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Dr. Chris Janson, Director


Christopher Janson, PhD is an associate professor and the Director of the University of North Florida's Center for Urban Education and Policy (CUEP). Chris has authored over 20 journal articles and book chapters on topics related to educator preparation, community-engaged practices, and the role academics can play as activists.


A considerable portion of Chris's research focuses on the systematic study of subjectivity through an approach called, Q Methodology. More recently, he and a colleague have used Q Methodology as the foundation for a participatory process called InQuiry, which is designed to assess, understand, and empower collective agency in organizations and communities. A common thread to Chris's scholarship that he brings to the CUEP is a commitment toward advocating with, rather than for those in historically underserved communities, while also learning how to create, use, and sustain approaches to school-community partnerships in which schools and universities learn and grow from the wisdom and knowledge of the students, families and caregivers, and residents within the communities themselves.

In addition to his work through the University of North Florida and the CUEP, Chris works alongside national and local community educators, scholars, and organizers in order to develop democratic processes with community members to develop and facilitate Community Learning Exchanges (CLEs) - inter-organizational, multicultural, and multi-generational convenings designed to strengthen the social and political fabric of communities through individual and collective strengths, gifts, and assets. Last year, Chris co-authored a book on this CLE approach titled, Reframing Community Partnerships in Education: Uniting the Power of Place and Wisdom of People.

 

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Dr. Lauren Gibbs, Associate Director for Professional Development and Partnerships


Lauren Gibbs. Ed.D., is the Associate Director for Professional Development and Partnerships for the Center for Urban Education and Policy. Lauren has worked intensively with high-poverty schools across the state in order to develop systems and structures within schools that allow all children to succeed. Lauren has engaged in extensive research around coaching, job-embedded professional development, and instructional leadership and has published and presented her research in education journals and at multiple conferences around the country. Before working at UNF Lauren worked at University of Florida's Lastinger Center for Learning. She was a district coordinator, lead designer, and facilitator of teacher and principal professional development. Prior to working at UF, Lauren was a classroom teacher at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, Florida. Lauren holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida. Lauren is a long-time resident of Duval County. She lives with her husband and two sons in the Riverside/Avondale area.

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Dr. Rudy Jamison, Assistant Director of Urban Education and Community Initiatives

Rudy F. Jamison Jr., Ed.D., is a native of Jacksonville, and currently serves as Assistant Director of Urban Education and Community Initiatives for the Center for Urban Education and Policy. He is also a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management. Rudy has a B.S. in Biology from Florida A&M University, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from University of North Florida, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus on developmental relationships. Rudy is a firm believer in intellectual ownership and on-demand execution; performance because of who you are, not because of what you have been told to do. Rudy's diverse professional experience includes K-12 education in instructional and administrative capacities, as well as sales, training, and leadership in pharmaceuticals, marketing, and telecommunications. Rudy doctoral research agenda centers on developmental relationships that help individuals and organizations navigate and negotiate routes to personal and organizational advancement. Rudy's comprehensive understanding of education and corporate America has inspired a conceptual model of developmental networks that is supported by theoretical frameworks and grounded in empirically examined evidence.
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Dr. Chris White, Professional Development Schools, Jacksonville Teacher Residency

Christine M. White, M. Ed., (Pictured on Left) has worked as an educator for and in collaboration with Duval County's urban schools for over 20 years. Her experiences include serving as a teacher and administrator, being an adjunct and full-time instructor for the University of North Florida and working as a facilitator, instructor and team leader in Duval county for the University of Florida's Lastinger Center for Learning. During her time at UNF and UF she gained extensive experience preparing and supervising preservice teachers. Chris's areas of expertise include classroom management, instructional coaching, preservice teacher preparation and inquiry. Currently, Chris serves as the Director for Professional Development Schools for Duval County Public Schools. She also serves as co-director of the Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR). Chris's roles and responsibilities in this position involve coordinating and monitoring the Professional Development School Partnership. Chris obtained her doctorate of education from the University of Florida and completed her dissertation research on "Understanding how urban resident teachers develop as culturally responsive classroom managers". Her greatest goal in serving as an advocate and partner in urban schools is to provide the support necessary teachers and students need to realize their greatest potential and help create equitable environments for all.
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Dr. Wanda G. Lastrapes, University Program Director, Jacksonville Teacher Residency

Dr. Lastrapes has worked with Duval County’s urban schools for over twelve years through university partnerships at the University of Florida and UNF. Her teaching and research interests include cultural sensitivity and perspectives of pre-service and in service teachers, multicultural curricula initiatives in secondary urban teachers. Prior to her appointment to University Program Director of JTR. Dr. Lastrapes served as an Assistant Professor at UNF in the Department of Foundations & Secondary Education for seven years. She continues to teach courses at UNF.

Dr. Lastrapes received her Ph. D. in Urban Services with a concentration in Academic Leadership from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
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Tiffany King, Office Manager

Tiffany G. King, M.Ed., is the office manager of the Center for Urban Education and Policy. She possesses nearly two decades of experience in administrative support in the education sector. At CUEP, Tiffany is responsible for collaborating with directors and coordinators to implement initiatives related to CUEP. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, Tiffany worked as a financial aid counselor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Tiffany earned a Bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from City College of New York and earned a Master's degree in educational leadership from the University of North Florida.