Online and Innovative

The past several months COE has had the privilege of announcing accolades the College has received for our graduate online programs. Providing a high-quality online option for the many professionals seeking to expand or update their skills is a priority for our College. As the public school year moves into its final stretch, this is a good time for educators and educational professionals at all levels to consider enrolling in one of our programs.To help you decide which program is right for you, click here for more information on our online and hybrid offerings.

As a dynamic institution prepared to meet the changing needs of future and current educators and educational professionals, innovation doesn’t stop with online degree programs. We’re always exploring ways we can use our expertise in online learning to provide inservice educators with opportunities to continually improve their knowledge and skills. Throughout the summer and next year we’ll be working with partners in a number of different areas to develop ways school systems can improve performance based in large part on the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES) which began through Georgia’s Race to the Top Initiative as a means of supporting the continuous growth and development of each teacher through multiple assessments. We are also actively working with our Partnership Council (see related article on Partnership Council grants) on a number of different ways the College of Education can continue to have a presence in the growth and development of educators at all levels. And we’ve  been busy working with schools in area helping teachers develop strategies to work with English language learners.. These efforts have paved the way for educators in those schools enrolling in our online ESOL certificate program.

These are just a few of the ways the College of Education is helping to bridge the gap between our educator preparation programs and life-long learning  for educators at all levels of their professional careers.

Georgia Southern University’s National Youth-At-Risk Center Conference Breaks Attendance Record

SAVANNAH, Ga., March 10, 2015: More than 1,500 professionals from across the globe travelled to Savannah, Georgia, for Georgia Southern University’s 26th Annual National Youth-At-Risk (NYAR) Conference, directed by the College of Education’s NYAR Center, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from March 1, 2015 through March 4, 2015.

The conference’s official count Wednesday reached a record-high of 1,534 in attendance, making this the largest attendance in conference history and one of the largest conferences of this kind in the United States.

“Adults who serve youth placed at risk value the training opportunity this conference provides, not only to better serve our students in school and in life, but also attendees have the ability to network and meet with colleagues to discuss new ways to reach our children in positive ways,” remarked Dan Rea, Co-Director of the NYAR Center in the College of Education at Georgia Southern University.

Participants had an opportunity to hear three internationally recognized keynote speakers as well as benefit from over 120 training sessions featuring educational experts during four days. The conference helps professionals create safe, healthy, caring and intellectually empowering educational environments for children and adolescents.

“People come to this conference year after year because every session helps teachers, counselors, principals, law enforcement officers, social workers and anyone else working with youth placed at risk to find ways to successfully bring about change in our society,” said Eric Landers, Co-Director of the NYAR Center in the College of Education at Georgia Southern University.

Organized by the College of Education’s NYAR Center in collaboration with the Division of Continuing Education at Georgia Southern University, the NYAR Conference provides annual professional training and certification for adults who serve youth. For additional information and to view the complete program, visit the NYAR Conference website at

The NYAR Center also directs the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Conference in Savannah and the NYAR Conference in Las Vegas. For more information about the Center’s educational initiatives, visit

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement.  Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:


COE Faculty Awarded Seed Grants

The College of Education has awarded more than $10,000 in seed grants for spring 2015. The announcement was made this week by Amelia Davis, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading, and co-chair of COE’s Research Committee.

Two grants were awarded. The first went to Assistant Professor Alisa Leckie, and Assistant Professor Amanda Wall, both in the Department of Teaching and Learning.  The title of their project is “Bringing Language to the Forefront of Instruction: A Teacher Research Project.” The project will involve undergraduate students in research processes they will be able to apply in their future classroom settings. It will also examine the impact of including academic language into units developed by pre-service teachers across programs (Special Education, Early Childhood, and Middle Grades). The research design uses a Teacher Research approach and case study methods to critically examine instructional practice.

The second grant went to Assistant Professor Olufunke Adefope and Assistant Professor Melony Allen, also both in the Department of Teaching and Learning. The title of their grant is “A Mixed Methods Study: Exploring Student Teachers’ Mathematical Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) and Adaptive Teaching.” This project will reveal student teachers’ mathematical pedagogical content knowledge as measured by the Learning Mathematics for Teaching Instrument and how and why student teachers adapt their instruction to meet the needs of learners. The findings will provide insight about how to best meet the needs of our student teachers as they develop mathematical PCK and their capacity to engage in adaptive teaching. The ultimate goal of this study is to enhance the ways in which COE prepares teachers, particularly in mathematics education.

The Seed Grants are funded by COE. The purpose of the grants is to provide initial, or seed, funding for research proposals that support the institutional research agenda of COE, including the advancement of the college’s mission and conceptual framework commitments, and have a significant impact on the college’s outreach to P-12 and community constituents and enhance the College’s capacity to conduct significant education research.

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Assistant Professors Olufunke Adefope and Melony Allen

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Assistant Professors Alisa Leckie and Amanda Wall


Young Artists Showcased at Georgia Southern College of Education Event — Sen. Jack Hill makes surprise visit

Sen. Jack Hill (Reidsville), made a surprise visit to the opening of the annual K-12 art exhibit at Georgia Southern’s College of Education on Sunday, February 8. Hill, chair of the Appropriations Committee, found time during the busy legislative session to travel to Statesboro to greet a room full of excited K-12 students and their families and teachers. A strong supporter of the arts in schools, Sen. Hill said “I believe art and music have such a positive effect on students and not just in developing talent but in the rest of their lives.”

Southern’s Art Extravaganza: A Georgia Southern and P-12 Partnership has showcased hundreds of young artists for the past eleven years.  Featured artists in the show were selected by a certified art teacher. Their art is framed and hangs on the second floor of the COE classroom building where it will remain for a year.

According to Dr. Thomas R. Koballa, Jr., COE Dean, the COE Alumni Advisory Committee created the annual exhibit in 2004 as a way to showcase student art and highlight the work of certified art teachers, many of whom graduated from Georgia Southern. “This is a wonderful way to celebrate the work of both students and teachers,” Koballa said. “Over the years hundreds of K-12 students have been able to display their work here. We are proud of each one and grateful for the hard work of their teachers,” he continued.

This year, a special installation of art inspired by Pablo Picasso is on view. The “Picasso Heads” were created by 5th graders in Judy Ware’s art class at Mill Creek Elementary School. Picture caption:


Sen. Jack Hill congratulates a student artist at the opening of Southern’s Art Extravaganza Sunday, February 8, 2015.Jack Hill with student

Speaker to Address Disparities in Academic Medicine

Jose E. Rodriguez, M.D., a board-certified family physician and associate professor at Florida State University College of Medicine, will be addressing the disparities in academic medicine at a lecture on Friday, February 27, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, in the Nursing/Chemistry Building, room 1002. He is the 2008 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Distinguished Service Award from Florida State University, in recognition of outstanding scholarly excellence and strong commitment to Dr. King’s ideals. He also received the 2012 Florida State University Transformation through Teaching Award.  Dr. Rodriguez is co-founder and co-director of the Center for Underserved Minorities in Academic Medicine. The lecture is sponsored by the College of Education’s Center for Education Renewal, and COE’s Research Committee, along with the College of Science and Mathematics, the Multicultural Student Center and the Association of Latin American Students.

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