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$3 million collaborative project to enhance AI in science education

Assistant professor Xiaoming Zhai will work on a collaborative project to enhance artificial intelligence and machine learning-based assessments to help science teachers make instructional decisions.

'Cookies' and 'Crumbles' help kids realize their appetite for science

A science education game developed by a College of Education faculty member wins the 2018 International Serious Play Award.

'Inquiry fair' highlights teachers, candidates

More than 70 teacher candidates in the early childhood and middle grades programs shared inquiry projects in a gallery walk format and talked with UGA faculty and mentor teachers and administrators.

'PDS work is always changing' says school administrator

Meet Mark Tavernier, associate superintendent for instructional services and school performance.

2015-16 Donor Appreciation and Alumni Awards honor nine for their achievements

Nine COE graduates and friends were recognized for their career achievements and community leadership at the College’s 11th annual Donor Appreciation and Alumni Awards Dinner.

2016-2017 College of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards honor 10 for their achievements

Ten COE graduates and friends were recognized for their career achievements and community leadership at the College’s 12th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner.

2017-2018 College of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards honor six for their achievements

Six graduates of the University of Georgia’s College of Education will be recognized for their career achievements and community leadership at the College’s 13th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on April 6.

A friendship with principle

Athens women bond over four decades of memories and a shared love of education.

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.

Action research: Examining mentor teacher needs

As principal of Judia Jackson Harris Elementary, I began the process of exploring the needs of our mentor teachers as part of my doctoral research.

Alumna is new president of state school counselors group

Tinisha Parker (B.S.Ed. ‘00, Ed.S. ‘07, Ph.D. ‘13), coordinator of advising and counseling for Gwinnett County Public Schools, began her one-year term July 1.

Alumna named Georgia High School Science Teacher of the Year

Chelsea Sexton (BSEd ‘14), a teacher at Kennesaw Mountain High School, connects science content with topics that directly affect her students’ lives.

Alumna receives New Teacher Assistance Grant

Tita Lovell was recently awarded the New Teacher Assistance Grant from Georgia Power to purchase materials and supplies for her high school classroom.

Alumna receives Outstanding Research Award from NC State University

Jessica DeCuir-Gunby (MA ‘00, PhD ‘03), a professor of educational psychology at North Carolina State University, received the 2018-2019 Outstanding Research Award from NC State’s Alumni Association.

Alumna receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Christy Sutton (MEd ‘12) was one of only two elementary teachers in Georgia to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Alumna recognized twice for excellence in teaching

Amber Simmons (PhD ‘12), an English teacher at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, was one of only 15 winners nationwide to receive the 2017 National Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of Excellence Award.

Alumna takes wide-angle approach to new role on school board

With a background in counseling psychology, LaKeisha Gantt (MED ‘03, PHD ‘10) adds a new perspective to the Clarke County School Board.

Alumnus named College of Education dean at Winona State

Daniel Kirk (PhD ‘08) previously served as dean and professor of education at American University of Ras al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, as well as associate dean and professor at the National Defense College in Abu Dhabi.

Annual conference for professional development schools includes 35 local educators

The 2017 National Association for Professional Development Schools conference took place March 9-11 in Washington, DC.

Assistant professor quoted on test-based accountability

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Associate professor helps local youth succeed one book at a time

Sheneka Williams’ passion for increasing access and narrowing the opportunity gap with Books for Keeps is helping thousands of at-risk youth combat the effects of summer learning loss.

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.

Associate professor receives 2020 Excellence in Scholarship Award from AMTE

AnnaMarie Conner was recently recognized by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators for her significant and lasting contributions to the field.

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.

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.

Award-winning partnership benefits future teachers, students, educators

Working together, the College of Education and a local school district have created a model that trains future teachers, supports current ones, and benefits students; today, it’s a model used nationwide.

Bullying prevention contest expands to elementary art

This fall the contest expanded to include elementary students’ artwork that illustrated the concept of bullying prevention.

CIS instructor receives service-learning teaching award

Gretchen Thomas has been selected to receive the 2016 Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Award to sustain and enhance her service-learning work.

Clarke Middle School principal elected to national position

MacMillan will serve a three-year term on the board of the the National Association for Professional Development Schools as one of the P-12 leadership representatives.

CLASE celebrates students, family and friends at annual Parent Night

Earlier this month, the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education’s Tutoring and Mentoring program culminated in a Parent Night celebration.

Clinical assistant professor to serve on statewide principal leadership initiative

Karen Bryant was recently selected to serve on the Advancing Inclusive Principal Leadership Initiative sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

COE alumna named associate provost of academic programs at UNO

Caroline Noyes will oversee all assessment processes at the University of New Orleans and provide College units with high-level administrative oversight.

College career program benefits high school students

Kiara Plummer is one of nine Clarke County high school students who are benefiting from programs that provide part-time jobs and internships.

College of Education faculty and alumni honored at 2017 AERA meeting

Several alumni and faculty members were recently recognized by the American Educational Research Association for their significant contributions to the field of education.

College works with school district to support new teachers

A group of College of Education faculty members and Clarke County School District teachers and administrators are working to design, implement and evaluate the district’s induction program for new teachers.

Creating a chain of positivity

First districtwide bullying prevention essay contest honors students, teachers and administrators.

District honors College's research-based after-school program

The Physical Activity and Learning Program, or PALS, is among the recipients of the 2017 Impact Awards given by the school district.

Doctoral student named School Counselor of the Year

Alexandra Huguelet was recognized by the Georgia School Counselor’s Association for her leadership and work promoting equity and access to opportunities for all students.

Educators must unplug their ideas about students' tech abilities

Associate professor Tisha Lewis Ellison cautions teachers from assuming too much about a student’s digital abilities. Kids can figure it out, she says, whether or not they have access to a computer in their home.

Faculty and teachers' trip to Alabama's Legacy Museum sparks dialogue for change

The experience also inspired 15 educators and community members to work to commemorate the victims of racial terror lynchings in Athens-Clarke County.

Feeding language needs: New ideas in crafting classroom lessons

A research-based teaching method developed by researchers in the College’s Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education is changing the way conversations take place in schools.

Fifth annual workshop helps build new partnerships

The Professional Development Schools Workshop took place Oct. 24 with an energetic group representing eight universities and P-12 school districts from the Southeast.

Fifth-graders among presenters at NAPDS conference

The year’s conference location made it possible for both Clarke County School District and UGA College of Education representatives involved in the Professional Development School District partnership to attend and present.

Forming connections

Faculty in the College helped agriculture educators connect to their subject areas and enhance students’ problem-solving skills during a two-day professional development training session.

Games add a new element of fun to learning

A new approach to educational games teaches scientific thinking.

Georgia Children's Book Awards names 2018 winners

More than 30,000 children across the state took part in this year’s vote.

Georgia Children's Book Awards names 2019 winners

Narwhals and service dogs receive the newest nod from children across the state.

Glickman receives 2021 Choice Reviews Outstanding Academic Title Award

Professor emeritus Carl Glickman recently received an award from the Association of College and Research Libraries for his book’s contribution to the field of school leadership.

Graduate student named a Javits-Frasier Scholar

Jerilyn Williams was recently named a 2016 Javits-Frasier Scholar by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).

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.

Learning through language

This May, several fifth graders at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School will become the first students to graduate from the school’s dual language immersion program—a program they first enrolled in as kindergarten students.

Living, and giving, with purpose: Alumna's teaching career turns to technology

Jamie Rife (MED ‘08) connects unmet student needs with community members who want to help.

Math Hall and Ball provides math enrichment, acceleration

Media mention: Welsh's research sheds light on disparities in school discipline

It’s a complex issue, said Richard Welsh, who recently presented his research to the Clarke County Board of Education.

Milner visit sparks critical consciousness discussion

His research examines practices and policies that support teacher effectiveness in urban schools and has influenced designs and practices of teacher education courses and programs across the country.

Mission complete! Robotics competition lands successfully for 2nd year

RAIL Robotics Competition sends 28 Barrow County students on a ‘mission’ to Mars.

New leaders, new energy in PDSD for 2017-18 school year

The Professional Development School District partnership experienced significant leadership changes at both the university and district levels for the 2017-18 school year.

New report examines the effects of local school diversity plans

Elizabeth DeBray recently co-published a new report analyzing the impact of a little-known federal grant aimed at promoting school diversity.

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.

Office of School Engagement student spotlight: Melissa Baker

Melissa Baker, the 2016-17 Office of School Engagement graduate assistant, will graduate from the UGA College of Education this May with a Ph.D. in middle grades education.

Professor and colleagues offer educational recommendations for Biden administration

Professor Elizabeth DeBray provided six suggestions in a policy memo to help the new administration restore civil rights protections in schools.

Professor co-edits new book; mentioned in top publications

​Kathleen deMarrais, professor and department head of the department of lifelong education, administration and policy, recently co-edited a book that contains 20 insightful TFA testaments.

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.

Professor lends expertise on how bias becomes bullying

Professor lends expertise on how bias becomes bullying.

Professor named 2018-2019 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow

Scott Ardoin was one of only four UGA faculty members to be named a 2018-2019 SEC Academic Leadership Development Programs Fellow.

Program for new principals named among state's innovative programs

A report from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has highlighted a College of Education program that helps train new principals

Reimagining the future

Thanks to a new research-practice partnership grant from the Spencer Foundation, PCCSS and associate professor Theodore Kopcha will expand their ongoing partnership by weaving it together with Albany State University.

Second annual Camp DIVE expands opportunities for students, teachers

About 80 Clarke County children will spend a month immersed in history, reading and STEM projects—among others—as the second year of Camp DIVE launches June 5.

SERVE Conference: PDSD takes part in 1st regional event

UGA faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students and Clarke County School District teachers, traveled to Atlanta to the first PDS South East Regional Vision for Education conference.

Sharing stories of resilience

Associate professor Tisha Lewis Ellison is conducting an international study on how teachers use digital tools to promote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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.

Smagorinsky: Should schools designate unisex restrooms?

Peter Smagorinsky explains why schools should embrace the White House’s inclusion efforts towards transgender students.

Social studies collaboration supports new teacher growth

An innovative secondary social studies collaboration is having a positive effect on local teachers and UGA teacher candidates.

Sophomore launches mentor program at Clarke Middle School

College of Education sophomore Mansur Buffins helps local students at Clarke Middle School feel more connected to campus.

Speaking together: Collaboration helps students tell their stories

A recent showcase of student projects at Cedar Shoals High School capped a yearlong project connecting literacy and language skills with leadership and arts development.

State-funded pre-K may enhance students' mathematical achievement

New research conducted by associate dean for academic programs and professor Stacey Neuharth-Pritchett shows the program has an impact on classroom success.

Students derive words—and entire presentations—from pictures

Elementary book club finds inspiration from Georgia Children’s Book Award-nominated books.

Students get expert lesson in restorative practices

National expert drops by high school class to offer encouragement and examples.

Students, families and teachers celebrate LISELL-B's White House recognition

Over 100 Latino and Karen-Burmese middle and high school students and parents celebrated the recent White House award received by LISELL-B.

Study identifies 'key practices' that advance PDS work

One important insight that emerged from the study, according to Hall, is that the UGA and CCSD partnership is composed of sub-partnerships.

Study links weather safety training from teacher workshop to students' homes

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers draw a line between increased awareness by teachers and better prepared families

Study shows strong teachers' unions preserve education spending

States with collective bargaining for teachers experienced substantially smaller drops in teacher salaries after the Great Recession, according to a new study.

Study to explore impact of COVID-19 on pre-K children's school readiness skills, recovery rates

To assess the long-term impact of COVID-19 on young students, researchers in the College are investigating the rate at which pre-K children return to pre-pandemic levels of school readiness.

Study to make computer science more accessible, fun for young students

Researchers from Clemson University and the UGA College of Education will partner with rural schools in South Carolina on a three-year research project to make computer science more accessible and fun for young students.

The Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars' inaugural teach-in will provide information about homeschooling Black children

Cheryl Fields-Smith has seen a dramatic increase in homeschooling inquiries due to COVID-19. Because of these increases, she co-founded Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars.

The Innovators: A visit with three educators who are pushing classroom boundaries

Whether it’s through hands-on activities or digital tools, educators are re-shaping the way classroom lessons are delivered to 21st-century students.

Third annual workshop highlights collaboration with schools, principals' perspectives

Three faculty members selected as Service-Learning Fellows

Fields-Smith, Hines and Kopcha were selected by UGA’s Office of Service-Learning to integrate academic service-learning into their teaching.

Three graduates receive Georgia Power New Teacher Assistant Grant

The teachers received the 2015 Georgia Power New Teacher Assistance Grant to help purchase books, computers and other supplies for their classrooms.

Two alumnae receive Fulbright awards to teach abroad

Kelli Bivins (M.Ed. ‘02, Ed.S. ‘11) and Elaine Dasher (M.Ed. ‘96) will build relationships with teachers in different countries and harness international perspectives in their classrooms.

Two alumni named finalists for Superintendent of the Year

The College of Education is proud to claim two of the four finalists for Georgia’s 2016 Superintendent of the Year award as alumni.

UGA College of Education named for Mary Frances Early

The University of Georgia held a ceremony Tuesday to celebrate the naming of the College of Education in honor of Mary Frances Early, UGA’s first African American graduate and a pioneering music educator.

UGA professor emeritus co-authors new book on democratizing education

A new book co-authored by Carl Glickman provides a set of practical guidelines for educational leaders striving to renew their schools.

UGA, Putnam County teachers work to create new model for lessons

Project uses images from the National Archives to drive project-based learning.

UGA-schools partnership is 'game-changer' for teens

Foothills Education Charter High School helps nearly 1,000 get diploma

Using robotics to build for the future

Robotics partnerships foster creative problem solving among area students.

Visiting UGA history education professor showcases online teacher resources

New lesson plans developed with the T.R.R. Cobb House give middle school teachers easy access to resources on Georgia’s pre-Civil War era.

Weight loss shouldn't be the goal of PE

A new study lead by Sami Yli-Piipari, an associate professor in the department of kinesiology, shows kids’ physical fitness is more important than BMI.

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