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2015-2016 Graduate Assistants
2015-2016 Graduate Assistants - University of Georgia ...
The Goizueta Foundation, founded by Roberto C.
Goizueta (former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola
   Company), established The Goizueta Foundation
Graduate Scholars Fund to enhance the education and
  skills of graduate students committed to improving
 Latino education. The Center for Latino Achievement
  and Success in Education (CLASE), housed in UGA’s
    College of Education, administers The Goizueta
Foundation Graduate Scholar program and trains and
  supervises the outstanding graduate students from
    departments across UGA who are awarded the
 assistantships. Scholars are expected to contribute to
  the educational improvement of underrepresented
groups in the U.S. after graduate school. The following
            are our current graduate students.
2015-2016 Graduate Assistants - University of Georgia ...
Diego Boada
CLASE Graduate Assistant since 2013
  Current
                      Concentration                     Institution
  Program
                   Learning, Design and
   Ph.D.                                           University of Georgia
                       Technology
 Previous
                      Concentration                     Institution
 Degrees
                   Learning, Design and
   M.Ed.                                           University of Georgia
                       Technology
                                                 Universidad Pedagógica
    B.A.     Spanish and Foreign Languages
                                                   Nacional, Colombia

Research Interests
 Universal Design for Learning
 Instructional design
 Technology integration
 Teacher education

Role in CLASE
 Works with the College Youth Adaptation Study (CYAS) to explore ethnic
   and gender differences in the sociocultural adaptation and adjustment of
   college students in the U.S. and Spain from a cultural-historical framework.
 Assists with data collection, data analysis and validation of a new
   multidimensional test instrument, the Cultural Adaptation and Development
   Inventory (CADI)
 Supports CLASE professional development workshops and conferences as an
   instructional designer and technology specialist.
 Coordinates partnership with La Universidad Pontifica Comillas for a special
   issue of the Migraciones journal.

Publications and Presentations
Boada, D., Portes, P., Gonzalez-Canche, M., & Mellom, P. (November, 2015).
Instructional conversation: A culturally responsive pedagogy for ELLs in K-12 settings.
Accepted Concurrent Session at the 2015 AECT International Convention,
Indianapolis, IN.

Portes, P., Simmons, C., Boada, D., & Mira, W. (2015, April). Cultural adaptation, self-
esteem, and depression in college students by ethnicity and gender. Accepted
Concurrent Session at the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Boada, D. (2014, November). Reducing the achievement gap for elementary English
language learners through an after school program. Accepted Poster Session at the
2014 AECT International Convention, Jacksonville, Florida.

Boada, D. (2014, March). Enhancing metacognition for the reading comprehension
of students with learning disabilities in an inclusive K-12 setting. Poster presented at
the 2nd Fulbright Academic Symposium at Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
2015-2016 Graduate Assistants - University of Georgia ...
Christina Cotsakis
CLASE Graduate Assistant since 2015

 Current
                     Concentration                   Institution
 Program
   M.A.         Nonprofit Organizations         University of Georgia

   M.Ed.     Professional School Counseling     University of Georgia
 Previous
                     Concentration                   Institution
 Degrees
               Marketing & International
   B.B.A.                                       University of Georgia
                       Business

Research Interests
 Role of nonprofit organizations in education
 Access to higher education for immigrants and their children
 Afterschool program effectiveness
 Transitions from high school to college or the workplace

Role in CLASE
 Coordinates and supervises the CLASE afterschool program, which
   serves around 25 Latino English Language learners
 Assists with the design and distribution of print and virtual
   publications
 Supports fundraising initiatives for professional development
   programs

Publications and Presentations
Cotsakis, C., & Mira, W. A. (2016, February). Engaging ELLs through
curriculum and projects applying “Funds of Knowledge”. Paper
presented at the 15th annual ESOL Conference at Kennesaw State
University.
2015-2016 Graduate Assistants - University of Georgia ...
Stephanie Mariela Garcia
CLASE Graduate Assistant since 2015

 Current
                      Concentration                     Institution
 Program
                  College Student Affairs
   M.Ed.                                          University of Georgia
                      Administration
 Previous
                      Concentration                     Institution
 Degrees
                                                 University of California,
    B.A.            Applied Linguistics
                                                      Los Angeles

Research Interests
 Access to higher education
 Immigration policies
 First generation college students

Role in CLASE
 Support tutoring program through curriculum development and tutor
   supervision
 Assists with video transcription and analysis for the Instructional
   Conversation Project

Publications and Presentations
Mellom, P. & Garcia, S. (2016, April) Indexing English L2 student identities
in the online logs of teachers in the "New South". Paper presentation
conducted at the 2016 American Association for Applied Linguistics
Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
Mellom, P., Straubhaar, R., Garcia, S., & Vazquez, M. (2016, February).
Development of Latino Students’ Conversational English through
Culturally Relevant Pedagogies in the New South. Paper presentation
conducted at the 37th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum,
University of Pennsylvania.
2015-2016 Graduate Assistants - University of Georgia ...
Rebecca Gokee
                                             CLASE Graduate Assistant since 2011
                                                Current
                                                                      Concentration                     Institution
                                                Program
                                                            Educational Psychology: Applied
                                                  Ph.D.                                           University of Georgia
                                                              Cognition and Development
                                                Previous
                                                                      Concentration                     Institution
                                                Degrees
                                                 M.Ed.           Educational Psychology           University of Georgia

                                                  B.A.       Elementary Education/Spanish             Flagler College

                                            Research Interests
                                           Improving the teaching and learning of students placed at-risk by the
                                           intersection of poverty and/or English as a second language, in both domestic
                                           and international contexts
                                           Role in CLASE
                                           Focused on the IES funded grant: Improving the Teaching and Learning of
                                           English Language Learners: The Instructional Conversation Model in which we
                                           are examining the effectiveness of the IC Model for improving academic
                                           achievement of English language learners here in Georgia
Publications and Presentations
Gokee, R.K., Samuelsen, K., & Portes, P. (2012, February). Getting Students to Talk: What Works. Paper presented at
the annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Hilton Head, SC.
Mellom, P.J., Gokee, R.K., & Nixon, C. (2013, February). Instructional Conversation as a Tool for Developing ELL Student
Talk. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Sarasota, FL.
Mellom, P.J., Gokee, R.K., & Nixon, C. (2013, March). Ping Pong vs. Pinball: Instructional Conversation as a Tool for L2
Language Development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics,
Dallas, TX.
Gokee, R.K. (2013, June). EFA and Malawi: A Closer Look at How NGOs are Playing a Role in Improving the Quality of
Education for the Most Marginalized Populations. Paper presented at the 2013 XV Comparative Education World
Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Gokee, R.K. (2014, March). A Closer Look at How Initial Teacher Education is Playing a Role in Improving the Quality of
Education in Malawi. Paper presented at the 2014 Comparative International Educational Society, Toronto, Canada.
Mellom, P. J., Weber, J., Straubhaar, R.J., Gokee, R.K., & Ariail, M. (2015, February) Learning through Talking: Improving
the Teaching and Learning of English Language Learners through Instructional Conversations. Workshop presentation at
the annual Kennesaw State University ESOL Conference, Kennesaw, GA.
Gokee, R.K. (2015, March). Primary Teachers' Perceptions and Use of Assessment in Malawi. Paper presented at the
2015 Comparative International Educational Society, Washington D.C.
Portes, P. R., Gonzalez Canche, M.S., Gokee, R.K., & Mellom, P. J. (2015, April). English Learners and Responsive
Teaching: Assessing Cognitive and Affective Mediation. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American
Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
 Portes, P. R., Gonzalez Canche, M.S., Straubhaar, R.J., Gokee, R.K., & Stollberg, R. (2015, April). Improving Teaching and
Learning through the Instructional Conversation Model. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American
Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
2015-2016 Graduate Assistants - University of Georgia ...
Darío Gonzalez
CLASE Graduate Assistant since 2014
 Current
                      Concentration                     Institution
 Program
   Ph.D.         Mathematics Education            University of Georgia
 Previous
                      Concentration                     Institution
 Degrees
                                                  Universidad Católica
   B.Ed.         Mathematics Education
                                                  Silva Henríquez, Chile

Research Interests
 Quantitative and Covariational reasoning
 The learning of introductory mathematical models for global warming
 Environmental challenges as engaging contexts for STEM education
 Dispositions to teach mathematics to culturally diverse students

Role in CLASE
 Supervising tutors for CLASE’s after school program at Oglethorpe
   elementary
 Supporting data management for CLASE’s Instructional Conversation (IC)
   research project
 Preparing literature reviews to support research projects
 Video editing for CLASE’s Joint Productive Activity (JPA) teacher training

Publications and Presentations
White, D. Y., DuCloux, K. K., Carreras-Jusino, A. M., Gonzalez, D. A., & Keels, K.
(2016). Preparing preservice teachers for diverse mathematics classrooms through
a cultural awareness unit. Mathematics Teacher Educator, 4(2), 164 – 179
Gonzalez, D., Carreras, A., White, D. Y., & Ducloux, K. K. (2015, April). Unveiling
preservice teachers’ multicultural mathematics dispositions. Research Presession of
the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Boston,
MA.
DuCloux, K. K., Carreras-Jusino, A. M., Gonzalez, D. A., & White, D. Y. (2015,
February). Examining the impact of a cultural awareness unit on preservice
teachers’ multicultural mathematics dispositions. Individual session presented at
the Annual Meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.
Orlando, FL.
Carreras-Justino, A. M., Gonzalez, D., & White, D. Y. (2014, April). Characterizing
preservice teachers’ multicultural mathematics dispositions. 2014 College of
Education Graduate Student/Faculty Research Conference. Athens, GA.
White, D. Y., DeGeorge, T., Gonzalez, D., & Yamaguchi, J. (2012, April). Examining
preservice teachers’ multicultural mathematics dispositions. Paper submitted for
presentation for the SIG-Research in Mathematics Education at the annual
meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Vancouver, Canada.
2015-2016 Graduate Assistants - University of Georgia ...
William Mira
                                              CLASE Graduate Assistant since 2009
                                                 Current
                                                                       Concentration                    Institution
                                                 Program
                                                              Educational Psychology (Applied
                                                   Ph.D.                                           University of Georgia
                                                               Cognition and Development)
                                                 Previous
                                                                       Concentration                    Institution
                                                 Degrees

                                                   M.A.           Educational Psychology           University of Georgia

                                                   B.A.                Anthropology                University of Virginia

                                           Research Interests
                                            Impact of afterschool programs on the affective and educational
                                              development of Latino English learners
                                            Spanish language assessment for elementary-aged Latino English learners
                                           Role in CLASE
                                            Leads the CLASE Longitudinal Immigrant and Education Research Study and
                                              the CLASE Youth Adaptation Study
                                            Serves as an advisor for the afterschool tutoring program after years of
                                              experience leading
Publications and Presentations
Portes, P. R., Canche, M. G., Salas, S., Boada, D., & Mira, W. A. (2016). Assessing migration and adaptation from two or
more points of view: Cultural-historical theory and methods. Submitted to Migraciones.
Mira, W. A., Schwanenflugel, P.J. (2013). The Impact of Expressiveness on the Comprehension of Storybooks by
Prekindergarten Children. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools. (Based on thesis research)
Cotsakis, C., & Mira, W. A. (2016, February). Engaging ELLs through curriculum and projects applying “Funds of
Knowledge”. Paper presented at the 15th annual ESOL Conference at Kennesaw State University.
Mira, W. A., Boada, D., Portes, P. R. (2015, April). Cultural adaptation, self-esteem and depression in college students by
ethnicity and gender. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago,
IL.
Mira, W. A., Simmons, C., Portes, P. R. (2014, April). Beyond drill and kill: New directions for afterschool programs.
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Wilder, J., Mira, W. A. (2014, February). Teacher attitudes about English language learners: The importance of culturally
responsive pedagogy in schools. Paper presented at the 13th annual ESOL Conference at Kennesaw State University.
Mira, W. A., Portes, P. R., Capello, C. (2013, February). A cultural historical approach to the eradication of the
achievement gap. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Sarasota, FL.
Mira, W. A., Portes, P. R., Mellom, P. J. (2012, April). An evaluation of a tutoring and mentoring program involving
undergraduate college students and elementary school English learners. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the
American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.
Mira, W. A., Schwanenflugel, P. J., Lai, S., Tolentino, D. (2011, November). The impact of expressiveness on the
comprehension of storybooks by prekindergarten children. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research
Association, Jacksonville, FL. (Based on thesis)
Terry, K., Mira, W. A. (2010, April/May). Inspired aspirations, mirrored achievement: The power of shared culture in
service learning programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association,
Denver, CO.
2015-2016 Graduate Assistants - University of Georgia ...
Marjory Vazquez
CLASE Graduate Assistant since 2015
  Current
                     Concentration                    Institution
  Program
   Ph.D.         Counseling Psychology          University of Georgia
  Previous
                     Concentration                    Institution
  Degrees
    M.A.         Counseling Psychology          University of Missouri
             Criminology, Law and Society &    University of California,
    B.A.
                       Sociology                        Irvine
Research Interests
 Latin@ mental health and trauma
 Domestic violence
Role in CLASE
 Supports the afterschool program through tutor supervision
 Helps conduct research and related activities for the office

Publications and Presentations
Vazquez, M., French, B., & Maras, M. (2016, March). Childhood Sexual Abuse
Outcomes Among Different Ethnic Groups. Paper Presentation conducted at the
Annual Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) conference, New Orleans,
LA
Mellom, P., Straubhaar, R., Garcia, S., & Vazquez, M. (2016, February).
Development of Latino Students’ Conversational English through Culturally
Relevant Pedagogies in the New South. Paper presentation conducted at the 37th
Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, University of Pennsylvania
Cruz, G., Vazquez, M., & Leon, D. (2014, October). The Influence of Community
Perception and Acculturation on Latina/o Immigrants’ Support Seeking. In L. Flores
(Chair), Latino Immigration Integration in Rural Midwest Communities. Symposium
conducted at the 2014 National Latina/o Psychological Association Biennial
Conference, Albuquerque, NM
Leon, D., Vazquez, M., & Cruz, G. (2014, October). Relations of Support Seeking and
Life Satisfaction among Latina/o Immigrants in the Midwest. In L. Flores (Chair), Latino
Immigration Integration in Rural Midwest Communities. Symposium conducted at the
2014 National Latina/o Psychological Association Biennial Conference, Albuquerque, NM
Quintero, D. & Vazquez, M. (2014, March). Para Las Mujeres: Bridging Cultural Diversity
with Feminist Research and Practice. In B. French (Chair), Graduate Student Training
Experiences in Violence Against Women Research and Practice. Symposium conducted at
the 2014 National Counseling Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA
Vazquez, M. & Fuentes, J, & Baltazar, R. & Cavanagh, C. & Cauffman, E. (2013, April).
Life in an undocumented family: Juvenile offenders’ attitudes toward police. Poster
Session Presented at the Western Psychological Association, Reno, Nevada
Vazquez, M. & Rendon, M. (2012, May). Social Networks and Social Support Among
Foreign Born Female Mexican Americans. Paper presentation conducted at the 2012
Annual Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Symposium, University
of California Irvine
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