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2015 Recruitment Day

College of Education Hosts Prospective Pirates

On Saturday, January 24, 2015, the East Carolina University College of Education hosted prospective teacher education students at their College Of Education Recruitment Day which was held in Mendenhall Student Center. The theme of the event was iTeach: What’s Your Superpower? and provided 46 junior and senior high school students and their families with information about teacher education degree programs offered at the institution as well as information about transitioning from high school to a four-year institution.

Invitations were issued to high schools within the Latham Clinical Schools Network which comprises 39 counties within eastern North Carolina. Dr. Linda Patriarca, Dean of the College of Education, welcomed the group with motivational comments about why becoming a teacher is crucial in today’s society. Prospective students and their families received information about admissions, financial aid, and housing. Teacher education faculty members provided participants with degree requirements and the unique features of ECU’s teacher education programs. In a student panel and throughout the day, teacher education students interacted with program participants and provided advice on successful transition from high school to college as well as engaged in conversations about what it’s like to be a Pirate at ECU. Prospective students and their families received information about the Education Living and Learning Community and the myriad of scholarships available for teacher education students. Tours of the campus led by current teacher education students rounded out the COE Recruitment Day.

Participants commented positively about the day by saying, “I loved the amazing ECU spirit…. There was excitement from everyone…. What a wise use of time…. The student panel was very helpful.” The teacher education programs represented at the event are hopeful that the day’s interactions will help prospective students solidify their choice to attend ECU in the future.

The College of Education was delighted to host this event to encourage high school students to choose East Carolina University as their home away from home. The unit extends its gratitude to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Campus Living, and teacher education faculty and staff across campus for making this a successful recruitment event.

A link to a photo album providing a pictorial account of the day is available at: Recruitment Day Photo Album – January 24, 2015.

For more information about recruitment efforts for the College of Education at East Carolina University, please contact Ms. Dionna Manning in the COE Academic Success Center, at manningd@ecu.edu or 252-328-5453 or Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry, in the Office of Teacher Education, at bilbroberryl@ecu.edu or 252-328-1123. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit www.ecu.edu/becomeateacher for more information about teacher education programs offered at ECU.

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Meet Dan Zuberbier: A Great Resource for Students, Faculty, and Educators in Eastern NC

Recently, the Joyner Library made a new addition specifically to benefit the College of Education. Dan Zuberbier was hired as the Education and Instructional Technologies Librarian in the Teaching Resource Center.

Like many academic librarians, Dan Zuberbier didn’t follow a straight path to the profession. While finishing his B.A. in History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, he was an assistant baseball coach at Edgewood College, a small private college down the street from the UW. “Baseball had been the center of my life for as long as I could remember,” he said. “Since I wasn’t playing ball any more it made sense to try and break into the coaching ranks.” Unfortunately being an assistant coach at an NCAA Division III school wasn’t enough to pay the bills, and he picked up odd jobs to make ends meet.

Eventually, Dan decided he needed a more stable career path. “Working the equivalent of two full-time jobs to pay the bills took the fun out of coaching baseball,” and reflected on what he wanted to get out of a career. “I needed a career that fulfilled my intellectual curiosities, and, at the same time, provided opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with young adults as I had been able to do with my baseball players. Teaching seemed like a natural fit.”

Setting his sights on becoming a high school history teacher, he enrolled in Pima Community College’s online Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education Program, moved to Arizona to complete his student teaching, and earned his teaching license. Yet, four years later, his career took another unexpected turn. “I was having a hard time building up my students’ research skills, so I reached out to who I thought was our school librarian,” he said. “She kindly informed me she was the library clerk and had no experience teaching students research skills.”

Saying he was surprised his high school, the largest school in the district, didn’t have a certified library media specialist on staff is putting it mildly. To make matters worse, soon after their initial conversation, the library clerk broke her foot and was out of work for a week. Zuberbier stated, “Because she wasn’t a certified teacher-librarian, the school was under no obligation to hire a substitute to keep the library open in her absence. I was speechless.” After being shut out of their library for an entire week, Zuberbier wondered what else his students were missing out on because the school did not have a certified teacher-librarian.

He dove head-first into researching the role a library media specialist should play on a high school campus and petitioned the school board to fund the position. His request was denied. The Superintendent argued that because the school was only four years old, its collection was ‘still so new’ and students had access to so many online resources the school didn’t need a certified librarian. It took another year for Zuberbier’s efforts to succeed, and, in the meantime, he began earning his Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) through UW-Milwaukee. He was also able to earn his library media specialist endorsement, and became his school’s first certified teacher-librarian.

“Soon after I started my MLIS program, I knew I couldn’t stop being a teacher. But, I also realized I wanted to give myself the opportunity to have an impact on the profession as an advocate for school libraries and through my work as an education librarian,” Zuberbier said. Which is why he considers himself fortunate to be working in East Carolina University’s Teaching Resources Center. “This is my dream job. To not only work with pre-service teachers by teaching them about instructional technologies and what they should expect out of their school library when they enter the workforce, but also serve educators throughout eastern North Carolina is an awesome responsibility.”

Zuberbier is currently working on developing workshops for students and faculty around the basic functions and lesson planning around the use of SMART Boards. He is also looking to collaborate with COE faculty to develop a series of workshops for students that will cover current and emerging K12 instructional technologies that will take place during the Fall semester. He currently resides in the TRC, room 2504, and can be reached through email, zuberbierd14@ecu.edu, or by phone, 328-0406.

ECU to Provide Early Childhood Mentoring to Eastern NC Educators

Incoming kindergartners throughout eastern North Carolina will soon be better prepared for classroom learning thanks to a $1.3 million grant awarded to East Carolina University.

Barbara Brehm, coordinator of ECU’s birth to kindergarten undergraduate program in the College of Human Ecology, will oversee the Early Educator Support, Leadership and Professional Development (EESLPD) project.

You can find out more about the grant here: ‘Ready to Learn’

History of ECU as a Teacher Preparation Institution

ECU has a proud heritage with a mission of teaching, research, and service. Its commitment to the region is an expression of its motto, “Servire,” or To Serve. Chartered in 1907 as East Carolina Teachers Training School (ECTTS), ECU has continually served the region with quality and commitment. In 1972, ECU joined the UNC System, becoming the third largest university in the system, and the College of Education (COE) is its founding college.

The Mission Statement was revised in 2014 to reflect ECU’s goal “To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation.” ECU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. ECU’s conceptual framework for preparing education professionals focuses on empowering all learners in all educational endeavors and achieving excellence through partnership.

The EPP unit at ECU consistently produces the most educational professionals in the state annually. Many graduates teach and lead in the eastern part of NC within The Walter and Daisy Carson Latham Clinical Schools Network (LCSN) and continue to be valued partners with the EPP and ECU Pirate Nation.

In 2009, the COE was awarded an $8.9 million Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant from the US Department of Education to reform teacher preparation and impact school reform. Several TQP reforms are innovations in the EPP’s Pirate CODE, Transformation Initiative. In 2010, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) awarded the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education to the editorial team of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction (JoCI), a COE-supported online journal.

More recently, the teacher preparation programs at ECU were studied as part of a Spencer Foundation project on data use practices in teacher education. This work is being featured by AACTE as a forthcoming series of institutional profiles and problems of practice briefs.

Learn more about ECU’s mission and values: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/chancellor/mission.cfm

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Everyone Has News to Share

In the College of Education, we believe the best way to find out about what is going on in our departments, classrooms, and clubs as well as in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni is by encouraging them to share their news and events with us.

As one of the larger colleges at East Carolina University, we do our best to cover all that is going on, but we know there is more, and we want to know about it! If there is something newsworthy that you believe the college should share, please let us know about it.

Members of the community can share their news by sending an email to coewebteam@ecu.edu. We are happy to share relevant news stories on our news blog, website, Facebook page and Twitter. Please remember that in order for us to run a story on the website, it must be accompanied by a photo. If you have an upcoming event that would be of interest, we would be happy to share that as well.

ECU faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use the COE helpdesk to submit their news and other promotion requests. College of Education faculty are invited to attend the upcoming professional development session “Keep Your Department in the Spotlight” on February 25th from 10-11 am to learn about all the tools COE faculty and staff have at their disposal to get the word out.

You know your story better than anyone. Won’t you share it with us?

Dr. Rob Lucas and Dr. Christina Tschida Awarded a Grant from the Library of Congress

Congratulations to Dr. Rob Lucas and Dr. Christina Tschida in the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education (ELMID) for their Grant Award from the Library of Congress. The Project, Teaching with Primary Sources will develop sets of primary sources on key regional topics that are also of national significance and make them available to teachers across the state. Additionally, the project will increase elementary teacher candidates’ capacities, particularly in the areas of historical investigation, academic language, disciplinary reading of non-fiction texts and instructional planning. Pre-service elementary teachers will learn to locate and use original documents and other primary sources as they design and implement instruction in history. The project will help teachers and their students to connect to North Carolina’s own rich history and its role in the nation’s history.

Dr. Robin Hamilton

Alumna is Southeast Regional Principal of the Year

Dr. Robin Hamilton of Parsley Elementary School has been named 2015 Southeast Regional Principal of the Year by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Hamilton is a recent graduate of the College of Education’s Educational Leadership program.

The news was delivered to Dr. Hamilton at a surprise ceremony and reception this morning, Friday, January 9, 2015. In attendance were New Hanover County Board of Education members, NCDPI officials, New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) Senior Staff, Parsley Elementary School staff and students, and Dr. Hamilton’s family. Dr. Sandra Sheridan, retired assistant superintendent of Human Resources, was the keynote speaker for the event.

“I love being a principal. I am humbled and so surprised by this honor,” Dr. Hamilton said.

This past June, Dr. Hamilton was named New Hanover County’s Principal of the Year, and was then chosen out of other top principals from 13 counties in Southeastern North Carolina to be named 2015 Regional Principal of the Year. She will now go on to compete against seven other principals for the honor of State Principal of the Year in May of 2015.

While earning her doctorate, Hamilton was also the recipient of the 2014 Glatthorn Distinguished Dissertation award.

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COE Awarded Grant to Bring New Pitt County Teachers Back to Graduate School

By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services

East Carolina University wants to entice new teachers in Pitt County to become students again.

ECU’s College of Education has received a $60,000 grant from the BelleJar Foundation that will help pay for 12 first-year teachers in high-need schools to get their master’s degrees in a collaborative effort with Pitt County Schools.

Seven teachers have enrolled in graduate school at ECU, and officials are recruiting to fill the remaining slots at Belvoir Elementary, C.M. Eppes Middle, HB Sugg/SD Bundy Elementary and North Pitt High.

High-need schools typically have more beginning teachers, double-digit teacher turnover rates, and a large number of students who receive free and reduced lunch.

“We want to touch as many teachers as we can,” said Dr. Judy Smith, ECU associate professor of elementary education and middle grades education. “We are preparing effective teachers and we want to retain those teachers in eastern North Carolina.” The program, Collaborative Teaching Communities, is aimed at giving new teachers “the time and support necessary to gain skills and confidence required to teach successfully, particularly in high need settings,” according to the grant summary.

Those in the program will be part of professional teaching teams. The teams will include one master teacher, two ECU undergraduate co-teaching student interns and two novice teachers (first to third year teachers). The program builds on a successful co-teaching model piloted in the ECU College of Education.

For the full article, please visit the ECU News Services Article Preparing Effective Teachers.

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Counselors Connect with the College of Education

On December 10, 2014, twenty-nine high school guidance counselors from eastern North Carolina were hosted at an event sponsored by East Carolina University’s College of Education. The event entitled, Counselor Connections: Each One-Reach One, served as an opportunity for these education professionals to gain up-to-date information about the university and its teacher education programs. These 29 educators represented the following school districts: Beaufort, Craven, Cumberland, Edenton-Chowan, Edgecombe, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank, Greene, Hertford, Johnston, Lenoir, Martin, Pamlico, Pitt, Roanoke Rapids, and Wayne.

Invitations were issued to each high school within the Latham Clinical Schools Network which comprises 39 counties within eastern North Carolina. At the event, the counselors received information from Admissions regarding the processes involved for applying to ECU. The Honors College provided details about this unique opportunity for academically talented students. The attendees were also given a crash course by the Financial Aid Office about updated applications processes.

In addition to the aforementioned presentations, the College of Education shared detailed information about the College of Education scholarship opportunities and teaching faculty from the areas of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education, Special Education, and Middle Grades Education talked with counselors about these high-need area programs. The central focus of the Each One, Reach One event was to assist counselors with information about applying for college, but also to encourage them to prompt students to consider education as a career choice for the future. Recruitment packets, along with College of Education scholarship information, were given to each attendee for use back at their high schools.

The counselors in attendance were encouraged to recruit high school juniors and seniors to attend the upcoming College of Education Recruitment Day to be held on campus January 24, 2015. Information about our Education Living and Learning Community and 2+2 degree completion programs through State Employees’ Partnership East was also disseminated to participants in an effort to spotlight the many opportunities for interested students.

The College of Education was delighted to host this event to provide timely and beneficial information to guidance counselors from the eastern region of our state.

For more information about recruitment efforts for the College of Education at East Carolina University, please contact Dionna Manning, at manningd@ecu.edu or via phone 252-328-5453 or contact Laura Bilbro-Berry, at bilbroberryl@ecu.edu or via phone at 252-328-1123. For information about the variety of educational opportunities may be found at www.ecu.edu/becomeateacher .

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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.