teaching just
couldn't compete with the high-pay, high prestige
options available to college students with talents in
UFTeach will combat this problem not only by of-
fering scholarships, but also by conferring a respected
status on its recruits. UF will set aside dedicated lab
space for the UFTeach scholars, and will encourage
them to do research-effectively treating them as the
scientific colleagues they are.
The program will also offer students the access to
classroom experiences from their first semester as pre-
service teachers. The joy of the "teachable moment" is
what draws many teachers to the job, and by exposing
UFTeach students to that experience early on, the
program can get them "hooked" on teaching.
GriffJones (below), a past recipient
for Excellence in Science Teaching,
year and serves as the master teaci
The shortage of science and mathematics graduates has led to a crisis in the
When a similar approach was tried at UT-Austin, it pro-
duced dramatic results in combating the teacher shortage in
Texas-so dramatic, in fact, that major industries took notice.
In 2007, the National Math and Science Institute, an orga-
nization funded largely by the ExxonMobil Corporation and
dedicated to revitalizing mathematics and science curricula
in American schools, set aside millions of dollars to promote
programs similar to UTeach at other schools.
UF and Florida State University were the first pair of
schools to be awarded grants under the program. UF received
$1.4 million from NMSI and an additional $1 million from
the Helios Education Foundation to begin its program. With
possible additional incentives and matching funds from state
government, UFTeach could earn up to $5 million in grants.
UF is also teaming up with two other Florida universi-
ties on a multi-million-dollar effort to improve the skills of
mathematics and science teachers who are already at work in
Florida's classrooms. Last February, the Florida Department
of Education announced a $5.9 million grant for Florida
PROMiSE (short for Partnership to Rejuvenate and Optimize
Mathematics and Science Education), a bold push to revamp
the way Florida does professional development for teachers in
science and math.
The program will place UF, the University of South Florida
and Florida State University in partnership with four Florida
school districts (Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Duval and Semi-
nole), the Florida Virtual School and various other organiza-
tions to find ways to prepare math and science teachers for the
state's tougher new science standards, passed in February.
While teachers know the importance of good professional
development, people outside the profession often have a hard
time understanding why it is so important. Fl. .n.j i RI')MiSE
hopes to change that through a public awarer- ... mp 11'n-
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mathematics and science," Dana said. '
22 WayS we're helping U.S. get its groove back in
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math education
Here is a sampling of other steps UF and the College of Education
are taking to turn the tide in America's crisis in the so-called STEM
disciplines-science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
1 Science for Life: A $1.5 million partnership between UF and the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to improve science
education from kindergarten through college. Under the program,
COE has been involved in creating an undergraduate science teaching
2 Emerging pathogens project: UF is the first place Florida farmers
look for answers to new plant and animal diseases. With funding
from HHMI, the college gives promising but underprivileged students a
chance to work with UF researchers who explore these new pathogens.
3 Graphing calculator study: COE Professor Stephen Pape is one of the
Lead investigators on a nationwide study that investigates the use of
networked graphing calculators to increase student achievement in the
SOnline professional development: A new online professional
Development program boosts the mathematical knowledge, and
the math-specifc teaching knowledge, of elementary teachers in rural
schools, where professional development opportunities are often limited.
5 Making self-motivated math learners: In any discipline, the best
students are the self-regulated learners: students who are motivated,
aware of their own thought processes, and able
to create learning strategies for themselves.
UF is working with the University of North
Carolina-Charlotte to create ways to
teach these strategies to elementary math *
learners-and we're testing those methods in
impoverished communities such as Immokalee. i
6 Preparing preschoolers for math: UF is
Preparing preschool teachers to provide
better support for young children's learning
of mathematics concepts such as number
sense, counting principles, patterns and
7Lake City Educator Preparation Institute: .
UF is working with Lake City Community College on a mathematics
education module for their Educator Preparation Institute, helping
prepare non-education majors for transition to the classroom.
8 UFTeach: Building on successful national models such as the UTeach
4 1 program at the University of Texas at Austin, UF has developed
an intensive, comprehensive program that prepares science and math
majors for teaching in grades 6-12.
S*0 more on following pages
Fall/Winter 2008 EducationTimes 9
9 Summer camps: Working with the Northeast Florida Science,
Technology and Mathematics Center for Education (NEFSTEM), UF
has created a specialized math-and-science oriented summer camp for
gifted and high-achieving middle school students.
10 Engineering GatorTrax: This program paves the way to engineering
careers by providing students in grades 6-12 with opportunities to
learn mathematics with hands-on activities, regular classroom instruction,
Saturday engineering programs, mentoring, feld trips and more.
11 Learning science through global warming: UF researchers and
Alachua County teachers have teamed up to create a curriculum
that uses the concept of global warming to teach K-12 students about the
12 Socioscientific Issues for Science Education Project: UF and the
SUniversity of South Florida are working together to study how the
exploration of socioscientific issues-moral or political debates in which
science plays a role-affect students' content knowledge and reflective
judgment in science courses.
1 Smallwood Science Scholarship: With funding from the Smallwood
SFoundation, UF is offering scholarships for high school students
from groups underrepresented in the sciences to participate in summer
14 Engaging future scientists: College of Education professors are
Working with UF scientists to develop tools for assessing the
research experiences available to undergraduate students. The long-
term goal is to conduct a longitudinal study that will provide a "big
picture" view of the changes that need to be made in the undergraduate
1 From science student to science teacher: Research showsthatthetran-
Ssition into teaching is one of the most crucial phases of professional
development. This project explores factors that contribute to the successes and
failures of teachers as they progress from teacher candidate to early career
Lansford near the shuttlecraft Atlantis launch pad on the morning
Ed Times editor lends
PR expertise to NASA
When he isn't doing public relations and editing
Education Times for the College of Education, News
and Communications Director Larry Lansford is,
well, doing public relations. Lansford took a brief
leave of absence last summer to work as a volunteer
for NASA, assisting the space agency's media rela-
tions team in shepherding the 1,000 or so members
of the international press through the much-an-
ticipated launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. For a
day-by-day account of his experience, complete with
dazzling launch pictures, visit the college's Web site
at http://news. education. ufl. edu/node/254.
10 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
New UF teachers cohort
forms in Pinellas County
One of UF's most powerful efforts to reach under-
privileged kids has expanded into new territory. Last
year, the college's Lastinger Center for Learning started
training a new cohort of teachers in Pinellas County,
which includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The
center's job-embedded graduate program was already
helping 160 teachers-all from low-income urban
schools-study and earn graduate degrees through the
college while continuing their classroom responsibili-
ties. Earlier in the year, more than 400 teachers from
schools in the participating counties (Alachua, Duval,
Miami-Dade and Pinellas) participated in the center's
Summer Institute, covering a variety of topics from
best practices for developmentally appropriate instruc-
tion to the strengthening of school culture to support
COE View Book
wins ADDY Award
The College of Education last year created its first
"View Book"-a publication designed to introduce
faculty and a
at large. The
has received I W g
a 2007 Silver
from the Gainesville Advertising Federation. Held an-
nually at the local and national levels, the ADDY Award
contest is one of the toughest competitions in advertis-
ing and public relations. The View Book-available on-
line at http://news.education.ufl., :. ; . 5....
pdf--is also designed and written to direct people to
the COE Web site, where they will find more detailed
6 African American girls in the sciences: African-Americans and
women have historically been underrepresented in the sciences.
UF researchers are studying African-American girls in a crucial period
(sixth grade) to understand their experiences in the math and science
classroom and find pathways to better academic outcomes.
17 From bench to bedside: UF provides professional development
Sto help teachers learn more about the working world of the
biomedical sciences-so they can boost students' awareness of careers
in the biomedical feld.
1 SPICE: Science Partners in Inquiry-Based Collaborative Education: UF
Sand Alachua County Public Schools are strengthening the science
curriculum by placing science and engineering graduate students into
middle school classrooms, where they implement hands-on, inquiry-
based learning of ecology-related topics.
1 Project TALL: Teachers as Learners Learning Mathematics: COE
faculty work in high-poverty, largely minority schools to increase
classroom teachers' mathematics content knowledge and measure the
impact that knowledge has on student outcomes.
20 Better reading through scientific inquiry: Will kids become better
Readers if reading is part of a scientific project all their own? A
COE study is investigating the impact of an integrating reading into an
inquiry-based science curriculum.
1 Strengthening virtual high schools: Going beyond the question of
I whether virtual schooling is effective, this project focuses on the
"what and how" of successful e-schools.
9 TEGIVS: Teacher Education Goes Into Virtual Schooling: Are today's
22 teachers ready to teach in the "schools that technology built?"
This COE project looks for ways to expose new teachers to examples of
effective virtual schooling practices.
Fall/Winter 2008 EducationTimes 11
L-d0 SChooL Notes: p.K. yotvoe DeVeLop0?eVetaL 1Reseecwcr sohooL
LFt-PKiy colllboration' inspires new t-modeL
for elemvenhtaory scievc.e teacher prepalratiovn
Florida schools are knuckling down on science. The FCAT
science test has been added to the K-12 school report card,
and the state has implemented tough new standards in the
discipline. A new
project teams the Col-
lege of Education, PK
Research School and
Union County schools
to prepare elementary
school teachers for a
more rigorous science
Known as Let's Talk
Science (or "LeTaS!"),
'r tlthe project is intended
.. to help elementary
teachers overcome their
P.K. Yonge science teacher Ashley Pennypacker (center,
with students in her ffth-grade class) is part of a UF- reservations about
PKY team that is helping to prepare elementary school teaching science.
teachers for a more rigorous science curriculum. Statewide, COE and
PKY researchers say,
elementary teachers tend to have too little preparation in
science, and are uncomfortable both with the lesson content
and methods for teaching it.
Teachers in LeTaS! participate in three science content
immersion training sessions developed and led by UF science
education graduate students as well as PKY and Union Coun-
ty secondary science teachers. With their support, LeTaS!
teachers develop an inquiry-based, standards-driven science
unit. An online portal maintained by the College of Educa-
tion will allow teachers to collaborate on these projects even if
they find face-to-face meetings too difficult to schedule.
The project grew out of conversations PKY fifth-grade
teacher Ashley Pennypacker had with COE Professor Rose
Pringle in seeking to improve her own science teaching. The
pair then joined forces with PKY Research and Outreach
Director Lynda Hayes to turn their collaborative insights into
a professional development model. The Florida Department
of Education last year awarded the trio $967,000 to develop
the model into Let's Talk Science.
The first group of LeTaS! participants is more than halfway
through its course of study which will culminate in a five-
day LeTaS Summer Academy in July.
For more information, go to the LeTaS! website (http://
education.ufl.edu/grants/letas), developed and created by
UF graduate assistant Michael Kung in consultation with
COE Associate Professor Kara Dawson and graduate assistant
'Mini-grnLft' brings genetics
instrcttiAon to PKy stoludets
Science teacher Michelina MacDonald, at UF's
K-12 laboratory school, was awarded a $2,500 grant
from Toyota's TAPESTRY initiative, for an innova-
tive program that brings UF genetics experts to PK.
Yonge Developmental Research School to teach high
school biology students.
Under the program, professors from UF's micro-
biology and agronomy departments will discuss their
own research and the real-life applications of genetic
engineering with PKY students, and will provide
field and laboratory experiences. Students will debate
the ethics of genetic engineering and will conduct a
literature review under the guidance of media spe-
cialists from UF's libraries.
learLinvog nl4d Leading
Florida Gator offensive lineman Phil Trautwein
(right) talks with his CAMP Gator "buddy" Nick
Nixon, a middle-school student at P.K. Yonge, UF's
nearby K-12 laboratory school. Trautwein and
several other Gator student-athletes joined some of
UF's brightest non-athlete students last spring to act
as mentors to a group of middle-school students at
PKY. The mentoring is part of a education leader-
ship course designed to let some of UF's most ac-
complished students-both on and off the playing
field-share what they know about leadership. The
"CAMP" in CAMP Gator is short for Collegiate
Athlete Mentoring Program. (Read more online at
12 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
What's gad in
"k .. (Everything you read, hear or see about education
lately tends to focus on the doom and gloom and
stuff we don't like about our schools and education
system. Perhaps it's time to remind ourselves-and
others-that there's still a lot that is GOOD about
education E.iii. i ii I /ii ,' recently held a writing
contest for COE faculty and students on "What's
Good in Education.'" This is the winning entry, by
Lacy Redd (left), a UF doctoral student in Teaching
and Learning and the principal of Newberry
Elementary School )
At the end of a long day, one elementary school principal reflects on what's good in education.
By LACY REDD
UF doctoral student in
Curriculum & Instruction
principal, Newberry Elemenlary School
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UF PROFESSORS TAKE ON COLUMBIA
UNIVERSITY NOOSE INCIDENT
"We are not afraid."
That's the message Cirecie West-Olatunji, UF assistant professor of counselor education, knew
she wanted to send the world the minute she heard the news about a racist [hcla against a faculty
member at Columbia University.
A a graduate student, she had once walked the halls
S of Columbia's Teacher's College-the same place
where the nation's media converged in October 2007 to
cover an incident many considered unthinkable. Someone
had hung a noose on the office door of African-American
professor Madonna Constantine, whose work focuses on
racial issues in education.
UF Professor Edil Torres-Rivera heard about it, t ... He
knows Constantine and her work-the study ,t nii,:r.. i_-
ressions," the many acts of below-the-radar 1h -rilir, that
people of color experience daily. West-Olatunji and Torres-
Rivera would become leaders in the nationwide reaction to
the Columbia incident.
West-Olatunji is president of
the Association for Multicultural
Counseling and Development
(or AMCD), a division of the
American Counseling Association
devoted to fostering cross-racial
empathy between counselors and
I..i ,Ri-,. I l.. is Puerto Rican, recalls an incident
hi ... i>. !,,,:.J '. -,ears ago. When he left a bilingual
. ... l- ii, i-'. ring machine, someone left a message
-, _'I why don't you go back where you came from?"
He saved the message-as proof. Proof, that is, of a bias
that white faculty often don't see. The subtle verbal jab. The
comment about someone's accent. The meeting where your
proposals are ignored.
"There are people who want to think discrimination
ended in the 1960s but really, it has just gotten smarter,"
West-Olatunji has seen some of that evolution in her
own career as an African-American in academia. She recalls
There are people who want to
think discrimination ended in
the 1960s but really, it has
just gotten smarter.
clients. Within 48 hours of the
incident, AMCD formed a task
force on dealing with race-based
threats. A portion of that response-including a set of on-
line resources for people who want to fight hate crimes-is
still online at . . .. ..
West-Olatunji and Torres-Rivera also spoke out in the
press, relating their own experiences and advice in a front-
page story in Counseling Today. They traveled to Columbia
to appear in a panel discussion on the incident.
While both professors were appalled to see -. I- u inr
an act of racism emerging in an institution of higher
learning, neither were completely surprised. "When you
have something as obvious as a noose or a swastika, it's
easy to make everyone understand that there is a problem,"
said Torres-Rivera, who is immediate past president of
the nationwide Counselors for Social Justice group. "But
there are racist acts happening every day in academia that
are not so obvious-unless you are the one experiencing
how, as a graduate student at Colum-
bia, she studied under a Hispanic
professor who reported a number of
anonymous threats. When West-
Olatunji entered the professoriate
years later, no one threatened her,
but there was still the pressure of be-
ing a "first" for her students.
"There are quite a few students
who make it to graduate school
without having had a iile t r,: i- in- ,r., i teacher, so
when they're confront -. rlk in )t-!,r in- i l.rican profes-
sor, rI,., .. t.-i.nd ...- nr lii ,n that doesn't fit their model,"
she i!. T'-, i i,:r i rli nicroaggressions-challenging
my i.rli...rr, ,:li Ill- .n_1i mynw scholarship, challenging the
.,I-.ci[ i 1 rr[ .r itself."
'. r-Ol iranji believes colleges should take active
measures to head off incidents like the one at Columbia.
"Universities need to send a message, systemwide, that
they're committed to protecting the most vulnerable among
their faculty-and that they take hate crimes seriously-
before an incident like this takes place," she said.
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Social bullying: the hurt can linger for years
Spreading rumors and gossiping may not cause bruises or black eyes, but the
psychological consequences of this social
adulthood, a new UF study shows.
of 210 college students, UF
researchers discovered a link
between what psychologists call relational victimization in
adolescence and depression and anxiety in early adulthood,
according to findings published recently in the journal
Psychology in the Schools. Rather than threatening a
child with physical violence, these bullies target a child's
social status and relationships by shunning them, exclud-
ing them from social activities or spreading rumors, said
Allison Dempsey, a doctoral student in the UF College of
i Education and the study's lead author.
"Even though people are outside of high school, the
memories of these experiences continue to be associated
with depression and social anxiety," said Dempsey, who
graduated from Columbine High School in Colorado
one year before the infamous 1999 school shooting there
and now studies school violence prevention programs. "I'm
hoping this study will help shed light on the fact that this
is a real problem and continues to be a real problem after
students leave school."
form of bullying could linger into early
To uncover the relationships between social bullying
and loneliness, depression and anxiety, researchers surveyed
college undergraduates between the ages of 18 and 25 and
asked them to recall their experiences from high school.
They were also looking to see if having friends mitigated
some of the effects of bullying and if there was any relation-
ship between gender and the severity of psychological symp-
toms, said Eric Storch, an assistant professor of psychiatry
in the UF College of Medicine and a co-author of the study.
"Boys do tend to be more physical, but both sexes
engage in relational victimization," Storch said.
But researchers found no gender difference in the link
between this type of bullying and depression. They also
discovered that having friends or other positive social
relationships didn't lessen rates of depression and anxiety in
adulthood, a finding that surprised them.
Dempsey said she hopes this study and others will help
other researchers and psychologists design programs that
can help stop this form of bullying in schools.
-April Frawley Birdwell, Special to Ed Times
16 E :1...:o :.r, Tme.
DOE grant helping UF scholars address
looming shortage of special ed leaders
Who will lead special education services in America's public schools in
the 21st Century?
With baby-boom-age administrators headed for retirement en masse,
and schools already scrambling to find qualified special education teachers,
a serious shortage of qualified special education administrators may be just
a few years away.
Supported by an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Educa-
tion, two UF education scholars are preparing the next generation of lead-
ers to make sure special-needs students get the education they deserve.
Associate Professor Jean Crockett (in Special Education) and Assistant
Professor David Quinn (in Educational Administration and Policy) have
secured funding for a four-year grant that will send working school leaders
and future education researchers to UF for a new doctoral program that
combines courses in special education and educational administration.
"There are about 20,000 administrators in charge of special education
across the country right now," Crockett said. "Many of these people are
going to retire within the next few years, and there are fewer than a dozen
colleges with programs in special education administration and policy."
"To do special education well, we need instructional leaders who
understand how students learn and how schools can be organized to sup-
port their learning," Crockett said. "Without administrators who really
understand special education, we face a real threat to our ability to offer
specialized services that are effective or legally correct."
The UF researchers' project-known as Project EXCEL (short for
"Expanding the Capacity of Educational Leaders for Driving Change")-
aims to help correct the problem in at least one Florida county by provid-
ing full scholarships for five practicing Collier County school leaders.
Those individuals will take courses in special education and administration
in pursuit of a professional practice doctoral degree (Ed.D.). In addition,
the prniect is cnndu.lctinc n-tinni-ide search fnr three Ph D schnlirship
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Helping TEACHERS help CHILDREN
with SPECIAL NEEDS to READ better
UF takes lead in $2 million study of special education teacher development
N where is the teacher shortage more painfully
obvious than in the special needs classroom-but
in special education, being shorthanded is only
part of the problem. The teachers who do work in the field
need a wider range of skills than other teachers, but often do
not have sufficient on-the job-learning opportunities to learn
such sophisticated skills. Equipped with a $2 million federal
grant, Special Education Professor Mary Brownell and her
colleagues are investigating a professional development
model that could help teachers get the essential skills.
Their research demonstrates that while special education
teachers were very successful in managing student behavior
and knowledgeable about teaching reading, they needed
more opportunities to deepen their skills in word study and
"When teachers have the opportunity to learn more con-
tent, figure out how to put it into action, and reflect on how
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"The teachers get assistance from us, but they also create
a learning community that advances their understanding of
the topic," Brownell said.
The four-year grant will put 60 teachers per year through
professional development courses in Florida, and another 60
in California and Colorado. The course will focus on teach-
ing reading to teachers of special-needs children in upper
elementary grades, where students may have their last chance
to truly develop good reading skills.
This project may reach only a few hundred teachers-but
if the study shows that the new professional development
model leads to better student performance, the study would
give school systems nationwide a new tool for improving
special education teacher quality in the area of reading.
; PEr '~;
Study could change how
colleges prepare teachers
for English language learners
U.S. DOE awards $1.2 million
grant for research
new study by three UF education profes-
sors could cause a nationwide change in the
way colleges prepare teachers to deal with
students who speak English as a second language.
Assistant Professor Maria Coady and Associate
Professors Ester de Jong and Candace Harper have
been awarded a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Ed-
ucation grant for Project DELTA (Developing English
Language and Literacy through Teacher Achieve-
ment), an ambitious initiative designed to assess the r. "
effects that UF's own graduates from the elementary k
teacher preparation program (ProTeach) are having on
English language learners in the K-12 classroom.
"Florida's model for preparing teachers in this area e
is unlike any other state's model," said Coady, co- I
principal investigator for the study. "Other states are
considering a similar model, but we lack the data to
prove that our approach works."
More than a decade ago, a coalition of Latin
American groups sued the state of Florida, arguing
that poor academic performance among immigrant
children was due to a failure to provide adequately
trained teachers for students who speak English as
a second language (known in Florida as ESOL-or
English for Speakers of Other Languages students).
The state settled the case out of court, agreeing to
make E L preparation a mandate for p tcing ad Under a federal grant, UF researchers are assessing the effects that UF's own graduates from
make ESOL preparation a mandate for practicing and
elementary ProTeach are having on English language learners in the K-12 classroom.
Rather than add a significant number of courses to
their already tightly-regulated coursework, Florida's the area are also part of the study.
education colleges adopted an "infusion" model for initial Once the research is complete, the impact on teacher
teacher preparation programs-requiring two or three training could be tremendous, Coady said. With immigrant
ESOL-specific courses while including some ESOL con- populations growing across the country, a growing number
tent in its general teacher preparation classes, of states are looking for new ways to give teachers the ESOL
"We believe our approach works," Coady said. "But tools they need. Many are mulling an infusion approach
there hasn't been enough follow-up to prove, with hard based on the Florida model. Even so, the researchers are
data, that the infused approach is effective." primarily concerned with improving UF's own teacher
Coady and her colleagues will use the Florida K-20 education program.
Education Data Warehouse, a statewide database of public "We want to know what we're doing right and what
school records that is one of the most detailed education we're doing wrong," Coady said. "Given the scope of the
databases in the U.S. They plan to look at the educational study and the detail of our data, we're likely to find insights
outcomes of ESOL students who have been taught by that will be of use throughout the field, not just here at UE"
a graduate of UF's Elementary ProTeach program since
2002. Follow-up surveys and case studies of teachers in Tim Lockette
Fall/Winter 2008 EducationTimes 19
UF honors educators for
Some of North Central Florida's most committed
teachers, school administrators and education profes-
sors and students were honored for their impact on
the community in the UF College of Education's 2008
Scholarship of Engagement banquet held in April at the
The banquet recognized educators and students from
UF and Alachua County public schools whose scholarly
outreach activities contribute to improved schools and
student learning or address important social and com-
The honors are based on the "scholarship of engage-
ment" philosophy, or engaged research and educational
activities done for the public good. The research-intensive
concept is a burgeoning movement in higher educa-
tion that UF education Dean Catherine Emihovich has
infused as a core principle of a faculty-led transformation
of the college's research and teaching programs.
The event also was a forum for recognizing this year's
College of Education student scholarship recipients and
the donors who funded their endowed scholarships. It is
a rare occasion where scholarship donors get to meet the
students who benefit from their philanthropy.
The College of Education recognized several lo-
cal teachers, principals, school district administrators,
university faculty and UF education students whose
scholarly activities are yielding an immediate positive
impact on teaching and learning in the classroom or on
This year's award recipients included:
Martha Monroe, Professor,
UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation
Wildfire is a serious threat to people and property
in the Sunshine State, but few Floridians know
what they can to do prevent it and public
agencies sometime send conflicting messages
about the topic. Monroe researched popular
misconceptions about wildfire risk and coordinated
a multi-agency approach to craft a set of materials
and messages to educate homeowners in fire-prone
ecosystems around the state.
Graduate Student Award
Educational Administration and Planning
In these economically trying times, institutions
of higher education are having to make tough
decisions that affect the lives of young people.
Chris Mullin has studied and published numerous
works on funding issues affecting community
colleges, which are the gateway to higher education
for millions of people. Mullin was also deeply
involved in the launch of the FloridaJournal of
EducationalAdministration and 1 i. UF's new
journal for research on higher education issues.
Educational Psychology Faculty Award
For a child who is struggling in school, competent
and perceptive school psychologists can make all
the difference. UF's practicum program is vital to
the preparation of school psychologists, and under
Joyce's direction, the program has doubled in size
to include five school districts and seven clinics.
Joyce is a psychologist and a researcher with an
interest in social-emotional needs and effective
interventions to improve student academic and
mental health outcomes.
Counselor Education Faculty Award
Throughout her career, Smith-Adcock has focused
her research on interventions to help marginalized
young people. She has looked at the role of peers
in the lives of girls in the juvenile justice system;
called attention to a lack of Spanish-speaking
counselors in Florida schools; and found new ways
counselors can help culturally diverse groups of
School District Award
Tom Ringwood, Alachua County Schools
As a district-level inclusion specialist, Ringwood
has played a crucial role in school reform efforts
that allowed students with disabilities to find a
place in the general education classroom. Through
national conference presentations and a widely-
distributed video presentation, he shares his ideas
with other school systems with an eye toward
replicating Alachua County's successes elsewhere.
and Policy Faculty Award
Every college administrator knows that African-
Americans and Latinos are underrepresented in
higher education-and that this state of affairs
is a serious social justice issue. Ponjuan's work
addresses the reasons behind the disparity-at
both the faculty and student level-and sheds light
on crucial issues in science education and faculty
Through the leadership of its president, Andy
Cheney, Mercantile Bank has made sustained
investments in improving the quality of teaching
and learning in Florida. The bank has worked with
UF's Lastinger Center for Learning to launch an
innovative professional development initiative for
teachers in high-need schools.
Special Education Faculty Award
In her work with UF's Baby Gator Child
Development and Research Center, the Early
Learning Coalition and the Northeast Florida
Education Consortium's Early Reading First
project, Jones has helped preschool teachers
employ research-based practices to promote young
children's language and literacy development.
School of Teaching and Learning Faculty Award
As director of UF's Center for School
Improvement, Dana has worked with schools
throughout Florida to help practitioners and
principals systematically study pressing issues they
face while working in high-need and high-poverty
schools. She has been a leader in the movement to
encourage teachers and principals to take charge of
their own professional development.
P.K. Yonge Award
As a first, third and fourth grade teacher, Kelly
Dolan has worked to acquire National Board
Certification, and actively participates in unique
professional development opportunities. She has
been a Florida Reading Initiative trainer since
2002 and a regular host of PKY Research in Action
visitors. Her work has inspired many teachers to
reconsider their approaches to comprehension,
vocabulary and decoding instruction.
Scholarship recipients* and their benefactors
Recipients' names italicized
Below, from left: Lillian Hall, Olivia Generales, Bonnie Northsea and
Lincoln Hall; Renee Fox and Marjorie Schear Waggoner; Jennifer and
Carolyn Marty with Jeffrey Ditterline and guest Laurie Morrison; Mary-
Anne and Alice L. Primack. Not pictured: Rebekah Wobrak.
t-rom lett, co-researchers Llrecie West-Ulatunli, Kose Pringle and Ihomasenia Adams hope their study findings help to encourage students ot all
backgrounds to enter science and mathematics felds.
A R E you a "math person" or a
A I "word person?"
Ask almost anyone that question, and
they can give you an answer. But how did
each of us decide we belong with the math
whizzes or the budding novelists? How
much of this is our own decision, and how
much is forced on us by teachers and par-
ents? And what roles do race and gender
play in all of this?
These questions-particularly the last
one-are the focus of a new study by three
professors at UF's College of Education.
Funded by a $439,000 grant from the
National Science Foundation, the study
looks into the ways African-American girls
are steered away from science, mathemat-
ics and other technical subjects.
"If you ask an African-American girl
in middle school to draw a picture of a
scientist, chances are she'll draw a white
man with a long coat and a beard," said
Associate Professor Rose Pringle, a science
educator who is leading the study. "Some-
where along the line we have lost too many
of these children, and they are not being
made aware that they can be successful in
22 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
Pringle and her colleagues, Profes-
sor Thomasenia Adams (in mathematics
education) and Assistant Professor Cirecie
West-Olatunji (in counselor education),
have spent the past year trying to find out
why. They've interviewed African-Ameri-
can girls in the crucial middle grades to
find out why so many bright young sci-
ence students choose to go no farther than
the basics in math and science.
The collaborating researchers found
that the girls in the pilot study did not, by
and large, see themselves as future scien-
tists, and they adopted that attitude largely
because the people around them didn't see
them as scientists either. What's more, the
girls were well aware that they were being
pushed in a certain direction.
The researchers say counselors and
teachers send out subtle-but very
clear-messages about their expecta-
tions. For instance, when a black student
expresses an interest in higher education, a
counselor might suggest community col-
lege, rather than a four-year college.
"Educators are constantly asking, how
do we win their hearts and minds, how
do we get these kids interested in science,"
West-Olatunji said. "Yet, in practice, it
seems that counselors and teachers are still
playing a gate-keeping role."
The problem doesn't start or stop in the
classroom, the researchers say. After all,
students spend most of their time outside
the classroom, in a world that sends kids
a million little messages about gender and
race. For the most part, those messages
aren't telling black girls they should be
scientists. In fact, the researchers say, even
the girls' teachers may doubt their own role
in the scientific and quantitative world.
"We're not laying the blame on teach-
ers," Adams said. "We ought to ask our-
selves: does the teacher in the science class-
room even perceive herself as a scientist?"
The grant comes as the NSF and other
national organizations are searching for new
ways to encourage students of all back-
grounds to enter science and mathematics
"For African Americans, and especially
girls, the crisis is not coming, it's already
here," said Pringle.
Uc^s o le ofitW Educatitio n
The Promise of Tomorrow
In today's tumultuous world of education, the UF
College of Education holds the promise of the future.
Florida Tomorrow-a place, a belief, a day. Florida Tomor-
row is for dreamers and doers, for optimists and pragma-
tists, for scholars and entrepreneurs.
What is Florida Tomorrow? Here at the College of
Education, we believe it's an opportunity, one filled
with promise and hope. It is that belief that feeds the
university's record capital campaign to raise more than
The college has set its sights on an equally ambitious
$20 million fundraising goal, reflecting a commitment to
transform education at all levels-from cradle to college
to career advancement.
Few issues will dominate the 21st century as much as
the need to increase educational levels even higher among
all citizens as we move into a more competitive global
With dwindling state support and stiff competition for
federal research funds, the College of Education must rely
more than ever on private charitable giving to address the
most critical needs of education and enhance our national
standing as one of America's best education colleges.
Our Florida Tomorrow campaign will shape the col-
lege, certainly. But its ripple effect will also touch the state
of Florida, the nation and entire world. Florida Tomorrow
is pioneering research and spirited academic programs.
It's a fertile environment for inquiry, teaching and learn-
ing. It's being at the forefront to address the challenges
facing all of us, both today and tomorrow.
CAMPAIGN F OR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
College of Education
Florida Tomorrow Campaign Goals
Education technology annex and renovations at Norman Hall
Endowed research professorships
PK Yongeprogramfor teacher renewal
Early Childhood Center of Excellence
Strengthen outreach programs of national impact
P.K Yonge education and outreach in science, technology,
engineering and math
TOTAL $20 million
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Making a Case
Our Florida Tomorrow campaign identifies the College's most critical needs and fundraising priorities, and outlines the College's
promise and vision for the future. The public phase of the campaign kicked off in September of 2007 and runs through 2012. As our
most ambitious fund-raising initiative ever, the support generated by Florida T-7 .- .. .- il! yield unprecedented advances in teaching
and learning, enhance educator preparation and help us address the most critical issues and concerns of the day in education.
Campaign Goals & Objectives
1. CAMPUS ENHANCEMENT: Create a new physical infra-
structure within historic Norman Hall that supports key growth
in a new area of interdisciplinary research and teaching-focusing
on technology and education.
Objective: Perform sorely needed renovations and expansion of
vintage Norman Hall, to include a new Experiential Learning
Complex (ELC) to study and promote technology as a key com-
ponent to future learning.
2. FACULTY SUPPORT: Continue to build an already strong
reputation nationally by supporting and recruiting top faculty in
key research areas.
Objectives: (1) Add at least three research professorships and
fund at least one endowed chair in the following areas: urban
leadership, math and science education, and education technol-
ogy; (2) Support new Teacher Renewal Program at our PK. Yonge
K-12 laboratory school.
3. GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT: Continue to build a
strong student base by focusing on graduate level students.
Objective: Create at least two new endowed graduate fellowships
and three endowed graduate scholarships.
4. PROGRAM SUPPORT & RESEARCH: Strengthen
academic and outreach programs at both the college and
PK. Yonge Developmental Research School at UF that focus on
engaged scholarship and have a national impact.
Objectives: (1) Create an Early Childhood Center of Excellence;
(2) Further extend the reach and impact of three major outreach
programs: the UF Alliance, the Center for School Improvement
and the Lastinger Center for Learning; (3) Boost the PK. Yonge
school's education and outreach programs in the critical "STEM"
disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.
Florida Tomorrow is a day when all children enter
school prepared to learn.
Early childhood education is a core priority at UF's College of Education. UF early-child-
hood specialists are partnering with public schools, school districts and communities to expand
research-proven school-readiness programs-first in Miami-Dade County schools and then
throughout Florida. The program is designed to smooth the transition to school for the alarming
number of children who are likely to start school unprepared.
The 2007 appointment of top scholar Patricia Snyder as the first occupant of the David Law-
rence Jr. Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Studies is the latest milestone in the College's effort.
I UF is emerging as a national player in the movement to ensure that every child will have an
Early childhood that lays the foundation for a successful life.
Florida Tomorrow is a place where every school is
ready to help all students succeed.
Three College-wide centers each focus on different aspects of school improvement, and all
are expanding their reach. The Lastinger Center for Learning, known for developing improved
models of teaching and learning, now partners with some 40 elementary schools around the
state. The UF Alliance, already paired with six inner-city high schools in Jacksonville, Orlando
and Miami, has extended its college awareness and access initiatives into 15 middle schools in
Florida's three largest cities. The third program, UF's Center for School Improvement, provides
specialized professional development to educators throughout North Central Florida and is now
broadening its focus to include some partnering middle schools. "
a belief ...
Florida Tomorrow is a belief that everyone
.-- deserves access to high-quality education.
Like most of her high school classmates in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, Jackie Bas-
sallo faced tough odds of making it to college. No family member had ever attended college, not
even before fleeing their Cuban homeland.
Jackie's fortunes changes thanks to the UF Alliance. Through that program, Jackie joined
classmates on a campus visit to UF and received an Alliance scholarship to UF, eventually earning
a marketing degree and then a master's in 2008.
The UF Alliance provides outreach, peer-mentoring, scholarships and myriad college access
activities to more than 1,000 middle and high school students from Florida's most challenged
SThe UF Alliance joins a growing list of College activities-fostering college access, inclusion of
r learning-disabled students and statewide school improvement-that can ensure that all Floridians
have access to high-quality education.
The future of Florida and our nation rests upon ensuring
equal opportunities to learn, at every education level. At UF's
College of Education, we are committed to prepare the most
qualified educators to transform schools and become the next
generation of leaders in higher education.
Our faculty scholars work with families and parents to iden-
tify best practices to facilitate children's readiness for school.
We create effective partnerships with schools and communities
for sustained improvement, especially in high-poverty areas. We
conduct innovative research on critical issues such as assess-
ment strategies, professional development models, literacy and
second-language acquisition, and science, technology and math
Your support through the Florida Tomorrow campaign can
help us change the face of education in today's complex world.
Our campaign goals reflect our commitment to transform all
levels of education-starting with our youngest children.
Plans call for expanding new school-readiness programs into
communities throughout Florida. We also will create a multi-
disciplinary Early Childhood Center of Excellence to study all
aspects of education and health for young children.
Our statewide network of partnering schools continues to
grow as funding allows, serving as a forum for sharing ideas and
experiences, and offering professional development and gradu-
ate-study opportunities for partnering teachers and principals
online and in their own classrooms.
We have targeted adding more graduate fellowships and
scholarships with a research-intensive focus, and more endowed
faculty chairs and named professorships to lead vital studies
in math and science education, urban school leadership and
The College's most ambitious proposal is the expansion
of historic Norman Hall to create an education research and
technology annex-to be called the Experiential Learning
Complex, or ELC. This state-of-the-art facility will draw inter-
disciplinary research teams from across the campus, adapting
the latest information technologies to transform how education
has been traditionally defined and delivered.
Our list of funding priorities also reflects our longstanding
connections with PK. Yonge Developmental Research School,
our nearby K-12 laboratory school.
With your contributions spurring our efforts, Florida Tomor-
.. !1. bring the day when all children enter school prepared
to learn, every school is ready to help all students succeed, and
everyone has clear access to a high-quality education.
What greater legacy than to help crystallize the Florida
Tomorrow vision into reality?
How will you change ...
Be the contact the UF College of Education
Development 0 Development@coe.ufl.edu,
or (352) 392-0728, ext. 600.
ProTeach'er steps into big shoes
as Solich Scholarship recipient
Anyone who enters the teaching profes-
sion is taking on a daunting responsibility,
but for Luke Witkowski, the pressure to
succeed just got turned up a notch.
Witkowski, a recent graduate of Social
Studies ProTeach, is the first recipient of the
Michael Solich Scholarship, an award named
for one of the most respect-
in recent COE history.
"I never did get the
chance to meet Mike
Solich," said Witkowski.
"But I feel like I know him
by reputation, because
everyone here knew him,
and everyone has a story
about what a great teacher
he was." ... :
Michael John Solich was Mike Solich abovev
considered one of the bright of the "bright light
lights in Social Studies Pro- Studies ProTeach.
teach as he neared graduation in the summer
of 2006. Students responded to his engaging
classroom delivery. Professors remarked on
his passion for the subject matter. Adminis-
trators at Ida S. Baker High School in Cape
Coral were eager to sign him up as a faculty
member for the coming school year.
When Solich died in a boating accident
over Independence Day weekend-just
weeks before graduation-it left students
and professors in a state of shock. To honor
his memory, friends and family collected
funds to establish the Solich Scholarship, a
$500 award for an outstanding social studies
For Professor Elizabeth Washington, one
of the three people charged with selecting
a recipient, singling out a recipient seemed
like a daunting task. After all, Proteach'ers
need high GRE scores to get into the
program, they need high grades to stay in,
and each of them does largely the same
coursework. If anything was going to set one
student apart, Yeager said, it would have to
be classroom presence.
"We wanted to give the award to some-
one who had that special something, like
Mike did," Washington said. "When Mike
was in the classroom, it was like he was
walking on air."
After seeing Luke Witkowski in the
classroom during his internship at Howard
Bishop Middle School, Washington and her
colleagues knew they had their man.
"When you see Luke in the classroom,
you get the feeling that
every moment of his life was
building up to this," she said.
"There's no place on earth he'd
S- rather be, and the students can
Witkowski, who is now
teaching full-time at Howard
Bishop, agrees with that assess-
ment. As early as 10th grade,
Sthe Dunnellon native says,
M he was telling his guidance
was one counselors that he wanted to
in Social teach history.
Years of amateur theater-
he has appeared in more than 10 Shake-
spearean productions in Citrus County-
helped Witkowski become more comfort-
able in front of a crowd. But they didn't
provide the thrill he gets from teaching.
"I just love the look in their eyes when
they're really into what they're learning," he
said. "It's the best feeling in the world."
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Gary and Cathy Solich.
Outstanding Graduate Research Award
In research, sometimes the most
groundbreaking insights occur when the
experts share their knowledge with special-
ists in other disciplines. Recent doctoral
graduate Andrew Grunzke is like a one-
man multidisciplinary research team.
In his "day job," Grunzke teaches in
a special education classroom at the Clay
County school district's alternative learn-
ing center. As a UF doctoral student in
foundations of education, he combined
a strong background in English literature
and his studies in education history to
craft elegant, insightful research on the
intersection between academia and popu-
lar culture. His dissertation, under the
direction of Associate Professor Sevan G.
Terzian, looked at the role of Frank Baum's
"Oz" books in American education, going
beyond the obvious connections to look at
the role the series played in the commer-
cialization of children's literature and the
way politically-themed children's books
were attacked during the Cold War.
In other work, he has looked at issues
as diverse as the depiction of scientists in
1960s films and the rise of underground
24 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award
The best teachers are also leaders in
their community, and Adriane McGhee
has played a leadership role within the
College of Education, in local schools, and
in the community. She served as a coor-
dinator, organizer and promoter for the
Unified Student Early Childhood Associa-
tion, and chaired two USECA workshops
which drew more than 100 attendees. She
led USECAs "Send Irby to Broadway"
campaign, which raised money to help
send students from WW Irby Elementary
School to a performance of "Beauty and
the Beast." She co-chaired the committee
that organized a Halloween celebration
for Maguire Village, UF's family housing
complex, and she led the organizing com-
mittee for the annual Winter Celebration
at Williams Elementary.
McGhee managed these duties on
top of a full academic load as a master's
student in elementary education with an
emphasis in educational technology and
an internship in a second-grade classroom.
Outstanding Graduate Research Award
Katie Tricarico has spent the last two
years coaching a group of new teachers
through their first years in urban schools.
As a master's student in curriculum and
instruction, Tricarico studied the teaching
strategies of alternatively-certified teachers.
As a research assistant for UF's Center for
School Improvement, a teacher with six
years' experience, and a researcher for UF's
Lastinger Center for Learning, she drew
on her knowledge to develop a coaching
model to help alternatively-certified teach-
ers shape their curriculum to meet the
needs of every student. She regularly drove
to Duval County to coach new teachers
in the area's most challenged schools, and
evaluated the results of her work as part
of her master's thesis. Recognizing that
teachers often need advice beyond their
first year, Tricarico elected to continue her
mentoring beyond the typical one-year
apprenticeship. Tricarico also maintained a
perfect 4.0 grade point average, was active
in the Student Alliance of Graduates in
Education, and presented her work at state
and national conferences.
Outstanding Undergraduate Leadership Award
Despite a full academic load and a
part-time job on the side, Sarah Ryals
has managed to hold several leader-
ship positions in the Education College
Council, an umbrella organization which
combines the operations of the College
of Education's five largest and most active
student groups. As secretary, vice president
and most recently president of ECC, Ryals
has been involved in a number of events to
benefit the community, including "Holi-
day Cheer," a project that raised funds for
a holiday celebration for ti,'.. rpr.l i...d
children in Gainesville, and a holiday
celebration for children in the after-school
program at Williams Elementary. She led
the creation of the ECC production lab
in Norman Hall, which any student can
use to prepare materials for their classes.
During her term as president, ECC was
named Council of the Year by UF's Board
of College Councils.
Professional Practice Award
Holding a perfect 4.0 grade point aver-
age in one's major is a significant accom-
plishment, but Carolyn Bellotti has done
more than that. For her High Honors
project, Bellotti performed a compre-
hensive review of the available research
on service learning in elementary schools
and developed a set of guidelines teach-
ers can use to implement service learning
in elementary classrooms. She has been
involved in Kappa Delta Pi International
Honor Society and Future Educators of
America. Bellotti has also taught vacation
Bible school, volunteered at Baby Gator
Child Development and Research Center
and the After School Gators program,
and helped her fellow students organize
a fundraiser for the Harvest of Hope
Professional Practice Award
Technological skills are vital for any
teacher preparing to enter modern-day
schools, and elementary education student
Jessica Harster has shown that she is well-
prepared to use information technology
in today's classroom. In technology-re-
lated courses, she has turned in excep-
tional work including a "claymation"
instructional video on fire safety and a
microteaching lesson on the use of digital
cameras. Harster has also been active in
the UF community, serving as profes-
sional development executive chair for
the local chapter of the Florida Education
Association and serving on Kappa Kappa
Gamma sorority's committee for academic
Fall/Winter 2008 EducationTimes 25
2008 College of Education
Lifetime Achievement Award: Larry Loesch
The world of counseling would
be very different today if not for the
influence of Larry Loesch. When
Loesch joined the UF faculty in 1973,
the counseling profession was virtu-
ally unregulated. Anyone could hang
out a shingle and declare themselves
a counselor no matter their level of
preparation leading to a great deal
of confusion for clients and embar-
rassment for the profession itself.
Loesch played a crucial role in estab-
lishing certification procedures that Loesch
would change that.
As one of the first members of the National
Board for Certified Counselors, first president of the
Florida Association for Measurement and Evalua-
tion in Guidance and founding member and officer
for a number of other organizations,
Loesch was one of the leaders in
development of the National Coun-
seling Exam, which is now the gold
standard for the licensing of profes-
Loesch, who recently retired, has
published more than 100 articles,
books or book chapters and engaged
in many research projects in Alachua
County schools, taught in Slovakia as
a Fulbright Scholar and served as an
external examiner to the University
of Botswana's fledgling counseling
program. His accomplishments have led the Ameri-
can Counseling Association to name him a Fellow
of their organization and give him their Arthur A.
Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award.
Rising star in virtual schooling, educational video
games named UF Research Foundation Professor
Associate Professor Rick Ferdig, a leading scholar
in virtual schooling and a pioneer in the new move-
ment to harness the power of video games in the
classroom, has been awarded a University of Florida
Research Foundation Professorship.
Ferdig was one of fewer than three dozen recipi-
ents of the prestigious award, given annually to UF
faculty who are selected through a competitive pro-
Ferdig's university-wide honor recognizes his distinguished research cess. The three-year
achievements over the past ive years award, which comes
with a $5,000
and a $3,000 one-
time grant, honors
have shown a dis-
of service over the
previous five years.
Z 1A faculty mem-
ber in the edu-
ogy program in the
School of Teaching
and Learning since
2001, Ferdig is principal investigator on an AT&T
Foundation-funded study in which he is assess-
ing the outcomes of distance education programs
in various K-12 systems in 22 states. The effort is
one of the first comprehensive studies to determine
which teaching techniques are most effective in
Ferdig, who has a Ph.D. in educational psychol-
ogy from Michigan State University, is also a promi-
nent figure in the emerging field of educational
video games and virtual environments. He recently
accepted a position as editor of The International
Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simula-
tions, one of the few regularly-published, peer-re-
viewed journals in the field.
In summer 2007, Ferdig traveled to Rwanda,
where education officials are looking to 21S cen-
tury computing to provide possible solutions for
problems in a chronically under-resourced school
system. Ferdig assessed various schools and is study-
ing ways to provide cost-effective and appropriate
hardware and software for use in Rwandan schools.
He expects to return to central Africa next summer
to continue the project.
26 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
Dale Campbell, professor of educational adminis-
tration and policy, has been honored by the Council
for the Study of Community Colleges.
Campbell, director of the UF-based Community
College Research Consortium, received the organiza-
tion's Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes
people and organizations which have made outstand-
ing contributions to innovation and leadership in
community colleges-with a focus on application
rather than on scholarship alone.
Campbell has been the driving force behind UF's
Bellwether Awards, which are granted every year to
honor community college administrators for excel-
lence in leadership. His research focuses on trends
of concern to community college administrators;
Campbell and his colleagues were among the first to
sound the warning about the looming shortage of
qualified community college administrators.
The CSCC is an affiliate of the American Associa-
tion of Community Colleges.
Campbell and a recent UF doctoral graduate also
have been invited to jointly edit the SACS-SACJTC
Journal, the scholarly publication published by the
Southern Association of Community, Junior and
Technical Colleges. Campbell's co-editor is Matt
Basham, now an assistant professor of educational
leadership at the University of Texas-Arlington.
Basham received his Ph.D. last year in higher educa-
tion administration from UF.
Conwill cops counseling
The Association for Multicultural Counsel-
ing and Development, or AMCD, has awarded
William Conwill, assistant professor in counselor
education, its Meritorious Service Award and its
Exemplary Diversity Leadership Award. A divi-
sion of the American Counseling Association, the
AMCD is focused on preparing global leadership,
research, training and development for multi-
cultural counseling professionals with a focus on
racial and ethnic issues.
group fetes Counselor
The Association of Black Psychologists (AB-
Psi) has presented UF Counselor Education As-
sistant Professor Cirecie West-Olatunji with one
of its highest honors-the 2007 Community
Service Award. The award honors her post-Hur-
ricane Katrina recovery efforts in New Orleans
and her extensive work with Florida Alterna-
tive Break-a program allowing UF students
to spend their spring break on public-service
projects. West-Olatunji recently led a group of
counselor education students on a trip to south-
ern Africa, providing training to counselors and
services to AIDS survivors and donated $6000
worth of books to the University of Botswana.
Fall/Winter 2008 EducationTimes 27
UF University Teacher of the Year
COE Undergraduate Teacher of the Year
What do Native American boarding schools, 1950s mental hy-
giene films and the Booker T. Washington/W.E.B. Du Bois debate
have in common? They're all part of the history of American educa-
tion-and they're all things Associate Professor Sevan Terzian uses
to teach his undergraduate students how our schools became what
they are today.
Terzian, known for his innovative approaches to teaching educa-
tion history, has been named a UF University Teacher of the Year.
The honor-given each year to only one or two professors among
the UF's entire faculty-came to Terzian just a few weeks after the
College of Education named him its 2008 Undergraduate Teacher
of the Year.
Students often report that Terzian's is the hardest course they've
ever taken-and the most rewarding-and colleagues have ex-
pressed admiration for Terzian's ability to build well constructed
Outside the classroom, Terzian has devoted much of his research
career to the study of the history of the American high school, with
a focus on attitudes about science, gender and education in the
post-WWII era. Terzian has been at UF since 2000, and he holds
doctorates in American studies and the history of education from
Terzian garners college and campuswide honors Indiana University.
Mary Ann Clark
Graduate Teacher of the Year ''
Her students describe her as genuine, candid and caring. Her' ....
research gets to the heart of one of most perplexing mysteries in
Small wonder that Mary Ann Clark, an associate professor in- .
Counselor Education and B. O. Smith Research Professor, has been
selected as the UF College of Education Graduate Teacher of the 4.
Year for 2008. --.
A lead investigator on international, national, and local research .,' .
on male underachievement, she has involved her students in action
research in local schools, encouraging them to present and publish -
their collaborative work. Clark makes sure her students acquire real
world knowledge of the profession and encourages them to take
responsibility for contributing to interventions and solutions for
issues in schools as they prepare to become professionals.
Clark has authored or co-authored 34 publications, including
three books, and has made numerous regional, national and inter-
national presentations on four continents. As one student stated,
"She makes you feel like you are important. Consequently, Dr.
Clark's students strive to do their best for her."
Clark, center, w th graduate students Heather Adams, left and Erin Oakley
28 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
School psychology group cites Joyce
for gender learning gap research
D boys really lag behind girls in reading achievement,
o and do girls really lag behind boys in math?
Diana Joyce, an assistant scholar in UF's Depart-
ment of Educational Psychology, took another look at this bit of
conventional wisdom. The results earned her the Psychological
Corporation/National Association of School Psychologists' inaugural
Junior Faculty of the Year Award.
Joyce analyzed 8,000 test scores from the Woodcock-Johnson
Tests of Achievement, widely used in school evaluations to measure
academic achievement. She wanted to use the large sample to take
a closer look at widely accepted notions about race, gender and
achievement in different academic subjects. With women now ahead
of men in college enrollment, and major reforms going on in K-12
education, were the old assumptions about boys and girls still valid?
"Past studies had shown girls ahead in reading and there is always
the contention that boys are generally ahead in math," she said. "I
wanted to see if that was still happening, and I wanted to break the
results down by ethnicity."
She found that, in this sample at least, the old trends generally
held true. Girls performed better in reading and writing, while boys
maintained a hold to their claim on better math scores in some
narrow skill areas such as applied math problems. National scores
indicate girls are actually gaining some ground in math, but boys still
generally performed better on some senior-level math aptitude tests.
"Probably the most significant finding was that the gender differ-
ences held true across ethnic groups, which would indicate that this
is indeed a gendered issue," Joyce said.
Joyce said her study's results don't mean that boys are innately
better at math, or girls at reading. The preponderance of boys in
remedial reading classes may mean that early interventions for boys
need to be improved, she said. Or boys may be turned off by a read-
ing curriculum that is more attuned to girls' interests.
The reasons for girls' post-secondary math performance are a little
clearer. Studies clearly show that while girls, on average, get good
grades in math classes, they sometimes don't elect to take prerequisite
advanced math courses and are underrepresented in STEM (science-
technology-engineering-mathematics) career program enrollment.
The reasons why are murky, but they're something Joyce would like
"I know that in interviews, girls often say they want a career that
helps people," said Joyce, who also works as a school psychologist at
P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, UF's K-12 laboratory
"One hypothesis is that girls stay away from math and science
classes because they don't see them as disciplines that are people-ori-
ented," Joyce said. "We need to remind them that STEM (science,
technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines are about more
than building roads or bridges these skills can be used in fields like
medicine to help people in a direct way."
Award-winning research by Diana Joyce (shown, right, helping one of her
students) suggests the perceived gender learning gap is indeed valid
FAMU names building
for former professor
Former UF education professor Walter L. Smith has received
one of the highest honors a university can bestow. Florida A & M
University has renamed its architecture building after Smith, who
served as the university's president from 1977 to 1985.
At FAMU, Smith was best known for expanding the college's
programs and establishing the university's first doctoral program.
Smith says his push for new campus facilities in the 1980s, at a
time when the Board of Regents was reluctant to fund new facili-
ties there, was probably the reason FAMU's architecture faculty
requested their building be named in his honor.
Smith also is a FAMU alumnus, earning his bachelor's degree
there along with a doctorate from Florida State.
After leaving the presidency of FAMU, Smith traveled to post-
apartheid South Africa to help that nation establish a community
college system. That project was ongoing in 1995, when he joined
the faculty of UF's Educational Leadership and Policy department.
At UF, Smith's community college expertise provided a valuable
contribution the Institute of Higher Education. He retired from
UF in 2000 and now lives in Tampa, where he bought a building
in his old neighborhood and turned it into
a library for neighborhood children. aL
Smith (left) with David
Horton, the 2007
A fond farewell (but not really goodbye) to 8 retiring faculty
The great thing about the academic world is that you never really have to say goodbye. The College of Education
bid an official farewell to a number of retiring faculty over the past year, but many of these scholars will remain
active in research in their roles as emeritus professors-and all of them have produced scholarship that will deepen
our understanding of education for years to come. Among the retirees are:
Before joining the College of
Education as associate dean for
academic affairs in 2004, Jeri
Benson was associate dean of
finance and administration and
associate dean for academic affairs
at the University of Georgia's Col-
lege of Education. She also was a member of the faculty
at UGA for 10 years prior to her move into administra-
tion. During her professional career of 31 years, she also
has been on the faculty at the University of Southern
California and the University of Maryland-College Park.
She taught graduate level courses in measurement, statis-
tics, and structural modeling. She has published nearly
50 journal articles and book chapters. Her research
interests include the measurement of test anxiety and
statistical approaches to construct validation. At UF, she
has worked with faculty development including hiring,
promotion and tenure, and other UF reviews; she has
helped to lead the college's state and national accredita-
tion efforts; worked to develop the fiscal side of the
college's distance education operation; and numerous
projects related to the college budget and operations. An
alumna ofUF, Benson earned her Ph.D. in foundations
of education at the College of Education.
Since 1972, Professor Phil
Clark has been director of the
Stewart Mott Davis Center for
Community Education, which
helps communities develop
educational programs to meet
the changing needs of citizens. A leader in the fields of
leadership and community education, Clark has repre-
sented the United States, Canada and Bermuda on the
International Community Education Executive Board,
and has received distinguished service awards from Phi
Delta Kappa, the National Community Education
Association, the Florida Association for Community
Education, and the Adult and Community Educators of
Professor Jim Doud became
one of the nation's youngest high
school principals at the age of 21,
and went on to a 26-year career in
K-8 administration before joining
the professoriate. Doud taught at
the University of Northern Iowa before coming to UF,
where he served from 1994 to 2005 as the chair of the
Educational Administration and Policy department.
Among other honors, Doud has been named Honor-
ary National Distinguished Principal by the National
Association of Elementary School Principals and is a
recipient of the John M. David Distinguished Educa-
tional Leadership Award from the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools.
Mary Kay Dykes
Special Education Profes-
sor Mary Kay Dykes has built
her career on finding solutions
for students who don't fit the
traditional mold provided by the
K-12 school system. Much of
her research has centered on the
needs of gifted students, particularly "nontraditional"
gifted students-those who are disabled, economically
disadvantaged or from cultural groups that are under-
represented in gifted education. Long before multidis-
ciplinary projects came to the fore in academia, Dykes
saw the potential benefit in working with specialists in
other fields, and developed cross-disciplinary projects
that looked at the role therapy, nutrition and other
health issues play in student outcomes. Popular with
her students, Dykes received the college's Graduate
Teacher of the Year Award multiple times. She chaired
three divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Dykes served as executive director of curriculum services
for the School Board of Alachua County from 2002-
2004, where she coordinated a number of innovative
new federally-funded programs in the county schools.
30 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
Teaching and Learning
Professor John Gregory is
perhaps best known for his research
on the way mathematics teachers
ask questions of their students, and
in particular, his studies of how
teachers' silences can encourage
students to participate. But over his
35-year career as a teacher educator, he also wrote a num-
ber of books intended to make mathematics fun for K-12
students-including a book of number puzzles in limerick
form. Gregory has served as a writer of the Sunshine State
Standards and a consultant on the Florida Teacher Certifi-
Professor Larry Loesch came
to UF at a time when the counsel-
ing profession was almost entirely
unregulated, and played a crucial
role in the movement to estab-
lish certification procedures that
would boost the reputation of the
profession nationwide. A leader in the development of the
National Counseling Exam, he was also the first president
of Florida Association for Measurement and Evaluation
in Guidance. His accomplishments led the American
Counseling Association to name him a Fellow of their
organization and to give him their Arthur A. Hitchcock
Distinguished Professional Service Award.
As associate dean for academic
affairs at the turn of the 21st Centu-
ry, Rodman Webb played a key role
in the College's shift to a faculty-
governance leadership model, and .
helped lead a number of efforts to a-
transform the built environment at
Norman Hall-including the conversion of the Norman
Gym into the Digital Worlds Institute and the planned
construction of a super-high-tech Experiential Learning
Complex. As a professor in the educational psychology,
Webb taught qualitative research methodologies to a
generation of young researchers. His own research interests
include the philosophy of social science, pragmatism,
school improvement, teacher careers and the education of
students at risk of school failure.
Teaching and Learning
Distinguished Professor Paul
George was one of the leading voices
in the middle school movement that
changed the structure of K-12 educa-
tion in the 1970s. A K-12 teacher for
10 years before he became a professor,
George spent one week per semester in
the K-12 classroom during his tenure
at UF-drawing insights that kept
his work fresh. Since arriving here in
1972, he has written more than 150
articles, books, textbook chapters or
other publications, and many of his
works are considered to be classics in
their field. Middle SchoolJournal has
described him as the nation's "No.
1 ranking scholar" in middle grades
education, and George has worked as a
consultant in nearly all of the 50 states
and 15 countries. Though entering
retirement, George has been working
on a number of projects, including a
comprehensive review of the state of
middle-grades education, funded by
the Helios Foundation.
Fall/Winter 2008 EducationTimes 31
Dental journal appoints
Linda Behar-Horenstein, professor in edu-
cational administration and policy, has been
appointed to the editorial board of the Journal
ofDental Education. One of the nation's most
influential publications on academic dentistry,
the JDE publishes dental research and articles on
the instruction of student dentists. As an affiliate
professor at UF's College of Dentistry, Behar-Ho-
renstein has helped that college improve its teach-
ing methods. Last year, she was appointed to UF's
Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, a
task force dedicated to improving teaching across
the UF campus.
Andrea Dixon, associate professor of counselor
education, has been elected to a three-year term
as secretary of Chi Sigma Iota, the international
honor society for professional counselors. Dixon
also serves as co-faculty advisor to the UF Beta
Chapter of CSI.
Michael T. Garrett, professor in counselor
education, was named a Fellow of the Association
for Specialists in Group Work, or ASGW, at the
American Counseling Association's 2007 annual
convention in Detroit. The ASGW represents
around 900 group work specialists and teacher
Dean heads national
group promoting higher-
ed access for minorities
Dean Catherine Emihovich has been elected
president of the Holmes Partnership, a consortium
of local and national education interests dedicated
to equitable education and reform in teaching and
The consortium unites educators from universi-
ties, public school districts, teachers' associations
and other organizations working together to create
a powerful, unified voice in educational reform.
The group tackles issues such as equal access and
social justice in education and-through the Hol-
mes Scholars program-provides scholarship and
leadership placement opportunities for underrepre-
sented doctoral students seeking academic careers
in higher education.
Emihovich has been a Holmes Partnership
member since 1994. Her scholarly pursuits match
up well with the humanistic mission and activities
of the Holmes Partnership. Her major research in-
terests include race, class and gender equity issues;
literacy education and school-university partner-
ships. She is a past president of the Council on
Anthropology and Education within the American
Anthropological Association, and a past editor of
A. .- '... -, and Education Quarterly.
The National Council of Teachers of English has
appointed UF Education Professor Danling Fu to its
Commission on Composition, the deliberative and
advisory body that helps
and its 60,000 member
teachers and institu-
tions. The commission
identifies and reports on
key issues in the teach-
ing of writing for the
r f new projects for the or-
ganization, and suggests
new topics for books
Fu (right) with a writing student produced by NCTE.
at a local elementary school
32 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
expert in preparing teachers for high-pov-
erty schools and a nationally-known au-
thority on special education have each been awarded
the prestigious Irving and Rose Fien Professorship in
Education at UF's College of Education.
Professors Dorene Ross in Teaching and Learning
and Mary Brownell in Special Education are the new
recipients of the endowed professorship, which for
the past decade has supported researchers dedicated
to helping "at risk" learners in K-12 schools.
A co-creator of UF's renowned ProTeach teacher-
preparation program, Ross is well-known for her
efforts to prepare quality teachers for high-poverty
schools. She has helped to design a school-reform
strategy that helps schools change their cultures and
develop self-evaluation methods that allow teachers
to improve their teaching practice. She also is part
of the leadership team implementing and evaluating
systemic reform in elementary schools in Miami,
funded by the Kellogg Foundation.
As a Fien Professor, Ross plans to work with
other faculty and partnering school districts to create
blended professional development opportunities
that couple online access to expert knowledge with
school-based coaches who help teachers develop
inquiries around their new learning. This approach
bypasses the one-size-fits-all approach to teacher
professional development and makes it more likely
teachers will implement what they learn.
"By drawing on the vast resources available at
UF we can create a library where groups of teach-
ers can come to find exactly the material they need
to meet the demands of their classrooms," she said,
"rather than asking all the teachers in a single school
to study the same material."
Mary Brownell is a leading international scholar
on issues related to understanding the motivations
and traits of the best special education teach-
ers-with an eye toward helping school systems fill
the dire shortages of teachers who are truly quali-
fied to teach special-needs students. She is currently
working on a U.S. Department of Education-funded
effort to create a new model of professional develop-
ment for special education teachers.
"My goal is to develop the literacy practice of
special and general education teachers working with
high-risk students," Brownell said. She is interested
particularly in finding ways to incorporate technol-
ogy into the work she and her colleagues are doing.
Brownell says teachers of students with disabilities
and other high-risk learners need to be the strongest
in the system, which is why the latest in technology
must be brought to bear in their field. "At the Uni-
versity of Florida, we have researchers in education
and other fields, such as computer science, that could
make such a dream a reality," she said.
The Fien Professorship was created in by the late
Irving Fien, founder of Fine Distributing, a Miami-
based food distribution company. In 1998, Fien
made a gift establishing the endowed professorship
in honor of his late wife Rose. With matching funds
from the state and additional gifts from the Greater
Miami Jewish Federation, the professorship is now
worth $1.17 million.
"Irving Fien's gift has a greater impact than he
probably anticipated," said Catherine Emihovich,
dean of the College of Education. "In an era of
shrinking government funding, gifts like his are
much more vital to education than they were just
five to 10 years ago."
Brownell, eft, and Ross
Alumni Association executive
John P. "Phil" Griffin Jr., 55, (MED '77, EDS
'77), Sept. 6, 2007, Gainesville. He worked at UF
for 27 years, first in admissions and, since 1986, at
the UF Alumni Association. Board members of the
association, in his memory, have renamed one of the
programs he created: the Phil Griffin Distinguished
Lecture Series at Emerson Hall.
Former association president
Lester Milton Sponholtz, 94, (BSE '40, MAE '51),
Jan. 17, 2007, Tallahassee. He was a lifelong educator
and served as president of the Bradford County
Teacher's Association in 1942.
Retired USF education dean
Dr. Jean Allen Battle (EDD '54 in education
psychology), first dean of the College of Education
at the University of South Florida, died July 7, 2007.
He was 93. During his 12 years as USF education
dean in Tampa, starting in 1959, Battle saw his
faculty balloon from five to 200 members, as the
school's academic programs blossomed into 39
undergraduate and graduate teacher programs. After
resigning as dean, he returned to teaching in USF's
social foundations of education program until his
retirement in 1989.
COE fellowship donor
Thomas L. Harrow (BSE '58,
MED '60), of Treasure Island,
Fla., who with his wife, Anita,
created a fellowship for UF
graduate students in K-12
administration and community
college leadership, died
March 29, 2007. He worked
in several Pinellas County
middle and high schools as a Harrow
teacher, assistant principal and
principal, and served on the faculty of the University
of Central Florida as a professor of education from
1970-1993. The couple's donation of $204,000 in
2006 established the Thomas L. and Anita J. Harrow
Fellowship Fund, which covers expenses for selected
doctoral students to attend a national conference to
present research related to their dissertations.
First UF married-couple graduate
Morrison, (MAE '44), of
Jacksonville and formerly
of St. Petersburg, died
Nov. 21, 2006. She and
her late husband, Mathew
Morrison, reportedly were
the first married couple
to graduate together
Morrison from UE They both
earned master's degrees in
education in 1944. She was a longtime teacher in
Pinellas County schools.
Emeritus professor, access advocate
Margaret Early, a UF
emeritus professor who
quietly set up scholarships
for inner city kids, died
June 28 at her home in
Gainesville. She was 84.
Early served as chair of the
college's department of
instruction and curriculum
from 1985-1990 and was a Early
past president of the National
Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). After her
retirement, Early used her own money, without
fanfare, to begin a college scholarship program for
an entire class of sixth-grade students at an inner-
city school in Syracuse, N.Y.
Major supporter of
middle school reform
Christine Akers Shewey, of Kermit, W.Va.,
and Gainesville, Fla., who with her husband,
Fred, contributed $600,000 last year to create an
endowment at UF's College of Education, died
Oct. 11, 2007. The couple's donation supports
new research and programs aimed at middle school
reform and enhancement. (See gift story, page 44.)
*Notification ofall death notices received since last issue published)
34 EducationTimes Fall Winter 2008
Memorial reception helps boost
James L. Wattenbarger fellowship
A memorial reception last spring at Norman
Hall honored the memory of James L. Watten-
barger (inset), a UF alumnus, longtime COE
professor and architect of Florida's community
college system. Watten-
barger (BAE '43, MAE
'47, EDD '50) died in
2006 at age 84. The
reception also served
as a springboard to
boost the Dr. James L.
Fellowship at the Col-
toral student in pursuit of an Ed.D. or Ph.D. in
higher education administration. From 1957-
67, Wattenbarger, as a UF education profes
sor, was called on to lead the restructuring onif
Florida's junior colleges. He used his doctoral
dissertation as a model for developing the state
plan for community colleges. He remained
a major presence in the nation's community Cope
college movement until his retirement in 1992. COE
He advised some 180 doctoral students and was (PHD
named Distinguished Service Professor for his
service to the college and university.
Contributions to the James L.. F
Wattenbarger Fellowship Fund can bes
made by mailing a check to: University
of Florida Foundation, PO Box 14425, h
Gainesville, FL 32604. On the memost
line, write "Wattenbarger Endowed
Fellowship (Fund #11967)." Call COE
Development for more information atcom
(352) 392-0728, ext. 600.
Photos by Larry L donsford, Ed Times Former stude
Marion Wattenbarger (nght) and her sister Margaret Goodrum
g the reception guests were former UF students of Wattenbarger's, from left Carol
nnhaver (PHD Pam Maston (MED '75), Patrcia Rowell (BAE 75, PHD
Assistant Dean Theresa Vernetson (MED '75, EDS '76, EDD '81), DonnaMiller
I and Joyce Taylor Gibson (PHD '83)
nts of Wattenbarger s, from left, are Susan Somers, (unidentihed, Bud Harms
Fall/Winter 2008 EducationTimes 35
Faith Scripture Smith (MED. '47) and her
husband, the Rev. Frank D. Smith, celebrated
their 61st anniversary on May 31.
Bob Crowley (BAE '68) is president of Creative
Benefits for Educators, a marketer of insurance
and retirement programs to members of the
Florida Education Association and The Florida
Association of School Administrators. He comes
to the job after a full career teaching English
and history in Jacksonville, and subsequent jobs
as executive director of Duval Teachers United
and later of the Orleans Educators Association
(OEA). He engineered the merger of OEA into
the United Teachers of New Orleans, created the
Louisiana Federation of Teachers, and worked as
its executive director until retirement.
Howard Rosenblatt (BAE '69) was reappointed
chair of the Prepaid Legal Services Committee
of The Florida Bar and was recently profiled
in the Work Life section of The Gainesville
Sun. He recently was reelected president of the
Gainesville-Ocala Society of Financial Service
Eunice (Martin) Baros (MED '71) of North
Palm Beach was recently honored as the
outstanding alum from the numerous U.S.
alumni chapters of Nova Southeastern University.
Baros is a 1980 graduate of the NSU Law School
and has been an assistant public defender in
Palm Beach County for the last seven years. Her
mentor at UF was Dr. Hal Lewis, who guided
her in the first UF Women's Studies degree,
recognized through the College of Education in
1970-71. She is the founder and first president of
Jon M. Saulson (BAE '72, MED '74, PHD
'81 in special education) has worked as director
of disability services for Oglethorpe University
since January 2007. He retired as coordinator of
special education for Gwinnett County, Ga. in
36 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
2001, after more than 30 years in teaching and
administration. Since retirement, he has served
as an adjunct professor of education at Mercer
University and Oglethorpe University.
Jan Irwin Klein (EDS '74) left the classroom-
after more than two decades teaching English,
speech, drama and theater history in Gainesville,
Jacksonville and Fort Myers-to become the
prevention specialist for Safe and Drug-Free
Schools of Lee County. She is also an adjunct
professor of public speaking at Florida Gulf
'Double EduGator' running
for North Carolina governor
Beverly Eaves Perdue (MED '74, PHD
'76) in education leadership), is the
On May 6,
she won the
If elected in Perdue
general election, she will be the state's first
female governor. Perdue has lived most
of her adult life in New Bern, N.C. She
was the first woman ever elected to the
state House from her part of the state, and
is the first woman elected as lieutenant
governor. Prior to running for office,
Perdue worked as a public school teacher
and was the director of geriatric services
at a community hospital. She earned a
Ph.D. in education administration at UF
She and her husband, Bob Eaves, have two
sons. Perdue's campaign Web site is: www.
Bernice Bass de Martinez (PHD, '75), chairs
the special education, rehabilitation, school
psychology and deaf studies department at
California State University-Sacramento. She
recently was a finalist for the president's post at
Martin University in Indiana.
John Sessums (EDS '75, EDD '81) recently
retired after a career in the Hillsborough
County School District. He is a member
of the Hillsborough Association of School
Administrators, has been inducted into the
Hillsborough High School Hall of Fame, and is a
Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus.
Laurie Luongo (BAE '78) is vice-president of
human resources for Trump International Hotels
Management. She has been living and working
for nearly 15 years in Las Vegas, where Trump is
opening a new hotel on the Las Vegas strip.
Diane (Sheagren) Schuman (BAE '84) recently
earned her National Board Certification.
Nile Stanley (PHD '86) is associate professor and
chair of childhood education at the University
of North Florida in Jacksonville. Stanley is
affectionately known as Nile Crocodile, the
Reading Reptile-author, performance poet
and storyteller. Visit his website at www.unf
Carol Logan Patitu (MED '87, EDS '87) is now
a professor and associate dean in the College of
Education at Northern Illinois University.
Kermit Combs (BAE '64) was recently elected
president of the Heartland Christian Conference
of Christian Schools of Southern Illinois. He
has also been elected to the board of trustees of
Midwest University of Wentzville, Mo., where
he has been associate professor of Christian
education and leadership for the past 15 years. He
is currently principal/administrator of Agape
Christian High School in Marion, Ill.
Gigi Morales David (EDS '96) recently
completed her third children's book, Just
Mollie andMe. The book is part of a series
commissioned by the United Way's "Life: Act
2" initiative, which brings senior citizens and
schoolchildren together for literary experiences.
When she is not touring schools with her
books, David teaches as a visiting instructor for
the College of Education at the University of
Northern Florida, and works as a consultant.
Holly Werner Lewis (MED '06) has been
teaching kindergarten in Escambia County since
January of 2008.
Jose Villalba (EDS '96) received the 2007
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Teaching Excellence Award for Untenured
Faculty. He previously received that school's
2005-2006 School of Education Teaching
Steve Malter (MED '98) recently completed
his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy
studies with a concentration in higher education
administration from the University of Missouri-
St. Louis. Malter is the associate director for
undergraduate advising and student services
at the Olin Business School at Washington
University in St. Louis. Malter and his wife
Felicia have two young daughters.
Nancy Gimbel (MAE '99) is director of
undergraduate programs for the College of
Management at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
Amy Turner Bonds (BAE '99) earned her
National Board Certification as a middle child
generalist in 2005.
Mechelle De Craene (MED '03, EDS '08),
a teacher in special and gifted education at
James Buchanan Middle School in Tampa, has
won a national award for teaching leadership
for the second year in a row. She is one of four
teachers nationwide to receive a 2007 Cable's
Leaders in Learning Award for creativity and
excellence in teaching. The award is presented
annually by Bright House Networks and Cable
in the Classroom, the cable industry's education
foundation. De Craene was recognized for
Jeanna Mastrodicasa (PHD '04) has
been appointed as UF's assistant vice
president for student affairs. In the position,
Mastrodicasa oversees student judicial
responses and a
number of other
functions for the
serves as a
developing Very Special Techies, a project that
encourages students with special needs to apply
and showcase their creative uses of digital media.
In 2006, she received Technology andLearning
magazine's Leader of the Year Award for her
inventive use of technology in her teaching.
Anne Manalo (EDS '04) is teaching in the
Macon County school system in Georgia.
Bob Philpot (PhD '05) was recently named
executive director of the Team-Based Learning
Collaborative, a group of educators in the health
professions who are dedicated to using team-
based learning to further health education.
Ronald C. Thomas, Jr. (EDD '06) is associate
dean for academic affairs for Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University Worldwide-Online in
Daytona Beach. He has just completed a summer
fellowship in higher education administration at
Vanderbilt University's Peabody College.
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Tired of parenting advice that
seems to squish every mom and dad
into the same suburban mold? So was
COE alumna Jessica J. Mills (MED
'94, English education) of Albuquer-
que, NM. Deeply involved in her
art (playing saxophone in the band
Citizen Fish, making jewelry by hand)
and her politics (feminist), Mills
didn't want to give up either when
she became a
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cluding advice on how to take kids
to a demonstration, bringing a baby
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Fall/Winter 2008 EducationTimes 37
UF's College of Education has been called a "dean
machine" for its ability to groom future higher-educa-
tion administrators. The nickname might have to be
rewritten for Madlyn Hanes (BAE '69, PHD '76),
who, for the past eight years, has been at the helm of
not only a college but an entire university campus. As
chancellor of Pennsylvania State University-Harris-
burg, Hanes is responsible for a campus of more than
7,000 students in five separate schools.
A professor of education in the Penn State system
since 1988, Hanes has served in a number of high-
level administrative positions, including three years
as chief executive officer of Penn State Great Valley,
School of Graduate Professional Studies and almost
a decade as chief academic officer on the university's
Delaware County campus. Along the way she served as
consultant on higher education issues to the govern-
ments of Ecuador, Israel and Korea, and spent two
years as the prime minister's appointee to the Univer-
sity Council of Jamaica.
A "triple Gator," she holds a B.A. in education, a
M.A. in speech-language pathology and a Ph.D. with
a major in curriculum and instruction from UE
She has published widely on topics ranging from
research and clinical practice in speech and language
disorders to teacher preparation and the teaching of
reading. Hanes currently chairs the executive board
of the Office of Women in Higher Education of the
American Council on Education.
During his 27-year career at the University
of North Carolina-Charlotte, UF alumnus Fred
Spooner (PHD '80) has become known as one
of the nation's leading authorities on teaching
students with significant disabilities. He has pub-
lished six books and
more than 90 refereed
articles on this topic
and others related
to special education,
and his work has ap-
peared in influential
publications such as
The Journal of Special
and Practice for Persons
with Severe Disabilities Spooner
and Exceptional Chil-
dren. His academic success led him to editorships
at three of the nation's leading special education
journals: Teaching Exceptional Children, The Journal
ofSpecial Education and Teacher Education and
He has also been a pioneer in the use of online
instruction to prepare special education teachers-
work that has gained Spooner national attention
and convinced various state agencies and universi-
ties to seek out his advice on online education.
COE alum named community college chancellor
Will Holcombe (MED '72, PHD '74), a longtime
advocate of a "seamless" educational system who
studied college administration at UF, has been chosen
to lead Florida's community college system.
Education Commissioner Eric Smith (EDD '84)
appointed Holcombe as Florida's community college
chancellor in January 2008.
Holcombe, a former Marine Corps captain, comes
to the job with more than 30 years of experience in
education. After beginning his teaching career at Ford
Junior High School in Brook Park, Ohio, Holcombe
came to Gainesville to serve as an English profes-
sor at Santa Fe Community College and Broward
Community College. As a graduate student in
UF's Department of Educational Administration,
he studied under UF community college pioneer
James Wattenbarger. From 1987 to 2004, he served
as president of Broward Community College, one
of the nation's largest community colleges. He also
served as interim president in 2006 and 2007, as
the college sought a new president.
38 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
Alumna who integrated COE turns 102
S amazing enough to see that Daphne Duval-
I s Williams is still going strong at age 102.
You might also be impressed to learn that half a
lifetime ago-in her 50s-Duval-Williams enrolled
in graduate school at UF while teaching full-time at
Lincoln High School in Gainesville.
But Duval-Williams wasn't just any UF student.
As the first African-American to enroll in UF's
College of Education, she brought a half-century of
state-mandated segregation at the college to an end.
"I had a mental attitude about letting Negroes
know what they could do if they put their minds
to it," Duval-Williams told Stephanie Evans, a UF
professor of women's studies, in a recent interview.
Born in Orlando, Duval-Williams credits her
grandmother, a former slave, with inspiring her to
become a teacher. Largely self-educated, Duval-
Williams' grandmother had an uncanny knack for
passing her knowledge on.
"When my grandmother went shopping, I had
to go because I had to help grandmother know how
much change she was going to get," Duval-Wil-
liams said. "It took me a long time to figure out
that she knew how to do this all along. She was
Duval-Williams' parents pushed her to get as
much formal education as she could.
"It took me a long time to see myself as other
people saw me," she said. "Sometimes, when you
come to the head of the class, people think it's you
trying to show them up, when really you're just try-
ing to get all the information you can.
After earning a bachelor's degree at Florida A
&M University, Duval-Williams went to work in
1928 at Lincoln High School, Alachua County's
first African-American high school. With brief
pauses to raise preschool children and obtain a
master's degree from FAMU, Duval-Williams
would teach in Alachua County Schools for the
next four decades.
When her cousin George Starke enrolled in UF's
law school in 1958-the first black student to suc-
cessfully enroll after Virgil Hawkins' decade-long
battle to integrate UF-Duval-Williams decided it
was a good time to take her own education a step
further. In 1959, she enrolled as a Ph. D. student
in the College of Education, becoming the college's
first black student.
"I guess one or two of us had an opinion about
this feeling that some people had, that Negroes did
not have the ability to do this sort of thing," she said
of her decision to enroll. "I wanted to show people
what was possible."
Duval-Williams took courses the way practicing
teachers often do-taking what was useful to her,
and not worrying much about finishing the degree.
"I didn't take the courses the
teachers wanted," she said. "I guess
I was ornery. I took what Daphne
,wanted. I v.,anted to shov., people
Her enrollment at UF would go '.w-hcl '.was possible
down in history as a barrier-breaker,
but Duval-Williams remained Daphne Duval-.WVillms
focused primarily on her job at Lin-
coln High, where she would retire
in 1971 at age 65.
"If I have any regret it is that I may have retired
too early," she said.
Duval-Williams remained active in community
for years after her retirement and played a key role in
the integration of local day care centers and pre-
You can learn more about Daphne Duval-Wil-
liams, and other integration pioneers at UF, by
reading Stephanie Evans' recent article in the journal
Florida Historical Quarterly. The article is available at
Fall/Winter 2008 EducationTimes 39
New education commissioner receives
Alumnus Achievement Award
Somehow, it seems natural that the Florida
Department of Education would be run by a Gator.
It also seems natural to recognize that "EduGa-
tor" with one of the UF College of Education's
That's just what happened in May, when newly
appointed Florida Commissioner of Education Eric
J. Smith (EDD '84) came to campus to deliver the
Spring 2008 commencement address-and accept
the college's 2008 Alumnus Achievement Award.
Smith was selected as commissioner-the chief
executive officer for the entire state educational
system-in October 2007, after a long career as an
innovative educator and administrator.
He got his start as a teacher and later an ad-
ministrator in Florida, but Smith is probably best
known for his work as superintendent of North
Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg County school
system. When he came on board in 1996, Smith
re-envisioned the entire system from the ground
up, looking for the reasons behind educational
inequities and resolving to do whatever it took to
solve them. The result was a restructured system in
which all school children-black or white, rich or
poor-were held to the same high standard of aca-
demic excellence, and given the specialized instruc-
tion they need to meet that standard.
By the end of his term, nearly half of all Charlotte
students took at least one advanced placement course,
two-thirds completed 10th-grade geometry (tradition-
ally considered a college-prep course) and 86 percent
were reading at grade level.
Smith later moved on to head the school system
in Anne Arundel County, Md. In 2006, he was ap-
pointed senior vice president for college readiness by
the College Board, a non-profit group dedicated to
improving college access for every student in America.
Smith holds an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruc-
tion from UF, and has been honored as North Caro-
lina Superintendent of the Year, winner of the Harold
W McGraw Jr. Prize in Education (established by
the McGraw-Hill Companies), and recipient of
BusinessWeek's "Break the Mold Award" for innovative
In his remarks at commencement, Smith urged
graduates to stick with their career choice, even when
things get tough.
"You are the best of the best, and these 2.7 million
children need you badly," he said. "Persevere, stay
with your career choice, don't give up (and) don't
Book offers 411 on the "Net Generation"
Is the current generation of college students-vari-
ously called "millennials," "Generation Y" and the
"baby boom echo"-really different from those who
In their new book, "Connecting to the Net.Genera-
tion," UF education graduate Jeanna Mastrodicasa
(PHD '04) and co-author Rey Junco go beyond the
Blackberry-addicted stereotype to give college admin-
istrators a well-researched picture of today's college
"One thing that truly sets this generation apart is
the level of parental involvement," Mastrodicasa said.
As associate director of UF's Honors Program, Mast-
rodicasa works with undergraduates on a daily basis.
Over the years, she has seen moms and dads hovering
closer and closer, eager to micromanage the lives and
careers of their academic child stars.
The book paints a troubling picture for the future of
the teaching profession. "Net generation" students are
self-confident, work well with groups, and are highly
ambitious, the authors say. But their ambitious life
plans usually involve high-income career fields.
"Everybody is planning to be a doctor or a lawyer,"
Mastrodicasa said. "I rarely hear anyone saying they
want to be a teacher."
Mastrodicasa and Junco offer guidelines on
teaching, advising and employing members of a
hyperlinked generation. It's true, Mastrodicasa said,
that today's college students are quick to tune out in
traditional, hour-long academic lectures. Professors,
she added, shouldn't overestimate the multitasking
abilities of Gen Y students.
"When I see the laptops coming open in the
classroom, I worry a little," she said. "Sometimes the
students are really taking notes. Sometimes they're
doing other classwork. And sometimes, they're just
farting around on the computer."
40 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
UF selects 2 COE graduates
as Outstanding Young Alumni
The University of Florida has tapped two College
of Education graduates as 2008 Outstanding Young
UF's Alumni Association chose Kelly Fykes (MED
'98 in foreign languages education) and Lunetta Wil-
liams (PHD '05 in curriculum instruction) for the
honor, which was given to 31 young alumni from col-
leges campuswide chosen for the honor. The UF Alumni
Association established the Outstanding Young Alumni
Award to recognize alumni who are 40 or younger and
have distinguished themselves in their profession and
Fykes is an ESOL resource teacher at Dodgertown
Elementary in Vero Beach, where she conducts ESOL
testing, provides teachers with support for ELL students
and helps modify the curriculum. She is certified K-12
in Spanish and is ESOL and reading endorsed. Fykes
represented Indian River County and Florida at the Na-
tional Association of Bilingual Educators Conference in
San Jose in 2007 and helped recruit bilingual teachers to
come to Florida. She has trained more than 100 teach-
ers, assistants and parents.
Williams is an assistant professor in literacy
education at the University of North Florida
in Jacksonville. She is currently on tlk
Board of the Florida Reading Associ:m.. r,
and serves as co-editor of Florida Ret
a journal which reaches 5,000 teach -
in the state. Williams regularly present r
papers at national, state, and local con-
ferences and has published 10 article, ii
national and state refereed journals.
Last year's Outstanding Young
Alum for the College of Educa-
tion was Andrea (Wheeler) Smith
(BAE '99, MED '00) of Mac-
Clenny, Fla. She teaches inten-
sive reading at Baker County
High. Beginning her career as a
teacher for students with read-
ing and language disabilities at
Einstein Montessori School in
Gainesville, she was soon pro-
moted to lead teacher and, later, to
principal of the school. Smith is teacher-
certified in a number of areas, including
endorsements in reading and ESOL.
Prize for Teaching
COE alumna Emma Humphries (MED
'05) was awarded the 2007 George Washing-
ton Prize for Teaching America's Founding
from the Bill of Rights Institute. The contest
was held during last year's Landmarks in
American History Summer Workshop for
Teachers at Mount Vernon.
Humphries won first place, a prize
of $2,500, for her essay and lesson plan:
"Interpreting Historic Letters: the Impact of
Shays' Rebellion on George Washington."
She has since implemented the use of original
documents in her classes at Middleburg (Fla.)
Humphries says she plans return to the
College of Education this fall as a doctoral
student in social studies education.
2008 EducationTimes 41
Homecoming Parade Party
1. COE Development, Nekita Robinson, Helen (BAE '65, MED '67) and
Don (BAE 52, MED '63) Gilbart
2. COE friends Bonnie and Walter Pike
3. Mary (BAE '75, MED '8 1) and Jim (BAE '71, MED '72, EDS '91) Brandenburg
Capital Campaign kickoff
4. COE friend Chris Dietrich, wife of alum Frederick Dietrich (BAE 68)
5. Tommy (PKY 54) and Connie Bronson
6. Dianne Reed (MED '78)
42 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
Kellogg Gift Celebration
7. Allen and Delores (BSE '65) Lastinger
8. Gregory Taylor, Foundation VP
9. COE friend Dolly Grunthal
10. Betty Lewis (BSE 54), no relation to Mary Lewis in adjacent photo
11. Susan Cheney (BAE '73, MED '78), Dean Catherine Emihovich and
Barbara Anderson (BAE '69), who is COE capital campaign chair
Ir i. re ... ... e dC rh ... .I. I ,11 ,,, i1... E r,,I,
bryan (bAE 5o), left, was misidentlhed in a
group photo of 50-year COE alumni, from
the Class of 1956, on the weekend of their
induction into UF's Grand Guard.
Fall/Winter 2008 EducationTimes 43
Women in Philanthropy Luncheon
Kathy Shewey embraces her father in-law Fred Shewey, who, with his wi
made a $600,000 donation to the UF's C j of Education as a trnb
school education teacher and leader
College welcomes new
If Nekita Robinson had
a million dollars to give
away, she says, she'd give it
to the College of Education.
She doesn't have that
million, but her job is the
next best thing.
"I guess I'm a good
Samaritan at heart," said
Robinson, the college's new
associate director of development. "It makes me
happy to give people a chance to do something
good with their money."
Robinson assumed her new title in November
2007, but she is no stranger to Norman Hall.
When COE launched its $20 million Florida
Tomorrow Capital Campaign, Robinson-then
an up-and-coming trainee at the University of
Florida Foundation-was asked to come to help
launch the campaign.
A North Carolina native, Robinson earned
her bachelor's degree in English from East Caro-
lina University. She came to Gainesville in 2003
to work at UF's Levin College of Law.
44 EducationTimes Fall/Winter 2008
Couple makes donation
as tribute to daughter-in-law
efforts at UF receive
the 1960s, UF education researchers
n helped pioneer the middle school move-
ment, recommending that educators handle a
child's critical formative years in a transitional
setting, rather than in the regimented, depart-
mentalized junior-senior high school system.
SNow, thanks to a $600,000 donation by Fred
..P L and Christine Shewey of Gainesville, the College
of Education is creating an endowment to sup-
e C ( port new research and programs aimed at middle
fe Christine (now.
e to Kathys long career as a school reform and enhancement. The gift is
eligible to receive matching state funds that could
raise its total value to $1 million.
Fred Shewey said their donation was made as a tribute to their daughter-
in-law, Kathy Shewey, a longtime Alachua County educator who is married to
their son, Robert. Christine Shewey, the family matriarch, died in October at
age 88, while the couple's gift was being finalized, but the endowment creating
the Shewey Excellence in Middle School Education Fund has been established
in both of their names.
"Christine and I wanted to do something special for middle school teachers
and students," said Fred Shewey, 91, who owned several construction and coal
companies in his West Virginia home state before retiring to Gainesville. "We
watched Kathy work hard for so many years with middle school teachers and
this age group. We wanted to do something to support her efforts."
"Middle school teachers must work with young adolescents at a very pre-
carious time in the students' lives," said Nancy Dana, director of the college's
Center for School Improvement, who will steer the activities supported by the
Shewey fund. "Research and professional development programs generated by
this endowment will support middle-grades teachers in their quest to continu-
ally improve their instruction and understand the unique issues facing young
adolescents." Dana heads an advisory group that will plan and oversee the
Shewey Fund programs. The group also includes: Kathy Shewey, who is supervi-
sor of staff development for Alachua County public schools; and Paul George,
a UF distinguished professor emeritus in education who has been identified by
Middle School Journal as the nation's "No. 1 ranking scholar" in middle grades
George recently headed a panel of Florida educators that produced an as-
sessment of critical issues for middle school reform in Florida. "Many middle
schools are no longer serving their original function," said George. "Many
schools are too large and too focused on standardized testing to meet the special
developmental needs of adolescents. We will look at ways to improve instruc-
tion that is appropriate for students in their early teens."
Honor Roll of Giving forFiscalYear2007-08
The College of Education is pleased to acknowledge its many benefactors who supported the College during the 2007-08 fiscal year,
which ran from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. To you, our donors, your generous giving has supported scholarships, research,
teaching, supplies, special programs and activities, and much more as we strive to transform education in today's complex society. A
complete Honor Roll of Giving is available online atwww.coe.ufl.edu/HonorRoll.*
Special recognition goes to the Dean's Leadership Circle of donors, which includes alumni, parents, friends and corporate benefactors
who made gifts totaling $1,000 or more to the College during fiscal 2007-08. The College sincerely thanks the following Dean's Leadership
Circle donors whose giving has assisted students and promoted our major strategic initiatives, especially in these difficult economic times.
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Helios Education Foundation
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
William &Gail Bolser
Thomas** & Connie Bronson
Beverly& Walter Brown
The Education Foundation of Collier County
Allen** & Delores* Lastinger
The Lastinger Family Foundation
Betty Jean S. Lewis*
James (d) &Janice Moran
TheJim Moran Foundation, Inc.
John** &Anne Shermyen
Henry** & Diane Graham
Naples Children & Education Foundation
Norma Olsen* (d)
Alan & Barbara Pareira
Donald* & Helen* Gilbart
Lincoln & Lillian Hall
Carlos & Maite Martinez
Morgan, Keegan & Co., Inc.
Norman* & Margaret Nelson
The Phelps Foundation Trust
School Board of Miami-Dade County
Frances C. &William P. Smallwood Foundation
Harvey* & Gerness Alpert
Barbara* & Richard Anderson IV
Johnny*** & Betty Arnette
Joseph & Phyllis Bryant
A. H. Burnett Foundation
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Inc.
Nancy &Thomas Dana
Delta Air Lines Foundation
Daniel** &Janet Dennison
Peter & Carole* DeSoto
Billye* &Joe Dowdy
Dr. Phillips, Inc.
Cathy* Durrett-Filusch & Edward Filusch
Catherine & Ronald Emihovich
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Kenneth &Janet Keene
J. David & Kathleen* Leander
John & Elizabeth* Mallonee
Mallonee Family Foundation, Inc.
Lindsay** Mickler &John Elbare
Robert &Joy Mogyorosy
John** & Nancy Mullett
W. M. Palmer Co., Inc.
Louetta** & Pete Peterman
Walter & Bonnie Pike
Louise* & Robert Roberts II
Sanibel Leadership Assn.
Karen* & Richard** Scarborough
Target Copy of Gainesville, Inc.
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