(Above, L-R: Associate Dean Paula Dohoney, Karen Jones, Lindsey McWhorter, Grier Hargrove, Dr. Stacie Pettit, Emily Usry, Sean Matthews, Justin Foster and Dean Cindi Chance in the Capitol building. More photos follow the story below.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Students at the Georgia Regents University College of Education made their first annual trip to the Georgia Capitol on Feb. 6-7 for a Day on the Hill with the Georgia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (GACTE).
College of Education Dean Cindi Chance, Associate Dean Paula Dohoney, and students, faculty and staff participated in the event, which aims to educate legislators about P-12 education and the issues they face.
“Education is the most important single common denominator in crime rates and economic development,” Chance said. “Advancing education in the state of Georgia is essential for the state’s continued growth and prosperity.”
GRU students Justin Flanders, Grier Hargrove, Karen Jones, Sean Matthews, Lindsey McWhorter and Emily Usry met with congressional representatives at a reception on Feb. 6, including Rep. Barry Fleming, Rep. Gloria Frazier, Rep. Henry “Wayne” Howard, Sen. Bill Jackson, Rep. Tom McCall, Rep. Brian Prince, Rep. Barbara Sims, Rep. Earnest Smith and Sen. Jesse Stone. They talked about progress in teacher preparation and curriculum at GRU, where education students are required to complete more than 1,000 hours of in-classroom instruction before graduation, and to meet new, more rigorous standards for certification.
Sen. Jesse Stone recognized GRU and the GACTE during the Feb. 7 session of the Senate. Stone invited Dr. Chance, Dr. Dohoney and Dr. Stacie Pettit to accompany him on the floor for the honor, where they received a standing ovation. (Click here for the video; begins at about 40:00) Rep. Barbara Sims recognized GRU and the GACTE during the Feb. 7 session in the House of Representatives, where they also received a standing ovation. (Click here for the video; begins at about 51:00)
Students also spent the day observing the House and the Senate; sharing information with interested legislators, staffers, and lobbyists; and networking with students and faculty from other schools of education. Eleven colleges and universities in Georgia participated in the GACTE Day on the Hill, which is expected to be an annual event.
For more information about the GRU College of Education, visit gru.edu/colleges/education.