Are principals prepared to lead meaningful dialogue about diversity?

Towards More Equitable Practice Tips from the COE Diversity Committee December 2016 Are principals prepared to lead meaningful dialogue about diversity? Principals need to be culturally aware and responsive to better serve increasingly diverse students, staff and communities. For this reason, principal preparation programs (PPPs) need to connect theory about cultural proficiency to practice, especially now that students are expressing many emotions that are reflective of the dialogue portrayed by the media and by the persons closest to them. It is the principal’s responsibility to Continue reading →

Dr. Sandra Warren serves on plenary panel at Council of Chief State School Officers Fall Meeting

Dr. Sandra Warren, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Special Education Foundation and Research, recently served on a plenary panel discussing the role of formative assessment in balanced assessment systems at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Fall Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. Joining Dr. Warren on the panel were: Dr. Rick Stiggins, Founder & President, Pearson Assessment Training Institute; Dr. Margaret Heritage, Senior Scientist, WestEd; and Dr. Kenji Hakuta, Lee L. Jacks Professor, Stanford University. During the hour long conversation before Continue reading →

Marsh Wins NCCTM Eastern Region Outstanding Mathematics Education Student Award

Sarah Marsh, a senior BS Mathematics Education major at East Carolina, has been named the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) Eastern Region Outstanding Mathematics Education Student Award. Sarah is not only a mathematics education major at ECU, she is a triple major: mathematics education, mathematics, and psychology. The NCCTM student award is an effort to encourage student enjoyment of mathematics and mathematics education and it recognizes outstanding mathematics education students at colleges and universities across the state. Each college and university with Continue reading →

ECU to create laboratory school with Pitt County Schools

East Carolina University is one of eight UNC system schools identified to create and operate a laboratory school to help under-achieving elementary students perform better. UNC President Margaret Spellings announced Nov. 1 that ECU along with Appalachian State University, North Carolina Central University, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Pembroke, UNC-Wilmington and Western Carolina University are candidates to establish and operate laboratory schools. The system has 15 institutions that offer educator-preparation programs. ECU has proactively prepared by initiating talks about a partnership with the Pitt County Schools to meet Continue reading →

Science Education is Strong in the East!

The North Carolina Science Teachers’ Association (NCSTA) held its annual professional development conference October 20th & 21st in Greensboro NC.  There were hundreds of science educators, teachers, university professors, and informal science representatives from across the state in attendance this year. East Carolina University alumni demonstrated their continuous impact on science education by receiving two awards from the North Carolina Science Teachers’ Association. Elizabeth Proctor won the Most Outstanding Science Student Teacher award.  Elizabeth graduated in December 2015.  She served as a camp counselor for Continue reading →

Faculty Author Abbie Brown Receives Outstanding Book Award

Abbie H. Brown, Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education, received the Association of Educational Communications & Technology (AECT) Design and Development Division’s Outstanding Book Award for his text, The Essentials of Instructional Design: Connecting Fundamental Principles with Process and Practice, 3rd Edition (Routledge), co-authored with Tim D. Green of California State University, Fullerton. “We’re honored by the award, and deeply gratified the book has been so well received by educators and students of instructional design.” The award Continue reading →

HIED participates in seminar with Peruvian students

On Tuesday, October 18, twenty-five History Education BS and MAT students participated in a distance seminar with ten Peruvian history students from Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) in Lima, Peru. The seminar, coordinated by Dr. Jami Leibowitz (Interim Director, Global Academic Initiatives and Director, Global Understanding) and facilitated by Dr. Charlotte West (History professor, USIL) and Dr. Allen Guidry (Associate professor, History Education – ECU), engaged participating students in a seminar that explored questions related to American Exceptionalism in the teaching of US History, Continue reading →

FaceTime to Fairbanks

Lights dim over 100 students from Meadow Lane Elementary School who sat on the edge of their seats waiting for the image to appear on the SMART Board.  Learning through distance education techniques was familiar to Chelsea Sasser who began working on her teaching degree at Wayne Community College and transferred to East Carolina University’s SECU Partnership East online model.  Much like Partnership East’s goal to educate prospective teachers from a distance, Ms. Sasser utilized the power of technology to engage her elementary students in Continue reading →

East West Integrated Health Symposium to be held November 3

East Carolina University faculty, staff, and students who are interested in discussing and learning more about integrated health should plan to attend the East West Integrated Health Symposium from 1:30-4:00 pm on November 3, 2016 at the ECU Heart Institute. The symposium was proposed and arranged by the ECU Clinic Consortium and features a keynote address from Dr. Christine Moravec, a Staff Research Scientist and Director of Basic Research in the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure within the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Continue reading →

Counselor Education Program welcomes new faculty

The Counselor Education Program is excited to have two new tenure-track faculty join the program Dr. Avent received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling and Counselor Education and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at The University of Texas at San Antonio for three years prior to coming to ECU. Her research interests include: examining the role of religion/spirituality in African American mental health Continue reading →