BOONE, N.C. — Four faculty in Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education (RCOE) published books in 2021, with topics ranging from careers in teaching and how educators shape their students’ lives, to counseling techniques to prepare Pre-K–12 students for career and college success and ways to support low-income and working-class college students.
The books and their authors:
- “Social Class Supports: Programs and practices to serve and sustain poor and working-class students through higher education” by Dr. Sonja Ardoin.
- “A Vocation at Risk: A Survival Guide for New Teachers” by Dr. James A. Bryant.
- “Safe, Seen, and Stretched in the Classroom: The Remarkable Ways Teachers Shape Students’ Lives” by Dr. Julie Hasson.
- “Career and College Readiness Counseling in P–12 Schools” by Dr. Amy Milsom.
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Supporting low-income, working-class college students
Ardoin, an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling and the director of App State’s student affairs administration program, has co-edited her fourth book, “Social Class Supports” (Stylus Publishing, July 2021), with Dr. Georgianna Martin, associate professor of counseling and human development at the University of Georgia.
The book, released in July 2021, is organized in six sections and highlights support efforts to enhance the college experience for low-income and working-class students in higher education — at both two- and four-year public and private institutions.
According to Ardoin, the book offers practical, applied ideas for college educators, professionals and administrators to engage these student populations in meaningful and additive ways.
“Dr. Ardoin is dedicated to advancing the field of student affairs administration and underserved students through her research and scholarly endeavors,” said RCOE Dean Melba Spooner. “She is engaging in critical work that will produce transformational change related to college access and success.”
“As someone who was a working-class student myself, I value the opportunity to add to the scholarship on social class and advance social class equity in higher education,” Ardoin said.
‘A Survival Guide for New Teachers’
Bryant, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and director of App State’s Gadugi Partnership program, has published his third book, “A Vocation at Risk: A Survival Guide for New Teachers” (Rowman & Littlefield, August 2021). The book provides new teachers with a theoretical foundation for their careers while also reminding them of the idealistic, moral and spiritual purposes of public schooling.
According to Bryant, the book identifies three resources all new teachers need:
- Practical information, such as how to effectively communicate with parents of students.
- A clear outline of theory-to-practice — how to apply teacher preparation theory in the classroom.
- Reminders of why teachers choose the profession.
In his review of the book, Phillip Griffin, director of support services at Smith County Public Schools in Marion, Virginia, said Bryant’s “focus on pedagogy, fostering relationships, communication and ethical behavior is spot on in developing the traits associated with successful teachers.”
‘The Remarkable Ways Teachers Shape Students’ Lives’
Hasson, an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, has authored her first book, “Safe, Seen, and Stretched in the Classroom: The Remarkable Ways Teachers Shape Students’ Lives” (Routledge, November 2021).
In preparation for the book, Hasson spent a year interviewing people about teachers who’ve shaped their lives, trying to understand what teachers say and do to make a lasting impact on their students. The stories she shares in “Safe, Seen, and Stretched in the Classroom” highlight the ways a teacher’s actions can influence students’ lives and are presented alongside practical models to help teachers of all experience levels make a more consistent impact on the students they serve.
“Educators intuitively understand the importance of building strong relationships with students, but they may not have the skills and strategies needed,” Hasson said. “Strong student–teacher relationships lead to improved academic, social and emotional outcomes for students and greater satisfaction for teachers. This book provides models and strategies for building deeper relationships and positive classroom cultures.”
In her review of the book, Laura Grundler, visual arts coordinator and co-creator of #K12ArtChat and “K12ArtChat the Podcast,” said, “In a time when education and educators are under a microscope, Julie reminds us of our value, our impact and the joy of teaching.”
Chapters cover topics such as commitment, vulnerability, power, connection, expectations, community, identity and equity while underscoring the importance of making students feel safe, seen and “stretched,” or challenged.
A resource for career and college readiness counselors
Milsom, a professor in and the chair of App State’s Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling, has published the third edition of “Career and College Readiness Counseling in P–12 Schools” (Springer Publishing, November 2021). Milsom co-authored the book with Dr. Jennifer Curry, the Shirley B. Barton Endowed Professor at Louisiana State University.
“Disparities in career and college-related outcomes continue to exist in the United States, and early intervention is critical to helping close academic and educational achievement gaps,” Milsom said. “This book addresses individual and systemic factors that counselors and educators should consider as they design intentional career and college-focused interventions.”
Milsom shared that she and Curry initially wrote the book “to provide school counselors with a resource that could help them easily conceptualize the career and college readiness needs of Pre-K–12 students and design relevant and meaningful interventions.”
The third edition includes the following new material:
- Updated workforce, educational and demographic statistics.
- Enhanced content on culturally responsive school counseling practices.
- The impact of social media on student development.
- Coverage of the changing culture of higher education recruitment.
- Postsecondary transition planning for students with disabilities.
- Work-based learning opportunities for career and technical education pathways.
- Gap year information.
- Enhanced instructor’s manual, including sample syllabi, PowerPoints, project-based learning activities, discussion prompts, exam questions and related online activities, games and apps.
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About the Reich College of Education
Appalachian State University offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The Reich College of Education enrolls more than 2,000 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in every county in North Carolina. Learn more at https://rcoe.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives. App State is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, with a national reputation for innovative teaching and opening access to a high-quality, affordable education for all. The university enrolls more than 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and 80 graduate majors at its Boone and Hickory campuses and through App State Online. Learn more at https://www.appstate.edu.