GATE 2022 Conference Program

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2022 Annual Conference October 13-14, 2022

Unicoi State Park and Lodge

Reimagining Pedagogy For Transformation

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President’s Welcome

Dr. Don Livingston, LaGrange College President, Georgia Association of Teacher Educators

Welcome to Unicoi State Park and Lodge in Helen, Georgia. With nature boasting its glory in full autumn colors, we gather in this beautiful setting to share our knowledge, to learn from one another, and to have some fun while doing it. Guided by the conference theme, Reimagining Pedagogy for Transformation, scholars offer novel ideas for instruction, clinical practice, and assessment to engage learners in person, virtually, or both. Other presentations make us wonder about a future generation coming of age in post Covid classrooms. Our conversations extend beyond unfinished learning to include the need to create caring places for our children and teachers. Extreme teacher shortages, attrition, and burnout have jolted us to expose their underlying causes and advocate for immediate action. Our conversation also confronts the culture war that rages over gender representations and how history can be discussed. We do not shy from questioning legislation that restricts the speech of educators. With our deep connections to practice, we have come to understand that our role is expanding beyond the college aged candidate. Increasingly in service teachers are assuming more responsibility for new teacher preparation. We embrace this challenge by recognizing that our teachers desire skills for coaching and mentoring and want to learn about conducting meaningful professional learning in their schools. As you flip through the program you will surely find various topics that will enrich and broaden your horizons. You will also find the names of those who contributed to making our conference a success. Please join me in thanking them for their service!

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Conference Co-Chairs’ Welcome

On behalf of the GATE Planning Committee, we warmly welcome you to the 2022 GATE Conference here in Helen, Georgia. This year's conference theme, Reimagining Pedagogy for Transformation, has been carefully chosen to mark the current times in our society. We are privileged to be co chairs of this important conference. Over the years, GATE members have made tremendous contributions to teacher education, including research, teaching, and practice, resulting in impacts across Georgia. At this conference, let us celebrate what we have achieved as a professional community.

Our future vision is to create an even greater GATE stretching to all corners of Georgia. So, let's use this conference space and time to share our thoughts and exchange ideas on how to chart our journey forward to reach new heights. At this conference, we have an exciting program that will allow members to reflect upon and celebrate our past accomplishments, renew friendships, extend our networks, and jointly explore current and future research directions. We hope you will have a productive and fun filled time at this unique conference.

Putting together annual GATE conferences of this magnitude is not a small task. To that end, we want to thank all Chairs and Committee members for their service, including Dr. Gwendolyn Middlebrooks (Site Coordinator), Dr. Keenya Mosley (Chair of Conference Proposals), Dr. Jacquelin Mesco (Chair of Awards), Dr. Robyn Huss (Program Design and Website), Dr. Janet Strickland (Registration and Membership), Dr. Laura Smith (Hospitality Chair), and Drs. Andrea Crenshaw, Leah Panther, and Nai Cheng Kuo, who worked expeditiously and diligently to secure knowledgeable speakers for this year's conference. We are also deeply thankful to our dynamic guest speakers, individuals and panelists, and the exhibitor organizations. Lastly, we thank all the conference participants for their contributions. It is you and your presentations that are the foundation of this conference.


Recognition of Service on GATE 2022 Conference Committees:


Jaquelin Mesco, Lucy Bush, and Tammy Haislip

Conference Keynote Speakers:

Natasha Ramsay Jordan, Chair, Andrea Crenshaw, Nai Cheng Kuo, and Leah Panther

Conference Planning and Program:

Natasha Ramsay Jordan, Co Chair; Ewa McGrail, Co Chair; Don Livingston, LaGrange College, Printing; Amy Farah; Scott Grubbs; and Robyn Huss, Program Design and Layout

Conference Proposals: Keenya Mosley, Chair

Reviewers of Proposals:

Natasha Ramsay Jordan, Andrea Crenshaw, LaTasha Adams, Don Livingston, and Jacqueline Mesco

Conference Site Selection: Gwendolyn Middlebrooks

Exhibitors and Sponsors:

Ewa McGrail, Amy Farah, and Scott Grubbs

Hospitality: Laura Smith, Chair, and Cindy Saxon


Janet Strickland, Chair, and Andrea Crenshaw

Thank You to Our Exhibitors:

Skylar Nunley (he/him/his) UniServ Director for Aspiring Educators, Higher Education, and Early Career Educators

470 356 6661 gae/ Georgia Association of Educators

Diann Branch Membership Service Representative 770 216 8555

Professional Association of Georgia Educators

The Department of Early Childhood Through Secondary Education, University of West Georgia College of Education

Dr. Jennifer Edelman, Chair ics/education/ecse/index.php

Early Childhood Education, winner of the GATE 2017 Distinguished Program Award

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President Don Livingston LaGrange College 06.2024

President Elect Natasha Ramsay Jordan University of West Georgia 06.2024

Immediate Past President Ewa McGrail Georgia State University 06.2024

Secretary Treasurer Sharon Livingston Janet Strickland LaGrange College University of West Georgia 06.2024 06.2026


College Representative 1 Andrea Crenshaw University of West Georgia 06.2023

College Representative 2 Ashley Oleszewski Augusta State University 06.2024

Public School Representative 1 Stephanie Easterwood Coweta County Schools 06.2025

Public School Representative 2 Marissa Merrell Dooley County Schools 06.2024

Representative at large 1 Thelma Sexton Georgia Southwestern State University 06.2024

Representative at large 2 Vacant


ATE/PS Rep/Delegate 1 Cherie Bonder Savannah Chatham Schools 06.2025

ATE/PS Rep/Delegate 2 Jessica Wallace McBride Bryan County Schools 06.2024

ATE/PS Alt Rep/Delegate Jerry Sanders Daugherty High School 06.2025

ATE/College Rep/Delegate 1 Nai Cheng Kuo Augusta University 06.2023

ATE/College Rep/Delegate 2 JW Good Georgia College and State University 06.2024

ATE/College Alt Rep/Delegate Roben Daubler Western Governors University 06.2023

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY Barbara Benson Piedmont College (Retired)

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

Appointed 2018

Website Robyn Huss University of West Georgia Appointed 2013

GATEways Journal

LaTasha Adams Clayton State University 06.2025

Jennifer Curl Henry County Schools 06.2025

Jessica Wallace McBride Bryan County Schools 06.2025

Membership Andrea Crenshaw University of West Georgia


Jaquelin Mesco Dalton State University

Lucy Bush Mercer University

Tammy Haislip Middle Georgia State University

Conference Site Coordinator Gwendolyn Middlebrooks Spelman College (Retired)


GATE 2022 Conference at a Glance:

Reimagining Pedagogy for Transformation”

Wednesday, October 12:

Noon 5:00 pm Conference Registration (Masters Hall Lobby, 3rd floor)

5:00 6:00 pm GaPSC Updates (Masters Hall 1, 2, 3)

Thursday, October 13:

7:30 am 5:00 pm Conference Registration (Masters Hall Lobby, 3rd floor)

8:30 9:20 am Opening General Session (Masters Hall 1)

Welcome: Dr. Don Livingston, GATE President

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Michael Kobito, 2023 Georgia Teacher of the Year

9:30 - 10:20 am Break-out session 1* (pages 9 10)

10:30 11:20 am Break out session 2* (pages 11 12)

11:30 am 1:20 pm Awards Luncheon (Masters Hall 1, 2, 3, pages 13 15)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Artesius Miller, Founder & CEO, Utopian Academy for the Arts Charter School

1:30 2:20 pm Break out session 3* (pages 17 18)

2:30 - 3:20 pm Break-out session 4* (pages 19 20)

3:30 4:20 pm Break out session 5* (pages 21 22)

4:30 6:30 pm GATE Members’ Social & Hospitality (Dogwood A, B)

Friday, October 14:

7:30 10:00 am Conference Registration (Masters Hall Lobby, 3rd floor)

8:00 - 8:50 am Break-out session 6* (pages 23 24)

9:00 9:50 am Break out session 7* (pages 25 26)

10:00 10:50 am Break out session 8* (pages 27 28)

11:00 am - Noon Closing Session (Masters Hall 1, pages 29-31)

Panel Speakers: Dr. Caitlin Dooley, Deputy Superintendent, GADOE

Mr. Michael Kobito, 2023 GA Teacher of the Year

Dr. Andrea Crenshaw, University of West Georgia

Dr. Leah Panther, Mercer University

Mr. Jerry Sanders, Principal, Dougherty High School

Ms. Lasha Lalana, The Math Depot

Panel Moderator: Dr. Natasha Ramsay Jordan, University of West GA

* Break out Session Rooms: Fireside A, B, C; Masters Hall 1, 2

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5:00 - 6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

GaPSC Updates (Masters Hall 1, 2, 3)

Welcome, 2022 GATE Conference attendees! Please join us for an hour long session with Dr. Angie Gant, Director of Program Approval for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Dr. Gant will share GaPSC updates and briefly describe recent legislative changes that have impacted educator preparation, including work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Georgia. She will also share several innovative clinical practice models as Educator Preparation Providers strive to assist partner districts in meeting teacher shortages. Immediately following her updates, Dr. Gant will respond to questions from participants.

8:30 am

Thursday, October 13, 2022


Presiding: Dr. Don Livingston, GATE President

Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Natasha Ramsay Jordan, GATE President Elect

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Michael Kobito, 2023 Georgia Teacher of the Year

Announcements: Dr. Ewa McGrail, GATE Immediate Past President

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Opening Session Keynote Speaker

Mr. Michael Kobito Georgia Teacher of the Year

Michael Kobito is a music educator at Woodland High School in Cartersville, GA. A teacher at his alma mater, Mr. Kobito became an educator after encountering teachers who believed in him and inspired him to believe in himself. His mission is to provide his students with the ability to see their self worth and develop skills to make the most out of their gifts. Mr. Kobito teaches high school band and AP Music theory. He leads a band program that consists of multiple concert bands, marching band, jazz band, basketball pep band, pit orchestra, chamber ensembles, and a private lessons institute. During his tenure as director, the band has performed at multiple national events including the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington DC, the Georgia Music Educators Association In Service Conference, the Southeastern United States Honor Band Festival, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, and the University of Georgia’s JanFest Honor Band Festival. In 2023, the band is scheduled to perform in the London New

Year’s Day Parade. Mr. Kobito serves as a clinician and adjudicator across the state, providing leadership clinics, judging events, and inspiring other educators to make the most of their outreach. He serves as associate conductor of Tara Winds, an adult community band, and as a guest conductor of the Georgia Brass Band. In his seven years as an educator, Mr. Kobito has proudly received three National Band Association Citations of Excellence. He has been named an Advanced Placement (AP) Teacher with Distinction after his AP Music Theory Class experienced a 100% pass rate with 100% test participation. In 2021, Mr. Kobito was selected as Woodland High School’s STAR Teacher. Additionally, he was named the 2022 Teacher of the Year for Woodland High School and the Bartow County School System. Currently, he serves as the 2023 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Mr. Kobito and his beautiful wife, Emily, an elementary school teacher in Cherokee County, have two cats and enjoy traveling.


Fireside A

Making Historical Events Less Abstract With Biographic Novels

Dr. Ewa McGrail, Georgia State University, and Dr. Alicja Rieger, Valdosta State University

In this presentation, the authors model how teachers can engage their students in courageous conversations about the Civil Rights Movement.

Fireside B

Teacher Residency Program: Meeting the Needs of Partner Districts

Dr. Angie Gant, Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and Dr. Sheri Hardee, University of North Georgia

Using postcolonial borderland theories, this mixed method study explores the successes and challenges of a teacher candidate residency program whereby senior education majors are hired as the teacher of record in partner districts. We re envision teacher education as a collaborative space where universities and K-12 schools support and retain educators.

Fireside C

Post Pandemic Analysis: Teacher Perspectives on Virtual Reading Instruction

Dr. Sallie Averitt Miller, Columbus State University, and Ms. Jeannie Cole, Muscogee County School District, Gentian Elementary School

This presentation will engage attendees in examining teachers’ perceptions of the following survey threads: 1) Students’ academic losses during the pandemic’s virtual teaching mandate, 2) Teaching critical basic reading skills in a virtual environment, 3) Recouping reading achievement losses, and 4) Suggested best practices for teaching in a virtual setting.

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9:30 - 10:20 am

Masters Hall 1

Technology Integrating With Elementary Mathematics Instruction

Dr. Roben Taylor Daubler and Jacey Hull, Western Governors University

Educators will gain knowledge about technology integration and the benefits it has on student achievement in math. This presentation will share best practices regarding the use of technology in elementary classrooms, as it is a crucial part of students' learning experiences. This presentation is specifically focused on the academic benefits when teaching elementary math.

Masters Hall 2

“What Are Our Chances?” A Gamified Zombie Survival Unit for Math and ELA Curriculum

Mx. Glenn Rhoades, Georgia State University, and Ms. Stephanie Whitlock

This 30 minute gamified experience will give you all you need for a full unit combining probability (Math) and narrative writing (ELA) with ZOMBIES INCLUDED! Participate in a fun role playing experience grounded in both content areas for high school teachers. Practice, play, and survive!


Fireside A

Creating Academic Equity Within the Science Classroom

Dr. Jamie Daniels Favors, Kennesaw State University

Creating academic equity for students is an integral part of the classroom learning environment. However, studies show that science teachers may not have that much experience creating equitable classroom learning environments for diverse learners. Students deserve to be in a classroom learning environment that provides a space that encourages them to be successful.

Fireside B

Helping Teacher Candidates Transform From Students to Teachers Using Classroom Management Perspective Taking Scenarios

Dr. William Cole

This presentation will discuss in detail the use of real life classroom scenarios to transform pre service teacher candidates into capable, confident classroom managers. The presenter will provide actual scenarios and describe methods for their use in classroom management courses.

Fireside C

Teaching 411 – Knowing What to Expect Is Half the Battle

Dr. Diane Ray, Professional Association of Georgia Educators

Do you understand the “nuts and bolts” of how public schools operate and the impact on a teacher’s experience and career? This presentation will include Georgia teacher retirement, state health benefits, sick leave, the impact of the legislature, advocacy, and more. You will leave this session feeling proud to be a Georgia educator!

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Masters Hall 1

10:30 - 11:20 am

The Pedagogy of Contextualized and Personalized Learning in Graduate Education

Dr. Cheryl Reynolds and Dr. J. W. Good, Georgia College & State University

This presentation describes how personalized and contextualized learning are implemented in collaboration with the candidate’s partner mentor(s) to provide adult learners with transformative opportunities to improve personal leadership capacity and to impact organizational outcomes. Partner mentors, college faculty, and candidates are co constructors of the implemented curriculum.

Masters Hall 2

Ready . . . or Not? Evaluating Novice Teachers’ Perceptions of Preparedness

Dr. Vicki Luther, Mercer University, and Dr. Maria Peterson Ahmad, Texas Woman’s University

This presentation focuses on the perceived preparedness of novice teachers and the responsibilities of EPPs to enhance teaching training and preparation. The presenters will highlight common areas of need that novice teachers have identified, and participants will engage in discussions to foster continuous improvements and plans for enhanced P 20 partnerships.


Thursday, October 13, 2022

11:30 am AWARDS LUNCHEON (Masters Hall 1, 2, 3)

Presiding: Dr. Don Livingston, GATE President

Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Natasha Ramsay Jordan, GATE President Elect

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Artesius Miller, Founder & CEO, Utopian Academy for the Arts Charter School Network

Awards: Jaquelin Mesco, GATE Awards Committee Chair (see page 15)

Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education Distinguished Clinician in Teacher Education

GATE Mentor Teacher of the Year

Announcements: Dr. Ewa McGrail, GATE Immediate Past President

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Dr. Artesius Miller, Founder & CEO Utopian Academy for the Arts Charter School Network

Artesius Miller is the Founder and CEO of the Utopian Academy for the Arts Charter School Network. Dr. Miller is recognized as a visionary leader in K 12 education who founded the first authorized charter school by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia. His academic strategies have helped Utopian scholars outperform their local district schools in all subject areas.

Dr. Miller also serves as the Vice Chairman of the state board for the Technical College System of Georgia and as an adjunct professor at Morehouse College’s Center for Excellence in Education. As a graduate of Atlanta Public Schools, Dr. Miller has

seen, hands on, the economic disparities and academic challenges facing Georgia classrooms. He has a heart for public education and is dedicating his life to meeting those challenges by pushing students and staff to achieve at high levels. As the recipient of a prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, Dr. Miller earned degrees from Morehouse College (BA, Economics, 2009), Teachers College, Columbia University (MA, Education Leadership, 2011), and the University of Georgia (PhD, Educational Administration and Policy, 2016). He began his professional career in financial services

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as an analyst with Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, respectively. Then, in 2009, he tackled a job that would change his career path. He served as a College Access/Mentoring Coach at the Bronx Lab High School, a Brooklyn KIPP AMP school. When he relocated to Atlanta in 2011, Dr. Miller accepted a job as the Operations Analyst and Business Development Manager for Mosaica Education, a national educational management organization. He identified opportunities for company growth, developed and coordinated charter school proposals and presentations, and established relationships with corporate partners, non profit organizations, community leaders, vendors, and more. He then served as Program Director for the Steve Harvey National Mentoring Program for Young Men, where his work included planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities. He saved more than $300,000 in operating budget expenditures, developed initiatives to support the strategic direction of this empowering foundation, and secured understandings with national colleges and universities to award scholarships to program students. Then, Dr. Miller found a position that allowed him to merge his talents as a finance and business expert with his passion for public charter school education. As the Business Manager at Wesley International Academy charter school from 2013 2014, Dr. Miller provided leadership in operations, financial management, and human resources all to support the principal’s execution of the school’s vision and mission. He then followed his entrepreneurial spirit and petitioned Clayton County Schools to open a charter school of his own. After three denials from a school district that was concerned about competition, Dr. Miller’s charter application was approved by the State Charter Schools Commission. Utopian Academy

for the Arts opened in 2014 as Clayton’s only middle school offering a rigorous academic and fine arts curriculum. The charter school opened with more than 200 students led by Dr. Miller as its founder and executive director. Dr. Miller’s professional experience in finance and education management, combined with his determination to provide an arts education for children in a county that was eliminating arts classes, has helped Utopian Academy to thrive. The school has a growing enrollment and a national reputation in the entertainment industry. It is frequented by Hollywood actors, directors, producers, and filmmakers as well as state education leaders. Dr. Miller has worked effectively with key stakeholders including Utopian Academy’s governing board, staff, students, and parents to position Utopian Academy to become one of Georgia’s top charter school networks. He develops and executes a clear strategy with the board on working effectively with the State Charter Schools Commission to optimize the school’s ability to expand academic and arts programs and develops plans to manage school growth. Dr. Artesius Miller is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society for Economics, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, the Screen Actors Guild, and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. He has the distinction of being named a Gates Millennium Scholar, JPMorgan Chase/UNCF Corporate Scholar, Bonner Scholar, Mercedes Benz Scholar, and Target All Around Scholar. In 2006, Dr. Miller participated in the prestigious Public Policy and Leadership Conference at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


GATE 2022 Award Recipients

Distinguished Program: Middle Grades Education at Clayton State Univ. The Bachelor of Arts in Middle Level Education at Clayton State University is the longest standing education program at CSU. For the past three years, 100% of program completers received job offers before graduation, and many graduates have received awards from their schools within their first few years of teaching. The impact of the program has been far reaching throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. This program distinguishes itself among other programs due to its in depth partnerships with local school districts and the undergraduate research activities that its pre service teachers complete. Students work collaboratively on educational grants and present at international, national, and regional conferences including the GATE conference. CSU middle grades students are well sought out, as their preparation has been designed alongside districts and their post gradation performance exceeds expectations

Distinguished Research in Teacher Education: Dr. Leah Panther

Leah Panther is an assistant professor of literacy education in the Tift School of Education at Mercer University. Broadly, Dr. Panther studies how educators leverage youth sociocultural strengths to support literacy instruction in diverse schooling contexts. This includes humanizing qualitative methods that foreground participatory, sustained relationships with local Georgia communities. Her current research projects have more narrowly considered culturally sustaining pedagogies as healing pedagogies, curricularizing linguistic justice, and disruptions within teacher education. Her work has been published in various journals including The Teacher Educator, Multicultural Perspectives, and English Journal, as well as practitioner focused newsletters and community education events throughout the state of Georgia

Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Ed: Dr. Monica B. Morall Baker

Monica Morall Baker is currently an English Language Arts instructor at a nontraditional high school outside Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past 25 years, she has taught ELA students at every level, including Honors/Pre AP, College Preparation, and Special Education in a collaborative setting. Her dissertation, titled Adopting a Critical Culture Stance Towards Literature to Engage Multiply Marginalized Students Within Nontraditional Settings, was completed in spring 2022. She is currently focusing on putting her research into practice by serving her students through culturally responsive and socially just educational practices in order to foster engagement and empowerment, particularly in students who have been marginalized and/or placed at risk for failure.

Distinguished Clinician in Teacher Education: Dr. Jenna Maddox

Jenna Maddox is the Assistant Principal at Bleckley County Elementary School, where she has demonstrated a commitment to supporting all stakeholders. Before becoming the Assistant Principal, Dr. Maddox was the Media and Instructional Technology Specialist at BCES, where she was named Support Person of the Year in 2019 and 13WMAZ's My Teacher is Tops in 2020. Previously, Dr. Maddox taught 10th grade physical science and 11th grade environmental science at Bleckley County High School, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2016. Additionally, Dr. Maddox is an adjunct professor at Middle Georgia State University and has the opportunity to support the Cochran cohort of early childhood candidates on their journey to becoming teachers. Dr. Maddox is a member of the Beta Pi Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary organization for female educators.

GATE Mentor Teacher of the Year: Melissa Thomas

Melissa Thomas currently serves as a Columbus State University Mentor Teacher for the Muscogee County School District. Melissa began teaching in 2007 and has served in a variety of roles including Academic Coach, Dean, and currently as the CSU Mentor Teacher. In this role, she mentors two CSU students as part of the Interns to Teachers Program. Melissa has presented at the National Association for Professional Development Schools conference showcasing the Interns to Teachers Program and the importance of a strong mentor teacher. Melissa holds a Teacher Support Coaching endorsement and is a graduate of Columbus State University.

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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 because 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


Fireside A

The Effectiveness of Adaptive Learning in Gateway Mathematics Courses at a Private HBCU

Dr. Valerie Bennett, Clark Atlanta University

This work provides critical results on the effectiveness of adaptive learning in gateway mathematics courses at a private HBCU. ALEKS was used as a tool to remedy the low pass rates in Pre Calculus, with performance distinctions drawn between the economic status of the students.

Fireside B

Elder Knowledge and Youth Literacies: Youth Participatory Action Research to Change Education

Ms. Glenda Chisholm, Georgia State University; Dr. Andrea Crenshaw, University of West Georgia; Ms. Hannah Edber, Mercer University; and Dr. Leah Panther, Mercer University

This presentation draws from our collective experiences with youth participatory action research (YPAR) to demonstrate how youth-led research of communities can be a methodology for change within traditional schooling spaces and teacher education.

Fireside C


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Masters Hall 1

Using Problems of Practice to Foster Agency in Student Teachers

Dr. Amy Farah, Dr. Amy Mungur, Dr. Rebecca Cooper, and Dr. Samantha Mrstik, Georgia Gwinnett College

Join us in this roundtable session to learn how a group of clinical educators has designed field work for their student teachers that uses case reasoning and problem-solving to develop their reflective thinking and foster a sense of agency.

Masters Hall 2

Bringing Light to Collegial Conversations: A Relational Approach to Literacy Coaching

Dr. Jennifer Green Gershtenson, Georgia Gwinnett College

The relational approach to literacy coaching strengthens and revitalizes collaboration and professional growth. Case study data from a cohort of elementary school teachers engaged in professional learning on the Science of Reading demonstrate that relational coaching has a positive impact on knowledge flow, the distribution of expertise, and teacher efficacy.


Fireside A

Courageous Conversations to Protect Students and Teachers HB1084

Dr. G. Tinker Sachs and Ms. J. Riggins, Georgia State University

In this presentation, we analyze House Bill 1084’s divisive concepts, passed by the Georgia Legislature in 2022. We employ a critical sociohistorical contextual backdrop to support attendees’ interpretation and awareness of the law and its significance in their professional practice. We employ peaceful pedagogical actions to develop courageous conversations and curricula.

Fireside B

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Bold Conversations in Academia: Examining the Impact of Microaggressions Training in Higher Education

Dr. Andrea Crenshaw and Dr. Natasha Ramsay Jordan, University of West Georgia

Subtle forms of discrimination are inescapable, as they reside within every facet of society. As microaggressions have manifested within education, engaging in anti bias teaching and learning is essential to explore the role bias plays in perpetuating inequitable treatment of students, families, and educators.

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Masters Hall 1

Culturally Responsive Practices During Phonics Instruction

Dr. Virginie Jackson, Kennesaw State University

In this session, the framework of culturally responsive teaching is situated within the larger context of the research on the science of reading. We will discuss and explore how to teach structured literacy in culturally responsive ways to positively influence the phonemic and phonics knowledge of culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Masters Hall 2

Introducing the Funds of Knowledge Approach to Pre-Service ESOL Teacher Candidates

Dr. Brian Hibbs, Dalton State College

This session explores the introduction of the funds of knowledge approach to pre service elementary education ESOL teacher candidates. It provides an overview of the approach and describes the rationale and logistics for including the approach along with student feedback on the course unit.

Conference 20 BREAKOUT SESSION 4 2:30 - 3:20 pm

Fireside A

Lovesick: Transitioning From a Concept of Love to a Standard of Care

Mr. Scott Grubbs, Thomas University

This presentation will look at the challenges posed by the idea that teachers need to love their students to be effective and address the opportunities inherent in moving away from problematic notions of love toward a meaningful, comprehensive, and viable standard of student care.

Fireside B

What Do You Know About the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators?

Matthew Pence and Dr. Diane Ray, Professional Association of Georgia Educators

PAGE staff attorneys are experts in Georgia education law. This discussion will provide you with the most up to date information about the Georgia Code of Ethics standards, what you need to know to avoid violations, and how to navigate difficult issues, while providing examples from cases before the Professional Standards Commission.

Fireside C

A Journey to Inclusion

Dr. JT Cox, Dr. Deborah Paine, Dr. Barbie Radcliffe, Dr. Karen Terry, Dr. Gayle Ramirez, and Dr. AJ Ramirez, Valdosta State University

Inclusion creates an environment where all members are an integral part of the community, regardless of factors including but not limited to class, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and socioeconomic status. This session will take a look at navigating the roadblocks imposed by institutions on LGBTQ+ pre service teachers.

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SESSION 5 3:30 - 4:20 pm

Masters Hall 1

Stepping Into the Future: Preparing Quality Teachers to Meet Workforce Demands

Dr. Gretta Milam, LaGrange College

Join fellow educators in discussing how teacher education programs are responding to the recent move by the Professional Standards Commission to reduce/remove barriers to entry into teacher education programs while also meeting the needs of candidates, maintaining the rigor of their programs, and ensuring that completers are adequately prepared

Masters Hall 2


4:30-6:30 pm GATE MEMBERS’ SOCIAL & HOSPITALITY open to all GATE members (Dogwood A, B)

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Fireside A

Non-Compliant Students: How to Unlock Their Potential

Karen Gowan Dean, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Teaching difficult and disruptive students is not a new challenge for educators. The nature and intensity of these behaviors are concerning to the educational system. The components presented will show how to reduce low level behaviors with powerful and practical strategies that can be implemented the next day.

Fireside B

Innovative Induction: A Statewide Partnership to Support and Retain Novice Educators

Dr. Melissa Driver, Kennesaw State University; Dr. Kate Zimmer, BranchEd; Ms. Ann Cross, Georgia DOE; and Ms. Wina Low, Georgia DOE

The Innovative Induction presentation will highlight a statewide collaboration to support induction teachers through high leverage practices, mixed reality simulation, communities of practice, mentoring, and coaching. Led by the Georgia Department of Education, this project leverages the Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) and Kennesaw State University’s mixed reality AVATAR Lab.

Fireside C

Fostering Pre-Service Teacher Professional Learning and Collaboration With Stakeholders Through an Engaging, Transformative Assessment

Dr. Tammy Haislip, Ms. Nancy Greene, and Dr. William Gary Cole, Middle Georgia State University

This presentation will describe the Collaborative Professional Learning Assessment, a new assignment designed to help pre service teachers develop skills in collaborating with students, parents, and teaching colleagues to create and lead information and training sessions for stakeholders. Presenters will provide copies of the CPLA for participants and discuss its implementation.

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Masters Hall 1

Collaborative Change

Krista Branch, Bulloch County Schools, Brooklet Elementary School

Improvement requires change, and teacher leaders are a vital component of transformational change. Creating a collaborative environment with collective decision making practices gives a sense of ownership in the shift and provides a platform for multiple perspectives to be considered. Collaboration and self reflection build teacher capacity.

Masters Hall 2

Social Emotional Learning Strategies for Middle Schools

Dr. LaTasha Adams, Charles Bowles, and Leonor Garcia, Clayton State University

This session will explore social-emotional learning strategies that can be implemented in schools. This is in response to learning during a pandemic and places the needs of the students at the forefront. We will focus on creative ways to incorporate these strategies into your curriculum.

Conference 24 BREAKOUT SESSION 6 8:00 - 8:50 am

Fireside A

An Invitation to Participate in Research Examining Teacher Burnout in Georgia

Dr. Don Livingston and Dr. Sharon Livingston, LaGrange College; Dr. Jennifer Curl, Henry County Schools; Marissa Merrell and Jerry J. Sanders, Dougherty County School System

This presentation proposes a method for broadening the scope of the Teacher Burnout Report recently released by the Georgia Department of Education. The presenters will engage the audience in a discussion about how they can become part of the study by conducting OneDrive Focus Groups in their respective partner schools.

Fireside B

Innovative Funding, Unconventional Clinical Practices, and Partnership Development: Teacher Prep Programs Facilitating Change

Dr. Anita Anderson and Dr. Amber Ebert, Georgia Gwinnett College

This presentation will focus on the challenges and successes of establishing innovative programming and field experiences in the framework of a traditional teacher preparation program. Participants will be encouraged to share and engage in discussions to inform practices and evaluate outcomes. Using innovative practices, we are seeking to attract qualified candidates into the teaching profession and retain them by providing paid opportunities while student teaching. Tutoring, lab schools, extended induction services, and residency models funded by grants and districts not only retain teachers but also recruit students into education careers.

Fireside C

Co-Constructing Financial Language and Literacy Curriculum

Ms. Laura Eby, Tucker High School, Dr. Natasha Ramsay Jordan, University of West Georgia, and Ms. Lasha Lalana, The Math Depot, and Dr. Leah Panther, Mercer University

We describe a co constructed, community based curriculum that includes diverse stakeholder voices for the newly required course “Personal Finance and Economics. ” In particular, a) youth as co researchers, b) resource walks to identify community cultural wealth, and c) oral histories to connect curricular and instructional decisions to local history, knowledge, and place.

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Masters Hall 1

Meeting the Needs of Schools and Districts: Flexibility is the Key

Dr. Laura Smith and Ms. Cindy Saxon, University of West Georgia

This session will allow participants to see a working program that empowers teacher leaders, provides effective supervision, and develops policies that support pre service candidates, cooperating teachers, supervisors, and partner districts. Join us to hear about innovative approaches and meet colleagues who can assist you in your journey to develop pre service candidates into exceptional induction level teachers.

Masters Hall 2

The Candidate Work Sample: Transforming the Assessment of Clinical Practice

Dr. Brandon Fox, Dr. Rhonda Amerson, Dr. Jane Strong, and Ms. Nancy Greene, Middle Georgia State University

This presentation will focus on the Candidate Work Sample, the extensive and rigorous major assignment used to assess pre service teachers in the field. Presenters will describe the assessment in detail and describe its collaborative evolution.

Conference 26 BREAKOUT SESSION 7 9:00 - 9:50 am


Fireside A

Sustaining Black Language, Black Histories, and Community in Georgia

Dr. Felicia Baiden, Mercer University, Dr. Amberly Evans, Academic Coach, Dr. Leah Panther, Mercer University, and Mr. Joshua Wilkerson, Middle School Educator

Georgia schools face mandates that reduce curricular access and limit instruction that explicitly names systematic racism. This interactive presentation details the implications of a participatory research initiative that studied Black language, erased local Black histories, and worked with community members to offer curricular solutions to the dilemmas teachers face.

Fireside B

Honoring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion When Teaching Elementary School

Dr. John Hobe, Georgia Southern University

Come and discuss what we can do when teaching elementary school to honor diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our time will be spent discussing effective, creative, and flexible teaching practices that can help meet the range of differences in our classrooms with honor and justice.

Fireside C

Transforming Field Observations With GoReact

Dr. Rhonda Amerson, Dr. William Gary Cole, Dr. Jane Strong, and Dr. Tammy Haislip, Middle Georgia State University

This presentation will provide a description of GoReact, an online video assessment program that is used to complete observations of teacher candidates and interns. The presenters will introduce this program, guide participants through its uses, setup, and limitations, and provide candidate/intern comments that demonstrate its effectiveness as a platform for observing teaching remotely.

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Masters Hall 1

Leading Mental Model Change for Educating Children in Communities of Poverty

Dr. J. W. Good and Dr. Cheryl Reynolds, Georgia College & State University

This presentation examines the why, how, and what of educating students who live in communities of poverty. Presenters use a research-based methodology to lead change in mental models held by educators within schools with students from communities in poverty.

Masters Hall 2

Students, Technology, and Gallery Walks: How to Use Jamboard and Padlet to Provide Greater Student Engagement in Social Studies Classes

Dr. Elizabeth Keohane Burbridge, University of West Georgia

Gallery walks are staples of social studies classes as they allow for stations, differentiation, and student-centered learning. However, gallery walks often lack student-led engagement and 21stcentury learning. In this presentation, educators will learn how students can use technology to create gallery walks and the benefits of having them do so.

Annual Conference 28 BREAKOUT SESSION 8 10:00 - 10:50 am

Friday, October 14, 2022

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

PANEL SESSION (Masters Hall 1)

Presiding: Dr. Natasha Ramsay-Jordan, GATE President-Elect

Panel Title: Something Has Gotta Give: Reflecting, Reexamining, and Reimagining Education for the Future

During this panel presentation session, we will discuss some Georgia educational histories, current policies, and practices that impact teaching and learning in PK 12 and higher education regarding teacher preparation, to reimagine pedagogies for transformation.

If time permits, panelists will take questions and comments from the audience.

Panel Speakers: Dr. Caitlin Dooley, Deputy Superintendent, GADOE

Mr. Michael Kobito, 2023 Georgia Teacher of the Year

Dr. Andrea Crenshaw, University of West Georgia

Dr. Leah Panther, Mercer University

Mr. Jerry Sanders, Principal, Dougherty High School

Ms. Lasha Lalana, The Math Depot

Panel Moderator: Dr. Natasha Ramsay Jordan, GATE President Elect

Closing Remarks: Dr. Don Livingston, GATE President

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Panel Participants

Dr. Caitlin Dooley

Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Ph.D. is Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for the Georgia Department of Education. In this role, Dr. Dooley leads teams for Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher and Leader Support and Development, and Innovative Programs and Research. Since her start at the Georgia Department of Education, her team has been awarded over $230M in competitive grants to improve student learning. Dr. Dooley has worked as a preschool and elementary classroom teacher, teacher educator, educational researcher, and professor at Georgia State University. Since earning degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Texas, Dr. Dooley has authored over 50 publications and led and evaluated funded research projects totaling over $20M to investigate children’s literacy learning and instruction, digital literacies, teacher learning, and education policy. Dooley was a writer for the national Computer Science Education Frameworks and has been the principal investigator for several projects funded by the National Science Foundation for computer science education and learning technologies. She has served on several Governing Boards, including the Institutes of Education Sciences Regional Education Lab Southeast, National Council of Teachers of English, Literacy Research Association, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, Georgia’s Brain Trust for Babies, the Get Georgia Reading Campaign Cabinet, and Decatur Makers.

Mr. Micahel Kobito

Michael Kobito is a music educator at Woodland High School in Cartersville, GA. Mr. Kobito leads a band program that consists of multiple concert bands. He serves as a clinician and adjudicator across the state providing leadership clinics, judging events, and inspiring other educators to make the most of their outreach, and also serves as associate conductor of Tara Winds, an adult community band, and as a guest conductor of the Georgia Brass Band. In his seven years as an educator, Mr. Kobito has proudly received three National Band Association Citations of Excellence. He has been named an Advanced Placement (AP) Teacher with Distinction after his AP Music Theory Class experienced a 100% pass rate with 100% test participation. In 2021, he was selected as Woodland High School’s STAR Teacher. Additionally, Mr. Kobito was named the 2022 Teacher of the Year for Woodland High School and the Bartow County School System and currently serves as the 2023 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Andrea Crenshaw

Andrea Crenshaw is an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia in the Department of Early Childhood through Secondary Education. Dr. Crenshaw received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, an M.S. in Social Foundations in Education from Georgia State University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Her research is broadly focused on the intersectionality of race and class in education, teacher education, culturally responsive pedagogy, and critical race theory in education. Her scholarship examines these issues by illuminating the voices of youth and adults who have been historically and traditionally marginalized in schools and society. Prior to her appointment at the University of West Georgia, Dr. Crenshaw worked in K12 as a teacher and administrator in which she was committed to an interdisciplinary approach of inquiry and advocacy in urban contexts. Dr. Crenshaw has been able to take her knowledge, experience, and skill to higher education as she trains the next generation of educational leaders. Dr. Crenshaw is committed to embedding relevant issues of diversity into her practice, scholarship, and service

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Dr. Leah Panther

Leah Panther is an assistant professor of literacy education in the Tift School of Education at Mercer University in Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City where she studied Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies with a Language and Literacy emphasis. Over the past 15 years, she has taught preschool through higher education across urban, suburban, rural, and international school settings. Her experiences with teaching, teacher leadership, non profits, and research center on literacy instruction in urban educational contexts to support culturally and linguistically diverse youth. Dr. Panther’s most recent work is with the grant funded Linguistic Justice Collaborative, a coalition of community members, educators, and educational research that are committed to community embedded learning to curricularize language and linguistic justice within the state of Georgia. Her work has been published in The Reading Teacher, Teachers College Record, and English Journal.

Mr. Jerry Sanders

Jerry Jamal Sanders, Sr. Ed.S., currently serves as Principal of Dougherty Comprehensive High School in Albany, GA, and pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church of Dooling. He has 14 years of educational experience, nine of which are in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction. Given the impressive test data representative of his school's performance, many view him as a "turnaround instructional leader." Mr. Sanders matriculated through Albany State University and is working on his doctorate in curriculum and instruction at Liberty University. Mr. Sanders is married to his beautiful wife Brittany J. Sanders, and together they have four wonderful children: Eythan (14), Micah (10), Hannah (8), and Jerry Jr. (4).

Ms. Lasha Lalana

Lasha Lalana is owner and operator of The Math Depot, in Tucker, GA. She graduated from the University of Georgia and has been an educator for over 20 years. She previously taught elementary and middle school students in the public school system. Her mission is to assist her students, both children and adults, in becoming independent thinkers with a mathematical mind through applications and real world experiences. Through her business, she has a vision to create a community of learners that are passionate and confident in their abilities and skills to be successful in Math and in life.

Dr. Natasha Ramsay Jordan

Natasha Ramsay Jordan is an Associate Professor of mathematics education in the Department of Early Childhood through Secondary Education at the University of West Georgia where she currently serves as Program Coordinator for graduate and endorsement programs. Dr. Ramsay Jordan earned her Doctorate from Georgia State University and her Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She has several years of teaching experience in K 12 Mathematics. Currently, she teaches seminars and advanced instructional strategies in mathematics courses for graduate students, as well as courses centered on navigating race and gender issues in higher education to undergraduate students. Dr. Ramsay Jordan's teaching philosophy centers on love and logic, respect, critical empathy, great determination, and personal integrity. Some of Dr. Ramsay

Jordan's recent publications are in the Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy, International Journal of Science and Mathematics, Multicultural Education, International Journal of Educational Reform, Kappa Delta Pi The Educational Forum, Teaching for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Connections, and the Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress.

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