Monthly Archives: August 2014

Department of Special Education, Foundations & Research Receives $1.25 Million from Department of Education

The US Department of Education has awarded the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research a 5-year, $1,248,855 grant to prepare 42 new Baccalaureate Special Educators with the initial license in Adaptive Curriculum and and 18 MAEd Special Educators with the  Advanced License in Low Incidence Disabilities and specialization in Assistive Technology.  Drs. Alana Zambone and Christopher Rivera, Co-PIs, in partnership with Dr. Laura King, Director of the College of Education’s Assistive Technology Center, will lead the project, ECU EQUIPPED: Engendering High Quality Personnel Preparation for Educators Serving Students with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The project supports research on effective teacher preparation and induction, an intensive summer institute aligned with the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology for teacher-leaders, mentoring of graduates, and support for tuition, books,  materials, and travel to state and national conferences for EQUIPPED scholars.

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College of Education Welcomes New Pirate Educators!

The College of Education welcomed 86 State Employee’s Credit Union (SECU) Partnership East students and approximately 245 incoming freshmen during summer orientations in June, July, and August 2014.

SECU Partnership East allows students to graduate with a four-year degree from East Carolina University (ECU) by completing their first two years at one of the partnering community colleges and then taking ECU courses online. At the beginning of the second summer session, there were 10 new elementary majors. This fall, 62 elementary majors and 14 special education-general curriculum majors will begin completing their degree.

2014 SECU PE Orientation

College of Education SECU Partnership East students participate in orientation.

 

The Academic Success Center worked with approximately 245 students attending the ten orientation sessions throughout the summer. Academic Success Center staff assisted 216 intended education majors through one-on-one appointments. Of these, approximately 116 intend on majoring in elementary education, 12 in English education, 21 in history education, 10 in mathematics education, 8 in middle grades education, 9 in science education and 40 in special education.

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Professional Advisor Caroline Hill meets with an incoming College of Education freshman in the Academic Success Center.

 

The Academic Success Center anticipates additional advising appointments during the first weeks of classes.

2015 CAEP Visit Preparations Commence

caepThe Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) unit at East Carolina University will host its next CAEP accreditation visit February 8-10, 2015. In preparation for the on-site visit, the College of Education’s Office of Assessment and Accreditation established this section to share information, reminders, and updates with EPP faculty, staff, and administrators.

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Below is the PowerPoint presentation from the COE’s Opening Day Faculty and Staff Meeting.

CAEP Presentation – Opening Faculty Meeting

Dr. Ron Preston becomes President of NCCTM

NCCTM_logoDr. Ron Preston was elected as president of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM).  He assumed his position as president-elect on 1 May and will serve in that position for a year, becoming president for a two-year term on 1 May 2015. Then he will serve as past president for a year after that.

Dr-PrestonThe president oversees the operations of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, which includes an annual state conference, two leadership seminars, a journal, and activities like a math fair, math contest, mini-grants, graduate scholarships, etc.  Congratulations to Dr. Preston and to the hundreds of members of NCCTM for choosing such a well-deserving president, he will serve you well!

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Dr. Sugar Publishes Study in Tech Trends

Dr. William Sugar has published an article in the current issue of Tech Trends.  The article, Development and formative evaluation of multi-media case studies for Instructional Design and Technology students describes the development of three case studies that included a combination of mulit-media production and instructional design skills within a particular setting.  These case studies incorporated real-life incidents from 47 professional instructional designers.

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Congratulations to COE MSITE Faculty Dr. Katherine Schwartz and Dr. Rose Sinicrope on Math-Science Partnership Grant Awards

Dr. Katie Schwarz and Lenoir County Schools (LCS) have been awarded a 3-year, $483,000 Math/Science Partnership (MSP) Grant, Lenoir County STEM Learning Community. The project will provide teachers integrated content and pedagogical professional development in K-8 Mathematics and opportunities for teachers to work in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to increase use of mathematical practices, implement cognitively demanding tasks, use data to make instructional decisions, and connect to real-world applications of mathematics, all with the goal of increasing student performance.

Other key ECU faculty who will be working with Dr. Schwartz, who is from the COE Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE) include Dr. Ron Preston and Dr. Kay Middleton from MSITE, Dr Heather Ries and Dr. Njina Randriampiry from the Department of Mathematics, Dr. Ricky Castle from Engineering. STEM Partnership East and various industries also contributed to the project’s development and play key roles in its implementation. Dr. Guili Zhang of the COE Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research will serve as project evaluator.

Dr. Rose Sinicrope also of MSITE, will serve as Evaluator for Randolph County Schools’  newly awarded MSP grant, Deepening High School Mathematics Knowledge and Leadership.

Congratulations to Dr. Sinicrope and Dr. Schwartz and her team of collaborators!

For more details, see the story on the WNCT website: http://www.wnct.com/story/26028066/lcps-teachers-learning-how-to-use-stem-curriculum-in-the-real-world

MSA Student Featured in Regional Local News for Her “Spirited” Idea

Below is an article from The Wake Forest Weekly featuring current ECU College of Education Master of School Administration (MSA) student Amy Light. The MSA degree program prepares individuals to become school leaders and encourages them to serve as problem-solvers, communicators, innovators, collaborators and change agents in their respective schools and school districts. Ms. Light’s spirit rock idea utilizes educational leadership skills taught in the program.

Heritage Middle School gets in the spirit

By David Allen

Amy Poovey Light – who will be the interim assistant principal next year – looks forward to the spirit rock being repainted to showcase what is going on with the school and community each week.

Amy Poovey Light – who will be the interim assistant principal next year – looks forward to the spirit rock being repainted to showcase what is going on with the school and community each week.

WAKE FOREST — Showing off their school spirit, Heritage Middle School recently added a new fixture to their front lawn – a giant rock that can be painted with various messages or just to pump up students.
Amy Poovey Light, who will be the Interim Assistant Principal next year, has volunteered her time, since December, to work in unison with the PTA at the school to bring more character and spirit to the school.
The PTA was overwhelmingly supportive of the idea, and helped move things forward for the project.
“I saw this idea of a spirit rock, and I thought ‘Oh wow! This is great!’” Light explained. “We promote so much of a positive culture at this school, we are a Positive Behavior Intervention Support school, and we try to encourage that kind of culture in everything we do.”
Light, the PTA and the school wanted to show the community that they care about what is going on with each student.
They worked with Hanson Aggregates who was more than happy to donate the rock, and they quickly were able to get the rock picked out and moved into place.
Light said the PTA would be able to use it as a fundraiser by renting the rock out by the week so it could be repainted and be the voice of the community at Heritage,
“This area is where the children gather while waiting to be picked up,” Light said as she pointed to the grass surrounding the spirit rock. “We want what is put on the rock to spark conversation and to give recognition that a student or group that is doing something in the school.”

Article and photo courtesy of David Allen and The Wake Forest Weekly.

ECU COE Faculty Members seen as Leaders at Stanford University

Pictured from left to right Drs. Diana Lys, Kristen Cuthrell, Sherilyn Steadman, and Ellen Dobson.

Pictured from left to right Drs. Diana Lys, Kristen Cuthrell, Sharilyn Steadman, and Ellen Dobson.

On August 11-13, four ECU COE faculty members participated in an invitation-only forum at Stanford University. The American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) and the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) endorsed the event that focused on the development of Embedded Signature Assessments (ESAs). Drs. Diana Lys, Kristen Cuthrell, Ellen Dobson, and Sharilyn Steadman formed one of seven invited teams of teacher educators who are considered to be leaders in the field. Other teams represented individual university, state-level, and national teams.

The goal of the forum was to develop or refine an ESA and to align the ESA with InTASC and state-level standards. Products from the event will be presented as exemplars at the national CAEP Conference in September 2014. Additionally, invited attendees are micro-credentialed as ESA developers.

Mott and Lohr Published in Curriculum and Program Development Book

Dr. Vivian W. Mott and Dr. Dr. Kathy Lohr (Department of Interdisciplinary Professions) have a chapter entitled “Co-Constructed Curricula: An Adult Education Perspective” in the newly published book Andragogical and Pedagogical Methods for Curriculum and Program Development (IGI Global, Hershey, PA, ISBN: 9781466658721). The editors Victor C. X. Wang and Valerie C. Bryan suggest the book is a valuable reference “for both faculty and students, as well as program designers, instructional program developers, trainers, and librarians.”   Mott and Lohr’s chapter describes co-constructed curricula, via an adult education perspective, with both detailed theoretical constructs and practical examples of such initiatives.

Dr. William B. Martin Awarded Kappa Delta Pi Honors

Dr. William B. Martin

Dr. William B. Martin

Dr. William B. Martin, College of Education Professor Emeritus, was honored this past year for two awards through Kappa Delta Pi International. He was inducted as one of the charter members into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP). Membership in this chapter is a lifetime honor and is limited to only 100 people. Dr. Martin has also been awarded one of only four KDP Founders Awards that are given out every two years at the KDP Convocation. He received the Dr. Thomas E. Musselman Award for Service Excellence, which is given to members who have inspired others through their volunteer efforts with education-focused service programs and who have made a difference in their local, regional, and global communities.

Dr. Martin’s teaching career reached across a number of states and education levels, including elementary school in Phoenix, AZ, junior high in Nashville, TN and graduate school at the University of Nevada in Reno, NV. He retired in 1990 after 31 years with the College of Education, Department of Secondary Education at East Carolina University. He was awarded the position of Professor Emeritus at ECU in 1990.

He is a lifetime member of KDP and served 26 years as a counselor for the Eta Chi Chapter at ECU. Dr. Martin also created an endowed scholarship through KDP for two education majors at ECU: one special education and one middle grades education.

Dr. Martin is from Duquesne and McKeesport, Pennsylvania and served as the Quarter Master in The Navigation Division on board a troop-ship of the U.S. Navy during World War II. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University in Clarion, PA, a Master’s degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and a doctorate degree from George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Martin has spent a great deal of time working with The Arc of the United States, a community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. He has worked with the United States chapter as well as the North Carolina and Pitt County chapters. During his time with The Arc, he held several leadership positions, such as the state president of the North Carolina chapter and the Vice President of the Southeast Region – ARC/US.

Locally, he has worked with the Pitt County Mental Health Association, including serving as president (1989-90), vice president (1988) and treasurer (1986-87). He is currently the chairman of The Arc of North Carolina’s Life Guardianship Program for the Eastern North Carolina region.