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PUBLICATION OF THE WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
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In this issue WCE Educational Projects 6 NCHS Mentors in WCE Training 8 WCE Holiday Lunch 23 Sections WCE Celebrations 2 Faculty Events & Announcements 3 Alumni News 7 Our Family Corner 7 Calendar of Events 9 Visions: Our Students Speak 10 Student News 11 News & Views from Departments and Programs 14 Diversity Dividends 17 Staff News 19
DEAN Kenneth Teitelbaum
Dr. Kenneth Teitelbaum
I’m going to cheat a little for this December issue of the Watson Chronicle – and repeat a column that I wrote for a similar monthly publication when I was dean at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Several folks there told me that it was meaningful to them, so perhaps it’s worth repeating and will be of interest to some of you as well. Here’s what I wrote exactly two years ago: Sometimes the events in your personal life stop you in your tracks. As many of you know, my mother passed away unexpectedly on December 3. As I told my three daughters often during the last two decades, we were very fortunate to have both my parents and my wife’s parents live to a ripe old age. All four parents/grandparents were well into their late 80s when they died, my mother the oldest at 90. What I regret is not visiting my mother more often since I moved to Carbondale in 2007. I always had so much work to do, and it seemed like such a long trip to make, 1,000 miles to New Jersey, so I relied on phone calls to fill in between the trips I did make. Of course now my mother is gone, and somehow, at one of the busiest times of the year, I managed to make the long trip to NJ for her funeral. Why could I not have made such trips more often when she was alive? It’s an old and oftrepeated story, I know . . . I wish I had.
EDITOR Elizabeth Foster GRAPHIC DESIGNER Krystine Wetherill Watson College of Education, UNCW 601 S. College Road Wilmington NC 28403 www.uncw.edu/ed/publications
So during this season when families and friends get together to celebrate the holidays and the new year, try to leave your work and other travails behind, and enjoy the company of some of those who are closest to you. Take great pleasure in the love and camaraderie when you can. And maybe – to your parents and children, spouses/partners and other family members, and close friends – give them an extra hug. As I wish I could still do with my mother.
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The Thanksgiving holiday is over – and there is much work to be done during the next several weeks, with the last classes of the semester, students’ final assignments, submission of final grades, graduation ceremonies, end-of-thesemester reports and meetings, etc. And of course it will also soon be the start of the winter holiday season, with Hanukkah (December 8-16), Christmas (December 25) and Kwanzaa (December 26-January 1), among others. (December is also Universal Human Rights Month and of course December 7 is Pearl Harbor Day). I hope during the busy days ahead that you can in fact find (make) the time to give “an extra hug” to the ones you love – and perhaps also to those whom you just like a whole lot! And I hope as well that the next year will be one of greater peace in the world than was the case this past year. Speaking for all my colleagues in the Dean’s Office, we wish you a very Happy New Year!
(The Watson Chronicle will return for its February 2013 issue.)
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WCE Academic Celebrations!
Publications Duke, D, Carr, M. & Sterrett, W. (2013). The school improvement planning handbook Getting focused for turnaround and transition. Rowman & Littlefield. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781610486316 Catapano, S., Fleming, J., Thompson, C. & Carillo, S. (2014, anticipated). Building and organizing a culturally relevant classroom library. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Fleming, J., Catapano, S., Thompson, C. & Carillo, S. (2013, anticipated). Making the case. Why urban children’s litearture is critical to literacy development. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Fleming, J., Catapano, S., Thompson, C. & Carillo, S. (2015, anticipated). Voices from the field. Using culturally relevant children’s literature in the classroom. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Sterrett, W., & Bond, N. (2012). Embracing the leadership challenge: Leading by service in the “other curriculum.” E- Journal of Organizational Learning and Leading, 10 (2), 29-35. Presentations Crawford, E. O. (2012, November). Children as “solutionaries”: The impact of inquiry-based, environmental education. Presented at the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies, Seattle, WA. Crawford, E. O., & Meiring, L. (2012, November). Global collaborations: American and South African preservice teachers take action! Presented at the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies, Seattle, WA. Hilburn, J. (2012). ‘Rights talk’ for immigrants. Paper presented at the College and University Faculty Assembly Conference. Seattle, WA. Hilburn, J. (2012). Teaching local, national and global citizenship to immigrant students. Paper presented at the College and University Faculty Assembly Conference. Seattle, WA. Huisman, S. & Catapano, S. National Association for the Education of Young Children, Annual Conference, National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Urban Research Group: Preparing Teachers for Urban Schools: A Three-Year Case Study, Altanta, November, 2012
Luke, N., & Crawford, E. O. (2012, November). Representing knowledge: Children use Web 2.0 in an inquiry unit. Presented at the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies, Seattle, WA. Morge, S. & Gordon, C. (2012, October). Using squeak etoys to engage CCSS mathematical practices. Workshop presentation at the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference, Greensboro, NC. Performance Liao, C. (2012, December). Moving mountains. Cyberformance in Second Life at 121212 UpStage Festival of Cyberformance. Host Penn State, State College, PA. Special Recognition Dr. James DeVita (EL) was invited to discuss, with Kathleen Berkely, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, “Title IX and the State of Higher Education” at a Center for Teaching Excellence Brown Bag Lunch, earlier in November. Dr. Dennis Kubasko (ITFSE) with Vonzell Yeager, and Alison Taylor offered specific strategies for “Encouraging Habits of Inquiry in Uncurious Students” at a CTE sponsored Professional Development session at noon Tuesday, November 27, 2012. Dr. Marsha Carr (EL) was named as an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Teaching Excellence for three years: 2012-2015. Jeremy Hilburn (EMLLE) served as a discussant for the symposium “Prospects and challenges to fostering a global perspective in the social studies” at the College and University Faculty Assembly Conference in Seattle, Washington. The UNCW Discere Aude Award, presented each year to faculty who have demonstrated outstanding efforts in student mentoring, is being awarded to WCE faculty including: Debbie Phillips and Heidi Bradley, leaders of the Onslow Extension Education Lab. Congratulations! Elizabeth Crawford received the Discere Aude Outstanding Professor Award on December 6, 2012 for “outstanding efforts in student mentoring.” The Discere Aude awards are granted each year by the Chancellor based on student nominations of faculty who have made a significant impact on their development at UNCW. Congratulations!
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Faculty Make Their Mark in the Scholarly World
Dr. Scott Imig (EL) has been appointed to the UNC Strategic Directions Faculty Advisory Council. This 13 member council from across the UNC system was established by President Ross and has been tasked with helping to support UNC Board of Governorsâ€™ strategic planning process as they lay out goals for the UNC system over the next five years. Drs. Ann Potts (Associate Dean) and Sue Kezios (Youth Programs) have been named to the UNCW University Campus Outreach Council. Multiple WCE Faculty win Cahill Grants. See page 5 for more information. Presenting at the WCE Internationalizing Teacher Education Conference, November 14, 2012 were Dr. Amy Garrett-Dikkers (EL), Dr. Robert Smith (ITFSE), Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown (EMLLE) and Michael Tart (Doctoral Student, EL)
Representing the Watson College of Education as presenters at the Teacher Cadet Day, November 30 were Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown (EMLLE), Dr. Ann Potts (Associate Dean), Dr. Ray Pastore (ITFSE) and Dr. Kathy Fox (EMLLE) and Mark Phelps (Recruitment). First Years of Teaching Support Program- Beginning Teacher Professional Development Day, November 30, 2012 organized by Somer Lewis, brought together WCE Faculty as they presented to the beginning teachers from multiple school districts. Faculty presenters included: Chris Gordon (CESTEM), Dr. Alicia Brophy (EYCSped), Dr. Rajni ShankarBrown (EMLLE), Dr. Dennis Kubasko (CESTEM), Dr. Elizabeth Foster (EL), Dr. Jeffrey Ertzberger (IT), Ms. Salena Rabidoux (Tech liaison), Mr. Brian Brinkley (Ed Lab), and Dr. Denise Ousley (ITFSE).
Faculty Events & Announcements Proposals for North Carolina Association for Research in Education (NCARE)
Phased Retirement Announcement
Proposals for the annual conference of the North Carolina Association for Research in Education (NCARE) are due January 14, 2013. The conference will be held in Wilmington February 28-March 1, 2013. NCARE is a state affiliate of AERA and is ideal for networking with people across North Carolina interested in educational research.
Dr. Maurice Martinez of the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, who has been with the Watson College for 19 years, has decided to take a one-year phased retirement.
Contact Dr. Tamara Walser for more information: email@example.com and check out NCAREâ€™s Fall newsletter: http://coedpages.uncc.edu/ncare/ Newsletter/Fall2012Newsletter.pdf
New Faculty Search The Dean announced that we have moved forward with another tenure track faculty search for a third new colleague to join us in August 2013. The ongoing searches are in the fields of Special Education and Language and Literacy Education. The new search (Assistant or Associate Professor) is in Higher Education. The Chronicle ad can be found here: http://chronicle. com/jobs/0000756163-01. Contact Dr. Tamara Walser, Search Committee Chair, for further information.
This means that after teaching full time in the coming semester, he will not teach during the Fall 2013 semester, teach full time in Spring 2014, and then expects to retire from UNCW. We will miss the passion, creativity and wisdom that Maurice brought to his teaching, research and service during his tenure in our college - and hope that he will continue to work with us in some way in the years ahead.
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Faculty Events & Announcements Full Professors Meet The Watson College of Education full professors met with Dean Teitelbaum on Monday, November 26 to continue a conversation about the requirements for applying and attaining rank from the Associate Professor rank to Full Professor. The full professors will continue the work of providing a guide for other professors and will work on the move from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, once the full professor category requirements for the Watson College are established and approved.
Coffee & Conversation Continues to Draw Interest Dr. Eleni Pappamihiel (seated on the left) along with Dr. Carol McNulty (seated in the middle) and Dr. Ann Potts (standing on the right) join Tonya Malacinski, Brenda Parker and Robin Kee for a November Coffee and Conversation.
Courtesy Fund Committee Sends an All Call See Nancy Jones, Robin Kee or Lisa Buchanan (Courtesy Fund Committee Members) to contribution to the Watson College of Education Courtesy Fund. This fund supports special occasions for Watson Faculty and Staff such as marriages, births, hospitalizations, recognition for housekeeping staff, death of a family member, unusual hardship and other important remembrances.
International Program to be Highlighted by iLearn The WCE International Program in Belize has been chosen as one of the programs to be highlighted on-line by ilearn, an initiative that works to connect all schools in the United States to an international connection by 2016. ilearn enjoys support from the U.S. Department of Education. The WCE will have national visibility as a result of this honor and plans to continue the Belize connection for years to come. More information on the WCE student’s Belize experience is highlighted in the article by Dr. Dennis Kubasko located in the “Programs” area.
Faculty Attend IHE Institute Faculty registered to attend the December 17, 2012 Institute of Higher Education (IHE) at UNCW included the following: Carol McNulty, Eleni Pappamihiel, Rajni Shankar-Brown, James DeVitta, Florence Martin, Brad Walker, C. Allen Lynn, Michele Parker, Brian Brinkley, Steve Elliott, Jale Aldemir, Debbie Powell, Amy Garrett Dikkers, Linwood J Randolph.
Teacher Cadet Day Planned To Inspire Designated as Teacher Cadet Day, November 30, 2012 held a full day of activities for the Watson College of Education’s partnership with the North Carolina Teacher Cadet Program participants. Participants gathered at the Fisher Student Center and focused on the opening speaker, Ms. Darcy Grimes, North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year. Topics presented during the day related to Promoting Global Community & Teaching for Social Justice, International Experiences, Teaching with Technology and Parent Involvement.
Ed Lab Sponsored Book Fair - Always a Success! The fall book fair always provides young readers with many new options; as well as choices for faculty to select gifts and samples for the classroom.
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Faculty Events & Announcements Elizabeth Crawford Named to National Board The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) a non-profit educational organization, headquartered in Surry, Maine has named Elizabeth Crawford, (EMLLE) to its board of directors. This organization, founded in 1996, offers graduate degree programs, online courses, workshops, summer institutes and houses an award-winning online resource center. “As a teacher educator, researcher and curriculum designer, I strive to promote the principles of humane education in all aspects of my personal and professional life,” Crawford said. “Like IHE, I believe education should instill in students the desire to live ethically, sustainably and peaceably, and instill in them the knowledge and skills to be change agents for a better world.”
Education Laboratory Author Showcase November 7 and 8, family and friends gathered to hear original stories read by young Ed Lab authors. More than forty new poems, fairytales, nonfiction articles, and personal stories were enjoyed by all! “I was amazed by the vocabulary, character development, and cohesive plots that students developed in their stories!” remarked Dr. Jeanne Swafford. After reading, authors took questions from the audience and then participated in an author signing.
Faculty Win Cahill Grants Congratulations are in order! It was recently announced by the Provost’s Office that WCE faculty colleagues have received 2013 Cahill Research Awards (L-R): • Lisa Buchanan (EMLLE) • Marsha Carr (EL) • Hengameh Kermani (ECSE), with Jale Aldemir (ECSE) and Mahnaz Moallem (ITFSE) • Kosta Kyriacopoulos (EMLLE) • Florence Martin (ITFSE) • Amy Moody (ECSE), with Dennis Kubasko (ITFSE) • Debbie Powell (EMLLE)
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Watson College of Education Engages in Multiple School-University Educational Projects In response to a news reporter’s question, Dean Teitelbaum (with help from the chairs) compiled examples of our collaborative work with local schools. Here’s what he submitted to the reporter. Watson College of Education faculty and staff are working (or have recently worked) directly with local schools and related settings on many multiple university/public school projects. Included in this selected list are 30 examples from 22 different individuals in the Watson College of Education arranged alphabetically by faculty/staff member. • Working on three relevant projects: (a) Serving as a mentor for a Wilmington Early College senior who is researching her Senior Project; (b) Working with a high school social studies teacher to team-teach a lesson in his European History class in the spring; and (c) Conducting a workshop for seven local teachers during our college’s Professional Learning Day. (Callahan) • Working with several elementary and middle schools in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, Guilford, and Pender counties on information and advocacy strategies for (and research on) gifted education populations and issues of student resilience in schools. (Caropreso) • Working with Duplin County Schools on the implementation of a self-mentoring program for administrators and teachers. (Carr) • Teaching an undergraduate course (EDN 203: Psychology of Education) on site at D.C. Virgo Middle School in Wilmington, every Tuesday from 1:30-4:00. UNCW students are assisting teachers in science and social studies and the arts, focusing in particular on students who are struggling academically and behaviorally, and helping to run the Media Center/Library (because there is no librarian assigned to Virgo). (Catapano) • Working on three relevant projects: (a) Participating in a book group with teachers at College Park Elementary School in Wilmington; (b) Presenting on the topic of homework for several schools and teacher organizations in the region (e.g., Wallace Elementary School in Duplin County and the Beta Phi teacher organization); and (c) Meeting with teachers at Sunset Elementary School in Wilmington to plan and problem solve a new parent involvement program. (Fox) • Working on three relevant projects: (a) Working with school libraries by conducting workshops on reading and writing; (b) Working with local teachers on reaching reluctant readers; and (c) Working with the Boys and Girls Home in Waccamaw in Columbus County to apply for a charter school and serving on the charter school’s board. (Gill) • Training several dozen teachers throughout southeastern North Carolina (e.g., in Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties) on the Reading Recovery early intervention program for first grade children to significantly reduce reading failure within school systems. (Honchell) • Working with children and teachers at Howe Pre-K Center of New Hanover County to use computer mathematics games to promote mathematics learning. (Kermani) • Two colleagues are working with a teacher at Carolina Forest Elementary School in Onslow County to develop a fourth grade unit of curriculum about coastal North Carolina, utilizing research, iPads, website design, etc., which will be shared with a school in San Pedro Town in Belize. (McNulty and Catapano) • Working in 23 counties (including Brunswick), with 118 teachers, on a funded project to provide professional development for teachers who are working with English language minority students. (Pappamihiel) • Working on two relevant projects: (a) With other colleagues, including those affiliated with our Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and in the Department of Computer Science, providing professional development to Onslow County school teachers that focuses on: i) assisting mathematics teachers, especially beginning teachers and those without certification in mathematics, to become highly knowledgeable about and pedagogically skilled in teaching mathematics; and (ii) increasing the number and effectiveness of middle school teacher mentors by providing them with knowledge and skills in integrating computing and mathematics to support less experienced teachers; and (b) Working with teacher mentors to establish an elective course as an instructional intervention for low-performing middle grade students in mathematics. (Moallem and Morge)
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Watson College of Education Engages in Multiple School-University Educational Projects - continued • Providing two dozen workshops on Universal Design for Learning during the academic year, sponsored by the Smart Start program, for teachers at private and publicly funded preschools in New Hanover County. (Moody) • Working with students at Pender High School, North Brunswick High School and East Columbus High School through their College Connection Program to explore education and health careers and provide an SAT preparation program. (Rhodes) • Along with several Watson College colleagues and community members, working with schools in southeastern North Carolina (including Brunswick County) to showcase and share successful dropout prevention strategies and programs. (Robertson and Smith) • Working on two relevant projects: (a) Supporting K-8 teachers in Brunswick County Schools with global education and diversity efforts by regularly teaching model lessons, giving presentations to classes, and facilitating workshops to support faculty and staff regarding global and diversity issues; and (b) Facilitating a collaborative literacy project with Community In Schools of Cape Fear and New Hanover County Schools W.I.R.E. (Wilmington Youth Center for Inspiration, Recreation and Education) After School Program, which involves our teacher education students in a service learning project. (Shankar-Brown) • Working on three relevant projects: (a) Supported by teacher leaders, principal leaders, and district level leaders, working with a colleague in a middle school in Pender County to foster ProjectBased Learning in classrooms; (b) With another colleague, working to facilitate peer instructional observations in two local schools; and (c) With still another colleague, working to facilitate instructional collaboration via short video clips in two local schools in Pender and New Hanover County schools. (Sterrett) • In the early stages of a project that will assess creativity in the schools of New Hanover County, with the initial focus being on sample middle schools. The expectation is that this effort will generate data about problem solving skills, creative thought, invention and thought integration that will be useful to school administrators and teachers in planning the curriculum. (Tyndall)
Alumni News Onslow County School District’s 2012-13 Assistant Principal of the Year from Bell Fork Elementary School. Tim Joines’ dedication and his school and the community was recently recognized when he was named Onslow County School District’s 2012-13 Assistant Principal of the Year, chosen from among eight assistant principal nominees. Joines graduated from Jacksonville High School and began his college career at Coastal Carolina Community College. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from the University of North CarolinaWilmington. After teaching for six years, he earned a master’s degree in education in instructional technology from East Carolina University. Note: Picture and caption from JDNews.com (Jacksonville, NC)
• Working on three relevant projects: (a) Teaching in the third grade of local elementary schools; (b) talking with teachers about best practices and doing demonstration lessons; and (c) speaking at local chapters of the North Carolina Reading Association. (Walker) • With several Watson College colleagues, completed extensive evaluations of the effectiveness of the Hill Reading Achievement Program in improving the reading achievement of students who needed remediation in the Brunswick County Schools and in the Carteret County Schools (Walser) • Working on two relevant projects: (a) Collaborating with students at Rachael Freeman Elementary School in Wilmington on a participatory action research initiative (entitled Project Y.E.S. [Youth Engagement for Success]) that explores creative ways of boosting student engagement in so-called “struggling” schools; and (b) Presented to teachers at North Brunswick High School about the value of student voice/student perspectives on issues of teacher quality. (Wasserberg)
Georgene Bramley’s son, Tim Bramley was married December 2, 2012 to Miss Betsy Smyth. Congratulations!
If you have family news, let us know.
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New Hanover County Mentors Participate in WCE Training Focus: Reflection and Conferencing Skills With the national average of 30%-50% loss of beginning teachers within the first five years of teaching, New Hanover County Schools makes plans to strengthen their induction program by providing on-going training and preparation for their 174 mentors. During this 2012-2013 school year, those mentors work with 217 beginning teachers, 82 of which are first year teachers. The training: Reflection and Communication-A Developmental Path for Mentors, held December 3-4, 2012 at the UNCW Warwick Center was led by trainer: Dr. Elizabeth S. Foster, WCE faculty, Dept. of Educational Leadership. Leading the NHCS initiative included Robin Meiers, Certified Talent Manager & BT Supervisor along with Marcia Kearns Merkle, Evaluation and Beginning Teacher Specialist, who facilitated during both days. Assisting throughout the training was Somer Lewis, Coordinator of the WCE First Years
(L-R) Somer Lewis, Kelly Bowden, Melissa Gillespie, Leslie Pridgen, Marcia Kearns Merkle, and Elizabeth Foster
of Teaching Support Program and the NHCS Lead Mentors: Kelly Bowden, Ashley HS; Melissa Gillespie, Laney HS; Leslie Pridgen, New Hanover HSS and Katie Snyder, Hoggard HS. Additional days of support are planned from both New Hanover County Schools and the Watson College First Years of Teaching Support Program. View more photos online at http://www. flickr.com/photos/watsonschoolofeducation/ sets/72157632188283415/ (Left) Robin Meiers facilitating a group during the Mentor Training December 3, 2012 (Bottom Left) Dr. Elizabeth Foster, Mentor Trainer, responds to questions from NHCS mentors. (Below) NHCS Mentors use response cards during December training.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS Date & Time
Friday, Dec. 14 9-11am
Educational Technology Unit
Saturday, Dec. 15
Deadline for students to apply for scholarship
Saturday, Dec. 15 9:30am
Monday, Jan. 7, 2013
Spring Semester Begins
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013
Monday, Jan. 14
Deadline for NCARE Proposals
Wednesday, Jan. 16 11am-12pm
Ways to Improve Academic Integrity
Office of e-Learning
HO 133 or webinar
Thursday, Jan. 17 11am-12pm
Ways to Improve Academic Integrity
Office of e-Learning
HO 133 or webinar
Thursday, Jan. 17 3-5pm
Children’s Museum of Wilmington & Kids Making It
WCE Teacher Education and Outreach Alliances Office, Deloris Rhodes
Friday, Jan. 25
Deadline for February issue of WCE Chronicle
Wednesday, Jan. 30 12-1pm
No Agenda Pizza Lunch with the Dean
Wednesday, Jan. 30 5:30pm
WCE Public Speaker Series
Monday, Feb. 4 12-1pm
The Data Leader: Dr. Brian McNulty
WCE Teacher Education and Outreach Alliances Office, Deloris Rhodes
February 6 or 7
WebEx Virtual Classroom
Office of e-Learning
HO 133A or webinar
Friday, Feb. 8 11:30am-1pm
New Tenure Track Faculty Lunch
Tuesday, Feb. 12 5-6:30pm
Watson College Advisory Board
Wednesday, Feb. 13 3-4:30pm
College Council Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 21 12-1pm
Brown Bag - Tamara Walser, Dean’s Office “Student Learning Outcomes & Action Planning”
Wednesday, Feb. 27 3-4:30pm
Watson College Meeting
Feb. 28-March 1 3-4:30pm
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VISIONS: Our Students Speak! This column is dedicated to our undergraduate and graduate students. We plan to highlight students from different departments each issue, as well as report the activities in which they are involved through their academic studies. We welcome student contributions.
Undergraduate Student Highlight: Siobhán Nolan Department of Elementary/Middle Level and Literacy Education What does this Irish lass have that most other WCE seniors don’t have? A new book! Yes, this Watson College of Education senior (from Kernersville, NC), in the Department of Elementary, Middle and Literacy Education sports a resume’ that includes her first published book (Second Wind Publishers) “Old Man Harry,” a funny tale of the misadventures of her real life cat. This is quite an accomplishment for this fiery lady, the youngest of four siblings and the only girl of the pack. In Spring, 2013 Siobhán completes her student teaching internship at Heyward C. Bellamy Elementary School in a kindergarten class, and looks forward to graduation. When asked why she came to UNCW four years ago, Siobhán had many reasons: “UNCW is not too big and not too small; it’s not too far from home and not too close. It also has an incredible honors program.” One of Siobhán’s brothers was already at UNCW at the time, so she had opportunities to see the campus and the programs that were available. Siobhán talked about her courses and favorite experiences at UNCW, one of which led to her book being published. Her honor’s project advisor, Dr. Kathy Fox (EMLLE), had assigned the writing of a children’s book as part of a Children’s Literature course. After writing, illustrating and sharing her children’s lit project with family and friends, the book was published.
She is fascinated with the opportunity to continue writing, as she already has her publisher’s interest in the next book, about another main animal character from her childhood. “Harry” will be in the second book also, but not as the main character. Looking ahead, Siobhán expects to have a “big family,” and one day complete a PhD and teach at the college level. Her advice for future UNCW students: “Develop strong student/faculty relationships! Here, professors know your name and they know about your life. This adds to the academic environment - it gives a sense of community.” Siobhán also tells students that they can “be as involved as they want to be - they get back tenfold from what they put into it. Take ownership of the involvement.” Sage advice for this burgeoning author. The Watson College enjoys the talent of this gifted student, Siobhán Nolan!
Keeping busy has never been a problem for Siobhán; she has been a nanny during the summer, teacher of young children, artist, author and ferocious reader. Having taken art courses for her concentration she explores the many worlds of visual art through paint in oil and representation in abstract, surreal images. Siobhán Nolan, as an honor student, has concentrated on the integration of the arts into language arts and mathematics, her area of research. As an admitted “planner,” Siobhán plans to attend graduate school, teach in the Raleigh area and continue to work with young children….at least for the next several years. 10 - The WATSON CHRONICLE is a publication of the Watson College of Education
Student News Master’s Student Attends 22nd Association for Black Culture Centers’ Conference In October Michael “Jeremy” Brown, a Master’s student in Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership attended the 22nd Association for Black Culture Centers’ conference at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Conference attendees discussed issues related to Black and Multicultural centers and the field of Black Studies. The sessions Jeremy participated in ranged from hip-hop activism to black political theology. Here are insights that Jeremy wanted to share from the conference. 1. We all have responsibilities to be more actively engaged in scholarly, activist, and community activities. Being informed on new developments in social justice will help students and staff create ways of taking action in the future, especially when looking at identity development within a race/ethnicity. 2. Higher education staff, faculty, and administration, especially in Black cultural centers need to be more aware and informed of the rich history of Black culture. Studying previous movements such as the Civil Rights, Black Women’s Club and Black Arts Movement, we can create new paradigms that can be constructed and followed for the future of education as a whole. 3. Technology is constantly changing and developing within our environment. As Higher Education continues to evolve, we need to utilize and use technology to our advantage a lot more, especially as more students are using these outlets to gain information and knowledge. As media and digital environments grow, we should all utilize and develop ways to reach more students. Social media is a powerful tool that can be used to articulate a vision and act as an agent of change. Technology should complement our social actions and not substitute them. Special thanks to Todd McFadden, the Director of the Upperman African American Cultural Center at UNCW, for extending this opportunity to Jeremy.
Commencement Scheduled for December 15, 2012 Graduating students in the Watson College of Education will matriculate on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 9:30 in Trask Coliseum. An Open House Reception for students, family, faculty and staff follows immediately following graduation in the Watson College of Education Building Atrium. Dr. Teitelbaum’s welcome provides the only ceremonial activity.
Educational Leadership Graduate Student Association (ELGSA) Established The Educational Leadership Department in the Watson College of Education has established the Educational Leadership Graduate Student Association (ELGSA), which is an affiliate of the UNCW Student Government Association. The ELGSA was the idea of a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership and Administration Ed.D. program who recognized a need to promote research, attendance at research conferences, and professional development opportunities for current and future master’s and doctoral students seeking a degree through the Educational Leadership Department. One objective of the ELGSA is to seek and provide funding to its members for research related activities. There are also plans to offer orientation, mentoring, and support for masters and doctoral students enrolled in Educational Leadership Department programs. Degrees offered through the Educational Leadership Department are Master’s of School Administration, Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction, Master’s of Higher Education, Doctorate of Educational Leadership and Administration, Doctorate of Curriculum and Instruction, and Doctorate of Higher Education. Any master’s or doctoral student enrolled in a degree program offered through the Educational Leadership Department is eligible for membership. To request additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Student News Teaching Fellows Sponsor Evening with Ron Clark The UNCW Teaching Fellows, Watson College of Education, and UNCW Student Government Association co-sponsored a lecture conducted by Ron Clark on October 29, 2012. Mr. Clark was Disney’s American Teacher of the Year in 2000, has been labeled a “Phenomenal Man” by Oprah Winfery, and has established the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Clark’s presentation ignited the passion for teaching to the educators and pre-service teachers who attended. Here are several comments from attendees:
“Ron Clark’s words inspired me to become the best teacher I can be. It has made me so excited to walk into the Education Building each morning to learn how to become a great teacher. Hearing him speak about getting the parents of my students and the community involved in my classroom has made me realize how important it is for me to include them in my student’s learning.” Caroline Price- Junior, Elementary Education
(L-R) Taylor Lee (Senior TF), Bardin Murray (Senior TF), Nicole Parker (Junior TF), Ashley Pack (Junior TF), Ron Clark, Kelli Ottaway (Junior TF), and Jennifer Messer (Senior TF).
“He was truly an inspiration to me as a future educator! He embodies everything I respect in a teacher; he holds his students accountable, he develops creative and engaging lessons, and he literally LOVES his job. What a wonderful man and role model!” – Nicole Parker, Junior- Elementary Education
“Being five feet away from one of the greatest educators of all time was truly amazing. He is truly an inspiration.” Dennis Chase Morgan- Senior, Elementary Education “Hearing Ron Clark speak renews my desire and enthusiasm to reach my future students on a deeper level. I hope to create a learning environment that is full of surprises and high expectations.” Katie Brunner-Senior, Secondary Education (Science) “He was awesome! He was like the Energizer Bunny of teaching, he never stopped coming up with new ideas...and he was really energetic” Caroline Gautreau, Sophomore- Elementary Education
“One of the main points I got was if we expect our students/future teachers to be enthusiastic and passionate teachers then it is important that we model that in our teacher education classes.“ Dr. Robert Smith, Dept. of IT/Foundations and Secondary Education at UNCW
(L-R) Charlotte Townley (President of UNCW Teaching Fellows), Brianna Campbell (Junior TF), Ron Clark & Amy Rottmann, Director, Teaching Fellows.
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Student News Teacher’s Night Out a Success! The UNCW Teaching Fellows hosted their semi-annual Teacher’s Night Out for PDS partners and faculty of the Watson College of Education. The Teaching Fellows provided a movie room, craft room, game room, snack room, and music room for the children, while their parents enjoyed a few hours of well-deserved free time. Chase Morgan (Senior TF), Jennifer Carter (Senior TF) and Carly Deal (Sophomore TF) and kids who attended Teacher’s Night Out.
NC Teacher of the Year Visits Watson College of Education November 5, 2012, the UNCW Teaching Fellows hosted Mrs. Darcy Grimes, North Carolina Teacher of Year for 2012-2013. Mrs. Grimes, a third grade teacher at Bethel Elementary School in Watauga County, shared with over 40 pre-service teachers her instructional techniques that incorporate technology and global understanding. Mrs. Grimes also expounded on what her students have taught her, and her desire to influence them as much as they influence her. Throughout the presentation, Mrs. Grimes stated that effective teachers are passionate, flexible and determined.
Darcy Grimes addresses pre-service teachers.
Tea for Local Girls: Teaching Fellows Raise Funds Saturday, December 1, 2012 was a special day for many young girls in New Hanover County as the Teaching Fellows sponsored a Fundraising event called the Princess Tea.
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News and Views from Departments & Programs Department of Educational Leadership “Inspiring Great Minds, Inspiring Great Leaders” Chair, Dr. Susan Catapano
Carr and Lewis Developing Grant Dr. Marsha Carr and Somer Lewis are working through two grants from the Dean’s Office, one for research and one for a graduate assistant, to pilot a study in Duplin County with a dozen teachers on SelfMentoring. Dr. Carr has developed this leadership concept to help teachers develop self-guidance and self-reflection skills. The teachers participating in the pilot are from all levels of the K-12 schools in Duplin County. Dr. Michele Parker is coordinating the research efforts on the project. Dr. Amy Garrett Dikkers plans to develop an on-line component of Self-Mentoring. Dr. Carr presented this model of leadership to the annual conference of University Council of Educational Administration, in Denver, CO, on November 17, 2012.
Higher Education Concentration Approved The concentration in Higher Education Leadership, which has been organized by Dr. Michele Parker and Dr. James DeVita and is part of the Ed Leadership Program, was approved by the Graduate Council the week of November 26, 2012.
Two Members of Doctoral Cohort III to Graduate Karla Curry, Assistant Principal at Eaton Elementary School in New Hanover County, along with Lesley F. Eason, Asst. Superintendent in Onslow County Schools will both be graduating with a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, Saturday, December 15, 2012. Karla and Lesley were both members of the third doctoral cohort to enter the Department of Educational Leadership in the Watson College of Education.
Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Drs. Amy Garrett Dikkers, Bill Sterrett, and Marsha Carr are preparing their materials for reappointment in January. Dr. Michele Parker submitted her materials for tenure and promotion in August, 2012.
Study Abroad Belize: Drs. Kubasko, Catapano, and Parker will be leading a joint program to Belize March 14-April 21, 2013 for undergraduates and April 1-14, 2013 for graduate students. Students will spend time working in schools in San Pedro Town, Wilmington’s Sister City. They will also spend a week learning about Belizean culture by visiting San Ignacio where they will go caving, visit Mayan Ruins, and the Belize Zoo. Graduate students will spend some time in Dangriga learning about the Garifuna culture. See page 20 of this issue for pictures and information on the Belize trip.
Recent Faculty Meeting The November faculty meeting for Educational Leadership was held “virtually” through the use of WebEx. Reports and discussions occurred during the hour long meeting held with the assistance of the College of Education Instructional Technology staff. Dr. Amy Garrett Dikkers presented information related to teaching in on-line courses.
Catapano Presents at National Association for the Education of Young Children Dr. Susan Catapano recently presented her research on coaching and mentoring new urban teachers at the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Dr. Catapano is also co-authoring three books for Rowman and Littlefield Publishers with Drs. Candace Thompson (Dept. of IT/Foundations & Secondary Education-UNCW) and Jane Fleming (Erikson Institute), and Sandy Carillo (classroom teacher). The books focus on the use of culturally relevant children’s literature in urban classrooms.
(Top) Karla Curry, (Bottom) Lesley F. Eason
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Department of Educational Leadership - continued Leadership Studies - Cell Phones for Soldiers Legacy Project Update Leadership Studies students in the capstone LED 411 class with Dr. Joanne N ottingham recognized the sacrifice of men and women in the military by coordinating the collection of eighty–eight (88) cell phones and $675 in monetary donations in October. The final total of LED 411 students’ combined efforts provides 355 hours of calling time and Skype time for those stationed away from home, through Cell Phones for Soldiers.
Department of Elementary, Middle Level & Literacy Education Chair, Dr. Tracy Hargrove
Second Life Performance Dr. Christine Ling-Yin Liao participated as a member of an international group of nine that developed a “real life performance” called a Cyberformance and was accepted to be part of the 121212 UpStage Festival of Cyberformance. The cyber performance is in Second Life and is called “Moving Mountain.” The performance will be given twice. For those who would like more information about this cutting edge work, note the links below. It is free to watch and if you wish to participate you may do that too. The performance “Moving Mountains” is on December 11 at 7pm and on December 12 at 2pm again. The performance is about 20 minutes. The link to watch the performance will be posted on the website later when it is confirmed.
Here is a link to the schedule of the festival performances. http://upstage.org.nz/ blog/?page_id=4058 And this is the link to the descriptions of all the performances. http://upstage. org.nz/blog/?page_id=3447 More information about the festival can be found here: http://upstage.org.nz/ blog/?page_id=3358 Please let me know if you have questions. Christine Liao
Etoys Presentation Dr. Shelby Morge and Chris Gordon conducted a workshop at the recent North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference in Greensboro. Dr. Morge is pictured in the photo during the presentation where she and Mr. Gordon demonstrated using squeak etoys to engage CCSS mathematical practices.
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Department of Early Childhood & Special Education Chair, Dr. James Applefield
Work Between the School of Nursing and Watson College of Education by Dr. Linda Mechling Each fall semester, in a joint effort with the UNCW School of Nursing, Adapted Curriculum (AC) Special Education majors receive training in the management of medical interventions they may encounter as future teachers. A continued partnership between the Watson College of Education and the School of Nursing allows AC students hands on experiences through the pediatric simulation lab housed in McNeill Hall. Using equipment in the simulation lab and a Vita-Sim mannequin named “Joseph”, students receive training in the operation of gastrointestinal feeding tubes, suctioning tracheas, infection control, and how to manage medical emergencies such as breathing difficulties and tonicclonic seizures. As future special education teachers, AC majors will be faced with medical interventions uncommon to most teachers, but a requirement in classrooms serving students with a range of profound and multiple disabilities.
Susan Ritchie, a registered nurse with Maxim Health Care Services, provides hands on guidance to Adapted Curriculum Special Education majors Meghan Lindsey, Alexandria Ivey and Christina O’Byrne on the proper procedures for gastrointestinal tube feeding.
This Fall, Dr. Linda Mechling (UNCW professor in Special Education) teamed with nursing school faculty members Anne Zabriskie (Simulation Learning Center Coordinator), Carolyn Jones (Pediatric Clinical Instructor), and Patty White (Pediatric Course and Clinical Coordinator) to provide this unique training to 18 AC students. Also participating was Susan Ritchie, a registered nurse with Maxim Health Care Services and medical liaison for public education. Susan Ritchie has been involved in this project since its inception in 2007 and provides insight into the challenges of working with school age students who are medically fragile. Together, this nursing team provides valuable training to AC students enrolled in SED 356 (Severe Disabilities) and the accompanying lab.
Adapted Curriculum Special Education major, Leslie McLean, performs a simulated trachea suctioning procedure with Joseph, a VitaSim mannequin, as part of the collaborative training provided through the UNCW School of Nursing’s Sim Lab.
This collaborative effort, along with hands-on learning experiences in classrooms serving students with severe disabilities, and course lectures provided by Dr. Mechling, help to prepare AC majors for medical interventions they will confront in their future classrooms.
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Department of IT, Foundations and Secondary Education Chair, Dr. Vance Durrington
Encouraging Authentic Partnerships of Global Citizens by Dr. Cory Callahan Students enrolled in SEC 200: Teaching, Schools, and a Global Society had a unique opportunity this semester; they were paired with an international partner and encouraged to get to know another nation’s culture and education system. The experience was grounded in the notion, paraphrased from the Institute of International Education (www.iie.org), that one’s education should transcend national borders and that a truly global education can foster a peaceful and interconnected world where all people achieve their full potential; think and act as global citizens; and build inclusive, thriving communities.
• the students as Individuals (i.e., Experiences in adjusting to life and education in the US and North Carolina? Use of technology in daily life? • the Culture of each nation (i.e., Any new-to-them data? Any surprises; particularly related to misconceptions, stereotypes some may hold about people from their country? • the nations’ Education and Schooling systems (How are teachers generally regarded? How do the nations attempt to provide a high quality education for all children?
This experience was to promote closer educational relations between UNCW students from the United States and those of other countries. Students were strongly urged to “Consider this experience as an authentic partnership of global citizens... not simply an academic exercise.”
Students’ final products--including, collages, posters and Venn diagrams--were displayed during the Watson College of Education’s International Education Week.
Because the experience was designed to be mutually beneficial so that all could share and learn, students met with their specific partner and discussed similarities and differences in the following:
Two groups of students participated in the Internationalizing Teacher Education Conference, WCE, describing their experience with the “learning from an international partner” project.
Diversity Dividends Diversity: HOW ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME?
way into side streets to spare them the sense that they were being stalked.”
by Dr. Martin J. Wasserberg
We have all had an experience where the knowledge of a stereotype was enough to make us feel as though we were being viewed through that lens… and our behavior changed. Psychologist Claude Steele calls this feeling stereotype threat, and this feeling has been shown to negatively affect performance.
This past Sunday, as I drove down I-95 in a dark green Chevy Equinox with my son in the back seat, I read the following on an electronic sign hovering above the highway: AMBER ALERT - CHILD ABDUCTION - DARK GREEN CHEVY EQUINOX. Even though the plate number did not match mine, I could not shake the feeling that all eyes were on me. My driving suffered, as I slowed down and tried to look friendly while constantly worrying about what other drivers were thinking. Luckily for me, there is not a stereotype about “drivers of green Chevy Equinoxes” that I have to deal with on a daily basis. If so, driving would become an anxiety-laden task. There are, however, several common stereotypes that people deal with every day. New York Times columnist Brent Staples writes about his experience as a young African American male walking the streets of Chicago: “…Couples locked arms or reached for each other’s hand when they saw me…I tried to be innocuous but didn’t know how… I began to avoid people. I turned out of my
In fact, students who feel as though they are being viewed stereotypically - whether or not actually are perform significantly worse on academic tests. African American and Latino students are particularly susceptible, as they are targets of negative stereotypes concerning their academic abilities. As school populations continue to diversify it is even more important for teachers at all levels to be able to create comfortable environment for all of their students. Those who are unable to do so are quantifiably and measurably (in case you want to take up the argument with policymakers) hurting their students. Staples, B. (December 1986). Black men and public space. Harper’s Magazine. Steele, C. M. (1997). A threat in the air. American
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The Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Director, Dr. Dennis Kubasko
The Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) works diligently to seek external funding in the form of grants to support a variety of outreach efforts. CESTEM was pleased to announce recently that two Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant proposals, submitted to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, were approved for funding by the State Board of Education on June 7, 2012. CESTEM will partner with Brunswick County for three years (2012-2015) on the $280,000 grant titled Math Achievement Common Core (MACC). The grant has already been funded for the first year of implementation for $85,854. The MACC grant award will focus on authentic inquiry-based professional development in mathematics education benefiting teachers in grades 8-12. The planned professional development is described to be “varied, innovative and comprehensive.” CESTEM will collaborate with Onslow County for three years (2012-2015) on the approved $873,924 grant titled, Project Based Mathematics (PBM). The grant has already been funded for the first year of implementation for $300,429. The PBM grant will serve participating teachers of mathematics and science in grades 3-8. Onslow County Schools will recruit and provide professional development to approximately 125 elementary and middle grades mathematics and science teachers. The grant is described to “have wonderful professional development opportunities for the math and science teachers in the district.” CESTEM recently was awarded a $10,000 grant from Vernier, a software and technology company created by a former physics teacher. The center used the money to buy things like a force plate, which can measure the change in force on an elevator, and a hand dynamometer, a tool that measures the strength of your grip. Teachers can borrow any of the equipment for free through the center’s Technology Loan Program. CESTEM Director Dennis Kubasko states, “We are excited by the opportunity to work with our two regional partners in both Brunswick County and Onslow County as we collectively begin to implement each project’s plan over the next three years. The funding from Vernier has only enhanced the viability of the successful Technology Loan Program. In reality, the K-12 students in each county are the big winners as they will benefit from improved instructional pedagogy and access to a variety of resources.”
DropoutPrevention Coalition Janna Robertson
Dropout Prevention Coalition Symposium Innovative Ways to Engage Students in Learning was the topic of the Dropout Prevention Coalition Symposium on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. Three panel discussions with panelists from 15 successful regional school programs and community agencies presented effective strategies on career and technical education, student mentoring, fostering student engagement through innovative use of technology and participation in the arts. The keynote address was made by former North Carolina Senator Howard N. Lee, founder of the Howard N. Lee Institute for Equity and Opportunity in Education.
Note: 25th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM to be held February 17-20, 2013 at Embassy Suites, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention Center/ Network in partnership with UNCW Watson College of Education Dropout Prevention Coalition
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The Certified Professional Military Instructor Four Marines from Camp Johnson at Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC, recently completed The Certified Professional Military Instructor (CPMI) program, a joint program between UNCW Watson College of Education and The US Marine Corps. The program was initiated by Dr. Daniel Keenan in order to enhance the performance of professional military instructors in the Marine Corps. By completing four semester courses under the direction of Watson instructors, Marines are able to learn more about the field of education and hone their own teaching skills as military instructors. Marines interact with UNCW students online and bring their rich experiences to course discussions and field experiences.
(L-R) Dr. Daniel Keenan, Dr. Lisa Keenan (UNCW Advisor) and Dr. Carol McNulty pictured with recent graduates of the CPMI Program at Camp Johnson, Camp LeJeune Marine Corps Base.
In return, such involvement allows the service men and women to begin pursuit of another career following retirement or release from active duty. The undergraduate program is comprised of four courses: • • • •
EDN 200 Teacher, School, and Society EDNL 200 Field Studies EDN 301 Instructional Design and Evaluation EDN 303 Instructional Technology
The CPMI is also available at the graduate level where Marines take four courses. • EDN 520 Instructional Development • LIC 518 Advanced Middle Grades Education
• LIC 552 Advanced Reading and Writing Methods • MIT 500 Instructional Systems Design’ Theory and Research Congratulations to the four most recent graduates of the CPMI program at Camp Johnson. For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Carol McNulty, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Watson College of Education email@example.com
Staff News MJ Giammaria Recognized by OIP MJ Giammaria was recently recognized as one of the members of the inaugural “class” of recipients for UNCW’s first round of Global Staff Certificates. The UNCW Staff Global Certificate, sponsored by the Office of International Programs, provides staff from all units on campus with a professional development opportunity. Participants will select from numerous global activities and experiences designed to broaden one’s global perspective as appropriate to personal interests and professional goals. Following completion, recipients will be recognized at a reception as colleagues who have committed to strategic goal # 4, “to create an educational environment that encourages our students to become global citizens.” MJ received her certificate at the opening reception of International Education Week on November 12th. Congratulations MJ!!!!
SPA Members Participate in Brown Bag (L-R) Kathy Funke, Lisa Hunt, Linda Register, Dianne Evans, Robin Kee, Brenda Parker, all participated in the SPA November Brown Bag Lunch November 15, 2012.
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AROUND THE WORLD: International Programs: Education, Travel & Internships Dr. Susan Catapano, Coordinator, International Programs
International Field Experience to Belize By Dr. Dennis Kubasko Over the last several years, UNCW and the Watson College of Education (WCE) have expanded the emphasis on global initiatives through the university’s Office of International Programs and the WCE’s International Programs Committee. The International Field Experience to Belize (EDN 455) provides students with 5 weeks of daily experiences in San Pedro High School, La Isla Bonita Elementary School and San Pedro Roman Catholic School in San Pedro, Belize. Dr. Susan Catapano, chair of the Educational Leadership Department, and Dr. Dennis Kubasko, Director of the Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM), serve as faculty and field experience leaders. Students observe local teachers and provide pertinent instruction in local classrooms for three full weeks, explore Mayan culture traveling across Belize for a week and participate in a variety of service projects for an additional week. The field experience is focused on: current issues and trends in education; the development, implementation, and assessment of curricular materials; the evaluation and use of technology in the classroom, as well as other effective instructional strategies to teach in the schools. Students are exposed to Caribbean and Central American culture and education. The pedagogy is similar enough for our students to draw upon their trained practice, but different enough to draw comparisons to American pedagogy. Students are asked to keep electronic journals documenting the transformative experience as well as create, edit and produce a 20 minute documentary addressing a relevant social and/or educational issue. A recently produced ‘documentary short’ originated from this 2010 field experience and has been shown internationally at a Film Festival in Belize, as well as locally in Wilmington, North Carolina. In addition, the 2011 Watson College of Education Belize field experience to Belize was the subject of a recent documentary filmed by faculty in both Communications and Education. The field experience was featured in a presentation at the statewide conference, “Internationalizing Teacher Education”. (On Right, Top to Bottom) Little Angels- Keely Griffin reads to preschoolers from a UNCW authored book written especially for Belize. Dr. Dennis Kubasko and Aubrey Holloman go spelunking to view ancient Mayan artifacts and traditions (L-R) Kyle Runner, Suzanne Thomasmeyer, Kathleen Epperson, Michele Becker, Katie Profita & Katy Gwaltney. Field experience students in Belize share their Seahawk Pride with their new students in San Pedro. Dr. Susan Catapano (front left) fearlessly leads a tour of the ancient Mayan maritime trading post, Marco Gonzalez-Class of 2011.
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InternationalizingTeacher Education Conference Multiple poster presentations were available during International Week for view in the first floor atrium of the Watson Education Building. Student presentations were made to multiple participants.
Kudos to Susan (and others who contributed) for organizing the internationalizing teacher education conference and to the faculty presenters who shared information! The presentations were all quite interesting and should generate valuable discussion. It was also nice to see students presenting (undergraduate and doctoral) and the webinar format was especially helpful for those of us who could not attend during the day. :-)
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Office of Teacher Education & Outreach Associate Dean, Ann Potts
Master Teachers Available for Classes
National Board Certification
Part of PDS Program
A session on National Board Certification was held by Somer Lewis, December 4, 2012. Interested in obtaining National Board Certification, teachers attend as they work to produce their artifacts to submit to the national board.
Twelve teachers were named last spring as Master Teachers for the 2012-2015 school years. This new PDS initiative is designed to recognize partnership school teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching during their tenure as partnership teachers. These teachers will receive 30 hours of professional development and will work closely with the WCE academic programs to better prepare the teacher candidates. Seventy-six nominations were submitted by WCE faculty and staff. Twelve teachers were then chosen by the WCE selection committee for a three year appointment.
PDS Announcement Carteret County is adding 11 schools to the Watson College of Education School Partnership. This includes: Atlantic Elementary, Beaufort Elementary, Beaufort Middle, Bogue Sound Elementary, Broad Creek Middle, Harkers Island, Morehead Middle, Morehead Elementary, Morehead Primary, Newport Elemehtary and Newport Middle School.
These 12 teachers representing their school districts include:
Dr. Donyell Roseboro, PDS Director and Dr. Ann Potts,Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Outreach, accept the BASES award given by Onslow County Schools to honor their educational and business partners.
• Nick Jupena from Hoggard High School (Math) • LeAnne LaFave from Holly Tree Elementary (Physical Education) • Ryan Redd from Myrtle Grove Middle School (Math) • Dixie Smith from Howe Pre-K Center (EYC) • Gwendolyn Abraham from Ashley High School (Science) • David Glenn from Burgaw Middle School (Science) • Leah Ashley from White Oak High School (Social Studies)
Upcoming in the February, 2013 Issue of the Watson Chronicle
• Jennifer Booher from Pine Valley Elementary (Kindergarten)
• Latest on WCE NCATE Review
• Nakita Thomas from Cape Fear Middle School (EC)
• Focus on New Undergraduate Student
• Timothy Mills from Pine Valley Elementary (Third Grade) • Sara Haukos from Winter Park Elementary (First Grade) • Amy Stuart from Topsail High School (English)
• Grant Preparation: Talking to Mahnaz • Who Knew? A Look Inside the Outside Art of Dr. Rajni ShankarBrown • Looking Ahead to 2013
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Walkinâ€™ in a Watson Wonderland...
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