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A celebration of change

Spring is a time of new beginnings and change. This year, it is especially true for the University of Georgia College of Education.

As you flip through the pages of this magazine, our College is celebrating hundreds of new teachers, allied health professionals, and sport scientists as they graduate and move into the professional world. It's a time-honored tradition that reinforces the excitement and hope that a new beginning can bring.

Changes are also taking place in the leadership of the College. We bid a fond farewell to Craig H. Kennedy, who brought smart, measured leadership to our programs. His tenure also brought changes to senior leadership at the College, including a new associate dean for academic programs, a new and expanded role for the associate dean for research and graduate education, and a new position—an associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

I am both honored and humbled by the trust that has been placed in me as the new dean of the College of Education. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and partners from across Georgia and beyond as we move the college to the next level.

As we embrace the new beginnings for our College and the changes the upcoming year will bring, we remain committed to the pillars on which we pride ourselves: Our ability to connect to new ideas and learning, our passion for innovation in and out of the lab, and the drive to inspire others to follow our example of innovation and service.

Sincerely,

Denise A. Spangler
Dean

Connect

A childhood passion for swimming turned into an Olympic medal for third-grade teacher Kristy Kowal.

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INNOVATE

Catherine Bradshaw turns data on bullying into positive solutions.

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INSPIRE

Education is a tradition in the Coleman and Sanders families. Now, two alumni show how their UGA experience helped elevate their own lives.

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Alumni Updates

Read a Q&A with Laura Whitaker (B.S.Ed. '07, M.Ed. '10), director of the nonprofit Extra Special People who was named to both the Bulldog 100 and 40 Under 40 lists in the past year.

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Special feature: The next generation

After time in the military, many find their next path in the College of Education.

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College Update

Faculty, students lead effort to view eclipse

Across Clarke County, K-12 students safely watched the moon move between the Earth and the sun, with UGA students playing a key role in helping teachers with lessons, instructions, and activities related to the eclipse.

Legislators learn about concussion research

On campus as part of the group's annual tour highlighting research with ties to federal funding, they visited the new indoor practice facility and learned about new projects undertaken by the Department of Kinesiology.

New projects expand office's role

Now in its second year, the College's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has ramped up internal professional development, re-launched a graduate certificate program, and grown the annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference.

Children's Book Awards plans for 50th

Each year for 50 years, thousands of children across Georgia have cast votes for their favorite books. For 2019, the Georgia Children's Book Awards, based in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, will be marking this milestone of honoring some of the best books for young readers.

Robotics lessons find a global audience

Faculty and students in the Department of Career and Information Studies' Research and Innovation in Learning lab worked in several different countries to bring robotics education to schools.

Disaster relief connects Puerto Rican students

Doctoral student Marlaine Monroig organized a support group for students, faculty, and staff affected by Irma and other natural disasters. Then, she realized, the effort could be even bigger.

Devices offer students real-world experience

Thanks to the donation of an augmentative communication device used by a former Gwinnett County police officer diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), students can now work directly with this state-of-the-art computer that turns eye movements into words.

New labs, professorship for kinesiology

Christopher Modlesky and Tarkesh Singh, new professors in the Department of Kinesiology, each bring with them new labs, adding to the department's research on movement and its effects on the body.

Retired Faculty

Carl Glickman's recipe for retirement: One part teaching, one part writing, and one part volunteer work. Mix as needed and enjoy with a side of family and travel.

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Connecting with retired faculty

The College of Education values the service our retired faculty members have given to UGA and the surrounding community. Stay in touch with what is going on in the College through semi-annual retired faculty luncheons. Email Nancy Butler for more information.