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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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Hall of Fame

Educators’ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The 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

Dec 1, 2014: Gamma Chapter Club Meeting (Origami in the Mathematics Classroom) at Flanagan Building

Come join the Gamma Chapter for a fun time with origami! Come learn how to incorporate this cool activity in your math classroom.

We will also be taking nominations for officers for the upcoming year during this meeting.

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Dec 2, 2014: Faculty/Staff Professional Development: Blackboard Tips and Tricks at Speight Building

Blackboard offers a lot of great ways to save time as the instructor, if you know them. This session will reveal some Blackboard secrets you may or may not be aware of. This session will also serve as a Q&A session, so if you have something you'd like to do in Blackboard, but not sure how, this is the place to find out. 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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Dec 2, 2014: ELEM, MIDG, SPED Upper Division Applications Due at Rivers Building

Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education and Special Education Upper Division applications are due December 2nd by 4 p.m. in the Academic Success Center in 138 Rivers.

The Applications can be picked up from the Academic Success Center or found on the Advising Center's website.

Students should contact their Academic Advisor with questions regarding their readiness to participate in the Upper Division process.

In order to participate in the Upper Division interviews on December 4th, you must have your application submitted by December 2nd.

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Dec 4, 2014: ELEM, MIDG, SPED Upper Division Interviews at Rivers Building

The next set of Upper Division interviews for ELEM, MIDG, and SPED students will be held on December 4, 2014. Students have until December 2nd by 4 p.m. to turn in their Upper Division application to the Academic Success Center in 138 Rivers. Applications can be picked up from the Academic Success Center or found on the Advising Center's website.

Students should contact their Academic Advisor with questions regarding their readiness to participate in the Upper Division process.

The day of the interviews, students should report to the Academic Success Center. They will then be escorted to their interview location.

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Dec 16, 2014: Faculty/Staff Professional Development: Blackboard Tips and Tricks at Speight Building

Blackboard offers a lot of great ways to save time as the instructor, if you know them. This session will reveal some Blackboard secrets you may or may not be aware of. This session will also serve as a Q&A session, so if you have something you'd like to do in Blackboard, but not sure how, this is the place to find out. 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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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.