May 2013 | E-Newsletter

CoE Receives National Recognition

The John H. Lounsbury College of Education is thrilled to receive national recognition for the following programs:

Early Childhood Education - The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) recognized this program at the initial and advanced levels.  The Early Childhood program is the only one in Georgia recognized.

Middle Grades Education – The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) recognized this program at the initial and advanced levels.  The Middle Grades program  is one of three programs recognized in Georgia.

Special Education – The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)  recognized this program at the initial level.  Special Education is one of five programs recognized in Georgia.

Library Media – The American Association of School Librarians  (AASL) nationally recognized this program at the initial level. Library Media is one of three programs in Georgia to receive this recognition.

Then - Now - Tomorrow Tea

 The John H. Lounsbury College of Education held the Then-Now-Tomorrow (TNT) Tea on February 5, 2013 in the newly renovated Kilpatrick Education Center atrium.  Alumni and current senior cohort students gathered that afternoon to enjoy delicious food and drink while sharing stories of their college and teaching experiences. 

During the tea, senior cohort students spoke with alumni about the field-based mentor leader cohort model, study abroad experiences, and research projects.  “It was an exciting event where I was able to meet many alumni and be encouraged by the College of Education staff,” said senior Early Childhood major, Bethany Floyd.

Dr. Jane Hinson, Dean of the College of Education, expressed the importance of the TNT Tea,  “Through events like this, we help our students build professional networks and memories that will make them want to stay connected with the CoE after graduation. We remind the alums in attendance of their importance to us and encourage their continued support of CoE programming.”

Alumni in attendance were asked to share their stories and artifacts to include in our digital scrapbook, an archive of the history of the CoE.  We would like to extend this invitation to all alumni of the John H. Lounsbury College of Educationi.  Please contact Revel Pogue, Community Liaison, at revel.pogue@gcsu.edu, to share your story.

Baldwin County Literacy Fair

Baldwin County held the first ever Literacy Fair on January 26, 2013 at the Milledgeville Mall.  An initiative of the Partners for Progress, this event showcased literacy initiatives and family development opportunities in the community.  A strong showing of support from both presenters and participants made the day a huge success, and hopefully, a reoccurring event.

“Milledgeville-Baldwin County has so much to offer by way of literacy programs and educational resources. There was, and still is a huge need to collect and combine all of the literacy initiatives in town so that the public can take full advantage of them,” said Sarah Hamil, Literacy Fair chair.

The College of Education had a strong presence at the Literacy Fair.  Pre-education and cohort students staffed a paper bag puppet booth; GC Early College students tested the community’s knowledge of primary and secondary sources, as well as distributed information about their school; and the GCEC poetry group, Spoken Soul, performed two original poems under the guidance of Dr. Cynthia Alby, professor of Secondary Education.

To see a full list of CoE Volunteers click here.

Revised Special Education Program

This May the undergraduate Special Education program will proudly graduate its first cohort class under its revised program. 

The Special Education program received a U.S. Department of Education grant in 2009: Preparing Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers for Content and Research-based Practices Through a Field-based Cohort Program.   The first admitted cohort began in fall 2011.

Dr. Amy Childre was the grant author, and all Special Education faculty participated in the process of revising the program and implementing revised courses. They greatly benefited from the collaboration of GC Reading faculty, Dr. Carol Christy, and Math Education faculty, Dr. Angel Abney, who led the content course revisions.

The major program changes include a push for more content knowledge in Reading and Mathematics as well as an emphasis on use of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) in a response to intervention framework.  Additional reading and math courses were added to the program of study under the revised program, and all special education courses were revised to target key EBP’s. “Reading and Math are the most common areas where students with disabilities need support. Our trainees will now graduate with an in depth understanding of the content which will enhance their effectiveness in integrating instructional practices to address student learning needs. This will be key to the success of our trainees as inclusion specialists,” said Childre.

The revisions have strengthened an already excellent program and have had a positive impact on students.  “I can say with confidence that the Georgia College Special Education program has equipped me to be an effective educator. This program was very challenging and I would not have been successful without the interaction of my cohort peers as well as the leadership of our mentor,“ said Special Education major, Jenny Lawhon.

Special Education faculty are currently revising the MAT program.

Instructional Technology Certificate

The College of Education is pleased to announce that graduates of the  M.Ed. Instructional Technology program will be able to pursue certification through the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) beginning Fall 2013.

Upon completion of the program and passing the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE), graduates will be certified as  S-5 Instructional Technology Specialist.

A bridge course has been developed for students who have recently graduated from this program and would like to pursue a certificate.  For more information about the M.Ed. Instructional Technology program or the bridge course, contact Dr. Chris Greer, chris.greer@gcsu.edu, or Dr. Eunjung (Grace) Oh, eunjung.oh@gcsu.edu.

CoE Spotlights

Faculty Spotlight - Jimmy Wright

Alumni Spotlight - Larissa (Murphy) Beecher

Student Spotlight - Andrew Wimpey

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