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New program helps high school students prepare for college

Preparing local high school students for college is the driving force behind Georgia Regents University’s High School U, a pilot program developed by Teacher Education professor Andrew Kemp.

According to Dr. Kemp, the initiative consists of GRU faculty from various disciplines teaching 30-minute Power Periods or enrichment classes at local high schools. During these sessions, the professors will have the chance to introduce their academic specialty to students.

“The purpose of this program is to show high school students the endless possibilities offered to them in college,” said Dr. Kemp. “We want to give them insight on how higher education is not an extension of high school, but it is an experience that they can create.”

In February, Dr. Kemp first implemented the program in Columbia County at Lakeside High School and session topics ranged from Japanese culture to learning how to properly write a cover letter for your college application  to careers in science to study abroad. He and the GRU faculty that participated received such a positive response that there were many student requesting to be transferred into the classes.  School officials also scheduled the program to be implemented again this semester during the weeks of April 15-19 and April 22-26.

In the future, Dr. Kemp hopes to expand the program to more Columbia County schools and in other counties including Richmond and Burke.

If you are interested in teaching one or several of these Power Periods, contact Dr. Kemp at akemp4@gru.edu or at 706-729-2496.  To schedule a volunteer time, click the following the link http://doodle.com/hgngcwf47u62f6n6. All submissions must be received by Monday, April 1.

PRESTIGE Scholarship Information Session

A PRESTIGE Scholarship Information Session will be held Tues, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. in E1049 Science Hall on the Summerville Campus. Pizza will be served.

PRESTIGE offers a 5-year program in which participants earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in a STEM field and commit to teaching biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics in a high-needs school district in the United States upon graduation and teacher certification.

For more information on this teacher education program, click here.

Impacting Student Learning Conference

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Award-winning author to speak at Impacting Student Learning Conference

Dr. William H. Schubert, a curriculum theorist, researcher, and award-winning author, will be the featured speaker at GRU’s annual Impacting Student Learning Conference on Saturday, March 16, from  8 a.m.-2 p.m. in University Hall, Summerville campus.

Schubert serves in several capacities at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) including as Professor Emeritus of Education, director of graduate studies and coordinator of the institution’s doctoral program.

With a career in education spanning more than 30 years, Schubert has authored over 200 articles and has written 16 books including Curriculum Perspective, Paradigm, and Possibility and Love, Justice, and Education.

Schubert’s research in curriculum studies has garnered him several awards including the American Education Research Association’s Mary Anne Raywid Award for Lifetime Achievement and being named UIC’s University Scholar.

Schubert received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more information, call GRU’s Department of Teacher Education at 706-737-1496.

Professor named Vice President for education council

By Danielle Harris, Senior Media Relations Coordinator

Kathleen Hogan, assistant professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Special Education, has been named Vice President for the Georgia chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children. The council will announce the appointment at its annual conference on Friday, Feb. 22, in Macon, Ga.

“I am honored to have been selected for this position,” Hogan said. “I am passionate about helping students succeed and I am looking forward to getting them more involved with the council as we prepare for the classroom.”

According to council officials, Hogan’s appointment is four-year commitment in which she will serve as vice chair of the Program Committee as well as a member of the Communications Committee.

“We are very proud of the work Dr. Hogan does with her students and for our university,” said Cindi Chance, Dean of GRU’s College of Education. “The passion she has for special education is phenomenal and we wish her the best as she takes on this new leadership position.”

She has been a member of the national organization since 2007 and began serving on the awards subcommittee for the Georgia chapter in 2012.

Hogan is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Education Grant for Doctoral Leadership Program in Behavioral Disorders and the Augusta State University Faculty Research and Development Grant.

She graduated from the University of North Texas where she earned a bachelor’s degree in  Rehabilitation Studies, a master’s degree in Special Education-Emphasis on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and a doctoral degree in special education and criminal justice.

ASU names dean of the College of Education

Lucindia Chance has been named dean of Augusta State University’s College of Education, effective July 1.

Chance comes to ASU from Georgia Southern University where she is professor emeritus in educational leadership and previously dean of their College of Education.  A former classroom teacher, principal, professor, and administrator, she brings more than 20 years experience in higher education to her new role.

“We are excited to have Dr. Chance join the ASU family. She brings a perfect mix of academic credentials, administrative experience, and knowledge of the University System of Georgia to help Augusta State (and the New U) continue to move forward,” said Carol Rychly, vice president for academic affairs at ASU.

While serving at Georgia Southern, Chance established the Georgia Center for Educational Renewal to address issues and challenges in K-12 education, promote partnerships between the university and P-16 communities, and improve teaching and learning in schools. She was instrumental in obtaining a one-million dollar gift for an endowed professor in educational leadership from the Goizuetta Foundation as well as $500,000 in scholarships for Hispanic education majors.

Prior to becoming dean of the College of Education at Georgia Southern, Chance served as dean of education at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She also served for 10 years at the University of Memphis. She began her career in education as a classroom teacher and principal in Milan, Tenn.

Chance serves on the national and state Professional Accreditation Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.  She also is a member of the Fulbright International Review Peer Committee and the National Education Association.

Chance is a recipient of numerous awards including a Leadership Award from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, a Distinguished Educator Award for the state of Tennessee, and for Superior Performance in University Research from the University of Memphis.

She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters as well as edited two books, one of which is currently under development. She is a frequent guest lecturer on topics in education both nationally and internationally, and as an international Rotarian, she has made presentations at clubs in England, France, and China.

Chance received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lambuth College, master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from The University of Tennessee, and doctoral degree also in curriculum and instruction from Memphis State University.

For more information, call ASU’s Office of Public Relations and Publications at 706-737-1444.


NCATE commends ASU’s College of Education

Augusta, Ga. – “No areas for improvement” was the finding of the examiners from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) who completed their review of the College of Education at Augusta State University on February 7.

“This is a phenomenal achievement for the College of Education and the university. The leadership team for the College of Education has done a remarkable job by not only meeting the NCATE standards, but exceeding them. This is a tremendous affirmation for the university as we move forward into consolidation,” said Carol Rychly, acting vice president for academic affairs.

The NCATE team interviewed administrators, faculty, staff, current students, alumni and education professionals from the six partnering school districts to ensure that all programs preparing educational professionals are of the quality expected for professional accreditation.

“Faculty and staff at Augusta State were thrilled to learn that all standards were met with no standard having an ‘area for improvement,’” said Paula Dohoney, interim dean for the College of Education. “That is essentially a perfect score. We are elated that the NCATE Board of Examiners saw all of the work we have done in continuously improving our educator preparation programs,” added Dohoney.

The NCATE examiners found ASU met all elements of every accreditation standard. They commended the faculty of the college on their partnership with ASU’s College of Arts and Sciences. The examiners also cited ASU’s partnership with 52 area schools from six different counties as a national model for which other institutions should strive.

NCATE will now report their findings and recommendation to their Unit Accreditation Board which is responsible for determining the accreditation status of professional education units.

The site visit team consisted of representatives from NCATE, the profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation, and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Every seven years NCATE evaluates a school’s professional education programs.

For more information, call Tunisia Williams, assistant director in ASU’s Office of Public Relations and Publications, at 706-737-1877.

World-renown CEO to speak at education seminar

Augusta, Ga. – The College of Education at Augusta State University, along with the Central Savannah River Area Regional Educational Service Agency, will present Rolling out Career Pathways with Bill Daggett on Friday, Jan. 27, from 2-5 p.m. in ASU’s Maxwell Theatre. Also in attendance will be John Barge, Georgia State School Superintendent.

Daggett, CEO of the International Center for Leadership in Education, is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move education systems toward more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students.

He has assisted a number of states and hundreds of school districts with their school improvement initiatives, many in response to No Child Left Behind and the demanding adequate yearly progress provisions. Daggett also has collaborated with education ministries in several countries and with the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, and many other national organizations.

Prior to founding the center, Daggett was a teacher and administrator at the secondary and postsecondary levels and a director with the New York State Education Department, where he spearheaded restructuring initiatives to focus the state’s education system on the skills and knowledge students need in a technological, information-based society.

He is the creator of the Application Model and Rigor/Relevance Framework, a practical planning and instructional tool for determining the relevance of curriculum and assessment to real-world situations. His Rigor/Relevance Framework has become a cornerstone of many school reform efforts throughout the United States. Daggett also is the senior advisor of the Institute for 21st Century Leadership, a joint effort of the Association of Career and Technical Education and the International Center for Leadership in Education.

The author of numerous books about learning and education, textbooks and research studies, reports, and journal articles, Daggett has spoken to hundreds of thousands of educators and education stakeholders in all 50 states. His enlightening, entertaining, and motivating messages have helped his listeners to look at education differently by challenging their assumptions about the purposes, benefits, and effectiveness of American schools.

Daggett has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by both Temple University and the State University of New York at Albany. He received Albany’s Excellence in Education Award and Temple University’s 2007 Gallery of Success Award.

Dr. Daggett has a special commitment to individuals with disabilities. He and his wife, Bonnie, volunteer their time and lend their support to Wildwood Programs in upstate New York. Wildwood serves the needs of people of all ages who, like their daughter Audrey, have neurological impairments/learning disabilities or autism, by enabling them to become the best that they can be.

For more information about this free event, call ASU’s College of Education at 706-737-1499.