Mar
25
Sat
ISAC’s International Spring Festival 2017: Global Citizen
Mar 25 @ 12:59 am – Apr 1 @ 1:59 am

In celebration of Georgia State’s rich global culture and diverse student body, the International Students Association Council (ISAC) seeks to promote culture and diversity through the annual International Spring Festival (March 25 – April 1).
All events are free and open to the Georgia State community!
More info: http://isss.gsu.edu/current-students/campus-community-involvement/international-spring-festival/
Saturday, March 25th
Culture Shock
Veteran’s Memorial Hall, Dahlberg Hall
7:00pm
Sunday, March 26th
International Pageant
Speaker’s Auditorium, Student Center East
Time TBD
Monday, March 27th
Spring Roll Night
Veteran’s Memorial Hall, Dahlberg Hall
Time TBD
Tuesday, March 28th
Flag Parade
Hurt Park
12:00pm
Parade route:  The parade begins at 11:45am at Hurt Park.  Then, the group will head west on Gilmer St, south on Peachtree Center Ave, east on Decatur St, north on Piedmont Ave, west on Edgewood Ave, and return to Hurt Park at 12:15pm.
iFest: International Bazaar
Veteran’s Memorial Hall, Dahlberg Hall
12:15 to 1:30 pm
International Students Job Search Workshop
SCW 466/468 
1:00 to 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 29th
SAA Panel: Diversity
Location TBD
7:00pm
Thursday, March 30th
KPOP Star
Veteran’s Memorial Hall, Dahlberg Hall
7:00pm
Friday, March 31st
Holi (Festival of Colors)
Hurt Park
5:00pm
Saturday, April 1st
SAA Olympics
Location TBD
Time TBD
For more information, please contact ISAC at gsu.isac@gmail.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat (ISAC_GSU).

Mar
27
Mon
Dissertation Defense — Ellen Litkowski @ CEHD, Room 830
Mar 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

“Exploring the influence of parents’ beliefs and behaviors on children’s developing executive function.”
by: Ellen Litkowski
Executive function (EF) is a multi-component construct responsible for higher-order thinking abilities such as problem solving, goal-setting, and attentional flexibility (Jurado & Rosselli, 2007). Executive functions are associated with the prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain that undergoes substantial growth and modification from birth to age five. For young children, EF supports behavioral and social adjustment and Is predictive of future academic achievement (Brock, Rimm-Kaufman, Nathanson & Grimm, 2007). The neurobiological components of EF have been extensively researched, but only recently have socio-environmental influences come to light. This ecological perspective may be of particular Importance for children growing up in low-Income households, who tend to demonstrate weaker performance on EF-related tasks (Hackman, Gallop, Evans & Farah, 2015). Parents and/or primary caregivers serve as one vital component of children’s early environments. Preliminary research investigating parent behaviors – such as scaffolding, stimulation, sensitivity/responsively vs. hostility/rejection, and control – (as observed during specific tasks) affect the development of children’s EF. The contributions of parents’ knowledge about effective parenting and their self-reported behaviors, however, have not been explored. The current study investigated the independent influences of parents’ behaviors, parenting knowledge, and involvement on young children’s developing EF. A secondary aim of the study was to better understand and characterize parents’ knowledge and beliefs. 52 parent-child dyads from three early childcare centers in the metro-Atlanta area participated in the study. Hierarchical regression analyses were used to determine the unique variance in children’s EF accounted for by parent variables. Parents’ use of non-reasoning, punitive strategies negatively contributed to children’s Inhibitory control and their goodnatured/easygoingness positively contributed to their set-shifting abilities. Parents’ knowledge about parenting practices did not significantly contribute to children’s EF. Findings from this study inform existing research demonstrating an association between children’s EF and parenting practices and provides new knowledge regarding normative and non-normative parenting knowledge and practices for the specific population.

Spring Roll Night – ISAC’s International Spring Festival 2017: Global Citizen @ Dahlberg Hall, Veteran's Memorial Hall
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In celebration of Georgia State’s rich global culture and diverse student body, the International Students Association Council (ISAC) seeks to promote culture and diversity through the annual International Spring Festival (March 25 – April 1).
All events are free and open to the Georgia State community!
More info: http://isss.gsu.edu/current-students/campus-community-involvement/international-spring-festival/
The Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) is hosting Spring Roll Night will be held in Dalhberg Hall, doors will open at 6:45!  Seats are limited!
We will teaching you how to roll traditional vietnamese spring rolls (with toppings of your choice including: shrimp, pork, chinese sausages, veggies, ect.)
We will also be informing you about the vietnamese culture and our history behind these famous spring rolls.
Not only free food, but we will have performances and cool prizes to give away. So come “roll” with us!
Street parking is free after 7, or you can park at N-deck near by ($5)
You can also park at Turner Field if you’re a student for free and get off at the second bus stop, it will be right accross from Dalhberg Hall.
Interested in volunteering? MESSAGE US!
Questions or concerns?
Message us! GSUVSA page
or (478) 396 – 8288
In celebration of Georgia State’s rich global culture and diverse student body, the International Students Association Council (ISAC) seeks to promote culture and diversity through the annual International Spring Festival.  All are welcome!  For more information, please contact ISAC at gsu.isac@gmail.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat (ISAC_GSU).

Mar
28
Tue
Dissertation Defense — Alfred J. Taylor @ CEHD, Room 481
Mar 28 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

“The Common Core to Common Folks: An Exploration of the perceptions of high school mathematics teacher of the common core standards in mathematics”
by: Alferd J. Taylor
The authors of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) contend that the implementation of this framework is a much-needed step towards the ability of the United States to remain globally competitive. This study examined the perceptions of mathematics teachers regarding the CCSSM, as well as the implementation of those standards and the implications for school leaders. Thirteen, high school mathematics teachers in three different high schools in a large suburban school district in Georgia were involved in the study. A qualitative case study approach was utilized to explore this issue. Data were collected from focus group interviews and document reviews of the CCSSM and other state standard in order to provide opportunities to triangulate the data. The triangulation process allowed for the crosschecking of data from multiple sources in order to increase the accuracy of the results and conclusions. The findings indicated that while the teachers were in favor of the CCSSM, there were several challenges with the implementation that skewed their perceptions and receptiveness of the standards.

International Flag Parade & iFest International Bazaar – ISAC’s International Spring Festival 2017: Global Citizen @ Hurt Park
Mar 28 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 pm

In celebration of Georgia State’s rich global culture and diverse student body, the International Students Association Council (ISAC) seeks to promote culture and diversity through the annual International Spring Festival (March 25 – April 1).
All events are free and open to the Georgia State community!
More info: http://isss.gsu.edu/current-students/campus-community-involvement/international-spring-festival/
As a part of Spring Festival, ISAC is hosting its Annual Flag Parade. All students are encouraged to join us as we parade around campus and exhibit our national pride!
Parade route:  The parade begins at 11:45am at Hurt Park.  Then, the group will head west on Gilmer St, south on Peachtree Center Ave, east on Decatur St, north on Piedmont Ave, west on Edgewood Ave, and return to Hurt Park at 12:15pm.
The iFest International Bazaar will also be taking place where there will be free food from around the world, entertainment, games, and prizes!
Featuring performances from the African Student Association, Caribbean Student Association, and Special Guests Giwayen Mata, Atlanta’s all-female African drum and dance troupe.
In celebration of Georgia State’s rich global culture and diverse student body, the International Students Association Council (ISAC) seeks to promote culture and diversity through the annual International Spring Festival.  All are welcome!  For more information, please contact ISAC at gsu.isac@gmail.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat (ISAC_GSU).

International Students Job Search Workshop – ISAC’s International Spring Festival 2017: Global Citizen @ Student Center West, Room 466/468
Mar 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In celebration of Georgia State’s rich global culture and diverse student body, the International Students Association Council (ISAC) seeks to promote culture and diversity through the annual International Spring Festival (March 25 – April 1).
All events are free and open to the Georgia State community!
More info: http://isss.gsu.edu/current-students/campus-community-involvement/international-spring-festival/
Representatives from University Career Services and the International Student and Scholar Services offices will be on hand to answer your questions on how to find a job or internship in the United States.
Searching for and applying to jobs in the United States as an international student can be difficult. Come to this workshop and learn how to:
• Interact and talk to employers in the United States
• Write a resume/CV for jobs and internships
• Search for jobs/organizations that are international student friendly
• Know how your visa status affects your search
In celebration of Georgia State’s rich global culture and diverse student body, the International Students Association Council (ISAC) seeks to promote culture and diversity through the annual International Spring Festival.  All are welcome!  For more information, please visit http://isss.gsu.edu/current-students/campus-community-involvement/international-spring-festival/.  Contact ISAC at gsu.isac@gmail.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat (ISAC_GSU).

Mar
29
Wed
Adult Literacy Research Center Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are you interested in issues of health behavior, perceived risk and health literacy?
If so, please join us for the Adult Literacy Research Center for its next brown bag lunch featuring Dawn Aycock, assistant professor in the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, as she presents, “Measuring the Perceived Risk of Stroke: Health Literacy Considerations.”
Aycock will provide an overview of the concepts of risk perception and health literacy and their role in health behavior change. She will also discuss how risk perception is used in her intervention (Stroke Counseling for Risk Reduction) and describe results of a systematic review on the perceived risk of stroke. She will conclude with an open discussion about literacy in measuring risk perceptions.
The brown bag lunch is scheduled for March 29 at noon in the center’s conference room (One Park Place, Suite 503).
Please RSVP by March 23 to Iris Feinberg at ifeinberg2@gsu.edu.

MACIE Program Lunch and Learn Webinar
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join the Master of Arts in Creative and Innovative Education (MACIE) program for a lunch and learn webinar on Wednesday, March 29, from 12-1 p.m. Register to attend on the MACIE blog: http://sites.gsu.edu/the-macie-program-blog.
The MACIE program is designed for people who wish to further their knowledge about children as creative thinkers and innovative makers. Our graduates will work in diverse fields, such as business, non-profits, the creative arts, K-12 education and community outreach organizations. For more information about the program, visit http://ecee.education.gsu.edu/academics-and-admissions/creative-innovative-education-m-a.

Faculty Awards Luncheon 2017 @ Student Center East
Mar 29 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The College of Education & Human Development will host its annual Faculty Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, March 29, at 12:30 p.m. in Student Center East.
This event is an opportunity to recognize and thank faculty who this year exemplify the best in various aspects of our profession. At the luncheon, the college will recognize excellence in three
areas: teaching, service to the profession and community, and research and scholarship.
This event is by invitation only.

Dissertation Defense — Geoff F. Clement @ CEHD, Room 509
Mar 29 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

“Exploring the influence of the Singapore Modeling Method on prospective elementary teachers in a university mathematic course.”
by: Geoff F. Clement
The widespread adoption in the U.S. of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics provides an unparalleled opportunity for systemic changes in mathematics education. Central to successful implementation of these standards is well-qualified teachers of mathematics. with university mathematics courses serving as a key context for teacher development of content knowledge, problem-solving skills, and productive beliefs. One potential means of developing mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT) and mathematics self-efficacy of prospective elementary teachers (PTs) is through a promising pedagogical tool called the Singapore Modeling Method ([SMM), Ministry of Education, Singapore, 1997). A pictorial method for a wide variety of mathematics word problems, the SMM uses rectangular bars to represent either known or unknown quantities. However, the use and study of the SMM during university mathematics courses are very limited. Hence, this study is guided by these research questions: (1) Does prospective elementary teachers’ MKT change during a Foundations of Number and Operations course that uses the SMM? (2) Do prospective elementary teachers’ mathematics self-efficacy beliefs change during a Foundations of Number and Operations course that uses the SMM? and (3) How do prospective elementary teachers describe changes in their MKT and mathematics self-efficacy beliefs, as well as any other emergent findings, during a Foundations of Number and Operations course that uses the SMM? Using a SMM intervention, this study explored if changes occur in elementary PTs’ MKT and mathematics self-efficacy. The context was an Early Childhood and Elementary Education (ECEE) Foundations of Number and Operations class at a large, urban university in the southeastern U.S. Participants included 32 undergraduate students completing the course as a requirement for their ECEE major. An explanatory mixed methods design was used, with quantitative data collected via three MKT assessments and a self-efficacy beliefs survey administered before and after the SMM intervention. Qualitative data were collected via semi-structured, individual interviews of a random sample of six students with the aim of illuminating quantitative findings. Data were also collected via student artifacts. The findings of this study provide insights into the effectiveness of the SMM as a means of elementary PT development in university mathematics courses.