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:
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.
The National Youth-At-Risk Center (NYAR), located within Georgia Southern University’s College of Education, recently announced a call for submissions for the newly launched National Youth-At-Risk Journal (NYAR Journal). The journal is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal that publishes educational articles on how to reduce harmful risk conditions and promote the well-being of all youth, especially vulnerable youth in schools, families and communities. The journal is edited by Drs. Cordelia Zinskie, Dan Rea, James Jupp and Eric Landers. Rea and Landers are co-directors of the center.
The National Youth-At-Risk Center also sponsors a conference, now in its 26th year, which is scheduled for March 1-4, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Savannah, Georgia. This conference showcases nationally recognized keynote and featured speakers who provide professional development for adults serving youth, especially in high-poverty schools (Title I) and communities. Over 120 training sessions provide research-based programs and best practices for creating safe, healthy, caring, and intellectually empowering educational environments that foster the well-being of all children and adolescents. Click here more information on the conference
The journal, published twice a year, is now accepting submissions. Although submissions are accepted on a continuous basis, those received by March 1 will receive priority consideration for publication in the Spring, 2015 issue. Click here for more information on the journal.
Georgia Southern University’s College of Education ranked number six on The Best School’s “25 Best Online Master in Education in Early Childhood Education Degree Programs.” Rankings for the article were determined by several weighted factors including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths and overall reputation. TheBestSchools.org is a leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree.
“We strive for excellence in all our educator and educator leader programs in whatever platform they’re offered,” commented Thomas R. Koballa, Jr., dean and professor of COE. “We’re pleased that our graduate degree in early childhood education has earned a top ranking. The degree gives educators the opportunity to take the next steps in becoming an expert in meeting the diverse needs of students from Pre-K through fifth grade,” he continued.
The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is 100 percent online. COE offers graduate degrees in a traditional face-to-face format, completely online and in a hybrid, or executive, model. “Today’s students, whether in-service educators or those working in other professional settings, need the flexibility our programs offer while being guaranteed the most rigorous and highest quality educational experience,” Koballa continued.
The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is designed for individuals who currently hold a Professional Level Four Certificate or equivalent in early childhood education. The M.Ed. can be completed in one year.
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906 offers more than 120-degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University is one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report, and is the top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906 offers more than 120-degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University is one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report, and is the top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education
To better tailor COE’s programs to the educational needs of Georgia’s education professionals, COE is spear-heading an effort to fund unique, cutting-edge academic programs developed by faculty. “We have a strong legacy of producing quality educators and educational leaders, but we’re not satisfied to stop there,” explained COE Dean Thomas R. Koballa. “The Innovation Incentive Program grew out of our desire to institutionalize innovation, and to bring together faculty from across the College in a cooperative effort to meet the needs of our students and in-service educators in our region and beyond.”
Three proposals were funded this fall. “Digital Media and Learning: Design, Make, Play,” was developed by Assistant Professors Mete Akcaoglu and Eunbae Lee to create a program to help pre-service and in-service educators use the latest technology as a learning tool using such cutting edge technology as robotics, gaming and 3-D printing. The proposal includes creating a flexible technology space where students become comfortable using the technology, learn how to incorporate it in lesson plans and help K-12 students see how technology can help solve real-world problems. The space also will be used to facilitate collaborative research projects and to provide faculty with professional development.
Also funded was “Improving Education for K-12 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students,” a proposal developed by Assistant Professor Alisa Leckie and Associate Professor Robert Lake to bring additional knowledge and practical skills to those working with English language learners. The final project funded in this round of proposals is “M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education,” which will lead to a master’s degree and initial Georgia teaching license for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in a career as a teacher of young children. The proposal was developed by Assistant Professor Katie Brkich and Associate Professor Julie Maudlin.
“I am impressed by how each proposal took advantage of the expertise and talent that already exists in the College while addressing specific needs that reach beyond our institutional walls,” commented Koballa. Koballa said additional Innovation Incentive Program proposals may be funded in the coming year.