Who We Are
They saw great potential in making cutting-edge academic research immediately available to academic practitioners. In alignment with the University of Florida College of Education‘s mission to generate innovations to improve educational outcomes, the Center strives to improve academic practices in Florida and beyond.
The organization launched with a small but mighty staff that effectively leveraged the intellectual resources of the University of Florida to provide outsized value to schools and districts. The Lastinger Center quickly saw results improving teacher effectiveness through their innovative approach.
Today, under the leadership of Dr. Philip Poekert, the Lastinger Center’s innovations serve children and teachers in every community in Florida and have expanded both nationally and globally. The remarkable scope of the Lastinger Center’s work and the impact of its collective efforts have drawn state, national, and international recognition and investment.
From its modest start, the Lastinger Center has consistently developed powerful programs and initiatives that transform teaching and learning. Few, if any, educational incubation centers claim such a strong portfolio of innovations.
Allen and Delores also established the Lastinger Family Foundation in 1998 with a mission of preserving history, culture and the environment as well as enhancing the well being of children.
The Lastinger Center has made significant strides in less than two decades of work by approaching the needs of educators in Florida and around the country. Take a look at our Strategic Plan to see what we’ll be up to through 2020.
Our non-traditional team of more than fifty educators, entrepreneurs, inventors, designers and researchers are working to design, build and refine programs proven to significantly impact teacher and child outcomes.
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Our team strives to better the lives of children, teachers, and educational leaders through the creation of translational research to drive decision making, inform policy and improve systems within Florida and national educational settings.
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Philip E. Poekert, Ph.D., is the Director of the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning, Florida’s education innovation hub with a mission to create educational systems where every child and educator experiences high quality learning, regardless of their life circumstances.Read More