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September 2014

Smagorinsky: Do criticisms of U.S. schools rely on distortions?

September 1, 2014
UGA Distinguished Research Professor Peter Smagorinsky discusses an interesting new book exposing the misperceptions and distortions about America's schools in an August 30 essay in the 'Get Schooled' blog of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Legislative aides get schooled in kinesiology

September 2, 2014
Two recent demonstrations for congressional staffers highlight research projects on concussions and muscle health.

Jones featured in Teachers College's Vialogues

September 2, 2014
College of Education researcher Stephanie Jones discusses her co-authored TC Record article, presented in the form of graphica.

Daigle receives national counseling award for vision, innovation

September 2, 2014
College of Education faculty member Jolie Daigle has received the 2014 Counseling Vision and Innovation Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES).

Hynd named new president of Oakland University

September 3, 2014
George W. Hynd, former UGA College of Education associate dean for research and external affairs, has been named the next president of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

Boardnick's Dinner Lab featured in New York Times

September 3, 2014
Dinner Lab, a two-year-old "pop-up restaurant company" dedicated to the notion that high-end chefs should listen to their customers is featured in the New York Times. College of Education alumnus Brian Bordainick (AB '07, BSEd '07) is the company's chief executive officer.

Neumann dedicates book sales to student scholarship

September 3, 2014
College of Education alumnus Ryan Neumann, an English teacher at Pope High School in Cobb County who won a national award for his 2013 book, "What Had Happened," has a really cool new idea. He is going to use proceeds from the sales of his book to fund a four-year college scholarship for some worthy student.

Neumann featured in American Profile

September 3, 2014
​College of Education alumnus Ryan Neumann (MEd '06), an English teacher at Pope High School in Cobb County who received a national award for his book What Had Happened, was featured in "Teachers with Class: Five Outstanding Educators" in the August 26 issue of the nationally syndicated ​American Profile.

Alumni honors: 40 Under 40 winners

September 8, 2014
Each year, the University of Georgia Alumni Association honors 40 alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Members have demonstrated dedication to UGA and its mission of teaching, research and service. We are proud to highlight Bynikini Frazier, a 2008 graduate, and Eric Wearne, a 2002 graduate, both named to the 2014 class of the Alumni Association's 40 Under 40.

Zepeda: New grading system won't measure teachers

September 8, 2014
Georgia's new system to "grade" teacher performance won't do what it is meant to do, which is measure how well teachers are doing, said Sally Zepeda, a professor in educational leadership, in a September 6 article in the Athens Banner-Herald.

Alumna Jill Pittman honored by national program

September 9, 2014
Jill Pittman (BSEd '85), principal of Goodlettsville Middle School in Tennessee, was one of two Nashville metro area educators elected for a prestigious two-year fellowship with "America Achieves," a national organization which works to build high-quality educational systems through professional training.

Zepeda: Teachers need job-embedded professional development

September 9, 2014
To better support their teachers, school leaders must move away from one-size-fits-all professional development activities towards job-embedded learning, says Sally Zepeda, a professor of educational administration and policy, in a 10-minute School Leadership Briefing. A link to hear the briefing is inside.

Francis recognized at Women of Color STEM Conference

September 9, 2014
College of Education alumna Dionne Cross Francis was recognized for her work at the 2014 Women of Color STEM Conference.

Spangler: Lanoue has unified the board

September 10, 2014
Denise Spangler, Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Services and a Clarke County School Board member, was quoted in a September 10 Athens Banner-Herald story about Clarke County School Superintendent Philip Lanoue.

Hart's 9/11 Trail featured in Macon Telegraph

September 11, 2014
Retired faculty member and former director of information technology for the College of Education Bob Hart and his 9/11 Trail he built on his property in Athens are featured in a September 9 Macon Telegraph article.

Schmidt: People don't realize how serious concussions are

September 11, 2014
​"In the general population, there's a misunderstanding about concussions and a lot of people don't understand what it is and how serious it is," said Julianne Schmidt, an assistant professor of exercise science in UGA's College of Education who specializes in concussion research. Schmidt is featured in a September 11 Red & Black story on athletes and head trauma.

Reschly named editor-elect of School Psychology Review

September 11, 2014
College of Education faculty member Amy Reschly has been named editor-elect of School Psychology Review, the flagship journal of the National Association of School Psychologists. She will serve as editor-elect in 2015 and as editor in 2016.

Cooper featured in Pew Trust story on protecting athletes in heat

September 12, 2014
Bud Cooper, a kinesiology researcher whose work led to a new Georgia High School Association policy in 2012, requiring all high schools to use a Wet Bulb Globe Temperature calculator to protect their athletes from becoming overheated, is featured in a September 12 story in Stateline, a publication of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Izsák featured on UGA's Focus on Faculty

September 15, 2014
Andrew Izsák, a professor in the College of Education who conducts research on the mathematical reasoning of middle grades teachers and has developed several innovative courses for pre-service teachers, is featured in the UGA home page's Focus on Faculty this week.

Knoblich named 2014 Outstanding Student by SACES

September 15, 2014
College of Education alumnus Andrew Knoblich has been named the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision's (SACES) 2014 Outstanding Student Award.

Miller named 2014 Georgia School Counselor of the Year

September 15, 2014
College of Education alumna Stacey Miller was recently named 2014 Georgia School Counselor of the Year by the Georgia School Counselors Association (GSCA).

Muhammad named a UCEA Jackson Scholar

September 15, 2014
Farris Muhammad, a graduate student in the College of Education, has been selected as a 2014-16 Barbara Jackson Scholar by the University Council for Education Administration (UCEA).

ABH: UGA team begins after-school enrichment program

September 15, 2014
A multidisciplinary team of University of Georgia faculty, led by four College of Education faculty, is partnering with the Clarke County School District this fall to provide a new after-school enrichment program aimed at improving the children's health and stimulating their learning in reading and mathematics, says a September 14 Athens Banner-Herald story.

Red & Black: UGA researchers report bullying shift

September 15, 2014
Katherine Raczynski, a University of Georgia researcher and director of Safe and Welcoming Schools, an outreach project of UGA's College of Education, reported a shift she saw with schools taking an approach aimed at making their schools a safer and more supportive environment, rather than just responding to the bullying incident, reports a September 13 story in The Red & Black.

Jones is new principal of Winston Dowdell Academy

September 15, 2014
College of Education alumnus Kevin Jones (BSED '89) started this fall as new principal of Winston Dowdell Academy, the Coweta County School System's alternative high school, reported a September 14 Newnan Times-Herald story.

Two COE faculty among nine 2014-15 UGA Service-Learning Fellows

September 15, 2014
Two COE faculty members -- Jolie Daigle and April Galyardt -- were among nine University of Georgia faculty members selected to serve as 2014-15 Service-Learning Fellows.

Cooper's heat research featured in Huffington Post

September 16, 2014
The Stateline story featuring Bud Cooper, a kinesiology researcher whose work led to a new Georgia High School Association policy to protect athletes from heat illness in 2012, appears in the September 16 Huffington Post.

A time to celebrate success stories

September 16, 2014
​The new school year kicks off a renewed effort at the UGA College of Education to stay in touch with you, our alumni. This means more than keeping you informed with the College's latest research projects or the statistics of our newest freshman class. Of course those are important — but instead, we are reaching out to our graduates in order to share your accomplishments.

Mosley appointed to Albany Technical College board

September 17, 2014
COE alumnus David C. Mosely (BSED '65, MED '72) has been appointed to Albany Technical College's Board of Directors, reports a September 16 Albany Herald story.

Morris in AJC: These attitudes can kill

September 18, 2014
Jerome E. Morris, a professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, writes an op-ed article in the September 17 Atlanta Journal Constitution on the killing of young black men by police titled, "These attitudes can kill."

Reeves named artistic director of Georgia Children's Chorus

September 18, 2014
The Georgia Children's Chorus recently named Carol Reeves (MMEd '92) its full-time artistic director, a title she has held on a part-time basis previously, reports a September 18 Oconee Enterprise story.

New program enriches children's lives

September 18, 2014
Five faculty members across two UGA colleges lead after-school program for children in two Clarke County elementary schools.

Too much testing, state school superintendent candidates say

September 19, 2014
Both candidates in the race to be Georgia's next state school superintendent said the state needs to roll back a new teacher-grading system mandated by the state Legislature, in luncheon addresses at the UGA College of Education's 2014 State of Education Conference on Sept. 18.

Researcher: There are more teachers, but less experience

September 22, 2014
The number of U.S. teachers has grown dramatically in the past three decades. But they're a lot more inexperienced due to a growing number leaving the profession, according to education researcher Richard Ingersoll, the keynote speaker at the UGA College of Education's 2014 State of Education Conference on Sept. 18.

International Creativity Collaborative October 16-18

September 22, 2014
Dozens of scholars, researchers and innovators from the around the world in the field of creativity will forge new connections and discover new applications for their work.

Gwinnett School District wins Broad Prize again

September 22, 2014
Gwinnett County Public Schools won the prestigious Broad Prize for top urban districts, sharing the honor with Orange County Schools in Florida, reported a Sept. 22 article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Gwinnett Schools, recognized for "steady, sustainable gains," is led by Superintendent and COE alumnus J. Alvin Wilbanks (BSED, '64 MED '68).

Partnership brings robotics lab to new Barrow school

September 23, 2014
A ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new technology-focused high school in Barrow County on Sept. 3 also ushered in the next phase of a robotics education partnership between the University of Georgia's College of Education and the Barrow County School System.

ABH: Muhammad named UCEA Jackson Scholar

September 23, 2014
Farris Muhammad, a graduate student in the University of Georgia College of Education, has been selected as a 2014-16 Barbara Jackson Scholar by the University Council for Education Administration, reported a story in the Sept. 23 Athens Banner-Herald.

Cramond receives Yes Award from Future Problem Solving Program

September 23, 2014
Bonnie Cramond, a professor of gifted education, has received the 2014 Yes Award from the Future Problem Solving Program International.

Price named SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Fellow

September 23, 2014
University of Georgia College of Education graduate student LaTasha Price has been named a 2014-State Doctoral Fellow by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

Williamson named GACTE 2014 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

September 23, 2014
Jimmy Williamson, a faculty member in the College of Education, has been named the 2014 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education (GACTE).

Chai wins $25,000 competition grant at New Mexico State University

September 23, 2014
Alumna Zhen Chai, an assistant professor in the department of special education and communication disorders at New Mexico State University, was among only three faculty members campus-wide to receive a 2014 Launch Grant of up to $25,000.

Two graduates win American Creativity Association awards

September 24, 2014
College of Education doctoral graduates Selcuk Acar and Kristy Kowalske have received 2014 E. Paul Torrance Graduate Student Research awards from the American Creativity Association (ACA).

Jones publishes book on spiritual maturity, emotional health and healing

September 24, 2014
College of Education alumna Cresenda Jones has published a new book titled, "Spiritual Maturity: God's Will for Emotional Health and Healing."

Baker named associate editor for leading sports law journal

September 25, 2014
College of Education faculty member Thomas A. Baker III has been named the new Associate Editor for the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, a leading journal for sport law.

Calhoun to be inducted into Business Education Hall of Fame

September 25, 2014
The late College of Education professor and department head Calfrey C. Calhoun will be inducted into the Business Education National Hall of Fame at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Nov. 1.