Gov. Scott lauds UF program

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Gov. Scott visited Lastinger partner school David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center.

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As part of his education listening tour, Gov. Rick Scott recently visited the Lastinger Center’s office on the University of Florida campus and one of the Center’s partner schools in Miami.

UF Lastinger Center Director Don Pemberton, who served on the governor’s educational transition team, has been working with Gov. Scott and his staff to advance teacher-quality initiatives throughout Florida.

“The program we’re going to start at the state is basically what you all have been doing here and what Don has been doing at UF,” Gov. Scott said during his visit to the Lastinger-partner school.

When he announced his educational plan last week, Gov. Scott further lauded the UF Lastinger Center’s award-winning professional development programs.

“We were thrilled that Gov. Scott met with us to learn about our innovative professional development programs and subsequently visited one of our partner schools to see our work in action,” UF Lastinger Center Director Don Pemberton said. We believe the governor’s policy of championing teachers and focusing on the Common Core are

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the right strategies. We’re deeply committed to joining colleagues from other universities to support the governor’s goals of boosting teacher effectiveness and student learning.”

During his visit to the Miami school, where he heard testimonials about UF Lastinger Center’s award-winning professional development programs from participating teachers, Gov. Scott announced a $2 million investment to “create a competitive teacher training grant which will also leverage private sector funding and federal grant dollars to increase teacher training programs.”

“Gov. Scott’s K-12 plan is an effective approach for enhancing Florida students’ readiness for the University of Florida and other state universities and state colleges,” said UF President Bernie Machen. “We are particularly pleased he calls for investment in the type of teacher-quality initiatives championed by the Lastinger Center at UF. It’s an important program that provides innovative and high-quality professional development programs to help teachers transform learning.”

UF College of Education Dean Glenn Good added, “We support Gov. Scott’s goals of improving educational outcomes and workforce readiness across the state. The college and Lastinger Center are ready to support these objectives through developing and disseminating best practices for achieving these vital objectives.”

An education innovation incubator, the Lastinger Center harnesses UF’s intellectual resources to partner with educational organizations to design, build, field-test and implement models that transform teaching, improve learning and promote healthy child development.