SRATE 2015 Conference Program

Page 1

SRATE 2015 Annual Conference President’s Welcome

Judy Beck, PhD Welcome to the 62nd annual SRATE conference hosted by the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators. Greetings to our colleagues from around the 15-state region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. If this is your first SRATE conference, we are thrilled that you chose to join us and hope you find this conference beneficial to your professional growth. To those of you who are here for the 2nd or 62nd time – it’s great to have you back! As you always do, be sure to introduce yourself to our SRATE newcomers and make them feel welcome. Many thanks to Barbara Benson, Gwen Middlebrooks, and the rest of the Georgia contingent for putting together a magnificent conference. We can look forward to top-notch speakers from the U.S. Department of Education and CAEP as well as the many concurrent sessions based on the theme of access, opportunity and equity. Please be sure to join me at the SRATE business meeting and allow your voice to be heard as we continue to make this organization stronger! We are thrilled you could join us here on beautiful Jekyll Island, Georgia. Our hope is that by the time you leave the SRATE 2015 conference, you will have refreshed both your professional being as well as your personal being through the wonderful amenities of this beautiful location. I hope you have a fantastic conference! Judy Beck, SRATE President 2014-2015


SRATE 2015 Executive Secretary’s Welcome

Jane Govoni, PhD Welcome to the 62nd Annual SRATE Conference where we join together with the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators (GATE) to celebrate the future of education in creating access, opportunity and equality. What a wonderful theme! It is an honor to work with the Georgia state unit of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) as it takes strong minds, firm voices, and a robust passion for excellence to make a difference in school communities. We must continue to engage in scholarly discussions, train outstanding educators, and inspire professionalism across the southeastern states. As we know, education is continuously changing, and every educator must take the responsibility to assure that the needs of every student are met. This means being active in the profession, being knowledgeable of technological tools and strategies for the classroom, and having an awareness of the cultural and linguistic needs of all students. The SRATE Conference is a wonderful opportunity to share, create, and celebrate everyone. GATE has worked hard to provide a platform to share, unite, and pursue educational excellence. I wish you a successful, invigorating, and exciting few days at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and sincerely hope you take back new ideas and educational policies and issues so that your individual home state unit may continue to learn from your experiences here. Welcome everyone to the 2015 SRATE Conference! Jane Govoni, Ph.D. Executive Secretary, SRATE


Annual Conference GATE President / SRATE President-Elect’s Welcome

Barbara Benson, EdD Welcome to all of the extraordinary and talented professionals in the field of education including K-12 educators, teacher educators, educational consultants, and professional organization representatives. It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators’ (SRATE) 62nd Annual Conference on Jekyll Island, Georgia. It is exciting to have colleagues who represent different states from the Southeastern United States. On behalf of SRATE, I appreciate your participation in this year’s conference. I hope you will enjoy the engaging sessions and the opportunities to reestablish collaborations, nurture your growth as a professional, and support quality teacher education and k-12 education. Thanks to you, the conference will be meaningful, informative, and lively! It is an invigorating opportunity to be among so many dedicated colleagues who strive to promote quality teacher preparation and professional development. I represent the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators. GATE is now on Facebook in addition to our online presence at, and I encourage to “like” our Georgia Association of Teacher Educators page to strengthen our visibility on social media. It is an honor to be part of this education conference in such a lovely coastal setting among all of you! Respectfully, Dr. Barbara Benson, GATE President and SRATE President-Elect


SRATE 2015 Glynn County Superintendent’s Welcome

Howard S. Mann, EdS To the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators: As superintendent of the Glynn County School System, it is a pleasure to welcome you to Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia. As an attendee at the 62nd Annual SRATE Conference on Jekyll Island, I trust that you will enjoy your time here on both a professional and personal level. Professionally, the SRATE Conference will provide an opportunity for you to network with colleagues and renew collaborations, attend engaging sessions, grow as a professional, and support quality teacher education and K-12 education that will benefit students. With 38 years of experience in education ranging from a classroom teacher to assistant principal, district transportation director, and now superintendent, I can attest that professional development opportunities like the SRATE Conference always recharge my batteries and arm me with new strategies and the enthusiasm to be the best educator that I can be. I truly believe that if we keep the success of our students as our primary focus, public education in this country will continue to be the best investment of time, energy, and resources that we can make. As a Brunswick native who has spent his entire career here in beautiful Glynn County, I hope that will find time to soak up some of the many offerings here in our little corner of paradise. From our pristine beaches, expansive salt marshes, and majestic live oaks, to historic sites and tours, numerous golf courses, fabulous dining opportunities, and shopping to meet any preference or taste, there’s something here to occupy every minute of free time that you have during the conference. Of course, you can also do what we locals like to do most . . . kick back, relax, and enjoy life in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Thanks for all that you do to support education and ensure that our students have the tools and skills needed to be successful in both school and life! Sincerely, Howard S. Mann, Superintendent


Annual Conference SRATE 2015 Conference Committees: Awards: Marie Byrd (Chair) Jane Govoni Janet Strickland

Conference Evaluations: Nicole Maxwell

Facilitators: Ewa McGrail Alicja Rieger Aline van Putten

Hospitality: Sharon Sellers-Clark Aline van Putten

Meal Selection: LaTasha Jones Adams

Program: Robyn Huss (Chair and Design/Layout) Barbara Benson Keenya Mosley Alicja Rieger Janet Strickland University of West Georgia (Printing)

Proposals: Keenya Mosley

Proposal Reviewers: LaTasha Jones Adams Shirley Andrews Barbara Benson Billi Bromer Kisha Cunningham Sheryl Dasinger Andrea Lewis Nicole Maxwell

Andrea Moore Keenya Mosley Michael Munday Alicja Rieger Sharon Sellers-Clark Cora Thompson Aline van Putten Anete Vรกsquez

Registration: Sheryl Dasinger (Chair) Shirley Andrews

Site Coordinator and Exhibitors: Gwendolyn Middlebrooks


SRATE 2015 SRATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected officers of the SRATE Organization, the Executive Secretary, all current Presidents of the ATE State Units, and all Past Presidents of the SRATE Organization. All Past Presidents must maintain membership and annually indicate their interest in actively participating on the Board of Directors.


Judy Beck

University of South Carolina Aiken


Barbara Benson

Piedmont College, Georgia




Marie Byrd

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee


Jane Govoni

ESOL in Higher Ed LLC, Florida

CURRENT PRESIDENTS OF ATE STATE UNITS: Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Maryland North Carolina South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia Mississippi Missouri West Virginia

Glee Whitsett Kenneth Taylor Priscilla Boerger Barbara Benson Tim Crook Dustin Hebert Kittybelle Hosford Olivia Fitzgerald Michael Murphy Tina Thornton Smith Marlene Zipperlen Herb Thompson Not active Not active Not active

PAST PRESIDENTS OF SRATE: 2014 Marie Byrd-Blake FL * 2013 Nancy P. Gallavan AR * 2012 Gwendolyn Harris GA * 2011 Bettie Barrett TN * 2010 Shawn Faulker KY * 2009 Emma Savage-Davis SC * 2008 Sharon Lamson MO * 2007 Marcia B. Cushall MD 2006 Tammie Brown TN * 2005 Cynthia Hutchinson FL * 2004 Maryellen Cosgrove GA 2003 Debbie Barnes AR * 2002 Frances van Tassell TX * 2001 Melinda Wilder KY 2000 Vel Moss AL 1999 Gerald Clay VA 1998 Gerald Clay VA 1997 Gaston Bloodsworth SC 1996 Judy Shaver Gardiner LA 1995 Marilyn L. Nicholas MD * 1994 Marilyn L. Nicholas MD *

1993 Terry L. James TN * 1992 Frances Denton MS 1991 David Bell AR 1990 Edith M. Guyton GA 1989 Sharon O'Bryan TX 1988 Roy A. Lauter KY 1987 Delores Wolfe NC 1986 Howard Hill SC 1985 James Kimbrough AL 1984 B. Keith Eicher VA 1983 Helen Cookston LA 1982 Fanchon F. Funk FL 1981 William L. Butefish TN 1980 David Watts KY 1979 Charles Franzen GA 1978 Bill Lee MS 1977 Nancy J. Priselac WV 1976 Hazel A. Peterson AL 1975 Walter A. Mercer FL 1974 Tom Chamblis NC 1973 Walter F. Sistrunk MS


1972 Walter E. Sistrunk SC 1971 W. Carl Murphy TN 1970 Olive Barrett KY 1969 Horace Nelson AL 1968 Donald Hawk GA 1967 F. Rennie Tubbs GA 1966 Linn Sheets WV 1965 Annie K. Hoyle NC 1964 Gene Fisher SC 1963 Elbert F. Northern TN 1962 Martha V. Shipman KY 1961 James L. Dickerson GA 1960 Paul N. Misgrave WV 1959 Ben H. Horton, Jr. NC 1958 Edward Christenbury TN 1957 Marshal Hamilton FL 1956 Helen Reed KY 1955 Alberta Wantling TN 1954 Taft H. Botner NC * Active Members

Annual Conference GATE 2015-2016 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NAME




President President-Elect Immediate Past President Secretary Treasurer

Barbara Benson Alicja Rieger Janet Strickland Gertrude Tinker Sachs Sheryl Dasinger

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

06.2016 06.2016 06.2016 06.2016 * 06.2016 +

Sharon Sellers-Clark Nicole Maxwell Jan Witherington Vacant Anete Vásquez Ewa McGrail

College of Coastal Georgia University of North Georgia Bethlehem Elementary, Barrow County

06.2017 06.2017 06.2017 06.2016 06.2017 06.2016


College Representative l College Representative 2 Public School Representative 1 Public School Representative 2 Representative at large 1 Representative at large 2

Kennesaw State University Georgia State University


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

LaTasha Jones Adams Vacant Julie Hiers Keenya Mosley Aline van Putten Pam Wetherington

Forest Park Middle, Clayton County Scintilla Charter Academy Savannah State University Atlanta Metropolitan State College Columbus State University

06.2017 06.2016 06.2017 06.2017 06.2016 ** 06.2017


Judy Butler

University of West Georgia

Appointed 2014

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

Robyn Huss

University of West Georgia

Appointed 2013

GATEways Journal

Judy Butler Janet Strickland Robyn Huss

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

2014-2017 * 2015-2018 * Appointed 2013


Shirley Andrews

Valdosta State University


Janet Strickland

University of West Georgia

Site Coordinator

Gwendolyn Middlebrooks

Spelman College (Retired)

Scholarships and External Resources

Beryle Baker

Georgia Perimeter College (Retired)

* elected to second term

+ elected to third term


** finishing unexpired term

SRATE 2015 SRATE 2015 Conference at a Glance: Wednesday, October 7: 8:00pm

GATE Executive Committee Meeting (DuBignon)

Thursday, October 8: 8:00am-5:00pm

Conference Registration


SRATE Board Meeting (DuBignon)


Georgia Field Directors Association Meeting and Luncheon (Pulitzer)


Lunch on your own


Concurrent sessions A* (pages 10-11)


Concurrent sessions B* (pages 12-13)


Concurrent sessions C* (pages 14-15)


Special Session: Georgia Sea Turtles (Club Ballroom; pages 16-17)


Reception: Georgia Sea Turtle Center (foot path to Center on page 17)


First General Session and Dinner (Morgan Center; pages 18-19)

Speaker: Dr. Alfrieda Manson, President, Fort Valley State University

Speaker: Dr. Stevie Chepko, CAEP, Senior Vice President of Accreditation

Friday, October 9: 8:00am-5:00pm

Conference Registration


Concurrent sessions D* (pages 20-21)


Concurrent sessions E* (pages 22-23)


Concurrent sessions F* (pages 24-25)


Concurrent sessions G* (pages 26-27)


Second General Session and Awards Luncheon (Morgan Center; p. 28-30) Speaker: Mr. Dennis W. Bega, US DOE, Natl Director of Regional Operations


Concurrent sessions H* (pages 32-33)


Concurrent sessions I* (pages 34-35)


GATE Membership Meeting (Club Ballroom)


Dinner on your own


Sunset Cruise (Ticketed event)

Saturday, October 10: 8:00am

Conference Registration


Concurrent sessions J* (pages 36-37)


Concurrent sessions K* (pages 38-39)


Concurrent sessions L* (pages 40-41)


SRATE Business Meeting; all are welcome (Club Ballroom; page 42)

* Session Rooms: Aldrich, Alexander, DuBignon, Federal Reserve, Pulitzer, and the Club Ballroom (map on page 44)


Annual Conference


SRATE 2015 1:00 - 1:50 pm


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

ALEXANDER Development of Sensitivity to Diversity: Preservice Teachers in Internships Dr. Cristina Washell and Dr. Jenifer Moon Ro, University of North Georgia This session focuses on the first phase of a mixed-methods study of preservice teachers’ views of working with diverse students. Through questionnaires across multiple dimensions and focus group meetings during a one-year internship at diverse schools, this study documents 14 preservice teachers’ discussions of and reflections on working with diverse students. Facilitator: Dr. Aline Van Putten

DUBIGNON Moving from Traditional Delivery to a Competency-Based Format Dr. Anthony Scheffler, Dr. Shirley Andrews, Dr. Sheryl Dasinger, Dr. Lynn Minor, Ms. Nancy Sartin, and Dr. Sandra Trowell, Valdosta State University; Mr. Johnnie Marshall and Ms. Karen May, Valdosta City Schools; Ms. Mimi Weatherington, Lowndes County Schools In this session university faculty and K-8 teachers will share the challenges and successes they experienced as they collaborated to develop two competency-based education programs that lead to certificate endorsements in math and science for K-5 classroom teachers. Facilitator: Dr. Ewa McGrail


Annual Conference 1:00 - 1:50 pm


Equal Opportunity Access: The Digital Library Dr. Susan Fernandez, Lander University; Ms. Stacy Burr, Ms. Laura Kaufmann, and Dr. Judy Beck, University of South Carolina Participants will be introduced to the digital library utilized by a teacher education program. Benefits and challenges will be shared from both the professor’s and candidates’ perspectives. Facilitator: Dr. Janet Strickland PULITZER Positioning of Arabic-Speaking Female Students while Learning in the U.S. Dr. Felicia Lincoln and Ms. Haraa Al-Zoin, University of Arkansas To create better access to education for Arabic speaking women, educators should know more about international students’ feelings while studying in the US. Using the positioning theory of Davies and Harré (1999), researchers collected interviews of Arabic-speaking women about the issues and challenges of studying in one mid-southern US university. Facilitator: Dr. Kelly Jennings-Towle CLUB BALLROOM (roundtable discussions) Reshaping Lesson Plans to Meet Rigorous Demands Dr. Tausha Clay, Milligan College Tennessee teachers are now being evaluated using the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model rubrics; a newly-designed lesson plan template that aligns with the TEAM planning rubric will be shared with participants. Examining the Development of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for Preservice Secondary Mathematics Teachers Ms. Natasha Ramsay-Jordan and Dr. Junor Clarke, Georgia State University This presentation offers insights to how effective professional development on culturally relevant pedagogy impact preservice secondary math teachers to infuse culturally relevant practices in their classrooms. Structured activities and discussions assisted these teachers in examining new visions of teaching math to culturally diverse students.


SRATE 2015 2:00 - 2:50 pm


Keepin’ It Real: Exemplary, Novice, African-American Teachers Reflect on Teacher Preparation Ms. Morgan Faison, Emory University This study examines the relationship between teacher preparation experiences in four types of preparation institutions and the practices and beliefs of exemplary, novice, African-American teachers. Findings indicate that program components varied by institution and had significant positive and negative consequences for these teachers in complex ways. Facilitator: Dr. Andrea Lewis

ALEXANDER Today’s Dream Keepers: Exploring the Personal and Professional Beliefs of Teachers Who Successfully Provide Literacy Instruction to African American Males in Grades 3-5 Dr. LaTeshia Warren, Georgia Gwinnett College The purpose of this study is to describe the personal and professional beliefs of teachers who were successful with providing literacy instruction to elementary school African-American males in a Title I elementary school. This study examines the literacy practices of teachers and their beliefs about African American males. Facilitator: Dr. Nicole Taylor

DUBIGNON Helping Teacher Candidates Understand the edTPA Prior to Student Teaching Dr. Geri Collins, Dr. William Lacefield, Dr. Jacquelyn Culpepper, and Dr. Margaret Morris, Mercer University Session participants will explore ideas for preparing teacher candidates for success on the edTPA. Presenters will share learning segment and lesson plan templates that candidates may use to explore aspects of the edTPA, associated rubrics, ideas for scope and sequence of edTPA exposure, and strategies for examining theory and best practice. Facilitator: Dr. Natasha Ramsay-Jordan


Annual Conference 2:00 - 2:50 pm


Quantitative Analysis of Factors Influencing Pre-Service Teachers' Technology Self Efficacy and Development Dr. Kimberly Swartzentruber, Dr. Amy Farah, Dr. Katarine Page, and Dr. Gerald Eads, Georgia Gwinnett College Results from a survey research study identifying factors that influence pre-service teachers’ technology self-efficacy will be shared and discussed. Specifically, the presenters will address how the research data may be used to inform program development and foster increased levels of teacher candidate confidence when using technology in the classroom. Facilitator: Dr. Jan Witherington PULITZER Thinking Outside the Textbook: Using Open Educational Resources in a Mathematics Methods Course Ms. Nancy Sartin, Dr. Shirley Andrews, Dr. Anthony Sheffler, and Ms. Jennifer Ling, Valdosta State University The high costs of textbooks and course materials place a tremendous financial burden on students enrolled in college courses. In this session presenters will share information about the process of converting a mathematics methods course from using a traditional textbook and course materials to using Open Educational Resources. Facilitator: Dr. Felicia Lincoln CLUB BALLROOM (roundtable discussions) Celebrating Diversity Using Figurative Language Dr. Gary Bradley, University of South Carolina; Dr. Susan Fernandez, Lander University This session will infuse teaching ideas and best practices related to figurative language in a variety of content disciplines. The idiosyncrasies and interconnections of idioms across content areas will be delineated with pertinent examples of instructional strategies for making meaning and to ensure accountability of students’ literacy growth. Instructional Coaching: Powerful Professional Learning for Teacher Educators and Teacher Candidates Dr. Tiffany Coleman, Georgia Gwinnett College Instructional coaching is a powerful model of professional learning for developing and retaining quality teachers. In this session, participants will become familiar with the roles and practices of instructional coaching and develop plans for implementing coaching strategies in their field supervision settings in order to better mentor teacher candidates.


SRATE 2015 3:00 - 3:50 pm


A College’s Response to Promoting Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Schools of a “New America” Dr. Kelly L. Jennings-Towle and Dr. Martha S. Lue Stewart, University of Central Florida How can college and universities cultivate knowledge applicable to teaching in urban settings? In this session, instructors will share strategies and techniques to develop teacher candidates who better understand the cultural, socio-economic, and historical traditions of the students they serve. Ideas for recruitment and retention through service learning will be discussed. Facilitator: Dr. Nicole Taylor

ALEXANDER The Pop Up Museum: Curating Digital Artifacts Ms. Deborah Aughey, Kennesaw Mountain High School; Dr. Daphne Hubbard, Kennesaw State University The Pop Up movement is a temporary civic gathering centered on a theme. A Pop Up Museum turns students into exhibitors creating and curating learning artifacts. The presentation includes research on digital, critical, and spatial literacy and performance-based learning. Participants will take away theory, resources, and a Pop Up Museum experience. Facilitator: Ms. Natasha Ramsay-Jordan

DUBIGNON Keep Calm and edTPA: An Introduction of edTPA for Teacher Candidates Dr. Barbara E. Benson, Piedmont College; Ms. Kellie Crawford, Pearson Representative This session will model a workshop for teacher educators designed to orient their teacher candidates to edTPA early in their program of study. The workshop goal is to provide a generic orientation appropriate for all teacher education programs and will include basic facts, a taskby-task overview, academic language, resources, and guidelines. Facilitator: Dr. Barbara Benson


Annual Conference 3:00 - 3:50 pm


Debunking Grading Myths: How to Fairly Evaluate Exceptional Learners in CoTaught Classrooms Dr. Kelly Brooksher and Dr. Barbara Serianni, Armstrong State University Many myths exist today about fair and equitable grading practices. These often create barriers to effective and equitable grading practices for exceptional learners in co-taught classrooms. This session is designed to debunk these myths, evaluate current research and theory, and equip participants to use these guidelines in their own classrooms. Facilitator: Dr. Jan Witherington PULITZER Publish in GATEways: Meet the Editors Dr. Janet Strickland, Dr. Judy Butler, and Dr. Robyn Huss, University of West Georgia The purpose of this session is to answer questions from participants about publishing in the peer-reviewed, online journal, GATEways, which is published once a year in October. The discussion may also lead to suggestions for future issues, as we have discussed guesteditorships and themed issues in the past. Refer to the GATEways feature section on page 31 for additional information about the submission process. Facilitator: Dr. Robyn Huss CLUB BALLROOM (roundtable discussions) Teacher Candidates’ Perceptions about a PDC Placement Structure and Indicators for Improvement Dr. Sanghee Choi and Dr. Chantelle Renaud-Grant, University of North Georgia This study examines elementary and middle school teacher candidates’ perceptions about their professional development community for field placement experiences. The study reveals the candidates’ views about their program’s coursework, placement structure, mentor/supervisor support, and its impact on candidates’ future professional plans in education. Pre-service Teachers Identifying and Emulating Good Teaching Practices: A Structured Reflective Approach Dr. Donald Ratchford, Dr. Jo Lynn Suell, and Dr. Sarah Smith, University of Montevallo This session will focus on a structured approach to critical reflection that will enable preservice teachers to identify and emulate best teaching practices. The attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a reflection activity.


SRATE 2015 Thursday, October 8, 2015

4:00 - 4:50pm

SPECIAL SESSION: Learning About Sea Turtles Through Technology (Club Ballroom)

Inquiry-based learning is a term that buzzes through the halls of education for every teacher. Our goal for this session is to share an example of fostering collaborations amongst those who teach science and those who practice science. Inquiry is a key element to the state of Georgia for teaching PK-12 as well as higher education. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC) is a great proponent of preparing teachers to carry the weight of inquiry in the classroom through teacher-scientist collaboration, bringing the power of science into the classroom, and conversely, getting the students out of the classroom and into the world of scientific discovery. One potentially powerful means to this end is the exposure of science teachers to real life scientists and field research, giving them first-hand experience and thereby empowering them to teach what they know. While there are numerous dedicated researchers and environmental educators working with sea turtles on the various barrier islands, GSTC is the only center dedicated to the rehabilitation of sea turtles in addition to its active beach monitoring program during the nesting season (JuneOctober). This combination of conservation efforts allows the GSTC education staff to guarantee an opportunity for students to see live sea turtles as well as wildlife veterinary medicine in action. Few other facilities in Georgia can offer the same level of integrated effort between researchers, rehabilitators, and educators, and certainly even fewer can offer the same level of experience with as enigmatic and charismatic a creature as the sea turtle. Collaboration between your university/college students and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island will involve candidates and their students in technology, research, preservation, and rehabilitation of sea turtles.

5:00 - 5:50pm

Reception hosted by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (Sea Turtle Center, a 5-minute walk from the hotel)

Upon completion of the presentation, Learning About Sea Turtles Through Technology, the participants will be invited to join Pat and Katie at the Sea Turtle Museum to enjoy a glass of wine while perusing the museum gallery.


Annual Conference

Dr. Patricia Norris Parsons

Ms. Katie Higgins

Lead Presenter: Dr. Patricia Norris Parsons, retired Professor of Early Childhood and Exceptional Childhood Education at Armstrong State University, and Adjunct Faculty for the College of Coastal Georgia’s School of Education and Armstrong University. 912-635-2695.

Co-Presenter: Ms. Katie Higgins, Education Coordinator at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island Authority, Jekyll Island, GA 31527, 912-635-4141, Ms. Higgins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and is currently working toward her Master of Arts in Zoology through Miami University of Oxford, Ohio’s Global Field Program. Her teaching experience runs the spectrum of an informal environmental educator to a certified teacher of English as a second language (CELTA) from Cambridge University; she also hold a Certification in Pedagogical Aptitude (CAP) with a focus in teaching biology to middle school and high school students from the University of Cordoba, Spain. Her current role as the Education Coordinator at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia allows her to combine her passion for biology and conservation with her commitment to education.

Dr. Parsons’ 44 years in education include training at the University of Georgia under E. Paul Torrance, at ARAMCO Oil Company in Saudi Arabia under Madeline Hunter, in New Zealand with Dame Marie Clay, in London for Montessori training, and in Scotland for training with special needs children. Her educational philosophy has evolved though these experiences and working with students of all ages in several countries. Her current focus is on building relationships that foster learning. She believes, in our global world today, that technology is an essential tool to promote teaching and learning. She encourages teacher candidates to be prepared and reflective decision-makers who are dedicated to teaching diverse learners and helping them to learn to be stewards of the environment and good citizens of their communities, which resulted in the collaboration of Armstrong University and The Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

Both Ms. Higgins and Dr. Norris-Parsons see themselves as visionary leaders who inspire and empower others to embrace lifelong learning.


SRATE 2015 Thursday, October 8, 2015

6:00 pm



Dr. Judy Beck, SRATE President, University of South Carolina


Dr. Barbara Benson, SRATE President-Elect, Piedmont College

Introduction of Speaker:

Dr. Keenya G. Mosley, ATE College Representative, Savannah State University

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Stevie Chepko, Senior Vice President of Accreditation CAEP


Dr. Sharon Sellers-Clark, GATE College Representative, College of Coastal Georgia

SRATE is a regional professional organization affiliated with the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). Its purpose is to improve teacher education, broadly conceived, in the Southeastern United States and directly or indirectly throughout the nation by its affiliation with the ATE. All persons who are members of the ATE unit of any member states are entitled to membership in SRATE. Member states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.


Annual Conference Notes:


SRATE 2015 8:00 - 8:50 am


Discussion Protocols: Keeping Your Students Accountable Through Engaging Conversations Dr. Katharine Page, Dr. Amy Farah, and Dr. Amber Jarrard, Georgia Gwinnett College This session will provide a variety of discussion protocols that can be used with students to promote active learning in both online and traditional classroom settings. Facilitator: Dr. Winifred Nweke

ALEXANDER edTPA Pilot Study: What Worked and What We Need to Think About Dr. Jennifer Edelman, Dr. Judy Butler, and Dr. Robyn Huss, University of West Georgia This presentation describes the design of edTPA support given to student teaching interns during the pilot year in Georgia. Improvements for the sessions as suggested by the interns will be presented. There will be time for sharing and discussion by participants. Facilitator: Dr. Judy Butler

DUBIGNON A Qualitative Study of edTPA Coordinators’ Perceptions of Faculty Concerns During State-Wide Implementation of edTPA Dr. Joyce Many, Ms. Susan Cannon, Ms. Carla Tanguay, and Dr. Mary Ariail, Georgia State University; Dr. Karen Kurz, Berry College This study explores perceptions of edTPA coordinators about faculty concerns related to edTPA implementation. The study utilizes the Stages of Concern framework for understanding faculty concerns and identifying which professional development opportunities the coordinators felt were helpful or needed in light of their faculty members’ stages of concern. Facilitator: Dr. Comfort Afolabi


Annual Conference 8:00 - 8:50 am


edTPA as a Teacher Performance Assessment: How Teacher Candidates, Universities, and the P-12 School Community All Benefit Dr. Billi L. Bromer, Brenau University; Ms. Kellie Crawford, Pearson Representative A teacher performance assessment such as the edTPA can be a “win-for-all.” It benefits teacher candidates, educator preparation programs, and the P-12 school community.

Facilitator: Dr. Linda Quinn PULITZER Practical, Positive, and Powerful Classroom Management Strategies to Keep Students Engaged and Learning Ms. Laura Hayward, Stafford Primary School Effective, positive classroom management that empowers teachers while respecting and growing the student-teacher relationship will be presented. Teachers can immediately implement this framework and mindset to eliminate 80-90 % of low-level discipline issues, allowing the learning environment to remain intact and students to remain engaged in their learning.

Facilitator: Dr. Aline van Putten

CLUB BALLROOM (roundtable discussions) The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Transformative Practice or Not? Dr. Delores Liston, Georgia Southern University; Dr. Regina Rahimi, Armstrong State University

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) has the potential to resolve tension between research and teaching that plagues academia. Further, SOTL in the context of teacher education has the potential to serve as a transformative vehicle for forwarding social justice issues and equality. This presentation examines SOTL’s potential as a transformative practice in teacher education.

Fostering Agents of Change Through Action Research in an Urban Education Program Dr. Charlease Kelly-Jackson, Ms. Olivia Theodore, and Ms. Hannah Alexander, Kennessaw State University

This presentation will illuminate the value of action research and its impact on preservice teachers’ practices, identities, and roles as teachers and agents of change. Presenters will discuss the conflicts and possibilities of being a teacher, researcher, and student as well as share preliminary data from their action research projects.

Teachers are from _____, Students are from _____? Ms. Carolyn Anderson and Dr. Toni Crenshaw, Center for Teacher Effectiveness

Participants in this session will discuss the five core components for effective classroom management: refocus, self-control, unconditional positive regard, classroom design and ecology, and teach-tos.


SRATE 2015 9:00 - 9:50 am


Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk: Modeling Best Practices Alongside Teaching Best Practices Dr. Amy Farah, Kr. Katharine Page, and Dr. Kim Swartzendruber, Georgia Gwinnett College In this interactive session, participants will be involved in activities that utilize a variety of research-based instructional strategies that can be used to engage students in meaningful learning experiences. Facilitator: Dr. Winifred Nweke

ALEXANDER Introducing a Teacher Evaluation Tool to Teacher Education Candidates Dr. Linda F. Quinn, University of Nevada Methods for creating an evaluation tool for teacher candidates during field experiences that reflects the local school districts mandated evaluation tool for teachers will be discussed. Results of the pilot of the newly revised evaluation tool to assess teacher candidate instructional practices will be presented and discussed. Facilitator: Dr. Toni Crenshaw

DUBIGNON Shaping the future of Education Through Ethics Preparation: A Discussion Ms. Anne Marie Fenton, Georgia Professional Standards Commission; Dr. Tiffany Pogue, Albany State University; Dr. Mary Ariail, Georgia State University In this interactive session, participants will explore, through guided discussion protocols and a panel discussion, the critical, proactive role of ethics instruction and assessment in ensuring educator preparation candidates know the state code of ethics as well as ethical principles to guide decision-making. Facilitator: Dr. Joyce Many


Annual Conference 9:00 - 9:50 am


Reconciling Preparation and Certification Rules in Middle Level Education: Impact on the Supply of Middle Level Teachers in Georgia Dr. Winifred Nweke, Clayton State University; Dr. Comfort Afolabi, University System of Georgia This presentation examines the impact of two incongruent but recently aligned teacher preparation and certification policies in Georgia, middle level candidates’ testing choices, and teacher supply. Findings reveal a disturbing pattern in the choice of concentration that candidates do not test in. Possible explanations are suggested. Facilitator: Dr. Bill Bromer PULITZER Professional Learning Communities and New Teachers Dr. Heather K. Dillard, Middle Tennessee State University Retaining good teachers is a great concern for administrators. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) could offer teachers the necessary support needed to remain in the profession. This session will present the findings of a year-long study to determine if a correlation exists between new teachers and their experience in PLCs. Facilitator: Dr. Carolyn Anderson CLUB BALLROOM (roundtable discussions) High Quality Pathway to Certification or a Band-Aid? An Analysis of Alternative Certification from a Central Florida School District Ms. Mieke Valk, University of Florida This session will examine the alternative certification program of Polk County, a large school district in Central Florida. The session will examine the effectiveness of the program in terms of recruitment, development, and retention of high quality teachers and will discuss implications of new accountability measures on the program. Mentoring Graduates Through Induction: Using Social Media and Face-to-Face Professional Development to Increase Engagement Among New Educators Ms. Jenny Mundie and Dr. Cathy Moore, Georgia Gwinnett College A combination of social media and professional development workshops was used to deepen the mentoring relationship between faculty and graduates and to facilitate peer engagement for new teachers. Evidence of increased engagement was demonstrated through an attitudinal survey and increased social media participation.


SRATE 2015 10:00 - 10:50 am


Constructing a Metaphor of Teaching: Professional Development IN and OF Practice Dr. Nita A. Paris and Ms. Zulia Diaz, Kennesaw State University Although metaphors of teaching have been used in teacher education, the systematic use of professional standards through which to view the teaching metaphor has often been missing. Guidelines for the construction and use of metaphors of teaching as a source of reflection, reflexivity, and professional development will be shared. Facilitator: Dr. Amy Farah

ALEXANDER Critical Assessments Are Vital Diagnostic Intermediary Outputs Dr. Sallie Averitt Miller, Columbus State University Session content provides an overview of the urgency for sound intermediary output, evidence that influences P-12 student learning. Participants will work with assessment models to include a rationale for critical assessments. This session provides the validation and guidance for intermediary output evidence for state and national accreditors, assessment directors, deans, and associate deans. Facilitator: Dr. Tony Crenshaw

DUBIGNON Partnerships: Creating Access for Change, Professional Development, and Best Practices Dr. Vicki Hollinshead, Emmanuel College; Dr. Donna Gardner, Toccoa Falls College Partnerships with P-12 schools, P-12 school systems, and institutions of higher learning which have enhanced the preparation of teacher candidates and promoted professional development and best practices for P-20 educators will be discussed. The audience will be encouraged to share their experiences with collaboration and partnerships that have impacted P-20 education. Facilitator: Dr. Anete Vasquez


Annual Conference 10:00 - 10:50 am


Promising Pedagogical Practices for Supervisors of Candidates Enrolled in YearLong, Co-Taught, Clinical Practices Dr. Neporcha Cone and Dr. Daphne Hubbard, Kennesaw State University Presenters will discuss the results of a self-study of an approach to prepare university supervisors to employ developmental, reflective, and collegial approaches to supervising teacher candidates in cotaught placements. The supervisory approach incorporates tactics from Developmental Supervision (Glickman, 1981) as well as Partnership Principles (Knight, 2007).

Facilitator: Dr. Bill Bromer PULITZER Teaching Beginning Reading While Integrating Reading and Writing Dr. John Hobe, Armstrong State University This session will allow participants to study innovative, research-based ideas for teaching beginning reading in context while integrating reading and writing, using classroom materials, and receiving a teaching reading schedule. Beginning reading teaching ideas can be shared during discussion.

Facilitator: Dr. Carolyn Anderson

CLUB BALLROOM (roundtable discussions) Collaborating as Change Agents to Plan and Implement Co-Teaching in Kentucky’s Classrooms Dr. Harrie L. Buecker, University of Louisville The change initiative to be discussed is the implementation of co-teaching practices for teacher preparation programs in Kentucky. The methods in which multiple universities responded to a mandated policy, which required sweeping changes in clinical models for preparing teacher candidates, will be presented.

Suicide Warning Signs Teachers Should Look for in Children and Teens Dr. Thomas J. Buttery and Dr. Bettie Barrett, Austin Peay State University This presentation will help teachers recognize the warning signs for suicide. Additionally, it will cover certain problems that increase the chances of suicidal thoughts in children and teens.

Sighting the Mountaintop Together: Young Harris College and Union County Schools Reciprocate Through the Master Educator Program Dr. Karynne L. M. Kleine, Young Harris College; Ms. Haley Dyer, Union County Elementary School

This roundtable session will illustrate the development and implementation process for a master educator program designed to foster more educative, year-long experiences for teacher candidates and their mentors during the student teaching internship.


SRATE 2015 11:00 - 11:50 am


Managing Media: Teacher Candidates Must Help Children and Their Families Find a Balance Between Technology and Active Learning Dr. Stephanie Pepper, Arkansas Tech University Increased involvement with media has changed daily life for most children. The importance given to media influences communication and social development, yet children’s stages of growth and patterns of development have not changed. Educators play an important role in supporting families as they make wise educational decisions involving technology. Facilitator: Dr. M. Rollings

ALEXANDER Using a Professor in Residency Opportunity to Promote Classroom Management Professional Development Dr. Gordon Eisenman, Georgia Regents University University faculty are teaching through a faculty in residence arrangement with local elementary schools. This presentation will enumerate the lessons learned along the way, the multiple opportunities for research, and the ways all partners are working to ensure professional development for all educators involved. Facilitator: Dr. Hazel Mays

DUBIGNON Teacher Candidates and Collaborating Teachers’ Responses to edTPA’s Impact on Teacher Preparation Dr. Anete Vásquez, Kennesaw State University Data from surveys, focus groups, and numerous interviews of teacher candidates, collaborating teachers, and university supervisors were gathered over a five-semester period. Findings were used in a proactive manner to create a collaborative structure with all stakeholders for the long-term implementation of edTPA, ultimately resulting in improved teacher preparation and candidates who are focused on the learning of all students. Facilitator: Dr. Comfort Afolabi


Annual Conference 11:00 - 11:50 am


A Time to Teach: Encouragement, Empowerment, and Excellence in Every Classroom with “Refocus” Mr. David Roberts, National Education Staff Development Company This session provides an introduction to the highly regarded “Time to Teach” one-day classroom management seminar that systematically resolves low-level behavior that prevents students from learning to the fullest and frustrates the teacher to want to change careers. This course is dramatically improving student scores in PK-12 schools wherever it is implemented. Facilitator: Dr. Laura Hayward PULITZER Focusing on “Study” in an Education Study Abroad Program: Italy 2015 Dr. Deb L. Marciano, Ms. Shakela Primrose, and Ms. Jordan Marissa Rackley, Valdosta State University Take a virtual visit to Italian classrooms and public spaces, where five seniors in the early childhood special education program at Valdosta State University studied in summer 2015. Presenters will share vignettes, photos, and videos to introduce attendees to their observations, processes, and sense-making of their global interactions through children, culture, and cuisine. Facilitator: Dr. Linda Quinn CLUB BALLROOM (roundtable discussions) Collaborative Mentorship and Leadership Development Among Preservice and Mentor Teachers Dr. Kellie Whelan-Kim, Dr. Brenda Schulz, University of North Georgia; Ms. Lynn Seay, Forsyth County Board of Education This presentation will provide an overview of a collaborative mentorship program between preservice and mentor teachers, which was created to cultivate the leadership and mentoring skills of the supporting teacher and strengthen the development of the preservice teacher through collaborative learning and practice. Easing on Down the Road to Teacher Education Reform Ms. Jill S. Niemeyer, Northern Kentucky University One state’s recent changes and policy reform is the first in many years. This session will discuss the marriage of the old with the new as well as effects on teacher education programs and school districts, both public and private.


SRATE 2015 Friday, October 9, 2015


Triage with Greg Dean


Dr. Judy Beck, SRATE President, University of South Carolina


Dr. Barbara Benson, SRATE President-Elect, Piedmont College

Speaker Introduction:

Dr. Aline van Putten, ATE College Representative Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Keynote Speaker:

Mr. Dennis W. Bega, US Department of Education, National Director of Regional Operations

Dennis W. Bega is the National Director of Regional Operations in the Office of Communications and Outreach with the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, Mr. Bega serves as a department representative for Rural Outreach and is an ED resource for community and business partnerships and initiatives linking student learning with post-secondary education and career exploration. Mr. Bega collaborates on education issues with faith-based and community-based organizations, provides technical assistance to Federal/State/local communities and school districts on matters related to Department initiatives and priorities such as education reform, inclusion of all youth, technology, and other related education initiatives embedded in federal education statutes including teacher quality, accountability, and student achievement. He coordinates education involvement with federal grant development and training, welfare reform, juvenile justice, at-risk youth and collaborates with the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Appalachian Regional Commission and other partners. He represents the department at national, regional and state forums, and is an education liaison to several federal, regional and state education and public policy initiatives. Mr. Bega completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.


Annual Conference SRATE Awards:

Dr. Marie Byrd, SRATE Past President, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Dr. Jane Govoni, SRATE Executive Secretary, ESOL in Higher Ed, LLC

Innovation in Teacher Education Award Established to recognize and honor outstanding teacher education programs that have developed innovative approaches to teacher preparation.

Professional Development Awards Established to recognize opportunities for Baccalaureate and PostBaccalaureate students.

Watts Scholar Awards Award recipients are selected because of their potential to carry the torch that David Watts left behind.

This year’s Watts Scholars are education majors at the College of Coastal Georgia: o Amy Bryant, Senior, Middle Grades Education o Brittany Carrigan, Senior, Early Childhood and Special Education o Jessica Graff, Junior, Early Childhood and Special Education o Brian Ropieski, Junior, Middle Grades Education Roy L. Lauter Distinguished Service Award Established to recognize persons who have made cumulative significant contributions to SRATE over a period of at least ten years.

Presented to Dr. Gwendolyn Harris Middlebrooks, Spelman College (Retired); biography on page 30

GATE Awards:

Dr. Janet Strickland, GATE Immediate Past President, University of West Georgia

Distinguished Program in Teacher Education University of West Georgia, College of Education’s Doctor of Education with a major in School Improvement

Distinguished Clinician in Teacher Education Dr. Jan S. Witherington Bethlehem Elementary School, Barrow County, GA

GATE Supervising Teacher of the Year Ms. Cheryl Nicolls Brooks Elementary School, Coweta County, GA


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


SRATE 2015 Dr. Gwendolyn Harris Middlebrooks, Roy L. Lauter Award Recipient Dr. Gwendolyn Harris Middlebrooks, this year’s recipient of the Roy L. Lauter Distinguished Service Award, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and at the age of nine moved with her family to Atlanta Georgia. She graduated from David T. Howard High School in the Atlanta Public School System in 1957, Spelman College in 1961 (BS), Springfield College in 1966 (MS), and Georgia State University in 1979 (Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a major in Curriculum and Instruction).

Dr. Middlebrooks has been active in educational and political issues for more than fifty years. As an undergraduate college student, Dr. Gwendolyn Middlebrooks participated in the first Sit-Ins in the City of Atlanta and was arrested in a restaurant at the Georgia State Capitol. Those Sit-Ins were the initial activities of the Atlanta Student Movement and were planned, organized, and initiated by students enrolled in all institutions for the purpose of desegregating public facilities in Atlanta Georgia.

Dr. Middlebrooks’ long career in education began as a teacher in the Atlanta Public School System where she taught for six years. She was employed as a full-time faculty member and administrator at Spelman College (1963-64 and 1968-2009), and one year as a full-time faculty member at Memphis State University (1987-1988). During her years at Spelman College, she held the position of Chair of the Department of Education for eight years, served as College Faculty Secretary for ten years, served on the committee that developed the first evaluation system for the college, and served as Chair of the committee that completed the first revision of the Spelman College Faculty Evaluation System. As Chair of the Education Department, she managed and supervised multiple units that included the Teacher Certification Programs, the Marian Wright Edelman Child Development Center, the Division 3 Athletics Program, and the Physical Education Program. Dr. Middlebrooks has made significant contributions to the field of teacher education. Her contributions to the Association of Teacher Educators include the following: Chairperson of Nominations and Election Committee, College/University representative on the ATE Board, member of the Council of Unit Presidents, member of multiple planning committees, and current chair of the Special Interest Group for School Violence Prevention. She is a Past-President of SRATE (2011-2012) and an active member of the SRATE Board of Directors. She has been active in the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators GATE for 35 years, serving as Executive Director and two terms as GATE President. Other contributions to teacher education include serving on accreditation teams for the State of Georgia, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Examiners.

Congratulations to Dr. Gwendolyn Harris Middlebrooks and Thank You for your contributions to teacher education.


Annual Conference Publish in SRATE Journal: SRATE Journal is a publication of the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators. The mission of the Journal is dissemination of scholarship and research related to the profession of teaching with emphasis on teacher preparation. Points of view are those of the author and not necessarily reflective of the association or journal editors. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of information and legal use of all materials within their manuscripts. Authors should use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). All text pages must be numbered. Please do not include a running head. Manuscripts should be emailed to Dr. Thomas J. Buttery, For more information, visit the journal webpage at Length Manuscripts, including references, tables, charts and figures should not exceed 15 pages. Word-processing Format manuscripts via Microsoft Word using 12-point Times Roman font and double-spaced text with oneinch margins. Authors should use tabs and indents instead of spaces to standardize the format. Tables, charts, and figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript. Cover Page should include the following information: 1. Title of the manuscript 2. Date of submission 3. Author’s name, mailing address, business and home telephone numbers, institutional affiliation and address, email address and fax number 4. Statement that this manuscript is not under consideration nor has it been published elsewhere 5. Biographical information that identifies your title, where you work and area(s) of scholarship (Please limit this information to 30 words per author) Abstract A concise 100-word, double-spaced narrative should appear at the beginning of the manuscript. For more information, attend the roundtable session on Friday at 2:00 in the Club Ballroom (see p. 33)

Publish in GATEways to Teacher Education: GATEways to Teacher Education is the peer-reviewed, online journal of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators. It is published each October, with approximately four manuscripts accepted for publication each year. The editors especially encourage young professors to submit, as this is a great first opportunity to publish. While out of state manuscripts are accepted, first preference goes to Georgia educators. Each issue is non-thematic, with articles relating to teacher education. The journal editors solicit manuscripts with topics that include teaching and learning, induction, in-service education, and pre-service education. Project descriptions, research reports, theoretical papers, debates, papers espousing a particular point of view, and descriptions of activities or issues in teacher education at the local, state, or national level are appropriate topics for the journal. Action research papers are encouraged, especially those that involve school partners. Submissions should be sent electronically to Dr. Judy Butler by July 1 of each year. The length can vary since this journal is now online. Manuscripts should follow APA (6th edition) format. For more information:  attend the concurrent session on Thursday at 3:00 in the Pulitzer Room (see p.15),  refer to the main journal page on the association webpage,, or  contact the journal editors: o Dr. Judy Butler,, 678-839-6079, or o Dr. Janet Strickland,, 678-839-6061.


SRATE 2015 2:00 - 2:50 pm


Session cancelled.

ALEXANDER Preparing to Engage the Generation Z Learner Dr. Kimberly Fields and Dr. DaShonera Crawley, Albany State University Today’s classrooms are populated with Generation Z pupils who learn best when educators use strategies that engage these learners in the learning environment. Participants will explore music, original stories, simple solutions, and cultural experiences as best-practice models for delivering instruction to Generation Z learners. Facilitator: Dr. Gwendolyn Middlebrooks

DUBIGNON Developing Architects of Change Through Professional Development School Partnerships Dr. Sandra Webb, Dr. Stacy Schwartz, Dr. Nancy Mizelle, Dr. Joanne L. Previts, and Mr. Rob Sumowski, Georgia College & State University; Dr. Noris Price, Baldwin County School District Professional Development School partnerships provide effective opportunities for relevant, innovative, and embedded professional learning for all educators. This session focuses on the successful beginning of a university and school district partnership, forming an infrastructure for collaboration, launching partnerships, and a variety of signature programs supporting the goals of both institutions. Facilitator: Dr. Jill Niemeyer


Annual Conference 2:00 - 2:50 pm


Developing Teacher Candidates’ Abilities to Nurture Problem-Solving Abilities in Learners Dr. William Lacefield, Dr. Geri Collins, Dr. Jacquelyn Culpepper, and Dr. Margaret Morris, Mercer University In order to nurture problem-solving abilities in learners, teachers must have confidence in their own abilities to use varying strategies to solve problems. In this session, participants will explore problems and discuss ways to help teacher candidates develop problem-focused lessons for math, social studies, literacy, and other content areas. Facilitator: Dr. Gertrude Tinker-Sachs

PULITZER Break Your Cell Phone Policy: Embracing Social Media in the Higher Education Classroom Dr. Julie Jones, Converse College; Dr. Gary Bradley, University of South Carolina Harness the power of social media in your classroom by using Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Use social media to “flip” a classroom as well as create networking projects. Learn the potential pitfalls of using social media as shared by undergraduate students who participated in a social media enhanced classroom. Facilitator: Dr. Hazel Mays

CLUB BALLROOM (roundtable discussion) Research and Publishing in the SRATE Journal Dr. Thomas J. Buttery and Dr. Bettie Barrett, Austin Peay State University This presentation will increase attendees’ publication skills for publishing in the SRATE Journal, the predisposition and motivation for publishing, the organization of a journal article, writing techniques, and avoiding common errors made by writers. Discussion will include the online submission process. Refer to the SRATE Journal feature section on page 31 for additional information about the submission process.


SRATE 2015 3:00 - 3:50 pm


Data-Driven Professional Development: Together We Are Better Dr. Kristy Brown, Shorter University; Dr. Suzie Henderson, Pepperell Elementary School One of the greatest assets of implementing the edTPA is the data generated from the scoring of candidates’ portfolios. This use of data allows for Shorter University and Pepperell Elementary to target their resources and utilize them as efficiently as possible to support teacher candidates in their professional development. Facilitator: Ms. Anne Marie Fenton

ALEXANDER Project 3D: Providing Teacher Candidates with 21st Century STEM Education Skills Using Digital Design and 3D Printing Dr. Billi L. Bromer and Dr. Karen Henman, Brenau University Project 3D connects teacher educators and STEM-trained K-8 teachers to provide 21st century skills to students. Teacher candidates plan STEM-related lessons in science and math methods courses. Through the use of digital design software and 3D printers in their classrooms, K-8 students learn the skills they will need for tomorrow’s jobs. Facilitator: Dr. Meda Rollings

DUBIGNON Intergenerational Professional Identity: What Can Be Learned? Dr. Karynne L. M. Kleine, Young Harris College; Dr. Nancy B. Mizelle, Dr. Joanne L. Previts, and Dr. John H. Lounsbury, Georgia College & State University This presentation will review the current state of the specialized field of middle level teacher preparation and share the methodology devised to conduct this intergenerational self-study of colleagues with a combined tenure of over 100 years. Presenters will discuss preliminary findings and encourage participants to make connections with other research innovations. Facilitator: Dr. Heather Dillard


Annual Conference 3:00 - 3:50 pm


No More Excuses! Tools and Strategies for Effective Virtual Co-Planning Dr. Barbara Serianni and Dr. Kelly Brooksher, Armstrong State University There are a number of digital tools that can facilitate co-planning, even when you have no time to plan with colleagues. In this session you will experience virtual co-planning while you learn and use digital tools. You will leave this session confident you CAN co-plan at a distance. So BYOD!

Facilitator: Dr. Sharon Sellers-Clark PULITZER High Five Apps: How to Connect With Your Local School Community

Dr. Julie Jones, Converse College; Dr. Gary Bradley, University of South Carolina

Attendees will discover methods of building higher education service portfolios through this step-by-step guide for connecting with local districts. This session will show how faculty can guide practitioners and parents to alleviate technology concerns and provide resources through applications for mobile devices.

Facilitator: Dr. John Hobe

CLUB BALLROOM (roundtable discussions) A Modified Emporium Model in Action: Promoting High-Quality Teaching and Learning in Remedial Mathematics Courses Dr. Meda Rollings, Atlanta Metropolitan State College For the past four years, an urban state college has undergone major learning support reform in response to their SACS Quality Enhancement Plan initiative of transforming mathematics. This presentation will center on how to implement the emporium model, train faculty, and infuse technology to promote quality teaching and learning.

Mathematical Questions with a Purpose Ms. Lakesia L. Dupree, University of South Florida This study will discuss the questioning practices of preservice teachers during their clinical practices through the use of the content coaching model (West & Staub, 2003). Furthermore, it will facilitate discussion about strategies that can be used to promote cognitively demanding questioning in effort to cultivate rich mathematical discourse.

Are Cooperative Learning Strategies a Part of Today’s Diverse Classrooms? A Recent Study Reveals Surprising Answers Dr. Linda Ann McCall and Dr. Glenda Ogletree, Armstrong State University

This presentation will describe a survey conducted with teachers-of-record and pre-service teachers regarding application of cooperative learning in regional elementary schools. Surprising survey results will be shared.

Friday, October 9, 2015

4:00-4:50 pm Georgia Association of Teacher Education Membership Meeting (Club Ballroom) 35

SRATE 2015 8:00 - 8:50 am


Digital Literacies: Schoolification and Authenticity Dr. J. Patrick Tiedemann, Georgia Gwinnett College A research project on the approach to teaching pre-service teachers about Digital/Online literacies and how online activities can be used for content area teaching will be presented. The focus will be on using the digital literacies students use every day without ‘schoolifying’ the practices that they value as their own. Facilitator: Dr. Josh Pfiester

ALEXANDER Empowering Preservice Educators to Address Diverse Populations Through Targeted Internship Experiences Dr. Angela Elsass, Dr. Heather D. Kindall, and Dr. Tracey Crowe, University of Arkansas Teacher educators continuously seek approaches for program development that will effectively mentor pre-service teachers to serve the diverse needs of learners. This research focuses on the clinical internship and the role that authentic, targeted experiences may have on shaping attitudes and impacting career goals of elementary pre-service teachers. Facilitator: Dr. Changnam Lee

DUBIGNON Examining Pre-Service Teachers’ Perspectives on the Effect of Comic Book Visual and Textual Conventions on the Learning by Struggling Readers Dr. Alicja Rieger, Dr. Gina M. Doepker, and Ms. Samantha M. Cooper, Valdosta State University; Dr. Ewa McGrail, Georgia State University The study presented in this presentation examines pre-service teachers’ perspectives on the effect of comic book visual and textual conventions in the TOON comic book series on the learning by struggling readers during guided reading instruction. Facilitator: Dr. Jill Niemeyer


Annual Conference 8:00 - 8:50 am


The “Outing” of Doctoral Students and Coming to Voice in a Course on Language Variation and Learning Dr. Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Ms. Nicole Dukes, Ms. Elaine Johnson, Ms. Megan Lewis, Ms. Jeehye Park, Ms. Huan Wang, and Ms. Kathleen Zackery, Georgia State University In this presentation six language and literacy teacher education students and their professor seek to explore how they integrated their understandings and experiences about language variation. They will describe the process of “coming to voice” through the dual processes of academic writing and deepening understandings of language variation, starting with self. Facilitator: Dr. Roben Taylor

PULITZER Developing High Digital Fluency and Assessments in Higher Education Dr. Keenya Mosley and Ms. Renea Camper, Savannah State University The digital fluency of faculty relates to their use of technology in teaching. Technology engages active learning among students and efficient processes among faculty. The future of assessments in higher education will involve social media, its informal method of data collection, and digitally fluent educators. Facilitator: Dr. Roben Taylor

CLUB BALLROOM (roundtable discussions) Disruptive Innovation and the Ethical Turn: An Examination of the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators in a Time of Dynamic Change Mr. Scott T. Grubbs, Valdosta State University Education is in the midst of the powerful processes of disruptive innovation, and educators will require relevant ethical codes to guide them through rapid and often disorienting change. This presentation will evaluate the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators to determine the code’s effectiveness in an era of constant reforms.

Pre-Service Teachers’ Research and Reflections on Social Justice and Equity from a Teacher Education Course Dr. James Badger, Ms. Kristie Burton, Ms. Laura DiGioia, Ms. Emily Garmon, and Ms. Elizabeth Jagus, University of North Georgia What curriculum, projects, and approaches in teacher education programs develop pre-service teachers’ understanding of social justice, diversity, and equity? Pre-service teachers will share research and reflections on social justice and multicultural curriculum as well as approaches for culturally responsive teaching.

Reform on Teacher Preparation: Fewer Courses, Increased Clinical Time Dr. Jillian Carter Ford, Kennesaw State University Will a teacher preparation program with increased clinical hours accelerate the teacher development progression of teacher candidates? This session will discuss a reformed Masters of Arts in Teaching program that seeks to accelerate this progression so that student learning can be impacted at an accelerated rate.


SRATE 2015 9:00 - 9:50 am


Intervening in the Reinvention of the [Lesson Plan] Wheel: Reflections and Lessons Learned in Building a Lesson Plan Database from an Elementary Science Methods Course Dr. Josh Pfiester and Dr. Roben Taylor, Dalton State College American teachers do not have a system in place to make public the knowledge generated in the context of the classroom. This presentation will be about lessons learned to date regarding a growing undergraduate inquiry-based science lesson plan database in a small attempt to “deprivatize� the profession. Facilitator: Dr. Ewa McGrail

ALEXANDER Professional Dispositions in Action Dr. Angela Elsass, Dr. Heather D. Kindall, and Dr. Tracey Crowe, University of Arkansas Teacher educators are challenged to take an in-depth look at the professional dispositions valued in the teaching profession and the experiences pre-service educators encounter that may have an impact on shaping self-awareness of professional dispositions, as well as how these dispositions translate into effective teaching in the elementary classroom. Facilitator: Dr. Charlease Kelly-Jackson

DUBIGNON Multicultural Self-Awareness Among Pre-Service Teachers Dr. Shawn Plash and Dr. Chieko Koyama, Troy University Providing quality education begins from promoting classroom social justice. How to engage in advocacy for culturally diverse students as well as their families and how to promote culturally open school environments will be discussed using results of two quantitative studies involving multicultural self-awareness among pre-service and in-service teachers. Facilitator: Dr. Alicja Rieger


Annual Conference 9:00 - 9:50 am


Access, Opportunity, and Equity Through Field Trips Dr. Judy Beck, Ms. Stacy Burr, and Ms. Laura Kaufman, University of South Carolina; Dr. Susan Fernandez, Lander University The presenters will connect educational theory and practical experience to the benefits of taking field trips in teacher education. Through visual aids and accompanying anecdotes, the attendees will recognize one teacher education program’s use of this instructional strategy. Facilitator: Dr. Molly Zhou PULITZER Mixed Messages: Teaching Pre-Service Teachers to Utilize Research-Based Formative Instructional Practices in the Testing and Accountability Landscape of K-12 Schools Dr. Dawn H. Souter, Georgia Gwinnett College A common message teacher candidates receive from field experience is that there is insufficient time to use research-based, formative assessment practices. In this session, the presenter will describe ways to teach education students concepts of formative assessment as the cornerstone for teaching and learning even in the testing and accountability landscape of schools today. Facilitator: Mr. Scott Grubbs CLUB BALLROOM (roundtable discussions) Shaping the Future by Staying in Shape: Activating Academic Achievement Opportunities Through Exercise Dr. Dr. Susan Fernandez, Lander University This presentation will establish the relationship between fitness and test scores, share the latest brain research and exercise policies for students, and provide meaningful ‘exercises’ to support school stakeholders in their quest to understand, implement, and participate in exercise for academic engagement, enjoyment, and enhancement. Comparative Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction in the United States and England: What Might We Learn? Dr. William Lacefield, Dr. Geri Collins, Dr. Jacquelyn Culpepper, and Dr. Margaret Morris, Mercer University This session will focus on comparative mathematics education in the United States and England. Observations and thoughts resulting from varied experiences, including a sabbatical focused on immersion in England's mathematics education culture through participatory observation will be discussed. Implications and future directions will be explored.


SRATE 2015 10:00 - 10:50 am


Seven Steps to Successful School Turn-Around Dr. James Davis, High Point University Successful school turnaround will be explored, outlining seven steps which lead to high levels of success at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The seven steps are creative, realistic, innovative, and purposeful. Success from the seven steps was defined by student achievement, working condition surveys, and other indicators. Facilitator: Mr. Scott Grubbs

ALEXANDER Overcoming Exclusionary Pedagogy to Maximize Student Learning Opportunities Dr. Changnam Lee, Lander University This session will address problems and issues of using exclusionary pedagogy in teacher preparation programs in relation to recent reform movements. The audience will participate in the discussion and provide suggestions to modify the proposed approach. The session will also provide strategies for teacher practice assessments such as edTPA. Facilitator: Dr. James Badger

DUBIGNON The Beginning of Our Journey: Four Perspectives on a School/University Partnership Dr. Elizabeth S. Hoffman, University of Central Florida; Ms. Pamela Wolfcale, Ms. Holly Hernandez, and Ms. Sara Lucas, Oakland Avenue Charter School This session will present four unique perspectives on the beginning of a journey toward a school/university partnership. The presenters will share high points and challenges of the first year and their vision for the future of the partnership. Facilitator: Dr. Dawn Souter


Annual Conference 10:00 - 10:50 am


Empowering Student Engagement and Learning Through Improving Their Metacognitive Strategies Dr. Aileen J. Watts, Arkansas Tech University This session will review specific metacognitive strategies that teachers can incorporate into their daily pedagogical practices. These strategies can consistently impact each student’s capacity to meet accountability expectations and improve overall academic outcomes. Facilitator: Dr. Meda Rollings

PULITZER Arts Integration: Engagement and Impact on K-12 Student Learning Dr. Molly Zhou, Dalton State College This presentation will add to the attendees’ understanding of the importance of arts integration in the era of Common Core. The presenters will share how Open Educational Resources can be used to assist the preparation of teacher candidates in their teaching. Facilitator: Dr. Gertrude Tinker Sachs

CLUB BALLROOM (roundtable discussion) Using Personality and Leadership Inventories to Develop Teacher Leaders Dr. Edward Cox, University of South Carolina This presentation will outline a program to enhance the emotional intelligence of teacher leaders. A series of self-assessments will be described, and examples of their usage will be provided. Interactive activities will illustrate the benefits.


Association of Teacher Educators Chicago, IL at Hilton Chicago; details at

October 13-15, 2016

Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Reston, VA at Hyatt Regency; details coming soon to

October 26-28, 2016

Georgia Association of Teacher Educators Young Harris, GA at Brasstown Valley; details at


SRATE 2015 Saturday, October 10, 2015

11:00 am

SRATE 2015 Business Meeting Agenda (Club Ballroom)


Judy Beck, President 2014-2015

Adoption of Agenda:

Judy Beck

Minutes of the 2014 Meeting:

Judy Beck and Jane Govoni

Executive Secretary’s Report And Financial Report:

Jane Govoni

Committee Reports Audit:

Sharon Lamson


Marie Byrd, Chair

Roy L. Lauter Award:

Gwendolyn Harris Middlebrooks

Innovation in Teacher Education Award:

Marie Byrd

Nominations and Elections:

Judy Beck

Conference Site Selection:

Judy Beck

Marketing and Communications:

Donald Luck


Thomas Buttery


Sharon Lamson

New Business SRATE Update and Report – Georgia

Barbara Benson

SRATE 2016 Preliminary Report: Maryland, October 13-15

Jamey Tobery-Nystrom and Judy Beck

SRATE Future Meetings: 2017: Arkansas, October 5-7 2018: TBA

Stephanie Pepper

Installation of 2015-2016 President:

Barbara Benson

Announcements and Adjournment:

Judy Beck

Thank you for a wonderful conference!



Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson Computer-Based Pilot and Field Tests Representative Kellie Crawford will co-present during two sessions: Thursday at 3:00pm in the DuBignon Room and Friday at 8:00am in the Federal Reserve Room

Jekyll Island Authority’s Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Representatives Patricia Norris Parsons and Katie Higgins will present during a special session: Thursday at 4:00pm in the Club Ballroom; refer to pages 16-17 for details


Doctor of Education with a major in School Improvement


Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.