Faculty boast success in Department of Teacher Education

AUGUSTA, GA. – COE Faculty in the Department of Teacher Education have been active in research and professional organizations.

Dr. Susan Edwards gave two presentations at the national conference of the Association for Middle Level Educators in Minneapolis, Minn., in November. She presented “Purposeful discussions in middle grades education classrooms:  Requiring teacher candidates to discuss the text in meaningful ways” and “Weaving technology throughout a middle grades program.”

Dr. Rebecca Harper is an invited speaker for the South Carolina International Reading Association’s annual convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She will conduct an all-day pre-conference institute.

Dr. Drew Kemp gave three presentations in October at the annual meeting of the American Association of Teaching and Curriculum in Chicago, Ill.: “The de-intellectualization of the teacher Rubrics and the removal of responsibility;” “The spark that makes your ideas bright: Using primetime animation to explore social justice and place-based education for social studies education,” “Conceptualizing research in education: guiding students towards making connections for focused research topics.”

Dr. Drew Kemp also had two journal articles published this year. “Preparing pre-service secondary educators” (Conderman, G., Johnston-Rodriguez, S., Hartman, P., Kemp, D.) was published by “Preventing School Failure.” The journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to serving children and adolescents in general education, special education, and alternative education programs. “Promoting philosophical diversity: exploring racial diffeences in beliefs about the purposes of education” was published in the “Journal of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators.”

Dr. Nai-Cheng Kuo served as guest speaker at several area meetings and presentations. Dr. Kup spoke on response to intervention (RTI) techniques for a GRU middle school programs and schools course in September; and she spoke twice in November for the High School U program, at Lakeside High School and Greenbrier High School. Dr. Kuo will host an RTI Workshop on Dec. 4 at Georgia Regents University.

Dr. Beth Pedergraft and Dr. Judi Wilson presented together twice in September. The duo presented “All about assessment” at the the GRU Curriculum Design Academy, and “What if they don’t want to read?” at the Georgia Reading Forum, in Macon, Ga.

Dr. Laura Rychly presented “Exploring the tensions between narrative imagination and official knowledge through ‘The Life of Pi,'” at the Curriculum & Pedagogy Conference in New Orleans, La., in June.

Dr. Laura Rychly also contributed a chapter, “Dr. Vera John-Steiner as a Key: Unlocking a Theory of Receptive Discourse” to the book “Constructing a Community of Thought: Letters on the Scholarship, Teaching, and Mentoring of Vera John-Steiner.”

Dr. Juan Walker was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Library of Congress for “Theoretical Cognitive Principles Applied in a Social Studies Classroom.”

Dr. Judi Wilson presented “Preparing for leadership” at the GRU New Faculty Orientation in August. She also presented “I can handle the kids, but what about the parents?” at the Burke County School District’s New Teacher Induction Program in September. And in October, she presented “Building and sustaining district and university partnerships:  creative and cost-effective collaboration” at the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators Conference, in Jekyll Island, Ga.

Dr. Misato Yamaguchi had three articles published this year. “Developing a Global-Centered Worldview Beyond National Borders: Global Education as a Path for Effective Global Citizenship” was published in “SangSaeng” (“Living Together”), a publication of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for Intentional Understanding. “Online autobiographies and discussions in global and multicultural education: a safe place to discuss culture, identity, power & privilege” was published in “From the Margins towards the Mainstream: Activities to Enhance Social Justice Awareness in Literacy Education and the Arts,” a publication of Rowan and Littlefield. “Using social networking in the social studies for global citizenship: reflecting on the March 11, 2011 disaster in Japan” was published in “The Georgia Social Studies Journal,” a peer-reviewed, online quarterly journal dedicated to a wide array of topics that benefit elementary and secondary social studies teachers and teacher educator.

Dr. Misato Yamaguchi also presented “An effective use of personal narratives: a holistic approach to teaching about Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Peace” in October at the annual conference of the Georgia Council for Social Studies in Athens, Ga.

Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) T-shirts are available in all sizes for $15. Contact Dr. Stacie Pettit at 706-667-4500 or spettit@gru.edu.


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