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We believe that teachers are the solution to making significant gains in student achievement. When policies are enacted that improve teacher quality, students’ mastery of fundamental reading and math skills increases. 

We are proud to serve as an expert resource to state policymakers as they make critical decisions to ensure that all children engage in high-quality learning experiences each day. The Lastinger Center’s nationally recognized team offers an extensive education knowledge base, from workforce development to research-based instruction strategies.

When it comes to our work, impact matters. 

  • 1,000,000+ children reached per year
  • 50,000+ educators supported
  • Increased student achievement in literacy and math

We want to hear from you.

Contact Director Phil Poekert, Ph.D. to learn more about how we can partner with your state to advance teaching and learning.

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    Impact on Education

    Girl reading book.

    New Worlds Reading Initiative

    Free book delivery and literacy support program for K-5 students in Florida

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    Early Learning Florida

    Statewide professional development system for early childhood professionals

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    Hillsborough Early Learning Network (HELN)

    Tampa-based professional development system built in partnership with the Vinik Family Foundation and Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

    Massachusetts Early Childhood Support Organization (ECSO)

    Early childhood professional development program to improve instructional leadership, teacher practice, and child outcomes

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    Math Nation

    Technology-based online teaching and learning platform for 6-12 grade math subjects

    Flamingo Literacy Matrix

    Flamingo Literacy Matrix

    Statewide literacy professional development system for K-5 educators to earn their reading endorsement in Florida

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    Literacy Coaching Endorsement

    Specialized certification program in Florida to develop coaches’ literacy and coaching skills


    Access studies that offer important insight into the education landscape and demonstrate the impact that evidence-based instructional approaches have on teaching and learning.