Welcome to FIE 

At the Florida Institute of Education (FIE) at the University of North Florida, we believe that education at all levels, Prekindergarten through post-secondary, can be improved by working collaboratively with educators, children, families, and researchers. Through research, FIE seeks to inform policy and decision making, support early learning and 

PreK-12 educators, and positively impact families and communities in Florida.

FIE builds upon a rich body of research to advance learning in the following areas:

• Early and Emergent Literacy

• Social and Emotional Development

• Family Engagement

• Community-based After School Programs

• Technology in Education

• Strategic Coaching

• Program Evaluation and Research

Please use the links in the top menu bar to learn more about FIE.


News and Announcements


Dr. Carlson is teaching a small group lesson with 4-year olds
focusing on robotics and programming concepts using KIBO.

 ILS Logo Dr. Tiffany Ohlson presented The Integration
of Emergent Writing, Research-Based
Instructional Strategies, and Technology:
Engaging Children and Maximizing
at the International Literacy
Association 2016 Annual Conference
in Boston, MA July 9-11, 2016

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Dr. Tiffany Ohlson presented Exploring
Programming and Robotics in Early
Childhood Classrooms
at the ISTE 2016
conference in Denver, Colorado
June 26-29, 2016.

 Robotics_Video_Image2   Robotics and Programming in Pre-K: RAPP
  The goal of the RAPP project was to strengthen
  children’s problem-solving abilities as they
  learned how to program KIBO while working
  collaboratively with their peers. Channel 4
  reports on researchers Deborah L. Carlson
  and Bronwyn McLemore working to improve
  Pre-K children’s STEM learning opportunities
  using KIBO the robot.
  Click here to view video

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  FIE is now on Twitter. Please follow us @fieunf. We post
information, educational policy research, and
  share knowledge 
regarding educational best practices, 

  reform efforts, and instructional strategies related to
  literacy as well as technology.


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  The Florida Institute of Education is now an open group on

  Linkedin. We invite you to join and share professional 

  resources related to educational reform, early childhood 
  education, literacy, family and school partnerships, 

  instructional technology, and collaborative networks.

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 UNF is a smoke-free campus.