About P.K. Yonge

Mission

The mission of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, since its establishment in 1934, has been to design, test, and disseminate innovations in K-12 education through serving a diverse student community.

Our Relevance to the State

Our relevance to education in the state and around the nation is grounded in being a public school, our student demographics, our impact on other schools, and providing a proof of concept for K-12 educational innovation.

We are a Public School

As a publicly funded K-12 school we strive to serve all students while facing the same challenges and constraints that confront all public schools in Florida. Our size as a one-school school district makes it possible to develop and pilot creative educational solutions in response to never-ending demands, and based on new research findings.

Funded by the Florida Department of Education, we are uniquely positioned in the College of Education at the University of Florida to collaborate with University of Florida researchers to develop innovative solutions to 21st century challenges for students of all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Our Student Demographics

As legislated by the Sid Martin Bill (F.S.S. 1002.32), our student population, selected by lottery, represents Florida’s racial and income demographics (52% minority; 50% below Florida’s median income, 12% students with disabilities). Our students commute from more than 30 surrounding small and rural north Florida cities and towns.

Establishing a school culture where students from all backgrounds and circumstances come together to learn and grow in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment is a core part of P.K. Yonge’s mission and a source of pride for the school. The diversity of our student population is the foundation of our relevance to the broader conversation about K-12 education.

Our Impact on Other Schools

Our impact on schools stems from professional learning learning activities offered for practitioners and administrators throughout the state and nation. In recent times our reach has extended internationally with participants coming to us from Abu Dhabi, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, India, Israel, and Slovakia

Our professional learning activities serve hundreds of educators each year, from school districts around the state and the nation. Workshops and activities focus on innovative structures for professional learning, literacy, project-based learning, technology integration, student-centered instruction, active learning, student collaboration, personalized learning, Universal Design for Learning, Multi-Tiered System of Supports, inquiry-based science, and student discourse and engagement.

Proof of Concept for Innovation in K-12 Education

Innovations in teaching, pedagogy, curriculum, and architecture are rooted in our school-based mission, “to design, test, and disseminate best practices in K-12 education.”

 

Innovation at P.K. Yonge

Curriculum and Instruction

P.K. Yonge provides a place where interested educators can consult with P.K. Yonge teachers who are figuring out how to put emerging theories and research into practice.

Architecture and Interior Design

In an elementary building designed for tomorrow’s students, P.K .Yonge teachers are defining how to teach and learn in non-traditional learning spaces.

Delivery Systems

Optimizing available time, personnel, and funding to support the social, emotional, and educational needs of our students defines the framework of our multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS).

 

Plan for Excellence

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida has a unique opportunity as a “school of choice” to provide leadership in education excellence in Florida and throughout the nation. In an effort to make a positive contribution to the realization of that ambition, the school’s Citizen Advisory Council, working with parents, teachers, students, and administrators has articulated what it believes to be a relevant description of the level of achievement to which the school should aspire. More

About Our Namesake: Philip Keyes Yonge

Philip Keyes Yonge (May 27, 1850–August 9, 1934) was a prominent Florida businessman and civic leader. For almost 30 years he served as member and chairman of the Florida Board of Control – the governing body of the State University System of Florida.

“[P.K] Yonge’s commitment toward improving education is commemorated in the University of Florida’s P.K. Yonge Laboratory School in the School of Education, dedicated to innovative programs in elementary, middle, and high school teaching and learning.” More