Category Archives: Center for STEM Education

CAEP Prep: NCATE-Legacy Transformation Initiative

ECU’s accreditation cycle was extended by one year – from Spring 2014 to Spring 2015 – when our Transformation Initiative (TI) was approved. As a result, ECU was allowed to complete this accreditation visit under the old NCATE Standards, not the newly approved CAEP Standards. As a result, ECU is hosting an NCATE-Legacy Transformation Initiative accreditation visit.

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The NCATE Unit Standards (2008) are:

  • Standard 1: Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Professional Dispositions
  • Standard 2: Assessment System and Unit Evaluation
  • Standard 3: Field Experiences and Clinical Practice
  • Standard 4: Diversity
  • Standard 5: Faculty Qualifications, Performance, and Development
  • Standard 6: Unit Governance and Resources

More information about the NCATE Unit Standards (2008) and their indicators are available at http://www.ncate.org/.

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CAEP Prep: Call for Third Party Comments

caepThe Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) Unit at East Carolina University is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) on February 8-10, 2015.

The EPP is inviting interested parties to submit comments addressing substantive matters related to the quality of the professional education programs offered.  When commenting, please be sure to specify the party’s relationship to the EPP (graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates, etc.).

Please use the form located at http://www.ecu.edu/epp as a convenient way to submit comments.

Comments must be submitted no later than November 5 to ensure they are uploaded to NCATE’s Accreditation Information Management System (AIMS) by November 8, 2014. Anonymous comments will not be accepted by NCATE, and therefore cannot be submitted using the form.

Congratulations

Congratulations to COE MSITE Faculty Dr. Katherine Schwartz and Dr. Rose Sinicrope on Math-Science Partnership Grant Awards

Dr. Katie Schwarz and Lenoir County Schools (LCS) have been awarded a 3-year, $483,000 Math/Science Partnership (MSP) Grant, Lenoir County STEM Learning Community. The project will provide teachers integrated content and pedagogical professional development in K-8 Mathematics and opportunities for teachers to work in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to increase use of mathematical practices, implement cognitively demanding tasks, use data to make instructional decisions, and connect to real-world applications of mathematics, all with the goal of increasing student performance.

Other key ECU faculty who will be working with Dr. Schwartz, who is from the COE Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE) include Dr. Ron Preston and Dr. Kay Middleton from MSITE, Dr Heather Ries and Dr. Njina Randriampiry from the Department of Mathematics, Dr. Ricky Castle from Engineering. STEM Partnership East and various industries also contributed to the project’s development and play key roles in its implementation. Dr. Guili Zhang of the COE Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research will serve as project evaluator.

Dr. Rose Sinicrope also of MSITE, will serve as Evaluator for Randolph County Schools’  newly awarded MSP grant, Deepening High School Mathematics Knowledge and Leadership.

Congratulations to Dr. Sinicrope and Dr. Schwartz and her team of collaborators!

For more details, see the story on the WNCT website: http://www.wnct.com/story/26028066/lcps-teachers-learning-how-to-use-stem-curriculum-in-the-real-world

Dr. Rhea Miles and Dr. Scott Rawls awarded National Institute of Health Grant

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Dr. Rhea Miles, Associate Professor -Science Education, Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education and Dr. Scott Rawls, ECU Alumnus and Associate Professor of Pharmacology in the Center for Substance Abuse Research at Temple University have been awarded a four-year, $1,012,071.00 grant entitled Planarians and the Pharmacology of Addiction: An In Vivo Model for K-12 Education.

The project engages K-12 teachers and  students together with health care professionals, pharmacists, and scientists in the study of the pharmacological effects of addictive drugs and the behavior patterns that emerge during recreational and addictive drug use, using curricula and laboratory activities designed to meet the National Science Education Standards. Congratulations Dr. Miles and Dr. Rawls.

Advanced Placement Summer Institute Prepares Teachers to Give Their Best to the Brightest

Honors students in high school are anxious to take as many Advanced Placement courses as their schools offer so teachers go to school in the summer preparing to teach these courses.  ECU hosts  a College Board endorsed Advanced Placement Summer Institute. Each session is 4-days long and is taught by a certified College Board consultant. This summer, during the week of June 23-26, courses are being taught in

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics 1 &2
  • AP Statistics

Classes have begun and teachers are involved in many hands-on activities around campus.

APchemistryAP Chemistry teachers are working hard at their lab stations to determine the equilibrium constants for a various chemical reactions here at South Central High School, this year’s hosting site for College Board’s Advanced Placement conference. Teachers will perform these same
labs later on with their AP chemistry students.

COE Faculty Member Receives $472,000 NC Quest Award

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Dr. Ann Bullock, chair of the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education, is partnering with NC Quest to expand the NC New Teacher Support Program.

Dr. Ann Bullock, Chair of the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education, received an NC-QUEST award of $472,394 titled Integrating Neuroscience into Mathematics Instruction (INMI). INMI continues the partnership with UNC-GA New Teacher Support Program (NTSP) and extends it to the Harriott College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Mathematics.

The INMI pilot project consists of an intensive scientifically-based professional development program designed to assist beginning teachers to become highly knowledgeable and pedagogically skilled in leading students to mastery of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The INMI pilot project will target elementary schools in Edgecombe County and Hertford County that have been identified as among the lowest performing in the state.

The project will recruit thirty beginning teachers to participate in a year-long professional development program designed to increase their knowledge of the Common Core Standards for Mathematical practice, brain-compatible elements of mathematics instruction, brain-compatible instructional strategies, and whole-brain teaching techniques.

The INMI extends the professional development offerings currently provided by the NC NTSP, which include an institute/boot camp, six days of professional development, and ongoing instructional coaching. INMI teachers will attend an extended summer session at the beginning of the academic year, Saturday sessions and site-based sessions at their schools during the academic year, and a summer session at the conclusion of the academic year.

In addition, participating teachers will receive weekly on-site support from NC NTSP Instructional Coaches and monthly consultations from an ECU mathematics content expert. Through the integration of neuroscience in mathematics instruction, beginning teachers will be better equipped to engage diverse learners, offer effective feedback that leads to deeper understanding, create a rich learning environment that attends to students’ social and emotional needs, and ensure that students’ mathematical achievement is reflective of their true abilities.

Get Ready for Education Summer Camps!

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East Carolina University and Pitt County Schools’ AIG camp is an annual summer camp for Pitt County gifted students who are identified as academically/intellectually gifted that also provides a summer experience for ECU teachers pursuing AIG licensure through ECU coursework.

The theme for 2014 is INTERACTIONS, allowing students to learn about photojournalism, robotics, cryptography, and more, as they investigate numerous aspects of interaction sin the world. Students attending the camp will be able to select topics that match their interests and all topics will include hands-on activities and interactive use of technology. 2013 ECU/PCS AIG Camp video

AIG Camp Quick Facts

  • 105 participants attend camp: 60 elementary students and 45 middle school students from Pitt County Schools participate at Ridgewood Elementary School, our host site.AIG camp2
  • 92 East Carolina University AIG licensure students, under the guidance of ECU faculty, gain experience to prepare to teach and advise gifted students.
  • Camp master teachers are Pitt County AIG (Academically and Intellectually Gifted) teachers, who begin each camp day with a large group session and model teaching for the ECU students.
  • ECU teachers present academically rigorous units in small group learning stations. Four to ten children are in each station at a given time. All units incorporate this year’s theme “Interactions.” Small groups of campers move through two learning stations each day.
  • Campers filled out an online interest survey to choose two stations of interest prior to the first day of camp. Station topics and room locations are listed below.

For more information about the camp, visit www.ecugifted.com and for more information about the registration process, contact Carmen Webb, camp director, at webbc@pitt.k12.nc.us.

Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics

East Carolina University (ECU) is one of four UNC system campuses hosting Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics. Administered through the College of Education, the ECU Summer Ventures program invites academically talented high school students with demonstrated interest in science and mathematics to four weeks of research and intensive study in a living-learning environment on ECU’s campus. Camp participants are North Carolina residents with aspirations to have a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

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Contact the Summer Ventures Camp Director, Shawn Moore, at mooresha@ecu.edu for more information.

The camp curriculum will focus on experimental design, laboratory skills, mathematical modeling, exploratory data analysis, and more. Program topics include biological, physical, and earth sciences, archaeology and anthropology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. In addition to the rigorous academic experience, Summer Ventures students engage in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, arranged by institute directors.

Summer Ventures is a state funded program that is cost-free for participants. ECU expects to host 60 students for Summer Ventures in June and July of 2014. For more information, contact Shawn Moore, director, at mooresha@ecu.edu or Cheryl Miller, program assistant, at millerche@ecu.edu. Also, visit www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/smventures/Index.cfm.

ECU Summer Science Camp

East Carolina University is partnering with Go-Science for the eighth year to offer a range of summer day camps that engage, entertain and educate children about the wonders of science. The camps offer small group experiences for children preparing to enter 2nd through 8th grades and feature experienced teachers from Pitt County.

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Contact Tammy Lee, ECU Summer Science Camp director, at leeta@ecu.edu for additional information about this camp.

Current ECU students serve as camp counselors and guide children through the discovery of science principles while having FUN! With creative sessions including “Lego Explorers” and “Getting Buggy” elementary and middle grades children have an opportunity to engage their minds while enjoying a summer day camp experience. For more information, visit www.ecu.edu/educ/msite/summersciencecamp/ or contact Tammy D. Lee, Summer Science Camp Director, at leeta@ecu.edu. Online registration for 2014 ECU Summer Science Camp is now active!

High School STEM Day Brings 300 Students to Campus

stemday2_1On February 21, 2014 the Department of Engineering and the Center for STEM Education hosted approximately 300 high school students from counties in our service area, known as High School STEM Day. These students attended various interactive STEM activities throughout the day, led by faculty from various STEM departments, such as Construction Management, Physics, Biology, Engineering, and MSITE, just to name a few. Ron Preston led a very well received session on Mathematics Education. Click for more information: High School STEM Day

Huge Turnout for Regional Science Olympiad Tournament

Science Olympiad1 On February 15th, 2014, the Center for STEM Education hosted the annual regional Science Olympiad Tournament, welcoming approximately 600 students, teachers, and family to campus. A total of 420 middle and high school students were present for the competition representing 14 middle school teams and 16 high school teams. A total of 111 volunteers registered to participate as event leaders, event aids, and general helpers. C-STEM administered and managed all aspects of the event. The Science Education Faculty was well represented by Tammy Lee, Carmen Woodhall, Elizabeth Doster-Taft, and Rhea Miles; all of whom were event leaders. Several MSITE students were volunteers for the tournament, working as registration personnel, food service personnel, competition helpers, and other duties as needed. North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina.Science Olympiad2
The first recorded Science Olympiad was held on Saturday, November 23, 1974 at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Dr. Donald Barnes and Dr. David Wetmore were the originators of this event. Fifteen schools from North and South Carolina participated in this event. This Olympiad was a day-long affair, with competitions and demonstrations for high school students in the areas of biology, chemistry, and physics.

Business, Marketing, and Info Technology Ed Conference

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The 31st Annual Atlantic Coast Business, Marketing, and Information Technology Education Conference was held at the North Raleigh Hilton on February 27 and 28. This annual event was sponsored by the Department of Information and Library Science at ECU and was huge success.

The conference theme was Digital Literacy for Developing 21st Century Skills. Approximately 150 business and marketing education teachers and librarians attended the conference. The conference consisted of over 40 concurrent sessions addressing topics ranging from technology, financial literacy, teaching strategies, and trends and issues in the 21st century classrooms. More than 12 hands-on lab sessions provided participants with experience using Windows 8.1, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, HTML, iAuthoring, as well as programming and other applications. NCDPI Consultants Deborah Seehorn and Kim MacDonald provided update sessions on the business, finance, and information technology (BFIT) curriculum, and many practicing BFIT classroom teachers provided presentation sessions on “Flipping your Classroom”, STEM initiatives, Financial Literacy, and “ Aligning Content with Common Core Standards”– just to name a few.

Dr. Crisianee Berry, Dr. Kaye Dotson, Dr. Maureen Ellis, Dr. Todd Finley, Dr. Timm Hackett, Dr. Elizabeth Hodge, Mr. Stephen Kirk, Dr. Eric Kisling. Ms. Ruth Lupton, Dr. Barbara Marson, Ms. Patricia Stallings, Dr. John Swope, Dr. Scott Williams, Ms. Tomegia Winston, and Dr. Elaine Yontz served as speakers along with twenty BFIT classroom teachers from across the state.

Twelve ECU students served as presiders for the sessions and one former ECU student, James Miller, was the luncheon keynote speaker challenging the audience with “Educate NOW!”  Dr. Ivan Wallace served as the conference director with the support of Mr. Luke Simonds, an ILS graduate assistant, and Mr. Desmond Brown, a department intern.  Dr. Vivian Mott, Interim Chair of the Department of Information and Library Science, brought greetings on behalf of ECU at the luncheon session and provided support for the conference throughout its development during the year.

The department received many positive comments from the teachers that benefited from attending this conference and were excited to return to their schools and incorporate their new ideas, strategies, knowledge, and skills into their classrooms.