Category Archives: Community Outreach

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Freshman education major recognized by top honor society

The ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society has named Glenesha D. Berryman as the Outstanding First-Year student at ECU for the 2015-2016 year. Berryman is studying English education in the College of Education and is also completing an English major in the Harriot College Department of English. She is an EC Scholar and member of the Honors College.

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IHAT Center Presentation at Loyola Marymount University

The Irene Howell Assistive Technology [IHAT] Center was invited to do a virtual presentation at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

The presentation was facilitated by IHAT Center Co-Manager, Taylor Carangi and IHAT staff member, Paige Anderson, both ECU Special Education majors, via Skype on April 26, 2016. It offered a virtual tour of the IHAT Center and an introduction to assistive technology and universal design for learning.

The presentation was given to general education and special education pre-service teachers who are in an early field experience course taught by Dr. Vicki Graf at Loyola Marymount University.

The IHAT crew members did a phenomenal job sharing information and fielding questions about our special education program here at ECU, assistive technology, universal design for learning, and processes for determining AT selection for individuals with disabilities.

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ECU College of Education Hosts First EdcampECU

The ECU College of Education successfully hosted its first EdcampECU on Saturday, April 23 at Speight and Rivers Buildings. The event drew over sixty participants including  teachers, media coordinators, instructional technology specialists, and school district personnel from across the region and several ECU Faculty members.  EdcampECU followed the unique “unconference” format with sessions being suggested by participants during the conference. Sessions did not have presenters, instead they were organized as discussion groups where educators shared and learned from each other. EdcampECU focused on the integration of technology in the classroom and included topics such as formative assessment tools, Google Apps, project based learning, flipped classrooms, gamification, technology to improve literacy and much more. In addition to the regular EdcampECU sessions, participants joined a lunchtime webinar from teacher and author, Heather Wolpert-Gawron of www.tweenteacher.com who discussed “writing as creating” in her experience teaching ELL students writing with the integration of 3-D printing projects.

Participants brought their own devices to the conference where they followed the live agenda and session notes on Google Docs while highlighting the events of the day via the #edcampecu live twitter feed. In the high energy closing session, referred to as the “Smackdown” in Edcamp tradition, participants drew and a representation of their EdcampECU experience and shared with the group in 30 seconds or less in order to have a chance to win one of several document cameras or devices donated by IPEVO.

EdcampECU participants had rave reviews of the event. When asked about their favorite part of the day, participants shared that they enjoyed “The freedom and flexibility to engage in meaningful conversation” and “Getting to collaborate with fellow educators…and a relaxed atmosphere in which we could learn something new.”

Teachers were awarded .6 CEU’s for attendance and the conference was offered free to participants due to the generous sponsorships of the ECU College of Education, Taskstream, and the Edcamp Foundation. Doorprizes were offered by Nearpod, Classcraft, Chromville and IPEVO. The conference was organized by the Office of Assessment, Accreditation and Data Management led by Instructional Technology Consultants, Holly Fales and Jason Whited. In addition, Lauren Boucher and Melissa Tedder of Pitt County Schools and Dr. Todd Finley, Associate Professor of English Education assisted with the event.

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Dr. Daniel Dickerson Represents ECU on Fulbright Commission Panel Addressing STEM Study Abroad Partnerships with the Czech Republic

Dr. Daniel Dickerson, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education and ECU STEM CoRE (Collaborative for Research in Education) Co-Director, is among a small group of scholars from across the United States selected to sit on a Fulbright Commission sponsored STEM Expert Panel to address university faculty from across the Czech Republic regarding STEM study abroad possibilities. He will join faculty from MIT, Purdue, Michigan, Georgia Tech, and other STEM intensive institutions.

The STEM Expert Panel is part of a capacity building workshop, “Bringing More U.S. Students in STEM to Czech Universities,” sponsored by the Department of State, Office of Global Educational Program, the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic in cooperation with Czech universities that offer education in STEM. The workshop will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on April 19-20, 2016 and will be followed by campus visits on April 21-22.

While there, Dickerson will speak to participants during meeting sessions regarding STEM education program development and explore ways to build collaborative efforts with the Czech Republic. Additionally, the US delegation will tour eight Czech universities, attend a reception at the residence of the US Ambassador, and explore innovative ways to enhance global partnerships.

Dr. Dickerson has more than 70 publications, 130 conference presentations, and has been involved in grants as PI, Co-PI, Senior Personnel, or Evaluator totaling over $10 million.

Alecia Castellano, a junior Special Education Major, works on the new Varisdesk in the IHAT Center.

IHAT Center Receives Corporate Donation from VARIDESK

Kristin Messina, a junior Recreational Therapy major, tries out the new Varidesk in the IHAT Center.

The Irene Howell Assistive Technology [IHAT] Center (College of Education, Rivers 128) is excited and grateful for a corporate donation to the IHAT Center by VARIDESK. The VARIDESK company makes height-adjustable standing desks. Standing desks are universally designed to allow for all individuals, with or without disabilities, to benefit from them. They allow for people to sit and stand as needed in their work and/or recreation space in both home and office environments. These desks also qualify as assistive technology, whose federal definition is “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. “ (Technology Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Tech Act).

Standing desks can be used to “increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities” for individuals with physical disabilities which may require them to weight bear for strength for certain periods of time, for individuals with attention or behavioral concerns by allowing them to have more flexibility of movement, and even for ease of computer and technology use for individuals who may need to be in a prone stander during various times of the day, either at home or school. VARIDESK donated two standing desks for the IHAT Center to include in our professional development sessions we offer to students and faculty on assistive technology, specifically in the sessions on Introduction to AT and UDL, AT for Behavior, and Alternate Access. Please feel free to stop by the IHAT Center located in Rivers 128 to see and try this wonderful addition to our lab.

Pictured above: Alecia Castellano, a junior Special Education Major, works on the new Varisdesk in the IHAT Center.

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ECU hosts design thinking sessions for education professionals

The College of Education hosted two design thinking workshops. Local K–12 educators, high school students and ECU faculty attended a workshop to confront important challenges in higher education and design innovative solutions on Monday, March 21.

Design ThinkingThe next day, local K–12 educators were taken through the full cycle of design thinking in a short timeframe. The activity focused on the fundamental values of human-centered design: a bias toward action, a culture of iteration and the importance of rapid prototyping. The latter portion of the session will uncover the results of the activity and tie them back to the day-to-day challenges.

As a new way to problem solve, companies like IDEO and Google are embracing design thinking, according to Militello.

“This workshop may affect our professional students in profound ways because it provides them with a tool set for managing change in schools which is not generally provided in preparation programs,” said Militello. “In making the case for design thinking, we’re asking school leaders to admit that the answers to modern challenges they face don’t yet exist; that off-the-shelf solutions or strategies that neighboring schools employ are not going to meet the unique needs of the communities they serve.”

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Dr. Nash presenting during the COE’s design thinking workshops.

Dr. John Nash, associate professor of educational leadership studies at the University of Kentucky and the founding director of the Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education, or dLab, will facilitate the sessions on both dates. He’s also a director at the Center for Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education, or CASTLE, at the University of Kentucky.

Nash is a specialist in the design and prototyping of innovations in education. He teaches a range of courses on design thinking, school technology leadership, and school reform. His current research agenda focuses on the methods to design and prototype of innovations in education.

The events are sponsored by the Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor in Educational Leadership, Dr. Matt Militello.

Design thinking is a creative strategy for dealing with old and emerging problems. This approach differs from the traditional scientific method by considering known and unknown parameters to seek alternative solutions in an iterative manner.

“The intent of the Wells Fargo Endowment in Educational Leadership is to build capacity for local school educators,” said Militello. “Design thinking is a way to build capacity for these educators and for those who train them. ECU’s College of Education is well positioned to be at the forefront of technologies and innovations that can best assist our school educators. This series is another example of this type of forward thinking work.”

 

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The 2016 Latham Clinical Teachers’ and Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference

The 2016 Latham Clinical Teachers’ and Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts joint conference was held on March 15, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Greenville, NC.

The theme of the event was “Myth Busting: Why it’s A Great Time to Be in Education.” Dr. Brian Housand, Associate Professor in the Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education Department in the College of Education was the featured Keynote Speaker for the 2016 conference.
Sixteen engaging sessions on a variety of topics gave more than 200 conference participants a chance to learn about new concepts and strategies to use during classroom instruction. The conference is designed and provided to support Latham Clinical Teachers’ professional development and is one of the ways the College of Education gives back to teachers and schools in the Latham Clinical Schools Network which is comprised of 564 schools within 41 counties throughout Eastern NC.

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MEASURING IMPACT: The College of Education embarks on three-year assessment plan

By Jessica Nottingham
University Communication

East Carolina University’s College of Education is under new leadership and on a crusade for excellence.

Dr. Grant Hayes, who has been dean and distinguished professor in the College of Education since August, opened his first faculty and staff meeting asking tough questions: “What does the ECU College of Education want to be known for?” and “what can students get here that they cannot get elsewhere?”

To help the college answer these questions, department chairs are charged with working with faculty to increase the impact, performance and visibility of their work.

“Grant is resourceful and prepared,” said Dr. Art Rouse, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. “From the time he interviewed and then came to ECU as dean, he could see that the college has major impact on the region, but it was not being told or seen by our various stakeholders.”

Before his appointment at ECU, Hayes served as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he held numerous leadership positions. His experience as a professor of counselor education, music teacher and administrator spans more than 27 years. He earned his doctoral, master’s and educational specialist degrees from the University of South Carolina, and his bachelor’s degree in music education from Limestone College.

To read the full article, please click on the following link:
Measuring Impact: College of Education embarks on three-year assessment plan

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College of Education to host first Edcamp.

ECU’s College of Education will be hosting the first EdcampECU on Saturday, April 23, on the ECU main campus. EdcampECU is an “unconference” designed to provide FREE participant-driven professional development for P-12 educators with a focus on educational technology. Teachers, specialists, administrators and district personnel that are ready to share, collaborate and learn about educational technology are encouraged to attend. Participants can have an active role at edcamp by proposing a session topic, voting on proposed topics, choosing what sessions to attend and how they want to participate in each session (sharing ideas in a session or facilitating a session). Each session will have a collaborative Google Doc for educators to share their discussion, link resources and learn from others. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on-site to allow attendees to continuously participate in throughout the event. Register for Edcamp ECU today at bit.ly/edcampecu. For more information contact COE Instructional Technology Consultants, Holly Fales (heathh@ecu.edu) or Jason Whited (whitedj@ecu.edu) in the Office of Assessment, Accreditation and Data Management.

Grant Hayes, dean the College of Education at East Carolina University, speaks to Kinston Noon Rotary about the impact of retaining teachers on March 3, at King's.
Photo by Janet S. Carter/ The Free Press

College of Education leader discusses teacher retention and recruiting with Rotarians

KINSTON FREE PRESS – Grant Hayes, dean of the College of Education at East Carolina University, spoke to the Kinston Rotary Club about East Carolina University’s College of Education on Thursday [March 3]. Hayes has been working in education for more than 27 years. Before coming to ECU in July, he was interim dean at the University of Central Florida.

“We have a story to tell within our college about the impact that we are making on this state and in this region,” Hayes said.

ECU has partnerships with 43 school districts and 20 community colleges in Eastern North Carolina. Out of the state’s 100 counties, 98 employ teachers who are graduates of ECU. Graduates also have gone out of the state to work.

“We are losing a lot of our graduates to neighboring states because of low salaries, no time for professional development, and testing requirements,” Hayes said. “Some of the support hasn’t been given to our veteran teachers to stay in the school system.”

Some of the ways ECU’s College of Education is keeping students in the major of education has been through donors that help students by providing scholarships.
Terah Archie, university program associate for the College of Education at East Carolina University, said about $400,000 worth of scholarships is divided up between 89 to 100 undergraduate [and graduate] students.

“We do have a very big issue as far as teacher recruitment and retention,” Hayes said.

Michelle Piper maybe reached at Michelle.Piper@Kinston.com or 252-559-1073. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MPiperKFP.

Kinston Free Press
By Michelle Piper / Staff writer
Posted Mar. 4, 2016 at 12:01 AM

A link to the online version of this story can be found below:
http://www.kinston.com/news/20160304/college-of-education-leader-discusses-teacher-retention-and-recruiting-on-thursday