Grant funding received for Sapelo Island program

Missy Bennett, Ed.D., Heather Scott, Ed.D., and Yasar Bodur, Ph.D., of the Department of Teaching and Learning, received official notification that they will receive 2017 Teacher Quality grant funding. They will be working with teachers from partner schools in Emanuel County and other areas of Georgia in a week-long summer course that enhances content knowledge and pedagogy of science teachers in the area of ecological inquiry and earth science. Participants will become acquainted with the interdependence of Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs and the migratory Red Knot shorebird of Sapelo Island, Georgia.

Hodges is lead author of commentary for AACTE’s Innovation and Technology Committee

Charles Hodges, Ph.D.

Chuck Hodges, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development, served as the lead author of an commentary from the American Association for Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Innovation and Technology Committee. The commentary was requested as a response to remarks made by Joseph South, former Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology regarding the preparation of educators to use technology.

The commentary appears in the current issue of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education and is entitled, “Preparing Educators to Evaluate the Efficacy of Educational Technology.”

Calhoun to co-present two sessions at ACPA Convention

Daniel Calhoun, Ph.D.

Daniel Calhoun, Ph.D., associate professor in the Dept. of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development will presenting two sessions at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Convention to be held March 26-29. The first session will be co-presented with COE Graduate Advisor Ben Wentworth entitled “So You Think You Can Teach? New Practitioner Teaching Tips.” The presentation is designed for graduate students, new professionals, and others in student affairs who are granted the chance to teach First-Year-Experience (FYE) courses, Resident Advisor preparation classes, or similar seminars but often have received little or no training.

For the second session Calhoun will co-present with fall 2016 COE doctoral graduate Jami Hall, Ed.D. The session, entitled “Professional Competency and Self-Awareness: When Perception meets Reality.,” is based on Hall’s dissertation research that focuses on student affairs practitioners’ self-awareness of their level of professional competency, particularly when they are not as self-aware as they think.

Cleveland serves as a GDOE webinar panelist

Richard Cleveland, Ph.D.

Richard Cleveland, Ph.D., of the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development was an invited panelist for a Georgia Department of Education webinar titled, “The Culturally Competent School Counselor.” Streamed on February 1, the webinar was available to school counselors statewide and focused on how school counselors can serve as leaders within the school building guiding courageous conversations about underserved student populations, disparities in student outcomes, and engaging systemic stakeholders.

The webinar panel also presented on their involvement with the 5th National Reach Higher White House Convening titled, “Connecting the Dots: Cultural Competence, Counseling, and College and Career Readiness of Underserved Youth.” Cleveland was invited to the convening as a member of the Georgia team, tasked with representing university faculty as well as rural populations’ needs.

Harris presents keynote at international conference

Kymberly Harris, Ph.D., is pictured (right) with Meng Deng, Ph.D., deputy dean for the Institute of Special Education and director of the Research Centre for Inclusive Education at Beijing Normal University in China.

Kymberly Harris, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning, was a keynote speaker at the International Forum on Inclusive Education in Xiamen, China.

Harris presented to over 500 special educators and administrators and was live streamed on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) educational channel.

“I presented the current ‘state of inclusion’ in the United States, as well as specifics on Georgia Southern’s teacher preparation for students with disabilities within our special education program and the dual certification program in early childhood,” said Harris.

The conference took place on January 9-10 at the Xiamen Junlong Hotel and was co-organized by the Center for Integrated Education and Research of Beijing Normal University, the China Disabled Persons’ Welfare Foundation, Love Group, and Xiamen Special Education School.

“The longstanding partnership of the COE’s Department of Teaching and Learning and special education program with our colleagues in the PRC has led to greater opportunities for an exchange of policy ideas,” said Harris. “At this conference, faculty with special education expertise from Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Russia and the United States along with delegates from across the PRC came together with a shared goal of increased educational access for students with disabilities. The common message from all presenters was the importance of going forward with student-centered outcomes for this population of learners as the primary focus.”

Harris was invited to be a part of the conference by Meng Deng, Ph.D., deputy dean for the Institute of Special Education and director of the Research Centre for Inclusive Education at Beijing Normal University. Deng was a Fulbright Scholar at Georgia Southern from 2006-2007 during which Harris served as his faculty sponsor. Deng, Harris, and COE assistant professor Catherine Howerter, Ph.D., have published several articles and a book chapter on the topic of best practices for students with disabilities in general education classrooms.

During Harris’ visit, she was also invited to speak to faculty at Beijing Normal University.

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