Counselor Education Program to Participate in the East West Integrated Health Symposium as ECU

On November 3rd, 2016, faculty, staff, and students will gather from a variety of mental health and related disciplines from across ECU campus to discuss issues related to integrated care. Defined by the American Psychological Association as an approach characterized by a high degree of collaboration and communication among health professionals, integrated care models are gaining in popularity around the country, within North Carolina, and our region. Allison Crowe, Kylie Dotson-Blake, and Syntia Santos are members of the ECU Clinic Consortium which consists of faculty 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 →

Making Space for Productive Conversation on Race: Focus on the Racially Conscious

When I first started teaching about race, I spent a lot of time focusing on the resistant students. Some of these students thought we spent too much time talking about race, espousing the colorblind (and inaccurate) view that if we just talked about it less, it would go away. Others took offense to the idea of white privilege, even suggesting (again inaccurately) that society privileges people of color and whites are the victims of racism now. By focusing on those few students, I was focusing Continue reading →

“Most Likely to Succeed” film screening inspires students and faculty

On Sept. 27th, the College of Education held a film screening of Most Likely to Succeed. The 82 people in the audience were a mixture of faculty and students.  Most Likely to Succeed aims to help all schools re-imagine their purpose and create learning experiences that prepare kids for life in the 21st Century. The film has been shown at multiple film festivals including Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival. These screenings create a space for meaningful and necessary discussion between educators, administrators, parents, and students about how steps Continue reading →

Amanda Blakely named first North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year

Amanda Blakely, 2016 ECU Graduate in Birth-Kindergarten, was named the first North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year by North Carolina Association for Colleges and Teacher Educators (NC-ACTE) at their Fall forum on September 21 in Raleigh, NC. The NC-ACTE is the organization that unites teacher educators in both public and private colleges and universities, staff and faculty in state created initiatives and consortia, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, according to their website. Each member institution in good standing may nominate one candidate for Continue reading →

Fall 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute

East Carolina University’s College of Education hosted the Fall 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute on September 24, 2016 for ECU’s Literacy Leaders Board and educators from the Latham Clinical Schools Network, a privately funded partnership program that supports the enhancement of over 40 school systems in eastern North Carolina. The Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education in the College of Education held the conference at the Holiday Inn in Greenville, N.C. Dr. Grant Hayes, Dean of the College of Education welcomed Continue reading →

East Carolina University’s College of Education welcomed visitors from Hiroshima University Sept. 18-21.

The international educational exchange and partnership has existed for 20 years, allowing faculty and students from ECU, Pitt County Schools and Hiroshima University to share and learn from each other. Each summer two Pitt County teachers and an ECU faculty member are invited to go to Hiroshima, present at a conference and meet graduate students who will come to ECU in the fall. While in Greenville, the Hiroshima University graduate students visited classes at Elmhurst and Wahl-Coats elementary schools and C.M. Eppes Middle School. They Continue reading →

ECU Mathematics Education well represented at Meredith Mathematics Leadership Institute

 A few Pirates invaded Raleigh, NC this past summer for the Meredith Mathematics Leadership Institute (MMLI) on July 26-28. Dr. Charity Cayton, Dr. Maureen Grady, Dr. Ron Preston, and Dr. Katie Schwatz were each invited to share their expertise at the event.( The MMLI is a K-8 professional development opportunity for principals, district supervisors, mathematics coordinators, full-time coaches and lead teachers to come learn about research-based, best practices for the mathematics classroom. The institute includes the session offered in July 2016, as well as a Continue reading →

ECU College of Education honors scholarship recipients and donors

More than 100 students in East Carolina University’s College of Education have received a record amount of scholarship support for the upcoming academic year. This year, more than $550,000 in merit and need-based scholarships was distributed to 106 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education students. The awards range from $250 to $20,000 with some open to all education students while others are earmarked for specific education majors or programs. “Attracting the best students and ensuring access to an East Carolina University education rank among our highest Continue reading →