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2021
Friday, October 8th
7:30 AM

Conference Program for GERA 2021

GERA Conference

Virtual Conference

7:30 AM

Presentation Materials Available

8:20 AM

A Comparison of Immersive VR and Non-immersive VR on Social Skill Acquisition for Students in Middle School with ASD

Adam C. Carreon, Georgia Southern University
Maggie Mosher, University of Kansas

Session 1 Presentations - Assistive Technology

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

A Review of Language Modeling Using Eye-tracking Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices: Past, Present, and Future

XING WEI, University of Georgia

Session 1 Presentations - Assistive Technology

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

The Relationship Between Learner Preference and Social Skill Acquisition: Interventions Delivered Through Virtual Technology

Adam C. Carreon, Georgia Southern University
Maggie Mosher, University of Kansas

Session 1 Presentations - Assistive Technology

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Curating Care: Critical Media Literacy in Educator Preparation Programs

Ashley R. Stroud, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Jared B. Huisingh, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Session 1 Presentations - College Students I

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Integrating Comic Narrative Illustration into Pre-Service Teacher Education Coursework

Aaron R. Gierhart, Columbus State University
Hannah Israel, Columbus State University

Session 1 Presentations - College Students I

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Curriculum and Pedagogy for Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Urban Education: Key Takeaways from an Online Professional Development Program for Georgia Teachers of Urban Learners

Sabrina N. Ross, Georgia Southern University
Calvin Walton, Georgia Southern University
Alma Stevenson, Georgia Southern University
Ming Fang He, Georgia Southern University

Session 1 Presentations - Culturally Responsive Pedagogy & Practices

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Don't Speak About It, Be About It: Intentionally Engaging in Diversity Practices

Chatee Richardson, Spelman College

Session 1 Presentations - Culturally Responsive Pedagogy & Practices

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Transforming Pedagogy: Culturally Responsive Care in Action

Andrea N. Smith, University of West Georgia
Amber Black, University of West Georgia
Lidra West-Thomas, University of West Georgia

Session 1 Presentations - Culturally Responsive Pedagogy & Practices

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

An Exploration of the Mentoring Experiences of Elementary Assistant Principals Provided by Elementary Principals Within One Large Urban School District.

Adib Shakir, Kennesaw State University

Session 1 Presentations - Educator Professional Development I

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Play, The Arts & Creativity in the Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten: Professional Learning for In-Service Teachers

Robert Capuozzo, University of Georgia
Leslie Penn Rech, University of Georgia

Session 1 Presentations - Educator Professional Development I

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Powerful and meaningful teaching and learning: A case study of elementary teachers’ perspectives of content-specific professional development for social studies instruction

Katherine A. Perrotta, Mercer University

Session 1 Presentations - Educator Professional Development I

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

An Exploration of Virtual Mentoring in Adult Education

Dianne F. Lawton, Troy University

Session 1 Presentations - Higher Education

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Examination of Admissions Criteria in Higher Education Graduate Preparatory Programs

Steve Tolman, Georgia Southern University
Kimberly O'Halloran, Widener University - Main Campus

Session 1 Presentations - Higher Education

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Protecting Our Moms: An Investigation of the Interaction Between Workplace Incivility and Job Satisfaction for Mothers Working in Student Affairs

Stefanie Swanger, Mercer University

Session 1 Presentations - Higher Education

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

An Analysis of Factors Affecting Educative Teacher Performance Assessment Pass Rates of African- American Elementary Education Teacher Candidates in the State of Georgia

JaKayla M. Woolridge-Simuel, Clark Atlanta University

Session 1 Presentations - Recruiting & Retaining Diverse Teacher Candidates

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Diversifying the Teacher Pipeline with Intentional Motivational Behaviors in a Teacher Preparation Program to Support Males of Color

Felicia M. Mayfield, Clark Atlanta University

Session 1 Presentations - Recruiting & Retaining Diverse Teacher Candidates

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

"We Got Jokes!": Creating Black Joy is What We Do

Jillian Ford, Kennesaw State University
Lateefah Id-Deen, Kennesaw State University
Chandra Floyd, Kennesaw State University

Session 1 Presentations - Recruiting & Retaining Diverse Teacher Candidates

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Elementary School Teacher’s Challenges and Barriers to Organizational Change and STEM Implementation: Factors Impacting Teacher Leadership

Shelante Patton, Kennesaw State University

Session 1 Presentations - STEM Education

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Responding to the Call: Establishing Intentional and Mutually Beneficial STEM Partnerships

Valeisha Ellis, Spelman College

Session 1 Presentations - STEM Education

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Responding to the Challenge: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning and K-12 STEM Identity Development

Valeisha Ellis, Spelman College

Session 1 Presentations - STEM Education

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

An Alternative to the Alternative: Counteracting Unintended Consequences to School Disciplinary Practices

Adell L. Miller, University of West Georgia
Natasha Ramsay-Jordan, University of West Georgia

Session 1 Presentations - Student Behavior & Discipline

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Decreasing Disciplinary Referrals Utilizing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Kimberley A. Brewer, Georgia Southern University
Kimberley A. Brewer, Georgia Southern University

Session 1 Presentations - Student Behavior & Discipline

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Using the Self-Regulated Strategy Development Instructional Approach to Address Reading Comprehension in Alternative Education Settings

Lauren Hart Rollins, University of West Georgia
Sara Sanders, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

Session 1 Presentations - Student Behavior & Discipline

8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

9:45 AM

A Qualitative Investigation of a Brief Belonging Intervention in the First Year of College

Terrell L. Strayhorn, Virginia Union University

Session 2 Presentations - College Students & Well-Being

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Bringing Trauma Informed Pedagogy to Campus: Exploring Strategies for Working with College Students

Regina Rahimi, Georgia Southern University
Delores D. Liston, Georgia Southern University

Session 2 Presentations - College Students & Well-Being

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Minority Peer Mentoring in Health and Community Wellness

Sasha McBurse, University of West Georgia

Session 2 Presentations - College Students & Well-Being

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Examining Educational Leadership Doctoral Students’ Self-efficacy as Related to Their Role as a Scholarly Practitioner Researcher

Steven Tolman, Georgia Southern University
Juli McBrayer, Georgia Southern University
Katie Fallon, Georgia Southern University
Daniel Calhoun, Georgia Southern University

Session 2 Presentations - Doctoral Education

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Two Dissertations, a Pandemic and the Magic Lab: A Story of Serendipity

Iván Jorrín Abellán, Kennesaw State University
James Wright, Kennesaw State University
Tiffany Post, Kennesaw State University
Michael Bennett, Cobb County Public Schools

Session 2 Presentations - Doctoral Education

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Who and What Is Missing: a Critical Curriculum Audit of a Teacher Leadership Doctoral Program

Miyoshi Juergensen, Kennesaw State University
Tamela Thomas, Kennesaw State University

Session 2 Presentations - Doctoral Education

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Accepting Responsibility for a Teen Reading Crisis: What Role Does Text-relatability Play in Secondary Students’ Reading Enthusiasm and Comprehension?

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

Session 2 Presentations - Literacy Education I

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Analyzing the Barriers to Antiracist Pedagogies in English Language Arts Classrooms

Jennifer Ervin, University of Georgia

Session 2 Presentations - Literacy Education I

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Black Youth Schooling Experiences in Focus: A Photovoice Project

Glenda D. Chisholm, Georgia State University

Session 2 Presentations - Literacy Education I

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Analysis of Preservice Middle-grades Mathematics Teachers’ Proof Writing

Tuyin An, Georgia Southern University
Ian Zimerle, Georgia Southern University

Session 2 Presentations - Mathematics Education

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Making Connections to Address Mathematics Anxiety: A Case Study of the Instructional Triangle and Remedial College Instructors

Njeri M. Pringle, Valdosta State University
Meagan Arrastia-Chisholm, Valdosta State University
Jamie L. Workman, Valdosta State University

Session 2 Presentations - Mathematics Education

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Preservice Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Conceptions of Counterexample

Tuyin An, Georgia Southern University

Session 2 Presentations - Mathematics Education

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Preservice Teacher Perceptions of Field Experiences in Virtual and Live Classrooms

Marlynn M. Griffin, Georgia Southern University
Abraham E. Flanigan, Georgia Southern University

Session 2 Presentations - Preservice Teacher Education: New Technologies

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Professional Learning for Interested Faculty When Initially Using Mixed Reality Simulations

S. Michelle Vaughn, Mercer University
Sara E. Luke, Mercer University
Deana J. Ford, Mercer University

Session 2 Presentations - Preservice Teacher Education: New Technologies

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

The "Third Space" of Video-Based Feedback in English Teacher Education

Sarah K. Stice, University of Georgia
Madison Gannon, University of Georgia

Session 2 Presentations - Preservice Teacher Education: New Technologies

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

I Can and I will: Fostering Growth Mindset in Reading Among Special Education Students

Megan Wiegmann, Mercer University
Jay Feng, Mercer University

Session 2 Presentations - Special Education

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

K-5 Teachers Understanding and Implementation of Differentiated Instruction

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

Session 2 Presentations - Special Education

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Teachers’ Perspectives on Effectiveness of Georgia Gifted Legislation: a Mixed Methods Study

Rebekah Atkinson Ms., Columbus State University

Session 2 Presentations - Special Education

9:45 AM - 10:55 AM

12:45 PM

An Analysis of the Relationship Between Student Motivation in Online Courses and Instructor Use of Effective Instructional Strategies during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Daniel Teodorescu, Clark Atlanta University
Kamer Ainur Aivaz, Ovidius University of Costanta
Ana Amalfi, Transylvania University of Braşov

Session 3 Presentations - COVID-19 & Higher Education

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Keep Your Distance: A Process for Socially Distant Peer-Review Sessions

Jennifer P. Gray, College of Coastal Georgia

Session 3 Presentations - COVID-19 & Higher Education

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Teacher Candidate Support in the Era of the Delta Variant of COVID-19

Roddran Grimes Ph.D., Georgia College & State University
Robert F. Sumowski Ed.D., Georgia College & State University

Session 3 Presentations - COVID-19 & Higher Education

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

And We Still Keep Teaching to the Test... Even Now!

Michael A. Crosby

Session 3 Presentations - Curriculum Studies

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

For Us This Is Not New: Deliberate Black Educational Strategies for Democratic Schooling in a Rhetorical Democracy

Miyoshi Juergensen, Kennesaw State University
Sheryl J. Croft, Kennesaw State University
Tiffany D. Pogue, Albany State University

Session 3 Presentations - Curriculum Studies

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Visualizing the Systemic Structures within the American Schoolhouse

Janel Smith, Georgia Southern University
Taylor Norman, Georgia Southern University

Session 3 Presentations - Curriculum Studies

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Course-level Evidence of Changes in Teachers' Knowledge and Practices

Aslihan Unal, Department of Elementary and Special Education, College of Education, Georgia Southern University
Selcuk Dogan, Department of Elementary and Special Education, Georgia Southern University

Session 3 Presentations - Educator Professional Development II

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Nurturing Teacher Efficacy Through Peer-led Professional Development

William Phillips, Mercer University
Jay Feng, Mercer University

Session 3 Presentations - Educator Professional Development II

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Teacher Leadership: What Do Principals Know?

Anna Hart, Columbus State University

Session 3 Presentations - Educator Professional Development II

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Engaging in Narrative Inquiry through Podcasting: Exploring Narratives of Pedagogy

Aaron R. Gierhart, Columbus State University

Session 3 Presentations - Research Methods

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

How Visual Methodologies Create Equitable Spaces for Culturally Responsible Research

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

Session 3 Presentations - Research Methods

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Understanding the Auto, Ethno, and Graphy in Autoethnography

Eric Hogan, Georgia Southern University

Session 3 Presentations - Research Methods

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Anti-racism in White Educators’ Classrooms: a Complicated Journey Toward Conscientization Maturation

Elizabeth Barrow, Georgia Southern University
Taylor Norman, Georgia Southern University

Session 3 Presentations - Social Justice & Anti-Racism

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Encountering, Witnessing, Listening: Applications of Black Feminist Theory for a White Teacher Educator

Kelsey L. Benson, University of Georgia

Session 3 Presentations - Social Justice & Anti-Racism

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

"We feel, therefore We can be": A Model for Integration of Affective Domains in Diversity and Justice Courses

Mayra Lopez-Humphreys LMSW, PhD, CUNY College of Staten Island

Session 3 Presentations - Social Justice & Anti-Racism

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Research-Based Practices for Improving the Word Problem Solving Performance of Elementary Students with and at-risk for Mathematics Difficulties

Jonte A. Myers, Georgia State University

Session 3 Presentations - Teaching Mathematics

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Shades of Gray: The Nuances of Telling among Elementary Preservice Teachers in the Mathematics Classroom

Montana Smithey, Georgia Southern University

Session 3 Presentations - Teaching Mathematics

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Presentation Materials Available

Students’ Perspectives on Their Vulnerabilities and Assets in Learning Within an Inclusive Secondary Mathematics Setting

Cleopatra Sorina ILIESCU, Kennesaw State University

Session 3 Presentations - Teaching Mathematics

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

2:10 PM

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Creating Collaborative Research Partnerships

Jennifer Lovelace, Columbus State University

Session 4 Presentations - Collaborative Research & Teaching in Higher Education

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Collaborative Research in Higher Education

S. Michelle Vaughn, Mercer University
Sara E. Luke, Mercer University
Deana J. Ford, Mercer University

Session 4 Presentations - Collaborative Research & Teaching in Higher Education

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Crossing Disciplines While Crossing into the Community: Exploring First-Year Writing Service-Learning Through Health Science Collaboration

Stephanie B. Conner, College of Coastal Georgia

Session 4 Presentations - Collaborative Research & Teaching in Higher Education

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Business Student Perceptions of Academic Cheating: Ethical Theory-Related Rationalizations

Donald L. Ariail, Kennesaw State University
Amine Khayati, Kennesaw State University
Mikhail Melnik, Kennesaw State University

Session 4 Presentations - College Students II

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Music in the Classroom: Using Collaborative Playlists to Foster Student Engagement

Emily Cort, University of Georgia

Session 4 Presentations - College Students II

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Using an Outsourced Online Tutoring Service to Promote Success in Online Composition Courses

Brett Miles, Georgia Southern University
Carl H. Sorgen, Georgia Southern University

Session 4 Presentations - College Students II

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Secondary and Middle Grades Education in the Era of COVID-19- A Contested Field

Augustine M. Amenyah, Kennesaw State University

Session 4 Presentations - COVID-19 & K-12 Education

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Will Lectures Survive the Pandemic? Views and Implementation of Traditional Lecture in Middle and Secondary Social Studies Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

Erica Adela Warren, Mercer University
Michael Champion, Mercer University
Katherine A. Perrotta, Mercer University

Session 4 Presentations - COVID-19 & K-12 Education

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Accepting Responsibility: Black Teacher-Coaches in the Third Pedagogical Space

Alex Chisholm, University of Georgia

Session 4 Presentations - Educators & Race

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

The Development of the Professional Athletic Academician

Noran L. Moffett, Fayetteville State University
Adam C. Henry, Fayetteville State University

Session 4 Presentations - Educators & Race

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

This I Believe: Race, Educator Identity, and One Middle School Teacher Life

Kristie W. Smith, Columbus State University

Session 4 Presentations - Educators & Race

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Disrupting and (re)envisioning Multilingualism from a Decolonial Lens: Learning with Transnational Asian Teacher Educators

Anuja Sarda, University of Georgia

Session 4 Presentations - Linguistic & Ethnic Diversity

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Face, Identity, Nationalism and Internationalism

Ru Li, Georgia Southern University

Session 4 Presentations - Linguistic & Ethnic Diversity

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

It's a Civil Rights Issue! Supporting K-12 Multilingual Learners in School

Ayanna Cooper

Session 4 Presentations - Linguistic & Ethnic Diversity

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Factors and Latent Profiles of Teacher Reading Motivation in U.S. Schools

Robert A. Griffin, University of West Georgia
Diana Mindrila, University of West Georgia

Session 4 Presentations - Literacy Education III

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Removing Inequities for Children When Differentiating Instruction and Assessment

John Hobe, Georgia Southern University

Session 4 Presentations - Literacy Education III

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Using Unfolding Models to Identify Feedback Strategies for Student Writing

ye yuan, University of Georgia
George Engelhard, University of Georgia
Kevin Raczynski, University of Georgia
Jue Wang, University of Miami

Session 4 Presentations - Literacy Education III

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

An Examination of Middle Level Teacher Education: Theoretical Influences and Implications for the Field

Megan O. Perkins, University of Georgia

Session 4 Presentations - Social Justice

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Induction-phase STEM Teachers’ Understanding of Teaching for Social Justice

Belinda P. Edwards, Kennesaw State University
Michael Dias, Kennesaw State University
Amanda Barrett, Marietta City School District
Mars Berwanger, Cobb County School District
Laurie Dias, Kennesaw State University
Tiffany Roman, Kennesaw State University

Session 4 Presentations - Social Justice

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Social Justice Teaching and Research: Clearing a Pathway Toward Social Transformation

Charity T. Gordon, Georgia State University
Janice B. Fournillier, Georgia State University

Session 4 Presentations - Social Justice

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

College Students with Intellectual Disability Using a Self-Monitoring App and Peer Support to Improve On-Task Behaviors

Stephanie M. Devine, Georgia Southern University
Katheryn Haughney
Cynthia Massey

Session 4 Presentations - Students with Disabilities in K-12 & Higher Education

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Facilitating Inclusive Institutions of Higher Education, an assistive technology approach for CLD students with disabilities.

Joya Carter-Hicks, Kennesaw State University

Session 4 Presentations - Students with Disabilities in K-12 & Higher Education

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

School Administrators' Knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2004)

Yontrea Engram, University of West Georgia

Session 4 Presentations - Students with Disabilities in K-12 & Higher Education

2:10 PM - 3:20 PM

3:30 PM

Pushing Methodological Boundaries~Liberating Academic Writing

Ming Fang He, Georgia Southern University
Peggy Shannon-Baker, Georgia Southern University
William Schubert, U of Illinois at Chicago
Erin Scroggs, Georgia Southern University
Chanda Hadiman, Georgia Southern University
Nicole Moss, Georgia Southern University
Laquanda Love, Georgia Southern University
Alethea Coleman, Georgia Southern University
Gerald Nwachukwu, Georgia Southern University
Kimberly Hollis, Georgia Southern University
Brittany Jones-Turman, Georgia Southern University
Amanda Gonzales, Georgia Southern University
Janet Cooks, Georgia Southern University
Carmen Baker, Georgia Southern University
Andrea Cramsey, Georgia Southern University
Khristian Cooper, Georgia Southern University
Lucia Benzor, Georgia Southern University
Marianna Louise Anderson, Georgia Southern University
Cynthia Smith, Georgia Southern University

Afternoon Symposiums - Pushing Methodological Boundaries & Liberating Academic Writing

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Boys of Color and Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

Alexandria Sledge-Tollerson, Georgia Southern University

Afternoon Symposiums - Undergraduate Honors Research

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

How the Inclusion of Queer History in School Curriculum Can Influence Student’s Wellbeing

Maia Stephens, Georgia Southern University

Afternoon Symposiums - Undergraduate Honors Research

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Mental Health in Young Adolescents

Tamaya Varnedoe, Georgia Southern University

Afternoon Symposiums - Undergraduate Honors Research

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Preparing for Multiculturalism: an Analysis of the Perceived Preparedness of Pre-service and Newly Qualified Teachers for Teaching in Diverse Classrooms

NelSilva Wolf, Georgia Southern University

Afternoon Symposiums - Undergraduate Honors Research

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Teacher Strategies to Maintain Rapport in Elementary Classrooms

Emily Ray, Georgia Southern University

Afternoon Symposiums - Undergraduate Honors Research

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM