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May 2015

Clarke County superintendent finds UGA connection at White House

May 1, 2015
Clarke County schools Superintendent Phil Lanoue, who was honored earlier this year as the National Superintendent of the year, made another connection to Clarke County and the University of Georgia during a visit to the White House in late April.

Learning English happens best when conversation is part of curriculum

May 1, 2015
A new teaching model using small groups significantly improves how well English-language learners increase vocabulary and reading comprehension, according to a pioneering new study by researchers at the University of Georgia. Using a conversational instruction method, where a teacher presents small groups of students with a question and asks them to work out the answer among the group, English-language learners increased language skills and reading comprehension when compared with traditional c

College of Education student keeps her options open

May 1, 2015
While many education majors may have a singular passion for teaching, Liza McLain's list of dreams spans across a broad range of interests and passions. During her four years at UGA, McLain has faced several obstacles. However, her resilient nature and independent attitude have kept her going despite the constant struggle. Today, as McLain prepares to graduate from the University of Georgia College of Education with a degree in English education, she will continue exploring her interests, both

UGA education professor Mary Atwater elected president of NARST

May 1, 2015
Athens, Ga. – Mary M. Atwater, a professor in the College of Education's Department of Mathematics and Science Education, officially became president of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) on April 13 at the 2015 Annual International Conference in Chicago. She previously served as president-elect of the worldwide organization and is the first NARST president of color. Atwater will also serve as the conference chair of the 2016 Annual International Conference in Ba

Cahnmann-Taylor featured in latest Graduate School magazine

May 1, 2015
The latest issue of the University of Georgia Graduate School magazine includes a large feature on a poetry boot camp and the ensuing creative process led by Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor.

Athletic Training Lab gets a makeover

May 1, 2015
Thanks to a generous donation from the family of Dr. J. Harold Harrison, students studying athletic training at the University of Georgia College of Education have a new space where they can work.

College of Education senior explains how Latin solidified her future

May 4, 2015
If it wasn't for Melissa Greer's high school Latin teacher, she may not be graduating this May with three degrees from the University of Georgia College of Education. Initially, Greer – who was ranked no. 2 in her high school class – had planned on taking Spanish, but a close teacher convinced her to take Latin instead. Not one to back down from a challenge, Greer agreed and has never looked back. "My teacher said that I'm the kind of person who needs Latin because I was doing the bare minimum

School gives counseling students field experience

May 4, 2015
Service-learning students provide counseling support to local educational therapeutic school.

Helping English language-learners

May 4, 2015
Professor helps encourage student interest in science, going to college.

Dawgs raising dogs

May 4, 2015
Raising a future service dog is one way that hundreds of students give back.

Partnership helps local students and trains teachers too

May 4, 2015
Go into just about any Clarke County public school these days and you're liable to find University of Georgia education students — lots of them. You can also find UGA professors, some of whom are actually stationed in the schools.

Graduation day update: Navigating traffic from Atlanta to Athens

May 8, 2015
A small plane crash on I-285 Friday morning may force University of Georgia graduation day guests to find an alternate route.

ETAP faculty news: Retirement of department head and others

May 8, 2015
The Department of Educational Theory and Practice will say farewell to several of its members at the end of the spring semester. Distinguished Research Professor and Department Head Ronald Butchart will be retiring in May, along with his wife and part-time supervisor for student teachers, Amy Rolleri. Also, Associate Professor and Associate Department Head Betty Bisplinghoff will be leaving the department after 21 years of service to UGA.

ETAP faculty news: Oen accepts Peace Corps assignment

May 8, 2015
Denise Oen has accepted a Peace Corps position as an education curriculum specialist for the Chuuk State Department of Education beginning in July.

ETAP research: LISELL-B project

May 8, 2015
The Language-rich Inquiry Science with English Language Learners through Biotechnology (LISELL-B) project uses funding from the National Science Foundation to explore how Latino/a students, families, their teachers, and a research team can work together to question, challenge, and take ownership of the notion of college and career readiness in the context of the new Latino diaspora in the Southeast. Working within and beyond classroom contexts, the LISELL-B project challenges the normative goal

ETAP alumni win awards, named top teachers

May 8, 2015
Jooeun Oh, (PhD '13, early childhood education) is the 2015 recipient of the Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Education Dissertation Award. This is a special academic interest group of the American Educational Research Association. The award is given to support dissertation research that fosters critical analyses of issues related to early childhood education and childhood studies. In addition, the award encourages the development of alternative perspectives and curriculum in the field o

Spring 2015 ETAP faculty and graduate student news

May 8, 2015
Beth Dickson served as visiting scholar from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, during the 2014 fall semester. Having several years' experience in a variety of senior leadership roles, Dickson worked with ETAP faculty in their professional development schools while in Athens. Dickson hopes to implement similar professional opportunities for faculty in her School of Education at the University of Glasgow. We have enjoyed having Dicskon with us, and we hope to continue our collaboration with her

Never lose sight of the prize

May 8, 2015
Diana Huizar is fully aware that life is like a game of cards. We can't change the hand we're dealt, but we can certainly even out the playing field. With this mantra in mind, Huizar could focus on her dream of becoming a professor while working over 90 hours a week as a full-time worker and student. The Los Angeles native is used to working around the clock to support her family and maintain her 3.9 GPA. In fact, she has successfully financed 100 percent of her college expenses. "It's not li

Exploring the Kiwi educational system

May 9, 2015
In the little time I've been in Auckland, New Zealand, I have had incredible opportunities to work with children from a different culture, as well as see some beautiful places. Adjusting to a new family and environment is difficult, but I wouldn't trade this experience for anything.

Celebrating 100 years of creative thinking

May 11, 2015
College of Education's Torrance Center honors the life and legacy of Dr. Ellis Paul Torrance

Fulbright winner comes full circle

May 13, 2015
As a freshman in high school, Tiffany Chu played with the idea of pursuing a career in teaching. In fact, she spent most of her last year at the University of Georgia working with the same high school teacher that sparked her passion for English education. "All through high school, I was pretty sure teaching was what I wanted to do in the future," said Chu, who graduated this May from UGA's College of Education with a four-year combined B.A./M.A.T. degree in English and English education. "I e

$643,000 grant breaks new ground in transgender research

May 13, 2015
Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia has received $643,000 as part of a national study on identity development in transgender populations, the largest study of its kind to date. The five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (No. 3675066) includes three study sites and partner institutions: New York City (Columbia University), San Francisco (San Francisco State University) and Atlanta (UGA). The study will look at the transgender identity development, as well as ris

ESPN's talent executive gives graduates a smart send-off

May 19, 2015
Distinguished alumna Tonya Harris Cornileus, who gave the College of Education's convocation address for the 2015 ceremony, has taken her talent for teaching and turned it into managing talent. Cornileus (MEd, '04, PhD, '10) is the vice president for learning and organizational development at ESPN, where she is part of the sports network's human resources leadership team. She is responsible for the global learning, talent management and organizational development strategies for ESPN employees

Parish quoted on new teacher-prep evaluation system

May 27, 2015
Jack Parish, the associate dean for outreach and engagement of UGA's College of Education and a clinical associate professor in the department of lifelong education, administration and policy, was recently quoted in an article by Walter Jones for Morris News Service. The story, "System checks teacher-prep by graduate ability," has been published in several papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald and the Augusta Chronicle. The article highlights Georgia's new evaluation system that will, for t

Campbell and Stewart quoted in Real Simple magazine

May 27, 2015
Linda Campbell, a professor and director of the center for counseling in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, and Alan Stewart, an associate professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, were quoted in a story in the latest issue of Real Simple. The story, "The Real Deal with Birth Order," explains why birth order stereotypes exist and whether or not personalities are predestined at birth. In addition to featuring seve

Alumna wins award for work in language study

May 27, 2015
A doctoral graduate's work in teaching students to analyze different forms of text has landed her an award, a presentation at an upcoming conference and a journal article.