(March 15, 2016) Armstrong’s College of Education was well represented at the National Youth-at-Risk Conference held March 6-9 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, Georgia. Faculty and candidates presented and attended the conference emphasizing the theme of helping adults serve youth. Some examples of faculty collaboration with students as well as alumnae presentations include:
Two Armstrong Bachelor of Science in Special Education candidates, Claire Edwards and Ashley McCurley, presented with Dr. Anne Katz at the National Youth-at-Risk Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah on March 7, 2016. Both Edwards and McCurley were students in Dr. Katz’s Spring 2015 Language Acquisition course. The presentation was entitled "Facilitating Language and Literacy Skills through Home, School, and Community Connections." The session demonstrated research-based activities conducted in family literacy workshops held in local schools and community centers to promote authentic learning experiences at home. Edwards and McCurley modeled family literacy activities created in the Language Acquisition course in order to integrate theory with practice. These children’s books and projects were donated to Wesley Community Center for Early Childhood Center families. Both students applied for and received Armstrong Undergraduate Research Grants.
Also, two Armstrong Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education alumnae, Monique Nelson and Jessica Hood, delivered a poster presentation entitled “Integrating the Arts: Using Visual Arts to Feed Expression and Promote Student Engagement” on March 8, 2016 at the National Youth-at-Risk Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah. Nelson is a Kindergarten teacher at Gould Elementary School. Hood teaches third grade at Gould Elementary School. These former Armstrong classmates collaborate on arts-based literacy initiatives to foster creativity in their classrooms.