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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.

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COE Events

East Carolina University Calendar

East Carolina University Calendar

Nov 4, 2014: Faculty/Staff Professional Development: Flipping the Class at Speight Building

Have you thought about flipping your class? What about using video to supplement or replace your classroom lecture? There are many ideas and suggestions on how to do this. Come and see if this idea works for you.

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Nov 11, 2014: Faculty/Staff Professional Development: Managing the Gradebook in Blackboard at Speight Building

The Gradebook can seem a bit overwhelming initially, but if there is nothing else you use Blackboard for, you should use it to display grades for students. This can be difficult if you can't make heads or tails of how to actually weigh your grades. This session will show you the best way to add items to your Grades area, edit grades, view your grades, and go into how to create categories, move items into categories, create and use grading periods, how to use rubrics in Blackboard and the difference between the weighing options, and when to use what. This session is designed as a hands-on class, so please bring a laptop, and a class to work in.

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Nov 12, 2014: Professional Etiquette Dinner at Murphy Center

Enjoy a 6 course dinner while learning professional business etiquette in a dining setting.

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Nov 18, 2014: Faculty/Staff Professional Development: Social Media and Social Media Tools at Speight Building

Do you have a Facebook account? Are you using twitter or want to use it? Have you considered using these in your courses? Social media is an exploding phenomenon that is shaping education. It has changed from a way to pass time and stay connected with friends and family to a tool educators are using in their classes. This workshop will cover a few online tools to help faculty engage with their students outside of the classroom. It will look at Hootsuite, Tweetdeck and a few other programs that enable faculty to interact with students via social media and text.

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Nov 20, 2014: COE Graduate Students Invited to Participate in Roundtable Discussions at Speight Building

The COE Research Committee invites graduate students conducting research to share their work in a roundtable discussion Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 4:00-6:00 PM. All presentations will be held in the Speight Building, and you may present face-to-face or virtually. Find out more information about Roundtable Discussions. Submit your research information using the Roundtable Application. Graduate students must be current students in a College of Education program to apply. Contact Dr. Anne Ticknor at with questions.

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edTPA @ AACTE’s Annual Meeting: A Recap


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


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.