More than 1,000 educators present research in annual UF showcases
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than 1,000 public school educators are presenting their action research in coming weeks at the University of Floridaâ€™s annual inquiry showcases around the state.
The universityâ€™s Lastinger Center for Learning, which is housed in the College of Education, co-produces the showcases with the Miami-Dade, Collier and Duval school districts as part of its award-winning Master Teacher Initiative. It is also sponsoring presentations by STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — teachers in Pinellas County.
The events showcase classroom-oriented research projects that aim to boost learning.
â€śYear after year, the teachers and administrators who participate in our Master Teacher Initiative dig deep into their practice and conduct hands-on research to figure out the best ways to help their students learn and develop,â€ť said Don Pemberton, director of the UF Lastinger Center.
Miami-Dade holds its showcase Saturday at Southwest Miami Senior High School; Duval May 24 at the University of North Florida Center in Jacksonville; and Collier June 4 at Immokalee High School.
During the past school year, educators have tackled an eclectic variety of subjects. Many of them studied the effects of the technology theyâ€™ve incorporated into their classrooms.
Projects include â€śGet Them Hooked,â€ť in which Carter G. Woodson Elementary (Jacksonville) second-grade math teacher Deanda Ewers incorporated â€śresearch based engagement strategiesâ€ť into her lesson plans; â€śTwo Teachers? Pros and Cons of Team Teaching,â€ť in which Coral Park Elementary (Miami) kindergarten teachers Carlos Mena and Jennifer Figueredo analyzed this scenario in their classroom; and â€śImpact of Study Island on AP Stats,â€ť in which Immokalee High School 12th-grade math/computer science teacher Steven Becker examined the impact of new software on his studentsâ€™ achievement.
The UF Lastinger Center is a global leader in the teacher quality movement. Harnessing the universityâ€™s intellectual resources, it partners with philanthropic, educational, governmental and business organizations to design, build, field-test, scale and disseminate new models and strategies to transform teaching and learning.
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