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Welcome to FIE

 In 1982, the State University System established the Florida Institute of Education as a system-wide entity designed to serve the entire state. The only state-level agency of its kind in the nation, the Institute was assigned to the University of North Florida and charged with responsibility for planning and developing collaborative programs and activities among Florida's universities, community colleges, and public schools. 

The Florida Institute of Education provides statewide leadership to improve education at all levels by working collaboratively with Florida’s universities, community colleges, public schools, school readiness agencies, and communities to:  

  • Foster collaborative programs that address critical educational needs by supporting innovation and engaging in problem-focused research;
  • Increase access to and use of the knowledge and skills needed to improve practice and inform decision-making; and
  • Enhance achievement for all students, especially those at-risk.  

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.

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  FIE is now on Facebook. Please like our page by visiting our site, Florida Institute of Education. We post weekly family and educator information!

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  FIE is now on Twitter. Please follow us @fieunf. We post educator 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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