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Awards & Grants

Slocumb receives award and scholarship

Rhonda Slocumb, Lecturer of Nursing, recently received the Mabel Korsell Award for her service to the Georgia Association of Nursing Education. Slocumb has served as Regional Director of the Southwest Region for 6 years and serves on the conference planning committee. This year, Slocumb also put together the first electronic conference program.

Slocumb was also awarded the Spillman-Bischoff Scholarship, which is awarded to graduate students. She is currently working on her Ph.D. dissertation in nursing.

Slocumb award

Education grant provides flexible seating classroom for students

Mrs. Michele McKie collaborated with GSW student Maggie Johnson and Dean Rachel Abbott to write a High Impact Practice Opportunity (HIPO) grant for the College of Education. Maggie Johnson wanted to find a way to support her fellow students in their learning endeavors through a flexible seating classroom, a research topic education students are learning about in Behavior Management courses. Research shows teachers need to be aware of ways to accommodate their students in three dimensions of classroom design: naturalness, stimulation, and individualization.

Maggie worked with faculty to identify ways the College could show current teacher candidates the benefits of a flexible seating classroom. The grant purchased equipment that teacher candidates can use while taking their education classes to include: stay-put balance balls, portable lap desks to use with floor cushions, tractor stools, floor chairs, a hammock chair, and standing desks. Teacher candidates will have an opportunity experience flexible seating to see which ideas will work for students in their future classroom. Flexible seating allows students with attention and/or sensory issues to focus during instruction. It is valuable for students who are anxious about assignments or have other learning preferences.

“Maggie Johnson provided valuable leadership to ensure her peers would benefit from this alternative learning classroom,” said McKie. “We look forward to using the classroom over the coming years.”

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