Pinellas, Lastinger win 'prestigious, statewide award'
Here's a piece of information the University of Florida and the Pinellas school district really, really wants to get out there: The teacher training partnership between Pinellas and UF's Lastinger Center for Learning - the topic of so much discussion just a couple months ago - has won a "prestigious, statewide award," according to three press releases sent to The Gradebook.
The Florida Association of Staff Development awarded its 2011 Outstanding Professional Development Practices Award to the partnership Tuesday. The association's board of directors includes an assistant dean in UF's College of Education.
Earlier this year, UF and Pinellas announced that Lastinger's Florida Master Teacher Initiative, which Pinellas and several other districts are participating in, had won the "coveted" 2011 Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award from the Association of Teacher Educators.
As we've noted before, Pinellas officials have described the Lastinger partnership as leading a "quiet revolution", and Lastinger describes itself as a "global leader in the teacher quality movement." After the Gradebook posted a two-paragraph blurb about the previous award, Lastinger linked to it on its web site, under the headline, "St. Petersburg Times features Lastinger's latest national award."