P.K. Yonge serves the state as a vehicle through which best practices in K-12 education are designed, tested, and disseminated. Research partnerships are one avenue through which the school supports research taking place at the University of Florida and other research institutions. Each year, P.K. Yonge partners with researchers to address critical issues for today’s and tomorrow’s students.

Research Activities and Partnerships


Rose Pringle, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Science Education, School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of Florida – $5 million National Science Foundation Math Science Partnership Project preparing over 100 Florida science teacher leaders and middle grades science teachers to implement inquiry-based science to improve students’ science achievement and engagement

Brian J. Reiser, Ph.D., Professor, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University; Joe Krajcik, Ph.D., Professor, Michigan State University; Univ of CA Berkeley – Longitudinal study of 8th grade students’ learning gains after three years of inquiry-based science Technology

Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Educational Technology and Director of the NeurAL Lab, School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of Florida – iDig Fossils: Engaging K-12 Students in Integrated STEM via 3D Digitization, Printing, and Exploration of Fossils (National Science Foundation)

Kara Dawson, Ph.D., Professor, Educational Technology, School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of Florida; Matthew Wilson, Doctoral Candidate – Multi-year study of technology uses across grade levels, courses, and content areas as student-to-digital device ratio improves and P.K. Yonge implements a 1:1 personal learning device program and blended learning strategies

Lisa Anthony, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Science & Engineering, University of Florida – Touchscreen interaction design and development



Robert C. Schoen, Ph.D., Associate Director, Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) – Improving elementary fractions instruction Language Arts and Literacy

English Language Arts

Anne Corinne Huggins-Manley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Research and Evaluation Methodology, School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, College of Education, University of Florida – Developing grade 3-5 formative assessments of morphological awareness to inform instructional planning and intervention

Danling Fu, Ph.D., Professor, Language & Literature, School of Teaching and Learning College of Education, University of Florida – Ongoing consultation in partnership with Chinese scholars and P.K. Yonge secondary English language arts teachers comparing U.S. and Chinese writing and literature instruction and planning for a democratic educational approach in schools


Student Behavior – Support for Teachers

Ashley MacSuga-Gage, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education, College of Education, University of Florida – Alternative strategies for supporting teachers implementing Positive Behavior Supports to ensure student success


Student, Family, and Faculty Health

Carolyn M. Tucker, Ph.D., UF Florida Blue Endowed Chair in Health Disparities, University of Florida; Frederic F. Desmond, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, University of Florida – Health Smart School Initiative – an evidence-based program to modify behaviors and prevent obesity being collaboratively adapted and tested in a school setting from national use and testing in community centers, YMCAs, churches, and health care sites School Psychology

Diana Joyce Beaulieu, Ph.D., Scholar, School Psychology, College of Education, University of Florida – With federal grant funding, graduate students in school psychology lead annual analysis of P.K. Yonge systems-level data to design effective interventions, annual studies, professional presentations, publications, and dissertation studies


Evaluation of Online Content and Resources

Tara Tobin Cataldo, MLS, Biological Sciences Librarian & Science Collections Coordinator, Marston Science Library, University of Florida – Researching how 4th-12th grade students identify and judge credibility of online information and resources

Angela Kohnen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of Florida – Understanding the teaching and content retention of online resource credibility 6th – 12th grades


School Improvement

Nancy Fichtman Dana, Ph.D., Professor, School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida – Developing and studying processes for supporting school-wide teacher inquiry as a strategy for school improvement, professional learning, and teacher renewal