Gate 2016 Conference Program

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GATE 2016 Conference at a Glance: Wednesday, October 26: 5:00-6:00pm Conference Registration 7:30-9:00pm GATE Executive Committee Meeting (Johnson Branch) Thursday, October 27: 7:30am-5:00pm 9:00-9:50am

Georgia Association of Teacher Educators


2016 Annual Conference

“The Heart of a Teacher”

Conference Registration Opening General Session (Trackrock Theater, pages 8-9) Keynote Speaker: Dr. Haywood Strickland, Wiley College

10:00-10:50am 11:00-11:50am 12:00-1:20pm

Break-out sessions A* (pages 10-11) Break-out sessions B* (pages 12-13) Awards Luncheon (Salons 1, 2, & 3, pages 14-15) Keynote Speaker: Mr. Ernie Lee, 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year

1:30-2:20pm 2:30-3:20pm 3:30-4:20pm 4:30-5:30pm 5:30-6:30pm 5:30-7:00pm 7:00-8:30pm

Break-out sessions C* (pages 16-17) Break-out sessions D* (pages 18-19) Break-out sessions E* (pages 20-21) GATE Membership Meeting (Long Ridge) Georgia Field Directors’ Meeting (Keys Branch) Dinner on your own GATE Reception/Hospitality (Cottage 2 Parlor)

Friday, October 28: 7:00-8:00am 7:30-10:00am 8:00-8:50am 9:00-9:50am 10:00-10:20am 11:00am-12:00pm

Newcomers’ Continental Breakfast (Cottage 2 Parlor) Conference Registration Break-out sessions F* (pages 22-23) Break-out sessions G* (pages 24-25) Break-out sessions H* (pages 26-27) Closing Session (Trackrock Theater, pages 28-29) Panel Speakers: Ernie Lee, Jerome Huff, and Robert Michael

* Break-out Session Rooms: Chimney Top, Keys Branch, Long Ridge, Mining Gap, Salon 4, and Trackrock Theater

October 27-28 Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa 6321 US Highway 76 Young Harris, GA 30582 706-379-9900 or 800-201-3205

GATE 2016 Annual Conference President’s Welcome

Alicja Rieger, PhD Dear Conference Attendees, It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the GATE Conference here in Young Harris, Georgia. This year’s theme is “Heart of a Teacher:

Innovate, Integrate, Motivate,

CELEBRATE.” It is the mission of GATE to reflect and act upon that sentiment. Only by coming and working together, sharing ideas and innovations, and learning with and from colleagues and experts can we get the educational systems to move forward, to different and better places than they are in today. This conference is an invitation to do just that: to inspire, motivate, and to get inspired and motivated; to integrate best practices and to learn about new ideas and innovations. We need to make plans for action and change in our programs, classrooms, schools, and communities, where real change occurs from the bottom up. Importantly, too, we gather to celebrate and honor those who are active leaders and who are catalysts for change in teacher education and the teaching profession. Better visions start with such fine individuals, and they start here at the conference as well. We have a great lineup of keynote speakers, panelists, and experts in teacher education and the teaching profession. Presenters will be sharing highlights from research as well as the practical experiences and lessons they have learned in their respective educational contexts. As the President of the organization that hosts this conference, I would like to thank the members of the Executive Board, the army of strong and dedicated volunteers, all of whom have worked tirelessly on this conference. I also would like to extend a special thank you to the reviewers, keynote speakers, panelists, and the presenting authors whose contributions have culminated in what promises to be a most stimulating and informative conference. Please enjoy the conference and the program and beautiful Young Harris. Respectfully, Dr. Alicja Rieger, President Georgia Association of Teacher Educators


GATE 2016 President-Elect’s Welcome

Keenya Mosley, PhD

Welcome to the 2016 Georgia Association of Teacher Educators Conference in Young Harris, Georgia. Our theme, Heart of a Teacher: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate, CELEBRATE, is most appropriate for the role and responsibilities of teachers and teacher educators today as we continue to enhance the teaching profession. We are excited about the opportunities the GATE conference provides for its members and attendees. Professional presentations, quality keynote speakers, and networking events are clearly part of the program agenda, but the opportunities to collaborate and establish professional friendships are truly the hidden benefits of participating in a GATE conference. This is a time to strategize to make unprecedented impacts in the field of education. The next two days will provide a platform to gain new knowledge and collaborate with others about how to address some of the most critical needs of our field. You will have the distinct opportunity to hear presentations that demonstrate research-based best practices for K-12 teachers, teacher educators, and advocates of education. The presentations will engage, encourage, and enlighten current behavior in education beyond the conference and will impact classroom outcomes to unsurmountable levels. I hope that you will share your ideas while participating in the conference, as we want to be reflective of the education community in our service to the profession. I encourage you to be fully prepared to have a phenomenal time at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa and thank you for choosing the GATE Conference for a transformative professional development experience. Sincerely, Dr. Keenya G. Mosley GATE President-Elect and GATE Conference Co-Chair


Annual Conference Past President’s Welcome

Barbara Benson, EdD

Welcome, Conference Attendees, to the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators Conference in Young Harris, Georgia. As we celebrate the theme entitled “The Heart of a Teacher” at this year’s conference, it makes me reflect deeply about the challenges that teachers face on the front-lines and that their passion, commitment, and dedication fuel their performance in the classroom. The heart of every teacher is what impacts student learning. Thank you to all of the K-12 teachers for sharing opportunities to celebrate student learning. On behalf of GATE, I greatly appreciate your participation at the conference, and I welcome you to the scenic Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa. It is an honor to host so many individuals who are dedicated to the education profession. Participants include teacher educators, k-12 educators, professional organization representatives, educational leaders, consultants, and other distinguished stakeholders. Our newly elected President, Dr. Alicja Rieger, has worked diligently to provide a fun and inspirational few days in the North Georgia mountains, and I sincerely hope you take home new tools to your communities and continue to advocate for quality and innovative teacher education and for the K-12 teaching profession. Again, thank you teachers for ALL THAT YOU DO to inspire individual lives on an everyday basis and thank you teacher educators for your role in nurturing and guiding these beating hearts. Respectfully, Dr. Barbara Benson, GATE Past President and GATE Conference Co-Chair


GATE 2016 GATE 2016 Conference Committees: Awards: Janet Strickland Ewa McGrail

Children’s Poster Contest: Jan Witherington Barbara Benson Susan McGlohan

Conference Evaluation: Jan Witherington Nicole Maxwell

Conference Keynotes: Alicja Rieger Aline van Putten

Conference Program: Barbara Benson Alicja Rieger

Robyn Huss (Design/Layout) University of West Georgia (Printing)

Conference Proposals: Keenya Mosley

Conference Site Selection: Gwendolyn Middlebrooks

Exhibitors: Barbara Benson

Facilitators: Anete Vásquez Aline van Putten

Hospitality: Pam Wetherington Janet Strickland

Luncheon: Charlease Kelly-Jackson

Registration: Shirley Andrews Sarah Mantegna Lisa McCoy

Reviewers of Proposals: Barbara Benson Mihaela Munday

Billi Bromer Alicja Rieger

Nicole Maxwell Cora Thompson


Dorene Medlin Anete Vásquez

Annual Conference GATE 2016-2017 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NAME




President President-Elect Immediate Past President Secretary Treasurer

Alicja Rieger Keenya Mosley Barbara Benson Nicole Maxwell Anete Vásquez

Valdosta State University Savannah State University Piedmont College University of North Georgia Kennesaw State University

06.2018 06.2018 06.2018 06.2018 06.2020

Sharon Sellers-Clark Lisa McCoy Jan Witherington Sarah R. Mantegna Charlease Kelly-Jackson Aline van Putten

College of Coastal Georgia Brenau University Bethlehem Elementary, Barrow County Roswell High School, Fulton County Kennesaw State University Atlanta Metropolitan State College

06.2017 06.2017* 06.2017 06.2019 06.2017* 06.2019


College Representative 1 College Representative 2 Public School Representative 1 Public School 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

LaTasha Jones Adams Susan McGlohon Julie Hiers Keenya Mosley Ewa McGrail Pam Wetherington

Forest Park Middle, Clayton County Bethlehem Elementary, Barrow County Scintilla Charter Academy Savannah State University Georgia State University Columbus State University

06.2017 06.2019 06.2017 06.2017 06.2019 06.2017


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

06.2017** 06.2018*** Appointed 2013


Shirley Andrews

Valdosta State University


Janet Strickland

University of West Georgia

Site Coordinator

Gwendolyn Middlebrooks

Spelman College (Retired)

Scholarships and External Resources

Beryle Baker

Georgia Perimeter College (Retired)

* finishing unexpired term

** elected to second term


*** elected to third term

GATE 2016 GATE 2016 Conference at a Glance: “The Heart of a Teacher: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate, CELEBRATE!” Wednesday, October 26: 3:30-6:00pm Conference Registration 7:30-9:00 pm GATE Executive Committee (Johnson Branch) Thursday, October 27: 7:30 am-5:00 pm Conference Registration 9:00-9:50 am Opening General Session (Trackrock Theater, pages 8-9) Keynote Speaker: Dr. Haywood Strickland, Wiley College

10:00-10:50 am 11:00-11:50 am 12:00-1:20 pm

Break-out sessions A* (pages 10-11) Break-out sessions B* (pages 12-13) Awards Luncheon (Salons 1, 2, & 3, pages 14-15) Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ernie Lee, Teacher of the Year

1:30-2:20 pm 2:30-3:20 pm 3:30-4:20 pm 4:30-5:30 pm 5:30-6:30 pm 7:00-8:30 pm Friday, October 28: 7:00-8:00 am 7:30-10:00 am 8:00-8:50 am 9:00-9:50 am 10:00-10:50 am 11:00 am-noon

Break-out sessions C* (pages 16-17) Break-out sessions D* (pages 18-19) Break-out sessions E* (pages 20-21) GATE Membership Meeting (Long Ridge) Georgia Field Directors’ Meeting (Keys Branch) GATE Reception/Hospitality (Cottage 2 Parlor) Newcomers’ Continental Breakfast (Cottage 2 Parlor) Conference Registration Break-out sessions F* (pages 22-23) Break-out sessions G* (pages 24-25) Break-out sessions H* (pages 26-27) Closing Session (Trackrock Theater, pages 28-29) Panel Speakers: Ernie Lee, Jerome Huff, and Robert Michael

* Break-out Session Rooms: Chimney Top, Keys Branch, Long Ridge, Mining Gap, Salon 4, and Trackrock Theater


Annual Conference


GATE 2016 Thursday, October 27, 2016

9:00 am



Dr. Alicja Rieger, GATE President, Valdosta State University

Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Janet Strickland, GATEways Journal Co-Editor, University of West Georgia Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Haywood L. Strickland, President and CEO, Wiley College "Reimagining Teacher Education: A President's Perspective� Dr. Strickland will discuss the changing face of teacher education in light of accreditation, social justice, and social responsibility. He will share a president's perspective of the challenges we face as we prepare the future leaders in education.


Dr. Barbara Benson, GATE Past-President, Piedmont College


Annual Conference Dr. Haywood Strickland

Dr. Strickland has served as President of Wiley College since 2000. Under his administration, the College had its accreditation reaffirmed to the year 2023 with no recommendations. Wiley’s 16th president also led the College to earn specialized accreditation of its business programs by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools Programs (ACBSP). He has spearheaded more than 300 facilities’ improvement projects, including the construction of the $2.4 million Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel and the $14 million stateof-the-art, 500-bed living learning center that was named in his honor and opened its doors in the fall of 2012.

Melvin B. Tolson / Denzel Washington Forensics Society has made great strides and in 2014 became the first team from an historically black college to earn the Overall Sweepstakes National Championship at the Pi Kappa Delta Comprehensive Tournament. Wiley’s 1935 team had not been allowed to compete in this 101-year-old tournament. Dr. Strickland is a servant-leader whose good works in the community are reflective of his local, regional, and national stature as an expert in church-related and general higher education issues. He serves as Vice President of the Council of Presidents of the United Negro College Fund, is a Board Trustee at Lane College, an Executive Committee Member for the Board of Directors of the Council for Independent Colleges, and member of the Texas United Methodist Colleges Association. He is a member of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Sigma Pi Phi Boule. He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, a distinguished alumnus of Stillman College, and the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees of Humane Letters.

Dr. Strickland was at the helm in 2007 when Wiley College garnered rare, international visibility with the release of the movie, “The Great Debaters,” which captured the fame and notoriety of Dr. Melvin B. Tolson, a Wiley English Professor and debate coach who led his 1935 team to defeat the University of Southern California, the then reigning national debate champion. Under Dr. Strickland’s leadership, the movie’s lead actor and director, Denzel Washington, made a $1 million gift to the College to revive its debate team. Now in its sixth year, the


GATE 2016 10:00 - 10:50 am


The Contributions of Data-Driven Assessments and Error Analysis to Improve Mathematics Performance of Students with Disabilities: An Analysis of Case Studies Dr. Ardyth C. Foster, Armstrong State University Given the current climate of fully-integrated classrooms, the effective differentiation of mathematics instruction and assessment is vitally important. This presentation will explore the value of data-driven, assessment-based instruction and the implications for applying error analysis procedures to assessment data, in order to select and implement appropriate instructional strategies.

SALON 4 Visual and Auditory Learning and Their Effects on Memory: How Research on Learning Styles and Dual Coding Can Assist Teachers in Differentiating Instruction via Sensory Modality Dr. Josh Cuevas, University of North Georgia; and Dr. L. Roxanne Russell, Emory University This presentation examines research on visual and auditory learning and the related concepts of learning styles and dual coding. A demonstration will take place to help illustrate how these constructs impact learning. The findings have considerable implications for teacher education and K-12 classroom practice.

TRACKROCK THEATER Enacting Diversity in a Single Gender HBCU Educator Preparation Program Dr. Andrea Lewis and Dr. Nicole Taylor, Spelman College As state and national accrediting agencies emphasize the importance and critical need for culturally competent teachers, this session will examine how early childhood education teacher candidates from a single-gender Historically Black College are prepared to effectively teach in diverse classrooms across the globe.


Annual Conference 10:00 - 10:50 am


Publish in GATEways: Meet the Editors Dr. Janet Strickland, Dr. Judy Butler, and Dr. Robyn Huss, University of West Georgia This session is an opportunity to have a conversation with those who negotiate the acceptance, management, review, and editing process. You can ask questions about topics of interest, learn about the process through which you might go to publish in the journal, and see what a finished copy looks like.

MINING GAP Celebrating Diversity / Exploring Identity Dr. Anete Vรกsquez and Dr. Helen Maddox, Kennesaw State University Two faculty share how they transformed essay assignments into vibrant 21st-century technology projects to interweave both CAEP strands of diversity and technology into an adolescent literature course. Presenters will share samples of student work and themes that emerged as pre-service teachers completed and presented their projects.

LONG RIDGE An Urban Teaching Center: Integration of Research, Practice, and Policy Dr. Jacqueline McDowell, Dr. Nancy Edwards, and Dr. Victor Morgan, Berry College The Berry College EPP was invited by the Rome City Schools to develop an Urban Teaching Center focused on best teaching practices and professional learning in an urban elementary school. The policies for developing the center and the research initiatives in writing development, classroom management/mentoring, and parental involvement will be shared.


GATE 2016 11:00 - 11:50 am


Classroom Misbehavior – What Truly Breaks the Heart of a Teacher Dr. Peter Vajda, Center for Teacher Effectiveness Learn how to dramatically increase the amount of time you spend on instruction and decrease the amount of time giving multiple warnings and repeated requests to stop misbehavior. Learn how investing extra time in your students at the beginning of the year increases the amount of time you have for instruction throughout the year. Reduce your and your students' stress level while creating a working relationship that is built upon caring and respect.

SALON 4 Choosing Co-Teachers for Clinical Experiences Dr. Donna Cherveny, Brenau University Co-teaching partnerships are becoming more pervasive in Georgia. Higher education institutions have begun to utilize co-teaching models for clinical placement of teacher candidates. The current study results demonstrate the factors discovered when school leaders choose co-teaching partnerships within their schools. These factors should be utilized when teacher candidates are assigned to co-teaching clinical experiences.

TRACKROCK THEATER Exploring the Impact of Diversity Pedagogies in New Zealand and Their Application for U.S. Teacher Education Dr. Lauren C. Johnson and Dr. Kelly McFaden, University of North Georgia This presentation shares results from a research study on the incorporation of Maori language, culture, and values into the New Zealand education system. This research contributes best practices to assist teacher educators in effectively preparing our students for the global society in which they will teach.



11:00 - 11:50 am CHIMNEY TOP

Motivation for Teacher Educators Implementing edTPA Within a High Stakes Policy Environment: Juggling Accountability, Institutional Supports, and Program Autonomy Dr. Joyce E. Many, Dr. Carla Tanguay, Dr. Ruchi Bhatnagar, and Dr. Judith Emerson, Georgia State University Struggling to motivate teacher education faculty in the high-stakes environment of edTPA implementation? Come learn how one institution works to support teacher education program reform while also preserving academic freedom and autonomy for the departments in charting their own path for edTPA implementation.

MINING GAP Co-Teaching in Higher Education Dr. Gretta Wright and Ms. Rebekah Ralph, LaGrange College This session will focus on how professors in the early childhood program at LaGrange College co-plan and co-teach classes utilizing an integrated curriculum approach when teaching courses for undergraduate teacher candidates.

LONG RIDGE Numerology for Teachers (Differentiating Instruction Through the Science of Numbers) Mr. Derrick Ward, Conyers Middle School Are you ready for an innovative way to differentiate instruction? Discover the science of Pythagorean Numerology to give each of your students a personality profile. By understanding each student’s learning style, you will be able to meet their needs in a new and refreshing way.


GATE 2016 Thursday, October 27, 2016

12:00 pm

AWARDS LUNCHEON (Salons 1, 2, & 3)


Young Harris College Flute Choir: Cheryl Star, Chair; with Michelle Queen, Olivia Barry, Savannah Rogers, and Jasmine Redding


Dr. Alicja Rieger, GATE President, Valdosta State University

Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Keenya Mosley, GATE President-Elect, Savannah State University Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Ernie Lee, 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year Keynote Title: It is all about Building Relationships


Dr. Janet Strickland, GATEways Co-Editor, University of West Georgia 2016 GATE Conference Program Cover Poster Contest Winner Miss Molly Bridges, Wheeler County Elementary, Alamo, GA

Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Early Childhood Education, Columbus State University

Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Dr. Joyce Many and Dr. Teresa Fisher From PDS Classroom Teachers to Urban Teacher Educators: Learning from Professional Development School Boundary Spanners

Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education Dr. Jamie Gabel Induction Program Design As It Relates to School Setting

GATE Supervising Teacher of the Year Ms. Marci McKeever, Turner Woods Elementary School, Jones County

Distinguished Clinician in Teacher Education Ms. Ellen Flynn, South Jackson Elementary School, Jackson County Appreciation of Service to GATE: Past President: Dr. Barbara Benson, Piedmont College Past Treasurer: Dr. Sheryl Dasinger, Valdosta State University Past Secretary: Dr. Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Georgia State University We truly appreciate the dedication, enthusiasm, and long service our colleagues have given to GATE.


Dr. Nicole Maxwell, GATE Secretary, University of North Georgia


Annual Conference Dr. Ernest W. Lee II

2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Ernie Lee, was a corporate lawyer for over 20 years before becoming a public school teacher. Several events in his life left him coming up empty and led him to some soul searching. He asked the question, “What have I done to make a lasting and positive impact on the community and in the lives of others?” In response to this question in 2010, he started working as a substitute teacher. He then began working on his teaching certification in an alternative teacher preparation program called the Georgia Academy for Teacher Preparation and Pedagogy. This allowed him to begin as a full-time special education inclusion co-teacher.

School of Law at Samford University. Dr. Lee brings a wealth of real-world experience to the classroom. Ever since high school he had a sense that he wanted to be a teacher, but it was not until much later in life that teaching would become a reality and provide him the opportunity to do what he felt would have the greatest impact on others. At age 50 he set out to follow a career path in education that now has him teaching International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses at the high school level. His years of experience practicing law and explaining complex concepts to clients have paved the way for his instructional techniques that not only challenge but treat students with care and understanding along with a high level of respect.

Dr. Lee’s professional background and natural ability as a scholar set the foundation for a teaching career that brings life experience, a masterful ability to share knowledge, and the innate ability to inspire young minds.

As the 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Dr. Lee speaks to groups and leads workshops on issues related to building meaningful and positive relationships with students. As a representative for Georgia teachers, Dr. Lee sits on the Board of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

Ernie Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mercer University and a Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland


GATE 2016 1:30 - 2:20 pm


Differentiated Instruction and Practices Specifically Designed for Secondary Teachers Serving Grades 6-12 Dr. Roben Taylor and Dr. Jacquelyn Mesco, Dalton State College The presenters will discuss the key elements of differentiated instruction as they apply specifically to teaching in grades 6-12. Throughout the discussion, the presenters will demonstrate a variety of practical teaching strategies designed to help each student achieve maximum academic success.

SALON 4 Education Deans in Northeast Georgia Dr. Vicki Hollinshead, Emmanuel College; Dr. Susan Ayres, University of North Georgia; Dr. Donna Gardner, Toccoa Falls College; Dr. Don Gnecco, Piedmont College; Dr. Karynne Kleine, Young Harris College; Dr. Sandy Leslie, Brenau University; Dr. Julie Lutz, Truett-McConnell College; and Dr. Eugene Williams, Brenau University Interact with deans who studied their actions in order to characterize the variables that affect the success of their programs and graduates. Findings will suggest how the Northeast Georgia Deans Consortium operates in supporting deans to fulfill multiple professional responsibilities effectively. TRACKROCK THEATER (Roundtables) Defeating the Odds: Overcoming a Culture of Disrespect in the Classroom Mr. Gregory Bethea Jr., Calm Learners/ Center of Teacher Effectiveness Learn how to take back instruction time as discipline problems disappear. Gain strategies to cut down as much as 90% of low-level discipline problems and enjoy a calmer teaching environment that helps you regain hours of lost instruction time per week without burdensome paperwork. D.A.N.C.E. into Differentiation Dr. Holly Arnold, Kennesaw State University This session will focus on innovative and engaging differentiated instruction through the acronym DANCE (Differentiating; Assessments; kNowing your students; Celebrating the Community; Engaging Everyone). Examples, resources, and teaching tools will be provided to attendees throughout this interactive presentation.


Annual Conference 1:30 - 2:20 pm


What is Known about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for Diverse High School Students, and How Does Research on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for Pre-Service Educators Relate to the Learning of Diverse Students? Dr. Sharon Beavers and Mr. Ryan Reece, Dalton State College Cultural pedagogy addresses the reciprocal communicative relationship between and among people, as well as reflective thought processes, as a clear departure from behaviorists who focus primarily on mastery through repetition. In utilizing the culture of the students as a bridge by which they may learn, school becomes less hostile.

MINING GAP Reflections on Piloting a Competency-Based Science Endorsement Program Dr. Lynn Minor, Dr. Anthony Scheffler, Dr. Mimi Wetherington, and Dr. Sheryl Dasinger, Valdosta State University Competency-based education is an innovative practice that is particularly appealing to and effective with working professionals. Presenters will share results learned from the initial pilot study implementation of a competency-based delivery of a science endorsement for K-5 teachers.

LONG RIDGE Utilizing Differentiated Practices to Promote Assessment and Continuous Improvement Across a Large EPP Dr. M. Leigh Funk and Ms. Jessica Chafin, Kennesaw State University We differentiate instruction for teacher candidates and expect candidates to use differentiated strategies with P-12 learners, so why is there a gap in utilization of these principles of best practice when facilitating professional development in educator preparation? See how these presenters utilized differentiated strategies to engage their large EPP in assessment related professional development while promoting continuous improvement and capacity building.


GATE 2016 2:30 - 3:20 pm


May the Force Awaken as You Become a Jedi Knight with Classroom Management Ms. Lauren C. Johnson, Columbus State University Are you getting caught up in power struggles with your students? You need the SMARTR approach. Learn how to remain calm even with the most difficult student in your class. Discover the extraordinary power that silence can give you. Don’t allow your students to push your buttons ever again!

SALON 4 An Exploration of the Use of Technology to Address Academic Language Learning in Teacher Education in Preparation for the edTPA Dr. Josh Cuevas, University of North Georgia; and Dr. L. Roxanne Russell, Emory University Presenters will share qualitative exploratory research examining the processes student teachers used to address academic language in lessons generated for middle school instruction. In order to explore their approaches to academic language instruction, a criterion for edTPA assessment, data was gathered from student teachers who used technology to scaffold content literacy skills during their implementation of lesson plans.

TRACKROCK THEATER Embedding Virtual Simulation in Teacher Education: Innovations for Preparation and Practice Dr. Melissa K. Driver and Dr. Kate Zimmer, Kennesaw State University In this session, presenters will share results from four empirical research studies investigating the use of virtual simulation for improving teacher use of instructional strategies (i.e., specific praise, modeling, feedback), data-based decision making, and collaboration. Findings have implications for general and special education teachers across all grades and content areas.


Annual Conference 2:30 - 3:20 pm


Technology Tools for the 21st Century Teacher Dr. Amy Farah, Dr. Rebecca Cooper, Dr. Tiffany Coleman, Dr. Kimberly Swartzentruber, Dr. Dawn Souter, Dr. Katherine Page, and Dr. Ruth Caillouet, Georgia Gwinnett College This session provides participants the chance to see a variety of digital tools and how they are used in the classroom setting to promote student engagement and model best teaching practices. During this session, participants will see authentic student work produced through these tools and practice using some of these tools.

MINING GAP Preparing Candidates for Teaching and edTPA: Instructional Reflection Ms. Michelle W. Kendrick and Dr. Vicki Hollinshead, Emmanuel College The activities presented help candidates be effective teachers and successfully complete edTPA requirements. Included activities are peer and self-video reflections and student learning assignments that requires data analysis. Join us for a description of these activities and time dedicated to share activities that have been successfully implemented in other programs.

LONG RIDGE Increasing Student Participation in Online Discussion Boards: What Happens When the Students Facilitate Their Own Discussions? Dr. Jennifer Edelman, University of West Georgia Online discussion boards can be a powerful learning tool. By having students facilitate the discussions, you can increase participation while simultaneously reducing the burden of grading. The presenter will share data from a recent study and help you develop guidelines for implementing this type of discussion in your own classes.


GATE 2016 3:30 - 4:20 pm


Utilizing edTPA Experiences to Inspire Program Renewal Dr. Laura Smith, Dr. Robyn Huss, and Mrs. Lyn Steed, University of West Georgia This presentation will offer edTPA-preparatory assignments aligned with course requirements, analysis of scores, and candidate feedback. A focus will be edTPA preparation for candidates enrolled in online programs; faculty-developed resources will be shared. Participants will leave with ideas ready for replication to guide program renewal, candidate preparation, and faculty development. SALON 4 (Roundtables) Using Backward Design to Integrate edTPA into Program Curricula Dr. Nedra Cossa, Dr. Barbara Serianni, and Dr. Kelly Brooksher, Armstrong State University This presentation will provide a brief overview of the edTPA Portfolio Assessment and explore how one Georgia public university redesigned teacher preparation programs and courses to support and prepare teacher candidates for successful completion of edTPA. Ten Ways to Ensure Fair and Equitable Grading in a Standards-based Classroom Dr. Kelly Brooksher, Armstrong State University Many myths exist today about fair and equitable grading practices. These often create barriers between accurately portraying student performance within a grade book. This session is designed to clarify the misconceptions, evaluate current research and theory, and provide an understanding of fair and equitable grading in the standards-based classroom. TRACKROCK THEATER Innovative Teaching Strategies – Teach by Example! Dr. Lisa McCoy, Brenau University This session will explore a variety of innovative teaching strategies for teacher educators to use in education courses to enhance learning. The best way to teach students about effective strategies to use in K-12 classrooms is by modeling them! Participants will also have an opportunity to share their favorite strategies.


Annual Conference 3:30 - 4:20 pm


The Impact of edTPA on Curricular Reform: A Framework and Support Structure for Developing Case Studies Through Georgia’s Teacher Education Research Consortium Dr. Joyce E. Many, Dr. Carla Tanguay, Dr. Karen Kurz, Dr. Judi Wilson, and Dr. Ruchi Bhatnagar, Georgia State University Interested in conducting qualitative research focusing on the impact of edTPA on teacher education programs? Come learn about how Georgia’s Teacher Education Research Consortium can enable you to be involved in case study research on curricular reform as a result of edTPA and find out how the consortium is supporting individuals and teams involved in such inquiries. MINING GAP The Relationship of Assessments to CAEP / Standard 2 Dr. Judy Butler and Dr. Janet Strickland, University of West Georgia All Educator Preparation Programs in the state of Georgia must undergo CAEP review to continue recommending candidates for certification. This session will focus on assessments related to Standard 2, specifically K-12 clinical experiences. LONG RIDGE Induction Teachers from a Small Program and Their Building Administrators Discuss Their Success Dr. Karynne L M Kleine, Young Harris College; Mr. John Hill and Ms. Jade Smith, Union County High School Induction teachers, graduates of independent colleges, with their building administrators, discuss how authentic mentoring, first experienced as candidates in personalized preparation programs, enabled the novices to persist when faced with challenges in their beginning years. They reflect on how personalized preparation has contributed to the field of education and teacher effectiveness.

4:30-5:30 pm


5:30-6:30 pm GEORGIA FIELD DIRECTORS’ MEETING (Keys Branch) 7:00-8:30 pm GATE RECEPTION/HOSPITALITY (Cottage 2 Parlor) 21

GATE 2016 8:00 - 8:50 am


KEYS BRANCH Teaching Parents and Teachers to Engage in Activities with Young Children, Which will Enhance Their Cognitive and Psychomotor Behaviors Dr. John Hobe, Armstrong State University Come and study, discuss, and observe innovative, research-based ideas for developing young children’s oral language, thinking abilities, and motor behaviors through activities conducted in the classroom by teachers and at home by parents.

SALON 4 TOON Comic Books and Their Effectiveness in Guided Reading Instruction Dr. Alicja Rieger, Valdosta State University; Dr. Ewa McGrail, Georgia State University; and Dr. Gina M. Doepker, University of Texas The presenters will discuss the incorporation of the TOON comic books into guided reading instruction. They will report preliminary results related to effective development of literacy skills among struggling readers and writers.

TRACKROCK THEATER Is There a Connection Between Teacher Performance Assessment and First Year Teacher Self-Efficacy? We Asked, and We’re Excited About What We Learned Dr. Billi L. Bromer, Brenau University The usefulness of teacher performance assessments is debated as states include it as a certification requirement. Data from a survey of a group of educator preparation program completers suggests that completion of a teacher performance assessment may be a factor in increased teacher self-efficacy during the first year of teaching.


Annual Conference 8:00 - 8:50 am


CHIMNEY TOP The Dynamics of Mentoring on Recruitment of Teachers Dr. Keenya Mosley, Savannah State University Mentoring has to be a focused approached for both pre-service teacher candidates and inservice teachers. This presentation will demonstrate the mentoring components involved in a teacher education program and the impact it had on students changing their majors and pursuing not only teacher education programs, but part time employment working directly in schools with their mentors.

MINING GAP Using Big Books to Integrate Content Areas in the P-5 Classroom Dr. Nancy A. Sartin and Dr. Shirley P. Andrews, Valdosta State University Recognizing that teachers have limited time to adequately cover content and make curricular connections in the classroom, presenters of this session will explain how the use of constructing and sharing a “Big Book” can successfully integrate the areas of science, literacy, and fine arts in the P-5 classroom.

LONG RIDGE Simple Screencasting Ms. Kelly Pilgrim Cassidy, Georgia STEM What if students could travel to your classroom from home? Screencasting can’t replace the teacher, but it allows the student to access or replay instruction to support differentiation. Screencasting teachers record audio and video in a simple way and post these casts online. Leave the GATE conference a screencaster.


GATE 2016 9:00 - 9:50 am


A Challenge to Change Teacher Preparation: The Piedmont College Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship Program – Reflections after Year 1 Dr. Lynn Rambo, Piedmont College Piedmont College has developed and is implementing a radically new approach to prepare secondary STEM educators to teach in high needs Georgia schools. Reflections from year one provide perspectives on opportunities and challenges related to the cohort model, curriculum re-design, instructional delivery models, clinical supervision, and assessment.

SALON 4 Working Under the Umbrella of Sustainability: Preparing Pre-Service Teachers to Create Integrated Curriculum Dr. Guichun Zong and Dr. Barbara Salyer, Kennesaw State University The focus on interdisciplinary approaches in middle level education calls for integrating education for sustainability into teacher education. This motivated collaboration between a social studies and a science educator, resulting in the development of interdisciplinary assignments and strategies focused on environmental sustainability for use in curriculum and methods courses.

TRACKROCK THEATER STEM Career Readiness: Getting Seventh Grade Science Students Excited About 3-D Design and Printing Dr. Billi L. Bromer, Brenau University This session will suggest how STEM projects can be embedded into middle grade science instruction and will describe how 3-D design and printing was taught to seventh grade Biology students during the 2015-2016 academic year.


Annual Conference 9:00 - 9:50 am


Strengthening the Pipeline to Teacher Preparation: Recruiting the Next Generation of Secondary Science Teachers Dr. Charlease Kelly-Jackson, Dr. Michelle Heard, and Dr. David Rosengrant, Kennesaw State University For the past decade, a number of initiatives have been implemented to address a pressing problem – the diminishing pool of secondary science teachers. Regardless of these efforts, considerable shortfalls still remain. This presentation will highlight the challenges and successes of a program geared toward recruiting students into Chemistry or Physics Education.

MINING GAP The Art of Establishing a Professional Learning Community that Encourages Motivation Dr. Jasmine R. Gordon, Belhaven University Atlanta Campus Learn how peer coaching using videotaped lessons can enhance the professional practice of teachers and impact student learning. Use peer coaching as a tool to collaborate reflectively. Acquire authentic approaches to self-assessment while integrating technology. Explore ways in which peer motivation is beneficial within the social and emotional context of teaching and learning.

LONG RIDGE Cool and Connected: Integrating Content without Compromise with Preservice Teachers Dr. Rebecca Pennington, Dr. Amy Bagby, Dr. Jack Beckman, Ms. Elaine Tinholt, and Dr. Bruce Young, Covenant College When planning instruction, educators consider one Essential Question: What is worth knowing and thus learning? We prepare teacher candidates to design instruction around deep, meaningful “big ideas” through coursework and practicum experiences in our Early Childhood Education program; this session shares how we prepare ECE candidates to create integrated units.


GATE 2016 10:00 - 10:50 am


Celebrating Diversity / Exploring Identity Dr. Anete Vásquez and Dr. Helen Maddox, Kennesaw State University Two faculty members transformed essay assignments into vibrant 21st-century technology projects to interweave both CAEP strands of diversity and technology into an adolescent literature course. This presenter will share samples of student work and themes that emerged as pre-service teachers completed and presented their projects.

SALON 4 Flip It! Innovative Technologies for the Classroom that Encourage Responsiveness and Collaboration in Diverse Settings Dr. Linda Ann McCall and Ms. Beth Childress, Armstrong State University The presenters will showcase research-based technology for all learners. This interactive session will offer an overview of the flipped classroom and describe strategies that have been used successfully to increase collaboration and engagement.

TRACKROCK THEATER Growth Mindset – The Answer to “Why Do I Need to Know This?” Ms. Carmen Long, Georgia Connections Academy Students question why they are being asked to learn concepts. They are often given empty reasons like, “We must review the standards based curriculum” or “It’s on the test.” Growth Mindset is a theory utilizing the scientific evidence that working through difficult tasks promotes brain growth and strengthening.


Annual Conference 10:00 - 10:50 am


Innovative Teaching and Learning: Enhancing Teacher Education Through a Field-Based Literacy Laboratory Dr. Nicole Maxwell, Dr. Danielle Hilaski, and Dr. Megan Nason, University of North Georgia Literacy educators will share their experiences and results from a qualitative study focused on working with teacher candidates within the contexts of a literacy laboratory implemented in an elementary school. The presenters will offer suggestions and invite audience feedback for how similar methods could be replicated in other courses.

MINING GAP Using Restorative Practices to Address the Social Emotional Learning Needs of Students Chauna Perry Finch, Restorative Training and Consulting Services Restorative Practices (RP) is an emerging social science that includes a variety of informal to formal ways of building community and addressing harm. Through a didactic and experiential process, participants will learn how RP can be used to increase students’ social emotional learning skills and track progress.

LONG RIDGE Facilitating Metacognition in Teacher Candidates Using the “Coach” Approach Dr. Kimberly Swartzentruber, Dr. Amy Farah, and Dr. Katharine Page, Georgia Gwinnett College Instructional coaching is a powerful model of professional learning for developing and retaining quality teachers. In this session, participants will become familiar with the roles and practices of instructional coaching and develop plans for implementing coaching strategies in their field supervision settings in order to better mentor teacher candidates.


GATE 2016 Friday, October 28, 2016 7:00-8:00 am

Newcomers’ Continental Breakfast (Cottage 2 Parlor)

8:00-8:50 am

Break-out sessions F (see pages 22-23)

9:00-9:50 am

Break-out sessions G (see pages 24-25)

10:00-10:50 am Break-out sessions H (see pages 26-27)

11:00 am


Panel Title:

Heart of a Teacher: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate, CELEBRATE: Perspectives from Leaders in Education In this panel presentation, speakers from leadership roles in education will share perspectives related to the conference theme.

Panel Moderator:

Dr. Judy Butler, GATE Executive Secretary, University of West Georgia

Panel Speakers:

Dr. Ernie Lee, 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year Mr. Jerome Huff, Roswell High School Principal Dr. Robert Michael, Associate Vice Chancellor of Educator Preparation and Policy for the University System of Georgia

Closing Remarks:

Dr. Alicja Rieger, GATE President, Valdosta State University

Thank you for a wonderful conference! We’ll see you next year! (details will be announced at


Annual Conference Panel Participants Dr. Ernie Lee, a former corporate attorney and the 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year, shares his insight and the techniques he gained in the courtroom and the classroom that helped him become an effective and impactful teacher. A social studies teacher from Savannah, Georgia, Lee brings his humor, insight, and vision to help other teachers not only to find their voice, but to learn how to build meaningful and lasting relationships both in and out of the classroom. Refer to Dr. Lee’s biography on page 15 for additional details. Mr. Jerome Huff, Roswell High School Principal, considers himself a positive change agent and a servant leader. He focuses on cultivating students’ and staff members’ individual strengths and talents to guide his leadership. Mr. Huff motivates and challenges his staff to go beyond the walls to reach all students. Under his leadership, both Elkins Pointe Middle School and Roswell North Elementary received the Platinum Award for greatest test gains from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. He also helped Roswell North earn “Closing the Achievement Gap” recognition from the Standards and Poor’s Corporation, as well as start a foundation which raised $70,000 in its first year. Dr. Bob Michael is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Educator Preparation and Policy for the University System of Georgia. In this role, he works with public colleges and universities and state educational agencies to develop policies and innovations that support educator preparation programs. Previously, Bob was the Dean of the College of Education at the University of North Georgia, where he worked with colleagues to develop several innovative programs, including the first Early Childhood and Special Education dual major degree in Georgia, Professional Learning Communities for two year-placements of pre-service teachers, an alternative teacher certification program, and international programs for student placements and faculty exchanges.

Panel Moderator: Dr. Judy Butler is Professor of Secondary Education at the University of West Georgia. She holds a doctorate from Vanderbilt University, a master’s from the University of Oklahoma, and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Arkansas University. In addition, she completed post-doctoral work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For seven years, she served as educational consultant to then-Governor Bill Clinton. She serves as the Executive Secretary of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators.


GATEways to Teacher Education GATEways to Teacher Education is the peer-reviewed, online journal of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators. It is published twice each academic year, in October and April, with approximately six manuscripts accepted for each publication. The editors especially encourage young professors to submit, as this is a great first opportunity to publish. While out of state manuscripts are accepted, preference is given 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 preservice 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 January 1 and July 1 of each year. The length can vary since this journal is online. Manuscripts should follow APA (6th edition) style guidelines.

For more information:  attend the roundtable discussion during Breakout Session A (see p.12),  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.


Our Cover Artwork 2016 Conference Poster Contest Elementary students from kindergarten through fifth grade were invited to enter a poster contest for the cover of the 2016 GATE conference program. The students were asked to interpret through artwork the theme of the conference – Heart of a Teacher: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate, Celebrate. The winning poster designs were selected from 353 high-quality, creatively engaging entries.

1st Place Winner Molly Bridges, 5th grade Wheeler County Elementary School Alamo, Georgia Molly and her parents have been invited to attend the conference luncheon to receive special recognition for her award-winning artwork. We are very impressed with this exceptional design and its level of artistic sophistication. Congratulations! We would like to congratulate the second and third place contest winners, whose beautiful art will be showcased on the cover of the association’s online journal GATEways to Teacher Education.

2nd Place Winner Anne Hawkins, 3rd grade Enota Elementary School Gainesville, Georgia This artwork is featured on the cover of the October 2016 journal. 3rd Place Winner Caleb Banks, 5th grade Continental Colony Elementary School Atlanta, Georgia This artwork will be featured on the cover of the April 2017 journal. We applaud all students who entered the contest and showed amazing creativity through their spectacular artwork. We encourage all of you to continue your interest in drawing and have fun and learn as you go. We want to especially thank Dr. Jan Witherington, who contacted every superintendent in the state to invite each school system to participate, managed this contest so successfully, and prepared the display of posters for us to enjoy during the conference. Thank you also to Dr. Susan McGlohon for her help with the judging.

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