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PUBLICATION OF THE WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

01 ISSUE 05 May 2013

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In this issue Graduation Spring 2013 2 1st Annual WCE Film Festival 9 Betty Stike Portrait Unveiling 12 Belize Feature 25

DEAN’S DISCOURSE

Sections WCE Celebrations

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Grant News

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Alumni News

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News & Events

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Family Corner

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Razor Walker

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Staff News

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VISIONS: Student News

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Department News

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Diversity Dividends 24 Program News

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Technology News

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GISA

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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

Dr. Kenneth Teitelbaum

The end of the academic year often results in folks looking back at the activities, events, and accomplishments of the past nine months. No doubt each of us can think of challenges that we addressed and opportunities of which we took good advantage, in our roles as Watson College of Education (WCE) administrators, faculty and staff (and school and community partners, alumni, students, and friends). I hope you can remember much that was enjoyable and fulfilling, satisfying and meaningful. As I mentioned at our College-wide meeting on April 24, (borrowing from the work of Rosabeth Moss Kanter), we need to remain positive, keep communicating and coordinating, and celebrate each moment of accomplishment, especially during such a turbulent period in higher education. I’ve always tried to balance an outlook based on hope for an improved future, an appreciation of the present, and an admitted impatience with things that should be better. I don’t always achieve the balance that I seek; it can be a real struggle sometimes. I do think that seeking such a balance is helpful in efforts to improve our professional and personal lives, even if in small ways, and yet to appreciate the good things we do have. What clearly helps to sustain me is my involvement with the WCE community. Having so many good people working and studying here makes it a genuine pleasure to serve as Dean. Indeed, one of my biggest frustrations is not being able to provide more support (often financial) for the outstanding initiatives of my faculty and staff colleagues and our students. Although there are certainly decisions made in the College that are significant in this regard, and can (should) be scrutinized, there are many others that are made outside of our academic unit, not just across campus but across the state and nation. Even if seemingly distant,

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they can often bear heavily on our ability to address our collective and individual needs as university educators and learners. This is not meant to excuse all that is not being done (and provided) that should be, but rather a realistic appraisal of the level of autonomy that is available to our College. Having said that, I ask a question: Given the realities of our work at UNCW – politically, educationally and financially – what could be done to improve the Watson College of Education in the next year or two? That is, given a realistic assessment of the parameters of our work, do you have ideas for improvement that could be made if in essence we only had the will (and no doubt the time and effort) to make them? I’m interested to know what you think can (should) be improved – for our faculty, staff, students, alumni, school/community partners, etc. – and how we can go about doing so? How can we make the Watson College even better than it already is? If you have some good ideas, please feel free to share them with me during the summer months (and afterward, of course). You can email them to me – or, if you prefer to remain anonymous, just send me an unsigned hard copy. I’m not looking to be innovative just to save money, though of course that’s always good especially during these difficult financial times. I’m looking to make the world a better place to live, learn and work – and I figure we can start with the Watson College of Education. I hope you have a most wonderful summer.

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Graduation

Spring 2013

One of the most exciting times in the life of a student is graduation. A total of 161 undergraduates from the Watson College of Education completed their degrees and were recognized at the Friday, May 10, 2013 Commencement. Fifty-seven graduate students completed their Master’s degrees and two doctoral candidates received their Ed.D. degrees. The Watson College held a reception at 3:00, prior to graduation, for graduates and guests, faculty and staff. As all participants watched with pride, Watson graduates finished their day with a new degree and new beginnings.

(Above) M.A.T. in Secondary Education faculty and graduates.

(Left) Dean Teitelbaum with commencement speaker, Dr. Shirley Prince during the Watson reception. Dr. Prince is an alumna of the Watson College of Education and currently serves as the Executive Director of NCPAPA (North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association).

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(Above) 2013 Master of Science in Instructional Technology (MIT) Graduates (Left) Dr. Tamara Walser (far left) and Dr. Brad Walker (far right) with Doctoral graduates Michael Tart and Edith Skipper. The title of Dr. Tart’s dissertation is The Impact of International Student Teaching Internships on In-Service Teachers and Dr. Skipper’s dissertation is Characteristics of Effective Principals and Academic Achievement of Students.

(Above) Drs. Jim Applefield, Robert Smith, Kathy Fox, and Alicia Brophy (Right) Drs. Elizabeth Crawford, Tracy Hargrove, and Heidi Higgins (Far right) Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum and Dr. Maurice Martinez (Bottom right) Drs. Michele Parker, Elizabeth Crawford, Marsha Carr, Candace Thompson, and Tamara Walser.

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(Far left) Master of Science in Instructional Technology (MIT) Graduate Chip Bobbert (Left) Drs. Cory Callahan, Shelby Morge, and Martin Wasserberg

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WCE Academic Celebrations!

Publications Anderson, R., Bauer, J., Lowther, D., Robertson, J. (in press). Preparing university teachers to meet student needs in online courses. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy & Practice. Williamson, R.L., Casey, L., Robertson, J. & Buggey, T. (2013). Video self-modeling in children with autism: A pilot study validating prerequisite skills and extending the utilization of VSM across skill sets. Assistive Technology, 25(2), DOI: 10.1080/10400435.2012.712604 Sterrett, W. L. (2013) Interviewing for a teaching position: 3 key questions. The New Teacher Advocate, 20 (4), 3. This article and an accompanying Kappa Delta Pi webinar can be accessed here: http://digital.watkinsprinting.com/ publication/?i=154389

Presentations

Buchanan, L. B. (2013, April). Polling potential and possibilities: Maximizing online polling tools in the university classroom. Teaching presentation at the North Carolina Central University 5th Annual Technology Institute for Educators. Durham, NC. Buchanan, L. B. (2013, April). Teaching controversial social issues using social media: Possibilities for Edmodo in the university course. Teaching presentation at the North Carolina Central University 5th Annual Technology Institute for Educators. Durham, NC. Buchanan, L. B. (2013, March). A picture’s worth a 1,000 words: Using historical photographs to tackle informational text standards. Teaching presentation at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies, Greensboro, NC. Buchanan, L. B. (2013, March). I’ve got just the book! Top picks in children’s literature for teaching elementary social studies. Teaching presentation at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies, Greensboro, NC.

Aldemir, J. (2013, May). Sharing international perspectives on ECE: A videoconference experience with Preschool education graduate students in Turkey. Paper presented at International Symposium New Issues on Teacher Education. Ankara, Turkey.

Buchanan, L. B. (2013, May). Using civil rights movement documentaries with elementary pre-service teachers to think historically about controversial issues. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Buchanan, L.B. (2013, May). Using United States Civil Rights Movement documentaries with elementary preservice teachers to think historically about controversial issues. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Callahan, C. (2013, April). Social studies teachers’ interactions with next generation educative curriculum materials to promote professional teaching knowledge. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.

Buchanan, L. B. (2013, February). I’m not racist but…Broaching race with elementary preservice teachers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Atlanta, GA.

Hsu, C. & Chen, S-J. (2013, April). Learning English vocabulary through singing: A pilot study on Taiwanese Aboriginal students. Paper presented at the Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association.

Chen, S-J & Hsu, C. (2013, April). Instructional model for promoting English vocabulary learning of Taiwanese Aborigines. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association. DeVita, J. & Anders, A. D. (2013, April). Intersectionality and the performances of identities: Experiences of black gay men at predominantly white institutions. Symposium paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. Dikkers, A.G. (2013, April). The intersection of face-to-face and online teaching: A study of virtual public school teachers. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. Dikkers, A.G. & Whiteside, A. (2013, April). Student voices: Online high school students’ reactions to the Social Presence Model for a quality learning experience. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. Dikkers, A.G. & Whiteside, A. (2013, April). Learning a new language: A two-year investigation of teacher and student views on the Social Presence Model as a framework for virtual teaching and learning. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. Hilburn, J., Rong, X.L., Parkhouse, H., Turner, A. (2013, May). What contributes to social studies teachers’ inclusiveness in teaching immigrant students in a new gateway state? Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association: San Francisco, CA. Hilburn, J. (2013, April). Challenges facing immigrant students beyond the linguistic domain. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.

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Faculty Make Their Mark in the Scholarly World

Hilburn, J. (2013, April). Variability between teachers’ perceptions of teaching Civics to immigrant and refugee students. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA. Hilburn, J., & Maguth, B.M. (2013, April). Civics teachers’ instructional priorities and approaches for teaching local, national, and global citizenship. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA. Maguth, B.M., Yamaguchi, M., Hilburn, J., & Vosberg-Bloom, B.A. (2013, April). Reporting teachers’ and students’ perceptions towards global citizenship. Symposium paper presented at the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.

Riedinger, K. & Tayor, A. (2013, March). Next generation science standards crosscutting concepts: Scale, proportion, and quantity. Webinar presentation for National Science Teacher’s Association. San Antonio, TX. Riedinger, K. & Tayor, A. (2013, March). Let’s talk science: Learning conversations in formal and informal science education. Paper presented at the 2013 National Science Teacher’s Association Conference. San Antonio, TX. Roseboro, D. & Thompson, C. (2013, April). Sanctuary, solidarity, and flight: A neighborhood school as the soul of a community. Roundtable paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.

Hilburn, J. (2013, February). Listening to teacher voices: Opportunities and obstacles in teaching East Asia in the K-12 classroom. Paper presented at the National Resource Center conference: Columbus, OH.

Roseboro, D. & Weddington, H. (2013, April). Soul-Work and teaching: A portrait of living inquiry. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA

Hilburn, J., & Buchanan, L.B. (2013, February). Collaborative digital research projects. Paper presented at the NC Professors of Social Studies Education Annual Meeting. Greensboro, NC.

Swafford, J. & McKnight, L. (2013, April). Need high quality informational books? Look no more! Paper presented at the International Reading Association. San Antonio, TX.

Kermani, H. (2013, April). Technologysupported math instruction for young children from low-SES (Socioeconomic status) backgrounds. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. Reid-Griffin, A. & Slaten, K.M. (2013, March). Leadership: Technology and the common core, SITE ConferenceSociety for Information Technology and Teacher Education, New Orleans, LA. Reid-Griffin, A. (2013, March). Bb Learn+My Portfolio: A new view at learning, SITE Conference- Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, New Orleans, LA.

Wasserberg, M. (2013, April). Participatory action research (PAR) as a means to engage marginalized elementary students and to help prepare pre-service teachers. Roundtable paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. Wasserberg, M. (2013, April). The missing voices: Urban elementary school students talk about testcentered curriculum and stereotyping. Roundtable paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.

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Special Recognition Dr. Carol McNulty, Associate Dean, has been selected for participation in the 2013 Higher Education Resource Services Denver Summer Institute. HERS is a leadership development program for female administrators in higher education. Dr. Angelia Reid Griffin has been selected to serve as co-chair of the Science Education Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. Dr. Rajni ShankarBrown, Graduate Program Coordinator of Middle Level Education, was awarded the 2013 UNCW Inclusive Excellence Award for her significant contributions to diversity and inclusion. Dr. Mahnaz Moallem served as a Discussant for a five paper session, Officer/Chair for the Problem-Based Special Interest Group, and Chair for a session at the recent American Educational Research Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Jeremy Hilburn was elected President Elect of North Carolina Professors of Social Studies Education. Vol. 1, Issue 5, Page 6


Special Recognition Dr. Lisa Buchanan (2013, April), Invited Keynote Speaker: Miss Susan Roberts: Remembering Excellent Teachers. Kappa Delta Pi Induction Ceremony, School of Education, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Bill Sterrett (2013, May), Invited Keynote Speaker: Succeeding as a College Student: Secrets and Strategies. Cape Fear Community College’s P.U.S.H. (Pursue and Uplift Study Habits) Spring Semester Event, Wilmington, NC.

Dr. Maurice Martinez (2013) produced/directed a new short film entitled “First Grade Wisdom: What’s Inside of Me?” He also produced/ directed a new documentary entitled “The Dream Act Deferred”. You can watch this film at http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=NapEJOg_VhA.

Grant News Four From Watson Receive Friends of UNCW Grants Tuesday, May 7, four Watson College of Education faculty members were honored at the Kenan House by the Friends of UNCW as grant recipients for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Following are the areas in which the faculty requested the grants: Dr. Amy Moody (ECSE): digital storybooks resource/partnership with autistic youth in the community; Dr. Candace Thompson (ITFSE): applied learning poetry publishing and authorship with youth in our community; Dr. Sue Kezios (Youth Programs): scholarship funding for a new summer camp focused on girls in leadership; and Dr. Lisa Buchanan (EMLLE): loan kits for language arts and social studies methods students in the field.

(L-R) Drs. Amy Moody, Sue Kezios, Kenneth Teitelbaum, Lisa Buchanan and Candace Thompson.

Alumni News Former UNCW Doctoral Graduate Newman Wins Award Dr. Leslie Ann Newman, Assistant Principal at Topsail Middle School in Hampstead, NC, recently received the 2013 NASSP [National Association of Secondary School Principals] Dr. Ted Sizer High School Dissertation Award for her research on rural turnaround schools in North Carolina.

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Dr. Newman earned her doctorate in 2010 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the Department of Educational Leadership under the guidance of her dissertation chair, Dr. John Fischetti. From the press release: “Dr. Newman’s research contributes to the national discussion on what it takes to turn around an underperforming school,” said John Nori, NASSP associate director of program development. “According to her findings, what practitioners perceive as the elements of school improvement align with the recommendations of the NASSP Breaking Ranks Framework.”

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Kato Named Principal Dr. Lionel Kato (2011 WCE doctoral graduate) was named principal of North Pitt High School in Greenville, N.C.

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Alumni News Watson College of Education’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year Caroline Courter ’11M was recognized as the Watson College of Education’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year at the Alumni Chapter’s annual spring dinner meeting on Tuesday, April 30 at the Wise Alumni House. She was chosen as the 2013 award recipient based on her achievements as an educator and her extensive educational research and service. Caroline Courter received her B.S. in Elementary Education in 2004 from Western Carolina University. She received her Masters of Education in Curriculum/Instruction Supervision from UNCW in May 2011. Courter is currently working towards her Doctorate in Educational Leadership in the Watson College. In addition to her studies, Courter is a First Grade Teacher at Malpass Corner Elementary School in Burgaw. Courter has served on numerous committees, worked with the Department of Public Instruction, and created STEM programs for the betterment of her students, colleagues, and community. Courter received a grant from the Assistance League of Greater Wilmington for the 2012-2013 academic year that provided funding to create a STEM materials resource center at Malpass Corner Elementary. As a recipient of the Ralph Brauer Fellowship, Courter will travel to Boston, MA during the summer of 2013 to complete an educational internship in collaboration with Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts Boston. She

Caroline Courter with her husband will study STEM education in urban classrooms and analyze research related to urban STEM outreach programs. Additionally, Courter has volunteered on numerous committees for the improvement of schooling. She served as a Title I School Improvement Team Member and Team Leader in 2004-2006 and 2009-2012, Science Leadership K-2 School Representative in 2009-2010 and 2011-2013, and “Energy Eagles” School Coordinator in 2012-2013.

Watson College of Education Alumni Chapter Awards Scholarships The Watson College of Education Alumni Chapter hosted their annual spring dinner on Tuesday, April 30 at the beautiful Wise Alumni House. Attendees enjoyed dinner and an illuminating presentation by Dr. Kelly Batts ‘97, ‘00, ‘10 Ed.D., Elementary Instructional Coach for NC Department of Public Instruction. She shared important information on the implementation of the Common Core Standards. Three current WCE students, Martha Boehm, Courtney Polland and Gallen Spencer, were announced as recipients of the WCE Alumni Chapter 2013-2014 Scholarship.

(Top) Watson College of Education 2010 doctoral graduate, Dr. Kelly Batts, presents to WCE Alumni members about the Common Core Standards. (Bottom L-R) Winners of 2013-2014 Alumni Scholarships: Courtney Polland, Martha Boehm and Gallen Spencer.

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College and Faculty News, Events & Announcements

Watson Film Festival The Watson College of Education hosted its first annual Watson College Film Festival in March of this year! American Teacher (March 19) was cosponsored by the Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE) and the Student Government Association (SGA). The film presented startling facts about the lives and careers of American teachers including low pay and long hours. Despite the fact that the teacher is seen as the most important factor in a student’s success, teachers have traditionally been severely undervalued. Low salaries and high stress often push good teachers, even those who love teaching, out of the profession. The film offered several perspectives on the challenges (and joys) of teaching. Bully (March 21) was co-sponsored by the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/ Queer/ Intersexual/Asexual (LGBTQIA) Center and ACE and SGA. The documentary followed five students who regularly encounter bullying as part of their schooling experiences. It showed the devastating effects on the children and their families, particularly as it focused on the deaths of two young men who took their lives, in large part, because of their victimization by bullies. Faculty members who were present for the film have started conversations concerning how to further advocate reducing and eliminating bullying and have begun thinking about ways to better prepare our teacher candidates to deal effectively with the problem. Race to Nowhere (March 26) was co-sponsored by the Association for Campus Entertainment and the Student Government Association. This film challenged viewers to redefine what success means for our children. Taking a hard look at over-scheduled, over-tested, and over-worked children, Race to Nowhere examined the ill effects that the pressure to achieve can produce in our children. It examined cheating, burnout, and loss of childhood as results of perhaps misplaced, but well-intentioned, priorities. All three films were shown in the Lumina Theater and were followed by engaging discussions led by panelists who responded to participants’ comments and questions.

Thanks to the following panelists for sharing their expertise, experience, and knowledge of the issues presented in the films. American Teacher • Dr. Lisa Buchanan, EMLLE • Dr. Candace Thompson, ITSFE • Dr. Brad Walker, EMLLE Bully • Facilitator: Amy Schlag, Program Coordinator of LBTQIA • Dr. Jim Applefield, ECSE • Dr. James DeVita, EL • Dr. Lauren Kefalonitis, Assistant Principal, Codington Elementary Race to Nowhere • Dr. Angela Housand, ITSFE • Dr. Jeremy Hillburn, EMLLE • Dr. Kate Nooner, Department of Psychology • Dr. Martin Wasserberg, EMLLE A special thanks is also extended to Dr. Lisa Buchanan (EMLLE) who helped select the films to be presented. Likewise, thank you to all the faculty and staff who helped promote the films and assured a great turnout for these meaningful events. The conversations they sparked in hallways, classrooms, emails, and in the community are exactly what we hoped would ensue. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to planning the second annual event! If you have any suggestions or comments as to how to improve the experience, please email Dr. Carol McNulty (mcnultycp@uncw.edu).

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College and Faculty News, Events & Announcements Retired Faculty Luncheon Held On Friday, April 5, in the Ed Lab, Dean Teitelbaum hosted the second WCE Retired Faculty Luncheon of the year. The retired faculty who joined the event were Cathy Barlow, Paz Bartolome, Ann Crawford, Calvin Doss, Noel Jones (and his wife), Betty Stike, Carol Chase Thomas, and Eleanor Wright. Also in attendance were Department Chairs Jim Applefield, Vance Durrington and Tracy Hargrove, and Associate Deans Ann Potts and Carol McNulty, as well as Jan Siko, Executive Assistant to the Dean, and Krysti Wetherill, WCE Web Developer (and photographer!). Special guests were two students who spoke about their experiences in the College: Marty Boehm, who is an undergraduate student in our Elementary Education/ Special Education program, and Logan McKnight, who is in our Language and Literacy master’s degree program.

(Back row, L-R) Martha Boehm, Carol McNulty, Noel Jones, Vance Durrington, Carol Chase Thomas, Jim Applefield, Eleanor Wright, Kenneth Teitelbaum, Calvin Doss, Tracy Hargrove, Ann Potts, and Logan McKnight; (Front row, L-R) Cathy Barlow, Betty Stike, Paz Bartolome, Ann Crawford, and Jan Siko

Dean Teitelbaum also provided updates about Watson College activities, which included information regarding our Belize initiative, Reading Recovery Program, Dropout Prevention Coalition, Youth Programs, Public Speaker Series, Film Festival, Razor Walker Awards Dinner, PDS, and new and planned degree and certificate programs. The next luncheon will take place in the fall. Speaking at the luncheon was Marty Boehm, an undergraduate student. Below is a copy of her comments: As a military spouse, I had a variety of schools to consider when the time came to change duty stations. I first noticed UNCW in the Princeton Review. As I researched my school options, the Watson College of Education (WCE) stood out to me because of its diverse faculty. I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I was still unsure about my area of focus. I enjoyed both education and psychology, and wanted to work with children who were suffering from Emotional Behavior Disorders (EBD). I attended the only community college near our last duty station, but it did not have an education program. I was still searching for my specific field of study when I was getting ready to transfer to a University. When I learned about the Dual Licensure program at WCE, I knew that this was what I needed to do! This program gave me experience with all ages- kindergarten through high school, and it also had a variety of classes to help me find my niche in Special Education. My advisor, Dr. Allison Jones, and several professors from the WCE educated me on programs for teachers who wanted to work with EBD. Before this, I had never heard of an Intensive Behavioral Support classroom, and I was completely unaware of this specialty. It was a perfect fit for my goals! I was now honed in on my goal of becoming a teacher for EBD. I enjoyed several behavior classes in my program with Dr. Terri Collins and Dr. Lou Lanunziata, but I felt that I was still missing the psychology background that would be required to work in this field. I approached Dr. Lou in the spring of 2012 about my concerns. He agreed and informed me that some faculty members were currently looking into starting a minor program with the Psychology department for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Dr. Lou gave me a name of someone in the psychology department that may be able to provide me with some information, and I scheduled an appointment to speak to Dr. Mark Galizio that week! I was able to advocate for my needs as a student of the WCE, and show that there was student interest in a minor proposal that was being considered. A year later (just last week!), I have learned that the minor has been approved and I will be able to meet all the requirements! This minor in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) will provide me with a stronger background in psychology, and help me be a competitive applicant to ABA Master Programs! Continued on next page > I commute to Wilmington from Jacksonville three to four days a week to attend my Dual Licensure program while my I commute I commute to Wilmington from Jacksonville three to four days a week to attend my Dual Licensure program while my husband The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education

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Retired Faculty Luncheon cont. concludes his military career. UNCW as a whole is very considerate of the military students. As the Extension Chair for Tau Sigma Honor Society, I host meetings and events in Jacksonville so that students at the extension site can earn their honor chords. The military has a saying for spouses: “Simper Gumby, which means “Always Flexible.” I hope to find more ways to help UNCW accommodate students from every walk of life. The scholarships from UNCW and the WCE have been a great contribution to my education. Without scholarships, I would not be able to participate in extracurricular activities that provide me with a variety of experiences, especially considering the extra costs related to my daily commute to school. I have been able to work with the Hillcrest Reading Program, attend lectures and event at the WCE, and fully immerse myself in my education. Without scholarships, this time would be spent working for money to pay for my classes, and classes are only part of the WCE experience. I am eternally grateful to those who provide and donate to the scholarships for students like myself. I transferred to UNCW in the fall of 2011 with some very specific expectations, and I am happy to report that all of my expectations have been exceeded. No school is perfect, but I know that UNCW and the WCE provide me with the ability to help them become better in every way. I know that I have a voice in the programs provided to me. When I have noticed a deficit of any kind, faculty and student leaders have helped me find a way to fill the void, and make a better future for the next generation of UNCW/WCE students. I am very happy with my choice to attend the Watson College of Education.

College and Faculty News, Events & Announcements Retirement News Drs. Elizabeth S. Foster and Karen Wetherill have retired from UNCW. Dr. Foster has been a member of the Watson College for five years and completed 42 years in the Education field. She recently co-authored Evaluation of Peer and Prevention Programs (Routledge, 2012) and served as Editor of the Watson Chronicle in its maiden voyage year. Dr. Wetherill has been a member of the Watson College for 21 years, including stints as Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Outreach Alliances, and completed 32 years as an educator. She has worked extensively with university-school partnerships and co-authored an Assessment Model and Data Management System showcased for a number of years at a national teacher education conference. Recognized at the last College-wide meeting on April 24, Dean Teitelbaum presented both Elizabeth and Karen with keepsakes from the College.

New Chronicle Column Brian Brinkley, of our Education Lab, has agreed to summarize education legislative bills in progress in North Carolina. It will be a reporting column to provide faculty with sources to gain more information. Below is the spring update: The regular session of the 2013-2014 biennium of the North Carolina General Assembly convened in January 2013 and legislators are considering many bills important to the field of education. Budget and policy issues are currently being considered in committee and on the floor of the House and Senate. To see a summary of the education bills being considered in the North Carolina General Assembly, visit the Public School Forum of North Carolina and choose ‘Friday Report.’ (www.ncforum.org). To learn more about the status of a specific bill, visit www.ncleg.net and search in the top right search bar.

Dean’s Advisory Council Meets May 15 marked the date when 10 members of the Watson College of Education Advisory Board and Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum held their fourth and final dinner meeting of the 20122013 year. The main topic of conversation was how the advisory board could play a more active role on behalf of the College next year. It was decided that committees or working groups focused on specific issues (yet to be determined) would guide much of the board’s work next year. The advisory board and Dean Teitelbaum welcome suggestions as they move forward.

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Attending the Advisory Board Meeting Top-Bottom (L-R) Dean Teitelbaum, Shelia Sokolinsky, Susan Finley, Lia Marino, Linda Lytvinenko, Lesley King, LaTanya Pattilo, Wendy Murphy, Karen Baker, Tim Markley, and Jennifer Booher. Not present: Greg Goble, Louise Hicks, Beth Metcalf, Kathy Spencer, Clancey Thompson and Dawn Vickers. Vol. 1, Issue 5, Page 11


College and Faculty News, Events & Announcements Betty Holden Stike Portrait Unveiled On the beautiful afternoon of April 12, friends of the Watson College of Education Ed Lab hosted a special event for Mrs. Betty Holden Stike, namesake and benefactor of the Betty Holden Stike Education Laboratory. Dr. John Stike, son of Mrs. Stike, donated the C. Payne portrait which will hang in the receiving area of the Education Laboratory. Also in attendance were Alan Holden, Mrs. Stike’s nephew, and Mrs. Toni Holden, Mrs. Stike’s sister-in-law. Retired and current faculty and administrators joined together to celebrate Mrs. Stike’s 70 years of service to public education, including 40 years of support for teacher education at UNC Wilmington. Former WCE faculty Hathia Hayes, Eleanor Wright, and Carol ChaseThomas, former Dean Cathy Barlow,

It was a special day to show Ms. Betty our appreciation for all of the loving support she has given to the College of Education and specifically to the Education Lab.

(Left to right) Alan Holden (Mrs. Stike’s nephew), Mrs. Toni Holden (Mrs. Stike’s sister-inlaw), Mrs. Betty Holden Stike, and Dr. John Stike (Betty’s son). Photo by Melissa Smith envisioning, for educating teachers. Children learn from future teachers, and future teachers learn from their students,” said Hathia Hayes. On behalf of all the teachers who have been inspired by Mrs. Betty Holden Stike, the Ed Lab is pleased to house her portrait.

“It was a special day to show Ms. Betty our appreciation for all of the loving support she has given to the College of Education and specifically to the Education Lab. Her care for generations of school teachers goes beyond what words can express, and we thank her for that,” said Brian Brinkley, current Director of the Education Laboratory.

and Dean Teitelbaum applauded Betty’s service to the Watson College and the Ed Lab. From its beginning in 1985, the Ed Lab has expanded to serve more than 250 university students and a similar number of local school children each year. The Jacksonville Extension Education Lab also serves Onslow and surrounding counties. In the Ed Lab, WCE students in the elementary education and special education programs are paired with children one-on-one to plan for and teach individualized lessons. This is often the first teaching experience for WCE students. With the mentoring of professors, peers, and Ed Lab staff, WCE students begin to see themselves as practicing teachers. “The Education Lab is to be commended as a model, designed from the earliest

Dean Teitelbaum thanks Betty Stike for her many contributions to the Watson College of Education.

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College and Faculty News, Events & Announcements Watson College Participates in Military Child Education Coalition The Watson College of Education is proud to be a member of the AACTE and the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) that initiated the ‘Operation Educate the Educators’ program, which is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s prominent ‘Joining Forces’ initiative (April 2011). The Initiative is an effort to better prepare pre-service school personnel to meet the needs of military-connected children, and the over 100 Institutions partnering in this work will focus on the following: • Produce and share an awareness campaign about the unique school-related needs of military-connected students (PK-12) and their families. • Partner with PK-12 schools to develop school cultures that are supportive of students in military families.

Applefield Returns to Faculty Dr. Jim Applefield, Chair of the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education, will return to faculty after serving as Chair for seven years. The department is merging with Elementary, Middle Level, and Literacy Education and will be called the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education (EEMLS). Dr. Applefield was recognized by Dean Teitelbaum at the April Watson College meeting.

Professor Emeritus Noel Jones Recently Published Jones, N. (in press). Widening the lens: How seeing and understanding develop together. Journal of Reading Recovery. 12,2.

• Develop and/or recommend training and tools to preparation programs so that 10,000 pre-service and graduate professionals are better equipped to support military-connected children. http://aacte.org/programs/operation-educate-the-educators/ There are over 24,770 PK-12 students attending schools located in close proximity to UNCW and Watson College of Education, both at Camp Lejeune and the surrounding counties (Region II). Therefore it is critical to prepare our future educators to meet the needs of the students and understand the complexities associated with military family life. One example of our commitment to this effort is by accessing resources with Julie Fulton, K-12 School Liaison at Camp Lejeune. Recently as part of the education interns’ culminating seminar, Watson College faculty invited a panel of experts to discuss the issues related to military family needs. A special thank you to panel presenters Kathy Askins, Military Liaison Counselor, Donna Grady, Camp Lejeune School Liaison, Brittany Norman, Military Transition Counselor, and Jill Campbell, School Liaison Officer from New River Air Station.

Ed Lab Authors Read Stories and Poems Each semester, students in the Watson College of Education Ed Lab write original stories and poems with their WCE tutors that are then published in the Author Showcase. During 2013 Spring Semester, more than 60 authors read their pieces to family and friends. After reading, the young authors held a book signing for their fans. The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education

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College and Faculty News, Events & Announcements Three New Committees Begin in the Fall Congratulations to Somer Lewis!! She welcomed her first child, Adelyn Grey Lewis, 7lbs 3oz., 19 inches long, on May 17, 2013 at 6:14pm.

Three new Watson College Committees have been formed to begin Fall 2013. All committees are intended to better inform and involve all Watson College of Education Faculty, Staff and Administrators.

Stephanie Gumina, Field Experience Coordinator, is marrying Jim Glowa June 15, 2013. Dr. Roseboro and Will Exum (son of Denise Ousley-Exum) celebrate with Stephanie.

Building Committee: • Cory Callahan (ITFSE) • Kathy Fox (EMLLE) • Tracy Hargrove (A-Team/EMLLE)

Adelyn Grey Lewis

• Jeremy Hilburn (EMLLE) • Angela Housand (ITFSE) • Tanya Malacinski (Nondepartmental EPA)

Speakers Committee:

A recent picture of Daniel Beguhl ‘s son: Clayton James, born February 26, 2013.

• Alicia Brophy (EMLLE) • Lisa Buchanan (EMLLE) • Susan Catapano (A-Team/EL) • James DeVita (EL) Clayton James Beguhl

• Allen Lynn (ITFSE) Public Policy Committee: • Eddie Caropreso (ITFSE) • Scott Imig (EL) • Kosta Kyriacopoulos (EMLLE) • Somer Lewis (Non-departmental EPA) • Ann Potts (A-Team/Dean’s Office) • Debbie Powell (EMLLE) • Candace Thompson (ITFSE) • Robert Tyndall (EL)

Stephanie Gumina, Will Exum and Donyell Roseboro

Debbie Powell announced a new grandson, born April 7, 2013, Theron Finnegan Needham. Congratulations!

• Jan Siko (Non-departmental SPA)

• Dennis Kubasko (ITFSE)

Baby Boy “Louie,” born to Janie McAuliffe, MarineQuest Director, Youth Programs, Monday, April 29, 2013.

Congratulations to Lisa Hunt, celebrated her 20-year wedding anniversary in St. Theron Finnegan Needham Thomas.

Call for Summer 2013 Tutors The Watson College of Education seeks 35 energetic UNCW students to tutor rising 7th and 8th graders from Columbus County as part of a four week enrichment program to take place on the campus of UNCW. Tutors will be expected to participate in an orientation, foster positive relationships with individual students, and create and deliver engaging literacy lesson plans based on individual students’ interests and needs. Priority will be given to students who have been accepted into the Watson College of Education and/or have experience working with middle school students. WCE students in Middle Grades, Elementary Education, and Special Education are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will receive a $250 stipend credited to your UNCW student account. Lunch with your tutee at Wagoner Hall will be included at no charge. • Attend an orientation on Thursday, June 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. • Plan and teach eight tutoring sessions every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of • July, beginning July 2 from 1:00 to 2:30. • Join your tutee for lunch before each tutoring session from 12:00-12:45. • Attend the program finale celebration in Columbus County on Thursday, July 25th. To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to Brian Brinkley (brinkleyb@uncw. edu), Director WCE Education Lab. A brief interview and background check will be required. Reimbursement for students needing background checks will be added to your tutoring stipend and credited to your UNCW student account.

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Sponsors for the 2013 Razor Walker Awards:

College and Faculty News, Events & Announcements

Gold Sponsors

2013 Razor Walker Award Recipients

• AT&T • Mr. James Wallace/ Intracoastal Holdings, LLC, ‘07

Silver Sponsors • Ms. Linda Wheeler Hayes, ‘12 • Ms. Tannis F. Nelson, ‘03 • Mr. David Jones/ Pawn USA, Inc., ‘06 • Dr. Robert E. Tyndall, ‘00

Bronze Sponsors • Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, ‘08 • Mr. Cedric Dickerson, ‘09 • Ms. Elizabeth H. Frasier, ‘05 • Ms. Anna W. Hattaway, ‘95 • Dr. Olsen Huff, ‘12 • Dr. Noel K. Jones, ‘06 • Dr. James R. Leutze, ‘04 • Mr. Hugh MacRae/ The Oleander Company. ‘00 • Ms. Bertha Boykin Todd, ‘01 • Mr. Robert F. Warwick, ‘98 • Dr. Eleanor B. Wright, ‘08

Other generous contributors • Dr. Heyward Bellamy, ‘02 • Ms. Phyllis Meole, ‘10 • Mr. Jimmy Pierce, ‘10 Previous honorees designated by the year in which they received the award

Susan (Sue) D. Russell Public Service / Policy “Sue Russell has led a complete overhaul of early childhood education in North Carolina, impacting the field across the United States. She has worked tirelessly to bring needed funding, in a systemic approach, to improve early care and education in North Carolina. She was instrumental in leading, pushing, prodding, and not taking ‘No’ for an answer to get signature programs off the ground and established.” With children uppermost in mind, Susan Russell has helped to transform their lives through her 40+ years of creative and focused leadership in the field of early childhood education. Sue is the founder and President of Child Care Services Association, which began in 1974 in her living room with almost no budget. She recognized that grass-roots efforts must be knowledgeable of and work within the larger system. She has grown the organization to over $30 million in funding and with more than 100 staff members, impacting millions of children across the national landscape. One of the programs that this organization began 14 years ago, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood, is focused on ensuring that children benefit from a well-educated and compensated child-care workforce. The program is now licensed and operating in twenty-two states and the District of Columbia. Hugh F. McManus, III Educational Administration “Every kid is Hugh’s kid, and it’s about the kids and no one else. As a transformational school leader, Hugh McManus demands the best of everyone, including himself, insisting that every student is entitled to that feeling of success and self-achievement.” An alumnus of UNC and Wake Forest University, Hugh McManus undertook the challenges of educational leadership and has worked tirelessly and effectively as a middle and high school principal since 1985. He served as a principal in both New Hanover and Pender counties, bringing the highest quality education to his students. In 2006, he assumed the role of an Upper School Director at a local private school. During his many years of leadership, his schools have received

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numerous awards and recognitions including the National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High School Award, Top 10 High Schools in NC, NC Top 10 High School of Excellence, and NC Top 10 High School of Distinction. His professional work as a top school leader has directly benefited his students and faculty, in particular helping to enhance academic performance. Hugh is known for setting high standards for his students, his teachers, and himself. He is constantly striving to find better ways to do things in an ever-changing socio-economic climate, leading by example out of a pure sense of responsibility and obligation to his kids. James H. Faison, III Law “In his role as a District Court Judge, James Faison has been instrumental in turning around the lives of numerous at-risk youth and young adults who have lost their way. Believing that it is the duty of everyone to serve the community, he has devoted much of his time outside of his role as Judge to serving our youth as a mentor, motivational speaker, and member of various community organizations.” Judge James Faison is respected by his colleagues for his sound judicial reasoning, sense of fairness, and unique ability to communicate effectively with youth offenders appearing in his courtroom. In addition, he is a mentor for students, a motivational speaker at area schools, a career fair participant, and a volunteer judge presiding over high school mock trial competitions and teen court sessions. Fully committed to serving the community, Judge Faison serves as an instructor for the Street Safe Teen Driving Program, a member of the New Hanover County Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence, and a board member for numerous child advocacy organizations. Judge Faison authored and presented the Blue-Ribbon Commission’s Anti-Bullying Resolution to the Wilmington City Council, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, and the New Hanover County Board of Education, after which these governing bodies adopted the resolution. He has carried his message and the resolution to the Pender County Board of Education and on February 4, 2013 the resolution was adopted following his presentation. For more information about the Razor Walker Awards, visit our website at www.uncw.edu/ed/razorwalker. Vol. 1, Issue 5, Page 15


College and Faculty News, Events & Announcements North Carolina Association for Research in Education (NCARE) Conference Held in Wilmington The North Carolina Association for Research in Education (NCARE) held its annual conference at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside Hotel February 28-March 1. NCARE is a state affiliate of the American Educational Research Association. The conference included pre-conference workshops, paper and poster presentations by educational research from across the state, invited panel presentations and a student showcase poster session. Dr. Tamara Walser (Dept. of Ed Leadership) is the current NCARE President. Several WCE faculty and students participated in the conference, helping to make it a great success. WCE also sponsored a continental breakfast for conference attendees to show support for educational research in the state. (Top right) Mike Tart (Doctoral student, EL) and Dr. Emily Grace (Doctoral graduate, EL) presenting a poster at the NCARE Conference. (Bottom right) Dr. Ray Pastore (ITFSE) and Dr. Florence Martin (ITFSE), session presenters at NCARE Conference.

Associate Dean Carol McNulty Participates in Belize Full Circle Project

Staff News

Congratulations Brenda! Brenda Parker, Administrative Associate in the Dean’s Office, received her Master’s Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences Saturday, May 11.

New Business Services Coordinator Hired Dr. Carol McNulty, Associate Dean, spent a week in Belize as one of the Exchange Instructors with the Full Circle Project.

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VISIONS FROM OUR STUDENTS: Student Updates Teaching Fellows Donate Over 5,300 Hours During the 2012-2013 academic year, the UNCW Teaching Fellows participated in over 5,300 hours of experimental/enrichment learning. Here are just a few events that the Fellows participated in: Work on Wilmington, Special Olympics, Science Olympiad, Parsley Elementary Fall Festival, Winter Park Elementary Beautification, Laney High School Fundraiser, Young at Heart Dance and the Razor Walker Awards. The Teaching Fellows also hosted numerous events on the campus and in the community: Teacher’s Night Out; Princess Tea; Ron Clark Lecture; campus tours for elementary, middle and high school students; NC Teacher of the Year Lecture; Youth Enrichment Zone Childcare; and Anderson Elementary Family Science Night. The Fellows also donated $200.00 to Kids Making It as a result of their fundraising efforts.

(Clockwise from top) Teaching Fellows 2013 Senior Class, Junior Class and Sophomore Class

Students Organized in North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE) As SNCAE advisors, Dr. Elizabeth Crawford and Dr. Kathy Fox, oversee the development of programs, advertisements, fundraisers and budget. The organization has facilitated several school-wide and community events, such as a speaker for the 2012 national, state and regional elections held in Room 162 for all WCE students, Praxis 2 workshops and study sessions, the Read Across America Celebration held yearly in the WCE Education Lab, a partnership with Teaching Fellows that funded the purchase and transport of 88 backpacks filled with school supplies to school children in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Initial Licensure Teacher (ILT) Teacher Support Baskets where the group purchased, compiled and delivered teacher goodie baskets (valued at $75) to 15 ILT teachers at mid-year and end of grade testing periods, and co-sponsored the WCE Relay for Life team. The group has an average of 50 active members and is one of the largest voluntary SNCAE groups in the state. A recent event was the First Year Teacher Panel, where three current teachers in their first year led a discussion on the challenges and rewards of the first year. They also addressed interviewing skills and how to get the job that best fits the new teacher. Ms. Reba Schmidt, a current teacher at Winterpark Elementary, and Ms. Lizzy

Keyser, a teacher at Bellamy Elementary, participated along with Ms. Jeanne Hodges, the program director at Wilmington Residential Adolescent Achievement Program (WRAAP).

New SNACE Officers for 2013-2014. (L-R) Lizzy Keyser, Jeanne Hodges and Reba Schmidt.

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VISIONS FROM OUR STUDENTS: Student Updates

Teaching Fellows Step Into Princess II Costumes Saturday, March 23 from 2:00-5:00 is the second Princess Tea Party sponsored by the Teaching Fellows and directed by Amy Rottmann. Teaching Fellows hold the tea for girls aged 3-5th grade. The young girls have pictures taken with princesses, sing together, make crafts, play games and so much more. All the participants are in costume raising money for the Teaching Fellows program.

Executive Officers Selected for Ed Leadership Graduate Association Announced by Mike Tart, 2012-2013 President of ELGSA, the new executive officers of the Educational Leadership Graduate Student Association are as follows: President: Jeremy Brown, Vice-President: Bethany Meighen, Secretary: Andrea Hanselmann and Treasurer: Summer Parisi.

Student Graduation Spring 2013

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News and Views from Departments & Programs Department of Educational Leadership “Inspiring Great Minds, Inspiring Great Leaders� Chair, Dr. Susan Catapano

Department Holds Reception for EdD Candidates, Guests and Faculty The Educational Leadership Department sponsored an evening reception for doctoral candidates on Monday, May 6. The two candidates were: Edie Skipper and Michael Tart. Edie currently serves as principal at West Pender Middle School in Pender County, NC. Mike Tart has served as a doctoral assistant in the department for the past three years. Dr. Michele Parker served as emcee for the evening.

(Top, L-R) Drs. Susan Catapano, Michele Parker, Tamara Walser, Elizabeth Foster, Scott Imig, Robertt Tyndall and Brad Walker; (front row) w) Michael Tart and Edie Skipper (Middle left) Mike Tart with his full committee, (L-R) Dr. Susan Catapano, Dr. Tamara Walser, Committee Chair, Mike Tart, and Dr. Scott Imig (Middle right) Dr. Michele Parker (Center) Dean Teitelbaum with candidates Edie Skipper and Mike Tart (Bottom Right) Edie Skipper with the Chair of her Dissertation Committee, Dr. Brad Walker

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Department of Educational Leadership Undergraduates Discover Research in Education Spring Semester, 2013, Dr. Michele Parker taught HON 292:006: Introduction to Research and Discovery in Education. The students were prospective education majors who were completing their first year of college. HON 292 is a 1-credit course, offered through the Honors College. This was the first semester a section for Education was available. The course introduces undergraduates to the field of educational research and makes them aware of the resources to support undergraduate research at UNCW (e.g., Center for Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships). Throughout the semester, WCE faculty, such as Drs. Sue-Jen Chen (ITFSE), Shelby Morge (EMLLE), Martin Wasserberg (EMLLE), and Brad Walker (EMLLE) discussed their research with the class. The students appreciated learning about different kinds of research. March 1, the Honors students attended their first professional As a future teacher, I plan to take conference: The what I learned from this conference North Carolina and apply it to the classroom Association for Research in Education Conference where they listened to presenters share research conducted across the state. After the conference one student said, “As a future teacher, I plan to take what I learned from this conference and apply it to the classroom. I went in with an open mind and learned a lot. I not only learned about the subjects the presenters discussed but also how conferences are organized, which I can use to educate former and future teachers, like me!”

Most recently, the students collected data via iPads at the

Undergraduate students with Dr. Michele Parker at the North Carolina Association for Research in Education Conference. North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The data will be used to evaluate two new technology-enhanced educational exhibits. During the visit Dr. Parker and her students discussed how to improve teaching and learning via the exhibits, other ways to collect meaningful data, and how the iPads can be used to collect information in K-12 settings. To conclude the semester students shared their mock research proposals in class. You may views photos of the Honor’s students from these links. NCARE: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/07l05ayxkpi99oz/ rO70fso2Om Aquarium: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mc925uco2jimfk6/ alF9qCTMok

Dr. DeVita Attends Conference With Students Dr. James DeVita, professor in the M.Ed in Higher Education program, and students from his EDL 556: Technology in Higher Education class attended the 2013 Hear the C.A.L.L. [Collaborate, Access, Listen, Learn] Conference at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) on Friday, April 19.

Michelle Becker, Dean Heath, and Summer Parisi discussed the use of Prezi, an online presentation software for learning experiences in the classroom. Lavon Davis and Josh Kinchen presented on the utilization of Google+ in student affairs.

Some of the learning outcomes for the conference were to identify practices that support the integration of innovation, teach and learn through technology inside and outside the classroom, and present opportunities to learn scholarly and creative techniques that promote the utilization of advanced technology in the workplace. All of the EDL 556 students presented at the conference. Andrew Murray share information on the use of the mobile app Ubersense in the higher education classroom. Jeremy Brown, Andrea Hanselmann, and Gio Simpson presented on the VVC curriculum, an interactive avatar-like teaching tool.

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Department of Educational Leadership Educational Leadership Chair and Faculty Members Participated in Belize Internship Collaborative Department Chair Dr. Susan Catapano served as cosupervisor for the undergraduate internship experience, along with Dr. Dennis Kubasko (ITFSE) who was also a co-instructor of graduate-level EDL 662 International Internship course. Additionally, Dr. Catapano served as the liaison for the Onslow County Full Circle Project. Onslow County prepared videos to use as instructional materials to teach Belize students about Onslow County. The Belize partner schools also prepared videos for the students in Onslow County to be used to teach about Belize.

Doctoral Students Complete EDL 662 Internship Course in Belize

Dr. Marsha Carr accompanied the Belize faculty contingent and contributed many of the posted Belize photographs.

Under the direction of Drs. Susan Catapano and Michele Parker, the following Doctoral students representing the Sandhills Cohort completed EDL 662 in Belize this spring: Michelle Bennett, Amanda Bullard, Lauren Busch, Kelli Ficklin and Corinna Woolett. Representing the campus oohort and completing EDL 662 were Eleanor Bryant, Amy Callahan and Michael Dixon.

Class Excels in Cell Phone Collection

Dr. Michele Parker, Coordinator for the Higher Education Program, participated in the Belize International trip as a Co-Instructor for EDL 662 with Dr. Susan Catapano.

In Dr. Joanne Nottingham’s Spring 2013 LED 411 class, students celebrated the semester’s end and a successful leadership challenge project. A record 207 cell phones and $676.66 was collected to donate to Cell Phones for Soldiers.

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Department of Elementary, Middle Level & Literacy Education Chair, Dr. Tracy Hargrove

Dr. Fox Publishes Students’ Children’s Books An assignment that has become a traditional part of Dr. Kathy Fox’s EDN 344 class is the publication of children’s books. Students write and illustrate a children’s book according to the qualities they learned about through the assignment of reading 50+ books, examining an author’s body of work, and observing and practicing read alouds of children’s books. Students produce market quality books through electronic publishing. In order to achieve this level of quality students spend class time discussing what elements make a book appealing. Students examine formatting choices for text, illustration and linguistic devices, such as predictable language, enhanced font, and the use of other language words embedded in text. By mid-semester, students begin to draft their own books. On Author Share Day, students share their final work. The top three books each semester have been generously purchased by our Ed Lab and are on display for children’s and tutors’ use. 2013 Spring semester’s top three book publications are: 1. The Class Caldecott Award (Best Illustrations): My Ballet Lesson by Kara Abbott 2. The Class Newbery Award (Best Text): One Day by Savanah Benton 3. The Class Reading Association Award (Best All Around): Along the Way by April Powers From this assignment several students have successfully marketed their books. One student had for a period of time, the top selling nonfiction children’s book on Lulu. com (http://www.lulu.com/ shop/kimberly-baker/whenthe-sun-goes-down/paperback/ product-932083.html). Another student stopped Dr. Fox in the hallway last Spring to say he had a welcome surprise the previous day when he opened his mailbox and found a royalty check

of $71.00 for copies of his book sold (http://www.lulu.com/ shop/search.ep?type=Print+Products&keyWords=Crumpler %2C+Trent&sitesearch=lulu.com&q=). Another student has published her book and is spotlighted in the Winston Salem Book Market. Her publisher has asked her to consider developing a series from this book. She was chosen as an Outstanding Student in the Watson Chronicle, November 2012 (See Contributions to teaching_http://issuu. com/wseconnections/docs/watsonchronicle1212) Finally, a student in Fall 2011 published a book on the practice of Art Journaling. This book gives a how-to approach to using art as an inspiration for writing, and guides the reader through creative exercises. This student’s book is now being used in our EDN 413 classes by two instructors as a method for integrating art into literacy-based lessons. At least one other undergraduate student has used the book in her tutoring lessons in the WCE Ed Lab. This book is also available for purchase (lulu.com/shop/ hodges). (Top left) Kara Abbott with My Ballet Lesson, (bottom left) Savanah Benton with One Day, (right) April Powers with Along the Way.

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Department of Elementary, Middle Level & Literacy Education Transition to Teaching Seminar Held for Elementary Interns Monday, April 29, marked the first “Transition to Teaching Seminar and Celebration” for Elementary Education interns. Under the direction of Elementary Education Program co-chairs, Dr. Heidi Higgins and Dr. Amy Taylor, with the assistance of the Elementary Education Seminar planning committee, this seminar marked the conclusion of the internship experience. The seminar celebrated their success in completing the teacher education program in the Watson College. It was a day of workshops provided by professionals in the community and Watson College of Education faculty.

Department of Early Childhood & Special Education Chair, Dr. Jim Applefield

Early Childhood Faculty Member Participates in Belize Internship Experience Dr. Amy Moody traveled to Belize in April as part of the Watson College of Education faculty contingent involved in research and student supervision.

Department of IT, Foundations and Secondary Education Chair, Dr. Vance Durrington

Poetry Slam Winners Announced Poets performed April 3, to a full house. A responsive audience, to both the performing poets and to each other, attended during the entire evening. It was a time when writers and poets interacted in a comfort zone, sharing ideas and kudos, rejoicing in collegiality, finding a common ground in the enjoyment of poetry. The musical performances by pianist-entertainer Grenoldo Frazier were stellar. Funky musical interludes between each reading, provided by DJ “Bigg B,” enhanced the comings and goings to the stage. Emcee, UNCW student Wills Maxwell, kept the event moving at a brisk pace with focused energy spiced by quick-witted humor. It was a most enjoyable event sponsored by UNCW’S Watson College of Education, Department of English, and the Office Of Campus Diversity. Five UNCW professors were the judges: Dr.

Michael Mills, Dr. Denise Ousley-Exum, Dr. Candace Thompson, Dr. Donyell Roseboro, and Dr. Theodore Burgh. This spoken word poetry slam was produced and directed by Dr. Maurice M. Martinez. • • • • •

1st Place $200 ANASTASIA HILTON 2nd Place $100 MAYA BAXTER 3rd Place $ 75 JESSICA SOMNEY 4th Place $ 50 KIM HENRY 5th Place $ 50 ANGEL GUNRISMA

• 6th Place $ 25 STEVE MARTIN Special Awards for 15 Consecutive Years of Performing in Each Poetry Slam: • SHAUN MITCHELL • RENAGADE BLACK CHEROKEE

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Diversity Dividends Diversity Reflections

While I was a doctoral student I read a book by Vivian Paley entitled White Teacher. It was not your typical, highly philosophical book. It was a book written by a kindergarten teacher. In it, she talked about her daily experiences grappling with race and trying to translate the complicated world of race to kindergartners. In that book she recounts a conversation with an African American parent who said (and I am paraphrasing) “My children are Black. They know they are Black.” For Paley, this was a pivotal moment. She had been dancing around the issue of race in her classroom, afraid that the mere mention of it would disrupt the normal processes of the day. Each day there are children who arrive at school having lived with and through discrimination, hatred, and/or mistreatment. And each day teachers go on teaching, some never acknowledging the daily traumas that young people bring to school with them.

Second Diversity Award Presented to ShankarBrown Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown, Graduate Program Coordinator of Middle Level Education, recently had the honor of receiving the 2013 UNCW Inclusive Excellence Award for her significant contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts at the University. The award was presented to Dr. ShankarBrown at the 2013 Diversity Conference. She is the second faculty member from the Watson College of Education to have received this award; Dr. Joanne Nottingham received the award in 2012. Since joining the Watson College of Education in 2008, Dr. Shankar-Brown has demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion through her teaching, service, research, and scholarly work. Dr. Shankar-Brown describes her efforts to promote equity and social justice as much more than a job, but truly her passion and life’s work. She says, “I am humbled to be recognized by the University. I am deeply moved to receive such a beautiful and meaningful award. We must all work together to help build healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities.”

I was teaching ninth grade civics on September 9/11. My students and I watched as the second tower fell. Some of them cried. That day changed my perspective as a teacher forever. I lived through that trauma with them. We would never be the same. They shared their fears. They asked questions. We talked. Each day my six year old girls go to school. I want to tell their teachers….my children know they are Black and that this makes them different. Each day I send them off to school hoping that they will not experience racism or sexism (or any other ism). I hope that they will not be mistreated, ignored, or somehow made to feel as if their difference is just like everybody else’s difference (as if being Black and female is the same as struggling with a learning disability and/or being gay, lesbian, or transgendered). But, each day, I know that they will experience difference and that they may not always be embraced. It is inevitable. What does this mean for us, as educators? It means that we teach. We teach about all of the complicated and difficult aspects of human existence.

Dr. Shankar-Brown explained that she is grateful to be able to affirm diversity on and off campus, and feels fortunate to follow in the footsteps of amazing individuals such as Dr. Joanne Nottingham. Dr. Shankar-Brown recently co-coordinated the 2nd Annual Southeastern Poverty Conference at UNCW, along with Dr. Earl Sheridan, Chair and Professor of Public and International Affairs, and Dr. Leslie Hossfeld, Professor I find teacher education to of Sociology and Director of Public be a place of daily hope. Sociology Program. On behalf of the community, Dr. Shankar-Brown received the Mayor’s proclamation to declare March as Poverty Awareness Month at City Hall. She explains, “While the social inequities I have witnessed and experienced during my lifetime are disheartening, they are also motivating. I find teacher education to be a place of daily hope.

By Dr. Donyell L. Roseboro (ITFSE)

Dr. Shankar-Brown has given several presentations at UNCW on diversity and inclusion and continues to inspire pre- and in-service teachers to envision themselves and act as positive change agents. On a personal level, Rajni also dedicates her art and poetry to equity and social justice. “This is certainly an award that I will always treasure and embody,“ she says.

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AROUND THE WORLD: International Programs: Education, Travel & Internships Dr. Susan Catapano, Coordinator, International Programs

Belize: An International Experience for Faculty and Student Learning Dr. Susan Catapano, Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, and Dr. Dennis Kubasko, Associate Professor for Secondary Science Education and CSTEM Director, led the International Field Experience and Internship to Belize. This is their fourth and fifth year respectively. This article features a brief description of Belize, details about the 2013 trip, and outcomes from the international experience. To read more about the Belize Internship Experiences and view additional photos go to Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/391721955211/

Description of the Country of Belize by Dr. Marsha Carr (EL) Originally named the British Honduras, guides explain that the country’s name was switched to Belize in 1973 but Belize didn’t gain full independence until 1981 from the United Kingdom. Belize is the only Central American country where the official language is English even though the country plays host to a variety of diverse cultures and languages. Belize is about the size of the state of Vermont and has about 350,000 residents. It is a popular tourist stop for cruise boats and divers. Belize has many natural wonders and Mayan ruins. San Pedro Town, a 15-minute propeller plane or 1-hour water taxi ride from Belize City, is a Sister City to Wilmington.

Accommodations where all participants stayed.

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Undergraduate Experience by Dr. Susan Catapano (EL) Undergraduate students can elect to take the international field experience as part of their final preparation as a classroom teacher. The course is offered the final five weeks of the internship semester. Students complete 10 weeks of internship in a local school and then board a plane for 5 weeks of teaching and exploration. There are seven schools on Ambergris Caye, in San Pedro Town; one high school, and six primary schools (grades 1st-8th). There are also four preschools. This year there were four early childhood, five special, six elementary, five secondary, and one physical education student in the group. Students were assigned to four of the seven schools and one of the preschools. They spent a total of three weeks teaching in the classrooms. Their duties ranged from taking over the entire class for the full day to providing assistance to the classroom teacher. The PE student offered physical education in three of the schools. Special Education students were able to complete assessments; support children with special needs, assist teachers in differentiating instruction, and helping one student learn sign language. Although the Ministry of Education in Belize is identifying children with special needs, there are no services provided to the children in the schools. (Top to bottom) Undergraduate Group, Spring 2013 Interns teaching a full classroom Stephanie Lowery (on L, EC UG) and Kelli Stephenson (Sec UG) During Easter Camp. Photo by Erika Shea Murray taken as Belize students show their certificates from their Easter Camp.

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Undergraduate Belize Experience (continued) Teachers in Belize do not have to be degreed, although they do need a teaching license. Students from UNCW also needed a license this year and were presented with the first 21 voluntary teaching licenses issued by the Ministry. As reported in a local publication online: 21 US teacher students receive first ever Belizean temporary teaching license (www. sanpedrosun.com) The Government of Belize (GOB), through the Ministry of Education (MoE) accomplished a historic milestone when 21 temporary teaching licenses were granted for the first time to foreign, volunteer student-teachers. The two-year temporary teaching licenses are the first of its kind ever to be granted Ms. Miriam Codd, Belizean Ministry of Education representative Undergraduate students spend one week completing service in San Pedro Town, award Stephanie Lowry (L) and Caitlin projects that include running the annual Easter Camp at the public Kelly (R) their two year temporary teaching licenses. library for a very appreciative librarian, walking dogs for SAGA-the local human society, painting an elementary school, and writing books to add to the collection about Belize that we are developing. This year they will add five books to the collection on numbers, colors, transportation, nutrition, the alphabet, and an I Spy riddle book.

CONGRATS to our UNCW College of Education field experience students! This is a monumental occasion and a direct credit to the hard work of our past and current program participants! The 2013 cohort of teachers all received two-year licenses to teach in Belize! WOW! - Dr. Dennis Kubasko

The service projects allow the students to give back to their hosts and leave a legacy for some projects. This year the preschool teachers presented copies of the two books written by previous groups, The ABCs of Belize and Hector the Tapir, A Geometry Story, to three of the preschools in San Pedro.

Finally, the undergraduate students spend a week exploring the country of Belize. This year, they met the graduate students in San Ignacio, about a two-hour ride from Belize City in the Maya Mountains. Both undergraduate and graduate students explored the Actun Tunichi Muknai Cave, an archaeological site that was a sacred place of worship and sacrifice for the Mayans. The cave still contains many artifacts that include skeletons, ceramic pots, and stoneware. They visit Caracol, on the Guatemala border, the site of one of the largest Maya ruins. This was the site of one of the most important regional political centers of the Maya during the Classic Period. Students were able to climb to the top of the tallest structure that has been excavated. Students had a free day and selected trips to Flores, Guatemala, cave tubing, zip lining, visiting Tikal, another Maya ruin, and horseback riding.

Dr. Dennis Kubask and Ms. Miriam Cogg, Belizean Ministry of Education representative in San Pedro Town, award Brittany Hauth her two year temporary teaching license.

The week in San Ignacio ended with a trip to the Belize Zoo, located on the way back to Belize City and water taxi to San Pedro Town. All of the 125 animals at the zoo are native to Belize and many have been rescued and related to the zoo. This unique zoo has built the animal cages close to the spectator area and students were able to hold snakes and “high-five” the leopards. Watch out if you are near the tapir, they have an unusual defense mechanism!

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Overview of EDL 662 International Internship by Dr. Michele Parker (EL)

Eight doctoral students, from cohorts IV and V, participated in the International Internship. The students intensively study innovation, leadership styles, and datadriven decision-making during the cultural exchange. To prepare for the trip, students participated in monthly meetings about what to expect, completed assigned readings and identified an area of interest specific to the internship, and conducted a literature review on their topic, as part of the comparison and contrast paper due at the conclusion of the semester. The doctoral students also created a blog, in which they were required to add daily entries. April 1, 2013, doctoral students arrived in Belize City to begin their 14 day international internship. The graduate contingent met the undergraduates with Drs. Catapano, Kubasko and Parker in San Ignacio, for a week of cultural excursions. The second week the doctoral students, undergraduates, and faculty took a water taxi to San Pedro Town and were actively engaged in K-12 schools. Monday each doctoral student was paired with an undergraduate to acclimate them to their school. Faculty toured the primary and secondary schools and debriefed with the doctoral students afterschool. It was immediately apparent how the cultural experiences from the prior week connected to the school experience. For example, classroom decorations ad instruction featured animals native to Belize and sea creatures. Tuesday (the group departed San Pedro Town at 5 AM) to take a 2 hour water taxi and then two hour van ride to Dangriga to visit the Gulisi school created to maintain the customs and culture of the Garifuna people, an indigenous culture in Belize. The primary school teachers teach in three languages: Garifuna, Spanish, and English. The group also visited the Gulisi Museum where we learned about the Garifuna culture. Later that day, in Belize City, students met with officials from the Ministry of Education who spoke with the group about educational issues in the Country of Belize (e.g., teacher preparation, leadership development, special education, assessment). Doctoral students asked questions about their individual topics for the compare and contrast paper. Wednesday and Thursday doctoral students and faculty observed leadership, teaching, and K-12 students and prepared professional development for teachers—based on requests from administrators. Friday the eight doctoral students conducted two 2-hour professional development sessions, one at the high school (for four teachers) and another at a primary school (for 10 teachers). Each student took the lead for part of the Professional Development. The sessions covered strategies to improve reading skills (fluency, vocabulary acquisition, and comprehension), classroom management, and creative writing. Two additional projects were completed. Dr. Parker and Michael Dixon created macros to reformat files exported from Microsoft Access to Excel to enable the Principal of San Pedro High School to readily identify and assist struggling students. Lauren Busch, a guidance counselor in Cohort V, discussed Life Skills curriculum with guidance counselors at San Pedro high school and provided planning materials and other resources. Following are doctoral student quotes after their 2-week intensive international experience in Belize: Michelle Bennett (Ed.D. Cohort V) stated, “I basically learned that when you work as a team and stay confident that you are going to reach the goal anything is possible. Also, I gained insight on even though our culture differs from that of Belize, we also have many similarities.” Amada Bullard (Ed.D. Cohort V) said, “The international internship in Belize was one of the most meaningful experiences of my twenty-five year career as an educator. I came away with the full knowledge that the most valuable resource in any classroom is an effective teacher.” Kelly Ficklin (Ed.D. Cohort V) commented, “The internship experience in Belize was life changing for me. Not only were we given an opportunity for UNCW professors, undergraduate interns and doctoral students to come together as family, we were also given the opportunity to experience the culture and lifestyles of the people from Belize. I faced physical challenges completing the ATM Cave Tour, climbing the Mayan Ruins of Caracol and snorkeling with nurse sharks that I did not think I was capable of conquering! Completing these challenges made me realize as an educator, I ask my students to reach out of their comfort zone to conquer new and difficult challenges and I must be willing to do that myself if I ask the same from my students. For me, being in the schools with the children and the teachers touched my heart deeply. The teachers in Belize work very hard with very limited materials and no technology in very hot conditions to make a difference in the lives of the children. They do not complain about the conditions; they teach the children!!! They go above and beyond to do their best to make an educational difference in the lives of the students! I want this incredible experience to continue to influence me as a person, a friend, a leader, and an educator. I am so thankful this experience was a component of my doctoral program at UNCW.” (Left) Ed.D. students provided professional development to teachers on topics that included Thinking Maps and Differentiation of Instruction. Pictured here is Mike Dixon, Ed.D. student providing professional development on Thinking Maps. The following week there was direct evidence of the meaningful application of Thinking Maps as students and Dr. Catapano saw a new “Thinking Map” drawn and ready to introduce to Belize students.

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Spring 2013 Doctoral Graduate Finishes Internship in Belize by Edie Skipper While in Belize this spring, Edie Skipper, May doctoral graduate, had the opportunity to work with Dr. Candy Armstrong, Director of Education Support Services, on two very important tasks for the Ministry of Education in Belize. Since the School Meal Program was in its first three weeks of operation, she was able to sit down with the team that was cooking and delivering over 700 meals each day and help problem solve potential kinks and solutions to getting this program smoothly off the ground.

One additional experience afforded Edie was the opportunity to be at the table as the country data was presented for the 2012 Global AIDS Response Progress Report. Many organizations were at the table as data was presented and validity was confirmed. From the Ministry of Health, NAC Secretariat, Ministry of Education, LGBT representative, women’s groups and others. Questions were asked and concerns were discussed regarding education outreach and the sometimes conflicting laws that prohibit protection of all citizens.

Skipper’s experiences as the Education Coordinator for Pender County Preschools and as a Title I principal helped her to identify the similarities between their vision and the US Free and Reduced Meal Program while offering suggestions as they worked to build a school feeding program for the country.

This was the second internship in Belize for Edie Skipper demonstrating the strength of partnerships and commitment to improvement through exchange of ideas, exchange of personnel and innovative problem-solving.

The following stories capture some of the numerous outcomes from the International experience in Belize.

Undergraduate Student Hired for First Teaching Position After International Field Experience Submitted by Eleanor Bryan and Katy Gwaltney Eleanor Bryan, Principal of Trent Park Elementary School in New Bern, NC. is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program (Cohort IV). During the internship, Eleanor mentioned that she hired then undergraduate Katy Gwaltney because of her experience in Belize. During her senior year at UNCW Katy participated in the International Field Experience. This unique experience truly set Katy apart from other applicants. When interviewing for a 5th grade teaching position, Katy shared her blog of her Belize experience. Her connection to her students was evident and impressive. When speaking to Katy it is clear that the international experience has had a lasting impact on her instructional practices.

teaching 5th grade at James W. Smith Elementary School in Cove City, NC. “As a principal and doctoral student who recently completed an International Internship in Belize I explicitly experienced the alignment of the internship with the 21st Century Theme of Global Awareness as well as gained an understanding of other nations and cultures. Our collective experiences will continue to impact the students of Craven County Schools.” - Eleanor Bryant

Katy further explains, “The experience in Belize presented me with the challenge of teaching without materials, supplies or technological resources. It was challenging to teach using the bare minimum, but I learned the valuable lesson that I can be an effective educator using only creativity and enthusiasm. Teaching in Belize adequately prepared me to face any situation in the classroom, especially tackling cultural misconceptions, developing classroom management and teaching with limited resources. Now I am able to shift my experiences and knowledge that I gained in Belize into my current classroom.” Within her classroom Katy continues to meet the needs of the diverse students that she teaches each day. Katy is currently The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education

Dr. Susan Catapano meeting with Ms. Emma Jackson, Director of Federal Programs with New Hanover County Schools in North Carolina. Ms. Jackson is Belizian and was on holiday in San Pedro Town! So great to meet with her while in Belize and have her meet our UNCW field experience teachers! Lucky us! Vol. 1, Issue 5, Page 29


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Most Recognizable Science Fair Projects in the Country of Belize by Dr. Dennis Kubasko (ITFSE)

Despite the increasing need for children everywhere in the world to have access to appropriate forms of technology and the efforts by many worldwide to assist, still only a few resources are present in developing countries like Belize. And, from an educational perspective, this issue is especially acute in resource intensive content areas like science. Science education requires an investment in materials, resources and people. For instance, a light microscope, a basic tool in any science classroom, can cost upwards of $1,000.00 and the professional development for effective integration is expensive as well. These types of costs are prohibitive for schools, teachers and students living in developing countries. But Mr. Ricardo Sedacy, a Chemistry and Physics teacher at San Pedro High School in San Pedro, Belize, refuses to allow the lack of available resources to be a stumbling block for his high school students. Through a CESTEM donation of outdated, but viable science probeware, and a little professional development from the center’s director, Dr. Dennis Kubasko, Mr. Ricardo Sedacy was able to utilize the technology tools in his advanced science classes. His students analyzed the changing salinity and pH of the water surrounding the reef and the island’s estuaries. Students established that increased levels of pollution existed in some areas while comparing those samples to other very healthy samples. Mr. Sedacy was so successful employing the probeware, that his students were recognized nationally as having one of the most recognizable Science Fair projects in the country of Belize. Amazing! Even the smallest amount of technology integration can make the biggest difference to a motivated teacher and an equally excited student body.

Belize Collaborative Project Continues With Onslow County Onslow County has a partnership with Belize. Lesley Eason, Assistant Superintendent (former Graduate of the WCE Doctoral Program, December 2012) went to Belize with the Watson Doctoral Internship course in 2011. In 2012, she sent 16 teachers and administrators to Belize for a week, while the Watson College educators were there, to explore ideas and possible plans for an exchange. In February, 2013, five teachers and administrators came to Onslow County from Belize for an exchange for one week. Again, this year, 16 more teachers and administrators from Onslow returned to Belize, concurrently with the Watson College Internship Program.

Quote from Dr. Dennis Kubasko:

“I am so very grateful for the amazing work of our Onslow County partners! And I am so humbled by the amazing reception provided for us by our San Pedro friends and colleagues! You are all true professionals! Everyone has worked so diligently to grow this partnership with the San Pedro community into what we all can celebrate today. I am truly humbled and so very proud of what we have created.”

A diving excursion with Onslow County educators, Watson College of Education faculty and doctoral students.

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The Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Director, Dr. Dennis Kubasko

On the evening of April 19, Watson College of Education hosted the first UNCW STEM Expo. The expo celebrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with hands-on activities especially designed for children and families to enjoy together. Faculty, staff and students from across campus volunteered their time and talents to create interactive exhibits that highlighted STEM activities associated with their fields of study. Along with WCE colleagues, respresentatives from the departments of Art & Art History, Biology & Marine Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Geography & Geology, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics & Physical Oceanography, and Psychology were on hand to get kids excited about STEM. The exhibits were organized into spaces. CESTEM provided families with opportunities to explore outer space in StarLab. MarineQuest brought along their underwater remotely operated vehicles for kids of all ages to try in deep space. The Assistive Technology Lending Library’s NAO robots fascinated families in cyber space. Students from different departmental organizations helped children analyze water quality, finger prints, and rocket trajectories. Nursing students from the College of Health & Human Services put on an educational puppet show. Watson College of Education faculty and students encouraged guests to save the frogs and build a roller coaster. Randall Library staff invited families to explore STEM in the rainforest. Even Sammy C. Hawk put on his lab coat to help celebrate STEM. Approximately, 220 people attended the expo with 98 children enjoying the UNCW STEM experience. Special thanks to all of the following: Janna Robertson and students, Kelly Riedinger and students, Teaching Fellows, Amy Moody, Alex Theodoropoulos, Jeff Ertzberger, Melissa Smith, Jan Siko, Nancy Jones, MJ Carter, Kathy Funke, Kathryn Batten, Tonia McKoy , Regina Wooten, Chris Gordon, AC Hosea, Michelle Huber, Dennis Kubasko, Janie McAuliffe, and Danice Grkinich.

(Top to bottom) Computer Science graduate students demonstrate face aging software to children; Students entering into CESTEM’s portable planetarium; Students program their Lego Mindstorms Robots; Students learn about Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs); Nursing Students use puppets to teach about the importance of STEM health.

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CESTEM CESTEM Offers Professional Development for Area Teachers The Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM), as a unit of the Watson College of Education, has a mission to encourage public access to educational programs and a commitment to regional service. CESTEM is excited to be offering a number of STEM-focused professional development (PD) opportunities for UNCW students and area teachers this summer. The following PD opportunities are on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure your seat in class, please register quickly! Additional information can be found at www.uncw.edu/cestem/pd. To register for one of the programs, please complete the CESTEM on-line registration form, unless otherwise indicated. For additional information, please call the Center at (910) 9623168 or send e-mail to cestem@uncw.edu. Registration fees (where required) are due at least 14 days prior to the start of the workshop. Please send a check, payable to CESTEM, to 601 S. College Rd. Wilmington, NC 28403-5976. Vernier Probeware Workshop (May 25th) - Discover how to integrate Vernier Probeware into your classroom. Participate in labs using interfaces such as computers, LabQuests and LabPros. Lab activities will be conducted using a variety of probeware, including some of the $10,000 worth of new equipment acquired through a grant. LEGO Mindstorm NXT Robot Workshop (June 1st) - Participants will learn how construct Lego Mindstorm NXT robots, to navigate obstacle courses and to integrate the robot’s sensors to create an autonomous robot. Introductory Biotechnology for High School Teachers (June 24thJune 28th) - Participants will learn basic scientific concepts and techniques in biotechnology, as well as how to teach these effectively. They will also learn how to integrate biotechnology into the high school curriculum according to the NC Essential Standards for Biology. Barrier Island History Workshop (June 24th – June 28th) - This week-long workshop is designed to give teachers an understanding of NC barrier islands and longleaf pine ecosystems. The workshop will focus on the relationship between history and ecology, in order to promote an interdisciplinary approach to teaching.

(Top to bottom) Students try out some of the Assistive Technology Center’s equipment; Dr. Robertson and Ms. Brampton lead a STEM activity with children; Sammy the SeaHawk is becoming STEM literate; The Woman in Science and Engineering (WISE) demonstrate their STEM knowledge. Photos by Melissa Smith

SITE 6-8 Workshop in Science (June 24th – June 28th) - This workshop focuses on the major themes that cut across the Essential Standards for Grades 6-8. The institute is designed to deepen participants’ science content knowledge, and to strengthen their ability to teach science through inquiry. Additional emphasis placed on the integration of literacy, mathematics, and technology into the science curriculum, and on the use of authentic assessments. SITE K-2 Workshop in Science (July 29th – August 2nd) - Participants will identify the “big ideas” for effective instruction, to identify potential learning difficulties, developmental considerations, and misconceptions associated with a science topic and increase opportunities for students of all levels to achieve learning goals. Workshop includes three content modules- Earth Systems, Force and Matter and Living Organisms. Integrating Computing with the STEM Curriculum (July 15th – July 19th) - In this virtual asynchronous and week-long face to face workshop, supported by a gift from Google, participants will learn Squeak Etoys and apply these skills to explore and develop models and simulations for use in their STEM classrooms.

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Dropout Prevention Coalition Dr. Janna Robertson (ITFSE)

Dropout Prevention Coalition Celebrates Productive Year! A list of the major events this year: • North Carolina Education Summit with the Howard N. Lee Institute September 24 – 26 in Greensboro. Several of the Dropout Prevention Coalition members presented and attended. • A Dropout Prevention Symposium was held on December 5 at UNCW with over 120 attendees. Former State Senator Howard Lee was the keynote speaker and we had presentations from 14 successful area programs. • We co-sponsored the 25th Annual At-Risk Youth National Forum (“Investing for a Lifetime: Education is Economic Development”), February 17-20, in Myrtle Beach, SC. Rev. Clifford Barnett was a keynote speaker, and we had over 30 DPC attendees and presenters. • On March 21, we hosted, “Successful and Innovative Programs to Ease the Transition from Middle School to High School.” This roundtable event featured 13 successful middle school and high school programs designed to help students successfully transition to the 9th grade. We had 60 attendees from area school districts. • In April, 12 DPC mentors worked with Youthbuild students on “Meeting Your Dream.” Read more about it in this newsletter. Please review the Summer Dropout Prevention Coalition Newsletter at www.uncw.edu/ed/dropout. (Top photos) Janna Robertson and State Senator Howard Lee address attendees at the Dropout Prevention Symposium; (Bottom left) Roundtable participants discuss their successful programs; (Bottom right) Participants from the Youthbuild program “Meeting Your Dream.”

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Dropout Prevention Coalition Dropout Prevention Coalition Mentors at Youthbuild Several members of the Dropout Prevention Coalition recently joined leaders at the Wilmington Housing Authority to provide hands-on mentoring to area young adults through the Youthbuild program in the “Meet Your Dreams” program. Youthbuild (http://www.wha.net/Housing_Programs/Resident_ Services/YouthBuild.htm) is a program sponsored by the Housing Authority to work with individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 who have dropped out of school. The goal of the program is to help former students earn their GEDs and acquire skills needed to gain employment. Typically, hands-on training is provided in the field of construction. This year, DPC members teamed with the Housing Authority and volunteer experts from the community to encourage students to explore other areas of interest as well. On April 5, mentors from the Dropout Prevention Coalition discussed with Youthbuild participants about achieving their goals. Paired with one or two individuals, the mentors assisted the participants in making a visual map to plan for their immediate future and set long-term goals. The group re-convened on April 19 to bring participants to meet their future! Many had expressed interest in starting their own businesses, so the day began with a presentation by Robin Bennett, of the Small Business & Technology Development Center at UNCW (http://www.sbtdc.org/ offices/uncw/). Ms. Bennett explained that the Center provides classes, consulting and support to aspiring entrepreneurs free of charge, and she gave each participant a book bag when they answered her questions. Then came the part where we meet our dreams! On April 26, Youthbuild staff, Dropout Prevention Mentors and the participants had an opportunity to meet people who are doing what they want to do in the future. The participant’s’ career interests and our volunteer experts were: • Artist: George Murray of Murray Art and Frames http://www.georgemurrayartist.com/ • Music: Carl Newton of the 5th Avenue Band http://www.carland5thavenue.com/ • Elderly care/ CAN (nursing): Andrea Swinson of Spring Arbor of Wilmington • Security: Lt. DeNoia of UNCW Police • Trucking/Freight/CDL: Willie Atkinson of Conway Freight • New Hanover Foster Care Social Worker: Christy Thompson of New Hanover Social Services • Cooking: Chef Jeffery Porter of Bluewater Grill in Wrightsville Beach

Our Youthbuild participants were happy to meet the experts and appreciative of the time and information shared. Some students even received offers of additional assistance and possible future employment! Please give these local professionals your thanks if you see them. All of the students are now completing their GED’s and signing up for additional classes at Cape Fear Community College or internships at regional businesses. Our mentors are very proud of them! This year, 12 Dropout Prevention Coalition members participated in the Youthbuild program including UNCW and Mount Olive professors and staff, undergraduate students, concerned citizens, and professionals from the local agencies. We all found it rewarding and informative to work directly with students who have dropped out, and the Coalition hopes to expand on this successful program next year. If you would like to get involved as a mentor or volunteer expert, please contact or Dr. Janna Robertson at robertsonj@uncw.edu. Youthbuild Mentors from the Dropout Prevention Coalition: • Karen Beatty

• Katlyn Lancaster

• Lisa Buchanan

• Kate Mejaski

• Susan Coleman

• Delores Rhodes

• William Donahoe

• Janna Robertson

• Deborah Houston

• Lindsey Savage

• Alexis Hubert

• Kathy Stoute

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Office of Teacher Education & Outreach Associate Dean, Dr. Ann Potts

Rosenwald Conference Held On March 22, the Watson College of Education partnered with the History Department and African American Cultural Center to host the third “African Americans and Education: The Rosenwald School Legacy and Williston High School Conference.� Approximately 100 UNCW faculty, staff, students, local teachers, and community members attended. Former students and teachers from Williston High School participated in a morning panel session. Dr. Robert Taylor, superintendent from Bladen County School; Alfredia Moore, Director of Human resources from Pender County Schools; Catrecia Bowman, Program Coordinator for YouthBuild; and Jonathan Barfied, New Hanover County Commissioner all spoke at the afternoon panel. Dr. John Haley, professor emeritus from the UNCW History Department was the keynote speaker. Stephanie Deutsche, (L-R) Dr. Donyell Roseboro, Bonnie Newkirk, Dr. Richard author of You Need a Schoolhouse; Claudia Stack, Williston Middle Newkirk and Claudia Stack School teacher; and Donyell Roseboro, PDS Director, also led breakout sessions. George Edwards from Historic Wilmington, and Ron Sparks from Sparks Engineering facilitated a session on school building restoration. The family of Mrs. Carrie Sharpless Newkirk was presented with a certificate in recognition of her outstanding service to the teaching profession.

PDS District Partners Meeting Involves WCE Faculty On February 12, the PDS Office facilitated a meeting with district partners. At this meeting, we discussed grant opportunities, teacher and school leader diversity, and CESTEM efforts. WCE faculty members Mahnaz Moallem, Robert Smith, Cory Callahan, Amy Rottman, Martin Wasserberg, Dennis Kubasko, and Chris Gordon presented and Dean Teitelbaum facilitated a discussion. The PDS Office is making plans to host another meeting next year. Drs. Kubasko, Moody, and Moallem at the PDS District Partners Meeting

PDS Office Sponsors Professional Learning Days On March 12, the PDS office partnered with CESTEM to host a spring professional learning day for early childhood and elementary school teachers. Approximately 100 partnership teachers and university supervisors attended the day-long event. UNCW faculty and community members led workshops on robotics, engineering, laser technology, and the NC Aquarium.

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Office of Teacher Education & Outreach Promising Beginning Teacher Leaders Recognized at Final Professional Development Day On Friday, April 19, the First Years of Teaching Support Program in the Watson College of Education held its final Beginning Teacher Professional Development Day. This day was particularly special, as 11 beginning teachers, recognized as Promise of Leadership Award recipients, conducted breakout sessions throughout the course of the day. Session topics included Best Practices Smackdown, Technology Snapshots, Arts Integration, and many more! Teachers also enjoyed an inspiring lunchtime keynote provided by Dr. Candace Thompson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations, and Secondary Education. Promise of Leadership Award recipients were recognized at the end of the day with a certificate and a book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Other Die by Chip and Dan Heath. Since 2010, Promise of Leadership Award recipients have been nominated by their districts and chosen by the First Years of Teaching Support Program in the College. Recipients are in their second or third year of teaching and selected based on their commitment to working with diverse populations of students, their innovative use of technology in the classroom, and their potential for leadership. This year’s recipients were also mentored by WCE faculty members as they brainstormed and planned their professional development sessions. This year’s faculty mentors were Dr.

The 2012-2013 Promise of Leadership Award recipients are: Valerie Ryan and Kelly Richardson (Pender County Schools), Thomas Casey Knowles and Anna Kearney (Duplin County Schools), Julie Sartorius (Cape Fear Center for Inquiry), Elizabeth Felts, Emily Cottrell, and Kris Florea (New Hanover County Schools), Kylee Lynn Maarschalk and Heather Walker (Brunswick County Schools), and Beverly Hines (Jones County Schools). Jeff Ertzberger, Dr. Martin Wasserberg, Dr. Cory Callahan, Ms. Selena Rabidoux, Dr. Deborah Powell, Dr. Rajni Shankar Brown, Dr. Denise Ousley-Exum, Dr. Donyell Roseboro, Dr. Janna Robertson, and Dr. Terri Collins.

NCDPI Summer Institutes Available The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction extends an invitation to Institutions of Higher Education faculty members to participate in two 2013 Summer Institutes sponsored by Race to the Top (RttT). Participation in the Summer Institute is an opportunity for higher education faculty to learn side-by-side with local school districts and charter schools as they continue their efforts to prepare K-12 students and educators to meet more rigorous expectations. College/university faculty will benefit from this opportunity by developing a deeper understanding of the K-12 expectations and how they translate to student success in entry-level college courses. The Summer Institute is a hands-on, highly engaging, two-day professional development experience that supports the transition to the new NC Standard Course of Study, the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System (NCEES), the State Accountability System, and Data Literacy. Summer Institutes 2013 will feature an introduction to Home Base, NC’s statewide, instructional improvement (IIS) and student information system (SIS) for teachers, students, parents and administrators. You can find more information at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/ summerinstitutes/2013/. Contact Dr. Donyell Roseboro for more information: roseborod@uncw.edu.

STAE Visit Held April 25 STAE (new name for AVID) students from New Hanover High and North Brunswick High visited classes in the Watson College of Education on April 25. Faculty involved were Drs. Brad Walker, Angie Reid-Griffin and Gerry Zinner.

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Office of Teacher Education & Outreach Each year the Watson College of Education works in partnership with public school educators to prepare the next generation of teachers. Our partnership teachers nurture, encourage, and inspire our teacher candidates to learn and lead in the classroom. Their courage, conviction, and commitment ensure that our teacher candidates enter their first years of teaching prepared to create meaningful learning environments for all students. We take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to this semester’s partnership teachers. They are outstanding examples in the profession and we are honored to work with them. A H Snipes Academy of Arts & Design Erika Ancuta Annette Holland Cheryl Jones Belville Elementary Karen Baker Shannon Clark Carrie Newman

Charles P Murray Middle Amy Beecher Sally Eagon Kelli Kidwell Amanda Life Matthew Pratt Shannon Puryear Effie Sparrow Donna Tenuta

Bogue Sound Elementary Joanna Piner Marsha Sirkin Callie Smith

Chinquapin Elementary Karen Albertson Michelle Shepard Kristen Spain Georgianna Whaley

Bolivia Elementary Sherri Clark Amy Frink Lauren Harabin Thomasa Stammer Amy Taylor April Trull

College Park Elementary Lisa Baxley Melissa Milstead Victoria Minshew Doug Smith Kristi Tinnes

Bradley Creek Elementary Lyndsay Bloech Rebecca Henson Sheri Holland Elizabeth Ingram Teresa Willetts

Dixon High Derek Henderson

Burgaw Elementary Kelly Giarrusso Gail Harris

Dorothy B Johnson Pre-K Center Judy Page Jennifer Sulloway

Butler Avenue Elementary Karen Randleman Angela Wells Cape Fear Center for Inquiry Rene Lemons Lisa Sullivan Cape Fear Elementary Chris Wirszyla Castle Hayne Elementary Pam Brown Jenny MacDougall

Dixon Middle Jessica Darrow Lisa Fox Wendy Jones

Dr Hubert Eaton Sr Elementary Carly Kanzler Dr John Codington Elementary Vanessa Bishop Tisa Freck Lisa Klingensmith Erin Long Kristi Lowell Danielle Rayno Jennifer Simpson Cynthia Thornton-Maddox East Duplin High Beverly Sholar

Edgewood Elementary Katherine Hyatt Kristi Maultsby Emma B Trask Middle Gwendolyn Behen Mary Kearney Katrina Kuk Stephen Sacewicz Stacey Samuel Jennifer Tiso Alicia Whittaker Diana Woodlock Emsley A Laney High Phillip Antonino Richelle Dombroski Melissa Gillespie Tonya Jones Randi Metz Keith Perry Kimberly Williams Eugene Ashley High Peggy Bridgers Sandra Cecelski Carol Eanes Adrienne Gale Michael Goyne Robyn Meek Shanna Noel Andrew Tolhurst Vanessa Ventre Brett Williamson Forest Hills Global Elementary Jessica Barker Robin Oshita Lynn Reeves Stacey Summerlin Erin Trask Gregory School of Math, Science, and Technology Karen Carlton Brooke Kenworthy Brenda Rice Heide Trask High Suzanne Timmons Heroes Elementary Lisa Nassar Colleen Priester

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Heyward C Bellamy Elementary William Abadie Heidi Ashba Richard Cameron Ambie Hower Katherine Parker Nikea Scarletto Leah Southerland Meredith Stinnett Jeanne White

Mary C Williams Elementary Alison Grover Carmen Hickman Traci Parker Dawn Silika

Holly Shelter Middle Nuhn Johnson Cari Mandley Kelly Meddock Janeen Spencer

Murrayville Elementary Susan Baker Virginia Barker Laura Beasley Linda Butler Cheryl Collins Kimberly Downey Katy Durkin Stephany Graf Dorian Graves Kimberly Kellum Suzanne Midgett Wanda Ponton Angie Royal Miranda Saul Connie Wagner Ashley Webb

Holly Tree Elementary Susan Allred Pamela Blevins Lisa Brobst Kim Ciamillo Jennifer Harter Howe Pre-K Lauren Flanagan Shavonne Maize Dixie Smith Hunters Creek Elementary Robbie Cornell Anne Roberts Jacksonville High Patty Manning John T Hoggard High James Budd Elise Courand Brandon Hart Susan Hubbard Nick Jupena Christi Lea Karen Ragazzo Rod Reed Edward Terzian Matthew Zeboor M C S Noble Middle Frances Godwin Debbie McPherson Jill Moore George Preiss Bob Shaw Judi Wells

Morehead City Primary Norma Gomez Amanda McCall

Myrtle Grove Middle Allen Carter Jennifer Fraker Luanne LeBlanc Jennifer Mott New Hanover High Emily Cottrell Denise Jadick North Brunswick High Letisha Kirby Meghan Morris Christa Tompkins Ogden Elementary Ashley Cuesta Annmarie Edwards Christie Gallen Sarah Gould Cheryl Hawkins Meagan Karlson Yvonne Keith Yvonne Lovvorn Vonda Mason

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Outreach Jinger Willard Carolyn Witkowski

Amy Stuart Jack Townsend

Parkwood Elementary Kimberly Andrews Jenny Johnson Tonya McCauley Michele Starcala

Topsail Middle Donna Jaeckel Doug Maners Mitzi Walker

Pender High Brittany Davis Matthew Davis Ray Funderburk Pine Valley Elementary Kristen Altman Joyce Suttles Queens Creek Elementary Lynne Mixon Rachel Freeman School of Engineering Melanie Lenk Beth Polanik Janice Rickey Audrey Stanley Kimberly Swenson Meghann Williams Melissa Williamson Richlands Primary Teddye Park Linda Salzman Rebecca Watson South Brunswick Middle Melanie Champion Robin McEnany South Topsail Elementary Mary Fallon Southwest High Eric Kliewer Suzette Kliewer Sunset Park Elementary Colby Beamer

Union Elementary Susan Smith Walter L Parsley Elementary Hillary Blanchard Lindsey Fahrland Jean Hughes Sharon Radford Lisa Traflet

Recruiting Day Huge Success By Mark Phelps On Saturday, April 6, UNCW hosted its annual spring open house event, “Dare to Soar�, for admitted high school seniors and their families. This event brought more than 600 students and many family members for a total of over 1,600 visitors to campus. The Watson College of Education hosted a table for prospective students and their families to meet members of our faculty and staff and to learn more about our programs and activities. Watson College representatives included Dr. Lisa Buchanan, Dr. Jeremy Hilburn, Tanya Malacinski, Dr. Hengameh Kermani, Terri Merritt, Mark Phelps, Karen LaRue, Dr. Shelby Morge, and Dr. Kathleen Roney. Many of the attendees expressed delight with the availability of our faculty and staff and students were excited to have the opportunity to speak directly with their future professors.

West Brunswick High Millie Venegas West Pender Middle Karen Lindley Jenyfer Sherman

Watson College of Education provided successful internship experiences for 236 interns during the Spring 2013 Semester.

White Oak Elementary Rene Gaskins Ashley Joyner Williston Middle Luis Cruz Maurice Hartlove Rachel Holdridge Beth Whittington

Danielle Tocci with teacher, Jill Moore.

Winter Park Model Elementary Kristine Branch Nancy Brewer Amy Connell Monique Ellington Wrightsville Beach Elementary Christine Born Jimi-Ann Burgess Kimberly Chewning Kimberly Guthrie Kristi Jarnagin Meaghan Thomas

Supply Elementary Julie Bordo Topsail High Susie Carter Jason Delamar Jackie Flowers Deborah Fox Jonathan Frye Craig Mann Matthew Perkins

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Ellie Schott teaching in the classroom.

Lisa Wagner completing an internship in Belize.

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Today’s World of Technology: Technology at the Watson College Director, Dr. Jeff Ertzberger

WCE Technology Leaders Present to Large Crowds In February, Dr. Jeff Ertzberger and Salena Rabidoux were invited to present at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC). FETC is the second largest educational technology conference in the United States and has over ten thousand attendees annually. Jeff and Salena were invited to present three different sessions: “Games that are Good to the Core” provided participants with strategies for implementing pre-created templates for integration into any classroom using the Microsoft-based UNCWEdu games. Participants learned how this resource can enhance student achievement beyond the Common Core Standards. Jeff and Salena demonstrated the UNCWEdu games and then included participants in simulations to replicate a learning environment. Participants also received UNCWEdu prizes for participating and getting correct answers. Participants walked away with a gaming toolkit ready for immediate use in their classrooms. “Get Your FACTs (Free Academic and Collaborative Technology Tools)” was a fast-paced, high energy presentation that took participants on a journey of free web resources they could immediately integrate into their daily practice and use to supplement the Common Core Standards. The web resources were shared through one common link and covered two major categories: 1) Academic Resources, which included Reading, Science, Math, and Social Studies to use as a supplement and differentiate instruction and

2) Additional Resources, which included collaborative and presentation tools. “Hunting for the Core” introduced participants to high-tech scavenger hunt resources, such as GPS units and QR codes. Participants experienced two simulations that combined those tech tools with Common Core Standards. The first simulation was for a K-5th grade audience in ELA/Reading and the second simulation was for a 6th-8th grade audience in Mathematics. Participants then developed their own Common Core Standards-based scavenger hunt lesson plans. One of the sessions was so popular that attendees were standing at the back of the room and sitting on the floor, while many had to be turned away at the door due to fire code. The photo above is of this session.

GIFTED ORGANIZATION REVIEWS THE YEAR: Gifted Information Sessions and Advocacy (GISA), End of Year 3 By Dr. Eddie Carapreso, ITFSE The fifth and final session of this year’s GISA program will occur on Thursday, June 4, from 6:00-7:30 pm at Roland-Grise Middle School. The focus of this session will be on transitions, between schools and school levels, especially for students moving from elementary to middle grades and middle grades to high school. Speakers will include school representatives from all three age/grade levels, talking with parent/caregivers about important issues and concerns in support of these transitions.

school; sessions occurred in several locations, including Roland-Grise Middle School, Codington Elementary School and the Watson College of Education; we opened this year’s GISA in September with a presentation by Rick Courtright, representing Duke TIP, which has programs for both elementary and secondary students; this winter, Sue Kezios of UNCW’s Youth Programs informed us of the array of extracurricular options available through UNCW; and our final session will help us make the transition to AIG in high school.

This final GISA session marks the end of a year during which we have expanded and elaborated on our program, meeting several of the goals identified three years ago when Eddie Caropreso and Elin Reuben planned and conducted the first GISA meetings at Roland-Grise Middle School for Elin’s AIG students and their families.

New and ongoing activities include starting GISA programs in neighboring school districts and developing both day and residential summer programs for AIG learners and their families. We’re just beginning to develop the potential for GISA to provide outreach and partnerships in support of gifted learners, their families and anyone else interested in supporting AIG in our region.

For example, this year, we broadened our reach to include families with children in both middle grades and elementary

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