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ECU receives funding to develop leaders in education

GREENVILLE, N.C. (8/22/2016) – The East Carolina University College of Education is one of two universities invited to join the Sanford Education Collaborative (SEC), a network of universities committed to expanding a nationwide movement to create a new paradigm for pre-K–12 teaching excellence and student achievement.

Each year, the SEC selects a small number of universities to join the collaborative based on factors such as demonstrated effective teacher preparation, regional representation and institutional diversity, according to Dr. Grant Hayes, dean of the College of Education at ECU.

National University’s Sanford Education Center administers the collaborative that announced that the college will initially receive $50,000 to enhance the development of research and implementation of evidenced-based programs. The funding will support ECU’s teacher preparation programs for undergraduates and professional development offerings for teachers in eastern North Carolina.

“This program sets us up to strengthen the partnerships with our K–12 partners,” said Hayes. “Professional development for teachers in our region is a huge need for school districts. We can use these funds and our expertise to take some of the burden off schools.”

ECU will be able to enhance its work with the New Teacher Support Program (NTSP), a UNC-system program that facilitates coaching and professional development for teachers in their first through third years of teaching in eastern North Carolina.

“Often times, new teachers do not feel empowered in the current system to make any changes,” said Hayes. “They may think that because something has been done a certain way for a long time or they are a new teacher, they can’t make changes or improvements. We want to create agents of change and advocates.”

The SEC has two evidenced-based initiatives serving pre-K–12 education: Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire. Sanford Harmony strengthens social and emotional development in pre-K–6 children, and Sanford Inspire is a leadership program designed to empower current and future teachers to create inspiring pre-K-12 classroom experiences, said Hayes.

“These programs have been found to have positive impacts on attitudes towards school and academic performances in math and reading,” said Hayes. “Initial research findings have also shown that these programs have increased empathy, identified reductions in gender stereotyping and classroom aggression.”

The college’s initial focus will be on Sanford Harmony.

College of Education representatives officially accepted the invitation at the second annual Sanford Higher Education Collaborative Summit held on March 1–3 at National University in La Jolla, California.

“This recognition puts us on the national stage to display and showcase our work with initiatives like TeachLive, edTPA and PirateCODE beyond state and region,” said Hayes.

The Sanford Education Collaborative was established at National University in 2014 through a generous gift by renowned philanthropist and businessman T. Denny Sanford to address critical needs in the education and the nonprofit sectors.

For more information about the collaborative, visit sanfordeducationcenter.org.

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Two COE administrators recognized for supporting first-year students

The Student Government Association announced that two College of Education administrators were nominated for the 2015-2016 First Year Advocate Award.

Dr. Dionna Manning, director of the Education Community of Scholars and Education Living-Learning Community, and Caroline Hill, academic advisor, were nominated for their work in providing support to those students who are new to ECU.

“We received multiple nominations, representing ECU faculty and staff across Academic and Student Affairs,” according to the notification letter. “Each of the nominees personifies dedication to first year student growth by promoting academic success, intellectual growth, student engagement, personal growth and community involvement.”

Congratulations to Dionna and Caroline, and thank you for your service!

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ECU faculty inspire science on National Mall

Summers are warm but certainly not lazy for ECU faculty. Many ECU Faculty use this time as an opportunity to reach beyond the campus and inspire and excite people of all ages in learning and doing science.

In Washington D.C. the annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall, hosted by Hofstra University and funded by NASA through the Music and Astronomy Under the Stars program is one such opportunity that engages an estimated 10,000 people.

Dr. Sharon Schleigh, faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, Science & Instructional Technology Education (MSITE) was invited to join a group of astronomers from the nation’s foremost scientific institutions, organizations and universities to present exciting demonstrations and answer questions about the latest astronomical discoveries or careers in science.

The annual event begins during the daylight hours by engaging visitors to the National Mall in hands-on astronomy activities, demonstrations and presentations. Visitors have opportunities to use solar telescopes, watch planetarium shows, and ask astronomers questions about topics of interest and possible career choices. Visitors continue to join the event late into the evening and as the day progresses to night, astronomers set up a variety of large telescopes across the Washington D.C. National Mall to allow participants to view local objects in the night sky such the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn; and spectacular objects such as colorful double stars, star clusters that sparkle like diamonds on black velvet, and some favorite nebulae such as Orion Nebula, the Ring Nebula and the Dumbbell Nebula.

“Bringing astronomy to the National Mall and partnering with astronomical organizations gives us a very special opportunity to encourage children to pursue their interest in science or math and to promote public understanding of science,” said Dr. Lubowich. “Gazing at the rings of Saturn or the Moon’s craters captures the imagination, no matter how old you are.”

Participating Science Organizations: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Physics Teachers, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Carnegie Institution for Science, Celestial Chart, Center of Physics & Astronomy Education Research, E-planetarium/Discovery Dome, International Dark Sky Association, NASA – Goddard Space Flight Center, Lunar and Planetary Institute, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, National Science Foundation, Naval Research Laboratory, #Popscope, Society of Physics Students, Space Telescope Science Institute, US Naval Observatory, and the Washington Area Astronomy Meetup.

Participating Colleges and Universities: American University, Catholic University of American, East Carolina University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Montgomery College, Rice University.

Participating Astronomy clubs and related organizations: Amateur Observers’ Society of New York, Astronomical Association of Greenbelt, Goddard Astronomy Club, National Capital Astronomers, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club, Rappahannock Astronomy Club, and the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers.

Organizations that have supported the AFNM to spread the word to their members and the public via social media include: the American Astronomical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Association of Science-Technology Centers, Astronomers Without Borders, Astronomical League, Astronomical Society of the Pacific/Night Sky Network, Astronomy Magazine, National Academies of Science, Marian Koshland Science Museum, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, National Science Teachers Association, Nerd Nite DC, Sky and Telescope Magazine, Sidewalk Astronomers, Society for Science & the Public.

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COE special ed alumnae recognized

ECU College of Education alumnae Hayley Flynn Mullins was recently was named Coordinator of Special Education for Campbell County Public Schools, Virginia.

Hayley graduated in May 2008 with an undergraduate degree in special education, general curriculum with an adapted curriculum add-on.

“I am excited for this opportunity as it will allow me to directly oversee our adapted curriculum classrooms and make meaningful changes to curriculum, procedures and processes in order to better student outcomes,” said Mullins.

Hayley has already begun actively recruiting ECU graduates and is looking forward to the development of other partnerships with the ECU College of Education.

As she shared her news with former professors, she said, “I am so blessed to call ECU my academic ‘home’ and to be able to be sharing such exciting news with those that taught me 8 years ago!”

Based in Rustburg, Virginia, Campbell County Public Schools’ mission is “to provide a world class education that enables every student to choose and pursue any post K12 endeavor” and serves 15 public schools.

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COE grant educates students on the science of drug abuse

Tonya Little presentationThe Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) program aims to expose students from 6th through 12th grade to the real-world applications of the scientific method in order to teach them about drug addiction.

Now in its third year, the SEADAP program continues to implement hands-on curriculum educating students about the science of drug addiction and the adverse effects of widely abused substances while exposing students in research activities to increase their interest in STEM careers.

Students are led in the design of their own experiments on planaria, a type of flatworm, with Teachersnicotine, alcohol, and sucrose solutions to conduct investigations from lab manuals that specifically address the National Science Education Standards & Common Core, while building partnerships with medical scientists, addiction specialists and professional educators, to educate the general public about drug abuse.

ECU recently hosted a group of educators from Pitt, Martin and Lenoir county public schools, continuing to expand the SEADAP program into North Carolina’s STEM curriculum.

Rawls with teachersECU is collaborating with Temple University on this project. Dr. Scott Rawls of Temple is the co- principal investigator, and Dr. Rhea Miles of ECU is the co-principal investigator.

Teachers will be working with high school students from Pitt, Martin, and Lenoir counties to conduct research investigations at ECU to study the effect of nicotine, caffeine, alcohol and sucrose on planaria under the direction of Miles in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education in the College of Education.

Teachers will also work with students to study the effects of drug addiction on flatworms through the SEADAP grant.

For more information on the SEADAP Program contact Dr. Rhea Miles at 252-328-9366 or milesr@ecu.edu.

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Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight Hosts Video Interview Series, “Schooled: Conversations About Education”

For the past two years, Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight has hosted a web-based video interview series called “Schooled: Conversations About Education,” where he interviews researchers and practitioners about all things education. These videos are designed to be a resource for teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning more about issues related to education.

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See the series on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiUFlIPepRLwyNQnA78a1sA

Recent interviews include:

  • Susan Engel on Curiosity and the Hungry Mind
  • Mark Bauerlein on Common Core and His Vision for Education
  • Journalist Megan Mcardle on The Importance of Failure to the Learning Process
  • Laura Otis on Cognitive Diversity and Rethinking Thought

Currently, there are 12 videos in the Schooled series. Dr. Currie-Knight will be continually adding more to the series.  If you, or someone you know, is interesting in being a part of the Schooled series please contact Dr. Currie-Knight at currieknightk14@ecu.edu

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EQUIPPED Scholars AT Summer Institute a huge success!

The Irene Howell Assistive Technology (IHAT) Center and EQUIPPED grant Co-Principal Investigators, Drs. Alana Zambone and Christopher Rivera, hosted the Assistive Technology (AT) Summer Institute during the week of July 18-22, 2016. The EQUIPPED Summer Institute was developed as a week-long professional development for seven graduate students through the OSEP Personnel Prep grant: EQUIPPED: Engendering High Quality Personnel Preparation for Educators Serving Students with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The EQUIPPED grant is designed to prepare initially licensed teachers (B.S.) and teacher-leaders in Special Education and Assistance Technology for NC schools and communities. The teacher-leader goal of the grant provides special educators with tuition and other financial support to complete their MAEd in Special Education – Low Incidence Disabilities Licensure Area and the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology (AT). The participating EQUIPPED Scholars were Sara Farwell, Sara Graves, Katie Hancock, Morgan Kennedy, Jillian Kime, Brittney Roper, and April Vernon.EQUIPPED group web

With a focus on assistive technology and best practices for working with students with significant disabilities, the institute started with an expert panel discussion of two district level assistive technology teams- Alamance Burlington Schools represented by Pat Byers, Amy Chinnici, and Sara Hammond; and Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools represented by Cindy Hall, Emma Sidden, Jennifer Kerr, and Adam Seipel. The teams shared their leadership journeys in their respective fields of education, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, and instructional technology. Furthermore, they discussed system processes and procedures that are used in their counties and tips for working collaboratively with other educators and related service personnel in the area of assistive technology. The following three days of the institute allowed for in-depth expertise training in the area of augmentative and alternative communication, which was facilitated by Lisa Erwin-Davidson of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill; AT for literacy, which was facilitated by Dr. Pamela Mims from East Tennessee State University; and AT for Math, which was facilitated by Dr. Melissa Hudson of East Carolina University and Julie Brickhouse of Pitt County Schools. In addition to the expert speakers, assistive technology vendors from Attainment and Tobii Dynavox also shared new technologies in AT. The EQUIPPED participants worked on a cumulative project throughout the week of trainings and completed presentations to their peers on the final day of the institute.

The EQUIPPED graduate scholars will return to their schools and communities to engage in AT assignments over the next academic year, including mentoring of new teachers, conducting professional development, and engaging in other leadership activities under the guidance of Dr. Laura King, Director of the IHAT Center, and Dr. Chris Rivera, Co-PI on EQUIPPED. The Summer Institute allowed the scholars to network with their peers in the cohort, as well as a variety of AT experts who work in assistive technology in a variety of capacities. A second EQUIPPED Summer Institute will take place in 2018 for the next cohort of EQUIPPED Scholars.

College of Education

Behavior Specialist Certificate Courses Available for Fall 2016

The Behavior Specialist Certificate program provides educators and other professionals with best practice, research-based knowledge and skills necessary to work with individuals, with or without disabilities, who are at risk in schools and other environments because of emotional, behavioral, or social challenges. Candidates will learn to demonstrate and apply thorough knowledge of characteristics of individuals with emotional, behavioral, and social challenges; implement multi-tiered positive behavior interventions and supports, including individualized strategies across environments; and develop collaborative support plans with stakeholders, including teachers, families, and community service providers.

The four-course certificate program is taught totally online through distance education. Two courses below will be offered Fall 2016. Individuals interested in taking only one course per semester will begin with SPED 6901 this fall.

SPED 6014. Positive Behavior Intervention and Support
SPED 6901. Introduction to Individuals with Challenging Behaviors

For more information:
Dr. Sandra Warren, Special Education Graduate Program Coordinator
warrens@ecu.edu
http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/sefr/sped/behavior-cert.cfm

 

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2016 COE Retirements: Dr. John Swope recognized for 41 years of service

Dr. John Swope,  will retire on August 31, 2016 having given 41 years of service to East Carolina University and the College of Education.  During his tenure at East Carolina John served as Chair for the Department of Business, Career and Technical Education; Associate Dean for the School of Education; Interim Chair of the Department of Foundations and Research; Interim Chair of the Department of Industrial Technologies; and Interim Dean of the College of Education.

John came to East Carolina University in 1975 from the University of Kentucky where he earned his EdD in Business Education and Marketing.

This was the same year that Bill Gates founded Microsoft and two years before Apple was incorporated. Cell phones came in 1979, the Sony camcorder arrived in 1983 and the world wide web in 1990.  Facebook followed in 2004, twitter in 2006.  It is hard to imagine how John managed to stay ahead of the technological leaps in Business Education over the past four decades!

At the request of his colleagues in the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions and with full support from the entire College of Education Dr. John Swope was recognized as Associate Professor Emeritus of East Carolina University.

The College or Education also presented John with a Boston Rocker from Boone Industries with the Seal of East Carolina University and a personalized plaque on the back which reads:

“John A. Swope, Ed.D.
College of Education
1975-2016”

John, thank you for your many contributions to the college and the university. We hope that you will think of your College of Education family fondly whenever you are sitting in your rocking chair enjoying a well-earned and well-deserved retirement.

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COE faculty and staff gather to say farewell to Dr. Kathi Wilhite. Wilhite is seated second from the left on the front row.

Dr. Kathi Wilhite, Interim Chair of the Department of Special Education Foundations and Research (SEFR) retired from the College of Education on June 30.  Dr. Wilhite enjoyed a wonderful and fulfilling 40 year career as a special educator.  She has been a faculty member in the College of Education for nearly seventeen years, serving in the position of Interim Chair of SEFR since August 2013.

“It has been a privilege to engage in professional endeavors to improve the educational opportunities available to individuals with disabilities,” said Wilhite.  The College of Education is are deeply grateful to Dr. Wilhite  for her commitment to special education and to the many students she inspired over the years.

Associate professor Dr. Bill Grobe is retiring from the Department of Educational Leadership (LEED) on August 31.  Dr. Grobe has given fourteen years of service to the College of Education.

Ms. Joy Caraway, Administrative Assistant in the Department of Math, Science and Instructional Technology, retired on May 31.

The faculty and staff of the College of Education wish all our retirees, “fair winds and following seas” as they embark on new adventures.

Pictured above: Dr. Grant Hayes, Dr. John Swope and Dr. Scott Glass.

Instructor Jose Gregory of Dunwoody, GA, leads the AP US History session during the 2016 APSI.

2016 AP Summer Institute a huge success!

The College of Education’s Center for STEM Education hosted the 2016 AP Summer Institute (APSI) at South Central High School in Greenville June 27 – June 30.   More than 120 educators from across the state and country attended this year’s APSI, which is more than double the amount of participation from last year.

“This is the fourteenth year that ECU’s College of Education has hosted the AP Summer Institute,” said APSI Director, Dr. Lori Flint. “Our goal is to train highly qualified teachers to bring more rigor to their classrooms and expose more students in rural areas to AP courses.”

Flint attributed the increase in participation to the addition four new AP sessions: AP US History, AP Psychology, AP English Language and AP English Literature. Previous APSI’s offered only STEM AP sessions including: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1 and AP Statistics.087A1418

“AP courses enhance student skills and better prepare them for college-level work,” added APSI Coordinator Ann McClung. “First-year college students who have taken these classes are much better writers than students who were never exposed to AP coursework.”

Each session is four-days long and is taught by a certified College Board consultant who has taught the AP course, served as an exam reader for several years and received additional training from the College Board.

Participants pay $575 for 30 hours of intensive training over four days. The fee for the non-residential institute covers training materials, snacks and lunch. The ECU APSI is a College Board endorsed non-residential summer institute.087A1392

“Our consultants have been unbelievable,” said Flint. “The sessions have been so engaging our participants hardly take time for snacks or lunch. They are not only getting expert advice on how to prepare students for AP exams they are also networking and learning about best practices from their peers.”

ECU College of Education CSTEM AP Summer Institute

  • AP Biology – Instructor, Tom Willis of Saint Simons Island, GA
  • AP Calculus AB – Instructor, Deb Castello of Orlando, FL
  • AP Chemistry – Instructor, Linda Kruegel of Hertfort, NC
  • AP Environmental Science – Instructor, Gordon Chenery of Nashville, TN
  • AP Physics 1 – Instructor, Jiang Yu of Fitchburg, MA
  • AP Statistics – Instructor, Gloria Barrett of Pittsboro, NC
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  • AP US History – Instructor, Jose Gregory of Dunwoody, GA
  • AP English LanguageInstructor, Terry W. Filippo of Clemson, SC
  • AP English Literature Instructor, Patricia Whyte of Bluffton, SC
  • AP Psychology Instructor, Nancy Fenton of Trevor, WI

Above –  Instructor Jose Gregory of Dunwoody, GA, leads the AP US History session during the 2016 APSI.