GATE 2021 Conference Program

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Georgia Association of Teacher Educators


2021 Annual Conference October 14-15, 2021 “The Frontline of Education: Making Bold Moves in Research and Practice”

Jekyll Island Club Resort 371 Riverview Drive Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Hotel: 912-319-4349 Reservations: 888-445-3179

GATE 2021 Annual Conference October 14-15, 2021 Jekyll Island Club Resort

The Frontline of Education: Making Bold Moves in Research and Practice

Cover image by Gerd Altman (2018). Available at

GATE 2021 President-Elect’s Welcome

Don Livingston, EdD LaGrange College How exciting it is to gather together after such a long time. Our conference program includes nearly fifty sessions that span a wide range of topics from instruction, teacher preparation, education policy, diversity, clinical practice, assessment, and surviving a doctoral program. With so much variety, you might have difficulty choosing among the offerings! While a tough call to make, the Fall 2021 GATE Conference at the historic Jekyll Island Club is an in-person event. The decision to hold an in-person conference was made in February 2021 when three promising vaccines were just starting to be injected into millions of American arms. Throughout the spring and into the summer of 2021 the virus spread slowed, and the disease appeared to have been defeated. Sadly, as we all now know, a mutated virus emerged later in the summer, ravaging the unvaccinated and threatening the health of the vaccinated. Making the decision to proceed with an in-person conference was not taken lightly by the elected officers of GATE. The Jekyll Island Club is committed to the health and safety of all their guests. The club has installed new electrostatic sprayers and cleans every surface. Seating set-ups in our breakout sessions are configured to encourage safe distances between participants. Personnel serving meals and clearing tables are to be masked to assure the health and comfort of our diverse attendees. We can do our part by following CDC health and safety guidelines. In these changing and difficult times, returning to normalcy has become an erratic concept. Going forward, will we meet face-to-face as much with our students and colleagues? To what degree will virtual meetings and webinars replace our in-person gatherings and professional development? Maybe we saw some of this coming, yet overnight, many of us had to learn to teach and communicate in much different ways. While these modes of instructional deliveries are surprisingly effective, there is something special, maybe more human, about being together inperson. Let’s savor our time together, being mindful of our health and safety and the wellbeing of others. Enjoy the conference! Don Livingston President-Elect & Conference Co-Chair


Annual Conference Past President’s Welcome

Keenya G. Mosley, PhD Mosley Education Consulting Welcome to the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators’ Conference on beautiful Jekyll Island. We are grateful to have you join us in what continues to be an unprecedented year. In spite of the challenges this pandemic has presented, teacher educators, educators, and education policymakers remain steadfast in putting students first. The academic preparation of every student takes precedence in the lives of those involved with education and We Will proceed to be on “The Frontline of Education: Making Bold Moves in Research and Practice.” The Annual Conference of GATE has been a special place for professionals such as yourselves to present research while collaborating with others in education to make a real impact in the lives of students. While we have worked in tandem with you to be innovative in addressing the needs of students in virtual classrooms, we fail to grow tired in our responsibility to enhance the learning environment for successful student outcomes. I encourage you to relish in new opportunities to expand your research, but more importantly take advantage of the friendships to be made. Be sure to indulge in the peace and serenity one gains from being on this island. The Officers of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators have enjoyed preparing for our time together. We look forward to greeting each of you during this conference! Stay safe, Keenya G. Mosley Immediate Past President & Conference Co-Chair


GATE 2021 GATE 2021 Conference Committees: Awards: Jennifer Jones

Conference Keynote Speakers: Ardyth Foster, Chair Natasha Ramsay- Jordan Nai Cheng-Kuo

Conference Program: Don Livingston, Chair Keenya G. Mosley Robyn Huss, Program Design/Layout

Conference Proposals: Keenya G. Mosley, Chair

Conference Site Selection: Gwendolyn Middlebrooks

Exhibitors and Sponsors: Gwendolyn Middlebrooks

Hospitality: Laura Smith

Registration: Shirley Andrews, Chair Jennifer Curl

Reviewers of Awards: Tiffany Watson, Danlielle Hialski

Reviewers of Proposals: Nicole Maxwell Jennifer Jones LaTasha Adams Billi Bromer Sheryl Dasinger Jennifer Curl NaTasha Ramsay-Jordan Ardyth Foster Don Livingston Andrea Smith


Annual Conference GATE 2019-2020 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NAME




President President-Elect Immediate Past President Secretary Treasure Treasurer (Past)

Ewa McGrail Don Livingston Keenya G. Mosley LaTasha Jones Adams Jennifer Curl Sheryl Dasinger

Georgia State University LaGrange University Mosley Education Consulting Clayton State University Norcross High School, Gwinnett Co. Valdosta State University

06.2022 06.2022 06.2022 06.2022 06.2023 06.2021

Andrea Smith Natasha Ramsay-Jordan Jennifer Curl Rachel Crump Sonja Scott Thelma Sexton

University of West Georgia University of West Georgia Norcross High School, Gwinnett County Tesnatee Gap Elementary, White County Launch. Me Consultants Georgia Southwestern State University

06.2023 06.2023 06.2023 06.2022 06.2023 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 EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Jessica Wallace McBride

Bryan County

Nai-Cheng Kuo Jennie L. Jones Roben Daubler

Augusta University University of North Georgia Western Governors University

06.2023* 06.2022 06.2023* 06.2023 06.2022 06.2023

Barbara Benson

Piedmont College (Retired)

Appointed 2018

EDITORS AND STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS (non-voting, ex-officio members of the Executive Committee) Website

Robyn Huss

GATEways Journal

Nicole Maxwell, Co-Editor University of North Georgia Jennifer Jones, Co-Editor University of North Georgia Jessica Wallace McBride, Copy Editor


Shirley Andrews

Valdosta State University


Jennifer Jones

University of North Georgia

Site Coordinator

Gwendolyn Middlebrooks

Spelman College (Retired)

University of West Georgia

* vacant seat


Appointed 2013 2019-2022 2019-2022 2019-2022

GATE 2021 GATE 2021 Conference at a Glance: “The Frontline of Education: Making Bold Moves in Research and Practice” Wednesday, October 13: 5:00-7:00pm Conference Registration (Morgan Center Foyer) 7:30-9:00pm GATE Executive Committee (Morgan Center) Thursday, October 14: 7:30am-5:00pm Conference Registration (Morgan Center Foyer) 8:30-9:20am Opening General Session (Morgan Center, pages 7-9) Welcome: Mayor Cornell Harvey, Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia Keynote Speaker: Ms. Cherie Dennis, 2022 Georgia Teacher of the Year

9:30-10:20am 10:30-11:20am 11:30am-1:20pm

Break-out session 1* (pages 11-12) Break-out session 2* (pages 13-14) Awards Luncheon (Morgan Center, pages 15-16) Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jayne Morgan, MD, Piedmont Health Care Corporation

1:30-2:20pm 2:30-3:20pm 3:30-4:20pm 4:30-5:30pm 5:30-7:00pm 7:00-8:30pm Friday, October 15: 7:30-10:00am 8:00-8:50am 9:00-9:50am 10:00-10:50am 11:00am-noon

Break-out session 3* (pages 17-18) Break-out session 4* (pages 19-20) Break-out session 5* (pages 21-22) GATE Membership Meeting - open to all members (Morgan Mezzanine)

Dinner on your own GATE Reception/Hospitality - open to all attendees (San Souci First Floor Parlor)

Conference Registration (Morgan Center Foyer) Break-out session 6* (pages 23-24) Break-out session 7* (pages 25-26) Break-out session 8* (pages 27-28) Closing Session (Morgan Center, pages 29-32) Panel Speakers:

Michele McKie, EdD, GA Southwestern State Univ. Craig Harper, Professional Assn. of GA Educators Joe Peters, PhD, Mercer University Vicki Pheil, LaGrange College Cordelia Zinskie, EdD, Georgia Southern University Keenya G. Mosley PhD, Mosley Education Consulting Panel Moderator: Dr. Donald R. Livingston, LaGrange College * Break-out Session Rooms:

Morgan Mezzanine, Club Ballroom A, Club Ballroom B, Pulitzer, Aldrich, Federal Reserve


Annual Conference


GATE 2021 Thursday, October 14, 2021

8:30 am



Dr. Don Livingston, GATE President-Elect, LaGrange College


Mayor Cornell L. Harvey, Brunswick, Georgia

Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Jessica Wallace McBride, GATE ATE/PS Rep/Delegate 2 Keynote Speaker:

Ms. Cherie Dennis, 2022 Georgia Teacher of the Year


Dr. Natasha Ramsay-Jordan, GATE College Representative 2, University of West Georgia


Annual Conference Opening Session Welcome

Mayor Cornell L. Harvey

Mayor Cornell L. Harvey is a native of Brunswick, Georgia. He received his undergraduate degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland in 1983 and his Master of Public Administration degree from Troy University in 1993. Mayor Harvey was first elected to Brunswick's City Commission in 2003 and served as Northward Commissioner for 10 years before becoming Mayor in 2013. Mayor Harvey's military experience includes serving in the

United States Air Force; from which he retired after 29 years of faithful service. He rose to the highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant – which is the top 1% of the Air Force's total enlisted force. During his tours, he was assigned to Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Germany, England, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and various other countries. Mayor Harvey's primary areas of interest include economic development and community building initiatives.


GATE 2021 Opening Session Keynote Speaker

Ms. Cherie Dennis

Teaching is a second career for Cherie Dennis. She graduated from Georgetown University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Japanese and a minor in teaching, and then from Stanford University in 1995 with a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies. With those degrees, she originally intended to become a Japanese language teacher. Unfortunately, jobs proved scarce, so she landed at advertising agencies, first working on Toyota’s national campaign at Saatchi & Saatchi and then strategizing for Clorox at DDB Needham. But all along, she knew where her heart had always been. In 2004, she moved to Savannah, Georgia to raise her son near family. Once he entered Kindergarten, she began her Master of Arts in Teaching, Early Childhood Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University, completing it in 2010. Now she is in her

12th year with the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, serving as an ESOL teacher at Hesse K8 following 7-1/2 years teaching 3rd grade. Since receiving her MAT, she has also earned Gifted and ESOL Endorsements, and, in August 2019, she completed her Education Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership with a Coaching Endorsement from Mercer University. At her school, she serves on the Leadership Team and chairs both the Resource Team and the School-wide Writing Team. Additionally, she has been a grade level chair, the Site Based Induction Specialist, the Professional Learning Liaison, and a member of the School Council. In February 2020, she was named the 2021 SavannahChatham County District Teacher of the Year, and in August 2021, she was chosen as the 2022 Georgia State Teacher of the Year.


Annual Conference 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, inservice 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 (7th edition) style guidelines. For more information: • refer to the main journal page on the association webpage, • contact the journal editors


GATE 2021 9:30 - 10:20 am

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14TH Morgan Mezzanine

Preparing Teachers to Lead: A Statewide Strategic Partnership Penney McRoy, EdD, Director of Educator Preparation, Georgia Professional Standards Commission; Kimberly Creagh, Program Manager, GSLA Teacher Academy, GOSA; and Shauntice Wheeler, Program Manager Title II Part A, Office of Teaching and Learning, Georgia Department of Education In this session, participants will learn how teacher leadership supports teacher retention and how programs can prepare teachers to lead, even as novices. A statewide framework for cultivating teacher leadership will be shared, and participants will be challenged to examine how the framework can be incorporated into their programs.

Club Ballroom A Pathways to the Profession Through Multiple Teacher Residency Models DaShaunda Patterson, Associate Dean; Dr. Carla Tanguay; Camea Davis; Rhina Williams, Christine Thomas; Natalie King; and Nadia Behizadeh, Georgia State University This presentation will highlight the essential features of three Teacher Residency programs within one College and to discuss how these programs support the development of teachers who are well-prepared in their content area, committed to inclusive and equitable education, and intentional in engaging stakeholders in the communities that they serve.

Club Ballroom B Implementing Intervention Research for Teachers and Pre-service Teachers Within University Pedagogy Courses Dr. Jennifer Beal, Valdosta State University University educators can embed data- and evidence-based teacher candidate-led intervention studies with P-12 focus learners within their pedagogy courses. Educators will learn how to incorporate a single case research design study, from identification of a target behavior and intervention to visual analysis of graphed data related to focus learner performance.


Annual Conference 9:30 - 10:20 am


Georgia's Coursework and Endorsement in PBIS: An Inter-Agency Journey Dr. Kymberly Harris, Associate Professor, and Dr. Rob Sumowski, Georgia Southern University. Attendees will develop an understanding of the collaborative process between two universities and a state department of education during its journey toward influencing the creation of a state-level teaching certificate endorsement for the purpose of preparing future teacher-leaders in PBIS.

Aldrich Mission Recruitment: Unraveling Barriers to Paraprofessional Pipelines in Teacher Preparation Programs Dr. Katie Bennett and Dr. James Gambrell, Kennesaw State University In response to a teacher shortage crisis in K-12 education, mixed methods research analyzes barriers paraprofessionals face when deciding to pursue a teacher certification degree and what supports paraprofessionals view as most impactful while working full time. This research arises out of a "grow-your-own" teacher pathway that will graduate certified teachers in two critical shortage areas, Special Education and Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages. Results from this will inform key stakeholders to reduce or eliminate barriers.

Federal Reserve Measuring Teacher Effectiveness in the Age of NCLB Dr. Lauren Holzberg, Valdosta State University The education system throughout America has changed over the past years. The goals of NCLB are noble. All students in the United States deserve a quality education delivered by a highly qualified and effective teacher. Teachers, schools, and school districts should be held accountable for student achievement.


GATE 2021 10:30 - 11:20 am

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14TH Morgan Mezzanine

Teachers Taking the Lead to Drive Change: A Professional Learning Approach Dr. Sharon Livingston, Associate Professor of Education and Director of Assessment, Marrisa Merrell, EdS, and Jerilyn Robinson, EdS, LaGrange College. This presentation provides a framework of how teachers can work together to address an identified problem in their school, along with how they can take action through the use of teacher-led professional development.

Club Ballroom A Open

Club Ballroom B The Effect of the Think-Aloud Instructional Strategy on ELL Mathematics Performance in Middle School: The Concurrency of Learning Modes in the Digital Age Dr. Phani Duggirala, Georgia State University. Solving word problems could be challenging for English language learners. However, learning continues to be possible in the digital age. Mathematics educators can improve ELL student achievement through the think-aloud instructional strategy using academic language and problem-solving thought process, even in the concurrent learning model using the zoom platform.


Annual Conference 10:30 - 11:20 am


Transform Climate and Culture to Lead Sustained Learning J. W. Good, Professor of Educational Leadership, Cheryl G. Reynolds, and Michael D. Teti, Georgia College. Teacher educators can assist teacher candidates to be successful and valued as they learn to know and understand the elements for finding the right school work environment, climate, and culture to be successful and valued. This presentation focuses on identifying and applying those elements.

Aldrich Creative Solutions for Field Experiences: The COVID-19 Pivot Dr. Kate Zimmer, Associate Professor of Special Education, Dr. Katie Bennett, and Dr. Melissa K. Driver, Kennesaw State University. COVID-19 impacted teacher placements because Georgia’s K-12 schools made the move to digital. Thus, many important field placement assignments that we know are vital in improving teacher practices were disrupted. The purpose of this presentation is to share how faculty systematically embedded mixed reality simulation throughout numerous courses to ensure teacher candidates were able to successfully complete programmatic requirements in a virtual setting.

Federal Reserve Open


GATE 2021 Thursday, October 14, 2021

11:30 am



Dr. Don Livingston, GATE President-Elect, LaGrange College

Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Keenya G. Mosley, GATE Immediate Past-President, Mosley Education Consulting Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jayne Morgan, MD, Cardiologist and Executive Director of the Covid Task Force, Piedmont Health Care Corporation


Dr. LaTasha Jones, GATE Secretary, Clayton State University Presenting the following awards on behalf of GATE: Distinguished Research in Teacher Education: Dr. Andrea N. Smith, University of West Georgia Smith, A. N. (2020). The great Black hope: An examination of African American parent perspectives at Bass Charter Academy. Journal of Education 200(3), 175-184. Distinguished Clinician in Teacher Education: Latoya Tolefree, Instructional Coach at Dunwoody Spring Elementary


Dr. Andrea N. Smith, GATE College Representative 1, University of West Georgia


Annual Conference Dr. Jayne Morgan, Cardiologist and Executive Director of the COVID Task Force, Piedmont Health Care Corporation

Jayne Morgan, MD is a Cardiologist and the Executive Director of the COVID Task Force at the Piedmont Healthcare Corporation in Atlanta, the largest healthcare system in Georgia. Within this role she serves as the system COVID vaccine expert, analyzing the science and data from Piedmont and nationally, and drives efforts at addressing vaccine hesitancy via education to internal staff, external stakeholders, media, and the greater external community. Dr. Morgan has been named to the Health Equity and COVID Task Force for the Governor of the State of Georgia and selected to support the Department of Health in its series of “Ask the Experts.” Additionally, she serves as a CNN medical expert contributor and is the owner and creator of The Stairwell Chronicles - a social media series directed toward addressing questions surrounding COVID vaccines in a conversational format. Previously, Dr. Morgan was the System Director of Innovation at Piedmont Healthcare, Inc., where she created the Piedmont Accelerator and secured the first-ever licensing of a medical device developed entirely internally. This has allowed Piedmont to receive its first-ever royalties. Further, she provided support to a second medical and biotech invention, receiving a $23,000,000 outside investment. Prior to this role, Dr. Morgan served as the System Director of Research and Innovation, also at Piedmont Healthcare, Inc. where she set the strategic growth of the Piedmont Research Institute and introduced the importance of increasing enrollment of minorities into clinical trials as a strategic initiative for the system.

Initially, Dr. Morgan came to Piedmont as the Director of Cardiovascular Research, where she expanded research to other satellite hospital facilities and created the Feasibility Program. Both have been huge successes and have propelled Piedmont Healthcare, Inc. to #1 status worldwide in the tricuspid space and #1 nationally within the mitral space of transcatheter valve technologies. These efforts, as well as the focus on other strategic growth initiatives, realized steadily increasing revenue earnings that converted the Cardiovascular Research department from a cost center to a profit center. Dr. Morgan is published in the areas of Congenital Heart Disease, Interventional Cardiology, and COVID-19. Moreover, Dr. Morgan has served as the Chief Medical Officer of the American Chemistry Council, where she developed a new translational research program; CEO of Forty Million Beats, LLC, with clients such as Novartis, Abbott, and Moderna; the Cardiology advisor to the MitraClip Team at Abbott Labs; the World Wide Director of the Cardiorenal Drug Development program at Solvay Pharmaceuticals; and the Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Morgan currently serves as the President of the Southeast Life Sciences Association, the single largest biotech association in the Southeast; an adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at The Morehouse School of Medicine; the CoChair of the Health and Human Services Conference 2022; and is a Board Member of the National Diversity and Inclusion team at the American Heart Association.


GATE 2021 1:30 - 2:20 pm

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14TH Morgan Mezzanine

Grit as a Predictor of Pre-Service Teachers’ Clinical Field Experience Success Dr. Rosetta Riddle, Field Experience and Partnership Director, Clayton State University Exploring personality traits like grit, growth mindset, resilience, perseverance, persistence, and passion, this presentation shares the results of research examining the relationship between grit and pre-service teacher self-efficacy. The study results provide insight on the role of noncognitive factors on pre-service teacher success in the clinical field experience.

Club Ballroom A Who Cares? How We Can Support New Teachers During a Time of Transformation Dr. Elaine Tinholt, Covenant College. This presentation will focus on how communities of practice structures can offer new teachers the care and support they need to be successful in the beginning stages of their careers, which are sometimes viewed as demanding times in the development of their professional persona.

Club Ballroom B Evidence-Based Instruction and Learning in the Digital Age: Conducting FBAs and BIPs Using Mixed-Reality Simulations Dr. Katie Bennett, Dr. Kate Zimmer, and Dr. Melissa Driver, Kennesaw State University In response to COVID-19, higher education was required to improve instructional delivery by developing innovative solutions to fill voids where educational loss was experienced. Since our AVATAR Lab has remote capabilities, candidates completed BIPs in mixed-reality simulations. This session presents the student and faculty barriers and successes on implementing a Behavior Intervention Plan utilizing Mixed-Reality Simulation experiences.


Annual Conference 1:30 - 2:20 pm

BREAKOUT SESSION 3 Pulitzer Using Teams to Engage Online Learners Dr. Diane Wright, Associate Professor, Valdosta State University

Team projects have been used in face-to-face instruction but are rarely used in online education courses. This presentation examines best practices in effectively using teams to engage online learners.

Aldrich Dynamic Bridges for Learning: Maximize Learning for Struggling Students Through Technology Dr. Tammy Haislip, Middle Georgia State University This session will highlight the importance of building bridges to maximize student learning for ALL students. The round table presentation will highlight giving students choices for meeting both process and product goals using iPad apps and Google tools.

Federal Reserve Open


GATE 2021 2:30 - 3:20 pm

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14TH Morgan Mezzanine

Ambitious Teaching: A Case Study of Elementary Teachers’ Perspectives of Content-Specific Professional Development for Social Studies Instruction Dr. Katherine Perrotta, Assistant Professor of Middle Grades and Secondary Education, Mercer University. This presentation highlights perspectives from pre-service and in-service elementary teachers about how content-based professional development can promote ambitious social studies teaching. Major findings show professional development that aligns content instruction with inquiry-based pedagogies can enhance pre-k through 5th grade social studies instruction.

Club Ballroom A Teaching Through Trauma: Youth Testimony as a Healing Pedagogy Leah Panther, Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, and Latoya Tolefree, Doctoral Candidate, Mercer University We report the results of a trauma-informed literacy practice that critiques media and positions youth as authors of their own stories. Testimony is studied to consider how youth contend with racialized trauma for healing. Implications for literacy teacher educators are drawn from educators’ responses to testimonies of racialized trauma.

Club Ballroom B Symbiotic Leadership: Teacher Leaders and Collaborative Relationships With Principals Dr. Gale Neal, Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Lindsey S. Wingate, Assistant Professor and Program Director for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Susan Lynn, Professor and Division of Education Chair, and Scott T. Grubbs, Instructor, Division of Education, Thomas University. Instructional leadership is arguably the most important responsibility that school principals have. However, many principals worry that they have neither the time nor the training to carry out this important function. Engaging with teacher leaders in collaborative leadership provides an approach that strengthens all stakeholders, resulting in improved student achievement.


Annual Conference 2:30 - 3:20 pm


Liberating Our Voices Through Curriculum Development in a Doctoral Class Dr. Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Rihab Alsulami, Sterline Caldwell, Tanya DeGeorge, Brooks Salter, Cheryll Thompson Smith, and Ethan Trinh, Georgia State University In recognizing the responsibilities of the teacher education academy in preparing the next generation of equity-oriented teacher educator professors and PK-12 teachers, we present our approach to critical curricula development. Doctoral students created paired curricula for teacher educators and secondary teachers, which will be shared and critiqued by attendees.

Aldrich Examining the Effect of a School-Based Creativity Program on Divergent Thinking and Academic Achievement in Middle School Students Lauren Garber Rowe, PhD Candidate, and Martin Norgaard, Georgia State University. How do you integrate creativity into the middle school curriculum? We describe an innovative school-administered creativity program, in which middle school students engage in projectbased learning, and results of a pre-post design quantitative study (N=93) evaluating related changes in students divergent thinking and academic achievement.

Federal Reserve Open


GATE 2021 3:30 - 4:20 pm

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14TH Morgan Mezzanine

Exploring the Intern as Teacher Model Implementation in South Georgia Michele A. McKie, Georgia Southwestern State University This presentation focuses on research from a qualitative case study exploring the intern as teacher model with South Georgia districts and universities. The presenter introduces a proposal with partner schools to establish the model, with the supports for interns and mentors found to be necessary.

Club Ballroom A Using Hip-Hop Based Education in 5th Grade Math Dr. Amity C. Lutes, Chesney Elementary School Join me to learn about using Hip-Hop Based Education to teach 5th grade math and other elementary school subjects. This interactive research presentation will include an overview of research of using HHBE to teach 5th grade math as well as participation in sample HHBE activities and resources.

Club Ballroom B Georgia Started Getting Scared: Phenomenological Exploration of Teacher Education Students During Educational Disruption Dr. Karyn A. Allee-Herndon, Dr. Leah Panther, Dr. Susan O. Cannon, and Dr. Katherine A. Perrotta, Mercer University This presentation reports how College of Education learners experienced educational disruption. Findings highlight the need for COEs to understand the role of education within community and societies during educational disruptions. Thus, research to practice recommendations focus on sustaining community-based relationships to proactively and reactively support learners during educational disruptions.


Annual Conference 3:30 - 4:20 pm


Education for Governance: A Proposed Endgame for Japanese Animation Fandom Pedagogy Dr. Brent Allison, Professor, University of North Georgia Some of your students may have expressed an interest in Japanese animation, or anime. But what about its pedagogical potential? This poster presentation goes beyond traditional pedagogy to ask, “What would a curriculum for a system that gives anime fans decision powers in managing anime distribution companies look like?”

Aldrich Digital Age Teaching: What the Pandemic Taught Us About Distance Learning Dr. Amy Farah, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, Dr. Rebecca Cooper, and Dr. Samantha Mrstik, Georgia Gwinnett College Digital Teaching and Learning is here to stay – the pandemic taught us all that. So, how do we prepare teacher candidates for what's ahead, and what can we learn from our students about their needs in a distance learning environment? Come to this session to find out!

Federal Reserve Teacher Insights on Creating Equitable Learning Spaces and Experiences in a Science Classroom for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Dr. Jamie Daniels-Favors, Science Educator, Georgia State University The US school system is diverse. Students' backgrounds should be acknowledged and respected in the classroom and should not serve as a barrier to students learning scientific content or any content. Teachers have a responsibly to create equitable learning spaces and need support in how to facilitate equitable learning spaces.

4:30-5:30 pm

GATE MEMBERSHIP MEETING, open to all members (Morgan Mezzanine)

5:30-7:00 pm

Dinner on your own

7:00-8:30 pm GATE RECEPTION/HOSPITALITY, open to all attendees (San Souci Parlor)


GATE 2021

8:00 - 8:50 am

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15TH Morgan Mezzanine

Collaborative Autohistoria of Two Queer Voices: Unmask to Teach, Learn, and Grow Ethan Trinh, PhD Candidate, and Nadia Behizadeh, Georgia State University In this paper, two queer bodies, one a Southeast Asian immigrant doctoral student and the other a White-presenting, mixed race tenure-track professor, come to this space to risk our personals to explore what is inside our masks to find in/justice for us and for those who are risking their lives. Join our conversation.

Club Ballroom A And Justice for All [Learners]: Using Action Research for Social Justice in Classrooms Mr. Scott T. Grubbs, Thomas University This presentation explores the opportunities offered by teacher-led action research to transform education through social justice. We will address areas where action research can be used for social justice in classrooms and how to prepare teachers to implement teacher-led research to improve teaching and learning through diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Club Ballroom B Beakers, Bralettes, and Brown Paper Bags: How do Literacy Strategies Increase the Ability to Succeed on Pre- and Post- Teacher-Made Tests Administered to Black Female Students in a Middle School Earth Science Classroom? Tina Tyler, Middle Grades STEM Educator, Georgia State University The session will focus on the use of literacy to improve learner outcomes on content-specific assessments. Literacy strategies identified to improve learner ability to increase their understanding and sense-making of texts will prove effective for yielding similar results in science, and potentially all STEM, classrooms.


Annual Conference 8:00 - 8:50 am


Promoting Student Engagement and Intrinsic Motivation Through Technology in a Pre-, Mid-, and Emerging Post-Pandemic Classroom Dr. Don Leech, Professor, Valdosta State University, and Katelyn Cash, M.Ed., M.A.T. Spanish Teacher, Camden County High School This session presents strategies for designing technology-rich lessons that emphasize meaningful student engagement. A high school Spanish teacher employs these strategies to promote language acquisition. Lessons incorporate interactive and game-based media and technology that generalize to other disciplines. Activities can apply to teacher development.

Aldrich Service Learning During Unprecedented Times Cynthia L. Wadlington, University of West Georgia There has never been a better time or a greater need for teachers and students to serve others in the communities in which they live and work. During this session, you will gain an understanding of the value of service learning within your school and community, techniques to develop a service-learning component in your classroom, and how to implement service learning for elementary educators and pre-service teachers to enhance course instruction and provide practical real-world experiences for your students.

Federal Reserve Preservice Teachers Navigating New Roles With Online and Face-to-Face Instruction Dr. Charlotte Mundy-Henderson, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, Columbus State University This study explores the experiences of 20 preservice teachers who entered the field during a global pandemic. As we look at the big picture of our data, it’s clear that preservice teachers noted a number of advantages to teaching during a global pandemic, the biggest being increased comfort in integrating technology.


GATE 2021 9:00 - 9:50 am

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15TH Morgan Mezzanine

Metaphors for the Doctoral Journey Dr. Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Seana Deas, Tyrone Jackson, Taylor Wall, and Maya Woodall, Georgia State University. Students from various stages of their doctoral journeys will describe the metaphors that have helped them visualize their journeys and face fears and trepidations as they continue to overcome obstacles encountered in their doctoral pursuits. We will share how these lived metaphors help us face barriers and help us personally and professionally. Please join us in this courageous conversation.

Club Ballroom A Reimagining Teaching in a College of Education: Shifting to Co-Teaching for Creativity, Flexibility, and Better Students Outcomes Dr. Karyn Allee-Herndon, Dr. Kara Cowdrick, and Dr. Lucy Bush, Mercer University This presentation reports on a College of Education co-teaching case study. Findings highlight the benefit for COEs to explore a creative, innovative approach to faculty course assignments. Thus, research to practice recommendations focus on building upon this experience and prior research to reimagine a reimagining of faculty workloads.

Club Ballroom B Culturally Responsive Virtual Teaching Strategies Dr. LaTasha Adams, Assistant Professor, Dr. Amy Barrios, Halie Atkinson, and Derricka Lambert, Clayton State University Teachers must view technology as a way to transform learning experiences – even though the digital divide continues to provide inequitable experiences for students at promise. This presentation combines culturally responsive pedagogy and virtual teaching. Participants will engage with a simulated classroom where virtual applications will be modeled.


Annual Conference 9:00 - 9:50 am


When Our Voices Become Poetry: Prompting and Honoring Freedom Dreaming Through Art Laura E. Meyers, Clinical Professor, Georgia State University, and Felicia Baiden, Assistant Professor, Mercer University How did a seemingly simple poetry activity result in educators’ freedom dreaming at the conclusion of our PD? We’ll share the story and amazing co-authored poem, contemplate how to scaffold our own voices and freedom dreaming through art-related activities, and dream together. Take time for y-o-u and join us!

Aldrich Preparing Literacy Leaders for Linguistic Diversity Through Design Leah Panther, Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, Michelle Vaughn, and Vicki Luther, Mercer University. We present the results of a speculative literacy teacher education program revision turned reality: a revision that meets the demands of a standardized field and centers cultural and linguistic diversity. The programmatic design’s theoretical framework and conceptual literature on linguistic justice will be explored.

Federal Reserve Answering the Call to Prepare Candidates Who Are Classroom Ready for Digital Learning Dr. Susan Hagood, Professor of Education, Dr. Lindsey Stevenson, Dr. Shannon Wood, Dr. Terry Wetherington, and Dr. Susan Lynn, Thomas University This presentation will share how one University is addressing the amended technology requirements for approved programs outlined in Rule 505-3-01 and further described in the Georgia Professional Standards Commission 2021 Distance Learning Guidance Document.


GATE 2021 10:00 - 10:50 am

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15TH Morgan Mezzanine

So, Did They Learn Anything? Graduate Students in an Online Diversity Course Marcia Peck, Professor, and Paulette Cross, Georgia College and State University This session details research conducted with a group of teachers in an online diversity course to determine if the course shifted students’ perspectives on the educational achievement of black children from the beginning to the end. The course, the philosophy of its design, and our findings will be shared.

Club Ballroom A Making Lemonade out of Pandemic Lemons: Examining Educators' Perceptions of Positive Practices Resulting from COVID-19 Accommodations Dr. Kimberly Swartzentruber, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Dr. George Darden, Assistant Professor, Georgia Gwinnett College COVID-19 required teachers to pivot quickly to virtual instruction. Participants will be presented with findings from a study examining effective technology tools and practices employed by educators during the crisis and discuss how to leverage pandemic experiences to increase student-learning opportunities and prepare pre-service candidates for the digital age.

Club Ballroom B Teacher Identity, Privilege, and Oppression Noah Nelson, Georgia State University This program is focused on how our teachers’ identities are engaging with the school, society, and students they interact with. The acknowledgement of this is critical, as our schools are intertwined with society and the -isms that it upholds, and as educators, we must understand our role within it based on the many identities we hold and how they play a role in privilege and oppression in schools.


Annual Conference 10:00 - 10:50 am


Aldrich Three Practical Ways to Integrate Google Slides into Instruction Dr. Laura Moak, Associate Professor of Education, Thomas University During synchronous instruction, Google Slide Decks can be used to build a learning community as well as create opportunities for real-time interaction. It can also be used as part of asynchronous instruction or project creation. This interactive presentation will look at three practical ways to integrate Google slides into both.

Federal Reserve The Politics of Self: Writing and Citing in the Academy Dr. Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Ethan Trinh, Jee Hye Park, Rihab Alsulami, Gyewon Jang, and Ji Ma, Georgia State University Six inspired international TESOL presenters of color will describe the politics of identity construction in the development of voice and the politics of citing and promotion of self in the dominant Eurocentric monolingual US academy. Our purpose is to inspire empowered minoritized doctoral students and their allies.


GATE 2021 Friday, October 15, 2021

8:00-8:50 am

Break-out sessions 6 (see pages 23-24)

9:00-9:50 am

Break-out sessions 7 (see pages 25-26)

10:00-10:50 am Break-out sessions 8 (see pages 27-28) 11:00 am



Dr. Don Livingston, President-Elect, LaGrange College

Panel Title:

Moving Forward Together: Fostering Collaboration among Georgia’s Teacher Professional Associations During this panel presentation, leaders from six Georgia teacher professional associations will share information about their organization's mission, events, publications, legislative advocacy, and other related activities. The second part of the panel presentation will focus on ways in which we can foster more and better collaboration among us to improve teacher education in Georgia. If time permits, panelists will take questions and comments from the audience.

Panel Moderator:

Dr. Donald R. Livingston, Professor, LaGrange College

Panel Speakers:

Michele McKie, EdD, Georgia Southwestern State University, Georgia Assessment Directors’ Association; Craig Harper, Professional Association of Georgia Educators; Dr. Joe Peters, PhD, Mercer University; Vicki Pheil, LaGrange College President, Georgia Field Directors Association; Dr. Cordelia Zinskie, Georgia Southern University President, Georgia Educational Research Association; and Dr. Keenya G. Mosley, Mosley Education Consulting

Closing Remarks:

Dr. Keenya G. Mosley, GATE Immediate Past President, Mosley Education Consulting


Annual Conference Panel Participants Dr. Michele McKie Michele McKie is an Associate Professor of Education at Georgia Southwestern State University and serves as the Assessment Director. Prior to this role, she served six years as the Director of Field and Clinical Experiences. She is the Secretary of the Georgia Assessment Directors’ Association and the Research Chair for the Georgia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Michele recently completed the doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction from Valdosta State University. Her dissertation, titled A Qualitative Case Study to Explore the Intern as Teacher Model in South Georgia, focused on looking at the strategies needed to help undergraduate teacher candidates working as full time paid interns in the classroom be successful through the experience.

Craig Harper

Craig Harper has served as executive director of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators since February 2018. PAGE is Georgia’s largest educator association with more than 95,000 members. In 2021, PAGE earned recognition as an AJC Top Workplace for a second consecutive year, finishing third place in the small business category. Harper joined PAGE as the director of communications in July 2015 and also provided support to staff in administration, legislative services, professional learning, and membership services. He has nearly 23 years of experience in school district administration with Dalton Public Schools in various roles, and completed his career as the district’s chief administrative officer. During that time, he served on numerous regional and state committees related to human resources, workforce development, educator certification, and professional learning. Harper holds a master’s degree in public administration from Valdosta State University and a bachelor’s degree in English with minors in communications and history from Milligan University in Tennessee.

Dr. Joe Peters

Joe Peters is the Dean of Education at Georgia College in Milledgeville. He has oversight for two departments including Teacher Education and Professional Learning and Innovation, as well as the Call Me MISTER program at Georgia College, and Early College (Grades 7-12) in partnership with Baldwin and Putnam County Georgia Public Schools. Dr. Peters graduated with a PhD in science education with a research methodology minor from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and joined the University of West Florida faculty as a professor of science education. At UWF, he was the Chair of Teacher Education, Associate Dean for Educator Preparation, and Coordinator of the University’s Doctoral Program. During the 2007-2008 academic year, he was mentored by The University of Florida President Bernie Machen as an American Council on Education Fellow. Prior to Georgia College, he spent time at Northern Marianas College in Saipan and


GATE 2021 as Dean of Education at Chaminade University. He joined Georgia College as Dean on January 1, 2015. He currently serves as a board member of the American Council on Education Fellows, Oconee Regional Educational Service Agency, Sandra Dungan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy, and the Lockerly Arboretum. He is nationally licensed massage therapist, volunteers with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, is past president of the Milledgeville Rotary, and is President of the Georgia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Vicki Thrailkill Pheil Vicki Thrailkill Pheil is in her 15th year as an assistant professor in the Education Department at LaGrange College, where she teaches in the Elementary Education (BA) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs. Vicki is also the MAT academic advisor and the advisor for the Psi Nu Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. She has been active in the Georgia Field Directors Association since 2007, having served on the Board of Directors as a board member, secretary, vice-president, and now president. Vicki has been a National Board Certified Teacher in the field of Early Adolescence English Language Arts since 2002. She is currently completing research for her dissertation on the topic of induction program components to increase retention in public education teachers. Other research interests include middle grades education, adolescent development and the teenage brain, and innovative language arts instruction. Dr. Cordelia Zinskie Cordelia Zinskie is Professor of Educational Research at Georgia Southern University Statesboro campus, teaching graduate courses in quantitative and qualitative research methods and mentoring graduate student research. She previously served as Chair of the Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading in the College of Education at Georgia Southern. Dr. Zinskie’s recent research efforts have focused on social media use of pre-service and in-service teachers, e-professionalism in the teacher education curriculum, and use of social media to promote student engagement in online courses. She has been actively involved in the Georgia Educational Research Association for many years and has held several leadership positions in this organization.

Dr. Keenya G. Mosley

Keenya G. Mosley is the Principal Consultant for Mosley Education Consulting where she has over 22 years of experience in early childhood, secondary, postsecondary, adult, and technical education. Dr. Mosley was the first faculty hired for the development of the School of Teacher Education, now the College of Education, at Savannah State University. She assisted with developing the foundation of the unit and taught the first courses while overseeing assessment, accreditation, teacher certification, and the Post Baccalaureate program. She was the Principal Investigator for the $1.4 million dollar National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship Grant and a $600,000 grant from the US Department of Education for


Annual Conference teacher preparation of STEM Teachers and unit operations. Dr. Mosley is a Site Visitor for the Council of the Accreditation of Education Preparation, Reviewer for the National Science Foundation, Consultant for the Georgia Association of Educators Region Eight Spelling Bee, and the Immediate Past President of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators. She has trained new Professors as a part of the Association of Teacher Educators Induction System for New Professors over the past five years. Dr. Mosley’s research interests and activity includes effective teaching strategies, classroom management, faculty mentorship, and student and program development.

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. Don holds the post of PresidentElect for GATE and has been active over his career in statewide organizations serving as president for GACTE, GAICTE and GERA. His research interests include action research, curriculum theory, and global engagement.

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


Jekyll Island Club Resort

GATE 2021 Conference at a Glance: “The Frontline of Education: Making Bold Moves in Research and Practice” Wednesday, October 13: 5:00-7:00pm Conference Registration (Morgan Center Foyer) 7:30-9:00pm GATE Executive Committee (Morgan Center) Thursday, October 14: 7:30am-5:00pm Conference Registration (Morgan Center Foyer) 8:30-9:20am Opening General Session (Morgan Center, pages 7-9)

Welcome: Mayor Cornell Harvey, Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia Keynote Speaker: Ms. Cherie Dennis, 2022 Georgia Teacher of the Year

9:30-10:20am 10:30-11:20am 11:30am-1:20pm

Break-out session 1* (pages 11-12) Break-out session 2* (pages 13-14) Awards Luncheon (Morgan Center, pages 15-16)

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

Break-out session 3* (pages 17-18) Break-out session 4* (pages 19-20) Break-out session 5* (pages 21-22) GATE Membership Meeting - open to all members (Morgan Mezzanine) Dinner on your own GATE Reception/Hospitality - open to all attendees (San Souci First

Friday, October 15: 7:30-10:00am 8:00-8:50am 9:00-9:50am 10:00-10:50am 11:00am-noon

* Break-out Session Rooms:

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jayne Morgan, MD, Piedmont Health Care Corporation

Floor Parlor)

Conference Registration (Morgan Center Foyer) Break-out session 6* (pages 23-24) Break-out session 7* (pages 25-26) Break-out session 8* (pages 27-28) Closing Session (Morgan Center, pages 29-32) Panel Speakers:

Michele McKie, EdD, GA Southwestern State University Craig Harper, Professional Assn. of GA Educators Joe Peters, PhD, Mercer University Vicki Pheil, LaGrange College Cordelia Zinskie, EdD, Georgia Southern University Keenya G. Mosley PhD, Mosley Education Consulting Panel Moderator: Dr. Donald R. Livingston, LaGrange College

Morgan Mezzanine, Club Ballroom A, Club Ballroom B, Pulitzer, Aldrich, and Federal Reserve

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