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Casey Robacker

ECU at The Council for Learning Disabilities

On October 2nd, 2015, ECU’s own Cassie Robacker presented at the International Council for Learning Disabilities Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her presentation, “Token Economy Made Easy Through ClassDojo,” was a sensation. Congratulations Cassie for a wonderful presentation. Thank you for representing ECU and the Special Education, Foundations, and Research Department.

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Reading Education Faculty Highlights

At this time in the semester, students are showcasing what they have learned through papers, projects and mid-term exams. We thought we would share a few highlights of what the ECU College of Education Reading Faulty have been doing since the start of the fall 2015 semester.

Dr. Caitlin Ryan has presented multiple professional development sessions for Pitt County Teachers working on Literature Circles.  Dr. Ryan shared, “I really enjoy helping teachers learn about texts and activities that help students love reading. We focused on how talk about text is an important component of both student engagement and comprehension instruction in the reading curriculum.”

Dr. Anne Ticknor and Dr. Katie Schwartz (Associate Professor in Mathematics Education) led a mathematics-specific induction program, LAUNCH into Mathematics, for 20 beginning elementary teachers in eastern North Carolina. The induction program included over 60 hours of mathematics professional development and specialized mentoring across two years. The Z Smith Reynolds Foundation funded the program.  Ticknor and Schwartz are continuing research and publications related to the initiative and are facilitating a social media campaign, Teach for Changency, to showcase program guest bloggers, participant quotes, and key findings from the study. See: teachforchangency.com

Kelly Bahoric (Elementary Education, K-12 Reading License, ’15) and Dr. Elizabeth Swaggerty co-authored a journal article that explores fanfiction as a valuable literacy practice in both the real world and the K-12 classroom. Bahoric notes, “Reading and writing fanfiction is an exciting practice for students because it allows students to expand upon ideas they already love and enjoy. There is also a subversive element to the practice. One could rewrite established works in a way that is more challenging and less conservative than the original. The potentially subversive nature of the practice is highly appealing to young people.” Article available here: http://www.ccira.org/colorado-reading-journal/SUMMER-2015.html

Dr. Ran Hu is investigating Western teachers’ English teaching experience in China. She hopes to help more people understand the experiences and challenges of those who taught English in a foreign country.  If you have taught English in another country or have an interest in learning more about teaching English abroad, please contact Dr. Hu (hur@ecu.edu).

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College of Education hosts Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute

East Carolina University’s College of Education hosted its second Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute on Sept. 12 for close to 100 pre-service and in-service teacher educators from the Latham Clinical Schools Network, a privately funded partnership program that supports the enhancement of 39 school systems in eastern North Carolina.

As an expert in the field of literacy and student engagement, Dr. Peter Johnston, delivered the keynote presentation that inspired the educators to incorporate this year’s theme Words: The Power to Open Minds into the classroom.

Dr. Peter Johnson addresses a question during a literacy and teacher education panel discussion at the Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute. Pictured from left to right: Johnston, Lauren Buck, vice president of the North Carolina reading association, Becky Taylor, North Carolina State Board of Education representative, Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry, ECU’s assistant director of teacher education and Jim Cieslar, executive director of United Way Pitt County.

Dr. Peter Johnson addresses a question during a literacy and teacher education panel discussion at the Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute. Pictured from left to right: Johnston, Lauren Buck, vice president of the North Carolina reading association, Becky Taylor, North Carolina State Board of Education representative, Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry, ECU’s assistant director of teacher education and Jim Cieslar, executive director of United Way Pitt County.

“Attending Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute was a wonderful experience,” said one participant. “The institute gave me the opportunity to learn about new approaches to literacy from district and national experts and leaders. It has also helped me to develop professionally by challenging me to use creative, proven methods of teaching in the classroom.”

Attendees participated in breakout sessions by reading education faculty and a literacy and teacher education panel discussion featuring Johnston, Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry, ECU’s assistant director of teacher education, Lauren Buck, vice president of the North Carolina reading association, Jim Cieslar, executive director of United Way Pitt County, Dr. Don Davis, North Carolina senator, and Becky Taylor, North Carolina State Board of Education representative. Dr. Grant Hayes, dean of the College of Education, welcomed the group with comments on the importance of supporting literacy.

Dr. Peter Johnson with participants attending the Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute.

Dr. Peter Johnson with participants attending the Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute.

“The Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy events and my participation on the ECU Literacy Leaders Board provide a wonderful opportunity as a professional to interact and meet with other educators,” said another participant. “These events make me feel empowered and respected as an educator.”

In addition to LCSN teachers, the ECU Literacy Leaders Board and select ECU undergraduate and graduate students were invited to attend the conference. The Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education in the COE held the conference at the Holiday Inn in Greenville, NC.

“We are thrilled with the enthusiasm of the participants who attended the institute,” said Dr. Johna Faulconer, conference director and associate professor in the College of Education. “Literacy is a critical issue and we are fortunate that through the generosity of Felix and Margaret Harvey, and daughters Leigh McNairy and Sunny Burrows, the family’s wishes of providing high quality literacy professional development opportunities for teachers and teachers in training has become a reality.”

A link to a photo album providing a pictorial account of the day is available at: http://www.coe3.ecu.edu/coeweb/Albums/2015_Blount/index.html

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Elementary Science Alumna Receives WITN’s Teacher of the Week Award

Congratulations to Dail Berry who received this week’s Teacher of the Week award from WITN. Last May, Berry graduated from East Carolina University, receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Elementary Science. In the summer of 2014, she was an innovative camp counselor for the East Carolina Summer Science Camp. In her role as camp counselor, she created and implemented the popular camp session, Under the Sea. Ms. Berry also has experience working as a counselor for the 4H program in her hometown. After graduation, Berry decided to return home to Hyde County to start her teaching career. She is now teaching 7th and 8th grade science at Mattamuskeet Early College High School. When asked about her interest in science, she stated, “I fell in love with science while taking courses at ECU and now I want science to be my focus.”

Berry has already distinguished herself as a leader in her school by assisting with the Junior Beta club, a Co-advisor of the Envirothon team, and the Assistant Varsity Coach for the high school volleyball team. For the next three years, she will also be a part of a new research grant entitled PIRATES, Preparing and Inspiring Readiness for Achieving Teaching Excellence in Science. Dr. Tammy Lee, Assistant Professor in Science Education at ECU, noted: “The goal of this grant is to support beginning teachers that specialized in elementary science within their undergraduate education program at ECU.” The person nominating Berry for this award said, “She is an amazing teacher and the sweetest person. It’s her first year teaching and I’d love for her to get recognition for all her hard work and determination.”

Here is the link to the WITN interview with Berry: http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/WITNs-Teacher-of-the-Week-Dail-Berry-of-Hyde-County-327835781.html

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College of Education awards more than $475,000 in scholarships to ECU students

East Carolina University’s College of Education has awarded $476,000 in scholarships to 78 outstanding students for the 2015-2016 school year. A total of 95 scholarships and awards, ranging from $250 to $20,000, were presented. Several students received multiple scholarships.

Recipients were honored Aug. 28 at the ECU College of Education Scholarship Recipient and Donor Recognition Ceremony at Rock Springs Center. A photo album has been created to share the photos take at the event. The scholarships, funded through private donations, support students while honoring and memorializing educators and the profession. Visit the university scholarships page for more information about each scholarship

ECU’s College of Education is the largest producer of new teachers in the state and the oldest professional school on campus. The college’s mission is the preparation of professional educators and allied practitioners in business information systems, counseling, electronic media and librarianship. This fall, more than 200 students are enrolled in education programs at ECU.

College of Education Living-Learning Community Scholarships

Four-year scholarships awarded to first year students who plan pursue a career in education.

Betty S. Abernathy Memorial Scholarship – $20,000
Kali Bousquet
Winterville, NC

Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship – $20,000
Kyndall Westerbeek
Warsaw, NC

Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship – $14,000
Michaela Nobels
Vanceboro, NC

Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship – $14,000
Jordan Lewis Outlaw
Washington, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Haylie Byanna Dockery
Burgaw, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Makenzie Evans
Clayton, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Raleigh Forrest
Lumberton, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Elizabeth Hawley
Lucama, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Mathew Joyner
Elm City, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Hannah Lewis
Jacksonville, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Hannah Parham
Wilmington, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Mollie Pittman
Richlands, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Megan Kristina Sealy
Franklinton, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Connor Mckinley Wilkins
Washington, NC

College of Education 2015-2016 Scholarships

The Helen Armfield Crowder Scholarship – $4,000
Ayla Allen
Roseboro, NC

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Ann Ballance
Fremont, NC

The Batton-Boyette Memorial Scholarship – $1,750
Taylor Barbour
Clayton, NC

The Frank G. Fuller Scholarship – $400
Jena Bogovich
Northumberland, PA

The Don and Linda Lassiter Scholarship (COE) – $3,000
Cheri Brown
Smithfield, NC

The Dianne and Chip Linville Doctoral Fellowship Endowment Fund – $1,000
Shannon Cecil
Greenville, NC

The Dr. Sunday Ajose Memorial Scholarship – $2,000
Brett Congleton
Winterville, NC

The Dr. Charles R. Coble Scholarship Fund – $2,500
Candice Corcoran
Eden, NC

The Carolyn C. Matthews Jones Scholarship – $4,500
Candice Corcoran
Eden, NC

The David and BJ Fisher Scholarship in Education – $1,500
Candice Corcoran
Eden, NC

The Dixie Wilson Duncan Science Education Scholarship – $1,000
Jessica Curasi
Mebane, NC

The Dr. Moses M. Sheppard Scholarship Fund – $1,000
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship – $5,000
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Laughinghouse-Leary Scholarship – $500
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Craig W. and Ruth T. Joyner Family Scholarship – $1,000
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Brittany Daniels
Rocky Mount, NC

The Ellen Boone Staton Memorial Scholarship – $1,500
Elizabeth Dupree
Holly Ridge, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Margaret Ellen Edwards
Kinston, NC

The Emily S. Boyce Fellowship – $2,500
Joy Edwards
Wilson, NC

The Sheltering Home Circle of the King’s Daughters and Sons Scholarship – $2,500
Katherine Freer
Wendell, NC

The Katie Earle Owen Morgan Scholarship Endowed Fund – $2,500
Katherine Freer
Wendell, NC

The Charles and Beth Ward Scholarship in Elementary Education – $1,400
Katherine Freer
Wendell, NC

The Kay Hall Chesson Scholarship – $1,500
Michelle Gianvito
North Brunswick, NJ

The H. Frances Daniels Scholarship – $5,000
Michelle Gianvito
North Brunswick, NJ

The Thadys J. Dewar Scholarship – $1,000
Michelle Gianvito
North Brunswick, NJ

The Sally Ruth Hinton Klingenschmitt Scholarship – $400
Melyssa Gomez
Fayetteville, NC

The Becky Keith Ledford Scholarship – $2,000
Karen Gurley
Burnsville, NC

The Gina Gaillard Locklear Scholarship – $2,000
Karen Gurley
Burnsville, NC

The Dr. Suzanne Wester, M.D. Scholarship – $4,500
Derek Hamm
Snow Hill, NC

The Helen Massey Harrell Memorial Scholarship – $1,500
Gabriele Harrell
Gates, NC

The Polly Mason Strickland Education Scholarship – $1,000
Gabriele Harrell
Gates, NC

The Mary Elizabeth Austin Yancey Scholarship Fund – $5,000
Lauren Holloway
Creedmoor, NC

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship – $5,000
Mackinsay Howe
Smithfield, NC

The Alva Sawyer & Lee G. Williams Memorial Scholarship – $1,000
Takeiya Hudson
Robersonville, NC

The Dr. James W. Batten Research Fellow Scholarship – $2,500
Brianna Ingram
Virginia Beach, VA

The Kathy A. Taft Memorial Scholarship – $2,000
Maria Johnson
Kinston, NC

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Melanie Koerber
Elizabeth City, NC

The Osmond Mitchell Endowment Fund – $5,000
Anthony Lassetter
Vanceboro, NC

The Linda Haddock McRae Memorial Scholarship – $5,000
Sharon Lepore
Fayetteville, NC

The James Bryant Kirkland, Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Middle Grades Scholarship – $5,000
Mary MacRae
Fayetteville, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Sarah Marsh
Newark, DE

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship – $5,000
Corinne McClain
Kill Devil Hills, NC

The Edwin and Hazel Roberts Donnell Scholarship – $1,000
Rebecca McHugh
Southern Pines, NC

The Sharon Raynor Scholarship – $1,000
Danielle Mehling
Jamestown, NC

The Dr. John T. Richards Scholarship – $800
Danielle Mehling
Jamestown, NC

The Faye Marie Creegan Scholarship Endowment Fund – $1,500
Heather Modlin
Jamesville, NC

The Ralph Brimley Enrichment Fund – $3,000
Gregory Monroe
Winterville, NC

The Dr. Betty M. Long Memorial Scholarship – $2,000
Michelle Nendza
Plainview, NY

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Michelle Nendza
Plainview, NY

The Osmond Mitchell Endowment Fund – $5,000
Michaela Nobles
Vanceboro, NC

The Jane B. Reel Education Scholarship – $1,000
Olivia Oakley
Greenville, NC

The Katie Earle Owen Morgan Scholarship Endowed Fund – $1,250
Alyssa Overton
Wilmington, NC

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Alyssa Overton
Wilmington, NC

The Andy Roos Memorial Scholarship – $2,500
Kiana Owens
Cary, NC

The Gayle Morgan Shearer Endowment Fund – $1,000
Danielle Parrish
Middlesex, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Jessica Pinner
Winterville, NC

The Daisy Carson Latham Memorial Scholarship – $3,000
Mary-Ashley Pollard
Benson, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Rebecca Poole
Winterville, NC

The Teer-Mihalyi Academic Enrichment Endowed Fund – $2,500
Lillian Reinisch
Land O Lakes, FL

The Benjamin Scott Denton Scholarship in Special Education – $500
Lillian Reinisch
Land O Lakes, FL

The Kallam/Moore Scholarship – $1,500
Lillian Reinisch
Land O Lakes, FL

The Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship – $2,500
Meredith Sanderson
Kinston, NC

The Tom and Karen Bartik Scholarship in Science Education – $750
Hazelle Sandoval
Raleigh, NC

The Tom and Karen Bartik Scholarship in English Education – $750
Chandria Sharpe
Waxhaw, NC

The Russell-Smith Fellowship in Adult Education – $1,000
Tiffanie Simerson
Greenville, NC

The Angel Boberg-Webb Scholarship – $500
Chelsea Skurow
Charlotte, NC

The Callaree Jarvis Horton Elementary Education Scholarship – $1,000
Lanie Smith
Washington, NC

The James H. and Virginia J. Tucker Scholarship – $1,000
Haley Sparrow
Winterville, NC

The Doris Burnette Scholarship – $5,000
Avery Spey
Cary, NC

The James Bryant Kirkland, Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Middle Grades Scholarship – $5,000
Lauren Stephens
Fayetteville, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Taunya Stevens-Johnson
Barberton, OH

The J. Worth Carter Scholarship – $900
Lauren Stone
Greenville, NC

The Mary Lois Staton Scholarship – $5,000
Chelsea Taylor
Gates, NC

The Miriam Perry Saunders Education Scholarship Fund – $5,000
Tiffany Taylor
Greenville, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Samaria Trimble
Greenville, NC

The Dr. Suzanne Wester, M.D. Scholarship – $4,500
Aleida Velasquez
Greenville, NC

The Mack and Margaret Coble Doctoral Fellowship – $2,500
Angela Wall
Mount Olive, NC

The Daisy Carson Latham Memorial Scholarship – $3,000
Jessea Waterfield
Buxton, NC

The Floyd and Pauline Mattheis Scholarship – $1,000
Kayla Watterson
Fayetteville, NC

The Catherine Jones Baggett Scholarship – $2,800
Kyndall Westerbeek
Warsaw, NC

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International Literacy Day Celebration a Great Success!

On September 8, 2015, the Department of Literacy Studies, Teaching Resource Center, and Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County partnered together to celebrate International Literacy Day. The celebration included a free book exchange outside of Joyner Library on East Carolina University’s campus.

Department representatives, along with partners from the Teaching Resource Center and Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County engaged with over 200 students, staff, and faculty to exchange books and talk about local and international literacy statistics. Participants were able to choose titles from non-fiction, fiction, and children’s literature.

Dr. Katherine Misulis stated, “Literacy, as we know, is such an essential ability – and unfortunately still so many experience it as a challenge. Highlighting the importance of literacy to others speaks volumes about its importance, and causes all to truly appreciate it as a vital element of our lives.”

It was a successful afternoon as many of the students expressed their interest in reading and were excited about the opportunity to trade books for free.

For more information about International Literacy Day, visit http://internationalliteracyday.org/

Celebrate International Literacy Day

Celebrate International Literacy Day

Faculty in the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education are thrilled to celebrate International Literacy Day on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. #ILD2015
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International Literacy Day helps bring our attention to the nearly 800 million adults worldwide who cannot read, write, or perform simple math calculations. This is a time when groups and individuals can renew their efforts to promote literacy and demonstrate their commitment to providing education for all.

Dr. Johna Faulconer, Associate Chair of the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education, noted, “About 26% of the world’s population is illiterate and women make up two-thirds of that number and while that number is high, it has dropped. International Literacy Day is a day to call attention to the importance of literacy and to celebrate our accomplishments. We are thrilled that so many groups across the ECU campus are taking part in the effort to support International Literacy Day, Our ECU community truly models our mission to inspire positive change.”

The Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education, partnered with the Teaching Resource Center and the Pitt County Literacy Volunteers invites anyone to attend a Book Exchange in celebration of literacy awareness on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 outside of Joyner Library from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. For more information, contact Emily-Lynn Adkins at adkinse@ecu.edu.

To mark the occasion, many ECU faculty, staff, and students submitted photos.

Students in Corey Gilman’s second-grade class use a mix of old-school and new technologies in the classroom. Photo: Peggy Barmore

Former Dean Keeping Teacher Preparation in the Spotlight

Dr. Linda Patriarca, former dean of the College of Education and current Special Education professor may be on hiatus, but she is still making sure that East Carolina and the work done in the College for teacher preparation stays in the spotlight, as shown in the US News and World Report article “Colleges Struggle to Blend Tech, Teacher-Training Lesson Plans.”

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COE Alumna and Current MAEd Student Named Pactolus Teacher of the Year

Melissa Zurawski was named Teacher of the Year at Pactolus School in Pitt County where she teaches fifth grade English Language Arts. She is in her fourth year of teaching and uses the principle, “Effort rather than ability leads to success,” to guide her work with students. She explains, “I want my students to understand that they should forever put their all into everything they do and always be perseverant. My students understand that I believe in them and that regardless of their strengths and weaknesses, they will succeed if they put forth effort in all they do.”

Melissa earned her BS in Elementary Education in 2010 and is currently continuing her studies at East Carolina University in the Master of Arts in Education – Reading Education Program. She explained, “Throughout my experience in the READ Master’s program, I have gained knowledge of specific reading interventions to use with my students who are struggling in reading. I am learning new strategies that build a strong literacy foundation and target areas of needed instruction for my students. I am becoming a lifelong learner and I am always encouraging my students to do the same. There is no barrier in a child’s reading education that cannot be moved, no bridge that cannot be crossed and no gap that cannot be closed with the dedication of teachers that care.”

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College of Education is Busting Myths about Teaching

On August 23, 2015, the College of Education helped welcome over 5,000 students at Pirate Palooza, the university’s largest annual welcome back celebration, held in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. . Pirate Palooza featured a variety of ECU traditions and activities where students had the chance to participate in athletic games, speak with vendors, enjoy food, and win prizes!

The College of Education hosted an outreach and recruitment booth at Pirate Palooza with a theme of: Myth Busting: Why You Should Teach! which featured information about the 17 undergraduate teacher education programs and 23 graduate and certificate programs ECU offers.

College of Education faculty and staff engaged students in conversation to dispel myths about the field of education and teaching through an interactive, informative activity. Students were able to choose a question related to teaching and respond to whether it was a truth or myth. Topics covered through the activity ranged from questions about salary to the employment demand for teachers.

It was a successful night for the COE team that staffed the Palooza Outreach booth, speaking with 232 students, many of whom expressed an interest in education and or teaching. Students were impressed with the College of Education representation at the event and the opportunity to get interesting factoids about the teaching profession, college, and ECU.

The College of Education was proud to participate in this event as a creative method of outreach, recruitment, and retention for teacher education programs!

For more information about teacher education at East Carolina University, please visit our website at http://www.ecu.edu/coe