After-School All-Stars Angel Tree 2015
Nov 13 – Dec 7 all-day

After-School All-Stars Atlanta will collect presents for families in need this holiday season through its annual Angel Tree project, which begins Nov. 13.

The Angel Tree supports City of Refuge and My Sister’s House, both of which provide transitional housing for homeless women and their children. Most of these children are elementary- or middle school-aged and all of them attend the After-School All-Stars Atlanta program.

To participate, take a name off of the tree in the CEHD lobby (which includes family members’ names, sizes, ages and genders) and purchase, wrap and place names on the gifts. Then, call After-School All-Stars at 404-413-8355 and the staff will pick up the gifts. You can also drop your gifts off at the ASASA office (1042 One Park Place South, Atlanta). All gifts must be picked up or delivered to the ASASA office by Dec. 7.

The project’s goal is for every child and their mother on our list to receive a gift this holiday season. Gifts donated for this project are considered charitable donations, so please retain the receipts if you wish to claim them on your taxes.

For questions, please contact:

Yanna Jones

Lyndsy Greene

Dr. Walt Thompson

Fall 2015 Mini-Mester Classes End
Dec 1 all-day

Fall 2015 Mini-Mester Classes End

Enrollment Services Center: 404-413-2600
In-Person: 227 Sparks Hall

Final Exams for Fall 2015 Mini-Mester II Classes
Dec 2 – Dec 4 all-day

Final Exams for Fall 2015 Mini-Mester II Classes

Enrollment Services Center: 404-413-2600
In-Person: 227 Sparks Hall

Kilgore Music Foundation charity jam session @ Ebrik Coffee Room
Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Kilgore Music Foundation is partnering with Zipcar Atlanta to raise money for music education at its charity jam session on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, from 12-3 p.m. at Ebrik Coffee Room (16 Park Place N.E., Atlanta).

The charity jam session will feature Ryan Kilgore, saxophonist for Stevie Wonder and founder of the music foundation, which mentors and supports aspiring instrumentalists to become life-long musicians. The music foundation is being incubated at the College of Education and Human Development’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence.

Donations collected at the jam session will be used to purchase music equipment for Atlanta area schools. Also, $1 of all Zipcar reservations between Dec. 1-15 will be donated to the foundation. Go to, select “Atlanta” and then select “Kilgore Music Foundation.”

Winter Holidays Around the World @ The Rialto at Georgia State University
Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Multicultural Center is hosting Winter Holidays Around the World. The event is scheduled for Thursday, December 3, 2015 in Rialto Center for the Arts from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. There will be a reception to follow the main program. There are several major holidays that occur during the winter months including, but not limited to, the following:

Three Kings Day
Lunar New Year
Bodhi Day
Japanese New Year
Las Posadas
Hmong New Year

Language & Literacy Distinguished Lecture Series with Dr. Dorit Aram @ 1199 Urban Life Building
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Language & Literacy Initiative

Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language & Literacy

Distinguished Lecture Series, Fall 2015

Room 1199 — the 11th floor of the Urban Life Building

Thursday, December 3, 2015 — Dr. Dorit Aram, Tel Aviv University — 1199 Urban Life Building, 1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.

To request disability accommodations at these events, please contact Keneé Stephens at 404-413-6344 or with your request. Please provide your name and the event name and date when making your request.

Free and open to the public – reception immediately following

Learn more 
Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Center Speaker Series @ College of Education and Human Development, room 915
Dec 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Researchers will discuss topics related to cultural humility on Friday, Dec. 4, from 1-3 p.m. in room 915 as part of the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Speaker Series.

Dec. 4 presentations:

“Multicultural Orientation”
Jesse Owen, Denver University

“Cultural Humility and Self Awareness”
Joshua Hook, University of North Texas

“Cultural Humility and Application to the Counseling Relationship”
Cirleen DeBlaere and Donnie Davis, Georgia State University

The College of Education and Human Development’s Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience is to facilitate multidisciplinary approaches to produce compelling models for understanding and coping with stress that can be applied to real-world settings, such as education, parenting, couples and families, military and sports. The purpose of the speaker series is to provide a series of talks that can catalyze research collaboration and community partnerships. These talks focus on topics that align with our core interest in basic and applied research on stress in a variety of contexts.

For more information, contact Ken Rice at or visit

CPS Information Sessions @ Room 915 College of Education & Human Development building
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Upcoming Information Sessions:

Saturday, October 10
Friday, October 23
Saturday, November 7
Friday, November 20
Saturday, December 5

Join us for our program information session for the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services. We hold these sessions on-campus in the College of Education & Human Development and detail each program and their admissions requirements for prospective students within our department.

Register for this event 
Africa Unites HIV/AIDS Awareness Gala at Georgia State University @ Speakers Auditorium at Georgia State University
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – In recognition of World AIDS Day, the International Women’s Care Organization (IWCO), in conjunction with the Office of International Initiatives at Georgia State University and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, will honor President Jimmy Carter with the Africa Unites Humanitarian Award and Ambassador Andrew Young with the Africa Unites Global Award at the first annual awareness gala to bring attention to HIV/AIDS, initiate support for women and children who live with it, and remember those who have died from the disease.
The event debuts on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. in Speaker’s Auditorium at Georgia State University, 44 Courtland Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Student Pre-sale Tickets with valid Georgia State University ID are $10 (e-mail for details)
Eventbrite General Admission tickets are $35:
All tickets at the door are $45.
For questions or more information, please contact

Fall 2015 Full Semester Classes End
Dec 7 all-day

Fall 2015 Full Semester Classes End

Enrollment Services Center: 404-413-2600
In-Person: 227 Sparks Hall

Prospectus Presentation – Sarah Vogt Klein @ CEHD room 650
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Middle School English Teachers’ Experiences with Educational Reforms and the Reasons Why They Stay
by Sarah Vogt Klein

This study seeks to answer the question: Why do teachers remain in the profession in light of current challenges brought on by educational reforms and negative depictions from mainstream media? I frame this case study (Merriam, 1988) in theories of sensemaking (Maitliss & Chamblis, 2014; Weick, 1995) and critical pedagogy (Freire, 1970; Giroux, 2011). I use a sensemaking lens to explore and make sense of how teachers have experienced and interpreted educational reforms and then examine the reasons why they persist in the profession. I use critical pedagogy to examine the ways in which teachers’ voices have been silenced by the dominant culture among the educational reforms and how this silencing has influenced teacher morale. The participants in this study are middle school English teachers in a suburban school district in the Southeast U.S. I plan to recruit five to six teachers from six middle schools to participate in this study who have a minimum of 10 years’ experience teaching middle school English. My data collection will consist of multiple individual interviews to allow teachers to share their stories and experiences. I intend to employ critical discourse analysis (Fairclough, 1992: Gee, 2004). Using critical discourse analysis to analyze interview responses will allow for a thorough examination of teachers’ experiences and identify any power struggles that may influence the morale of the teachers. Additionally, the methods I plan to use afford opportunities to discover the reasons why English teachers stay in middle schools.

Dissertation Defense – Nathalie Nicholle Dames @ CEHD room 481
Dec 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Black Women Pursuing Doctorates in Mathematics Education: An Examination of Stories of Their Mathematical Experiences
by Nathalie Nicholle Dames

The research shows a lack of representation of Black women in mathematics education. The purpose of this study was to explore Black women’s perspectives on how their mathematical experiences influenced their decisions to pursue a doctoral degree in mathematics education. The following research questions framed the study: What perspectives do Black women who are in pursuit of a doctorate of philosophy degree in mathematics education have about their mathematical experiences? How have those perspectives of their experiences influenced their pursuit of a doctorate of philosophy in mathematics education? Purposeful sampling was used to select seven participants for this study that self-identified as Black women and are currently in a doctoral program in mathematics education. Individual and group interviews conducted with the participants were analyzed using a constant comparative approach. The objective was to gain an understanding of their mathematical experiences as learners with respect to their trajectories in becoming doctoral students in mathematics education. The Black women that participated in this study had a confident mathematical identity expressed through positive feelings about their mathematical abilities. Their mathematical environments were categorized by advanced mathematics courses in classrooms with supportive teachers, classmates that were mainly Black, and an even split between the genders. Once this environment was challenged a crisis occurred that caused them to lose confidence in themselves. This confidence was restored by community. All of the participants began teaching secondary mathematics as a career change from their initial undergraduate degrees. Their initial graduate degrees were in conjunction with their decision to pursue this career. The decision to pursue a doctoral degree was out of a personal desire to advance academically as well as desire to affect change within their community. The findings of this study support an achievement motivation theoretical perspective. This research promotes a framework for understanding how perspectives of mathematical experiences influence decisions to pursue doctoral degrees in mathematics education.