Middle Level Education students climb the summit

Above: Students pulled legendary educator John H. Lounsbury (far left) into their ‘hashtag’ photo, winning the Best Twitter Pic contest.

AUGUSTA, GA. – The GRU chapter of the Collegiate Middle Level Association attended the Georgia College Summit at Georgia College & State University on Oct. 5. The conference provided professional development for advocates of young adolescents.

“This conference was an inspiration on so many levels,” said GRU CMLA chapter president Brandon Glenn. “Not only did it inspire us to become better educators, but it inspired us to improve and rethink some components of our CMLA chapter.”

Dr. Stacie Pettit, Professor of Education and faculty advisor for the GRU CMLA chapter, said that taking participating in professional development opportunities is advantageous for students.

“Being around educators who share the value of their chosen profession and its impact really validates their passions,” she said.

GRU students won accolades at the conference with their enthusiasm and engagement, as well as garnering the Best Twitter Pic award. They drew the attention of Grammy-award-winning musician and educator, Dr. Monte Selby, who joined them for lunch and conversation – and even gave Glenn his shirt.

CMLA chapter president Victoria Smalls credits the membership’s dedication to its success: “They’re so motivated and engaged in what they’re doing. They just really want to work towards middle grades, towards reaching out to other people who are going to school for the same thing and to help out other college students and the community,” Smalls said.

The Collegiate Middle Level Association meets regularly. For more information on the organization, visit their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CMLAatGRU or contact Dr. Stacie Pettit at 706-667-4500 or spettit@gru.edu.

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