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Professional Development School Partnership with Lowndes County School District and Valdosta State University

Barbara J. Radcliffe
Department Head – Middle, Secondary, Reading and Deaf Education

The 2013-2014 academic year marked the premiere of a Valdosta State University – Lowndes County Schools partnership that designated Lowndes Middle School and Hahira Middle School as Professional Development Schools (PDS). The goal for the PDS partnership was and continues to be to positively impact student learning (grades 6-8) as well as enhance the professional preparation of middle school teachers.

During the 2013 spring semester, Mrs. Melody Fuller and Barbara Radcliffe from VSU’s Middle Grades and Secondary Education programs met with administrators and school leaders from several local middle and high schools to identify practices that were and were not working for the schools when the VSU students entered their buildings for student teaching. In the process, two local middle school administrators, Mrs. Janet Hendley of Hahira Middle School and Dr. Derald Jones of Lowndes Middle School, approached program faculty at VSU regarding the potential development of a Professional Development School partnership. After researching the benefits of engaging in a PDS relationship, attending a PDS conference, and visiting several PDS schools in the Athens area, faculty and administrators from the three institutions agreed to pursue the relationship.


Natalie Kuhlmann Named Director of the Center for Assessment, Analytics, and Evaluation

IMG_NKuhlmannThe College of Education and Human Services at Valdosta State University is pleased to announce Ms. Natalie Kuhlmann’s appointment as the Director of the new Center for Assessment, Analytics, and Evaluation (CPAAE).
Natalie started her career in Institutional Research working with Dr. Kristina Cragg and Dr. Michael Black to secure Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaccreditation. Her strong attention to detail, analytical, and presentation skills made her an asset to the team and was a critical component of her success in the field of educational research and analytics. Since working in Institutional Research, she has collaborated with numerous faculty in the Department of Curriculum, Leadership, and Technology, such as Dr. Patrick Biddix, Dr. Donald Leech, and Dr. Verilette Hinkle, on scholarly research articles and other projects. After taking on the role of Data Analytics Coordinator in the Center for Program Assessment, Analytics, and Evaluation, she has embraced the challenge of increasing data transparency to support the mission of the College in producing quality educators year after year as well as providing faculty and administration the data needed to assist in their scholarly activity and data-driven decision making. Natalie is working toward the completion of a Doctor of Public Administration.

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Congratulations Ms. Gish



carolyn-g-awardCarolyn Gish was honored with the “I Caught You Caring” card. A student nominated Ms. Gish’s name and documented how salutary Ms. Gish had been to her throughout her first year in the program. Keep up the good work Ms. Gish!


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