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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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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.

Science Summer Camp Smiles and Moving Legos

heat-light-soundIn the session, “Heat, Light and Sound, Oh My”, 4th and 5th grade boys use tuning forks to create sound waves that can be seen, heard, and felt! Andrew Hung (age 11) says that, “High pitched sound waves are really loud and travel super fast!”

Claire (age 7) and Sophie (age 6) are building a draw bridge at Lego Explorers during ECU Summer Science Camp. Students also hook their creations up to batteries so that they move all by themselves!
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Educators’ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Educators Hall of FameThe Educators Hall of Fame recognizes and highlights the service of those educators to whom East Carolina alumni and friends are most grateful. This permanent recognition is displayed prominently in the Speight Building.

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Hendrix Theatre in Mendenhall Student Center on ECU’s Campus

Reception immediately following induction in Mendenhall Student Center – Second Floor Gallery Lobby & Room 244. Viewing of the Educators Hall of Fame in Speight Building.

College of Education Homecoming Festivities – October 4th

To celebrate Homecoming weekend, the College of Education would like to invite you to connect with your alma mater. Please see the list of events for Saturday, October 4:

College of Education Breakfast on the Porch – 9:00 a.m., Speight Building Front Porch

View the Parking Map   Contact Stephanie Bunn to RSVP or for more details (bunns@ecu.edu)

ECU Homecoming Day Parade on Fifth Street begins at 9:00 a.m.

Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology (MSITE) Alumni Brunch – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., In front of Flanagan Building *Rain location will be inside Flanagan Classroom 312.

Contact joy Carraway to RSVP or for more details (carrawayjo@ecu.edu or 252-328-9353).

East Carolina Alumni Association Buccaneer Buffet  – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

ECU vs. Southern Methodist University Football Game – 12:00 noon until

The ECU College of Education looks forward to celebrating Homecoming with you!

East Carolina University Alumni Association

The Alumni Association celebrates Homecoming with reunions and alumni activities, an open house breakfast at the alumni center during the Homecoming parade and a tailgate before the football game.

For more information visit the Alumni Association website.

GO PIRATES!

COE Graduate Recognition Ceremony Spring 2014

COE GraduationThe College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The faculty and staff of the College of Education are pleased to present a special Graduate Recognition Ceremony (GRC) for our graduates. The ceremony will feature individual recognition of College of Education students receiving degrees. Friends and families of the graduates are cordially invited to attend. It is not necessary for graduates or guests to RSVP for this event. Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony.

(PDF file)Important Information for graduates-to-be

For University Commencement Ceremony details and information about the Spring 2014 ECU Commencement Weekend, please visit http://www.ecu.edu/commencement.

COE Events

East Carolina University Calendar

East Carolina University Calendar

Oct 3, 2014: COE Internship Application Meeting at Rivers Building

Required for students planning to enter Senior I in Spring 2015

Date: October 3, 2014
Time (choose one): 12:00-1:30 p.m. or 1:45-3:15 p.m. or 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Location: Rivers Building, Room 102

If you are an Elementary major, you should be enrolled in ELEM 3500/ 3600 or previously taken ELEM 3500/3600 or ELEM 4550/4551 to be eligible to apply for internship. If you are a MIDG major, you should check with your advisor to determine if you are eligible.

Failure to attend the Internship Application Meeting could result in you not receiving a placement for spring.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to begin your internship in spring 2015, please connect with your advisor. You must be in Upper Division to apply for an internship.

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Oct 4, 2014: College of Education Homecoming Celebration at Speight Building

Join the College of Education for refreshments before the ECU Homecoming Parade. Alumni, students, faculty, friends, and family are welcome.

The event will take place on the porch of the Speight Building and is free to attend. The event start time is 9:00 a.m.

Please use the attached parking map provided by ECU Parking and Transportation to aid finding parking and making your way to Speight Building for our event.

Fifth Street will be closed to vehicles shortly before 9:00 a.m. for the homecoming parade, so come early.

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Oct 4, 2014: MSITE Alumni Brunch at Flanagan Building

This is a get together to show appreciation for the alumni of the Department of Mathematics, Science, & Instructional Technology Education (MSITE). Come enjoy food and socializing with peers before heading to the game.

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Oct 6, 2014: Learn How to Add Additional Licensure on to Your Plan of Study at Speight Building

No need to limit yourself when you earn your teaching license at ECU. You can earn additional licensures while you are here. This information session will show you some opportunities you may not otherwise be aware of.

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Oct 7, 2014: Faculty/Staff Professional Development: CommonSpot in the College of Education at Speight Building

CommonSpot is used to maintain the college’s website, and it does have a lot of features that can make it a lot easier. All changes to you’re department's COE pages can be done by making requests through the COE help desk, but if you choose to make updates to your department’s pages yourself, this session will show you what templates to use and teach you some of the tips that will help keep down on the number of pages and documents you have to flow through, and help make your content easier to find in searches. In order to attend this training, you must have already completed the CommonSpot Beginner training provided by ITCS. This session is designed as a hands-on class, so please bring a laptop, and a class to work in.

Register in Cornerstone under College of Education in the Browse for Training section on the bottom right of the page.

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Oct 9, 2014: 32nd Annual Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference at Greenville Hilton

The Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference is sponsored by the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education in the College of Education at East Carolina University. Concurrent sessions will be provided throughout the event, focusing on a variety of literacy topics for teachers PreK- high school level. The conference provides an excellent professional development opportunity for educators! The conference is free this year and CEU credit will be provided for attendance.

Dr. Mary Lois Staton, Professor Emeritus and outstanding professor of education at East Carolina University for 27 years, is credited with initial conference development and endowment. Dr. Staton earned her undergraduate degree from Flora McDonald and her master’s degrees from East Carolina Teacher’s College and Teacher’s College, Columbia University. In 1952 Dr. Staton completed her doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Staton passed away in 2002. However, her legacy lives on as this conference, bearing her name, continues to serve as a testament to her dedication to literacy, literacy instruction, and professional development.

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Oct 9, 2014: Upper Division Interviews at Rivers Building

ELEM, MIDG & SPED Upper Division Interviews will be held on:

Thursday, Oct. 9th - 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Friday, Oct. 10th - 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Please complete an UD Packet*, bring it to Rivers 138, and sign up for an interview time slot!

*Packets are due on October 7th by 4pm!

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Oct 9, 2014: Learn How to Add Additional Licensure on to Your Plan of Study at Speight Building

No need to limit yourself when you earn your teaching license at ECU. You can earn additional licensures while you are here. This information session will show you some opportunities you may not otherwise be aware of.

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Oct 10, 2014: Upper Division Interviews at Rivers Building

ELEM, MIDG & SPED Upper Division Interviews will be held on:

Thursday, Oct. 9th - 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Friday, Oct. 10th - 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Please complete an UD Packet*, bring it to Rivers 138, and sign up for an interview time slot!

*Packets are due on October 7th by 4pm!

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Oct 11, 2014: Fall Break

ECU will observe fall break Oct. 11-14.

The official academic calendar can be found at www.ecu.edu/fsonline/senate/fscalend.cfm.

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edTPA @ AACTE’s Annual Meeting: A Recap

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AACTEDid you attend the edTPA-related sessions at AACTE’s Annual Meeting this year? If not, here’s a taste of what you missed! Click here to view a list of the descriptions and presenters for the various sessions that provided attendees the opportunity to converse with other users of edTPA.

A highlight of the conference was the edTPA breakfast hosted by SCALE, which drew more than 200 attendees. In her opening remarks, AACTE President/CEO Sharon P. Robinson championed edTPA, emphasizing that it was developed by and for the people in the room. She also encouraged audience members to advocate for edTPA in their communities. Afterward, Ray Pecheone, SCALE’s executive director, described in detail the developmental process of edTPA. He explained topics such as standard setting and state policy and announced that SCALE would conduct validity and consequential studies in the weeks ahead. Finally, attendees engaged in a question and answer session with Andrea Whittaker, SCALE’s director of teacher performance assessment, and other representatives.

During the conference’s Welcoming Session, Robinson announced the Association’s new Innovation Exchange, which includes an initiative already under way to develop an edTPA National Academy of Consultants. Click here for more information about the academy.

One particularly insightful session featured East Carolina University’s presentation, “Developing and Implementing Policies and Procedures for Local Evaluation of edTPA,”in which Diana Lys and Ellen Dobson spoke at length about their implementation strategy. By infusing technology into their programming, they have created a successful multilayered local evaluation process.

Some 500 educator preparation providers in 33 states and the District of Columbia are actively participating in edTPA. The edTPA project management staff have initiated an effort to upgrade the edTPA web site to include an interactive policy map, revised FAQs, new webinars, and user guides.

For more information about the Annual Meeting and edTPA, please contact me or visit http://edtpa.aacte.org.

Source: http://edprepmatters.net/2014/03/edtpa-aactes-annual-meeting-a-recap/

College of Education Hosts Counselor Connection Day 2014

Counselor Connection Day.
On March 7th, the College of Education hosted Counselor Connection Day 2014 for high school counselors in the Latham Clinical School Network. Since Special Education (SPED) is an area in high demand, faculty from this program were invited to share information about opportunities for earning a degree in SPED from ECU. Dr. Chan Evans presented highlights of the undergraduate Adapted and General Curriculum programs.


Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit Held at Joyner Library

Networking_Summit_PhotoThe 9th Annual TRC (Teaching Resource Center) Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit was held on February 8 at Joyner Library.

The summit provided a variety of roundtable discussions on current topics for K-12 school media personnel. Facilitated by experts in the profession, these sessions also encourage attendees to bring resources to share.

Among those presenting were ECU MLS (Masters in Library Science) faculty Drs. Jami Jones, Gail Munde, Lou Sua, and Elaine Yontz. Several ECU MLS graduates also presented: Joann Absi, Sedley Abercrombie, Joanna Gerakios, Suzanne Rusnak, Kristy Sartain, Kathryn Tharrington, Teresa Wetherell, Jill Whitson, and Kellie Williams.

The featured author was Ms. Sheila Turnage, winner of the 2013 Newbery Honor Award for Three Times Lucky.