Mrs. Jamie Bird and Dr. Jessica Graves, representing the COEHS edTPA Advisory Council, collaborated with Dr. Susan Hagood of Thomas University to present at the Georgia Association of Teacher Educator (GATE) Annual Conference. Their presentation, entitled “edTPA: Sustaining Development of Teacher Candidates within New Accountability Mechanisms,” addressed best practices for edTPA implementation at the university level. Additionally, presenters shared how technology has served as a resource in the implementation process.
News from the James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services
Pine Grove Elementary (PGE) welcomed Mrs. Sandra Deal (First Lady of Georgia) on Tuesday October 1st to their physical education classes. Mrs Deal was there to congratulate them (Sue Ann Christie and Amie Burnam) on being a TWO time Governor’s SHAPE Honor Roll Gold Medal Winner ! The First Lady asked them questions about fitness and nutrition classes they taught and specifically wanted to know what they did that made their program so successful at PGE. Pine Grove Elementary and its faculty have appreciated Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal’s support throughout the years.
In this picture , Pine Grove Elementary PE teachers, Sue Ann Christie, Amie Burnam (not pictured), and Valdosta State’s student teacher Zach Brogdon, share all the ways they are integrating nutrition and physical activity into the curriculum with the First Lady of Georgia, Sandra Deal.
The edTPA Advisory Council members, Jamie Bird, Melody Fuller, Jessica Graves, and Barbie Radcliffe will be presenting at the National edTPA Implementation Conference on November 1-2, 2013 to be held in San Diego, California.
Their presentation, entitled Looking back as We Move Forward: Dovetailing edTPA and CAEP, will address how Valdosta State University is preparing for the implementatino of edTPA to ensure its integration into a comprehensive assessment system that is in compliance with the new CAEP standards.
Dr. T. Lynn Barber was recently recognized as a Finalist in the national Outstanding Dissertation competition sponsored by the University Council for Workforce and Human Resources Education.
Dr. Barber earned his Doctor of Education Degree in Adult and Career Education in the Summer of 2012. The title of his dissertation study is “Identification and Analysis of Georgia Exemplary Secondary Agricultural Education Programs”. Dr. Reynaldo Martinez, pictured with Dr. Barber, served as the dissertation advisor along with committee members from ACED Dr. Mary Willis, Dr. Iris Ellis and Dr. Kent Moore from the Langdale College of Business. We are very proud of Lynn’s doctoral research and this recognition is an indicator of the quality of his work.
Congratulations Dr. Barber!
ACED is proud to have sponsored Rebecca Rusk, a major in the Office Administration and Technology Online Bachelor Completion (OAT-OBC) program, at the Spring 2013 Symposium on Undergraduate Research! Ms. Rusk, a junior in the OAT-OBC program, is a non-traditional student from Cumming, Georgia. Ms. Rusk wrote a paper titled “Operating Systems for the Novice User” as a course requirement for ACED 3150 Computer Operating Systems for the Office. Her instructor was so impressed by her writing skills that she urged Ms. Rusk to submit her paper to the symposium at VSU, and her submission was accepted.
Regarding her studies in the OAT-OBC program, Ms. Rusk states: “Being a student in the OAT-OBC program of study is allowing me the opportunity to complete my degree and accomplish a life goal that I would not otherwise be able to realize. I have been active in the workforce for over 30 years, and traditional classes just are not conducive to my professional directive. The OAT-OBC program offers me the continuum of courses needed in my chosen career field, keeping me up-to-date amidst the ever-changing landscape of business and technology.”
ACED faculty members Dr. Vesta Whisler and Dr. Diane Wright have been selected to present at the National Council for Local Administrators/Association for Career and Technical Education Best Practices and Innovations in Career and Technical Education Conference in San Diego, California, September 25-27, 2013. The selection panel considered many excellent proposals for presentations and ours was selected as one of the top 20 to be invited to present at the conference. This presentation will describe the “online bachelor completion” (OBC) programs of the Office Administration and Technology (OAT) Degree and the Bachelors of Applied Science in Human Capital Performance (HCP) Degree. These two degree OBC delivery models are designed to provide a pathway for completing a bachelors degree for non-traditional adults who may have completed some college education, achieved an applied associate degree in a technical field and/or have other professional credentials or training. These programs are part of VSU’s efforts to achieve the goals set Governor Nathan Deal’s “Complete College Georgia” initiative. Dr. Whisler is the Lead Professor for the OAT-OBC program and Dr. Wright is the Lead Professor for the HCP-OBC program.
The title of their presentation is: “Technical Degrees via Online Bachelor Completion Programs”.
Congratulations Dr. Whisler and Dr. Wright!