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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 competitive global environment.
In the 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 works with families and parents to identify 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 assessment strategies, professional development models,
inclusion, literacy and second-language acquisition, science, technology and math initiatives.
Stories linked to our campaign goals are poignant reminders of how pressing the need is, and how necessary it is to ensure that all
our citizens have access to quality education. Accomplishing this requires far greater support than we currently receive, and that's
where alumni and friends play a significant role.
On the drawing board is the renovation of "Old Norman" along with an expansion to create an Experiential Learning Complex that
will offer innovative research and educational programs for integrating technology into learning and instruction, and link three build-
ings in a design that expresses the open, connected, flexible, modular and collaborative possibilities of information-rich technology.
We have targeted adding graduate fellowships and scholarships, endowed chairs and named professorships, and new research cen-
ters including an Early Childhood Center of Excellence as part of our campaign goals.
Our fundraising priorities reflect our longstanding connections with our P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School. We have tar-
geted endowment support for the school's new Program for Teacher Renewal, designed to reaffirm teachers' passion and commitment
to their craft. Another proposed endowment focuses on strengthening teaching and learning in the critical STEM subjects science,
technology, engineering and math.
We have an ambitious agenda and believe it is achievable with the strong support of alumni and friends of education. The Florida
Tomorrow campaign offers a unique opportunity to light fires that will burn for generations to come and leave an educational legacy
that will transform society.
What gift could make a greater difference?
Dean, College of Education
The Promise of Tomorrow
The University of Florida holds the promise of the future:
Florida Tomorrow a place, a belief, a day. Florida Tomorrow is
filled with possibilities. Florida Tomorrow is for dreamers and
doers, for optimists and pragmatists, for scholars and entrepre-
neurs, all of whom are nurtured at Florida's flagship university:
the University of Florida, the foundation of the Gator Nation.
What is Florida Tomorrow? Here at the College of Education,
we believe it's an opportunity, one filled with promise and hope.
It's that belief that feeds the university's capital campaign to raise
more than $1 billion.
The Florida Tomorrow campaign will shape the t..;- ... -i1.
certainly. But its ripple effect will also touch the state of Florida,
the nation and the entire world. Florida Tomorrow is pioneering
research and spirited academic programs. It's a fertile envi-
ronment for inquiry, teaching and learning. It's being at the
forefront to address the challenges facing all of us, both today
College of Education
Florida Tomorrow Campaign Goals
Education technology annex and renovations at Norman Hall
Endowed research professorships
PK. Yonge Program for Teacher Renewal
Early Childhood Center of Excellence
Strengthen outreach programs of national impact
PK. Yonge education and outreach in science, technology,
engineering and math
TOTAL $20 million
Florida Tomorrow is a day
when all children enter school prepared to learn.
An alarming number of children face extreme obstacles to
learning before entering school poverty, poor access to health
care, meager early-learning opportunities. About 4 million kids
start kindergarten each year, and as many as one in three is
behind and never catches up.
Early childhood education is a core priority at UF's College of
Education. The college is creating strategic partnerships and pull-
ing out all stops to improve learning by smoothing the transition
to school for children who are likely to start unprepared.
The 2006 rollout of an ambitious program called Ready Schools
Florida uses a research-proven model of early child interven-
tion in Miami-Dade County public schools, and ultimately to
other Florida counties and states. The initiative, spurred by a
four-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, teams two
champions of early child development and education UF's
Lastinger Center for Learning and The Early Childhood Initiative
Foundation of Miami. Ready Schools Florida emphasizes close
parental and school involvement and intensive neighborhood-
and community-wide planning to address children's needs from
before birth to kindergarten. It also addresses the teaching and
learning culture inside schools.
"We coordinate and align training for pre-kindergarten and
elementary teachers and increase parent involvement to create a
family-friendly school culture," says Don Pemberton, director of
UF's Lastinger Center for Learning.
Teachers and principals at participating schools can take advan-
tage of a job-embedded master's degree program in early child
education, earning their degrees on-site while working with mas-
ter teachers and UF education professors from the Lastinger Center.
The recruitment of Patricia Snyder as the first occupant of the
David Lawrence Jr. Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Studies
is also a milestone in the college's effort. Known for heading col-
laborative cross-disciplinary studies in the field, she is bridging
the research gap in early childhood education and care. Snyder
works closely with the namesake of her prestigious teaching
and research post, David Lawrence Jr., a UF alumnus and leader
of the school-readiness movement. Lawrence heads The Early
Childhood Initiative Foundation in Miami and serves on the
Lastinger Center board.
"Dr. Snyder's leadership experience in interdisciplinary
research brings international visibility to our programs and gen-
erates additional support to realize our longstanding dream of
creating the University of Florida Early Childhood Center of
Excellence," says Catherine Emihovich, dean of the College of
Education. "The College of Education is emerging as a national
player in the movement to promote a strong start in life for all
children, ensuring 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.
Power of Collaboration
When Lacy Redd became principal of Newberry Elementary
in 2002, the rural Alachua County school had just received a "C"
under Florida's school grading system and was struggling to
meet the academic needs of individual students.
The school lacked direction and leadership, Redd believed,
and she needed to make some dramatic changes. One of her first
steps was to link Newberry with a coalition of 10 local elementary
schools in UF's College of Education's Professional Development
UF partners with PDC schools to form a network of school- and
university-based teacher-educators committed to "inclusive edu-
cation" preparing the next generation of elementary teachers to
teach all learners, including those with distinctive needs while
pursuing ongoing school improvement. Newberry Elementary
teachers collaborated with UF professors and doctoral students to
mentor prospective teachers from the college's teacher education
program. The pre-interns integrate theory and practice in their
daily classroom exposure, and also conduct research addressing
targeted areas for school improvement.
Professors and doctoral students work on site to provide pro-
fessional support in each area of school improvement and coach
prospective teachers and their mentors. Teachers and principals at
the 10 partnering schools also exchange experiences and ideas for
"My teachers feel empowered when they see the positive
results from the changes we've made in the academic achieve-
ment of our kids," Redd says. "I love helping train the next
generation of inclusive teachers and watching my teachers
improve their own practices. With the 'extra hands' provided by
the pre-interns, we're much more able to meet the needs of indi-
Newberry Elementary is now working to extend a string of
three consecutive years as an "A" school, due in large part to its
PDC partnership, Redd says.
PDC director Darby Delane, who steers the program as part of
her doctoral studies while doubling as UF's on-site coordinator
at Newberry Elementary, credits her PDC experience for reviving
her own teaching career.
"It turned on a light bulb in my mind and changed my whole
outlook. I'd never realized the potential power of collaboration
between teachers and interns and children and administrators,"
the former middle school social studies teacher says. "It creates
a ripple effect of support and growth for everyone involved, and
that's when kids really feel the impact on their learning."
Florida Tomorrow is a belief ...
that everyone deserves access to high-quality education.
Dare to Dream
Like most of her ninth-grade classmates in 2000 at Miami
Senior High in the Little Havana neighborhood, Jackie Basallo
faced tough odds of making it to college, much less to the
University of Florida. No one in her family had ever attended col-
lege, not even in Cuba before her parents fled in 1979.
Basallo's fortunes changed thanks to her older sister, Marilyn,
and the UF Alliance program. The College of Education program
formed in 2000 at six high-poverty high schools in three cities:
Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville. UF education professors con-
duct research in the schools, provide professional development
and support, and expose students and their parents to early col-
lege awareness and mentoring activities.
To top it off, the Alliance teams with UF's admissions office to
award up to seven full scholarships annually to students from
each partner school. The goal is to help schools improve edu-
cational and leadership opportunities for their students, while
enhancing teacher quality and retention.
When Basallo visited UF as a ninth-grader on an Alliance-
sponsored trip, she fell in love with the campus and recognized
the academic opportunities. When she returned home, she urged
her sister, then a senior at Miami High, to apply at UF
"Marilyn got in and got the Opportunity Alliance scholarship,
but my parents freaked out over the thought of her attending
UF," Basallo recalls. "In traditional Cuban families, the girls leave
home only to get married. But they finally gave in because if they
didn't, it would go against everything they taught us about striv-
ing to go for what you want in life."
Marilyn went on to earn a bachelor's in accounting and secure
a job with PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's largest
"When it came time for me to graduate from high school my
parents didn't even give me the option. I had to apply to UF,"
Basallo says. "Luckily, I also received the Alliance scholarship."
Her transition to UF was smooth. She worked in the UF
Alliance office, studied abroad in the Netherlands and Greece,
and visited Alliance schools to speak to peers about her college
experience all while maintaining a 3.6 GPA. She also received
the university's Ann Q. Lynch Award for outstanding contribu-
tions to campus life. In spring 2007, Basallo received a bachelor's
degree in marketing and went on to pursue a master's in UF's
international business program.
"If anyone would have told me [in high school] that I would
have traveled abroad twice or would be going to grad school, I
wouldn't have believed it," she says. "University-school collab-
orations like the UF Alliance help students everywhere pursue
their dreams and make them come true."
Our Vision of Tomorrow
Now more than ever, a sound education is essential to
success in life. Yet the task of preparing tomorrow's teachers,
counselors and education leaders has never been more daunt-
ing. An alarming number of children start school unprepared
to learn, and many never catch up. Rising economic, racial and
social disparities are creating a serious achievement gap between
the "haves" and the "have-nots" among students in our public
schools. Many Floridians have limited access to quality education
in both the K-12 grades and in higher education.
The future of this state and nation rests upon ensuring equal
opportunities to learn over the full education continuum, from
cradle to college to career advancement. Your support through the
Florida Tomorrow campaign can help the UF College of Education
change the face of education in today's complex world.
The college serves Florida with a focus on engaged scholar-
ship cutting-edge education research and academic activities
that directly enhance teaching and learning or address important
social issues. Your investment can yield an immediate and visible
impact on our efforts and create ripples of change that will reso-
nate for many years to come.
Just ask UF alumni Allen and Delores Lastinger, who funded
the startup of the college's Lastinger Center for Learning in 1999.
The St. Augustine couple could not have foreseen that within just
a few years, UF faculty researchers would be working through
the center to develop new models of teaching and learning and
partnering with some 40 high-poverty elementary schools in
transformational school-improvement programs.
Our campaign goals reflect our commitment to transform all
levels of education starting with our youngest children. By
partnering with public schools, school districts and communi-
ties, UF education faculty will expand school-readiness programs
in communities throughout Florida to smooth the transition to
school for children who are likely to start unprepared. We also
plan to create an Early Childhood Center of Excellence to study
all aspects of education and health for young children.
Strategic collaborations extend to the elementary, middle
and high school grades, with UF professors leading school-
improvement activities through core college programs such as
the Lastinger Center, the UF Alliance and the Center for School
Improvement. UF's statewide network of schools continues to
grow as funding allows, serving as a forum for sharing ideas and
experiences, and offering professional development and graduate-
study opportunities for partnering teachers and principals online,
on campus and in the teachers' own classrooms.
Connections run deep with our P.K. Yonge Developmental
Research School. We have targeted endowment support for
the school's new Program for Teacher Renewal, a year-round
professional development program providing "hands-on"
classroom training within a collegial support system to reaffirm
teachers' passion and commitment to their craft. Another
proposed endowment would support P.K. Yonge's heightened
emphasis on the critical STEM subjects science, technology,
engineering and math as critical workforce skills in our
competitive global environment.
Improving education quality and leadership at the college and
university level offers additional philanthropic opportunities.
Campaign support will help UF resident faculty in the college's
Institute of Higher Education provide mentoring, networking and
continuing professional development for higher-education practi-
tioners and leaders, with special emphasis on Florida community
colleges and underrepresented groups.
College faculty and their graduate students are stepping up
their research efforts to address the most critical issues in edu-
cation and society. 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 lead-
ership, inclusion and assessment. The most ambitious proposal
is the expansion of historic Norman Hall to create an education
research and technology annex. There, interdisciplinary research
teams from across campus would adapt the latest information
technologies to transform how education has been traditionally
defined and delivered.
With your contributions spurring our efforts, Florida Tomorrow
will 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?