The UCF Teacher Quality Partnerships program is designed to recruit, prepare, and sustain highly-effective teachers with specific foci in mathematics to support students with diverse learning needs. Ongoing collaborative efforts ensure project services are personalized, job-embedded, and practice-changing for teacher candidates, supervising teachers, instructional coaches, and professors-in-residence.

Through this project, teams at the University of Central Florida and Orange County Public Schools collaborate to align resources and support for teacher candidates. In addition to receiving ongoing support from their supervising teacher, teacher candidates are a part of a professional learning community at their school site facilitated by a university professor-in-residence. The professor-in-residence engages teacher candidates in weekly conversations around evidence-based instructional practices for mathematics, culturally responsive teaching, positive classroom climate and classroom management, and teacher wellness and self-care. Professional learning activities are co-constructed and job-embedded to meet individual learning needs identified by UCF instructional staff, OCPS leadership and instructional staff, and school-based instructional coaches.

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Learning from our Students

The TQP Project held Student Focus Groups with students from our partner site schools and surrounding communities. Project leaders and partners spent time with students asking them about their experiences in school, what they enjoy, how they learn best, and what they would change if they were in charge. A great reminder of why we do what we do in education. Highlighting the voices of students is key for enhancing educational practices in ways that make a difference for students!

Professional Learning

Teacher Quality Partnerships ED Talk - Helping students and families work through trauma; Dr. Kim Anderson

Dr. Kim Anderson, is an Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Kim Anderson’s scholarship focuses on examining trauma recovery and resilience in populations impacted by violence. For 25 years she has practiced and conducted research in the trauma field. Dr. Anderson trains school personnel on Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)(group intervention) and mental health professionals on Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) (child-parent intervention). This talk will address empirical findings and conceptual insights for educators to assist people affected by violence and oppression to cultivate their strengths and resilient capacities and why understanding health equity is imperative in responding to educational inequities. Educators can learn realistic ways to practice supportive and reflective ways to tolerate and respond to negative emotions.

Teacher Quality Partnerships ED Talk - Engaging the Community; Dr. Amanda Wilkerson

D.r Amanda Wilkerson, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Community Innovation and Education at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Amanda Wilkerson’s scholarship focuses on deconstructing culturally relevant pedagogical practices associated with teaching underserved student learners within the K-20 classroom. Her work explicates affirmative practices, policies, and organizing methods to leverage community partnerships and involvement for student learning. This talk will address community ecological contexts and community-school partnerships critical to transititions educators from behaviors individuality to collectivity impact and why understanding equity and cultural nuances are imperative in responding to challenges in the implementation of community engagement. An increasingly growing education population requires educators who actively pursue relational intelligence and community strengths.

Teacher Quality Partnerships ED Talk - Self-Care and Wellness; Dr. Shainna Ali

Dr. Shainna Ali, is a Professor of Counselor Education, Founder of Integrated Counseling Solutions, as well as a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Dr. Shainna Ali’s scholarship focuses on exploring identity and culture, emotional intelligence, & creativity methods in counseling. Dr. Ali is a past president of the Florida Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, presently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal for Creativity in Mental Health and the Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, and is an ambassador for the International Registry of Counselor Education programs. She is also passionate about crafting research-informed, interactive presentations and workshops pertaining to mental health education. This talk will address embracing the science of emotional wellness and helping participants tailor a personal plan for self-care. Audiences gain an increasing literacy pertaining to mental health awareness, assessment, and maintenance.

Teacher Quality Partnerships ED Talk - Embracing the Art of Self-Compassion; Dr. Coralis Solomon

Dr. Coralis Solomon, is an Assistant Professor of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training at the Troy University, as well as a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Dr. Coralis Solomon’s scholarship focuses on examining self-compassion and emotional resilience with minority teachers working in elementary schools. Her commitment to the mental health counseling field goes beyond private practice as she is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and a published author in the area of mindful self-compassion and burnout in the job prevention. This talk will address embracing the science of self-compassion and why understanding one's inner critic is imperative in responding to maintaining educator emotional wellness. Mindful self-compassion for educators requires community, and an awareness of self-criticism and compassionate encouragements.

Teacher Quality Partnerships ED Talk - Building school community in the age of COVID-19; Dr. Kimberly Renk

Dr. Kimberly Renk, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Kimberly Renk’s scholarship focuses on examining issues related to parent-young child connection, especially when families are struggling with problems in living, changes in caregivers, substance use and other psychological disorders, trauma, and abuse or neglect. Her research laboratory work, Understanding Young Children and Families, provides a forum for investigating a variety of Infant Mental Health-related issues, for providing evidence-based and trauma-informed services to families with young children who are 6-years of age and younger (through the Young Children and Families Research Clinic [YCFRC]), and for building community partnerships meant to better serve high-risk families and their young children in Central Florida. This talk will address evidence based best practices critical to building school community in the age of COVID-19 and why understanding health equity is imperative in responding to educational inequities. Educators can learn realistic ways to connect to be supportive and reflective with students, as opposed adversarial.

Teacher Quality Partnerships ED Talk - Disrupting Educational Practices; Dr. L. Trenton Marsh

Dr. L. Trenton Marsh, is an Assistant Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Learning Sciences and Educational Research at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. L. Trenton Marsh’s scholarship focuses on examining lived experiences of youth/families of color, conceptualization of success equitable pedagogies, policies, and processes in urban schools. His work explores the way in which experiences of low-income students and families of color inform equitable pedagogies, policies, and processes in educative spaces serving PreK-12 and higher education students. This talk will address socio-cultural contexts and practices critical to disrupting diversity deficit educational practices and why understanding equity and educational justice are imperative in responding to educational inequities. An increasingly growing education population requires educators who acknowledge disproportionality, disconnection and dehumanization to build relational resistance.

Learning with National Experts

Overhauling the Transmission Model Webinar with Alfie Kohn.

Dr. Kohn describes educational attributes of highly-successful schools.

Coaching Sessions with Professors-in-Residence

Teacher candidates have the opportunity to receive job-embedded coaching and support from their on-site professor-in-residence. Coaching conversations center around student learning and best practices, such as culturally responsive teaching, Universal Design for Learning, student engagement and self-care.

Publications and Scholarship

Pike, L., Herbert, L., Slanda, D. D., & Little, M. (2020). Digital sponsorship of pre-service teacher interns during COVID-19. In R. E. Ferdig, E. Baumgartner, R. Hartshorne, R. Kaplan-Rakowski, & C. Mouza (Eds.), Teaching, Technology, And Teacher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from:

Pike, L., & Carli, M. (2020). Leveraging Best Practice in Teacher Residency to Enhance Teacher Preparation. SRATE Journal, 29(2), n2.

Shillingford, M.A., Herbert, .L, and Gaskin-Butler, V. (2020, in press). Eating Disorders. Shillingford-Bulter, A., Gonzalez, T. (Eds.), Demystifying the DSM for School Counselors. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing.

Curriculum Resources

Our Team

Principal Investigator

Co-Principal Investigator

Co-Principal Investigator

Project Manager

Project Coordinator


June Jones, Ed.D.


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Jennifer Caton, Ph.D.

Graduate Research Associate

Christine De Stefano, MA

Graduate Research Associate

Lindsey Pike, MSW

Graduate Research Associate

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Oluwaseun Farotimi, M.S

Graduate Research

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Lily Deware

Our Professors in Residence

Teacher Candidates as Assets

Classroom Community

This clip discusses examples of teacher candidates supporting their supervising teachers in building a positive classroom culture through meaningful relationships.

Classroom Technology

This clip shares how our teacher candidates design lessons and create intentional supports based on data to meet individual student needs.

Meeting Student Needs

This clip shares how our teacher candidates embrace emerging technologies to support student learning for all students.

Classroom Partners

This clip shows how teacher candidates, supervising teachers, and clinical coordinators partner to use research-based practices and meet the emotional, behavioral, and life skill needs of all learners.


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The contents of this website were developed under TQP, a Department of Education grant within the Effective Educator Development Programs in the US Department of Education, #U336S180044. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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