Athens Ga. – University of Georgia College of Education graduate student Katherine Raczynski has been named a 2011 David Watts Scholar by the Southern Regional Association of Teacher Educators. The award recognizes her involvement and scholarship in teacher education.
Raczynski is a doctoral student in the research, evaluation, measurement and statistics program in the department of educational psychology and instructional technology. She works as a research assistant with COE Dean Andy Horne and Associate Dean for Research Noël Gregg.
Raczynski’s work with Horne is focused on adolescent social development, particularly enhancing school climate and preventing bullying. An important aspect of her work is speaking to educators in the field and pre-service teachers on bullying prevention.
She also works with Gregg on the Data for Improved Learning and Instruction initiative. DILI is a collaborative network of scholars and school leaders in Northeast Georgia that provides professional development on how to understand, interpret and apply student data to improve learning and instruction.
Raczynski’s work will be recognized at the annual SRATE conference during an awards luncheon in Savannah Oct. 28. The award includes a monetary stipend and a certificate.
Raczynski also will participate in a roundtable discussion at the SRATE conference, along with other UGA COE faculty members on the topic of “Collaborative Endeavors to Strengthen Educator Preparation.”
Raczynski’s expected graduation date is May 2012.
For more information about the UGA COE’s department of educational psychology and instructional technology, see http://www.coe.uga.edu/epit/.
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