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Dr. Brown to Deliver Commencement Address

Dr. Abbie Brown from the department of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, will deliver the commencement address at this Friday’s graduation ceremony. In his address, Dr. Brown observes that earning a university degree is an exhilarating and satisfying personal investment, and that education helps one see, “the big picture” and more details within that picture. 

More information can be found in the article by Jeannine Manning Hutson http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/abrown14.cfm

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ECU to Participate in Global Day of Giving

image‘Tis the season for giving! In honor of #GivingTuesday, East Carolina University is inviting alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty, and staff to join the movement by giving a charitable gift* on Tuesday, December 2, to the university that is near and dear to our hearts.

Founded in 2012 to inspire a new tradition of generosity, #GivingTuesday focuses on celebrating kindness and giving back. Support a culture of philanthropy at ECU by making a gift on December 2nd and becoming a partner in securing the university’s future for current students and future generations of Pirates.

Your gifts provide scholarships, enrich teaching resources and libraries, offer hands-on learning lessons, support research and the arts, deliver classroom enhancements, and afford study abroad living/learning opportunities – all of which help ECU attract and retain the best and brightest students and faculty.

Help spread the word! Mark you calendar to #GiveTueECU on December 2, tell your friends, and post on social media using the hashtags #GivingTuesdayECU and #GiveTueECU. “I Gave” badges will be available through ECU’s University Advancement and East Carolina Alumni Association’s social media accounts on December 2.

Learn more about the #GivingTuesdayECU movement. Thank you for your support!

Contact us at (252) ECU-GIVE (252-328-4483) or give2ecu@ecu.edu.

*Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.

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Abby Colley – A Pirate Who Does Us Proud

On November 6, 2014  at the NCSTA conference in Winston-Salem Abby Colley received the Outstanding Student Teacher Award.  Abby is a well-deserving graduate from the Elementary Science Concentration and is currently teaching 4th grade at Ayden Elementary in Pitt County. When she was a student at ECU her clinical teacher stated,  “She excelled in the classroom with her passion, creativity, and willingness to collaborate with other teachers…  I have seen her dedication for this field in her lesson planning, success of implementation of goals taught, and her responses to questions asked by her students…She is deserving of this award.”  Congratulations, Abby.  We are proud to have you as one of our pirates!

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Not One, Not Two, but Many ECU Award Recipients!

At its 44th Annual North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM)  Conference held in Greensboro, NC on 30-31 October 2014, ECU was featured mightily during the Awards Ceremony.  Two ECU Mathematics Education faculty, Dr. Ron Preston and Dr. Rose Sincrope were recognized with the highest honor that NCCTM can bestow, the W. W. Rankin Award.  MATE senior, Rebekah Currie, double majoring in a BS Mathematics Education and a BA in Mathematics won the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student from the Eastern Region award.  Several alumni also were recognized as the Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher for their school districts.  Congratulations to:

W.T. Edwards, Columbus Co. – Class of ’11
Jennifer Simmons, Onslow Co. – Class of ’97, current student MAEd IT (Onslow Cohort)
Renea Baker, Pitt Co. – Class of ’92

ECU rises to the top once again!

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CAEP Prep: What is the LCSN?

The Latham Clinical Schools Network (LCSN) is a network of 38 public school systems located throughout eastern North Carolina, who collaborate with the EPP at ECU in order to form a school partnership among teacher candidates and faculty.  LCSN provides quality field placements for pre-service teachers with trained clinical teachers in diverse public school settings.

The LCSN is critical to the EPP successfully meeting the expectations of Standard 3, Field Experiences and Clinical Practice, Collaboration between the Unit and School Partners.  Collaboration with the LCSN allows the EPP to strategically and proactively address concerns.  One common issue collaboratively addressed through LCSN was the need for criminal background checks for field experiences (practicum) and clinical practice (internship).

The in-depth collaboration between ECU EPP and LCSN partners leads to synergistic gains for the partners.  For the COE, partnerships from the LCSN support the TQP grant, focused on the clinical practice component.  Instructional Coaching in LCSN member district (Pitt County Schools and Greene County Schools) was an original TQP clinical practice reform, and is also a Pirate CODE innovation.  For LCSN, professional development is provided annually for all clinical teachers who mentor an intern during clinical practice through the fall and spring Clinical Teacher Conference and through other annual conferences, themed workshops, and collaborative professional development opportunities.  These events unite EPP faculty and clinical partners in support of candidates.

Prior to the Site Visit, it is important for our public school partners in the LCSN to know about the EPP’s programs and Pirate CODE.  LCSN representatives serve on the Council for Teacher Education, and are the crucial communication conduit for the EPP to the public schools.

Once the Site Visit schedule is determined, individual faculty, candidates, clinical teachers, university supervisors and other EPP stakeholders may possibly be invited to meet with the Site Visit Team.

Learn more about the Latham Clinical Schools Network: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/oce/Clinical_Schools.cfm

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LEED Students, Alumni featured at NC Community College System Conference

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Laura Bethea, a 2nd year student, presented on The Use of Focus Groups in Assessing Career Services and Promoting Student Success.

Doctoral students and alumni of the EdD program in educational leadership, higher education concentration were featured throughout the North Carolina Community College System Conference, October 12th-14th. Presentations included the following:

  • Beyond Silos: Working Together to Develop a Comprehensive Student Success Agenda, Levy Brown (with Kelley Evans, John Gray, Robert Rogan, & Sharon Thompson),
  • The Use of Focus Groups in Assessing Career Services and Promoting Student Success, Laura Bethea (with Lynn Kavcsak),
  • The Growing Student Diversity in the North Carolina Community College System, Devon Hall & Angie Adams,
  • Bridging the Gap: Innovations in Transitions, Katrina Arnold (with Laurie Weston & Belinda Grubbs),
  • Distance Education Regulation: Implications for E-Leadership, Jolee Fedak, Kimberly McGhee, Erica Schatz, & Darcie Tumey (with Dr. Crystal Chambers),
  • Flip your Classroom by Using the Free, Open Educational Resource HP  LIFE eLearning in your Business Courses, Darcie Tumey (with Brenda DeLee),
  • Engaging and Utilizing BioNetwork Resources, Maria Pharr (with Vernon Shoaf). Ms. Pharr was also on tap to demonstrate BioNetwork’s Mobile Training Lab.

This group of students and faculty were joined by John Paul Black (c/o 2009), presenting on

  • The Foundations and Future of the NC Community College Leadership  Program (with Celia Hurley),
  • Academic and Psychosocial Interventions for Developmental Mathematics Students (with Karen Hill and Patricia Phillips).
TOP MARKS: Dr. Don Phipps, Superintendent of Beaufort County Schools; Megan Ormond, 2014-2015 BCS Teacher of the Year; Bubs Carson, 2014-2015 Principal of the Year; and Mark Doane, assistant superintendent of Beaufort County Schools at the annual banquet on Sept. 16.

Megan Potter, ’11 MAEd READ graduate, was named the Beaufort County Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015

Mrs. Meredith Megan Potter Ormond, who teaches English at the Beaufort County Early College High School, was named Beaufort County’s Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015 during the annual banquet on Sept. 16. Megan taught at Greene Central High School for nine years and currently teaches English at the Beaufort County Early College High School. When asked about the award, she said, “Winning teacher of the year was certainly an honor. There is no shortage of amazing teachers in Beaufort County so it was humbling to be chosen by my colleagues and the interview board.”

In reflecting on her teaching career, she said that her success in the classroom is due to her supportive administrator and colleagues, a desire to try new teaching strategies and lifelong learning, and engagement in professional development. However, she explained that, “The most important piece is my students. Building relationships with them, creating a classroom culture where everyone feels safe and respected and wants to learn, and having high expectations that are clearly conveyed to students are all core beliefs in my teaching philosophy.”

Megan also described the impact of her undergraduate and graduate studies at ECU: “I never considered going anywhere other than ECU for my preparation as a teacher; I knew it was the best College of Education in the state. I was lucky to have amazing professors as an undergrad like Dr. Sundwall, Dr. Finley, Dr. Muller, and Dr. Wilenz who made me excited to learn about my content and provided me with sound strategies to use in the classroom. The fantastic Teaching Fellows program at ECU instilled in me professionalism and high standards.

My graduate degree in reading education pushed me out of my comfort zone and renewed my love for learning and teaching. I had professors like Dr. Swaggerty, Dr. Atkinson, and Dr. Griffith who were always willing to answer any question and discuss any topic. I felt lucky to work with these wonderful professors so closely and learned so much during my time as a graduate student. I feel like the depth and breadth of my pedagogical knowledge was increased tremendously during that time.”

(Pictured: Dr. Don Phipps, Superintendent of Beaufort County Schools; Megan Ormond, 2014-2015 BCS Teacher of the Year; Bubs Carson, 2014-2015 Principal of the Year; and Mark Doane, assistant superintendent of Beaufort County Schools at the annual banquet on Sept. 16.)

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COE Faculty Engaged at NC-ACTE Fall Forum

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On September 25-26, 2014, the NC Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators held its annual fall Teacher Education Forum in Raleigh, NC. 

The Teacher Education Forum is a wonderful opportunity for teacher educators engaged in all aspects of preparation–from recruitment to curriculum, to clinical practice, to induction–to convene annually.

College of Education faculty presenting sessions at the 2014 Fall Forum included:

  • Patricia Anderson (ELMID)
  • Jamin Carson (ELMID)
  • Kristen Cuthrell (ELMID)
  • Laura King (SEFR)
  • Diana Lys (OAA)
  • Linda Patriarca (Dean’s Office)
  • Lora Lee Smith Canter (SEFR)
  • Michael Vitale (SEFR)
  • Karen Voytecki (SEFR)
  • Kathi Wilhite (SEFR)
  • Jennifer Williams (SEFR)

To learn more about NC-ACTE, visit their website.

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CAEP Prep: Introduction to the edTPA

The edTPA is a pre-service performance assessment designed to determine a teacher Plan_Assess_Instructcandidate’s readiness to teach.  It is the first nationally available, educator designed performance assessment for candidates entering the teaching profession.  The edTPA requires the teacher candidate to plan, instruct and assess a 3 to 5 hour learning segment while developing an electronic portfolio of evidence of teaching competency. The assessment is completed during the second semester of the teaching internship. The 27 subject-specific versions of the assessment share a common architecture and common language.

The edTPA was introduced to the College of Education during the spring semester of AY 2010-2011.  Three program areas participated in the national field test of the original version of the TPA, as it was known at the time.  Since then, all initial licensure programs have adopted the edTPA as a summative assessment.  During AY 2011-12, 284 portfolios were submitted and evaluated.  The number of portfolios increased to 575 in AY 2012-13.  During the most recent administration of the edTPA, 535 portfolios were submitted and evaluated.

Authored by Dr. Ellen E. Dobson

 

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CAEP Prep: Pirate CODE Innovations

caepThe ECU College of Education is one of several teacher education institutions nationwide to receive approval from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) to implement a transformation initiative (TI) called Pirate CODE (Continuum of Developing Expertise) as the framework for its spring 2015 National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation visit.

Pirate CODE brings seven research-based teacher education assessment initiatives that have previously operated independently throughout the college under one umbrella to strengthen and develop teacher candidates.

Students enrolled in the College’s Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education programs begin working with the first component of Pirate CODE during their sophomore year and experience different components throughout their junior and senior years. Each component is designed to improve and assess teacher preparedness using different, but complementary, methods.

A brief overview of the TI Innovations

  1. Video Grand Rounds- Teacher candidates are given an introductory framework for classroom observations and subsequent discussions guided by faculty.
  2. ISLES- Pre-service candidates develop a common framework of instructional practices which highlight effective evidence-based strategies for increasing student achievement through a series of online modules.
  3. edTPA Preparation Modules- Informal perspectives and skills are gained based on interdisciplinary research that complements traditional teacher education programs and facilitates student edTPA™ performance.
  4. Instructional Coaching- Instructional coaches maximize teacher candidates’ growth in the internship experience through instructional coaching of performance.
  5. Professional Development for Clinical Teachers and University Supervisors- The local level of professional development consists of departments within the College of Education: The Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach, the Office of Assessment and Accreditation/Instructional Technology, the Office of Clinical Experiences, and the Irene Howell Assistive Technology Center.
  6. Co-Teaching- The Co-Teaching partnership enables clinical teachers to provide consistent mentoring, giving interns the time and support necessary to gain skills required to teach successfully.
  7. edTPA™- The edTPA™ is a valid and reliable summative capstone assessment to assess candidate readiness and provide data to inform program improvement.

For more information on each of the innovations, please visit the Pirate CODE website.

 

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