GATE 2014 Conference Program

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Georgia Association of Teacher Educators


2014 Annual Conference October 29-31

“Reflecting on Practice: The Past and Future Unite”

Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa 6321 US Highway 76 Young Harris, GA 30582 706‐379‐9900 or 800‐201‐3205

GaPSC GATE Pre-Conference Workshop Wednesday, October 29, 2014 AGENDA 1:00—2:00

Pre-Service Certificate Information Session Angie Gant Target Audience: Field placement directors, certification officials, those who enter candidates into TPMS, and other individuals who work with pre-service candidates


New Program Approval Standards (Including Possible Sources of Evidence) Enjolia Farrington Bobbi Ford Paquita Morgan James Ritter Target Audience: EPP heads, assessment directors, program directors, and other individuals who participate in program approval


Transforming Educator Preparation (TEP) Conference Action Plan Follow-up Session Penney McRoy Target Audience: TEP conference team leads or their designees



GATE 2014 Annual Conference President’s Welcome

Barbara Benson, EdD Welcome Conference Attendees to the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators (GATE) Conference in Young Harris, Georgia. The theme is “Reflecting on Practice:

The Past and Future Unite.” GATE’s mission is to continually make efforts to improve teacher education. The conference program is impressive and I thank all of the participants and keynote speakers who have taken time to attend this conference and share their expertise about teacher education. October is such a beautiful time to be in the mountains of North Georgia at the lovely Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa. This is my first year serving as GATE President and I am excited to serve in this capacity. I care a great deal about K-12 educators and teacher education. I will serve as an advocate on your behalf during the two years of my appointment. It is a privilege to host so many individuals who are dedicated to the teaching profession. As you look through the conference program, you will notice the abundance of distinguished colleagues in the field of education. Enjoy the conference sessions and the opportunities to reestablish professional friendships, grow as a professional, and support teacher education and the K-12 teaching profession. Respectfully, Dr. Barbara Benson, President Georgia Association of Teacher Educators


GATE 2014 President-Elect’s Welcome

Alicja Rieger, PhD

On behalf of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators (GATE), it is my distinct honor and privilege to welcome you to 2014 GATE Conference at the Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa, Young Harris, Georgia (October 29-31, 2014). You each come as k-12 teachers, Professional Standards Commission (PSC) representatives, professional organization representatives, or other distinguished colleagues in the field of education, bringing with you different knowledge and experiences as teacher educators. Thank you for your participation in this conference. You can anticipate intellectually and professionally rewarding conference sessions with many opportunities to share your expertise and experience under this year’s conference theme, “Reflecting on Practice: The Past and Future Unite.” Herbert Spencer once said, “The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.” Throughout this conference, I ask you to draw upon your past experiences to engage one another in conversations about inspiring ideas for pedagogy, research, and policy in order to proactively shape today and the future of the field of teacher education. Respectfully, Dr. Alicja Rieger, GATE President-Elect

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Annual Conference GATE Conference Chair’s Welcome

Gwendolyn Middlebrooks, PhD Dear GATE Conference Attendees: I am pleased to welcome you to the 2014 Conference of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators (GATE) at the Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in Young Harris, GA. Your active participation in this conference will provide you with numerous professional development opportunities that will improve your knowledge base and escalate your career. You will experience excellent speakers in general sessions and research-based breakout sessions. You will have opportunities to network as you interact with speakers, meet new people, make professional friends, and enjoy the total conference experience. We congratulate members of the GATE 2014 Conference Planning Committee for the energy and time they expended planning, organizing, and managing the tasks associated with this conference. Their professional service as volunteers has assured the success of this Annual GATE Conference. They did an excellent job! Sincerely, Dr. Gwendolyn Harris Middlebrooks, GATE Conference Chair


GATE 2014 GATE 2014 Conference Committees: Awards: Barbara Benson (Chair) Shirley Andrews Alicja Rieger Ann Smith

Conference Program: Robyn Huss (Chair and Design/Layout) Barbara Benson Gertrude Tinker Sachs University of West Georgia (Printing)

Facilitators: Aline van Putten (Chair) Alicja Rieger

Hospitality: Julie Hiers (Chair) Sheryl Dasinger

Luncheon: Aline van Putten (Chair) Gwendolyn H. Middlebrooks

Registration: Sheryl Dasinger (Chair) Shirley Andrews Nicole Maxwell Keenya Mosley

Sessions Logistics: Presentations Committee: Eliza Allen (Chair) Sanjuana Carrillo Rodriguez (Chair) Tuba Angay-Crowder Christi L. Pace Gertrude Tinker Sachs

Speakers/Keynotes: Barbara Benson (Chair) Ewa McGrail Gwendolyn Middlebrooks Aline van Putten Janet Strickland

Proposals Committee: David W. Brown (Chair) Gertrude Tinker Sachs Reviewers: Professors: Doctoral Candidates: Deborah Bembry Judy Carter Julie Dangel Sheryl Dasinger Andrea Lewis Don Livingston Felicia Mayfield Ewa McGrail Dorene Medlin Keenya Mosley Alicja Reiger Tatiana Rivadeneyra Ann D. Smith


Eliza Allen Rebecca Rohloff Barria Tuba Angay-Crowder Nicole Dukes India Fraser Christi L. Pace Sanjuana Rodriguez Natasha Thornton Sarah Turnbull

Annual Conference GATE 2014-2015 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NAME




President President-Elect Immediate Past President Secretary Treasurer

Barbara Benson Alicja Rieger Janet Strickland Gertrude Tinker Sachs Sheryl Dasinger

Piedmont College Valdosta State University University of West Georgia Georgia State University Valdosta State University

06.2016 06.2016 06.2016 06.2016* 06.2016+

LaTasha Jones Adams Nicole Maxwell Jillian Nichols Rachael Parr Anete Vásquez Ewa McGrail

Georgia State University University of North Georgia Oak Grove El., Cherokee County Schools East Jackson Middle Sch., Jackson County Kennesaw State University Georgia State University

06.2015** 06.2017 06.2016 06.2015 06.2017 06.2016


College Representative l College Representative 2 PS Representative 1 PS Representative 2 Representative at large 1 Representative at large 2


ATE/PS Rep/Delegate 1 ATE/PS Rep/Delegate 2 ATE/PS Alt Rep/Delegate ATE/College Rep/Delegate 1 ATE/College Rep/Delegate 2 ATE/College Alt Rep/Delegate

Gloria Thomas Vacant Julie Hiers Keenya Mosley Aline van Putten Andrea Lewis

Trickum Middle Sch., Gwinnett County Valdosta City Schools Savannah State University Atlanta Metropolitan State College Spelman College

06.2015** 06.2016 06.2017 06.2017 06.2016** 06.2015


Judy Butler

University of West Georgia

Appointed 2014

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS (Special Assignments which are not Executive Committee members) Website

Robyn Huss

University of West Georgia

Appointed 2013

GATEways Journal

Judy Butler Janet Strickland Robyn Huss

University of West Georgia University of West Georgia University of West Georgia

2014-2017* 2012-2015* Appointed 2013


Shirley Andrews

Valdosta State University


Barbara Benson

Piedmont College

Site Coordinator

Gwendolyn Middlebrooks

Spelman College (Retired)

Scholarships and External Resources

Beryle Baker

Georgia Perimeter College (Retired)

* elected to second term

+ elected to third term


** finished unexpired term

GATE 2014 GATE 2014 Conference at a Glance: Wednesday, October 29: 12:00-6:00 pm 1:00-5:00 pm

Conference Registration Georgia PSC Workshops (Trackrock Theater)

8:00-9:30 pm

GATE Executive Committee (Johnson Branch)

Dr. Angie Gant, PSC Director of Program Approval

Thursday, October 30: 7:30 am-5:00 pm Conference Registration 9:00-9:50 am Opening General Session (Trackrock Theater)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joyce King, Georgia State University

10:00-10:50 am 11:00-11:50 am 12:00-1:30 pm

Break-out sessions A* (pages 10-11) Break-out sessions B* (pages 12-13) Awards Luncheon (Salons A, B, & C)

1:40-2:30 pm 2:40-3:30 pm 3:45-4:45 pm 5:30-6:30 pm 7:00-8:30 pm

Break-out sessions C* (pages 16-17) Break-out sessions D* (pages 18-19) GATE Membership Meeting (Salon #1) Georgia Field Directors’ Meeting (Salon #3) GATE Reception/Hospitality (Dogwood Cottage 6 Parlor)

Keynote Speaker: Mrs. Amanda Miliner, Teacher of the Year

Friday, October 31: 7:30-8:30 am 8:30-9:20 am 9:30-10:20 am 10:30 am-noon

Newcomers’ Continental Breakfast (Cedar Knob) Break-out sessions E* (pages 20-21) Break-out sessions F* (pages 22-23) Closing Session (Trackrock Theater)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. George Stickel, GA Board of Regents

* Break-out Session Rooms: Chimney Top, Keys Branch, Long Ridge, Mining Gap, Salon 4, and Trackrock Theater For GATE Conference support, please check with the registration table or in the Johnson Branch room.


Annual Conference


GATE 2014 Thursday, October 30, 2014

9:00 am



Dr. Barbara Benson, President, Georgia Association of Teacher Educators (GATE), Piedmont College


Dr. Alicja Rieger, President-Elect, Valdosta State University


Dr. Janet Strickland, Past-President, University of West Georgia

Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Ewa McGrail, Representative at Large, Georgia State University Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Joyce E. King, Professor, Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, Georgia State University Title: "Liberating Education for the Praxis of Human Freedom: The Power of Our Overcoming Spirit� Dr. King will imagine for us the road forward--where her study of Black Education tells her we ought to create opportunities for transformative teaching and learning that are not racially biased but culturally enabling for us all.

Closing Remarks:

Dr. Gwendolyn H. Middlebrooks, Site Coordinator, Spelman College (Retired)


Dr. Nicole Maxwell, College Representative, University of North Georgia


Annual Conference Dr. Joyce E. King Dr. King has traveled and taught all across the globe, including Brazil, Canada, China, England, Mali, Senegal, Kenya, Japan, Jamaica, and New Zealand. This has allowed her to engage the academic community in the development of more truthful curricula and educational standards that reflect cultural as well as academic excellence, while sharing principles and tools for transformative teaching and learning.

Dr. Joyce E. King holds the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair of Teaching, Learning and Leadership at George State University, where she is Professor of Educational Policy Studies and affiliated Faculty in the Department of African and African American Studies. Dr. King is President of the American Educational Research Association. Her research and scholarship deal with how mainstream American education produces dysconsciousness that resists "a critically transformative understanding of race and racial inequity" for human freedom. Education K-16 perpetuates a curriculum that alienates peoples of color from seeing themselves as coconstructors of knowledge and distorts White people’s humanity as well. For example, Dr. King’s research has noted that K-12 textbooks, lesson plans, undergraduate history content, and teacher preparation routinely start the history of Black Americans in slavery, not in Africa. This “master script” teaches us all that Egypt is located in the Middle East or even Asia rather than in Africa! African American learners are taught they have contributed nothing to the production of knowledge and that abandonment of all Black cultural identity is key to any success in school.

As a researcher, she has worked directly with members of diverse communities to better understand and acknowledge both individual experiences and the importance of heritage knowledge, which has been a powerful tool for community healing and social change that can impact all cultures. Her personal experiences as a mother navigating through a challenged educational system, hurdles magnified by dysconscious racism, and subsequent achievements of her own children have further strengthened her resolve for championing critical curriculum intervention. In her lecture titled, "Liberating Education for the Praxis of Human Freedom: The Power of Our Overcoming Spirit," Dr. King will imagine for us the road forward--where her study of Black Education tells her we ought to create opportunities for transformative teaching and learning that are not racially biased but culturally enabling for us all. Her publications can be found in the Harvard Educational Review, The Journal of Negro Education, The Journal of Black Studies, Womanist Theory and Research, numerous book chapters, as well as five books: Teaching Diverse Populations; Black Mothers to Sons: Juxtaposing African American Literature with Social Praxis; Preparing Teachers for Diversity; Black Education: A Transformative Research and Action Agenda for the New Century; and “Re-membering” History in Student and Teacher Learning: An Afrocentric, Culturally Informed Praxis. Her forthcoming book is Afrocentric Praxis, Dysconscious Racism, and Education for Human Freedom: Through the Years I Keep on Toiling—The Selected Works of Joyce E. King.

Dr. King’s scholarship addresses a transformative role for culture and heritage knowledge in effective teaching and teacher preparation. She has developed a unique pedagogy for cultural recovery—and healing—grounded in Black Studies epistemology using curriculum theorizing and community-mediated research. Her research on dysconscious racism, the term she coined, has had a major impact on the fields of teacher education and studies of race and education. Her scholarship emphasizes "cultural well-being" for all as a necessary goal in all successful education, including that of Whites, who are "mis-educated" as well by a competitive educational system that feeds them racially-constructed ideological knowledge as "colorblind" education.


GATE 2014 10:00 - 10:50 am


Multimodal Discourse: Analysis of Teacher Talk and Actions During a Literacy Event in a Preschool Classroom and Broader Pedagogical Implications Rebecca Barria, Georgia State University In this interactive session, the presenter will share transcript data from a recent study that examines how classroom discourse (both verbal and nonverbal) expands and/or restricts meaning-making opportunities. Discussions will address how discourse practices may nurture the development of academic identities in students and, consequentially, promote deep learning. Facilitator: Dr. Lynn Stallings TRACKROCK THEATER Nurturing Collaborative Studies on Teacher Education: Germinating State-Wide Initiatives and Planting the Seeds for a Research Consortium Dr. Joyce Many, Georgia State University; Dr. Deirdre Greer, Columbus State University; Dr. Karynne L. M. Kleine, Young Harris College; Dr. Pam Wetherington, Columbus State University; and Dr. Judi Wilson, Georgia Regents University Interested in research in teacher education? Come learn about a virtual community that has been established to (a) support the development of research initiatives on edTPA and program evaluations of teacher education and (b) provide fertile ground for the evolution of a research consortium focusing on teacher education. Facilitator: Dr. Anete Vásquez SALON 4 There’s an App for That! Apps Educators Can’t Live Without Dr. Jan G. Miller, University of West Alabama Teachers and instructional leaders are responsible for assisting students and teachers in approaching new technology with a critical eye. In this session, we will discuss tools that educators can use to expand their own understanding of how to select mobile apps for instructional use. Bring your own device (BYOD) for a more hands-on approach. Facilitator: Dr. Keenya Mosley


Annual Conference 10:00 - 10:50 am

BREAKOUT SESSIONS A KEYS BRANCH Initiating a Successful Co-Teaching Relationship Donna Cherveny, Brenau University

Co-teaching teams must be highly effective in order to produce the greatest gains in student achievement, student self-efficacy, and student participation. Strong and professional relationships are the basis for creating highly effective co-teaching teams, and these relationships are built on communication, flexibility, and shared responsibility. Facilitator: Dr. Barbara Benson

CHIMNEY TOP Promoting Critical Thinking in the College Classroom Dr. Alicja Rieger, Valdosta State University; and Dr. Daniel Rieger, Broward College In this presentation, we take a closer look at how to promote critical thinking in the college classroom and beyond and suggest examples of strategies that support the development and transfer of critical thinking skills within the constructs of a discipline and across academic domains and disciplines. Facilitator: Dr. Judy Butler LONG RIDGE Impacting the Academic Performance of Students Receiving Dual Services - ESOL and Special Education Mandy Sitten, Cobb County Schools & Kennesaw State University; and Dr. Karen Kuhel, Kennesaw State University Participants will review findings of a mixed-methods study in a co-taught class by an ESOL and Special Education teacher. Participants were 4th grade students who qualified for both ESOL and Special Education services. Preliminary findings indicate a positive impact on literacy development and significant challenges related to co-teaching and collaboration. Facilitator: Dr. Aline van Putten


GATE 2014 11:00 - 11:50 am


Multiple Perspectives on edTPA Implementation Dr. Lynn Stallings, Dr. Woong Lim, Dr. Kim Loomis, and Dr. Anete Vásquez, Kennesaw State University Our panel of faculty and administrators will lead a discussion about edTPA implementation based on our institution’s three years of experience in piloting edTPA. Panel members are edTPA scorers in English, mathematics, and the sciences. Topics include signature assignments and professional development for faculty, supervisors, and collaborating teachers. Facilitator: Dr. Alicja Rieger TRACKROCK THEATER Entering the Matrix: A Dynamic Framework for Continuous Improvement Dr. Lynn C. Minor, Dr. Scott Grubbs, Dr. Anthony Scheffler, and Dr. Natalie Kuhlmann, Valdosta State University This presentation will consist of an overview of a continuous improvement (CI) model and its context within the state and national educator preparation environment. The presenters will discuss the development and implementation of a transparent, multi-dimensional CI model and how program faculty were involved throughout the process. Facilitator: Dr. Ewa McGrail SALON 4 Leaving our Imprint: Using Bolman and Deal’s Four Frames to Understand Identity Development and Maintenance of a Small Teacher Preparation Program in the Face of Standardized Performance Assessments of Candidates Dr. Karynne L. M. Kleine, Dr. Mark Brunner, Dr. Sharon Jackson, Dr. Roberta Barr, Dr. John B. Wayman, and Dr. Sharon C. Jackson, Young Harris College We will consider whether, as teacher education becomes more standardized due to national assessment, diverse programs can maintain their identities and particularities. We’ll share results of our investigation of leadership frames that might enable teacher preparation programs at independent institutions to understand, develop, and maintain their distinctiveness in response to this challenge. Facilitator: Dr. Keenya Mosley


Annual Conference 11:00 - 11:50 am


An Overview of COMP – The Classroom Organization and Management Program Dr. Shirley Andrews, Valdosta State University How do teachers develop classroom environments conducive to learning? Participants will be actively involved in investigating strategies for teaching, organizing classrooms, and ensuring student accountability. Facilitator: Dr. Barbara Benson

CHIMNEY TOP A+ Professional Development for Teacher Educators: Preparing Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teachers Dr. Carla Tanguay, Kim Barker, and Dr. Ruchi Bhatnagar, Georgia State University Our model, A+ Professional Development for Teacher Educators: Preparing Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Teachers, approaches professional development for teacher educators, supervisors, and cooperating teachers in three main areas: (1) awareness, (2) action, and (3) alignment. We will describe our framework of support and make several recommendations. Facilitator: Dr. Judy Butler LONG RIDGE Staying Connected with Your Teacher Graduates: An Extra Pair of Hands Dr. Sharon Sellers, Clark-College of Coastal Georgia A study in which juniors in their first semester of their Teacher Preparation Program are placed with recently hired second year teachers who are graduates of the juniors’ IHE is presented. Teacher retention and effectiveness and the IHE’s responsibilities in those areas once their Teacher Candidates graduate are discussed. Facilitator: Dr. Aline van Putten


GATE 2014 Thursday, October 30, 2014

12:00 pm AWARDS LUNCHEON (Salons A, B, & C) Music:

Young Harris College Flute Choir: Cheryl Star, Chair; with Allison Arnold, Rachel Bettis, Michelle Queen, & Meghan Webb; Young Harris College Woodwind Trio: Michelle Queen, flute; Chloe Cook, oboe; & Ryan Piscopo, clarinet.


Dr. Barbara Benson, President, Georgia Association of Teacher Educators (GATE) Piedmont College


Dr. Alicja Rieger, President-Elect, Valdosta State University


Dr. Janet Strickland, Past-President, University of West Georgia

Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Aline van Putten, ATE/ College Rep./Delegate Atlanta Metropolitan State College Keynote Speaker:

Mrs. Amanda Miliner, Teacher of the Year, 2015


Dr. Barbara Benson, President, Piedmont College Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Dr. Ewa McGrail, Georgia State University, and Dr. J. Patrick McGrail, Jacksonville State University Preparing young writers for invoking and addressing today’s interactive digital audiences GATE Supervising Teacher of the Year Award Mrs. Gloria Anderson Timothy Road Elementary, Clarke County, GA Georgia Association of Teacher Educators 2012-2014 President Dr. Janet Strickland, University of West Georgia

Closing Remarks:

Julie Hiers, ATE/ PS Alt Rep/ Delegate, Principal, Scintilla Charter Academy (opens August 2015)


Dr. Keenya Mosley, ATE/ College Rep./Delegate Savannah State University


Annual Conference Mrs. Amanda Miliner

Association of Educators. She decided to return to teaching because of her love for the profession and her desire to positively impact the lives of children. Her teaching career has included th th positions in pre-K, 4 , and 5 grades. As a classroom teacher in Title I Schools, Amanda has been an EIP host teacher to students who struggle with reading and math skills and has also been the lead teacher for students identified as gifted and high achieving.

After being selected as Teacher of the Year for her school (Miller Elementary) and her county (Houston), Amanda Miliner is the 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Amanda graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State University. Her Master’s degree is in Curriculum and Instruction, and her Education Specialist’s degree is in Teaching and Leading; she obtained both of her graduate degrees from Georgia Southwestern State University. In addition to her degrees, Amanda has educational endorsements in Science, teaching Gifted Education, and teaching English Language Learners.

Amanda’s additional duties as an educator include serving on numerous school committees in a leadership capacity, sponsoring various after-school clubs and activities including afterschool tutoring and parent education nights, and actively volunteering in the community. Amanda is a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and is on the Advisory Council for the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation.

While in college, Amanda had the opportunity to compete in and win several pageants as a means to finance her education. She represented Georgia in the Miss America Pageant and won 2nd runner up in addition to being a community service award finalist for her work as a national spokesperson for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization.

Amanda’s parents are retired Air Force veterans, and her younger sister is studying to be a teacher. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Kellen, and they have two children, Jordan and Avery.

After her year as Miss Georgia, Amanda spent time working with a non-profit organization that provided the opportunity for her to travel to East Africa. She also worked with the Georgia


GATE 2014 1:40 - 2:30 pm


From the Classroom to the Community and Back Again Dr. Lynn C. Minor, Dr. Scott Grubbs, and Dr. Anthony Scheffler, Valdosta State University Presenters will describe a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) transformation initiative. Elements of this initiative include a year-long clinical practice with two residencies, enhanced community engagement through the development of case studies and a community project, and establishment of reciprocal partnership agreements with P-12 schools. Facilitator: Dr. Nicole Maxwell

TRACKROCK THEATER From Semester-Long Apprenticeship to Year-Long Co-Teaching: A Case Study of Clinical Practice at One High School Dr. Anete Våsquez, Kennesaw State University The presenter will share a case study of one high school that hosted eleven candidates for a year-long co-teaching clinical practice. The presenter will describe the model and how it was created, outline the research conducted, and conclude by sharing strengths and weakness and outline implications for future practice and research. Facilitator: Dr. Alicja Rieger SALON 4 Crosswalk Between Effective Practice for Teaching English Learners and Georgia’s Intern Keys Assessment for Pre-Service Teachers (Roundtable) Dr. Karen Kuhel, Kennesaw State University; and Elizabeth Webb, Gwinnett County Public Schools The purpose of this roundtable session is to present and discuss a newly developed crosswalk between the new Georgia Intern Keys and effective instruction for English learners. The Intern Keys ESOL Crosswalk provides a framework for teacher education programs regarding the appropriate inclusion of learning and engagement practices for English learners.


Annual Conference 1:40 - 2:30 pm


Books, Bytes, and Budgets: The Changing Time of Media Educators (Roundtable) Dr. Richard Binkney and Dr. Ron Knorr, Mercer University As vital as the libraries envisioned by Andrew Carnegie have been in the past century, the library of the future has an important tradition to uphold. To succeed, the library itself and media educators must change to become relevant as they seek to make a difference in the new century.

CHIMNEY TOP Through Their Eyes and Mine: The Georgia Intergenerational Teacher Educators’ Project Dr. Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Georgia State University In this presentation, the impetus for this intergenerational project will be described. Developmental details of the project will be forecasted and participants will have a chance to give feedback and ask questions. Novice teacher educator interviewers will be on hand for the discussion, and veterans will be invited to participate. Facilitator: Dr. Lynn Stallings

LONG RIDGE Exploring Webb’s Depth of Knowledge and the Common Core Standards in the Classroom: Interpret, Align, and Differentiate to Maximize Rigor in the Classroom Dr. Kelly Brooksher, Armstrong State University Engaging the minds of our students is at the forefront of this session. Through the utilization of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge we can ensure that students reach their maximum potential via the interpretation, alignment, and rigor within today’s classrooms. Facilitator: Dr. Ewa McGrail


GATE 2014 2:40 - 3:30 pm


Research and Evidence-Based Integration of Reading and Writing Practices with Effects to 1.5 Standard Deviations Dr. John Hobe, Armstrong State University Come see the student and teacher excitement generated when integrating research-based reading and writing activities while teaching literal, interpretative, critical, and creative comprehension and literature, using classroom materials. Participants receive instructional designs used when teaching these topics and research references supporting their use. Facilitator: Dr. Alicja Rieger TRACKROCK THEATER Synthesis of Personal Learning Profiles as a Springboard for Differentiating Instruction (Roundtable) Dr. Cindy Kiernan, Reinhardt University Moving forward, pre-service teachers will be assessed on the level to which they are using knowledge of students to inform their teaching. Creating personal learning profiles and synthesizing the data is an authentic approach that will serve as a springboard for planning instruction and assessment. SALON 4 Assessing Students’ Field Experiences for Recruitment of Quality Teacher Candidates (Roundtable 1) Dr. Keenya G. Mosley, Dr. Mihaela Munday, and Dr. Cora Thompson, Savannah State University An Educator Preparation Program Provider is developing a structure to recruit, prepare, place, and support quality teacher candidates. This roundtable session will explore the assessment outcomes from field experiences of pre-service teacher candidates to determine the effectiveness of their placements. Can You Teach Me Now? (Roundtable 2) Dr. Carol Thompson, Van Wert Elementary School Join this roundtable discussion to find out how to get all your students on the same network. Just like your calling plan, Time to Teach gives you valuable instructional minutes in each day. Set your students up for behavioral success with this plan.


Annual Conference 2:40 - 3:30 pm


Making the Transition to edTPA Using Online Educational Tools (Roundtable) Dr. Karen Davis, Dr. Richard Binkney, and Dr. Martha Lee Child, Mercer University Through examination of the edTPA Assessment Handbook, this roundtable discussion will address online tools and strategies to support students and faculty with the elementary literacy lesson plan. We will focus on assessment, planning and instruction, and academic language. CHIMNEY TOP 2013 GATE Award Winners (Roundtable 1) Dr. Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Georgia State University Join this roundtable discussion to hear about Georgia State University’s award-winning ESOL Endorsement program, as featured in the October 2014 issue of GATEways. GATEways in Teacher Education Journal (Roundtable 2) Dr. Judy Butler and Dr. Janet Strickland, University of West Georgia Join this roundtable discussion to learn about submitting articles for publication in our annual association journal. LONG RIDGE Science in My City: Using Photovoice to Make Science Culturally Relevant (Roundtable) Dr. Charlease Kelly-Jackson, Kennesaw State University This roundtable session presenter will demonstrate how a photovoice project, Science in My City, captured the “voices” of urban students in an elementary classroom, bringing their voices and lives into the science instruction and adding meaning and relevancy to the science academic language and concepts.

3:45-4:45 pm GATE MEMBERSIHIP MEETING (Salon #1) 5:30-6:30 pm GEORGIA FIELD DIRECTORS’ MEETING (Salon #3) 7:00-8:30 pm GATE RECEPTION/HOSPITALITY (Dogwood Cottage 6 Parlor)


GATE 2014 8:30 - 9:20 am


MINING GAP Standard Procedure: Using the Program Evaluation Standards as an Ethical Framework for Teacher Program Accreditation Scott T. Grubbs, Valdosta State University Teacher preparation program accreditation is becoming increasingly high-stakes, and those involved need an ethical framework to guide them through the complex dilemmas they may face as evaluators. This presentation will familiarize participants with a framework that can serve as a resource for conducting ethical evaluations of teacher preparation programs. Facilitator: Dr. Barbara Benson

TRACKROCK THEATER The Meaningfulness of Engagements in International Teacher Development Research Projects Dr. Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Georgia State University How can Georgia-based teacher educators engage in meaningful international teacher professional development research projects given the time constraints and other limitations of working in the academy? This presenter will describe the challenges through an examination of a five-year professional development project that is transitioning into applicable research. Facilitator: Dr. Nicole Maxwell

SALON 4 What Can I Do? The Possibilities of Social Agency for Latino Third Grade Children Dr. Eliza G. Allen, Georgia State University This presentation describes Latino third graders’ responses to social agency and their method of taking up such participatory roles related to their own experiences. The presenter will end the session with implications for both pre-service and in-service teachers and how to incorporate critical multicultural literature and digital practices within classrooms. Facilitator: Dr. Shirley Andrews


Annual Conference 8:30 - 9:20 am


KEYS BRANCH Emergent Bilinguals’ Use of Cultural Resources in the Writing Workshop Dr. Sanjuana Rodriguez, Kennesaw State University This presentation examines the cultural resources used by Latino emergent bilingual students in the context of an “English only” official curriculum. Findings indicate that very young students draw from rich cultural repertoires that provide students with a wealth of knowledge used during writing. Facilitator: Dr. Alicja Rieger CHIMNEY TOP Harnessing the Past and the Future through Critical Conversations in Literacy Research: Web Seminar Professional Development for Changing Times Christi L. Pace and Tuba Angay-Crowder, Georgia State University Say “goodbye” to boring one-size-fits-all professional development and “hello” to interactive web seminars! Harnessing technology’s collaborative affordances, this session will introduce a web seminar project, Global Conversations in Literacy Research (GCLR), as an example of the potential of online networked teacher professional development for changing consciousness about critical literacy issues. Facilitator: Dr. Anete Vásquez

LONG RIDGE Love Those Sea Turtles! Dr. Patricia Norris-Parsons, Armstrong State University This session will focus on how the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and teachers in Southeast Georgia schools collaborated to reach hundreds of students. The focus of the workshop was to involve teachers directly in research, preservation, and rehabilitation of sea turtles through the active participation with staff at the GSTC. Facilitator: Dr. Aline van Putten


GATE 2014 9:30 - 10:20 am


MINING GAP Viral Videos: How Can We Use These Digital Compositions as Models of Compelling Storytelling in the Classroom? Dr. Ewa McGrail, Georgia State University; and Dr. J. Patrick McGrail, Jacksonville State University Viral videos have become popular among the teen re-mix generation of content creators today. Rhetorically speaking, what makes them so compelling? How can we use these compositions as models of powerful storytelling in the classroom? Facilitator: Dr. Anete Vásquez

TRACKROCK THEATER Student /Teacher Education in Changing Times Dr. Peter Vajda, True North Partnering Frustrated by students' misbehaviors? Is dealing with discipline taking your valuable teaching time? Learn research-based fair and simple classroom management strategies that will eliminate unwanted behaviors. Learn essential components and steps of “teaching to” expected behaviors and discover the benefits and the importance of positive interactions with your students. Facilitator: Dr. Gertrude Tinker Sachs

SALON 4 Digital Age and Social Media (Roundtable) Ms. Huan Wang, Georgia State University Literacy in the 21st Century has multifaceted meanings and is always integrated with digital technologies. To be literate tomorrow is not only challenging for native English speakers but for ESLs as well. Given that, it is significant to incorporate digital tools in teaching literacy to ESLs in the digital age.


Annual Conference 9:30 - 10:20 am


KEYS BRANCH Getting a Foot in the Door: Helping Education Students "Kick It" During Interviews Dr. Robyn Huss, Dr. Christie Johnson, and Dr. Judy Butler, University of West Georgia The college involved in this study has programs for teacher candidates and educational leadership candidates. Each semester, the two groups meet to participate in a hiring simulation, when aspiring leaders interview aspiring teachers. Preliminary results of anecdotal evidence have been collected and are reviewed for this presentation. Facilitator: Dr. Shirley Andrews

CHIMNEY TOP Infusing Education for Sustainability into Teacher Education: Challenges and Opportunities (Roundtable) Dr. Barbara A. Salyer and Dr. Guichun Zong, Kennesaw State University The infusion of education for sustainability into teacher education programs supports the development of teachers who can effectively prepare their students for the changing world of the twenty-first century. This roundtable session focuses on both the challenges and opportunities afforded by infusion of education for sustainability in teacher education.


GATE 2014 Friday, October 31, 2014

7:30-8:30 am

Newcomers’ Continental Breakfast (Cedar Knob)

8:30-9:20 am

Break-out sessions E (see pages 20-21)

9:30-10:20 am Break-out sessions F (see pages 22-23)

10:30 am

CLOSING SESSION (Trackrock Theater)


Dr. Barbara Benson, President, Piedmont College

Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Anete Vásquez, GATE Representative at Large, Kennesaw State University Keynote Speaker:

Dr. George Stickel, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor, University System of Georgia, Education Preparation and Policy

Closing Remarks:

Dr. Alicja Rieger, President-Elect, Valdosta State University

Thank you for a wonderful conference; we’ll see you next year on Jekyll Island! (details on page 27 and at


Annual Conference Dr. George W. Stickel

evaluation, serving on numerous committees establishing state policy on program approval, candidate evaluation and success, success of graduates during induction, development of partnerships between universities and schools, evaluation of teachers and leaders, and the professional development of new school personnel. With over 36 years combined experience in public school science education and higher education, Dr. Stickel has established STEM teacher preparation at Southern Polytechnic State, served as science supervisor at Cobb County Public Schools, helped write high school science standards for Georgia, earned tenure at Northwestern College in Iowa, and directed the prison education program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Dr. Stickel has over 45 publications and reviews in education and philosophy and has traveled to China, Austria, Germany, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Malaysia, Mexico, and Canada.

Dr. George W. Stickel is the Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor of Educator Preparation and Policy in the Office of Educational Access and Success in the University System of Georgia, directing two externallyfunded projects and working with the Associate Vice Chancellor on numerous curriculum and policy issues. Externally funded projects are: 1) Data Reform to improve and coordinate educator preparation data entry, access, and analysis at twenty-one educator preparation universities; and 2) Educator Evaluation and Assessment to provide coordination and training for university faculty on new state teacher/leader assessments, TKES/LKES. Data reform includes USG policy on educator preparation accountability, establishing parameters, comparing data collected, and establishing protocols for new data collection. Dr. Stickel works closely with the Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and the Department of Education (DOE) on educator preparation reform and


GATEways to Teacher Education is the peer-reviewed, online journal of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators. It is published each October, with approximately four manuscripts accepted for publication each year. The editors especially encourage young professors to submit, as this is a great first opportunity to publish. While out of state manuscripts are accepted, first preference goes to Georgia educators. Each issue is non-thematic, with articles relating to teacher education. The journal editors solicit manuscripts with topics that include teaching and learning, induction, in-service education, and pre-service education. Project descriptions, research reports, theoretical papers, debates, papers espousing a particular point of view, and descriptions of activities or issues in teacher education at the local, state, or national level are appropriate topics for the journal. Action research papers are encouraged, especially those that involve school partners. Submissions should be sent electronically to Dr. Judy Butler by July 1 of each year. The length can vary since this journal is now online. Manuscripts should follow APA (6th edition) format.

For more information: • attend the roundtable discussion during Breakout Session D (see p.19), • refer to the main journal page on the association webpage,, or • contact the journal editors: o Dr. Judy Butler,, 678-839-6079, or o Dr. Janet Strickland,, 678-839-6061.

62nd SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHER EDUCATORS (SRATE) CONFERENCE Hosted by: Georgia Association of Teacher Educators October 8-10, 2015 at The Jekyll Island Club Hotel 371 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527 1-912-635-2600 or 1-800-535-9547

Contact: Dr. Barbara Benson, SRATE President-Elect

Call for Proposals: Due June 1, 2015

GATE 2014 Conference at a Glance: Wednesday, October 29th: 12:00-6:00pm 1:00-5:00pm

Conference Registration Georgia PSC Workshops (Trackrock Theater)


Dr. Angie Gant, PSC Director of Program Approval GATE Executive Committee Meeting (Johnson Branch)

Thursday, October 30th: 7:30am-5:00pm 9:00-9:50am

Conference Registration Opening General Session (Trackrock Theater) Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joyce King, Georgia State University

10:00-10:50am 11:00-11:50am 12:00-1:30pm

Break-out sessions A* (pages 10-11) Break-out sessions B* (pages 12-13) Awards Luncheon (Salons A, B, & C) Keynote Speaker: Mrs. Amanda Miliner, Teacher of the Year

1:40-2:30pm 2:40-3:30pm 3:45-4:45pm 5:30-6:30pm 7:00-8:30pm

Break-out sessions C* (pages 16-17) Break-out sessions D* (pages 18-19) GATE Membership Meeting (Salon #1) Georgia Field Directors’ Meeting (Salon #3) GATE Reception/Hospitality (Dogwood Cottage 6 Parlor)

Friday, October 31st: 7:30-8:30am 8:30-9:20am 9:30-10:20am 10:30am-12:00pm

Newcomers’ Continental Breakfast (Cedar Knob) Break-out sessions E* (pages 20-21) Break-out sessions F* (pages 22-23) Closing Session (Trackrock Theater) Keynote Speaker: Dr. George Stickel, Georgia Board of Regents

* Break-out Session Rooms: Chimney Top, Keys Branch, Long Ridge, Mining Gap, Salon 4, and Trackrock Theater For GATE Conference support, please check with the registration table or in the Johnson Branch room.

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