Encouraging. Educating. Empowering.

The mission of the Consortium for Future Educators @ UCF is to bring district leaders, lead teachers, administrative teams and post-secondary education supporters together to share best practices as it relates to the creation, growth and results of High School Teaching Academies.

Alignment of these best practices with key stakeholders will support the creation of shared resources, ideas and a strong network to build a community of practice that develops future teachers and supports recruitment and retention efforts with university partners.

About Us

UCF’s Consortium for Future Educators supports each district’s unique high-school teacher academy, or grow-your-own initiative, in several ways.

  • Provides a centralized location and source for information sharing between district administrators and lead teachers who are in a variety of program stages from inception, recruitment, program growth and maintenance, and incentivizing hiring after college graduation.
  • Provides relevant and updated research about high school teaching recruitment programs and allows avenues for active research partnerships with UCF as Florida grow-your-own programs mature.
  • Provides opportunities for high school students and lead teachers in grow-your-own programs to attend a teaching conference at UCF with a specially designed track of sessions geared towards the high school curriculum about teaching and learning.

In the News

UCF Consortium hosts Virtual Professional Learning Community sessions in response to COVID 19

UCF Consortium hosts Virtual Professional Learning Community sessions in response to COVID 19

The past several months have gone by in a blur for the world as rushed plans were created in response ...
‘Grow-Your-Own’ Efforts Continue at University of Central Florida

‘Grow-Your-Own’ Efforts Continue at University of Central Florida

Now in its third year, the University of Central Florida (UCF) Consortium for Future Educators is growing by leaps and ...
Growing Your Own Teachers

Growing Your Own Teachers

Florida needs new teachers. According to the Florida Department of Education, critical teacher shortage areas for the 2019-20 school year ...

Our Work

The following depicts the efforts and impact of the Consortium’s early work to date:

Hosts bi-annual Consortium meetings
Hosts Future Teachers Conference for high school teaching academy students
Presents at numerous local, state, and national conferences
Hosts Virtual Professional Learning Community in response to COVID 19
Supports the UCF Teacher Knights induction program for early career teachers

Coming soon.

Partners

BrevardPublicSchools
UCF College of Community Innovation and Education
CitrusCountySchools
DistrictSchoolBoardOfSumterCounty
EducatorsRising
FloridaDepartmentOfEducation
LakeCountySchools
LakeSumterStateCollege
LakeWalesCharterSchools
MarionPublicCountySchools
MartinCountySchoolDistrict
Orange County Public Schools
PascoCountySchools
PolkCountyPublicSchools
SarasotaCountySchools
SchoolDistrictOfOsceolaCountyFL
SeminoleCountyPublicSchools
StJohnsCountySchoolDistrict
ValenciaCollege
VolusiaCountySchools
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Faculty Members

Laura (Junie) Albers-Biddle, Ed.D.

Senior Lecturer

Elementary Education

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Norine Blanch, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Elementary Education

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Malcolm B. Butler, Ph.D.

Professor and School Director

School of Teacher Education

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Pamela "Sissi" Carroll, Ed.D.

Professor and Dean

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Roberta Ergle, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

English Language Arts Education

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Kelly Jennings-Towle, Ed.D.

Director and Senior Lecturer

Clinical and Field Experiences

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Marni M. Kay, M.Ed.

Instructor

Reading Education

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Stephanie Luke, M.Ed.

Instructor

Math and Science Education

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Farshid Safi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Mathematics Education

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Shane Trenta, M.A., Ed.D.

Associate Lecturer

Elementary Education

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Taylar Wenzel, Ed.D.

Associate Lecturer

Elementary Education

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For more information about the Consortium for Future Educators, contact Marni Kay.

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