2nd Annual Coats and Coffee Winter Coat Drive
Nov 6 – Nov 30 all-day

The Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence has partnered with Ebrik Coffee Room for the 2nd Annual Coats and Coffee Winter Coat Drive, taking place through Nov. 30.

Help local Atlanta children keep warm this winter by donating new and gently used coats, hats, gloves and scarves at the Crim Center (College of Education and Human Development, suite 350) or at Ebrik Coffee Room (16 Park Place S.E., Atlanta). Donations will be delivered to students in the Atlanta Public Schools system.

For more information about the drive, contact Angelique Spruill Nealy at 404-413-8479.

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

Dissertation Defense – Xylecia G. Fynn-Aikins @ CEHD room 481
Nov 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“Teacher Reflective Practice as a Response to Technical Rationalism”
by Xylecia G. Fynn-Aikins

The purpose of this dissertation was to examine how the researcher, as an African American teacher in an urban school, used reflection to inform her pedagogical practice for her second grade, African American students. In this dissertation, reflection functioned as a response to technical rationalism, an epistemology that relies solely on scientific processes, calculability, and empiricism to determine norms and prescriptions for practice. Practice that emerges solely from technical rationalism often disregards the needs of urban, African American students. Reflective pedagogical practice has long been theorized as a method to combat the Injustice Inherent in conscious rationalization. In this autoethnographic study, the researcher examined the possibilities of reflection as a response to technorationalism. Autoethnography is a research methodology that allowed her to write from a personal and self-analytical viewpoint as researcher and subject. Data was generated over a nine week academic quarter. Crystallization was used to allow for the generation of multiple genres of data, which increased opportunities for constructing meaning and examining the complexities of the research questions, as well as for discovering new aspects of one’s relationship to a topic. Through reflective dally journaling she chronicled classroom experiences and her responses to those experiences. The data was analyzed thematically. Within each theme, data was further analyzed through writing as a method of inquiry. Data was represented through poetry, narrative writing, and photographed images. The data suggested that reflective practice provides practitioners opportunities to extend beyond mere technicism in order to consider and respond to the needs, interests, and backgrounds of individual students. Through this study, the researcher found that her subjectivities, inclusive of the technorationalism, which she critiques, Influenced her reflective practice. The researcher found that reflective practice frequently provoked her 1 to confront her own assumptions, as well as change or modify both her thinking and responsiveness towards students and practice. The findings of this research indicate that reflective practice serves as a viable response to technorationalism, thus enabling the practitioner to construct meaning for practice that is not available through sole adherence to technorationalism.

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