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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.

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edTPA Data Summit 2016

edTPA2The College of Education’s Office of Assessment, Accreditation and Data Management hosted the third annual Data Summit on June 8, to share edTPA performance data with faculty and discuss strategic plans for program improvement.  The event was open to all edTPA liaisons (TPALs) and department chairs.  Individual departments throughout the College of Education are now holding their own data summits to review student performance data and develop plans for program improvement.

In 2015-2016, candidates in all teacher preparation programs were required to complete the edTPA to be recommended for licensure. A total of 378 teacher candidates submitted edTPA portfolios for official scoring in 18 different assessment areas. The edTPA consists of three tasks: Planning, Instruction and Assessment. Each of these tasks is additionally separated into five different rubric areas. Last year’s results showed an increase in the average rubric score in all 15 rubric areas from the prior academic year; with the largest growth in the assessment task.

ECU’s College of Education piloted the edTPA assessment in 2011 for select programs and is now a leader among peer institutions in using edTPA as performance assessment for educator preparation.  Other North Carolina universities that have adopted edTPA include UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Chapel Hill and Winston Salem State University.

edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need on their initial day in the classroom.  The assessment tool was developed by Stanford University faculty and staff at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE).

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One in a million: COE alum has rare identical triplets

Congratulations to ECU College of Education alum Gavin Fradel and his family on their kim and gavin-Speightnewest addition–a rare identical set of triplet girls. The May 2016 graduate earned a master of arts in teaching in science education online and lives in Wake Forest, NC. In 2004, he graduated with a bachelor of science in middle grades education. Fradel is currently a teacher at Franklin Academy Middle School in Wake Forest.

 

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WAKE FOREST, N.C. — A Wake Forest family recently welcomed natural identical triplet girls, a 1-in-a-million phenomenon.

Grace, Stella, and Emily were born to Kimberly and Gavin Fradel about a month ago, Channel 9’s partners WTVD reported.

The parents said they wanted to give their 2-year-old son, Gavin Jr, a sibling and were initially overwhelmed when they found out he would gain three.

“[The doctor] had a look on her face and I said ‘Well, what’s wrong?’ I could tell something was wrong, and she said, ‘I think you’re having multiples. I think you’re having triplets,’ and my first response was ‘Oh God no, please God no,’ and then she said ‘And I think they’re identical,’” Kimberly told WTVD.

The couple realized they could handle the extra blessings when their friends and family reassured them that they’d be there to help. They also said having understanding employers made a difference.

Gavin Sr. was taking online classes at East Carolina University when Kimberly found out she was pregnant.fradels2

His graduation was set for the day after the triplets were born, and Kimberly encouraged him to walk across the stage.

Gavin Sr. said that life with triplets can sometimes be like an “assembly line,” but it’s rewarding to see how the babies have already bonded with each other.

To tell each one apart, the couple paint the girls’ toenails a different color. Each also has a birthmark, but in a different place.

Gavin Jr. was a little taken aback by three girls entering his home.

“When we got home from the hospital … as soon as he saw them he said ‘Daddy, take them back,’ and he said it twice,” Gavin Sr. said. “I have no idea where he even got those words from or where he started saying that, but that was his first reaction, and it was hilarious. It was funny.”

The couple said Gavin Jr. quickly changed his attitude toward his sisters.

“He always kisses his sisters. He helps with bottles. He’s very patient. He’s just a really good, protective big brother and I believe all four of them are going to have unique gifts and a love for each other that will take care for each other for the rest of their lives,” Kimberly said.

Original story: Rare identical triplets born to North Carolina family

Dr. Grant Hayes

Public School Forum of NC elects Hayes as member

The Public School Forum of North Carolina’s Board of Directors officially welcomed Dr. Grant Hayes, dean of the College of Education, to its membership on June 7. Hayes was elected for a two-year term of service during the organization’s annual meeting on May 16 and is effective July 1.

The Public School Forum of NC’s mission is to “shape a world-class public school education that supports all children in reaching their pull potential and drives a vibrant North Carolina economy,” according to the Forum’s website: www.ncforum.org.

Established 30 years ago, the Forum has launched programs like the Beginning Teacher Network, Education Policy Fellowship Program, Teaching Fellows Program, and the NC Center for Afterschool Programs among others.

“The Forum is comprised of an impressive and well-rounded group of individuals who are working hard to advance and improve North Carolina’s public schools through research, policy and advocacy,” said Hayes. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this work.”

Each year, the Forum determines top 10 education issues to address for the year. The 2016 list is below, and the list from 2015 can be found online: Top 10 Education Issues 2015.

  1. Direct Adequate Resources to Public Schools, Teachers, and Leaders
  2. Transform the Profession to Make NC a Teaching Destination Again
  3. Emphasize Quality, not Quantity, in Charter School Growth
  4. Elevate Race as a Focal Point of Public Education
  5. Fix the Broken A-F Grading System
  6. Support the State’s Struggling Schools
  7. Maintain High Standards for North Carolina
  8. Make Evidence-Based Decisions on Expansion of Private-School Vouchers
  9. Expand Access to High-Quality Early Childhood Education
  10. Build Bridges for Students through Expanded Learning

To follow or join conversations with the Forum and issues, #EdTalksNC can be found on Twitter, Facebook and at edtalks.ncforum.org/.

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Glenesha Berryman named Outstanding First-Year Student by Phi Kappa Phi

Glenesha Berryman, an EC Scholar and member of the Honors College, has been recognized by the ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, as the Outstanding First-Year Student for 2015-2016.

She was awarded a plaque and a check for $500 from the chapter at the annual initiation ceremony on Sunday, April 11, 2016. Berryman is from a military family and the first in her family to attend college. She made the journey to ECU from Seoul, South Korea, where she finished high school.

Berryman is pursuing a BS degree in English Education in the College of Education and a major in English with the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. She has a passion for leadership, international relations and education advocacy and has been involved with the Honors College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. She is public relations chair for She’s the First, which promotes the education of girls in developing nations, and works with ALMAS, a group that teaches English to Latino community members.

This past year she started a food drive in the Honors College that led to the collection of 500 pounds of non-perishables for homeless veterans in eastern North Carolina. She is also helping to launch Pirate Peers Advocating for Learning to match ECU students in a tutoring and mentoring program for elementary school students.

Berryman also excels in the classroom having earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average. This summer, she will travel to Austin, Texas, for a summer teaching fellowship with the Breakthrough Collaborative.

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Growing Teachers Close To Home: New SECU Partnership East Students Prepare for their Online Journey

On Thursday, May 12, 2016, the College of Education welcomed five cohorts who will be joining State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Partnership East this summer and fall. Students spent the day in Speight Building learning about their new majors in elementary, middle, and special education from College of Education advisors and faculty members. In addition, these new teacher education students toured the Teaching Resource Center in Joyner Library as well as spent time getting to know their new advisors and fellow cohort members.

SECU Partnership East students will begin their degree programs this summer or in the fall where they will take courses online with East Carolina University faculty. Intrusive advising and field placements in the students’ home-counties are incorporated into the SECU Partnership East degree completion programs. The goal of SECU Partnership East is to grow teachers close to home to provide access to teacher education degrees in rural areas. This year marks the 14th year of Partnership East which has graduated 732 teachers since its inception in 2002. Students in the new cohorts live primarily in rural eastern North Carolina but this newest crop of future teachers also includes individuals from the piedmont and mountain regions of North Carolina.

The new cohort orientation offered participants with an opportunity to interact with their advisor and fellow students with whom they will learn in a variety of virtual platforms over the next few years. One participant shared, “I can’t believe I’ve made it this far. I’m really and truly a Pirate now.” Students were also provided with detailed information about resources at East Carolina to include academic regulations, library resources, and other academic support systems for distance education students.

SECU Partnership East involves a partnership between East Carolina University, North Carolina community colleges, and public school systems. Students can pursue degrees in elementary education, middle grades education, and special education general curriculum. The degrees are offered in a part-time format for all 3 degrees with full-time options available for elementary education. To qualify, students must have prerequisite coursework from a North Carolina community college as well as meet testing and grade requirements. For more information about SECU Partnership East, interested individuals are encouraged to visit: www.ecu.edu/pe or contact Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry at bilbroberryl@ecu.edu or 252-328-1123.

Enjoy a video slideshow of the orientation below: