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Archive for April, 2011

April 11th, 2011  |  Published in Calendar


“Education Schools in an Era of Profound Change”
9-10:30 a.m.
Georgia Museum of Art Auditorium
Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and president emeritus of Teachers College, Columbia University, will deliver the opening address at the University of Georgia College of Education’s 2011 Fall Faculty Meeting.
* 8:30 a.m. Complimentary breakfast refreshments

Fall Faculty Meeting and Welcome Back Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Joe Frank Harris Commons — Northview Room

Book Discussion
“Unique Fortunes: Snapshots from the South Bronx” by Arthur Levine
2-3:30 p.m.
Joe Frank Harris Commons — Northview Room

* Lunch ticket required to attend book discussion.
RSVP to Kim Bolen at or 2-2842

April 28th, 2011  |  Published in Calendar, CSSE

Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Pre-conference workshop on June 15, 2011
Sponsored by the College of Education’s Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education

Press Release

See more details or register.

April 4th, 2011  |  Published in Calendar

UGA School of Pharmacy

John Hickner, chairman of Family Medicine for the Cleveland Clinic, will speak to a wide cross-section of UGA faculty members and others in the second annual conference hosted by UGA’s Evidence-Based Program for Health Professions Education.

Steven C. Budsberg, director of UGA’s Clinical & Translational Research Office will be the luncheon speaker.

The conference is open to the public. A registration fee of $25 includes breakfast and a boxed lunch. For more details or to register:

See press release.

Contact: Ron Cervero 706/542-2221,

Sponsored by UGA’s College of Education, College of Public Health and its Institute of Gerontology.

April 6th, 2011  |  Published in Calendar


Lamar Dodd School of Art S-150

Keynote speaker: Carol D. Lee
Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education
Professor of African-American Studies and Learning Sciences
Northwestern University

“Continually Re-thinking the Mentoring of Doctoral Students as Future Scholars”

Carol. D. Lee has been on the faculty at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy since 1991. She developed a theory of cultural modeling that provides a framework for the design and enactment of curriculum that draws on forms of prior knowledge that traditionally underserved students bring to classrooms. She is the author of Signifying as a Scaffold for Literary Interpretation: The Pedagogical Implications of an African-American Discourse Genre.

She was president and is completing service as past president of the American Educational Research Association this spring.  An AERA member for almost 20 years, Lee was Vice President of Division G (Social Contexts of Education) and served on AERA’s Council, the Association’s governing body, and its Executive Board.  She participated in the Association’s Task Force on International Exploration, which advised the President and Executive Director on the internationalization of education research.

Her research has been funded by the McDonnell Foundation’s Cognitive Studies in Educational Practice, by the Spencer Foundation, and by the National Center for the Study of At-Risk Children, co-sponsored by Howard University and Johns Hopkins University, and by the National Council of Teachers of English. Lee is active in the school reform movement in Chicago Public Schools and has taught in both public and private schools before assuming a university career.

Event Schedule

Monday, May 2
4-5 p.m.               Meet and Mingle with Dr. Carol Lee
5-8 p.m.               Poster set-up

Tuesday, May 3
7- 9:45 a.m.                                       Poster set-up
10 a.m.                                                 Keynote Address S-150 Lamar Dodd School of Art
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                Informal feedback session at posters
11:30-2:00 p.m.                              Judging
12:00 noon                                        Lunch refreshments
12:30-1:30 p.m.                               Senior Scholars Panel discussion
2 p.m.                                                  Award announcements

Keynote Address                                                              S-150 Lamar Dodd School of Art
Poster Displays, Senior Panel, and Lunch              Aderhold

View the full flyer with details for conference events and registration information.

April 26th, 2011  |  Published in Calendar

Professional Development Schools in Clarke County: Past, Present and Future
Room 114, Aderhold Hall
Sponsored by the COE Office of School Engagement

April 4th, 2011  |  Published in Calendar

Dean’s Council on Diversity seminar:
“Coile Middle School English Learners and their Teachers: Our Participatory Action Research and Classroom Practices.”
Room 417 Aderhold Hall

In this presentation, a group of English Learners and teachers describe how critical performative pedagogy was used in spring 2010 in the context of a middle school ESOL/English Language Arts classroom to embody and challenge local social issues.   The presentation includes a short drama scene and a reading of a collaboratively written poem about immigration issues.   After the initial performance, the group will talk about their continuing membership in an ESOL classroom collective in 2010-2011.


April 29th, 2011  |  Published in Features, MSE

Having successfully navigated her way through select high school classrooms in North Georgia for more than two years while capturing the attention of hundreds of students, “Osy Osmosis” has now entered the competitive world of mobile apps.

Developed by a group of researchers, educators and software developers at the University of Georgia, Osy is a fun, educational game designed to teach the principle of osmosis, or how water moves in and out of cells.  Osy was released this month on Apple’s iTunes App store for the iPhone/iPod Touch ($1.99) and also as a HD version for the iPad ($3.99).  To link to Osy, see

Players help Osy stay safe by keeping her in balance with her environment as she navigates her universe and collects stars.  The game’s technology was initially developed as part of a five-year study, funded by the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Awards Program, to create and evaluate 3D animated biology lessons for high school students. Osy was the brainchild of Casey O’Donnell, an educational gaming expert in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Osy is the circular character in this image. The goal of “Osy Osmosis” is to keep Osy in balance with her surroundings as she navigates her environment while collecting stars. “Osy Osmosis” is now available as a mobile app for iPhones and iPads.

“Osy does an incredible job of introducing osmosis to students,” said Jim Moore, one of the principal investigators on the project.  “After trying unsuccessfully to help my daughters understand osmosis by talking through the potato slice experiment typically used in science labs, I simply turned them loose with Osy.  It worked brilliantly.”

During field-testing of the educational software in classrooms, the creators found that the interactivity provided by the game helped boost the students’ interest level in the topic.

“When you first see students working with Osy in a biology classroom, their high level of engagement is striking. This seems to be true regardless of the level of the biology class. But in our follow-up to playing the game, many students express an understanding of how key factors, such as concentration gradients, are important to osmosis.  Osy seems to support students to create visualizations of osmosis that make a relatively abstract biological process much more concrete,” said Steve Oliver, a principal investigator on the project.

Osy is the first scientifically based educational video game to be commercially released by IS3D LLC (, a partnership of eight UGA faculty and staff members who created the company to market their products.  The board members are four professors and a staff member from the College of Veterinary Medicine who are  Tom Robertson, Dr. Jim Moore, Dr. Scott Brown, Dr. Cynthia Ward and instructional designer Flint Buchanan.  The other partners are Steve Oliver, a professor from the College of Education; Casey O’Donnell, a telecommunications professor from the Grady College of Journalism; and Mike Hussey, a theater professor from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

The Osy Osmosis software was licensed by the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. to IS3D, with commercial development made possible by support from the Georgia Research Alliance VentureLab and the founders of IS3D LLC.   All profits from Osy will go toward the creation of other educational games and interactive software.

“Over the past two years, our project has flourished and grown to include more than a dozen UGA graduates and graduate students who are working to create innovative software for science education. Moving forward, the biggest challenge will be to secure funding to keep these talented young people. This is why we formed IS3D, as it allows us to apply for small business grants,” explained Robertson, who is CEO of the partnership.  “UGA has been incredibly supportive.  Derek Eberhart of UGA’s Technology Commercialization Office, Stefan Schulze of the Georgia BioBusiness Center and Cem Oruc of the Georgia Small Business Development Center have all been incredibly helpful. We’ve had encouraging scores on both our academic and small business grant applications and everyone is working hard to make UGA a leader in the development of innovative science education materials.”

Related links:
Osy Osmosis:
UGA Interactive Science Education:
Apple iTunes site for Osy Osmosis:
UGA College of Veterinary Medicine:
UGA College of Education:
UGA College of Journalism and Mass Communication:
UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences:

Media coverage:
Associate Press

April 26th, 2011  |  Published in In the News, LEAP, Speaking Out

April 25th, 2011  |  Published in In the News

April 25th, 2011  |  Published in Dean's Office, Faculty / Staff, LEAP, Press Releases, Publications

La Morte

A new tenth edition of a textbook on school law first written 30 years ago by University of Georgia educational administration professor and associate dean emeritus Michael La Morte has recently been published.

The latest edition of School Law: Cases and Concepts is updated with the most current court decisions and school law topics of interest, including restrictions on celebratory religious music; Bible distribution; wearing the confederate flag; gay student harassment; student internet message regulation; homeschooling; cyberbullying; parental notification when students refuse to pledge the flag; body piercings; discipline and due process for special education students; drug testing for teachers; lesbian teacher discrimination; maternity leave discrimination; home based charter school; online learning; and most recent school finance decisions.

The book, lauded for its case-based approach, introduces K-12 educators to a body of school law that help them to conduct themselves in a legally defensible manner.  A balance of case law, statutory law, constitutional provisions and analytical commentary, the book covers a wide range of topics including: sources of law under which educators operate; legal restraints to state action in K-12 education; legal rights and restrictions applicable to students and teachers; law pertaining to persons with disabilities; and liability for damages as a result of official action or inaction. In addition, broad legal concepts such as due process, equal protection, freedom of expression, the wall separating church and state, and reasonable search are analyzed to assist professional educators in gaining a better understanding of the legal landscape in which they operate.

The textbook has long been used at top universities throughout the United States, several foreign countries, and has even been translated into Chinese.

La Morte dedicates the book to his grandfather, Heinrich Schroeder, whom he says as a young boy he saw speaking out against the Nazi Regime in Germany in the 1930s. Although he was not a Jew, his grandfather was sent to a concentration camp for standing up for his political briefs.

“His example instilled a lifelong respect in me for the importance of living under the rule of law. Instilling students with this notion should be every educator’s goal: therefore, it is my hope that the information contained in this book will assist educators in this pursuit,” he said.

LaMorte, who retired from UGA in 1992, taught graduate courses in School Law, Economics of Education and Politics of Education. He served as associate dean for services in the College of Education from 1982-88 and associate to the dean for policy from 1988-92.

La Morte worked closely with those who have been involved with legal attacks on school financing in Georgia and other states.  He has been a consultant to the Education Committees of the Georgia General Assembly, the Governor’s Office and the Georgia State Department of Education.  His recommendations pertaining to equalizing Georgia’s method of financing education were enacted into law.  He conducted the Georgia Educational Policy Seminar for the state’s highest policy makers.

La Morte joined the UGA faculty in 1969.  He received his Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of California at Berkeley.