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Georgia Southern school psychology students work with special needs children in Ecuador, experience is life-changing

Ed.S. School Psychology candidates Brittany Fahey, Shanice Murphy and Raven Patterson in Ecuador
Ed.S. School Psychology candidates (l-r) Brittany Fahey, Shanice Murphy and Raven Patterson in Ecuador

Over the summer, three Georgia Southern University students traveled to Quito, Ecuador, to participate in the Ecuador Professional Preparation Program (EPPP), an 18-day cultural immersion program for psychology graduate students and mental health professionals. Brittany Fahey, Shanice Murphy and Raven Patterson, all students in the College of Education’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Psychology program were three of 30 students from around the world selected to participate in the experience that they described as nothing short of life-changing.

EPPP invites participants to contribute to the organization’s mission of advancing the fields of psychology and mental health in Ecuador while gaining knowledge of the country’s psychological and educational practices, as well its culture. 

“This experience helped me to develop both personally and professionally,” said Murphy. “I was able to receive first-hand experience immersed in the culture of Ecuador that I could not have received from just reading a textbook or completing an internet search.” 

However, she admitted, the trip was not always easy.

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CFP Extra Yard for Teachers at Georgia Southern University

The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation’s primary platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering educators through the implementation of programs in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development.

The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes.

This year, Georgia Southern University Athletics and the College of Education are partnering with the CFP Extra Yard for Teachers initiative to show appreciation for teachers throughout Bulloch, Chatham and Liberty Counties, the home locations of the University’s three campuses. 

Sixteen $500 classroom improvement grants will be awarded to deserving teachers from the three counties based on grant applications and itemized budgets submitted before the deadline of Friday, September 13. Teachers who are named recipients of the Extra Yard for Teachers classroom grants will be recognized at the Georgia Southern Teacher Appreciation Football game on Saturday, October 26, when the Eagles take on New Mexico State. Each grant recipient will receive two complimentary tickets to the game and are asked to attend for an on-field presentation.

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Georgia Southern to host EdCamp Encore event Aug. 24

In the past, regional educators had to wait on EdCamp to come around just once a year–until now! On Saturday, August 24, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., the College of Education is hosting the first EdCamp Encore on the Statesboro Campus.

“EdCamp Encore is meant to offer a deeper, richer learning experience sparked from the conversations and sessions that were generated at the EdCamp experience earlier this spring,” said Michelle Reidel, Ph.D., professor of middle grades and secondary education. “After EdCamp this past April, we distributed a survey to participants to determine what topics they would like to know more about and focused efforts on those for the Encore event.”

EdCamp Encore will feature three focus areas for participants to choose from: Google Classrooms and Google Apps, teacher self-care, and citizen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Participants will select one area of focus for the day’s events which will include demonstrations, discussion, and time for participants to work collaboratively on strategies for implementation.

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Leckie named Interim Assistant Dean for College of Education

Alisa Leckie, Ph.D.
Alisa Leckie, Ph.D.

Georgia Southern University College of Education recently announced the appointment of Alisa Leckie, Ph.D., as the Interim Assistant Dean for Partnerships and Outreach, official August 1.

The position of assistant dean was created to focus on the College’s relationships with schools as well as outreach in the communities including units such as the Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education (i2STEMe) as well as the Teaching as a Professional Pathway program in high schools across the state.

“Dr. Leckie has a strong track record of collaborations with schools including her long-standing relationship with both the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and Effingham County Schools where she provides teachers with content and professional development to better support English Language Learners (ELLs),” said Associate Dean for Administration and Faculty Affairs Tracy Linderholm, Ph.D. “She has recently agreed to collaborate with Bulloch County Schools to conduct a feasibility study for new student services.”

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Bodur leads elementary and special education at Georgia Southern

Yasar Bodur, Ph.D.
Yasar Bodur, Ph.D.

As of July 1, Yasar Bodur, Ph.D., began service to the College of Education as interim chair of the Department of Elementary and Special Education at Georgia Southern University.

Bodur has served as a faculty member in the College for 13 years, earning tenure in 2011. He served as program director for Ed.S. in Elementary Education as well as the faculty assessment coordinator for the College. Bodur has chaired over 35 Ed.S. and Ed.D. committees for thesis and dissertation work.

Bodur was recognized for his excellence in scholarship, service and teaching with the College’s Jack Miller Educator of the Year Award in 2012. He also received the Georgia Southern University Award for Excellence in Service in 2013.

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