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2020
Friday, October 2nd
7:45 AM

GERA 2020 Conference Program

GERA Conference

Virtual Event

7:45 AM

Presentation Materials Available

8:30 AM

Counseling as a Pathway to Earned-Secure Attachment Status

Sara Moe, Mercer University

Counselor Roles and Relationships (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Presentation Materials Available

The Impact of Client Culture on Termination of the Counseling Relationship

Colin F. Freeland, Mercer University

Counselor Roles and Relationships (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Presentation Materials Available

“What do you do again?”: Role Conflict, Job Stress, and Burnout in Professional School Counselors

Jesyca Z. Lyle, Mercer University

Counselor Roles and Relationships (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Diversity in Legal Education: Examining Race, Gender, and Age as Factors to Predict Bar Passage

Phylicia Thompson, Georgia State University
Chris Oshima, Georgia State University

Higher Education 1 (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Higher Education Community Engagement Professionals’ Subjective Views of a Selected Competency Framework

Melissa L. Lyon, Fayetteville State University
Noran L. Moffett, Fayetteville State University

Higher Education 1 (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Striving to align with the CAS Standards: Higher Education Graduate Preparatory Programs

Steven Tolman
Daniel W. Calhoun, Georgia Southern University

Higher Education 1 (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

A Phenomenological Study of the Development of Voice in a High School Creative Writing Course

Lorraine C. Schmertzing, Valdosta State University
Richard Schmertzing, Valdosta State University
Diane Dombrowski, Coweta Schools

Instructional Strategies 1 (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

The Power of Schemas: Math Teachers on Teaching

Julia Winter, U.S. Navy
Richard Schmertzing, Valdosta State University
Lorraine C. Schmertzing, Valdosta State University

Instructional Strategies 1 (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

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What to do with Black English in a Mainstream English Curriculum?

Amberly Evans

Instructional Strategies 1 (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

An Analysis of Motivating Factors for Males of Color as Aspirant Educators at Clark Atlanta University

Felicia M. Mayfield, Clark Atlanta University

Issues in Teacher Education (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Student Perspectives of Mixed-Reality Simulation for Knowledge Application

Twyla Perryman, University of West Georgia
Chelsea Morris, University of West Georgia
Carlie Sandefur, University of West Georgia

Issues in Teacher Education (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Development and Validation of a Scale to Measure Research Self-Efficacy in Graduate Students

Eli A. Jones, Columbus State University
Rebekah A. Atkinson, Columbus State University
Kimberly J. Brown, Columbus State University
Iwanda J. Dickey, Columbus State University
Oula Majzoub-Weaver, Columbus State University
Kelli L. Kelley, Columbus State University
Gina Sample, Columbus State University

Measurement and Assessment (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Emotional Information in a Reading Comprehension Assessment Affects Examinees’ Response Choices

Heather Ness-Maddox, Georgia State University
Sarah E. Carlson, Georgia State University

Measurement and Assessment (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Why Are We Using The Individual Norm References Standardized Test Score To answer These Questions: Did I Teach? Did They Learn?

John Hobe, Georgia Southern University

Measurement and Assessment (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Charter School of the Year: A Critical Race Theory Analysis and Counterstory

Abigail S. Ruth, Georgia State University

Race and Schooling (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Juxtaposing the post-apartheid (South Africa) and the post-Civil Rights (Southern State) Social Studies Curriculum

Ethel L. King-McKenzie, Kennesaw State University

Race and Schooling (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Researching Sociocultural Trauma-Informed Instruction During Protests and Quarantine

Latoya Tolefree, Mercer University

Race and Schooling (Session 1 Breakouts)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

9:45 AM

Supporting religious undecided students: Implications for educators

Jamie L. Workman, Valdosta State University

College Student Research 1 (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Understanding Educational Experiences of Veterans: A Phenomenological Study

Colin Walker, Valdosta State University
Lorraine C. Schmertzing, Valdosta State University
Richard Schmertzing, Valdosta State University

College Student Research 1 (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Vagle’s Phenomenology in Action: How Exploring Experiences of College Twin Separation Demonstrates Benefits of Educational Research

Justin Yoshida, Lakeview High School
Richard Schmertzing, Valdosta State University
Lorraine C. Schmertzing, Valdosta State University

College Student Research 1 (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Building the Plane While Flying It: School and College Policy Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Olivia M. Boggs, Mercer University
Brittany Bellamy, Mercer University
Julie Eavenson, Mercer University
Tiffany McBride, Mercer University

COVID-19 and Education (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

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COVID-19’s Influence on Teacher Morale

Krystle M. Ballatore, Coastal Carolina University

COVID-19 and Education (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Teacher Hiring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Laurie A. Kimbrel, University of West Georgia

COVID-19 and Education (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Culturally Responsible Research in the 21st Century: Toward the Common Good

Harriet J. Bessette, Kennesaw State University
Camille Sutton-Brown, Kennesaw State University

Critical and Culturally Responsible Research (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Meditating in the Coatlicue state: an autohistoria-teoria of a Vietnamese queer teacher to resist the norms in TESOL

Ethan T. Trinh

Critical and Culturally Responsible Research (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

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Wholehearted teaching: Women teachers, neoliberalism, and the struggle to be 'good enough'

Christina H. Gillespie, University of Georgia
Kali Thompson, University of Georgia

Critical and Culturally Responsible Research (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Engaging in a Research-Practice Partnership in Georgia to Leverage Public University Resources for Rural STEM Development

Phillip Grant, University of West Georgia
T Logan Arrington, University of West Georgia
Angela Branyon, University of West Georgia
Lara Willox, University of West Georgia

K-12 Professional Development and Partnerships (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Evidence-Based Leadership Preparation Program Practices: From the Perceptions of Rural School Leaders in the Southern Region

Kristen Dickens, Georgia Southern University
Juliann McBrayer, Georgia Southern University
Summer Pannell, University of Houston, Victoria
Katherine Fallon, Georgia Southern University

K-12 Professional Development and Partnerships (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Human Performance Improvement and K12 Practitioners: A Case Study

Kaila Steele, Mountain Education Charter Highschool
Alison L. Moore, University of West Georgia
Logan Arrington, University of West Georgia

K-12 Professional Development and Partnerships (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Developing K-8 Preservice Teachers’ Measurement Unit Conversion Strategies

Ha Nguyen, Georgia Southern University
Eryn M. Stehr, Georgia Southern University
Tuyin An, Georgia Southern University

Mathematics Instruction (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Elementary Preservice Teacher's Knowledge of Equity Based Mathematics Instruction

Cliff Chestnutt, University of West Georgia
Andrea Smith, University of West Georgia

Mathematics Instruction (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Online Discourse: Examining Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Burgeoning Awareness of Cultural Responsiveness in Mathematics Education

Natasha Ramsay-Jordan Dr.

Mathematics Instruction (Session 2 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

An Exploratory Study of Student Perceptions of an Early Field Experience

Marlynn Griffin
Cordelia Zinskie, Georgia Southern University

Preservice Teacher Education (Session 3 Breakouts)

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

11:00 AM

A photovoice analysis of experiences during a short-term study abroad trip to Belize

Duke Biber
Gina Brandenburg, University of West Georgia

Culture and Qualitative Research (Session 3 Breakouts)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Culture and a Human Geography Course: A Phenomenological Study of Going from Strange to Familiar

Steffanie Parker, Northgate HS, Coweta Schools
Lorraine C. Schmertzing, Valdosta State University
Richard Schmertzing, Valdosta State University

Culture and Qualitative Research (Session 3 Breakouts)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Exploring student identity using Photovoice

Camille Sutton-Brown, Kennesaw State University

Culture and Qualitative Research (Session 3 Breakouts)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Healthy Leaders Really Matter: An Exploratory Factor Analysis Examining Self-Care Practices and Holistic Health Perceptions of Educational Leadership Graduate Students

Letitia P. Johnson-Arnold, Fayetteville State University
Noran L. Moffett, Fayetteville State University

Higher Education 2 (Session 3 Breakouts)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Preparation and Professionalization of Adult Educators: The Debate Continues

Dianne F. Lawton, Troy University

Higher Education 2 (Session 3 Breakouts)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Understanding and Utilizing Self-Care Strategies in the Virtual Work Environment

Diana Meeks, Chamberlain College of Nursing

Higher Education 2 (Session 3 Breakouts)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

An examination of the use of computer-based formative assessements

Patrick Sullivan
Juliann McBrayer, Georgia Southern University
Suzanne Miller, Georgia Southern University
Katherine Fallon, Georgia Southern University

Influences on K-12 Student Achievement (Session 3 Breakouts)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

School Poverty: An Exploration of Geography and Socioeconomic Status in Georgia

Analice F. Jones, University of West Georgia

Influences on K-12 Student Achievement (Session 3 Breakouts)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Reemergence of Digital Poverty in Secondary Education

John L. Mason, Mercer University

Influences on K-12 Student Achievement (Session 3 Breakouts)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Perspectives of teachers on parental involvement in elementary schools

Aslihan Unal, Department of Elementary and Special Education, College of Education, Georgia Southern University
Zafer Unal, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

Preservice Teacher Education (Session 3 Breakouts)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Bringing Inclusion to College: The Importance of Peer Mentorship for College Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Stephanie M. Devine

Special Education (Session 3 Breakouts)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presentation Materials Available

RaMP It UP! Training Peer Mentors in Reinforcement and Modeling with Prompting (RaMP)

Jasmine V. Sadler, Kennesaw State University

Special Education (Session 3 Breakouts)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Self-monitoring among secondary and post-secondary students with intellectual and developmental disabilities : current summary and future directions

Melvin S. Marsh, Georgia Southern University
Stephanie M. Devine, Georgia Southern University

Special Education (Session 3 Breakouts)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presentation Materials Available

12:00 PM

School Justice Partnerships: A Collective-Decision Making Approach to Improve Graduation Rates and Reduce Juvenile Crime

Steven C. Teske, Juvenile Court of Clayton County, Georgia

Keynote Address

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Presentation Materials Available

1:45 PM

A Diffractive Analysis of the Dissertation Writing Experiences of African American Female Students

Sabrina N. Ross

African American Scholars and Educators (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Humanity in the Black

Marion Pugh, Georgia Southern University

African American Scholars and Educators (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Peel Back the Veil: An Exploration of Black Women Faculty Experiences in Academia

Chinasa Elue, Kennesaw State University
Amy French, Indiana State University

African American Scholars and Educators (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Contemporary Professional Athletes’ Activism: Implications and Future Impact on College Student-Athletes

Naadiya Hopkins, Fayetteville State University
Noran L. Moffett, Fayetteville State University
Jarmel Baxter, Fayetteville State University

College Student Research 2 (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

NCAA Student-Athlete Career Perceptions and Involvement

Stefanie Riveiro Swanger, Mercer University
Carol Isaac, Mercer University
Kaitlyn Cresencia, Mercer University

College Student Research 2 (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Pathways to STEM Careers – Preliminary findings of a Possible Selves Intervention

Andrea Dawn Frazier, Columbus State University

College Student Research 2 (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Presentation Materials Available

Examining the Similarities and Differences Between Students’ Experiences and Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Practice

Lisa A. Moore, Kennesaw State University

Instructional Strategies 2 (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Interdisciplinary Teaching

Mary Kay Bacallao, Mercer University
Rista Rogers
Stephanie Thrower

Instructional Strategies 2 (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Using Differentiated Instruction to Support Teaching and Learning in the Affective Domain

Cathy G. Powell, Bulloch County Schools, Georgia

Instructional Strategies 2 (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Critical Memetic Analysis to Grow Youth Understanding and Meaning Making

Paul A. Siegel, Mercer University
Leah M. Panther, Mercer University

Literacy Education (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Guided Reading for Struggling Readers

Jay Feng, Mercer University
Angela Clark, Mercer University

Literacy Education (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Relationships Among Text Type, Relatability, Students’ Reading Enthusiasm, and Comprehension

Madhavi T. Clark, Clayton State University
Winifred C. Nweke, Clayton State University

Literacy Education (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Presentation Materials Available

Keeping our schools safe: Examining perceptions of crisis frequency and preparedness of educators in a statewide online charter school

Katherine Fallon, Georgia Southern University
Juliann McBrayer, Georgia Southern University
Jeffrey Tysinger, Georgia Southern University
Dawn Tysinger, Georgia Southern University
Terry Diamanduros, Georgia Southern University

Teacher Readiness (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Metaphor of Teaching: A Study of Teachers’ Understanding and Perception of Their Profession

Binyao Zheng, Kennesaw State University

Teacher Readiness (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

The Power and Possibilities for Creating Supportive Cultures in Middle Schools

LaTasha Adams, Clayton State University
Amy Barrios, Texas A&M University- San Antonio

Teacher Readiness (Session 4 Breakouts)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

3:00 PM

Kicking and screaming: Six teacher educators confront their inherent beliefs about online teacher education

Michelle Reidel, Georgia Southern University
Taylor Norman, Georgia Southern University

Digital Teacher Education (Session 5 Breakouts)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Responding to the Dialogue: Critical Digital Pedagogy of Elementary Teachers

Aaron R. Gierhart, Columbus State University

Digital Teacher Education (Session 5 Breakouts)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presentation Materials Available

The Power and Purpose of Choice in Digital Teacher Education

Aimee M. Cribbs, Dalton State College

Digital Teacher Education (Session 5 Breakouts)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presentation Materials Available

Top Collaborative Writing Challenges and Tips for Success

Roddran Grimes, Georgia College & State University
Moniqueka Gold, Austin Peay State University

Faculty in Higher Education (Session 5 Breakouts)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Toward an Understanding of Georgia Faculty Internationalization Perceptions

John P. Girard, Middle Georgia State University
Laura Thomason, Middle Georgia State University
Chris C. Tsavatewa, Middle Georgia State University

Faculty in Higher Education (Session 5 Breakouts)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presentation Materials Available

USG’s Well-Being Policy Regarding Tobacco Product Use: A Proposal for Changing from Opt-Out to Opt-In

Donald L. Ariail, Kennesaw State University
Benedikt Quosigk, Kennesaw State University

Faculty in Higher Education (Session 5 Breakouts)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Is it "Just" a Methods Course? - Developing Elementary Teacher's Social Justice Advocacy Competency

Karyn A. Allee-Herndon, Mercer University

Social Justice (Session 5 Breakouts)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presentation Materials Available

Promoting Social Justice through Teacher Education and Curriculum Development and Implementation

Beverly A. King Miller, Georgia Southern University
Ming Fang He, Georgia Southern University
Amber Whitfield, Georgia Southern University
Ru Li, Georgia Southern University

Social Justice (Session 5 Breakouts)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presentation Materials Available

The Time is Now: Building Educators’ Capacities to Teach for Social Justice and Equity

Felicia Baiden

Social Justice (Session 5 Breakouts)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presentation Materials Available

A National Examination of Undergraduate Educational Research

Emily Ballesteros, Georgia Southern University
Kymberly Harris, Georgia Southern University
Juliann Sergi McBrayer, Georgia Southern University
Steven Tolman, Georgia Southern University
Katherine E. Fallon, Georgia Southern University

Undergraduate Student Research (Session 5 Breakouts)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Becoming Inclusive: A Collection and Analysis of the Perceptions of Newly Qualified General Elementary Education Teachers on their Preparedness for Teaching in Inclusive Settings

Brooke Armesto, Georgia Southern University

Undergraduate Student Research (Session 5 Breakouts)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presentation Materials Available

The Classroom as a Catalyst for Change: Anti-Racist Pedagogy in the Upper Elementary Classroom

Madison Setchell, Georgia Southern University

Undergraduate Student Research (Session 5 Breakouts)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presentation Materials Available