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Lastinger Center Connects Over 350 Educators and Academics at International Conference in Downtown Miami

On March 2-3, 2017, the Lastinger Center hosted the inaugural International Teacher Leadership Conference in Miami at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. The conference brought together over 350 educators and academics from across the globe, including attendees from Scotland, Denmark and Sweden. Featured conference keynote speakers were Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Nancy Dana of the University of Florida and Professor John MacBeath of Cambridge University. The conference hosted over 60 presentations and four school site visits. The conference was co-sponsored by Professional Development in Education, an international journal focused on publishing scholarship work on continuing professional development based in the UK.

An education innovation incubator, the Lastinger Center for Learning harnesses the University of Florida’s intellectual resources to transform teaching, enhance learning and promote healthy child development. The Lastinger Center partners with school districts, philanthropies, governmental entities and the private sector to research, design, build and field-test innovative educational programs and systems that improve teacher practice and student outcomes. The Lastinger Center has been working in Miami-Dade County for the past ten years on a wide range of programs and initiatives in both early childhood and K-12 education. Early Learning Florida and Algebra Nation, two Lastinger Center programs, have greatly impacted students, teachers and practitioners in Miami-Dade County. Early Learning Florida is a statewide job-embedded professional development system that has impacted over 700 practitioners and 7,000 children in Miami-Dade since launching in 2015. Algebra Nation, a dynamic online teaching and learning system focused on improving student mastery of Algebra, has served 3,500 teachers and over 100,000 students in MDCPS since 2013.