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Alumnus featured in Autism Parenting Magazine

Benjamin Boudreaux (Ph.D. ’22), an alumnus of the College’s doctoral program in kinesiology, was profiled in Autism Parenting Magazine for promoting living a healthy lifestyle with autism and type 1 diabetes.

Assistant professor quoted in Education Week

Lauren Bagdy was recently quoted in Education Week about where teens are learning about climate change.

Alumna profiled in Shoutout LA

Marjory Vazquez (Ph.D. ‘19), alumna of the counseling psychology doctoral program, discussed her psychology practice and time at UGA in a story from Shoutout LA.

Professor quoted on

Professor and graduate coordinator Cheryl Fields-Smith was recently quoted in an article outlining tips for Black families interested in homeschooling.

Clinical professor quoted in NPR-affiliate story about heatstroke

Bud Cooper was recently quoted in a story by NPR affiliate station Montana Public Radio.

Cooper quoted in stories about heatstroke

Bud Cooper, clinical professor and clinical education coordinator, was recently quoted in multiple stories about the effects of heatstroke.

Abraham discusses creativity in APA Monitor on Psychology

Professor and Torrance Center director Anna Abraham spoke on creativity in a recent article from the American Psychological Association’s magazine Monitor on Psychology.

CABER mentioned in Red & Black for Autism Acceptance Month

The Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research (CABER) was included in a recent Red & Black article highlighting Autism Acceptance Month.

Assistant professor develops COVID risk tools, featured in New York Times

Sponsored by a rapid grant from the National Science Foundation, assistant professor Cameron Byerley created COVID-Taser, a new online platform that predicts the risk of the virus.

Doctoral student provides insight on low concession prices at the Masters

According to doctoral student Tyler Skinner (Ph.D. ’24), food prices at the Masters Tournament are still reasonable despite growing inflation.

Associate professor quoted in New York Times about changes to sporting events hosted in China

Thomas Baker, an associate professor in the department of kinesiology, spoke on the future of holding sport events in China in a recent New York Times story.

Associate professor discusses new book about behavioral addictions on WUGA

Amanda Giordano, an associate professor in the department of counseling and human development services, recently discussed her new book and the negative impact of screen overuse on WUGA.

Clinical professor lends expertise to keep players safe during hot temperatures

Bud Cooper, a clinical professor in the department of kinesiology, helped advise the latest policies for the Georgia High School Athletic Association concerning high school players practicing in the heat.

Associate professor highlights screen-free ways to teach kids about scale

In a New York Times article, associate professor David Jackson provides a few alternative ways to teach kids about scale without the use of screens.

Associate professor turns STEM education into race cars

John Mativo, an associate professor in the Department of Career and Information Studies, discussed how STEM education can be used to build race cars in Grassroots Motorsports.

Associate professor's study on name, image and likeness (NIL) cited by ESPN

A new study co-authored by associate professor Thomas Baker found that the potential for NIL revenue, on average, was greater for female college athletes than males.

Article by associate professor highlighted in Washington Post, New York Times

An article co-written by associate professor Thomas Baker explores the implications of resuming intercollegiate sports in the midst of a pandemic from a legal, medical and ethical perspective.

Associate dean discusses changes to teacher training programs with the AJC

Stacey Neuharth-Pritchett, associate dean for academic programs and professor of educational psychology, shared some of the changes the College has implemented to limit physical placements for teacher candidates during the pandemic.

Professor quoted on women's rights in Psychology Today

Laura Bierema, a professor in the department of lifelong education, administration and policy, discussed how women’s lives are shaped by “life’s hidden curriculum."

Clinical assistant professor discusses tutoring program, combines service learning with hybrid teaching

David Chiesa recently discussed a new tutoring program that brings together undergraduate and graduate students in the College to help children improve aspects of communication.

Pandemic poses new challenges for deaf community

Lecturer Brian Leffler highlights the challenges of teaching American Sign Language virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fields-Smith quoted on increase in homeschooling children of color

Associate professor Cheryl Fields-Smith discusses the reasons parents are pulling their children out of school, which includes concerns about racism in school systems.

Professor discusses problems with a one-size fits all solution to educational issues

Kathleen P. deMarrais, a professor in the department of lifelong education, administration, and policy, recently discussed the flaws of Teach for All on a FreshEd podcast.

Assistant professor quoted on college football financial losses

With football season fast approaching, the financial impact of a cut-back season could be staggering. However, it’s still too early to know exactly how much money could disappear, said Steven Salaga.

Clinical professor discusses sport safety in the summer heat

Although the fate of fall sports is up in the air due to the pandemic, workouts, practices and games are still taking place outside in the heat. Bud Cooper discussed how athletes can stay safe in the heat with The Weather Channel.

Professor creates racial equality education project

Bettina Love, the Athletic Association Professor in Education and founder of the Abolitionist Teaching Network, calls for more radical reforms to the country’s educational system.

Professor discusses unconventional learning settings in response to COVID-19

While universities across the globe prepare for online or face-to-face learning during COVID-19, Stephanie Jones says there is a lack of thought in the all-or-nothing approach to teaching.

Through exercise, a doctoral candidate with autism thrives

Benjamin Boudreaux shared his journey of living with autism and how exercise plays an important role with the founder of Exercise Buddy, an autism-friendly exercise system that leads to better fitness and behavior.

Alumna is on the frontline of fight against COVID-19

Lauren English, an alumna of the department of communication sciences and special education and former UGA swim co-captain, understands firsthand the crises hospitals are facing due to COVID-19.

Assistant professor quoted on Trae Young's All-Star nod

Young’s participation in the All-Star Game provides exposure for the Hawks and an opportunity for ownership to improve the team’s quality, said assistant professor Steven Salaga.

Professor weighs in on California ESL bill: "We need to be able to experiment with multiple models."

Community colleges in California are successfully expediting instruction of English as a second language, but many instructors are skeptical.

Associate professor quoted on educational equity for rural students of color

Darris Means’ presentation at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference in Portland, Oregon, was covered by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Associate professor featured in U.S. Department of Education newsletter

Last summer, John Mativo, an associate professor in the department of career and information studies, embarked on a trip to Tanzania, which included workshops with educators on robotics education.

Assistant professor quoted on sports betting in Georgia

Steven Salaga, an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology, was recently quoted in the Atlanta Business Chronicle about the relationship between local viewership and online betting.

Research team supports professional development of clinical research coordinators

Georgia CTSA’s Translational Workforce Development program implements results of a study conducted by three professors in the department of career and information studies and their team in training and career development.

Associate professor discusses American entertainment versus Chinese censors on NPR podcast

NPR’s Marketplace podcast spoke with UGA’s College of Education associate professor of sports management Thomas Baker, who weighed in on the topic.

Professor quoted in AJC on youth encounters

Teenage colloquialisms usually come and go, but one phrase has Stephanie Jones concerned about the culture of relationships today.

Associate professor quoted in AJC on benefits of smaller tests

According to Laine Bradshaw, smaller tests could result in less stress for students and more useful information for teachers.

Associate professor speaks at back-to-school event

Bettina Love highlighted the district’s goal to ensure all mixed-race and African American students succeed in the classroom.

Exercise alleviates ADHD symptoms, according to College study

Professor Patrick O’Connor found that young men with symptoms of ADHD could benefit psychologically from short workouts—similar to the benefits enjoyed by typical adults who work out.

Associate professor discusses school desegregation in the South

Sheneka Williams was quoted by ABC News on school integration efforts in the South. Communities may support desegregation, but oftentimes, they don’t want to shuffle their kids around for racial balance, she said.

Abolitionist teaching: 'It's about you caring and loving our culture'

Bettina Love wants to push American public education to the next level. The associate professor is calling for more radical reforms to the country’s educational system, which she compares to the abolitionist movement.

Media mention: Kinesiology professor quoted in Women's Health Magazine, MyFitnessPal website

Professor Patrick J. O’Connor lends expertise on the benefits of exercise to help you feel energized and happier.

Why are concession prices at the Masters Tournament so cheap?

According to assistant professor Steven Salaga in the department of kinesiology, affordable food and beverages enhance consumer experience.

Media mention: Alumna Jones quoted in Education Week

From January 2018 until now, there have been at least 30 separate incidents of “curriculum violence” taking place in schools, according to a College of Education alumna.

UGA exercise studies featured on

Two studies by UGA researchers in the College of Education’s department of kinesiology found that working out for 20 minutes can consistently increase feelings of energy.

New study on learning by teaching highlighted by

Assistant professor Logan Fiorella and Richard Mayer, an educational psychologist, found in a recent study that exposing K-12 students to learning by teaching strategies can significantly improve grades.

Study: Teacher retention bonuses result in lower turnover rates, higher test scores

Offering teachers a retention bonus to stay at low-performing schools may increase test score gains among students in both reading and mathematics, according to a new study by assistant professor Walker Swain.

Assistant professor reconsiders Pre-K 'fade-out' effect

Walker Swain discusses whether high-quality early grade teachers can help the Pre-K effect, or the benefits children receive from attending Pre-K, last longer.

Media mention: Platinum award recognizes alumna's efforts to promote healthy food

Recently, the work of Susan Nelson (M.Ed. ‘15), school nutrition director for Baldwin County Schools, has paid off in the form of the platinum-level Golden Radish Award for the district.

Alumna featured in Forbes for mental health podcast

Joy Bradford, an alumna of the College of Education and a licensed psychologist, was recently featured on to discuss her mental health podcast and passion for promoting mental wellness in black women.

Associate professor featured in NBC short film on home schooling

Cheryl Fields-Smith explains why more African-American families are home-schooling their children.

Media mention: Kinesiology professor's research continues to protect student athletes

In a recent interview on The Weather Channel, Don Corr of the Georgia High School Association explains how UGA research is today protecting student athletes.

Professor speaks on effort to bring mental health treatment to Spanish-speaking populations

Through the bilingual counseling program BIEN Bilingual Clinic at the Latin American Association (Athens), students in the College’s counseling program are reaching the Athens-area Hispanic population and addressing a real need.

Study shows sports betting drives viewership

According to a study by Steven Salaga in the department of kinesiology, viewers stay tuned to games longer when either team has a chance to cover the point spread.

Associate professor quoted on summer teacher training and development

Theodore Kopcha highlighted the importance of evolving the teacher training experience in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Faculty member lends homeschooling expertise to PBS News Hour

While white children still remain the majority of children taught at home, the number of black children is on the rise, says Cheryl Fields-Smith, associate professor in the department of educational theory and practice.

Media mention: Baker quoted in Washington Post

The star of this year’s NCAA women’s basketball tournament has to draw a shaky line between her athletic abilities and the experience on a national TV show, he says.

Smagorinsky shines light on effective school leaders

During his ongoing research study, Peter Smagorinsky discovered an outstanding principal who was praised by a participant for his leadership and involvement at a Madison County high school.

Professor challenges 'Lean In' in wake of #MeToo movement

Laura Bierema was quoted by CNN Money on the book’s message of women’s workplace empowerment.

New study examines link between school choice policies and gentrification

Households are far more likely to gentrify communities of color when school choice options expand, according to assistant professor Walker Swain.

Assistant professor co-authors study on misophonia; featured in top publications

In a new study, Logan Fiorella found that people who said they were sensitive to sounds had a harder time mastering and retaining information when they could hear a person chewing gum.

Higher education can help remove barriers to access, says Means

An article in the winter 2018 edition of the Journal of College Admission cites assistant professor Darris Means for his knowledge of college access among rural and black high school students.

Professor emphasizes human relationships, not data points

Peter Smagorinsky highlights the importance of teacher-student relationships, rather than data points, in a blog post for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Media Mentions: Lynall on concussions, Burke on books

A new blood test for concussions draws concerns, and faculty acknowledge the awkwardness of assigning their own books to a class.

There's no shame in sweat, says kinesiology department head

Janet Buckworth’s comments in Women’s Health Magazine support larger idea of sweat as something to be embraced.

Professor says student engagement is a sign of 'flourishing'

Amy L. Reschly, a professor in the department of educational psychology, was recently cited in the Harvard Business Review for her expertise in student engagement.

Associate professor works to refine school assessments for students

Laine Bradshaw was recently featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for her work on a pilot program that will help refine school assessments for Putnam County School District.

How one educator revived her enthusiasm for the classroom

In the AJC’s Get Schooled blog, professor Peter Smagorinsky has been following one Georgia teacher’s journey since she was a student at UGA.

Doctoral student explores vocational counseling in online article

The need in the HIV/AIDS community is huge, writes graduate student Michael B. Drew, but it has the potential to change many lives for the better.

Assistant professor quoted on test-based accountability

Richard Welsh was recently quoted by the AJC on Georgia’s new scoring system proposal.

Associate professor quoted on rapping lesson plans

Bettina Love, an associate professor in the department of educational theory and practice in the College of Education, was recently quoted on the use of hip-hop as a teaching tool by NBC News.

Associate professor quoted on religion in schools

Kevin Burke was recently quoted on how teachers are prepared to teach religion in schools.

Luft's research noted in Education Week

What happens when, as a new science teacher, you enter a classroom and are expected to teach in a subject area that’s not your specialty? T

Alumnus helps students embrace robotics

A College of Education graduate has turned his love of robotics and technology into an advantage for all of Forsyth County.

CNN visits College for report on dyslexia

Associate professor Jennifer Lindstrom is featured in a segment examining assistive technologies for dyslexia.

Assistant professor quoted on estimated value of Houston Rockets

Steven Salaga explains why the team’s ability to create positive buzz with ticket sales and TV ratings is essential for creating stability.

Problem solved: Faculty member helps Stroud students at international competition

Started by lecturer Meg Hines, the school’s Community Problem Solving team investigated and created a rain garden to improve a watershed.

Students in study abroad program meet town's mayor

Mayor Gian Carlo Muzzarelli met with 23 College of Education students and professor Beth Tolley while they are taking part in the annual study-abroad trip to Modena, Italy.

Recent graduates win Fulbright assistantships

Two recent College of Education graduates recently received Fulbright grants to teach English overseas.

Associate professor develops assessment tool

Laine Bradshaw’s work is focused on developing and leveraging diagnostic psychometric methodology to design assessments that are both detailed and efficient.

Documentary series features College's partnership with school district

Hosted by legendary actor James Earl Jones, the series of mini-documentaries called “Behind the Scenes” highlights innovations and leaders in areas such as health, education, business, culture and the environment.

New Year's resolutions won't stick if they aren't fun

A recent Paste magazine story featured professor Bryan McCullick’s advice on building better habits, especially when it comes to exercise.

State's grading system for schools harsher than others in Southeast, says Welsh

A recent article on focusing on Georgia’s A-F grading system for schools highlighted issues with the system, including research by a College of Education faculty member.

Creating literary critics or lifelong readers?

In a recent op-ed piece, Professor Peter Smagorinsky notes how passion and imagination are better ways to keep kids reading.

Fields-Smith quoted in Christian Science Monitor

Classroom discussions about race are important, says the College of Education professor, but also need proper context.

Kids, adults can be 'swim teachers' to help prevent bullying

For National Bullying Prevention Month, the director of our Safe and Welcoming Schools project shares some prevention tips.

Ampersand feature focuses on strength of Deaf culture, faculty members

A recent story in the Red & Black’s Ampersand magazine turned the spotlight onto three faculty members who share a unique language.

Partnership helps local high schools win national recognition

Professors-in-residence, Experience UGA programs cited as Clarke high schools named ‘Schools of Opportunity’

Professor quoted in Atlanta newspaper article

Ruth Harman suggests the state increase its dual-language immersion programs to help students.

Hawkins featured in story about professional hockey

Sport management professor talks about the challenges facing the business of hockey today.

Camp DIVE gives kids a leg up on summer

The inaugural camp is helping to prevent ‘summer slide’ reports local newspaper

Annual poetry series featured in local publications

The event was chosen as a “calendar pick” in Flagpole and was also the subject of a feature story in the Athens Banner-Herald.

New York Times quotes professor on federal lawsuit

John Dayton, a professor in the department of lifelong education, administration and policy, spoke about a lawsuit stemming from an incident in a rural Idaho school.

Professor weighs in on racial, gender bias in school discipline

Bettina Love says she is concerned that teachers often misunderstand the identities of African-American girls.

Yli-Piipari quoted in Washington Post on validity of conducting research studies with mobile phones

According to Yli-Piipari, researchers can do very little to prevent participants from entering fake data with mobile apps, such as Apple’s ResearchKit.

Professors quoted on academic expectation, graduation rates among black students

Louis Castenell and Jim Garrett examine whether lower expectation for black students may effect graduation rates at both the high school and college level.

Associate professor brings hip-hop education to elementary classrooms

Bettina Love works to incorporate hip-hop education into the classroom by taking cues from students’ real life experiences.

Capuozzo quoted on rarity of males in early childhood education

Clinical assistant professor Bob Capuozzo serves as a mentor to male students majoring in early childhood education.

Professor's essays recall innovation, legacy of Foxfire program

Fifty years after launching the Foxfire program, the rural ways of life are still teaching important lessons for students in Rabun County, even though the name is no longer used to describe the form of education that connects students to the community.

Alumnus empowers students through books, school library

Andy Plemmons’ biggest goal as a school library media specialist is to empower student voices.

Student finds 'Treasure' with sustainability grant

Original theater production blends the arts with STEM topics, makerspace.

Newspaper profiles Johnson-Bailey as part of Women's History Month

A story about Juanita Johnson-Bailey kicked off a weekly series highlighting female faculty members who are champions of strength, power and intellect.

Runco explains why electric brain stimulation is "complicated"

Can zapping your brain with electricity boost creativity? Professor Mark Runco weighs in on a growing movement that’s taking the Internet by storm.

Alumnus' words cherish days gone by

Tom Poland’s latest book, ‘Georgialina,’ reflects on early days and stories from Georgia, South Carolina.

Associate professor studies growing unschooling movement

Cheryl Fields-Smith was recently quoted in the Christian Science Monitor about the growing unschooling movement among African American families.

Smagorinsky analyzes the effects of standardization on teachers; student creativity

Peter Smagorinsky weighs in on how today’s corporate education model is impacting teachers and their ability to foster innovative and successful students.

For kinesiology student, medical school is next on agenda. Sleep? Not so much.

Not only is Marjorie Butler a starter for the University of Georgia’s women’s basketball team, but she’s balancing her studies with another rigorous process—applying to medical school.

Smagorinsky quoted in the Washington Post on Trump's anti-PC stance

| “I think with political correctness, in the world of Donald Trump, it’s used to bully people out.”

Join the gym to feel energized, lose weight

U.S. News story cites professor’s study in article on weight loss

Professor's research on summer reading cited in the Huffington Post

Jennifer Graff was recently cited for her research on summer reading setback among economically disadvantaged elementary students in the Huffington Post.

Kinesiology study aims to change chemotherapy recovery process

Kevin McCully makes a case for exercise as part of the healing process

Educational psychology professors start new blog for Psychology Today

Nancy Knapp and Paula Schwanenflugel will discuss the psychology and teaching of reading in a new blog series for Psychology Today.

Professor co-authors new book; examines how teachers act, think, talk

Joseph Tobin’s new book looks beyond lesson planning and examines how teaching is shaped by ways of communicating.

Give yourself the gift of exercise

This holiday season, combat stress (and high-calorie dishes) by getting active.

Professor's weather expertise highlighted on TV segment

Fear of lightening, snow and the moon are legitimate, and they are all topics studied by one College of Education faculty member.

Stewart applauds trooper's actions in New York Times story

A Georgia State Patrol trooper who entertained four newly orphaned children on Halloween night did the right thing, according to Counseling and Human Development Services associate professor Alan Stewart.

Study links standing with lower obesity

Smagorinksy examines college PC culture on WABE-FM

Are college campuses too politically correct? English education professor Peter Smagorinsky tackles this hotly debated question.

Professor quoted in Sports Illustrated article on NCAA case

Known as O’Bannon vs. NCAA, the federal antitrust case centered on the question of whether people would stop watching college sports if the athletes were paid.

Professor featured in Southern Poverty Law Center publication

The latest issue of Teaching Tolerance, a blog and magazine produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center, features a question-and-answer with professor Stephanie Jones from the Department of Educational Theory and Practice.

Professor featured in latest podcast from American Psychological Association

Research by DeBray, others cited in 'American Prospect' magazine

A little-known federal program aimed at promoting school diversity ended up getting watered down at the local level, according to a study co-authored by a University of Georgia College of Education professor.

Kinesiology study featured in US News

The study found that children’s activity levels fell 50 percent between fifth and sixth grades.

Lanoue puts focus on reform efforts during State of Education conference

Clarke County’s superintendent tackled school reform efforts in keynote at annual event.

Column: Stem absenteeism with parents as partners

Asthma, high levels of lead, vision problems and untreated cavities are all reasons why children stay home from school. Here, a professor suggests a way to fix the issue.

Parish quoted on teacher shortage in DeKalb, Clayton schools

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 a story broadcasted by WABE-FM.

Tech-savvy training can improve state-mandated test scores

Primarily funded by the Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Program, this workshop is the third in a series of five workshops Georgia State University faculty members Shelby Frost and Joseph Feinberg are working to bring to campus.

K-12 teachers get hands-on study of Georgia's barrier islands

Faculty from Armstrong State University and educators from Stone Mountain Memorial Association recently led a group of K-12 teachers on a hands-on study of the geology, ecology, and history of Georgia’s barrier islands.

Singh: Trans liberation benefits all of us

By changing the way we think about our own gender, we can help change the lives of transgender people for the better.

13 recent graduates join teaching ranks in Forsyth County

Among the 319 teachers employed by Forsyth County this fall, 13 of them are new graduates of the University of Georgia College of Education

Smagorinsky: Are college campuses too politically correct?

There is a reason comedians don’t like to venture to college campuses, writes Peter Smagorinsky in the latest edition of the AJC’s Get Schooled blog.

Smagorinsky: 'Who will watch the watchers?'

In a new column on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Get Schooled blog, Peter Smagorinsky hits on the main problem with the new Georgia Milestones and end-of-course tests—the lack of time lawmakers allowed to pilot the tests before implementing them.

Alumna gets latest UGA degree while teaching overseas

Living in Germany didn’t stop Emily Heath LaFon from getting her MEd in educational psychology.

Smagorinsky's columns featured in AJC

Smagorinsky’s op-ed columns featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution

O'Connor quoted in Parade magazine

The most recent issue of Parade magazine features kinesiology professor Pat O’Connor’s advice in a story on ways baby boomers can boost their energy.

Alumna helps grow sustainability

The work of Debbie Mitchell, agriscience teacher at Clarke Middle School in Athens, was included as part of a column in the Washington Post online about sustainability efforts at the school.

Professor honored for his mentoring work

Deryl Bailey, a professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, was given the “Liberty Bell” award last month by Athens-area lawyers and judges of the Western Circuit Bar Association.

Parish quoted on new teacher-prep evaluation system

Campbell and Stewart quoted in Real Simple magazine

Partnership helps local students and trains teachers too

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.

Cahnmann-Taylor featured in latest Graduate School magazine

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.

Ellen Evans featured faculty member on UGA homepage

The kinesiology professor talks about how she came to UGA and her proudest work: Her students

Smagorinsky: Teacher stresses value of kindness, mindfulness

First graders living the college life

More than 80 children from Athens’ J.J. Harris Elementary School field-tripped to UGA to get a taste of the college life, and to learn about Latin American countries and cultures.

Experience UGA helps kids 'live the college life'

A recent story in the Athens Banner-Herald highlights the Experience UGA program on the day after its annual fundraiser.

Grantham, Hines featured in story about educational outreach

A recent Athens Banner-Herald story featured two faculty members for their innovative Odyssey course

DeBray quoted in Education Week article

The Education Week article discusses the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Singh quoted in new Counseling Today cover story

Anneliese Singh, an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, was quoted in the cover story in the latest issue of Counseling Today

Experience UGA program highlighted on UGA homepage

Program, with help from the College of Education, brings students from Clarke County schools to the university once a year.

Research on cystic fibrosis could help develop treatment

A new study finds people who suffer from cystic fibrosis have less ability to take in and use oxygen in their muscles, making it harder to exercise.

Professor quoted in Red & Black story on poverty in schools

A statistic from the Southern Educational Foundation that found 51 percent of public school students come from low-income families

'Pi Day' – and wedding — grabs national media attention

Several news outlets note professors’ roles in celebrating pi day

Rise of homeschooling among African-American families

African-Americans are increasingly taking their kids’ education into their own hands.

Smagorinsky: It's about removing barriers to college

Cody: Reform policies are making schools worse, not better

Public school advocate Anthony Cody spoke at the UGA Chapel

UGA Center helps integrate robotics into classroom

Information technology is on track to save students $1 million over 5 years

Superintendent notes Professional Development School District in op-ed piece

Woods: Visit to Athens shows tests don’t measure all aspects of public education

Grant opens robotics curriculum to more teachers

Faculty Tour opens up researchers to new collaboraitons

College of Education researchers among new employees who meet, collaborate following annual orientation

Stephanie Jones weighs in on AJC education blog

Peter Smagorinsky shares story of inspiring teacher

State superintendent: Teachers need less testing, more time to teach

College’s partnership with school district among highlights of official’s tour

2 professors share thoughts on Get Schooled bog

Professors Jones, Smagorinsky contribute to the AJC’s education-themed blog

CCSD superintendent now finalist for national award

Philip Lanoue is one of four finalists for the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year

'Light of learning' shines at this elementary school

Myra Blackmon recounts her visit to Fowler Drive Elementary School in Athens

Board bids Spangler a fond farewell

Associate dean leaves school board after serving three terms

Kinesiology program ranks in top 10

The College’s kinesiology program is ranked among the top 10 places to major in health and physical fitness education

Clarke County 10th graders experience the arts at UGA

What began as a vision for a Clarke Central High School social studies teacher became reality as hundreds of Athens-Clarke County 10th graders visited the University of Georgia to explore the arts.

Alumna's son opens Olive Basket at the Bottleworks

Alumna’s son opens a unique store, the Olive Basket, at the Bottleworks on Prince Avenue.

Alumna Sharon Smith named 2015 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year

Sharon Smith (BSEd ‘92, PhD ‘14), a Gifted Language Arts (Grades 1-2) and Early Intervention Program Teacher and Literacy Coach at Brookwood Elementary, was named the 2015 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year at the School District’s annual banquet on November 11.

Alumna Melissa Rogers: New testing open to scandals

Alumna Melissa King Rogers (MAT ‘93, PhD ‘00), an English teacher at Druid Hills High School in DeKalb County, speaks out about new standardized testing in November 10 Atlanta Journal Constitution story. Former School Superintendent joins COE Advisory Board

The University of Georgia College of Education announced Tuesday that former Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Merrianne Dyer will join the inaugural Board of Visitors, reported

Project to train more counselors, reports

“UGA team receives $1.37 million grant to train behavioral health care counselors,” headlines a story by

Alumnus to be president of Southwestern Adventist University

COE alumnus Ken Shaw (Ed.D. ‘89) will become the 25th president of Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas,

Smagorinsky: Simplistic measures strike out in both baseball and teaching

University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor Peter Smagorinsky explains how judging winning performances in both professions defies conventional measures and simplistic approaches in an October 28 Atlanta Journal Constitution op-ed essay.

UGA study on exercise raising kids' cognition cited on

A UGA study showing that exercise increased cognition in children is cited in an October 26 Philadelphia Inquirer story titled, “Exercise is good for children’s brains, too.”

Master's program in secondary education gets top marks

The University of Georgia’s master’s degree programs in secondary education are ranked best in the nation in’s Fall 2014 Graduate Program rankings.

Philadelphia Inquirer cites study linking exercise, kids' cognitive skills

A study three years ago in which kinesiology researcher Phil Tomporowski and Catherine Davis of the Medical College of Georgia found that kids who took part in a regular physical activity program showed increased cognitive performance and brain function, was cited in an October 16 Philadelphia Inquirer story on new research that confirmed those findings.

UGA profs lead after-school program in Clarke schools

COE professors direct an after-school activity program for Clarke County elementary students which will increase their heart rates as well as help with homework and comprehension reports a story in the October 14 Flagpole.

Study: 'Freshman 15' weight gain just a myth, reports Red & Black

A recent UGA College of Education study says college weight gain is greatly overrated, reports the Red & Black. “There is a lot of hype that surrounds the Freshman 15,” says Michael Fedewa, a fourth-year exercise physiology doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology.

Griffeth named 2015 Oconee County Teacher of the Year

North Oconee County High School’s Tim Griffeth (BSEd ‘04, MAL ‘10) is named Oconee County Teacher of the Year, reports an October 14 Athens Banner-Herald story. Griffeth earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure services from the College of Education.

Zepeda featured on Education Week panel on new teachers

​Sally Zepeda, a professor in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, was one of five education experts interviewed about the development of young teachers in an October 7 Education Week blog titled, “Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo.”

Study on declining fitness, sleep complaints reported

A study led by College of Education kinesiology researcher Rod Dishman linking declining fitness to sleep complaints has been reported in a variety of news and health-related media including: and Science World Report.

Smagorinsky questions value of Georgia's 'Student Growth Model'

UGA Distinguished Research Professor Peter Smagorinsky questions the effectiveness of Georgia’s new teacher assessment tool, the Student Growth Model in an October 6 Atlanta Journal Constitution op-ed essay.

Reeves: Technology important, but not the most crucial aspect of digital learning

Thomas C. Reeves, Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design and Technology in the College of Education, was quoted in a Sept. 18 Korea Herald story headlined, “E-learning more about education, less about tech.” Reeves was quoted from his keynote speech at a recent international conference, e-Learning Korea 2014.

Johnson Harrison helps diagnose autism in Tanzania

Ashley Johnson Harrison, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, is part of a research team that has “adapted diagnostic instruments for autism spectrum disorder to the health care environment in Tanzania,” reports Sept. 30 story on

Stewart: Dread over winter forecasts understandable

With winter forecasts predicting a return of the notorious frigid air mass famously known last year as the polar vortex, the public’s reaction of dread is understandable, says Alan Stewart, a weather and climate psychologist at the University of Georgia who researches the connection between the seasons and our psyches in a Sept. 26 Minneapolis Star-Tribune article.

Smagorinsky: Battle lines here representative of national arguments

Peter Smagorinsky, a UGA Distinguished Research Professor of Language and Literacy Education, was quoted in a Sept. 29 EdWeek article on the issue of education in Georgia political contests this November.

Kajder: Media literacy skills might be most important to give kids

“In schools that tend to be high need, high poverty, and low scoring, curriculum focuses intensely on those skills that are tested,” said Sara Kajder, an assistant clinical professorin the Department of Language and Literacy Education, in a Sept. 23 New York Times story. “We don’t test on media literacy even though those might be the most important skills that we can give kids right now.”

ABH: Muhammad named UCEA Jackson Scholar

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.

Researcher: There are more teachers, but less experience

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.

Too much testing, state school superintendent candidates say

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.

Reeves named artistic director of Georgia Children's Chorus

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.

Morris in AJC: These attitudes can kill

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.”

Mosley appointed to Albany Technical College board

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.

Cooper's heat research featured in Huffington Post

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.

Red & Black: UGA researchers report bullying shift

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.

Miller named 2014 Georgia School Counselor of the Year

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

Jones is new principal of Winston Dowdell Academy

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.

ABH: UGA team begins after-school enrichment program

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.

Cooper featured in Pew Trust story on protecting athletes in heat

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.

Schmidt: People don't realize how serious concussions are

​"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.

Hart's 9/11 Trail featured in Macon Telegraph

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.

Spangler: Lanoue has unified the board

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.

Zepeda: New grading system won't measure teachers

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.

Neumann featured in American Profile

​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.

Hynd named new president of Oakland University

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

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.

Jones featured in Teachers College's Vialogues

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

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

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.

Professor, student featured for work in Hart County High School

College of Education faculty member T.J. Kopcha and doctoral student Lenie George were featured in a Hartwell Sun story on their work with students in Hart County School in the Hart County Archway Partnership.

Discovery Dawgs, Thomas featured in Hartwell Sun

College of Education instructor Gretchen Thomas and her UGA service learning class in a middle school called Discovery Dawgs is featured in The Hartwell Sun.

Alumna featured on discussion of race

UGA alumna Courtney Jones-Stevens (AB ‘10, MEd ‘13), who has a UGA master’s degree in student affairs administration, takes part in an online discussion on the cultural relationship between white gay men and black women on

Award-winning alumnus takes school reformers to task

UGA alumnus and award-winning Georgia educator Ian Altman (AB ‘04, MED ‘06) posts a blog in the August 14 Washington Post listing “seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers.”

Smagorinsky: A sad scandal that should shame us all

The culture of accountability pressured school personnel to engage in blatantly unethical practices to create the appearance of learning, writes Distinguished Research Professor Peter Smagorinsky in an invited op-ed in the August 10 Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Raczynski in ABH: Schools becoming safer for kids

“Schools are becoming safer and safer for kids,” says Katherine Raczynski, director of the Safe and Welcoming Schools Project in UGA’s College of Education in an August 10 Athens Banner-Herald story on a decrease in numbers of bullying and school violence incidents.

Smagorinsky: Bad student writers - You get what you pay for

University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor Peter Smagorinsky writes a response to fellow academic Rick Diguette’s recent essay on how ill prepared college freshmen are in writing in the July 28 issue of the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “Get Schooled” blog.

Fecho: 'In Education, Change is the Only Constant'

Bob Fecho, a professor and head of the Department of Language and Literacy Education, writes an essay titled, “In Education Change is the Only Constant,” to mark the 40th anniversary of the National Writing Project.

Mullendore: Cell phone is umbilical cord for helicopter parents

The rise of the cell phone is also seen as a contributing factor to helicopter parenting. UGA College of Education professor Richard Mullendore called it “the world’s longest umbilical cord” in a June 24 Effingham Herald story.

Smagorinsky: Millions spent on testing in Georgia could be better spent

The millions of dollars spent in Georgia on student testing could be spent in ways that could have an ameliorative effect on the causes of poverty and thus a beneficial effect on schooling, writes Distinguished Research Professor Peter Smagorinsky in a June 24 essay in the Washington Post.

Kiracofe featured on NIU College of Education website

Christine Rienstra Kiracofe (MA ‘00, EdD ‘04) an associate professor at Northern Illinois University in the School of Law and College of Education, was recently featured on the NIU College of Education’s website.

Saturday Academy improves school readiness, vocabulary skills

The University of Georgia Archway Partnership’s Saturday Academy demonstrate a statistical improvement in school readiness and oral vocabulary skills for all children participating in school readiness classes.

Liberman may represent Astros as Teacher of Year at All-Star Game

Retiring Day School teacher Carol Liberman (BSED ‘67)UGA has been selected as a finalist to represent the Houston Astros as the Teacher of the Year at the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota next month, reported the Jewish Herald Voice.

Fecho featured on UGA's Focus on Faculty

Bob Fecho, professor and head of the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the College of Education, is featured on UGA’s Focus on Faculty feature this week.

Field trip program brings Clarke County kids to campus for a look at what's beyond high school

This is Experience UGA, a new program that brings students from the Clarke County School District to campus for activities that reinforce what they’re learning at school while exposing them to college life.

Smagorinsky on new NCTQ Teacher Prep Review

Distinguished Research Professor of Language and Literacy Education Peter Smagorinsky writes a response to the new National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) Teacher Prep Review.

Gwinnett School Chief: Leadership, collective responsibility keys to student success

Gwinnett County School Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks (BSED, ‘64 MED ‘68) writes an essay in the June 16 Atlanta Journal Constitution about the importance of leadership and collective responsibility in raising student achievement.

Zack Kroll featured as UGA Amazing Student

Zack Kroll, a master’s degree student in mathematics education is featured as the UGA Amazing Student this week on the UGA Home Page.

Amazing Student Zack Kroll

Zack Kroll found his calling in life through Teach for America and is getting even more hands-on experience as he pursues his master’s in the College of Education.

UGA ranks 5th in Best Colleges for Online Degrees

The University of Georgia, led by the College of Education, ranks fifth best for four-year schools on’s 2014 list of 100 Best Colleges for Online Degrees.

Thomas Baker among experts on impact of 2014 World Cup

Thomas Baker III was among the experts featured in a June 9 feature in Wallet Hub on the impact of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Championship in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Peter Smagorinsky: Is the cost of college a burden worth sharing?

Peter Smagorinsky writes a followup piece to last week’s column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on whether colleges prepared students to be work-ready.

Madison Brett to compete in 2014 Miss Georgia Pageant

Madison Brett (BSEd ‘14), who received her bachelor’s in early childhood education in May, will compete in the 2014 Miss Georgia Pageant in Columbus June 18-21. Brett won the title of Miss Conyers in February, reported a June 9 story in the Swainsboro News.

Local teachers get naturalist training at Botanical Garden

Athens-area teachers take part in Garden Earth Naturalist training at the State Botanical Garden in a program taught by University of Georgia faculty members including the College of Education’s Deborah Tippins, reports a story in the June 9 edition of the Athens Banner-Herald.

Deborah Tippins helps teach Naturalist training at Botanical Garden

Athens-area teachers take part in Garden Earth Naturalist training at the State Botanical Garden in a program taught by University of Georgia faculty members including the College of Education’s Deborah Tippins

Baker among experts featured in Wallet Hub on World Cup impact

Thomas Baker III, an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology’s sport management program, was among the experts featured in a June 9 feature in Wallet Hub on the impact of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Championship in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Smagorinsky in AJC: Is the cost of college a burden worth sharing?

College of Education Distinguished Research Professor Peter Smagorinsky writes a followup piece to last week’s column in the _Atlanta Journal Constitution_on whether colleges prepared students to be work-ready. This June 9 article focuses on the cost and the value of a college education.

Kamphaus named dean of University of Oregon College of Education

Randy Kamphaus (PhD ‘83), Distinguished Research Professor in the department of counseling and psychological services at Georgia State University, has been named dean of the University of Oregon College of Education, it was announced June 6.

ABC News story on exercise, energy cites COE study

A June 8 ABC News report titled, “14 bad habits that drain your energy,” cited a 2013 UGA College of Education study by researchers in the Department of Kinesiology.

Smagorinsky: College is more than just job training

Peter Smagorinsky, UGA Distinguished Research Professor, writes about whether college courses can equip graduates to arrive a new job ready to go in the June 4 Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Hawkins quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on athletes clustering around a major

Billy Hawkins, an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, is quoted in a May 31 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on “clustering,” a term that describes situations in which 25 percent or more of an athletic team are in the same major.

Cindy Bazzell wins top marketing education honor

Cindy Bazell (BBA ‘02, MEd ‘08, EDS ‘09), who teaches business education courses at Brookwood High School in Gwinnett County, was recently named top teacher in her field by the Georgia Marketing Education Association.

Williams on CNN: Schools still struggling with integration

COE faculty member Sheneka Williams says public schools are slipping back toward segregation in a May 18 segment of CNN’s “New Day Weekend.”

COE researchers use electric stimulation to reduce diabetes risk

College of Education researchers are examining how electrical stimulation can improve glucose tolerance and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes for individuals with spinal cord injuries, reports a story in the May 19 issue of Columns. The researchers are led by Kevin McCully, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology.

AJC profiles COE alumnus running for state school chief

The Atlanta Journal Constitution profiles Rome native and Triple Dawg Mike Buck as he runs for state school superintendent. Beck earned bachelor, master’s and Ph.D degrees in education from the University of Georgia.

COE speakers share big ideas at TEDxUGA

A College of Education faculty member, staff member, student and an alumna—Bettina Love, Elizabeth Brantley, Megan Pendleton and Lora Smothers—were among 17 people and groups who shared ideas and performances at the University of Georgia’s second annual “TEDxUGA” event.

Horne commencement speech: We should teach creativity too

A short excerpt from the University of Georgia graduate commencement address last weekend by UGA dean emeritus of education Arthur M. “Andy” Horne is printed in the “Get Schooled” blog of the May 14 Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Harman quoted in ABH story on Rabbit Box presentation

Ruth Harman, an associate professor in language and literacy education, who serves as the University of Georgia liaison for a recent children’s presentation at Coile Middle School in Athens, was quoted in a front page story on the event in the May 13 Athens Banner-Herald.

COE profs in AJC: Put creativity back in schools

Two College of Education faculty members – Bob Fecho and Stephanie Jones – write a passionate piece about the standardization of education and the need to restore creativity to the classroom in the May 11 edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Smagorinsky: Muscogee teacher offers tough love, ground rules and great results

UGA Distinguished Research Professor Peter Smagorinsky writes another in his ongoing Great Georgia Teacher series in the May 8 edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Science education students work with Oconee High students

Oconee County High School science students team up with UGA science education majors to test the waters of a city park, reported a story in the April 18 edition of the Athens Banner-Herald.

Red and Black: UGA prof receives honor for career-long research

Karen Watkins, professor and associate head of the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy in the College of Education was featured in an April 15 Red and Black story about her recent induction into the Academy of Human Resource Development Hall of Fame.

Two alumni among 10 finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year

Two College of Education alumni – Nick Crowder and Hyunjin Son – were among the 10 finalists for the 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year, State School Superintendent John Barge (EdD ‘04) announced in a press release on April 7.

Smagorinsky: Atlanta's Elisha Gray another Great Georgia Teacher

UGA Distinguished Research Professor Peter Smagorinsky writes about Maynard Jackson High School special education teacher Elisha Gray in the April 7 Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Hawkins in NYT: Success may not be what it seems

Billy Hawkins, a professor in kinesiology, writes in a March 28 New York Times op-ed that success may not be what it seems in relation to a recent regional National Labor Relations Board ruling that football players at Northwestern University can unionize and collectively bargain.

Clarke Teacher of Year: 'Those who can do everything, teach'

Clarke County Teacher of the Year and COE alumnus Aaron Jongko (BSED ‘08, MED ‘09) paid tribute to nearly two dozen other top Clarke County teachers in the room during a speech at a Rotary Club of Athens meeting Wednesday, a story in the March 20 Athens Banner-Herald reported.

Smagorinsky in AJC: More A's in English than STEM classes due to open discussions

UGA Distinguished Research Professor Peter Smagorinsky writes an op-ed in the March 14 Atlanta Journal Constitution to defend the academic integrity of English classes as compared to STEM subjects.

Clarke Central ninth-graders got a look at UGA science

The event was the second major field trip in a program called Experience UGA that aims to bring every Clarke County public school student to the UGA campus at least once a year for a field trip.

GRU professors use DVDs, video games to improve students' vocabulary

For two Georgia Regents University professors, video games and movies have become a way to help students improve their reading skills.

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