GATE 2019 Conference Program

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GATE 2019 Annual Conference President’s Welcome

Keenya Mosley, PhD Greetings, On behalf of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators, I want to welcome you to Cordele, the Watermelon Capital of the World, for our 2019 Annual GATE Conference. The theme, Improving Teacher Education Through Research and Practice, reflects our ever-changing culture for a field that impacts our country and the world we serve. We’re excited you chose GATE as a part of your professional development activities. We understand the importance of staying on the cutting edge and how training and networking with professionals in the field can be invaluable. The 2019 Conference Planning Committee has taken the needs of teachers and teacher educators into consideration when planning this phenomenal conference. This year we are excited about the research outcomes you will hear in the presentations, the honorees who will be acknowledged along with the speakers and panelists who will engage you. Also, the Induction Symposium for New Professors has returned to provide essential training and support to new professors in the field. Every day is sure to be impactful. We hope your experience at the 2019 GATE Conference provides you with a toolbox of resources you can take back to your schools and offices to assist in transforming the students you encounter. GATE has built an environment inclusive of research and clinical practices over the past 48 years. We are proud of the opportunities born out of this wonderful organization for professionals in education to bridge the gap and meet the needs of our stakeholders, students. I encourage presenters and attendees alike to use free moments to share research ideas and best practices, and to develop opportunities to expand your scholarship. The teaching profession is one of the most rewarding careers there is. GATE focuses on the work of teachers and teacher educators in Georgia. Members of GATE are not only involved in the practice of education but also impacting education policy. In addition, our national affiliate, the Association of Teacher Educators, keeps us at the forefront as policy decisions impacting education are made. I extend an invitation to you to become a member and add another level to your involvement in education. I look forward to sharing this time with you in Cordele! Dr. Keenya G. Mosley, GATE President


GATE 2019 President-Elect’s Welcome

Ewa McGrail, PhD Welcome to the Lake Blackshear Resort for our Georgia Association of Teacher Educators annual conference. GATE is one of the premier events for teacher educators throughout Georgia. I hope that autumn’s beautiful scenery at this resort will inspire you and provide energy for exploring this year’s conference theme, Improving Teacher Education Through Research and Practice. Bringing change to teacher education and policy requires what John Locke referred to as “the improvement of understanding.”1 Developing such understanding begins with examining our own perception or reading of our situatedness, and then collaborating with others to gain deeper and more comprehensive understanding. Our speakers, panelists, and presenters invite us to do just that. As teacher educators, we have a lofty charge to keep. We educate those who educate others. And in doing so, we indirectly educate everyone, even those who have authority over us. As Francis Bacon wrote in The Advancement of Learning, “it cannot be but a matter of doubtful consequence if states be managed by empiric statesmen, not well mingled with men grounded in learning. But contrariwise, it is almost without instance contradictory that ever any government was disastrous that was in the hands of learned governors.”2 I hope you will take advantage of every opportunity to expand your own understanding and contribute to knowledge growth of others by attending diverse sessions and interacting with the field’s leading teacher educators and policy makers. We, too, seek to be affected by the learning that comes our way, for as Bacon later affirms, “studies have an influence and operation upon the manners of those that are conversant in them.”2 Be curious. Drop into a session you would ordinarily avoid. Make your opinion known. Learn. Sincerely, Ewa McGrail, GATE President- Elect 1 2

Locke, J. (1689). The works of John Locke in nine volumes (1824 12th Ed). London: Revington. Bacon, F. (1893). The Advancement of learning. Transcribed from the Cassell & Company edition by David Price.


Annual Conference Conference Co-Chairs’ Welcome Dear Participants, On behalf of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators and with southern hospitality, it is our honor and privilege to welcome you to the 2019 GATE Conference at the Lake Blackshear Resort, nestled in the middle of Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park in Cordele. We extend a very warm welcome also to our speakers, panelists, and presenters who are bringing with them a wealth of knowledge, experience, and innovative ideas, along with practical advice for teacher education and policy. Improving Teacher Education Through Research and Practice begins with our schools and communities. In the days ahead, the GATE conference and community invite you to engage one another in conversations and generate ideas with the potential to improve pedagogy, research, and policy in teacher education, both today and in the future. We sincerely hope that this conference will be an enriching experience, and that it will rekindle excitement and opportunities for creativity and growth in the classroom and within our professional communities. Dr. Alicja Rieger and Dr. Ewa McGrail, GATE Conference Co-Chairs

Alicja Rieger, PhD

Ewa McGrail, PhD


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GATE 2019 Conference Committees: Awards: Ewa McGrail, Chair Danielle Hilaski, Shan Jones, Jennifer Jones

Conference Evaluation: Nicole Maxwell, Chair

Conference Keynote Speakers: Ardyth Foster, Chair Shan Jones

Conference Program: Alicja Rieger, Chair Barbara Benson, Keenya Mosley, Aline Van Putten, Ewa McGrail Robyn Huss, Program Design/Layout University of West Georgia, Printing

Conference Proposals: Keenya Mosley, Chair Aline Van Putten, Ardyth Foster, Kelly Cassidy

Conference Site Selection: Gwendolyn Middlebrooks

Exhibitors and Sponsors: Kelly Cassidy, Roben Taylor

Hospitality: Laura Smith, Chair Barbara Benson

Registration: Shirley Andrews, Chair Lisa McCoy, Sheryl Dasinger

Reviewers of Awards: Ewa McGrail, Danielle Hilaski, Shan Jones, Alicja Rieger, Janet Strickland

Reviewers of Proposals: Barbara Benson, Billi Bromer, Sheryl Dasinger, Ardyth Foster, Latasha Adams Jones, Nicole Maxwell, Lisa McCoy, Aline Van Putten


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President President-Elect Immediate Past President Secretary Treasurer

Keenya Mosley Ewa McGrail Alicja Rieger Nicole Maxwell Sheryl Dasinger

Mosley Education Consulting Georgia State University Valdosta State University University of North Georgia Valdosta State University

06.2020 06.2020 06.2020 06.2020 06.2020*

Ardyth Foster Lisa McCoy Shantaun Jones Rachel Crump Danielle Hilaski Thelma Sexton

Truett-McConnell University Brenau University LaBelle Elementary, Cobb County Tesnatee Gap Elementary, White County University of North Georgia Georgia Southwestern State University

06.2020 06.2020 06.2020 06.2022 06.2020* 06.2022


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

Kelly Pilgrim Cassidy Jessica Wallace McBride Cheri Henderson Laura Smith Jennie L. Jones Roben Daubler

Commerce High School, Commerce City Bryan County Mt. Carmel Elementary School, Douglas University of West Georgia University of North Georgia Western Governors University

06.2020 06.2022 06.2020* 06.2020 06.2022 06.2020


Barbara Benson

Piedmont College

Appointed 2018

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

Robyn Huss

GATEways Journal

TBA, Editor TBA, Copy Editor


Shirley Andrews

Valdosta State University


Ewa McGrail

Georgia State University

Site Coordinator

Gwendolyn Middlebrooks

Spelman College (Retired)

University of West Georgia

Appointed 2013 2019-2022 2019-2022

* ďŹ nishing unexpired term


GATE 2019 GATE 2019 Conference at a Glance: “Improving Teacher Education Through Research and Practice” Wednesday, October 9: 5:00-7:00pm Conference Registration (Conference Lobby) 7:30-9:00 pm GATE Executive Committee (Lakeshore) Thursday, October 10: 7:30 am-5:00 pm Conference Registration (Conference Lobby) 8:30-9:20 am Opening General Session (Ballroom B, pages 8-9) 9:30-11:20 am 9:30-10:20 am 10:30-11:20 am 11:30-1:20 pm

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jessica Wallace McBride, Educational Consultant Induction System for New Professors (Bluegill, page 10)

Break-out sessions 1* (pages 12-13) Break-out sessions 2* (pages 14-15) Awards Luncheon (Ballroom B, pages 16-17) Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian Anthony Williams, Director, Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence

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

Induction System for New Professors (Bluegill, page 10) Break-out sessions 3* (pages 18-19) Break-out sessions 4* (pages 20-21) Break-out sessions 5* (pages 22-23) GATE Membership Meeting - open to all members (Bluegill) Dinner on your own GATE Reception/Hospitality - open to all attendees (Cabin 5) Conference Registration (Conference Lobby) Break-out sessions 6* (pages 24-25) Break-out sessions 7* (pages 26-27) Break-out sessions 8* (pages 28-29) Closing Session (Ballroom B, pages 30-31) Panel Speakers:

Dr. Penney McRoy, Division Director of GaPSC, and Dr. Malina Monaco, Vice President of CAEP Panel Moderator: Dr. Donald R. Livingston, LaGrange College * Break-out Session Rooms:

Bass, Perch, Ballroom A, Ballroom D, Ballroom E


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GATE 2019 Thursday, October 10, 2019

8:30 am



Dr. Keenya Mosley, GATE President, Mosley Education Consultants

Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Nicole Maxwell, GATE Secretary University of North Georgia Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jessica Wallace McBride, Educational Consultant, Co-founder of the Imani Dance Program for Youth Development, Inc. “Reconstruction, Revitalization, and Resurgence: How Improving Teacher Education Could Reverse the Growing Teacher Shortage� Nationally, enrollment in teacher education programs is down about 35 percent. Furthermore, over the past decade, about eight percent of teachers left the profession before retirement. A plan that includes improving teacher education must be created to address the growing deficit of high quality, highly qualified teachers. By reconstructing and revitalizing teacher education programs through research-based practices, we can reverse this trend and create a resurgence of interest in this field.


Dr. Barbara Benson, GATE Executive Secretary, Piedmont College


Annual Conference Dr. Jessica Wallace McBride

Dr. Jessica Wallace McBride is a native of Daytona Beach, Florida. She earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University. Later, she earned a master's degree in Administration and Supervision and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Florida A&M University. Dr. McBride has been recognized for excellence throughout her 25-year career in education which spans from elementary school to graduate school, and from the public school classroom to higher education administration. She was selected as Teacher of the Year in two Florida counties, earned Awards of Excellence from the Florida After School Association and The After School Experience (New York State), and was a District Finalist for the Glenn-Howell Minority Educator of the Year award. Dr. McBride is slated to appear in American Dropout, a documentary scheduled to be released this fall, which addresses the high school dropout crisis in America. Dr. McBride uses her talents in a variety of areas outside of education. After several years of editing and proofreading manuscripts for an independent publisher, she co-authored her first book, Oliver Vance, Pull Up Your Pants! Her second

book, Almost a Statistic: The Remarkable Story of Drs. Vickie and Maurice McBride, is an Amazon Bestseller and is currently being adapted for film. Upcoming titles, including How to Love a Bad Parent and A Teacher's Guide to Longevity through Selfcare and Work-Life Balance, will be available through her publishing company, Millennium International Publishing Group. Dr. McBride also hosts a weekly radio show, The Sister Perspective, and was recently selected from over 90 applicants to be a presenter at TEDx Savannah. Her TEDx Talk, entitled, “We Are Rising,� can be viewed on YouTube or on her website, Dr. McBride is the co-founder and Board Chairperson of the Imani Dance Program for Youth Development, a grantfunded 501(c)(3) organization that teaches cultural self-esteem through the performing arts. Earlier this year, the organization celebrated 22 years of serving children. Dr. McBride presents and speaks at education conferences and also volunteers with local organizations that serve children and the elderly. Dr. McBride currently resides in Savannah, Georgia, and works as a Reading Specialist for Bryan County Schools.


GATE 2019 GATE Induction System for New Professors Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:30am-3:20pm in Bluegill

The Georgia Association of Teacher Educators is proud to announce the second GATE Induction System for New Professors (ISNP). The idea for the ISNP was generated during the February 2015 annual ATE conference meeting of the ATE Association Development Committee, chaired at the time by Dr. Cindy Watson. The ATE Board of Directors granted permission to pilot the concept and subsequently approved the ISNP as an annual summer conference offering. The GATE-ISNP Team, consisting of six members of the ATE ISNP planning and delivery team from schools across the country, was delighted by the invitation of GATE President, Dr. Keenya Mosley, to present a state ATE unit version of the ISNP in Georgia. The ISNP was constructed with three main components: (1) a symposium designed to assist with key areas of the professorial induction process, (2) professional association mentoring in which ISNP participants are matched with experienced members in the same or a similar field, and (3) asynchronous online preparation and support for ISNP mentors. Participants attending the GATE-ISNP Symposium will be better prepared to: • transition to college/university teaching responsibilities, • explore essential expectations for a beginning professor, • analyze cultural norms of a new department and university, • apply research-based organizational lenses to real-life experiences, and • engage in proactive problem solving as induction-phase faculty members. It takes a comprehensive community of teacher educators to provide induction for a beginning education professor. GATE members are invited to support the GATE-ISNP initiative by serving as mentors, forwarding research pertaining to professorial induction, and of course by enrolling teacher educators who are beginning years one through three of their professorial careers.


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CALLING ALL PRESENTERS! Are you presenting at this year’s GATE Conference? Do you have a presentation idea for next year’s conference?

Turn your presentation into a publication!

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 per publication. Your presentation topic could be just what the journal needs! Each issue is non-thematic, with articles relating to teacher education. The 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 are appropriate topics for the journal; action research papers are encouraged, especially those involving school partners. Submissions should be submitted electronically 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: • refer to the main journal page on the association webpage, • contact the journal editors


GATE 2019 9:30 - 10:20 am


Professional Behaviors and Dispositions Assessment Overview, Training, and Building Validity and Reliability Dr. Sallie Averitt Miller, Columbus State University The Professional Behaviors and Dispositions Assessment (PBDA) presentation and workshop will focus primarily on training assessors in building reliability using the PBDA instrument. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to work with the assessment, its guidelines and scoring.

BALLROOM D Does the Individual Norm-Referenced Standardized Test Score Hurt the Student and Teacher? Dr. John Hobe, Georgia Southern University Come and discuss whether the individual student commercially-prepared norm-referenced standardized test score can accurately answer the questions: Did I teach? Did they learn? Can we protect students and teachers answering these questions accurately?

BALLROOM E Toward a Disposition of Advocacy: Using the Georgia Educators’ Professional Dispositions and Behavior Assessment to Prepare Teacher Advocates Mr. Scott T. Grubbs, Thomas University More than ever, teachers need to be effective advocates for their profession, and the key to advocacy lies in effective dispositions. This presentation will address how the Georgia Educators’ Professional Dispositions and Behaviors Assessment can be a valuable tool to prepare teacher candidates to advocate for their chosen profession.


Annual Conference 9:30 - 10:20 am


BASS Promoting Recruitment in Education through the Educators Rising Organization Ms. Michele McKie, Georgia Southwestern State University Round Table Georgia Southwestern State University is promoting teacher recruitment through a student organization called Educators Rising. This presentation will inform participants about what our teacher candidates learned at the National Educators Rising Conference in Dallas, Texas.


GATE 2019 10:30 - 11:20 am


Using Multiple Language Teacher Identities as Pedagogies in Developing Critical Language Awareness Dr. Tuba Angay-Crowder, Georgia State University; Dr. Jayoung Choi, Kennesaw State University; and Dr. Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Georgia State University The presenters discuss how they, as three plurilingual language teacher educators, drew upon multiple identities as pedagogical resources to create critical language awareness for pre- and in-service teachers. Implications and recommendations about drawing upon plurilingual and professional identities in developing critical awareness and establishing critical praxis in ELT are provided.

BALLROOM D LEAPing into Content Literacy Using a Laboratory Approach Dr. Danielle Hilaski, Dr. Jennie Jones, and Dr. Nicole Maxwell, University of North Georgia Integrating laboratories into course work can support the transfer of theory to practice. Attendees will learn how the presenters intentionally imbedded a laboratory experience into a content literacy course and how teacher candidates can extend this experience by engaging in lesson study (Lewis, 2002) to improve their instructional practice.

BALLROOM E My Second First Year: Leaving Academia for a High School Classroom Dr. Joseph R. Jones, Gordon State College This presentation discusses a professor’s return to the high school classroom. In this manner, he connects his experiences as a high school special education teacher to pre-service teacher preparation programs.


Annual Conference 10:30 - 11:20 am


Shaping Individual Careers and Organizational Culture through Faculty Evaluation Dr. J. W. Good, Dr. Diane Gregg, Dr. Nancy Mizelle, and Dr. Lyndall Muschall, Georgia College Round Table This presentation describes how the development of an evaluation instrument can promote respect and advocate for faculty using self-assessment and focus on holistic impact. The instrument tapped into the faculty’s beliefs in a collaborative culture and standards for evaluation on the journey toward fulfilling careers.

BASS Faculty Professional Development Efforts on Culturally Responsive Practices in Teacher Education Dr. George Darden, Dr. Kinga Varga-Dobai, Dr. Jamie Lewis, Dr. Brandon Lewis, Dr. J. Patrick Tiedemann, Dr. Ava Hogan-Chapman, and Dr. Mary E. Kelly, Georgia Gwinnett College Round Table At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, a work group was formed to examine the common understanding of culturally responsive pedagogy among School of Education faculty and to provide support in establishing a working definition. Presenters will discuss the in-progress work of this group, including challenges and successes.


GATE 2019 Thursday, October 10, 2019

11:30 pm



Crisp County High School Band, Cordele, GA Mr. Dominique Lane, Band Director; Mr. Jerardy Castro, Assistant Band Director. Student Performers: Jarvis Williams, Trumpet; Colby Flynn, Bass; Chandler Register, Trombone; Kenlea Davis, Drum Set; Jacob Dixon, Keyboard; and Jarod Taylor, Baritone Saxophone


Dr. Keenya Mosley, GATE President, Mosley Education Consultants

Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Ewa McGrail, GATE President-Elect, Georgia State University Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Brian Anthony Williams, Director, Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, Georgia State University “Tomorrow Started Yesterday: Justice-Oriented Teacher Education” Public education has long been considered by many to be the great equalizer. Unfortunately, the system of education in the United States continues to be challenged by inequities and injustices related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other factors (e.g. citizenship status, language, ability). While many of these challenges are rooted in historic and systemic inequities, research has identified the teacher as a critical agent in the creation of school communities that are inclusive, equitable, and social just. In response to these findings, teacher education programs must consider and potentially redefine their role in the process of preparing teachers for today’s classrooms. This presentation will summarize the equity-related challenges facing education today, offer recommendations for the cultivation of justice-oriented teacher education, and encourage evaluation of our communal will to address the challenges many of our children face each day.


Dr. Ewa McGrail, GATE President-Elect, Georgia State University Presenting the following award on behalf of GATE: Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Dr. Stacy Delacruz, Kennesaw State University “Building Digital Literacy Bridges: Connecting Cultures and Promoting Global Citizenship in Elementary Classrooms through School-Based Virtual Field Trips.” (2019). TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 63(4), 428-439. DOI 10.1007/s11528-018-0350-1


Dr. Alicja Rieger, GATE Immediate Past President, Valdosta State University


Annual Conference Dr. Brian Anthony Williams

Dr. Brain Williams has over 20 years of experience working in schools and other educational communities. His work is situated at the intersection of science education, urban education, and education for social justice. More specifically, he is interested in the ways in which equity issues related to race, ethnicity, culture, and class influence science teaching and learning and access to science literacy. He currently serves as Director of the Alonzo A Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education in the College of Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Before joining the faculty at Georgia State University, Dr. Williams coordinated the Math/Science Equity Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The program examined the link between parental involvement and the tracking of African American students in science. His work has been published in Democracy and Education, School and Community Journal, Negro Ed Review, and International Journal of

Social Research Methodology. In addition to his research, Dr. Williams has over 20 years of experience working with teachers and students in science education. He has taught science methods and content courses to K-12 teachers in the United States and other countries around the world. In addition to his work with teachers, he has also developed science and mathematics curricula, served as an educational adviser to various schools and professional organizations, and taught science to both middle and elementary school students. Because of his extensive work in the fields of science and education, Dr. Williams has also served as a consultant to organizations such the National Science Foundation, the Educational Development Center, and Quality Education for Minorities. Dr. Williams holds degrees from Emory University (Ph.D., 2003), Georgia Institute of Technology (M.S., 1996), and Norfolk State University (B.S., 1994). He is also a Former Ford Foundation Fellow and Spencer Fellow.


GATE 2019 1:30 - 2:20 pm



BALLROOM D Celebrating a Mindset for Teaching, Learning, and Self-Reflection Dr. Jennie Jones, Dr. Cristina Washell, and Ms. Brooks Peters, University of North Georgia In this session we describe our educational assessment and our education program. We will discuss how a book study with Socratic discussion and assessment development supported preservice teachers’ growth mindsets for teaching, learning, and self-perception. Finally, we will facilitate discussion to promote student-led book studies that support growth mindsets.

BALLROOM E The Brain and Technology: Impressions from Research; Implications for the Future Dr. Linda Ann McCall and Professor Beth Childress, Georgia Southern University Brain and Technology: Impressions from Research; Implications for the Future offers researchbased technology strategies for all learners. This interactive session will highlight recent findings in neuroscience regarding the interconnectivity of the brain. Technology strategies which connect students to the required content will be described.


Annual Conference 1:30 - 2:20 pm


BASS Mentoring: One University's Approach to Promote Teacher Retention Dr. Katherine O. Barnetson, Dr. Rachel Abbott, and Ms. Michele Mckie, Georgia Southwestern State University Round Table The Education Department at Georgia Southwestern State University is concerned about teacher retention. To help promote teacher retention, faculty volunteered to work with groups of novice teachers from one partner district. This roundtable discussion will outline the teacher retention program.


GATE 2019 2:30 - 3:20 pm


The Elephant in the Room: Addressing Microaggressions in K12 Education Dr. Andrea Smith, University of West Georgia Round Table Microagressions can be defined as daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental messages that communicate that a person’s racial identity or heritage is less valued or perceived negatively. New research shows that various groups of minority students regularly experience microaggressions at school from friends, classmates, teachers, and school administrators. These everyday occurrences may on the surface appear quite harmless or trivial, but research indicates they have a powerful impact upon the behavior and academic performance of these students. This session will help school personnel learn to recognize and address microaggressions.

BALLROOM D Teaching Content Across Disciplines with Comics Literature Dr. Ewa McGrail, Georgia State University; Dr. Alicja Rieger, Valdosta State University; and Dr. J. Patrick McGrail, Jacksonville State University The purpose of this presentation is to provide suggestions on how comics literature can be used to help students learn content across disciplines.

BALLROOM E Relational Pedagogy: What Charlotte, Hayden, and Carter Taught Me About Teacher Preparation Dr. Joseph R. Jones, Gordon State College This presentation discusses the theoretical underpinnings of relational pedagogy, and it provides three specific examples of how relational pedagogy can impact classroom practice. It further examines how teacher preparation programs can intentionally utilize relational pedagogy in teacher preparation.


Annual Conference 2:30 - 3:20 pm


Online Graduate Education: Context and Function for Personalized Learning Dr. Cheryl Reynolds and Dr. J. W. Good, Georgia College Round Table This presentation describes the three-year process of how innovation and technology were key to the redesign of online graduate programs using personalization strategies. The new programs promote ownership of content and assessment while strengthening relationships through communication and coaching.



GATE 2019 3:30 - 4:20 pm


The Mindful Educator: Self-Coaching and Mindfulness Techniques that Improve Personal Health and School Culture for Greater Effectiveness at Work Dr. Pamela Larde and Dr. N. Jean Walker, Mercer University This presentation offers a set of effective self-coaching skills that can enable educators to be mindful of how personal relationships, sense of self, and sense of safety are connected to the work we do in our professional lives.

BALLROOM D “I Can Do Difficult Things”: Growth Mindset and Metacognitive Strategies for Young Learners Ms. Sonja R. Scott, Children's Book Author/Publisher, Launch.Me Publishers A growth mindset says “try harder.” Metacognition says “try a new strategy.” Both are necessary in the learning process. During this workshop, we will travel with Ikio, a young Japanese boy, as he learns to master the metacognitive skills necessary to learn the skill of fishing.

BALLROOM E Georgia Teachers as Mandated Reporters of Child Maltreatment Dr. John Kesner, Georgia State University This research study has important implications for pre-service teacher training and in-service professional development in an area which usually receives minimal attention in teacher education programs and professional development. Although there are likely other factors which help explain this phenomenon, attention by teacher educators can help teachers and other educational professionals become more effective reporters of child maltreatment.


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BREAKOUT SESSION 5 PERCH How Self-Care Can Help Prevent Teacher Burnout Dr. Jessica Wallace McBride, Bryan County Schools

Round Table What can teachers do to make sure they lead balanced lives that are not overwhelmed by classroom responsibilities? If you can answer this question, you can help teachers, especially new teachers, avoid burnout and possibly remain in the profession longer. Join us for this discussion about teacher burnout, retention, and turnover as well as strategies teachers can use to establish a healthy work/life balance.

BASS Engage. Empower. Expand. – Using a Cultural Relevance Model to Motivate Learning and Increase Equity Ms. Vickie M. Crockett, TEACH Educational Consulting, LLC Round Table TEACH from the HEART is a student-centered instructional program designed to promote greater equity and inclusiveness through activating student passion. This program aids in reaching struggling, under-served students through programming that focuses on personal empowerment, cultural relevance, and authentic learning. It unlocks the inner fire that will ignite greater student success and results in greater equity and social justice through greater inclusiveness in access to rigor and relevance, which frees students to expand their lives and academic horizons beyond the limits of their social context.

4:30-5:30 pm

GATE MEMBERSHIP MEETING, open to all members (Bluegill)

5:30-7:00 pm

Dinner on your own

7:00-8:30 pm GATE RECEPTION/HOSPITALITY, open to all attendees (Cabin 5)


GATE 2019 8:00 - 8:50 am


Equity and Access in Mentoring Teacher Educators and Teachers Dr. LaTasha Jones Adams and Dr. Amy Barrios, Clayton State University Round Table The content of this session is to discuss the need for equity and access in mentoring for teacher educators and teachers. During this interactive session, participants will discuss their experiences with mentoring. Strategies for implementing mentoring programs that are equitable and add to access for marginalized groups with be discussed.

BALLROOM D Creating Narrative Across Literacies: English Language Learners Composing Their Stories in an Era of Standardization Ms. Jennifer Curl, Tucker High School This presentation offers ELA teachers with limited ESOL training strategies to support ELLs in standardized writing tasks while encouraging these students to draw from their heritage languages and literacies. Recognizing heritage literacies and cultural experiences remains an important piece in culturally responsive teaching and offering equity and fairness in test preparation.



Annual Conference 8:00 - 8:50 am


Incorporating Scholar-Servanthood Pedagogy to Disrupt Zombie Preparation Programs Dr. Brent E. Johnson, Gordon State College Round Table This proposal claims that technical skills are taught in absence of context, thus creating certified zombies that lack the ability and awareness to adapt to the complexities of difference and diversity in their classrooms and schools. Scholar-Servanthood Pedagogy will prepare teaching candidates to better serve students.

BASS Continuous Dialogues on Confronting edTPA: An Exploration of Aligning Preservice Teacher Performance Assessments with Georgia’s Teacher Keys Effectiveness System Dr. Nai-Cheng Kuo and Dr. Juan Walker, Augusta University Round Table There is no perfect assessment. However, as teacher educators, we have the social responsibility to address issues identified in edTPA. Additionally, we demonstrate how we work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop potential preservice teacher performance assessments that are transparent and aligned with the expectations for the state’s practicing teachers.


GATE 2019 9:00 - 9:50 am


Successful Innovation is Not Re-Tooling Best Practices! Mr. Jerry Smith, Luella High School Round Table The principal of Luella High School will share the school’s initiative toward increasing instructional rigor as a methodology to improve student achievement and school success. Participants will receive an overview of the school’s innovative approach to achieving positive results. School results will be shared, and discussion will be encouraged.

BALLROOM D Self-Care for Middle School Teachers . . . and Everyone Else Dr. LaTasha Jones Adams, Clayton State University Are you interested in learning about self-care? In this session, participants will practice selfcare strategies that can be used to increase productivity and peace for teachers. We will also share and discuss ways that participants have used personal self-care strategies.

BALLROOM E How Community-Engaged Teacher Candidates Can Assist in Improving Equity Among P-12 Students Dr. Sheryl Dasinger, Dr. Lynn Minor, and Dr. Shirley Andrews, Valdosta State University This presentation will consist of an overview of three collaborative programs provided by one institution in partnership with the local schools and community agencies to help close the equity gap for P-12 students and provide community engagement for teacher candidates.


Annual Conference 9:00 - 9:50 am


Control, Contend and Comprise! How to Eliminate Distractions in the Classroom Mr. Chavis Gash, Vision Seekers Round Table This presentation will introduce participants to “The Time to Teach Teacher Effectiveness Curriculum� and discuss school development sessions that are geared to training teachers on how to eliminate repeated warnings and multiple behavior change requests in a positive fashion, reduce classroom interruptions, avoid power struggles, use powerful prompting techniques, and learn classroom arrangements for maximum achievement.

BASS Lean on Me: Establishing and Executing a First-Year Teacher Education Faculty Mentoring Program: One Year Later Dr. Katie Bennett and Dr. Harriet Bessette, Kennesaw State University Round Table Upon completion of our Mentoring Program for New and Early-Career faculty, we have the results of our analysis. Outcomes for each mentee were analyzed to provide preliminary data.


GATE 2019 10:00 - 10:50 am


A First Year Spanish Teacher Promotes Student Engagement and Intrinsic Motivation Through Technology Dr. Don Leech, Valdosta State University, and Ms. Katelyn Cash, Camden County High School Round Table This session presents strategies used to develop technology rich lessons that emphasize meaningful student engagement. These strategies were employed by a first year high school Spanish teacher to promote language acquisition. Strategies include cooperative learning groups, Chromebooks, music, interactive videos, games, projects, and other innovative, technology-rich learning applications.


BALLROOM E Challenges Facing Early Childhood Teacher Educators: Assuring that Our Youngest Students Receive Developmentally Appropriate Teaching by WellPrepared Early Childhood Teachers Dr. Billi L. Bromer, Brenau University, and Dr. Barbara Benson, Piedmont College This session will discuss the historical trends of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education and provide session participants the opportunity to consider how developmentally appropriate practice can remain a primary outcome within programs that prepare professionals who teach our youngest students while also meeting edTPA and additional high-stakes certification requirements.


Annual Conference 10:00 - 10:50 am

BREAKOUT SESSION 8 PERCH The Bully, the Teacher, and ME! Mr. Chavis Gash, Vision Seekers

Round Table Participants will learn how to identify children who are be bullied and how to identify those doing the bulling. Teachers and administrators will also be given insight on how to help kids understand the dangers of not reporting bullying through a dynamic and impact program. I. Learn how to create a bully-free environment. II. Learn how to incorporate bullyprevention techniques in your classroom/school. III. Learn how to help a student who is the victim of bulling.

BASS Homegrown: One Pathway to Addressing the Teacher Shortage Dr. Katie Bennett and Dr. James Gambrell, Kennesaw State University Round Table One innovative strategy to combat teacher shortage is a “Grow Your Own” program. These focus on preparing and placing community teachers and are increasingly being identified as a viable solution for addressing teacher shortages. This presentation includes one university’s plan to “Grow Your Own” SPED and TESOL teachers.


GATE 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 8:00-8:50 am

Break-out sessions 6 (see pages 24-25)

9:00-9:50 am

Break-out sessions 7 (see pages 26-27)

10:00-10:50 am Break-out sessions 8 (see pages 28-29) 11:00 am



Dr. Keenya Mosley, GATE President, Mosley Education Consultants

Panel Title:

“Improving Teacher Education Through Research and Practice: 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. Donald R. Livingston, Professor, Department of Education, LaGrange College

Panel Speakers:

Dr. Penney McRoy, Division Director, Educator Preparation Division Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) Dr. Malina Monaco, Vice President, Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP)

Closing Remarks:

Dr. Alicja Rieger, GATE Immediate Past President, Valdosta State University

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Thank you for a wonderful conference; we’ll see you next year! October 8-9, 2020 at the Unicoi State Park and Lodge in Helen, GA (details will be announced at


Annual Conference Panel Participants Dr. Penney McRoy As Director of the Educator Preparation Division at the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC), Dr. Penney McRoy oversees educator preparation policy, program approval, program effectiveness measures, and non-traditional preparation. Dr. McRoy also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Prior to joining GaPSC in 2003, Penney directed client services for an Atlanta software firm and taught high school in North Carolina, where she earned Master’s degrees in Educational Administration and Technology Education. Dr. McRoy earned a B.S. degree in Business Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Ed.D. in School Improvement from the University of West Georgia.

Dr. Malina Monaco Dr. Monaco is the Vice President of Accreditation at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation(CAEP). Having served as a site visitor and a lead site visitor on over 13 reviews, Dr. Monaco brings experience to her role ensuring that quality assurance policies, processes and procedures are designed and implemented with consistency and accountability at CAEP. Dr. Monaco has served on the faculty at both Georgia State University and North Carolina State University. Her teaching areas are in quantitative methodology and educational measurement. She has experience in higher education administration, having served as graduate admission director and a program coordinator. At North Carolina State University, Dr. Monaco served as the Director of Knowledge Management and Assessment and the CAEP coordinator. She was responsible for accreditation planning, implementation, and assessment reporting in the College of Education. Dr. Monaco previously served as Program Manager in the State of Georgia Department of Education. Her responsibilities included designing, administering, and scoring federally mandated K-12 assessments, managing the k-12 assessment budget of $23 million dollars, and accountability reporting for federal peer review requirements of Title IX, Part C (Elementary and Secondary Education Act).

Dr. Donald R. Livingston LaGrange College Professor Don Livingston has been preparing and developing teachers for over 20 years. Don began his teaching career as a nursery school teacher with a group of 2- and 3-year-olds. From the nursery school, he ascended to teaching in the first and second grades. During a short interim period between graduate degrees, he taught reading at the high school level. Now in higher education, Don has been active in statewide organizations serving as president of GACTE, GAICTE and GERA. His research interests include action research, curriculum theory, and global engagement.


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