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Laura Meyers

Clinical Associate Professor    Artist Scholar    
Education

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Purdue University, 2005
M.A. in Children’s Literature and Literary Theory, Hollins University, 1999
B.S. in Elementary Education, Presbyterian College, 1993

Specializations

Arts-infused instruction, especially within social studies & literacy
Social justice education
Cross-cultural and international education

Biography

Laura E. Meyers is a clinical associate professor in the College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education and teaches a variety of courses across multiple programs of study to undergraduate and graduate students.

As an artist scholar and teacher educator, she utilizes dramatic and visual arts as venues for exploring and questioning issues of social justice, especially within the fields of elementary social studies and literacy. Her areas of specialization are reflected within her publications (see sampling below), conference presentations (e.g., AERA, ICUE, NAME, NCSS, NCTE, PDS, Sources, The Future of Education), professional development seminars and instructional coaching, and teaching (e.g., classroom management, intern and student teacher supervision, introduction to education, literacy and language development, multiculturalism, social studies methods). As the program coordinator for the ECEE International Program, teaching and learning often take place overseas via global explorations (e.g., China, Mexico, Sweden).

Meyers is the program coordinator of the Master of Arts in Creative and Innovative Education (MACIE) that focuses on supporting individuals interested in the development of K-12 students’ creative and innovative skills via creative arts, curriculum design, entrepreneurship, non-profit, community outreach, etc. (http://sites.gsu.edu/the-macie-program-blog). Meyers’ on-going artistic contributions and arts-based service to the local community serves her well in this role. Sullivan (2002-2010), Meyers’ therapy dog, and she supported educators in implementing arts-based teaching strategies to develop young students’ content knowledge, collaboration efforts, and language skills across content areas. In 2014, she created Tiles for Social Justice, an exploratory arts-based strategy that prompts students to contemplate issues of social justice. Currently, she serves as a reviewer of children’s literature for the Children’s Book Council – Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People on behalf of the National Council for the Social Studies. Additionally, Meyers serves on the advisory board of the Alliance Theatre Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists and is a working actor, casting director, director, producer, set designer, and writer of film and stage productions in the Atlanta community.

Accolades include: Honorary Teacher of The Experimental Lab School Attached to Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China (2015); Excellence in Social Studies Award from the Georgia Department of Education (2009); Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Georgia Council for the Social Studies (2008); and CEHD Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award (2007).

Publications

Meyers, L. E. (2016) “Picture this – bang!” One-Minute Play Festival. Atlanta, GA: Actors Express Theatre.

Meyers, L. E. and Aston, O. (2015). Arts Integration & Children’s Books. Atlanta, GA, USA: Georgia Public Library Service. Webinar series also includes: Culturally Responsive Approaches to Children’s Book Selections with T. Crisp, Read Aloud Tips & Strategies with L. Criss-Mays, Supporting English Language Learners & Their Families through Literature with F. Baiden, and Reading Nooks that Encourage Writing Too! with D. Darby, N. Coleman, and Q. Bostic. Retrieved from: http://www.georgialibraries.org.

Zhao, Y. and Meyers, L. E. (2015). “Developing core democratic values across disciplines in American elementary schools.” Chinese Journal of Moral Education / 从教学公平公正这一价值观看美国中小学核心民主价值观的跨学科培养途径 (academic journal in China; translated into Chinese).

Meyers, L. E. and Morgan, P. (2014). “When one door opens.” HBO Project Greenlight. Retrieved from: https://vimeo.com/106625050

Meyers, L. E., Holbrook, T. and May, L. A. (2009). “Beyond heroes: Using biographies to develop change agents.” Social Studies and the Young Learner, 21(3), 10-14.