In award-winning elementary math teacher’s class, whole is greater than sum of its parts

Megan Lawson has undergone a conversion. She was never a good math student. We didn’t particularly enjoy teaching math when she started in the classroom 10 years ago. Today, she is the 2017 Outstanding Elementary School Mathematics Teacher for Lenoir County Public Schools. “It was not a good subject for me,” said Lawson, a kindergarten teacher at Pink Hill Elementary School for the past five years. “It’s my favorite subject now.” What changed her mind – and focused her career – was her participation in Continue reading →

Rural Education Project Lands $999,751 Grant

Bringing computer science and computational thinking to rural school districts is the goal behind the iCS4All project, which the NSF recently awarded a $999,751 grant. The project, named Integrating the Computer Science for All Initiative in Three Rural Eastern NC School Districts (iCS4All), will be led by principal investigator Matt Militello, the ECU College of Education’s Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor in Educational Leadership, co-principal investigator Martin Reardon, assistant professor in education leadership, and include partnerships with the ECU Department of Computer Science, and the Friday Continue reading →

Mursion ‘Grants’ Draw Six School Districts to ECU

The East Carolina University College of Education Mursion team hosted leaders from six counties on Thursday, July 27, that have decided to take advantage of an offer to use Mursion@ECU as part of their professional development plan for the 2017-18 school year. Mursion provides an immersive experience in a safe space providing an opportunity for repeat practice with immediate feedback. The environment allows candidates, teachers, and administrators to practice their craft where no harm can be done, but skills can be honed through the use Continue reading →

College of Education LLC Spearheading Lab School Supply Drive

The East Carolina University College of Education Living-Learning Community is hosting a school supply drive to benefit our new ECU Lab School scholars. 
The goal is to provide a new supply-filled backpack to each student. Please consider supporting our supply drive and our Lab School students so each student will be equipped with new supplies when school starts. The following supplies are needed: 75 book bags (ideally, we’d like to provide each student a book bag with school supplies loaded in on August 24th which Continue reading →

Lenker Named Regional Superintendent of the Year

East Carolina University alumnus and Pitt County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ethan Lenker was named the 2017-2018 North Central Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance on June 27. Lenker was selected for the award by his fellow superintendents within the Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance. Lenker received his Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership from ECU in 2006, and was appointed as the Pitt County Schools superintendent in July 2013. As superintendent, Lenker has proven to be a valuable partner for Continue reading →

Pirate Principal: ECU Lab School Leader Named

Tasha Rodriguez has been named principal of the East Carolina University Laboratory School, which will open this fall at South Greenville Elementary School. Rodriguez’s appointment is effective May 8. She currently is an assistant principal at Grifton School. “I am thankful for the opportunity to have served Grifton School, the families and community for the last three years,” Rodriguez said. “The major lesson I’ve learned from the Grifton community is the importance of having pride for the school. I will carry this with me as Continue reading →

Dr. Allen Guidry named interim assistant dean in the College of Education

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Allen Guidry has agreed to accept the new position of interim assistant dean in the College of Education. Dr. Guidry is an eastern North Carolina native and an alumnus of East Carolina University (BS, 1995 and MAEd, 2002). An award winning teacher in the region for more than a decade, Dr. Guidry came to East Carolina University’s College of Education in 2006 after earning his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an Continue reading →

Dr. Kristen Cuthrell Appointed Interim Director of COE Rural Education Institute (REI)

In 1982 the ECU College of Education received a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to establish the Rural Education Institute. The Rural Education Institute (REI) was developed to increase awareness of the unique strengths and needs of rural schools in eastern North Carolina. In 1984 the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated funds for the continuation of East Carolina University’s Rural Education Institute and established a counterpart at Western Carolina University. These two institutions comprise the Rural Education Network for the State of North Continue reading →

Three East Carolina University faculty members awarded grant funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Dr. Jennifer McKinnon, Associate Professor of History in the Maritime Studies Program and project director, Dr. Anna Froula, Associate Professor of Film Studies in the Department of English, and Dr. Anne Ticknor, Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the College of Education, have been awarded almost $98,000 in grant funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work with veterans. McKinnon, Froula, and Ticknor will engage Saipanese veterans of contemporary wars, surviving civilian participants of World War II and families of military service personnel to learn Continue reading →

ECU professors ‘rocket back to earth’ during NASA simulation

Three East Carolina University College of Education faculty members spent Jan. 18 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, learning about simulations for astronaut training and vehicle design. Daniel Dickerson, Patricia Slagter Van Tryon and Abbie Brown from the Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education toured several NASA project areas: the rapid prototype lab developing and testing controls for the Orion spacecraft; the space vehicle mockup facility that includes full-scale simulations of the International Space Station and Orion; the Human Exploration Research Continue reading →