WCE Chronicle November 2012
The WCE Chronicle is a publication showcasing news, events, accomplishments, and work of the Watson College of Education at UNCW.
Volume 01 ISSUE 02 November 2012 PUBLICATION OF THE WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WatsonChronicle Watson UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON In this issue Mission & Values 2 Faculty Feature: Kathy Fox 18 Provost Visit 21 Sections WCE Celebrations 4 Faculty Events & Announcements 5 Alumni News 5 Calendar of Events 6 Visions: Our Students Speak 8 Student News 9 News & Views from Departments and Programs 10 Diversity Dividends 22 Our Family Corner 22 DEAN Kenneth Teitelbaum EDITOR Elizabeth Foster GRAPHIC DESIGNER Krystine Wetherill Watson College of Education, UNCW 601 S. College Road Wilmington NC 28403 www.uncw.edu/ed/publications DEAN’S DISCOURSE Dr. Kenneth Teitelbaum Last December, we established a task force to review our mission statement. Ten faculty members spent many hours discussing, meeting, revising, etc. In April, faculty and staff voted their approval of our new mission and eight value statements – and after a bit more revising, the final document was completed. Thanks to task force members Amy Garrett Dickers (EL), Heidi Higgins (EMLLE), Scott Imig (EL), Hengameh Kermani (ECSE), Florence Martin (ITFSE), Debbie Powell (EMLLE), Kathy Roney (EMLLE), Donyell Roseboro (ITFSE), Robert Smith (ITFSE), and Tamara Walser (EL), who served as chair. At our College meeting on October 24, faculty and staff broke up into 12 groups and discussed what we are doing and what we could/should do to support our mission and value statements. We also spent time sharing highlights from our small-group discussions. Notes were compiled and the next step will be to tease out some of the more prominent themes and examples. In addition, we need to share the statements with our students and school partners and elicit their feedback about how well we are implementing our guiding principles. See our mission and value statements on the next pages – and feel free to let me know what you think. A related question arose at our College meeting: What makes the Watson College of Education unique? That is, why would a student want to study with us instead of at another university? (Let’s put aside issues of location, e.g., beautiful campus, ocean beaches, lively downtown, great restaurants, etc.) Briefly, here’s how we answered that The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education question (admittedly with no advance preparation): First, we are dedicated to excellence in teaching, continually seeking to provide the best learning experiences possible for our undergraduate and graduate students. We have high expectations for research and creative accomplishments as well, but so much of what we do involves the enhancement of our pedagogical practices, whether delivered face to face or in a distance education format. Second, our faculty and staff are committed to working closely with students, university colleagues, local schools, community agencies, etc., trying our best to help address their needs and interests. We see such direct engagement as critical to the work that we do. And third, we evidence a unique level of collegiality and collaboration. While we have not achieved a utopian state of affairs, and never will, we pride ourselves in the ways that we work with and support each other as a genuine community dedicated to teaching, research and service. Our own embrace of teaching, engagement, and collaboration helps us to teach the importance of these commitments to our students. That is, we are not just talking about their value; we are living (modeling) them as well. As we all know, more than anything else we teach who we are – and we’re proud of what that means for those who study and work with us. I hope the fall season is going well – and that in a few weeks you’ll able to have a most enjoyable and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday break. Vol.1 Issue 2 Mission Statement Watson of College Education University of North Carolina Wilmington The mission of the Watson College of Education is to develop knowledgeable and proficient education professionals dedicated to improving schools and society. We address this mission by: • Providing academically rigorous programs; • Producing and using meaningful scholarship; • Partnering with schools, organizations and diverse communities; • Advancing the profession. Value Statements Decades of educational research demonstrate that outstanding education professionals must know their content, know how to effectively engage learners and assess learning, and embrace and enact appropriate dispositions and values (Darling-Hammond, 2010; Goodlad, 1990; Shulman, 1987). Our mission, which guides the work of our faculty and staff in preparing education professionals, is predicated on the following set of values: Advocacy: Advocacy to improve schools and society is an obligation of education professionals. Advocacy requires us to act on behalf of individuals and groups and to address social concerns. To do this work, we use professional knowledge and skills and exercise value judgments to determine what we should advocate. Advocacy is dependent on our communicative methods; it is tied to relevant life experiences; and it often forces us to work “outside of our comfort zones” (Newman & Bauer, 2005). Advocacy is active; it connects thought to action. It implies that we operate with certain beliefs and attitudes that will influence social and educational change (Mundy & Murphy, 2001). Diversity: Recognizing and utilizing the value of difference is a requisite to maximize human development. Our society is diverse in culture, language, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, social class, sexual identity, ability, age, and ideology. Diversity strongly influences who we are, how we learn, and how we teach. Freire (1997) argues that teachers are cultural workers, with a responsibility to identify their own socio-cultural positions and to recognize those of their students. He adds that responsibility should be conceived of as our “ability to respond.” We strive to respond appropriately to difference, to recognize how socio-cultural positions affect teaching, and to draw upon the value of difference to create meaningful learning experiences. Ethics: Education professionals must uphold ethical standards to ensure just and respectful educational practices. High quality education, that is, education that positively nurtures intellectual, emotional and social growth, must also include a consideration of what is right and wrong and the influence of time and context on such conceptions. Ethical attitudes and dispositions are shaped by moral perspectives and those perspectives help to determine ethical behaviors (Como, 2011; Purtillo, 2005). We find two ethical theories particularly relevant: an ethic of justice (which represents egalitarian beliefs and behaviors) and an ethic of care (which represents being responsive and trusting). Both of these theories allow us to connect personal issues with larger structural ones such that we can examine the system of education with respect to individual rights, collective responsibility, and institutional governance (Noddings, 2010). Global Perspectives: Understanding global perspectives and practices inspires connections to erase the boundaries that divide us. Education must be viewed as global in nature, grounded in an understanding of teaching and learning as interdependent, tied to issues of human rights and global citizenship, and that works toward creating sustainable processes that govern what we do (Peters, 2009). Global education is not just about examining people, cultures, and technologies. It is fundamentally about looking inward to study ourselves, our interactions, our systems, and our products. In this way, it allows for deep and broad reflection in intrapersonal and interpersonal ways. The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education Innovation: Generating and adopting innovations is imperative to meet the changing needs of society. References Binnie, L. M. & Allen, K. (2008). Whole school support for vulnerable children: The evaluation of a part-time nurture group. Emotional & Behavioral Difficulties, 13(3), 201-216. doi:10.1080/13632750802253202 In education, the mark of innovation is its ability to transform (Giannakaki, 2005). This process usually involves five steps: to consider the innovation; to develop an opinion about its possibilities; to decide to use or not; to employ the new idea; and to determine that the innovation was indeed an appropriate one (Rogers, 1984). Innovation needs to be viewed as a continual process of creativity and regeneration in light of the rapidly changing nature of the world in which we live. Como, J. (2011). Care and caring: A look at history, ethics, and theory. International Journal for Human Caring, 11(4), 37-45. Inquiry: A lifelong attitude of inquiry is at the core of transformative education. Darling-Hammond, L. (2010). The flat world and education: How America’s commitment to equity will determine our future. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. Inquiry is grounded in our ability to question, to investigate, to explore, and to problem-solve. It requires an ability to reflect and can lead us to innovate. Johnston (2009) applied Dewey’s theory of inquiry to education and argued that inquiry is context-bound, problem-driven, and self-correcting. In short, inquiry can operate differently depending on the context or discipline; it depends on the study of a particular problem or question; and it unifies, that is, it moves from a focus on discriminate parts to a reconstituted whole. Johnston (2009) points out that “all inquiry is transformative” (p. 8), which suggests that inquiry can serve as a catalyst for personal and social change. Nurturing: Development of nurturing environments is essential for growth, positive relationships and new ideas. When we nurture, we care for, attend to, and believe in an individual, group, organization, idea, or process. Nurturing depends on the establishment of relationships of trust and facilitates social, emotional and intellectual growth (Binnie & Allen, 2008). It is organic, contingent upon context and invariably different when shaped by those contexts. Nurturing environments are vital for academic learning, personal growth, positive relationships and reimagined practices and structures. Clark, P. G. (2009). Reflecting on reflection in interprofessional education: Implications for theory and practice. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 23(3), 213-223. Dewey, J. (1910). How we think: Boston, MA: D. C. Heath. Freire, P. (1997). Teachers as cultural workers: Letters to those who dare teach. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. Giannakaki, M. S. (2005). The implementation of innovation in school. In A. Kapsalis (Ed.). Management and administration of schools (pp. 243-276). Thesseloniki, Greece: University of Macedonia Press. Goodlad, J. (1990). Teachers for our nation’s schools. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Johnston, J. S. (2009). Deweyan inquiry: From education theory to practice. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. Mundy, K. & Murphy, L. (2001). Transnational advocacy, global civil society? Emerging evidence from the field of education. Comparative Education Review, 45(1), 85-126). Newman, W. & Bauer, V. (2005). Incitement to advocate: Advocacy education of future librarians of University of Toronto’s faculty of information studies. Feliciter, 51(1), 41-43. Noddings, N. (2010). Moral education in an age of globalization. Educational Philosophy & Theory, 42(4), 390396. Peters, L. (2009). Global education: Using technology to bring the world to your students. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education. Reflection: Continual reflection is critical for learning, growth and change. Purtillo, R. (2005). Ethical dimensions in the health professions (4th ed.). Philadelphia,PA: Elevier. Reflecting represents thoughtful consideration, an attunement to a moment, idea, interaction, circumstance, and/or process. Dewey (1910) described reflection as a condition that involves “mental unrest” (p. 13). It allows us to re-constitute information such that we reconstruct or reinterpret the meaning of an experience (Clark, 2009; Rodgers, 2002; Schon, 1986). In the act of reflecting, we become better practitioners, able to identify what we do well and what needs improvement and, from there, to make appropriate change. Rodgers, C. (2002). Defining reflection: Another look at John Dewey and reflective thinking. Teachers College Record, 104, 842-866. Rogers, E. M. (1984). Diffusion of innovation (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Free Press. Schon, D. (1986). Educating the reflective practitioner. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Shulman, L. (1987). Knowledge and teaching: Foundations of the new reform. Harvard Educational Review, 57 (1), 1-22. Vol.1 Issue 2, Page 3 1 WCE Academic Celebrations! Faculty Make Their Mark in the Scholarly World Publications Buchanan, L.B. (2012). Becoming an educational researcher: Exploring the earliest experiences. Educate: The Journal of Doctoral Research in Education, 12,(2), 11-22. Garrett Dikkers, A., Whiteside, A., & Lewis, S. (2012, September/October). Get present: Build community and connectedness online. In Learning and Leading with Technology, 40(2), 22-25. Martin, F., Pastore, R., Snider, J. (2012). Developing Mobile Based Instruction, Tech Trends, 56(3), 46-51 Martin, F., Parker, M. A., Deale, D. (2012). Examining the Interactivity of Synchronous Virtual Classrooms. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 13(3), 227-260. Presentations Carr, M. L. (2012, October). Self-mentoring: The invisible teacher. Paper presented at the meeting of Consortium for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE), Washington, DC. Crawford, E. O. (2012, October). Global education for a sustainable future: Enhancing children’s awareness of environmental issues and their roles as “solutionaries.” Global Issues, Global Solutions. World View 2012 Symposium. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. (Dr. Crawford was an invited speaker). Foster, E. (2012, September). Effective evaluation strategies: Building success from the beginning with peer programs and other prevention programs. A 90 minute training webinar sponsored and invited by: National Association of Peer Program Professionals (NAPPP) and Developmental Resources, held at UNCW, Wilmington, NC. Garrett Dikkers, A., Whiteside, A., & Lewis, S. (2012, October). Being present in online learning: The virtual high school student perspective. Paper presented at the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando, FL. Keenan, L. A. (2012, October). Motivational and persistence factors for military spouses earning a college degree. Paper presented at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) National Conference, Nashville, TN. Lynn, C. A. (2012, November). Evolution of a Korean social capital. network in South Georgia: Bridges and gaps in social capital Poster session to be presented at the annual meeting of American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA. Ousley, D. & Swafford, J. (2012, November). The brown bag exam: Validating the voices of students and teachers through alternative assessment. Paper presented at National Council for Teachers of English Conference (NCTE), Las Vegas, NV. Ousley, D. & Lewis, S. (2012, November). Keeping them off the ledge: Supporting the development of preservice and early-career English teachers. Paper presented at National Council for Teachers of English Conference (NCTE), Las Vegas, NV. Shankar-Brown, R. (2012, November). Fostering global education and affirming diversity in middle level education. North Carolina Professors of Middle Level Education Symposium, Raleigh, NC. (Note: Dr. Shankar-Brown was the featured speaker) Walser, T. M. (2012, October). Assessing student learning outcomes through program level review: Using direct measures of student learning to inform action. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, MN. Production Tyndall, E.R.,Weaver, R. E., & Tyndall, R.E. (2012). Reconvergence. Mobius Films, NY. Tyndall, R.E., 2012, Understanding Metrics. UNCW and IDC Animation is the technical support for Understanding Metrics. Wilmington, NC; India. Special Recognition Dr. Jeanne Swafford named new Editor, Journal of Content Area Reading, publication of the Content Area Reading SIG, affiliated with the International Reading Association. Dr. Amy Moody, with Deb Brunson and Becky Warfield, was invited by the Center on Teaching Excellence on campus to present a workshop on “Inclusive Teaching to Reach More Students” on October 11. Dr. Elizabeth Crawford was named to the Board of Directors of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). To learn more about the IHE, visit http://humaneeducation.org Keenan, L. A. (2012, July). Motivational and persistence factors for military spouses earning a college degree. Paper presented at the Department of Defense Worldwide Education Symposium, Las Vegas, NV. 4 - The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education Faculty Events & Announcements Retirement Announcement At the Watson College of Education Faculty and Staff meeting held Wednesday, October 24, 2012, Dr. Karen Wetherill announced her retirement from UNCW, effective at the end of Spring Semester, 2013. Open House Announcement: The Assistive Technology Demonstration and Lending Site is moving to Campus! They will now be located in the Natural Sciences Modular Unit located behind the College of Nursing (McNeil Hall). They are hosting an open house November 14 from 6-7:30 PM and will provide food and fun! The aim of the site is to provide an avenue for educating persons on the availability and use of assistive technologies that can provide the freedom and independence desperately sought by many persons who are faced with temporary or lifelong challenges due to their disabilities. Directions: Take Randall Drive and make a right onto Reynolds Road. You will pass the Education Building on the right. Make a left at the light onto Cahill Drive and a right onto Walton Drive. The Natural Sciences Modular Until will be in the right. Parking is available and the building is accessible. Faculty Senate Representing the WCE Departments on the Faculty Senate this year include: Dr. Kennedy Ongaga in the Dept. of Educational Leadership, Dr. Amy Moody in the Dept. of Early Childhood and Special Education, Drs. Kathy Fox & Heidi Higgins in the Dept. of Elementary, Middle Level and Literacy Education, and Drs. Denise Ousley and Candace Thompson in the Dept. of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education. New WCE Committee The WCE Policy Committee met for the first time in October and will continue to meet monthly on Wednesdays. Chairing the committee is Dr. Elizabeth Foster. Members serving on the committee include Dr. Buddy Coleman, Dr. Angela Housand, Dr. Kosta Kyriacopoulos, Dr. Lou LaNunziata, Dr. Robert Smith, Main Campus and Onslow Extension Ed Labs Serve WCE Students The Betty Holden Stike Education Lab, often referred to as the Ed Lab, is housed on the main campus of UNCW and serves the students in the Watson College of Education and students from area schools. In collaboration with WCE professors, the Ed Lab sets the stage for WCE students to practice the methods they are learning in their courses by working with a child in a one-on-one setting. The Ed Lab also houses a collection of resources including over 10,000 fiction and non-fiction books, as well as a variety of mathematics and planning resources. Each year, more than 250 WCE students work in the lab, serving just as many children from the local community. The Ed Lab is open Monday-Thursday 9a.m.-6p.m. and Fridays 9a.m.-12p.m.. It is located in the Education Building, Room 130. In January of 2011, the Onslow Extension Education Lab opened for students on the campus of Coastal Carolina Community College. For the past two years, UNCW’s Onslow Extension Program and Watson College of Education have partnered with Coastal Carolina Community College to provide an Extension Ed Lab in Jacksonville. Instructional materials and educational supplies are housed in Coastal Carolina’s Learning Resource Center, and tutoring occurs in a teaching lab operated in the Math & Science Building. More than one hundred children have been served by the tutoring programs offered at the Extension Ed Lab. Our Extension Ed Lab supervisor, Debbie Phillips, says, “It is just awesome! These new teachers have a place of their own—a place to work together and to prepare to become teachers.” The Onslow Extension Ed Lab is located on the second floor of the LRC on the campus of Coastal Carolina Community College. It is open Monday-Thursday 9a.m.-5 p.m. Alumni News Congratulations to Dr. Lionel Kato for being named Principal of the Year in Pitt County Schools, Greenville, NC. Dr. Kato is a 2011 graduate of the Educational Leadership and Administration Doctoral Program in the Dept. of Educational Leadership, Watson College of Education. Co-chairs of his dissertation committee were Dr. Scott Imig and Dr. Jason Richardson. Vol.1 Issue 2, Page 5 MARK YOUR CALENDARS Date & Time Event Sponsor Dean’s Office Location Friday, November 2 New Tenure Track Faculty Lunch Friday, November 2 1:30-3pm Writing the Grant Proposal- Dean’s Office Part 3 Dr. Mahnaz Moallem EB 306 Monday, November 5 4:30-6pm NC Teacher of the Year: Ms. Darcy Grimes UNCW Teaching Fellows EB 162 Tuesday, November 6 12-1pm iWork, iLearn, iShare, iPad Users Group Meeting Educational Technology Unit EB 162 Wednesday, November 7 9am-12pm Lead Mentor Training: NHCS PDS/Somer Lewis & Elizabeth Foster EB 158 Wednesday, November 7 10-11am Decision, Decision - Fully On-line Office of e-Learning HO 133A Wednesday, November 7 3:30-5pm Author Showcase Education Laboratory Ed Lab Wednesday, November 7 5:30-8:00 p.m. Poverty Simulation WCE Faculty EB 162 Thursday, November 9 11:00-12:00 Decision, Decision – Fully On-line Office of e-learning HO 133A Thursday November 9 11:00-12:00 WebEx Training UNCW Educational Technology Unit EB 214 Monday, November 12 Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE) Dr. Elizabeth Crawford & Dr. Kathy Fox EB 162 Tuesday, November 13 12:00-1:00 No Agenda Pizza Lunch with the Dean Dr. Ken Teitelbaum FULL Wednesday November 14 6:00-7:30 p.m. Open House: Assistive Technology Demonstration & Lending Site Dept. of EYC and Special Education Natural Sciences Modular Unit (behind College of Nursing) Thursday November 15 9:30-10:30 Coffee & Conversation Dean’s Office: Dean Teitelbaum 3rd Floor Lounge Thursday, November 15 (evening) Dinner Hosted for International Students Dean’s Office: Dean Teitelbaum TBA Friday, November 16 9:00-10:30 Program Coordinator’s Meeting (monthly) Dean’s Office: Associate Dean McNulty EB 306 Friday November 16 1:30-3:00 Writing the Grant Proposal- Dean’s Office Part 4 Dr. Mahnaz Moallem 6- The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education Ed Lab EB 306 MARK YOUR CALENDARS Date & Time Event Sponsor Location Friday, November 16 11:00-12:00 WebEx Users Group Meeting Educational Technology Unit: Jeff Ertzberger EB 337 Friday November 16 5:30-8pm Teachers’ NIGHT OUT! (RSVP by 11/9/12) UNCW Teaching Fellows WCE Wednesday November 28 12-1pm Brown Bag Series: Lessons Dean’s Office Learned About Providing Dr. Eleni Pappamihiel Online Professional Development EB 162 Wednesday November 28 10:00-10:50 Endnote Office of e-learning HO 133A Thursday, November 29 11am-12pm Endnote Office of e-learning HO 133A Friday, November 30 1:30-3pm Writing the Grant Proposal- Dean’s Office Part 5 Dr. Mahnaz Moallem EB306 Mon/Tues December 3-4 8am-3pm Mentor Training: PDS/Somer Lewis & Begininning and Advanced- Elizabeth Foster On Reflection Warwick Center Ballroom 1 Wednesday, December 5 1:00-4:30pm Dropout Prevention Symposium Drop Out Prevention Coalition EB 162 Thursday December 6 12:30-2pm WCE Holiday Lunch Dean’s Office EB 162 Upcoming in the December, 2012 Issue of the Watson Chronicle: • • • • • • Latest on WCE NCATE Review Focus on UG Student: Siobhan Nelson, Department of EMLLE Grant Preparation: Talking to Dr. Mahnaz Moallem Who Knew? A Look Inside the Outside Art of Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown Looking Ahead to 2013 Responses from the Library: Banning Books Vol.1 Issue 2, Page 7 VISIONS: Our Students Speak! This column is dedicated to our undergraduate and graduate students. We plan to highlight students from different departments and report on their academic and other activities. We welcome student contributions. Going the Extra Mile! One of the assignments in EDN 287 Spanish for Educators is to teach Spanish to other people. Students teach their children, friends, roommates, and family members. These are some of the experiences that they have reported. Submitted by: Jorge E Trujillo, EDN 287 Spanish for Educators I Instructor I am a full time nanny for a two-year-old. I figured I could use the words on her (I also started doing numbers with her!)! She has taken a liking to the numbers and enjoys counting from one to ten in Spanish. The other vocabulary words she doesn’t fully understand, but she loves repeating them after I say them! I am going to continue to teach her these words in hopes that one day they click!!! - Shelby Nicholson One I have used a lot is Sientate (sit down). I tell my husband to sit while I cook. I tell my son to sit and hold the baby. I tell my son to sit and read a book. I have been using parate (stand up) along with sientate to practice sit and stand. Since I don’t work at the day care any more it’s hard to use these phrases with other people than my son’s friends and husband. My friends hear me say hola or when I answer my phone now I say buenos dias, tardes, or noches (good morning, afternoon, or evening) to keep practicing. If we have friends over and they need to use the bathroom I ask ¿quieres ir al baño? I have been practicing my Spanish pronunciations with friends, family and coworkers. Of course the majority of my friends know I am taking this class and understand why I try to talk with them in Spanish, but they can see that I have made progress. With my coworkers it is a lot different. They don’t know I am taking this class, and I try and carry on conversations with them. I am probably one of the only people at work that is slowly starting to communicate with them. I ask them how they are doing and if they have any brothers or sisters. I enjoyed trying to communicate with my peers in Spanish, it is really going to help me in the future. - Megan James I took this week and began to speak some of the Spanish words and phrases that we have been studying this semester around my family. I have had to repeat and explain the words to them several times from day to day. However, my daughter, who is 20 months old, seems to grasp the words and their meanings very quickly. She has even jokingly, used them herself. She is like a little sponge right now, absorbing all kinds of new information each day so it doesn’t surprise me that she enjoyed this assignment with me. I plan to keep trying to teach her the basic Spanish language because it would be much easier for her to learn it now than to wait until she is older. Thanks for inviting me to do this assignment and opening my eyes to the importance of teaching my daughter at a young age! - Cara Smeigh I thought this was a great experience for myself as well as my daughter. We practiced phrases all over the place and she eventually knew what I was saying. It was fun to make her stand up and sit down. She has been working on this class with me and has learned a lot for a seven year old. I feel that I have really taken a lot from this experience. I tried to do these phrases at work with some of the girls and they had no idea what I was doing. It was funny to see their confused expressions. - April Forrester I am a substitute teacher and I was able to use what I have learned in the classroom. An ESL student who spoke little to no English was able to communicate with me! The other students were shocked as I told the ESL student my name “Me llamo Senorita McGee.” and I asked her her name, “¿Y tú?” I am here from Charlotte so none of my family is here. However, I work in a daycare and an 8 year old girl speaks English and Spanish, she is also used as a translator for the teachers and her mother since her mother does not speak English. I have been reading the words to her in Spanish and she has been saying what I said to her in Spanish back to me in English. It makes me feel good that she can understand what I say to her and has helped me build a closer relationship with her. - Brandon McGee - Jordan Blakeney - Allison Nieto 8- The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education Student News SNCAE October Meeting Officers for Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE) include President: Emily Smith, Vice President: Kelli Stephenson, Secretary: Brandi Reynolds, Treasurer: Caro Pelhan, and Public Relations: Beth Edmonds. The two WCE faculty sponsors for SNCAE are Dr. Elizabeth Crawford and Dr. Kathy Fox. There will be two fundraisers for SNCAE: Watson College Bookbag or tote and T-shirts. Like the SNCAE Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/sncaeuncw) and check out our UNCW Webpage (http://uncw.edu/ed/sncae/index.html). The next meeting is November 12, 2012. We will be having a Praxis II Workshop led by Dr. Fox, Dr. Schlichting, and students who have taken the Praxis II Tests. • Book Drive for DC Virgo: November 26-30, 2013 • Student Government Association (SGA) needs a Watson College representative NEXT semester. This would include a 4 hour/week commitment. • SGA meeting Tuesdays 7-9 pm • Contact Carol Pelhan for more information - email@example.com The guest speaker for the evening was Mr. Brian Lewis, whose job is as Chief Lobbyist for NCAE. He represents teachers at the General Assembly. Different politicians were discussed and the type of legislation in which they were interested. Information that was shared with attendees for the evening: Mr. Lewis works with people who are funding legislation. Of note: • • • • • 1/8 of funding for education has been cut In NHC $7.1 million has been cut from the yearly funding 8 out of 10 cuts come from the classroom Over a billion dollars in cuts in NC Class size ratios have been cut. In the past, 1 teacher per 26 students; now it is “unlimited” students per classroom Teaching is a VERY political job • Advice to us: take a political science class • Tenure – The right to hear what you are being accused of and the right for you to have a hearing to decide if you should be fired. Right to due process. You want tenure. • First 5 years of teaching – probationary status. You can be fired for ANY reason! • After 5 years – you may be granted tenure. You can still be fired, but there must be cause. • Teaching in the Future…Merit pay - Pay based on performance, principals choice, test scores, etc. - It can scare teachers away from poor-performing schools and students • General Assembly returns at the end of January - Meetings are held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week • Invite SNCAE to come lobby one day at the General Assembly in Raleigh Watson College of Education Student Leader Group Formed By Associate Dean, Dr. Carol McNulty The Watson Student Leaders held their first meeting at Dockside Café, on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. The group participants, who were selected by faculty members of the Watson College, serve in three capacities: • as advisory council members to the Dean and the Associate Deans • as assistants in various Watson College functions involving faculty, staff, students and community members • as ambassadors of WCE to the larger university and school and community partners. The first advisory issue students discussed entailed ideas for a culminating event for interns to celebrate their transition from student to professional. Group members presented some wonderful ideas and comments to take back to faculty members organizing this event. The group discussed additional ideas for the academic year which will be discussed in more depth and shared as they are better formulated. We look forward to continued opportunities to provide a student voice to various events around the College. The Student Leaders engaged in their first ambassador role as they served as judges for the Stevenson Honda coloring contest. Each Student Leader received a tee shirt at the conclusion of our meeting, so be sure to look for the teal around campus!! Vol.1 Issue 2, Page 9 1 News and Views from Departments & Programs Department of Educational Leadership “Inspiring Great Minds, Inspiring Great Leaders” Chair, Dr. Susan Catapano News from LED 411 Leadership Studies Students in Dr. Joanne Nottingham’s Leadership Studies (LED) 411 class, continued the LED Legacy Challenge and ended the active part of their capstone leadership project with Cell Phones for Soldiers on Friday, October 26th. This semester the collection focus was two-fold: cell phones and monetary donations. Thirty cell phones were collected as of Thursday and some are still being sent from off-campus. Monetary collections were a huge first-time success with $640. collected and an unknown sum still to be sent from The Fuzzy Peach on Racine Drive where 10% of all purchases made one evening are being donated. Besides collecting the phones left in boxes around campus, this semester the students partnered again with the UNCW Athletic Department for a collection at the UNCW vs. Georgia State Men’s Soccer Game. They also widened their scope and established community partnerships with the Battleship North Carolina and New Hanover County Schools Athletic Department. Students collected at the New Hanover vs. Laney High School Football Game at Legion Stadium and at the Battleship North Carolina’s annual Ghost Ship Event. Both non-UNCW events were extremely well received by the generous public. Although some phones and donations are yet to be added, the LED 411 students have already secured 320 hours of FREE talk time for our overseas troops. Department of Early Childhood & Special Education Chair, Dr. James Applefield WCE Tutoring for Young Children The Education of Young Children (EYC) program began tutoring young children, ages 4-6 years old, at-risk for or diagnosed with disabilities in 2012. EYC students offer academic and behavioral programming for young children who engage in hands-on learning opportunities at the Watson College of Education. Whether they are outside shooting off rockets or inside reading or completing math activities, they receive emotional and instructional support from WCE students. Children are provided with positive behavioral supports, explicit instruction, and guided instruction in a safe and friendly environment. Promotion of early childhood education for preschoolers who are at-risk for academic failure is critical. Research documents both short and long-term academic benefits for children who attend preschool programs (e.g., Barnett, 1993; Gormley, Gayer, Phillips, & Dawson, 2005; Reynolds, 2000; Schweinhart, et al., 2005). Furthermore, economists suggest that early intervention can decrease educational costs over time (Heckman, 2011). Thus, programs like the one at UNCW offers children increased opportunities for educational success. For more information, please contact the Education Lab at UNCW. 10 - The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education Department of Elementary, Middle Level & Literacy Education Chair, Dr. Tracy Hargrove Elementary Preservice Teachers Engage in Joint Forum on Plastic Pollution, Personal Responsibility and Teaching Elementary Grades By Dr. Lisa Brown Buchanan and Dr. Elizabeth Crawford Tuesday, October 23, students enrolled in Dr. Crawford’s and Dr. Buchanan’s Elementary Social Studies Methods courses took part in a joint forum on plastics. The two hour forum included a documentary film viewing and guest lecture followed by a discussion of plastic production, consumption, and waste. The joint forum prompted students to consider the environmental and personal implications of their own actions—both locally and globally—as well as in their elementary classroom teaching. Students’ collective examination of the “big ideas” related to systems, pollution, production, consumption, and waste began in their social studies methods course where they discussed course readings that introduced these big ideas (Brophy, Alleman, Knighton, 2009), explored related children’s literature and current events, and engaged in environmental simluations. In developing their respective courses for the semester, Drs. Crawford and Buchanan collaborated to create a methods course meeting that would prepare students for the forum, and when joined with the forum, might encourage students to reconsider the big ideas they encountered. The forum began with viewing the acclaimed documentary film, Bag It: Is Your Life too Plastic?, followed by a guest lecture by Bonnie Monteleone, Department of Chemistry, UNCW. During her lecture, Monteleone shared her own experiences in studying plastic pollution, weaving her stories with artifacts drawn from ocean gyres (http://5gyres.org/) as well as photographs spotlighting plastic pollution in Wrightsville Beach and the Cape Fear River. Her lecture served to expand the information presented in the documentary and provide an “expert” perspective of plastic pollution, personal responsibility, and teaching using these big ideas. Students across the three courses then joined in small groups for an open discussion of the film and guest lecture. Exciting conversation developed across the three groups as each discussion moved from the information gleaned in the film and lecture to contemplating issues of personal responsibility and discussing potential opportunities for social action and environmental education within their own K-5 teaching. In addtion to student engagement and learning, this forum provided the faculty an opportunity for content collaboration within their methods courses as well as cross collaboration with Dr. Christine Liao, Elementary Cultural Arts Methods, who then engaged many of these students in applying the big ideas of pollution, production, consumption, and waste through the cultural arts. If you are interested in learning more about the prevalence of plastic pollution, please join in the conversation through the following sites • http://5gyres.org/what_is_the_problem/ • http://theplasticocean.blogspot.com/ Contact Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org to network and possibly integrate these big ideas into your own teaching. References Brophy, J., Alleman, J., & Knighton, B. (2009). Inside the social studies classroom. New York: Routledge. Artwork created by Bonnie Monteleone, Department of Chemistry, UNCW using plastic waste located in ocean gyres Vol.1 Issue 2, Page 11 Department of Elementary, Middle Level & Literacy Education continued Faculty Search New Master of Art in Teaching The Department of EMLLE is beginning their search for two new colleagues. The first search is for a tenuretrack Assistant or Associate Professor of Language & Literacy. The search committee consists of Dr. Jeanne Swafford, Chair, Dr. David Gill, Dr. Kathy Fox and Dr. Barbara Honchell. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by November 12, 2012. The second position is a time-limited non tenure-track Lecturer in Elementary and Middle Level Mathematics Education. Dr. Carol McNulty (Chair), Dr. Tracy Hargrove and Dr. Shelby Morge are serving on the search committee and priority consideration for this position will be given to applications received by October 24, 2012. For more information on either of these searches, please visit the UNCW Human Resources website: http://uncw.edu/hr/employment-epa.html The Elementary Education Program Area is excited to be offering a new Master of Art in Teaching, K-6 Program (Elementary Track). This program is designed as a four semester, 36 semester-hour intensive program for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree, but have little or no background in education. Successful completion of this program will lead to a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and a North Carolina Elementary Education certification (K-6) which will prepare educators to teach all content areas in an elementary classroom. The Graduate faculty have accepted 19 students and anticipate a full cohort of 22 when the program begins in the Spring of 2013. Lisa Brown Buchanan Welcomed Guest Lecturer: Mr. Alfred Schnog, Holocaust Survivor and Activist Friday, October 5, 2012, students and faculty across the Watson College of Education gathered to hear Alfred Schnog, Holocaust Survivor and Activist speak about his lived experiences during World War II, his family’s escape from Europe and relocation to the United States and his role as an activist in our local schools and community. Over 150 students and faculty members took part in Alfred’s presentation, which was followed with an open forum for questions by students and faculty. Across his guest lecture, Alfred made connections between his lived experiences and the significance of teaching about tolerance, care and respect as early as kindergarten. Several COE faculty worked together to prepare their students for the guest lecture by providing their students with course readings related to WWII at large and rich children’s literature related to the Holocaust from survivors. If you are interested in working with Mr. Schnog or other activists to provide classroom opportunities for your own students, many opportunities are waiting! Excellent resources; as well as; speaker contacts are available through the NC Council on the Holocaust at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ holocaust.council/ Alfred Schnog, Lisa Brown Buchanan and Anita Schnog at the Guest Lecture, October 5, 2012 Staff News By Dianne Evans Did you ever think…What would happen if all the SPA Staff were “out of the office” on the same day at the same time? Would you be able to find that file you were looking for all morning or pull up a student’s schedule in Banner (wait what is BANNER?)? Worse yet, what if the air conditioning went out? October 4, 2012 was such a day. The First Annual Watson College of Education SPA Mini-Retreat was held on the 4th in the Madeline Suite. The morning started with a delicious breakfast and wonderful conversation with our fellow SPA employees. Dean Teitelbaum joined the staff for breakfast and then shared opening remarks. Liz Grimes, Director of Employee Relations and Staff Development, led a work session on team building and customer service. Through discussions, as a group and in smaller breakout sessions, the SPA developed a list of activities and agreements. We will strive to achieve these for the 2012-2013 academic year. These activities and agreements will help us work more closely as a team and function at a higher level in the Watson College. The SPA are looking forward to the Mini-Retreat next year. So, if the air conditioning should happen to go out again next year…..”Who are you going to call?” DR. MCNULTY!!!! Our wonderful Associate Dean did a great job in handling the air conditioning emergency! Thank you to the Dean, Associate Deans, Department Chairs and Faculty for letting us have the day to build stronger bonds and develop new strategies that will benefit the Watson College. 12 - The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education Director, Dr. Dennis Kubasko The Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) maintains a robust collection of resources available to university faculty, students and regional practicing teachers. Since our partners typically lack the funds and training to use specialized scientific equipment as part of their STEM programs, the center makes many resources available through a Technology Loan Program (TLP). Through the TLP, our partners can “check out” resources, obtain training and integrate STEM instructional tools and materials in their classrooms. To date, TLP materials have been loaned to over 600 partners, impacting the education of over 6,000 students! CESTEM’s resource list includes $10,000 worth of equipment that the center obtained through a 30th Anniversary Vernier Software and Technology grant award. The center has maximized the funding and updated equipment to reflect the changing nature of emerging forms of classroom technology. The resources promote an array of teacher professional development activities and hands-on learning tools for K-12 students. The following list highlights the extensive inventory that CESTEM maintains at the center in Room 216 Social and Behavioral Sciences Building: • A large variety of Vernier probeware and interfaces • Laptop computers • Starlab portable planetarium • Lego Mindstorms NXT Robots • Calculators and TI-Nsipres • Telescope and Solar Telescope • Jeopardy game sets • Cameras • Stereoscopic microscopes, digital microscopes • Lego Mindstorm Robot (Top photo) Lego Mindstorm Robot (Above) Sample of Vernier Equipment Please visit our website for more information and to view a full inventory of the available equipment and resources at www.uncw.edu/cestem. Feel free to call or email Chris Gordon at 962-4266 or email@example.com with any questions or recommendations for professional development and training. We also have an extensive library of videos and books, including many supporting Vernier books with lesson plan. Vol.1 Issue 2, Page 13 International Programs: Education, Travel, and Internships Dr. Susan Catapano, Chair, International Programs Thank you for your ongoing support of the many international programs sponsored by the Watson College of Education. Please review the Watson Chronicle for information each month. Update: International Week to be held November 12-16, 2012. Internationalizing Teacher Education Conference will be held November 14, 10:30-12:30 p.m., in EB Room 266. This is a face-to-face or virtual conference. A link will be sent to those who choose to attend virtually. The University International Calendar is included in the Watson Chronicle. The International Committee of WCE will be hosting some events during International Education Week. Please let me (Susan) know if you have any students in your education classes who are here from foreign universities (firstname.lastname@example.org) . November 15, 2012, Dean Teitelbaum will host a dinner to honor international students who are studying in WCE from foreign universities. It is a bit difficult to find out who our exchange students are and we don’t want to leave anyone out- so let me know with whom you may be working. Thanks for your help. Learning Through the Eyes of Different Cultures By Dr. Brad Walker Started through a grant from the US-Japan Foundation in 1999, the Watson College of Education is part of a six university consortium dedicated to helping preservice and inservice teachers in the United States and Japan understand a different culture, reflect about learning and teaching, establish collaborative relationships, and develop ways to help our children be prepared to live in a global society. Three universities in North Carolina (UNCW, East Carolina, and Western Carolina) and three universities in Japan (Osaka University of Education, Hiroshima University, and Naruto Japanese preservice teachers with University of Education) jointly created their ESL teachers at a graduation the consortium in 1999 agreeing to work dinner held in their honor. together to support preservice and inservice teacher exchanges, professor exchanges, joint research, and joint curriculum development. Since 1999, over 180 educators from North Carolina and over 150 educators from Japan have completed teacher exchanges. For teachers in North Carolina, these exchanges have consisted of 2-3 week visits to Japan usually in the form of a summer study abroad experience in which they toured the country, learned about the Japanese culture, and then spent time observing, teaching, and interacting with Japanese educators and students in their schools. Typical Japanese Classroom 1st Grade Teachers from Japan did the same thing when they spent time in North Carolina. For the past several years, students from Osaka Kyoiku University actually enrolled in UNCW’s English as a Second Language Program coordinated by Ms. Maike Walbrecht in the UNCW Office of International Programs. The Japanese teachers usually stay 5 weeks with the last week being spent in our schools. Fascinating discussions have been held as educators from both countries discuss issues we all share. For example, during a recent visit, the Japanese educators observed an ESL classroom in New Hanover County Schools. These educators were joined by other students in the UNCW ESL program from Korea, Saudi Arabia, Columbia, Brazil, China, the Phillipines, and Indonesia. These international visitors discussed a variety of topics with New Hanover County teachers and the middle school students in the class who were from Mexico, Honduras, Spain, and China. Students in New Hanover County Schools, after interaction with our colleagues from Osaka one year, are able to greet students in the next year’s group in Japanese when they visit the schools. A Japanese preschool teacher reads to her students as they wait for their parents to pick them up to go home. Similar experiences happen in Japan. Professors at Osaka Kyoiku University do a marvelous job of including their foreign exchange students in our visits there. Often, they ask their international students who are fluent in their home language, English and Japanese, to help translate for the preservice and inservice teachers from North Carolina. At one school, discussions between the Japanese teachers and North Carolina educators were facilitated by Osaka University students from Morroco, Saudi Arabia, Columbia, China, and Australia. Lifelong friendships have been created, deeper understanding and appreciation of different cultures have been supported, and increased knowledge about teaching and learning has been facilitated. 14 - The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education Vol.1 Issue 2, Page 15 Submitted by Executive Director, Dr. Angela Housand, ITFSE The 2012 National Evaluation Institute The 2012 National Evaluation Institute, the annual conference provided by CREATE (Consortium for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation) was a tremendous success! Held in Washington, D.C., the National Evaluation Institute covered the pressing topics facing education today, particularly related to assessment and accountability. Numerous sessions and key note addresses provided new insights into assessment processes, ways to make sense of accountability data, and inspirational perspectives on new directions in education that support growth for all students through accountability while putting the needs of students first. Part of the success of the National Evaluation Institute can be attributed to the contributions made by our fantastic faculty members from the Watson College of Education. Dr. Kathy Fox and Dr. Marsha Carr both presented in highlighted sessions. Dr. Fox’s presentation, Authentic Assessment in a Teacher Education Program, provided an innovative approach to assessment for graduate students that is comprehensive, constructive and deeply reflective and required students to address the important questions: Reflection for what? What should one learn, understand, and be able to do as a result of reflecting on their experiences in professional settings? How can experiences in professional settings inform future practice? These questions resulted in meaningful learning as a result of reflective practice for graduate students in a teacher education program! Dr. Carr’s presentation, Self-Mentoring: The Invisible Teacher, challenged the traditional notion of mentoring, particularly given that mentoring programs in many schools are being eliminated due to financial constraints despite the ongoing need for educator support and mentoring. Her groundbreaking conception of mentoring, SelfMentoring, provided evidence of successful mentoring through a process that utilized methods similar to traditional mentoring processes, with one fundamental difference: Each mentee has the flexibility to determine what needs to be altered, what is working, and what changes they want to see in their own learning through a self-guided process that does not require a formal mentor that may create a burden on organizations systems or individuals who are assigned to fulfill the role of a mentor. Dr. Housand, as Executive Director of CREATE, presented as well, providing information about tools that are helpful for formative assessment within classroom settings. All of the presentations made by Watson College of Education faculty were well received and generated a lot of enthusiasm for the CREATE organization overall. To learn more about CREATE, go to the NEW CREATE website (www.create-nei. org), developed by Watson College’s very own Krysti Wetherill! The new website was revealed with overwhelming applause. We encourage you to become involved with CREATE, and become part of the conversation helping to shape the practices driving educational accountability while working to improve student learning, development, and achievement in PK-12 schools, institutes of higher education, and other educational settings. 16 - The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education Youth Programs Part of Watson College of Education By Dr. Sue Kezios, Director of Youth Programs July 1, 2012 while in the middle of our busiest summer season ever, Youth Programs officially became part of the Watson College of Education. At the time we were not able to properly introduce ourselves, so please allow us to do so now. Youth Programs is a receipt supported unit charged with creating pipelines between the university and the preK-12 community. Our mission is to create academically enriching programs that provide youth with relevant university experiences, UNCW students with experiential and service learning opportunities, and faculty with outreach partnerships. One of our most successful pipelines is MarineQuest. Now in its 32nd year of operation, MarineQuest has served more than 75,000 youth through its summer camps and schoolyear outreach programs. These programs provide youth with experiential learning opportunities to explore, discover and value our marine habitats while engaging in activities that reflect the knowledge and skills of a modern marine scientist. Janie McAuliffe, science content specialist and dive master, is currently serving as Interim MarineQuest Director. Engineering Expectations is another one of our pipelines that is busy living up to its name! This pipeline has two main goals. The first is to engineer more realistic understandings of engineering among youth. This includes dispelling stereotypes of engineers. Our Natureâ€™s Engineers curriculum is a key component in helping to change youth concepts of engineers. Many young people also shy away from engineering because they believe it requires a high proficiency in math. While math is an important foundation for engineering, imagination, creative thought and tenacity are in many ways even more important for the problem-solving and design nature of engineering. This reflects our second goal which is to promote a new paradigm for how we encourage youth to consider engineering. Currently, Engineering Expectations provides summer camp and Saturday programming that engages youth creatively by asking them to solve a problem using the engineering design cycle. This is where the tenacity comes in. The engineering design cycle does not ever concede failure; instead, it promotes re-design. Although only three years old, Engineering Expectations has already established itself as a novel STEM program generating interest from other institutions including Harvard, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State. Youth Programs has initiated pipelines in other areas as well. Literacy Live is a preK-2 program that benefits from the volunteer efforts of many Watson students, staff and faculty. We also offer programming in chemistry, history, art and design, and business. If you are interested in learning more about these initiatives, please contact the Director of Youth Programs, Sue Kezios email@example.com. Visit the Youth Programs website at www.uncw.edu/youth Vol.1 Issue 2, Page 17 Faculty Feature: Dr. Kathy Fox 2012 Recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award If you wonder what it takes to be the recipient of one of the most prestigious teaching awards at UNCW, take a look at one of our own, one of our best! Dr. Kathy Fox, Associate Professor in the Department of Elementary, Middle Level and Literacy Education arrived at UNCW in the fall of 2003 and recognized recently for outstanding teaching as the 2012 recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, easily demonstrates her commitment and talent as she teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in her home department. communities of the children’s family context by asking questions such as “What can we learn from the parent about the child’s literacy at home?” “How can we use this information to inform the classroom experience?” It is easy to see how the earlier studies of Dr. Fox in cultural perspectives have played a major role in her search for answers to problems related to childhood literacy. When asked why Dr. Fox thought she had the honor of being recognized for her teaching she indicated (although somewhat reluctantly, as she first stated that the “Watson College of Education had many With a fascinating background in education and a wonderful teachers”) that she believed her efforts Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies from at working with both undergraduate and graduate UNCG in 1979, colleagues may be surprised to know students in research made a significant difference for that Dr. Fox began students in their her work experiences abilities to write It should be no surprise that Dr. Fox received the in education with presentation Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence as she the Peace Corps in proposals, complete exemplifies excellence in teaching since her arrival at the 1979-1981 where research projects Watson College of Education. This recognition will, as it she was involved as for poster sessions, did with me, undoubtedly reinforce the continued refining a horticulture agent participate in of Kathy’s excellence as she moves toward receiving the in Lesotho, located in honors projects, Southern Africa. She honors courses Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award and the Board rode her horse daily and engage in of Trustees Excellence Award. Congratulations, Kathy. in the mornings to professional - Dr. Lou Lanunziata (1996 Recipient) five schools, working activities, such with the children and as the SNCAE their school gardens. In the afternoons she worked (Student North Carolina Association of Educators) with women on issues related to nutrition and health. which Dr. Fox actively sponsors with Dr. Elizabeth In 1982 Kathy served as a Peace Corps Trainer in Crawford. Dr. Fox has presented and published with Lesotho. In the picture (of a somewhat primitive type her students. She sees herself as a lifelong learner hut) you can see Ramalieletse’s Pass in the Butha and has contributed to all levels of post-secondary Buthe District in South Africa. The wood frame “hut” is education having taught at the community college similar to the one in which Dr. Fox lived while serving level, at the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute and the in that area. To see more pictures check this link: university level at UNCW. http://www.friendsoflesotho.org/about/photos/. Credit The research interests that actively captivate Dr. Fox for the Butha Buthe photo is Bill Dunn (8wasabi@ include focusing on literacy alaska.net). activities and the events Following her Peace Corps experience, Dr. Fox that occur with the children completed her Masters in Elementary Education at outside of the classroom, Cal State Northridge and thereafter, Kathy completed such as parent read alouds, her PhD in 2003 at the University of California Santa story telling, community Barbara. Dr. Fox worked as Director of the Allan involvement and homework. Hancock Community College Head Start Pre-School She likes to collect her in Santa Barbara County and was the only English research in the homes and 18 - The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education “ “ “ During my time at the WCE, I have been surrounded by the most wonderfully engaging, talented and supportive faculty, and the most interesting, enjoyable and committed students. I learn something from them every day. I believe it is because of all their support and inspiration that I was honored - and blessed - to receive the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. - Dr. Katie Schlichting, (2011 Recipient) “ speaking person in the classroom. Her work in “cultural perspectives” became important during these years as she knew it was important to understand the language of her students, but more important to understand their culture. She spent 22 years working in K-1-2 grades teaching bilingual classes and early childhood curricula. True to one of her first loves, Dr. Fox remains a liaison for the US Peace Corps. it is for improving practice; but she also told me it is important for staying happy during the personal times. She loves to read, loves independent films and expresses her creative side through sewing. She creates things out of fabrica love she developed as most of her family, including her grandparents, were involved in textiles. Kathy loves being outdoors, continues her work in gardens, is a volunteer at Airlie Gardens and loves planting pomegranates. Dr. Fox wished to share her recognition with the other Watson College faculty members who have been earlier recipients of the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award. They include: Dr. Fox speaks with joy about her two daughters, Liberty Fox, 28, who lives in Morro Bay, California as a Paralegal and Golda Fox, 26, currently living 1991 Brad Walker, 1992 in New York City Carol Chase Thomas, 1993 as a Production “I was humbled when I received this award, knowing Rich Huber, 1994 Hathia Assistant to Macy’s that the Watson College of Education is fi lled with Hayes, 1995 Marcee Steele, Department Store. 1996 Lou Lanunziata, 1997 many very talented, very eﬀ ective teachers. I know One of Kathy’s Ann Lockledge, 1998 Roy that our students learn as much from the way we favorite personal Harkin, 1999 Robert Smith, teach as they do from what we teach.” memories, prior 2000 Mahnaz Moallem, 2002 to the arrival of - Dr. Brad Walker (1991 Recipient) Hengameh Kermani, 2003 her two daughters John Rice, 2004 Rich Huber, was the 33 day trip 2005 Edna Collins, 2006 in which she and Tracy Hargrove, 2007 Linda Mechling, 2008 Eddie her husband rode bicycles across the United States, Caropreso, 2009 John Fischetti, 2010 Dennis Kubasko, camping nightly. That memory gives Dr. Fox great 2011 Katie Schlichting, 2012 Kathy Fox pleasure as she pictures the places she crossed and can remember them when colleagues name certain locations they have also visited in the U.S. The entire trip resides as a picture in her memory. “ “ Congratulations Dr. Kathy Fox! We are proud of you! The strength and conviction that a 33 day crosscountry bike trip requires are but two aspects of this UNCW teacher-scholar. When asked about her personal behaviors that support her students, Dr. Fox indicated that she wants her students to know that she cares about them. She remembers names and recognizes them as individuals at the beginning of every semester. She strives to “create the right conditions for learning while continually challenging herself to scaffold that learning” for her students so as to create the right balance of support and challenge. Exploring the balance of a high spirited professional, who keeps herself healthy, is a quest for many. Kathy Fox either runs or walks EVERY day. She uses that time for reflection. She spoke about reflection in the class that I observed and she stressed how important Visit Dr. Fox’s homepage for more information at http://people.uncw.edu/foxk/research.html Vol.1 Issue 2, Page 19 Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award The deadline for nominating a candidate for the 2013 award is January 23, 2013. Colleagues may nominate someone in the college or faculty members can self-nominate. Listed below is criteria for a completed nomination package intended to encompass various aspects of teaching and teaching-related activities at undergraduate and graduate levels across the university. For additional information: http://uncw.edu/aa/Awards/ teachingexcellence.htm The following criteria are intended to encompass various aspects of teaching and teaching-related activities at undergraduate and graduate levels across the University. 1. Teaching philosophy. 2. Mastery of subject and pedagogical techniques. 3. Leadership and initiative. 4. Educational service to the department, college, and university. 5. Educational service to the community, state, and profession. 6. Participation in professional meetings and intra-campus and inter-campus activities that promote teaching excellence. 7. Course and curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 8. Guidance of students in thesis work, honors projects, research, internships, independent studies, and other teaching-related activities. 9. Advising. 10. Assisting students in career development and exploring job opportunities for students. 11. Involvement with student organizations, clubs, honor societies, recruiting, and fund raising. 12. Guidance of graduate students. 13. Student perceptions of teaching. 14. Peer observation and review. 15. Previous reception of, or nomination for, teaching and advising awards and other recognition. 16. Recognition as a faculty member who has had significant, positive impact on students’ lives. Drop Out Prevention Coalition NEWS 25th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM: Investing for a Lifetime: Education is Economic Development February 17-20, 2013 at Embassy Suites, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Sponsored by: National Dropout Prevention Center/Network in partnership with UNCW Watson College of Education Dropout Prevention Coalition You are invited to submit a proposal to present at the 25th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM. The 25th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM is inviting innovative, skilled presenters who have excellent ideas, proven programs, and research to share in the areas of (1) dropout prevention, (2) family and community engagement, (3) curriculum and instruction, (4) career readiness and technical education, (5) changing school culture, (6) specific populations, (7) school and program safety, and (8) economic development through education. Proposals for presentations will be accepted beginning October 15 through November 30, 2012. All requests to present are being processed online in order to better serve you. You may follow the Submit a Proposal links on this page. If you have any questions or problems submitting your proposal, please contact John Gailer via phone: 864-656-2675 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be happy to help you through the submission process. We can get the discounted group rate through the UNCW Dropout Prevention Coalition. Dropout Prevention Coalition Symposium: Innovative Ways to Engage Students in Learning! YOU ARE INVITED! The Watson College of Education at UNCW and the Dropout Prevention Coalition of Southeastern North Carolina invite you to attend an Education Symposium on December 5th from 1 to 4:30 pm at the Watson College of Education in Wilmington, NC. (Room 162) The Symposium, entitled “Innovative Ways to Engage Students in Learning”, is designed to promote best practices in education and showcase success stories from our region. The Symposium will begin with a keynote address by former North Carolina Senator Howard N. Lee, founder of the Howard N. Lee Institute for Equity and Opportunity in Education. The event will feature four roundtable discussions with panelists from 15 successful regional school programs and community agencies. The panelists will share effective strategies on a wide range of topics including career and technical education, student mentoring, fostering student engagement through innovative use of technology and participation in the arts. There will also be ample opportunity to network with area professionals who share your individual areas of interest. The Symposium is FREE and open to representatives from area schools and community agencies, Dropout Prevention Coalition members and other interested individuals. You may register for this event at: http://appserv01.uncw.edu/SelectSurveyNET//TakeSurvey. aspx?SurveyID=m22I3n42 If you have questions please contact Deloris Rhodes, Outreach Liaison for the Watson College of Education at email@example.com. We hope to see you on December 5th! 20 - The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education Provost Battles Visits Watson College Provost Denise Battles visited the Watson College of Education, Monday, October 29 and spent an entire day speaking with faculty, departments, students, administrators and staff. Departments met with Dr. Battles for approximately 30 minutes each and all participated in an open reception with a research poster session highlighting the work of faculty, programs and students. Sample posters included International Programs, CESTEM, Reading Recovery, ELMS grant, Integratioin of Computing and Mathematics. Pictured from top, right clockwise: Provost has lunch with seven WCE students; Robert Smith explains the Dropout Prevention Coalition; Heidi Higgins and Debbie Powell discuss their joint research project; Eleni Pappamihiel describes the Educating Language Minority Students (ELMS) project; Barbara Honchell talks about the Reading Recovery Program; Mahnaz Moallem explains the Integrating Computing and Mathematics Education (INCOME) project; Jale Aldemir and Alicia Brophy talk about activities in the Early Childhood and Special Education department; and Susan Catapano discusses our International Experiences initiatives. Vol.1 Issue 2, Page 21 Diversity Dividends Diversity: Complex, Emotional and Often Controversial by Dr. Konstantine Kyriacopoulos, EMLLE “Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you” - Proverb, Madagascar Diversity is a complex and emotionally charged concept. The dictionary definition suggests little of the controversy the term evokes. “Diversity” has two distinct implications – numerical and conceptual. Numerical diversity is as simple as pointing out that we have a Black president, and therefore must be in a “post-racial” society. Conceptual diversity would question whether anything has substantively changed in our thinking after hiring a mixed-race individual to lead the nation. In deconstructing the socially constructed prison of racism, we regain the right to be people, diverse as our numbers, arrayed in wide range of colors, sexualities, abilities, understandings. Acknowledging our diversity opens the door to examining all the ways we are different, without rushing to comfort ourselves with the notion that we are all the same. Hiding from our diversity maintains a status quo and enables the ongoing perpetuation of institutionalized inequality. Diversity is more than numbers, and deeper than a conceptual model. As the proverb above suggests, even broaching the topic of diversity can endanger the individual trying to cross the river. Rather than risk the crocodile’s wrath myself, this column will be a space for a diverse range of writers to express their conceptions of diversity, ensuring we cross the river together. This monthly column is an attempt to start asking the question “What does diversity mean in the Watson College of Education?” I am hoping the answer is as diverse as the members of the College. We may never arrive at a mutually satisfying definition of diversity, but it might be that we can create a framework for understanding our own diverse constructions around the term diversity. Updates from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Held October 25, 2012 9:00 - 12:00 Education Building, Room 162; Presenters: Dr. Robin Smith, Dr. Mary Keel, and Dr. Sherry Broome Dr. Robin Smith and Dr. Mary Keel shared information and provided updates on state policies and ongoing initiatives affecting PK-12 and higher education in North Carolina. In their roles as Professional Development Lead for Southeast Region 2 and Educator Recruitment and Development, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction they are at the lead for Implementation of the state’s New Standard Course of Study: Common Core State Standards, NC Essential Standards. Dr. Sherry Broome, Regional Lead, Self Evaluation Training for Better School Improvement, discussed the statewide system of instructional support and other initiatives. From 11:30-12:00, Dr. Debbie Powell, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy, discussed the Universal Writing Continuum. Denise Ousley-Exum and husband, Steven Exum welcomed an addition to their family on July 25th, 2012. A new baby boy, Will Steven Exum, made his entrance into the Exum household. Congratulations! Elizabeth Foster became a grandmother again on May 2, 2012 to Vivienne Michael Foster. Vivienne is her second grandchild and lives in Raleigh, NC. If you have family news, let us know. 22- The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education OUTREACH Alliances Office Sponsors “The Collaborative Leader,” with Dr. Brian McNulty These full-day seminars are designed for current educational and aspiring leaders. The seminars highlight the importance of creating a collaborative culture in schools based on the evidence gleaned from current research that demonstrates the positive relationship between collaborative structures and increasing student achievement, engaged teachers, and a culture of commitment rather than a culture of compliance. Participants are exposed to a variety of research evidence that supports creating a collaborative culture. Collaborative strategies have been used throughout the seminars to enable participants to experience a collaborative culture. Participants have received a copy of the book, Data Teams: The Big Picture— Looking at Data Teams Through a Collaborative Lens. The presenter is nationally-known, Dr. Brian McNulty, Vice President, Leadership Development for The Leadership and Learning Center (founded by Dr. Doug Reeves). His recent research has focused on developing continuous improvement frameworks based on data and inquiry. The next seminars are: February 4: The Data Leader; March 4: The Standards Leader and April 23, 2012: The Coaching Leader. Contact Deloris Rhodes, Outreach Liaison, Watson College of Education for further information. Seminars are sponsored by the Southeast Education Alliance. The World of Tomorrow, Today: Technology at the Watson College of Education By Dr. Jeff Ertzberger Do you want to incorporate synchronous live sessions into your online course? Hold video conference meetings in your office with students or other professionals from around the globe? WebEx is UNCW’s new video conferencing tool. Watch Video Introduction To watch a brief video overview of how to schedule a session and start it, go to the link below and scroll down and click on the Cisco WebEx tutorial you would like to view. http://uncw.edu/ oel/videos.html What does my computer need? Recommendations: It is recommended that you host your session from your office or a classroom computer directly hooked to the network. Wireless laptops will work, but not as well as wired desktops. What do I do if I need help? If you are having trouble logging onto WebEx or staying in a session contact WebEx Support. Or have a question. During the day (8am to 5pm) Contact: UNCW Office of ELearning, 962-2953. WebEx Support For Faculty • Operating System: Windows 7 or Macintosh OS 10 • Headset with microphone and ear phones in one • Latest version of Java (Go to java.com) • WebEx Currently works best with the FireFox Browser Nights and Weekends Contact Web Ex Phone Support: • 866-229-3239 (US & Canada Toll-Free) • 408-435-7088 (International Toll) Tips and Tricks for WebEX – an open shared document that any faculty/staff of College of Education can add too. Wonderful ideas and instructional/technical strategies shared here - http://tiny.cc/webextips Vol.1 Issue 2, Page 23