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Dennis and Barbara Pelletier Endow Education Scholarship

Dennis and Barbara Pelletier have been in eastern North Carolina for nine years, but they’ve been supporters of education their whole lives. Earlier this year, they decided to start an endowment for a scholarship in the College of Education at East Carolina University that will benefit local students who want to become teachers.

The Pelletiers came to North Carolina after retiring from lifelong careers in education in Maryland. Dennis began his career in the community college system and then worked for 26 years at the University of Baltimore, retiring as the vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. Barbara worked for many years as a second-grade teacher in Howard County.

When it came time to retire, they looked at five states before deciding on North Carolina and then searched all over the state before settling in Chocowinity, 30 minutes east of Greenville.

“We wanted university culture, continuing education opportunities and, of course, the medical school was a big draw,” Dennis said.

“At the time, both of our children were living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.,” said Barbara. “Now our son is in Charleston, and our daughter is in Richmond. It’s great to be so close to family while enjoying the community here. It’s remarkable, and we’re very fortunate how everything worked out.”

The Pelletiers wanted to stay active during retirement, so they looked to ECU for opportunities.

“One of the things we saw that was needed at ECU was more options for continuing education,” Dennis said.

ECU had offered free classes for seniors before, but they were discontinued during budget cuts. So, Dennis helped start the Lifelong Learning Program at ECU. The Lifelong Learning Program provides affordable courses, seminars and trips to local adults 50 and older so they can continue to enjoy learning without tests or grades. Dennis served on the program’s board for three years.

Then he got an email saying the College of Education was looking for volunteers to evaluate scholarship applications.

“That was a natural fit for me,” Dennis said. “That was what started the idea to fund a scholarship.”

The first scholarship from the Dennis and Barbara Pelletier Teacher Education Scholarship Fund will be awarded in the 2016-2017 school year, thanks to an additional contribution from the Pelletiers while the original endowment grows. The scholarship will go to an upperclassman first-generation college student in financial need from North Carolina who wants to stay and teach in the state.

“We were able to customize it to how we wanted to help,” Dennis said.

The Pelletiers were the first in their families to graduate from college. Originally from New York, they met at State University of New York at Oneonta. Like ECU, Oneonta started as a state normal school for teachers.

“We have an appreciation for what our education gave us. We’re both products of public education,” Dennis said.

“We know how tough it is to be a public school teacher,” Barbara said. “We like the idea of helping someone get started. It’s so important to have good teachers. If we can help them get ready for their careers, we can also help so many children that way.”

Though they did not attend ECU, the Pelletiers have enjoyed supporting and getting involved with the university. Many of their neighbors in Chocowinity are also involved with ECU.

“It’s important for the community to support the university,” Dennis said. “The community gains so much from the university, it’s only fair to give back.”

I would recommend getting involved with the university,” Barbara said. “It helps current students and enriches life here. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

—Jackie Drake
Drake, J.  (2016, Winter). Dennis and Barbara Pelletier Endow Education Scholarship. EAST, the Magazine of East Carolina University, page 46. Retrieved from http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/mktg/east/Philanthropy_Winter16.cfm

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Director of Community Relations and Outreach Sought

Director of Community Relations and Outreach
College of Education

Vacancy 944206

Applications must be submitted online at jobs.ecu.edu. In addition to the submission of a candidate profile, (a) letter of application describing specific skills and experiences relevant to the position, (b) current curriculum vitae, and (c) full contact information for at least three professional references must be submitted online.

The newly formed Office of Community Relations and Outreach within the College of Education at East Carolina University is currently seeking a dynamic individual to lead the office in the growth of programs and incentives that support the mission of the College of Education.

The mission of the College of Education is the preparation of professional educators and allied practitioners, including professionals in business information systems, counseling, electronic media, and librarianship. Significant to this mission is a strong commitment to three important related areas, all of which are realized through partnerships and other endeavors. These three areas are: the encouragement and nurturing of professional growth for educators and allied practitioners at all levels and in all areas of the educational endeavor; a continuing emphasis on and support for scholarship and research/creative activity; and service in all areas of professional education.

Responsibilities critical to this position include:

  • keeping communities informed of and engaged in the college’s programs, activities, events, and important news
  • coordinating with University Marketing and Publication the production of a series of videos and other marketing materials designed to enhance the visibility of the college’s impact on the community
  • representing the college and the university before civic groups and legislative bodies in promoting the college’s agenda
  • designing and implementing engagement activities targeting student recruitment and retention
  • collaborating with Development Officer and others on college fundraising initiatives and creation of financial incentives in support of the college’s mission
  • working in partnership with Professional Advisory Board, Educator’s Hall of Fame, departments and programs on initiatives related to outreach and public relations
  • serving as invited or assigned on community nonprofit boards and committees representing the college and the university
  • recommending and implementing ideas for continued engagement of retired faculty
  • utilizing multiple data and information sources to connect with the current and potential teacher education students (MAT, Undergraduates)
  • implementing varied communication and marketing activities to promote teacher education programs

Requires Bachelor’s Degree with 3 years of relevant experience. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. The successful candidate should have the following: experience in copy writing, journalism, editing, and strategic planning and coordination; ability to organize/manage multiple projects; collaborate/work with a team; and create/manage social networking accounts.   Masters preferred. Coursework in marketing, journalism, or similar fields is desired. Prefer individual with experience/proven record of: designing outreach campaigns and initiatives; establishing partnerships within the community; and exceptional writing/editing skills. Prefer a self-starter with strong organizational and interpersonal skills; the ability to and adapt to change; and exceptional written and oral communication skills.

ECU requires a candidate profile be submitted. Additionally, applicants must submit a cover letter, current resume/CV, and list of references with contact information. Official transcripts and 2-3 original letters of reference must be forwarded to: Adrienne Dunning, College of Education–ECU, 1000 E. 5th Street, Mailstop 504, Greenville, NC 27858-4353. Screening will begin on December 17, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.

View this job posting at: https://ecu.peopleadmin.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=80248

East Carolina University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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College of Education awards more than $475,000 in scholarships to ECU students

East Carolina University’s College of Education has awarded $476,000 in scholarships to 78 outstanding students for the 2015-2016 school year. A total of 95 scholarships and awards, ranging from $250 to $20,000, were presented. Several students received multiple scholarships.

Recipients were honored Aug. 28 at the ECU College of Education Scholarship Recipient and Donor Recognition Ceremony at Rock Springs Center. A photo album has been created to share the photos take at the event. The scholarships, funded through private donations, support students while honoring and memorializing educators and the profession. Visit the university scholarships page for more information about each scholarship

ECU’s College of Education is the largest producer of new teachers in the state and the oldest professional school on campus. The college’s mission is the preparation of professional educators and allied practitioners in business information systems, counseling, electronic media and librarianship. This fall, more than 200 students are enrolled in education programs at ECU.

College of Education Living-Learning Community Scholarships

Four-year scholarships awarded to first year students who plan pursue a career in education.

Betty S. Abernathy Memorial Scholarship – $20,000
Kali Bousquet
Winterville, NC

Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship – $20,000
Kyndall Westerbeek
Warsaw, NC

Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship – $14,000
Michaela Nobels
Vanceboro, NC

Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship – $14,000
Jordan Lewis Outlaw
Washington, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Haylie Byanna Dockery
Burgaw, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Makenzie Evans
Clayton, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Raleigh Forrest
Lumberton, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Elizabeth Hawley
Lucama, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Mathew Joyner
Elm City, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Hannah Lewis
Jacksonville, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Hannah Parham
Wilmington, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Mollie Pittman
Richlands, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Megan Kristina Sealy
Franklinton, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Connor Mckinley Wilkins
Washington, NC

College of Education 2015-2016 Scholarships

The Helen Armfield Crowder Scholarship – $4,000
Ayla Allen
Roseboro, NC

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Ann Ballance
Fremont, NC

The Batton-Boyette Memorial Scholarship – $1,750
Taylor Barbour
Clayton, NC

The Frank G. Fuller Scholarship – $400
Jena Bogovich
Northumberland, PA

The Don and Linda Lassiter Scholarship (COE) – $3,000
Cheri Brown
Smithfield, NC

The Dianne and Chip Linville Doctoral Fellowship Endowment Fund – $1,000
Shannon Cecil
Greenville, NC

The Dr. Sunday Ajose Memorial Scholarship – $2,000
Brett Congleton
Winterville, NC

The Dr. Charles R. Coble Scholarship Fund – $2,500
Candice Corcoran
Eden, NC

The Carolyn C. Matthews Jones Scholarship – $4,500
Candice Corcoran
Eden, NC

The David and BJ Fisher Scholarship in Education – $1,500
Candice Corcoran
Eden, NC

The Dixie Wilson Duncan Science Education Scholarship – $1,000
Jessica Curasi
Mebane, NC

The Dr. Moses M. Sheppard Scholarship Fund – $1,000
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship – $5,000
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Laughinghouse-Leary Scholarship – $500
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Craig W. and Ruth T. Joyner Family Scholarship – $1,000
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Brittany Daniels
Rocky Mount, NC

The Ellen Boone Staton Memorial Scholarship – $1,500
Elizabeth Dupree
Holly Ridge, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Margaret Ellen Edwards
Kinston, NC

The Emily S. Boyce Fellowship – $2,500
Joy Edwards
Wilson, NC

The Sheltering Home Circle of the King’s Daughters and Sons Scholarship – $2,500
Katherine Freer
Wendell, NC

The Katie Earle Owen Morgan Scholarship Endowed Fund – $2,500
Katherine Freer
Wendell, NC

The Charles and Beth Ward Scholarship in Elementary Education – $1,400
Katherine Freer
Wendell, NC

The Kay Hall Chesson Scholarship – $1,500
Michelle Gianvito
North Brunswick, NJ

The H. Frances Daniels Scholarship – $5,000
Michelle Gianvito
North Brunswick, NJ

The Thadys J. Dewar Scholarship – $1,000
Michelle Gianvito
North Brunswick, NJ

The Sally Ruth Hinton Klingenschmitt Scholarship – $400
Melyssa Gomez
Fayetteville, NC

The Becky Keith Ledford Scholarship – $2,000
Karen Gurley
Burnsville, NC

The Gina Gaillard Locklear Scholarship – $2,000
Karen Gurley
Burnsville, NC

The Dr. Suzanne Wester, M.D. Scholarship – $4,500
Derek Hamm
Snow Hill, NC

The Helen Massey Harrell Memorial Scholarship – $1,500
Gabriele Harrell
Gates, NC

The Polly Mason Strickland Education Scholarship – $1,000
Gabriele Harrell
Gates, NC

The Mary Elizabeth Austin Yancey Scholarship Fund – $5,000
Lauren Holloway
Creedmoor, NC

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship – $5,000
Mackinsay Howe
Smithfield, NC

The Alva Sawyer & Lee G. Williams Memorial Scholarship – $1,000
Takeiya Hudson
Robersonville, NC

The Dr. James W. Batten Research Fellow Scholarship – $2,500
Brianna Ingram
Virginia Beach, VA

The Kathy A. Taft Memorial Scholarship – $2,000
Maria Johnson
Kinston, NC

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Melanie Koerber
Elizabeth City, NC

The Osmond Mitchell Endowment Fund – $5,000
Anthony Lassetter
Vanceboro, NC

The Linda Haddock McRae Memorial Scholarship – $5,000
Sharon Lepore
Fayetteville, NC

The James Bryant Kirkland, Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Middle Grades Scholarship – $5,000
Mary MacRae
Fayetteville, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Sarah Marsh
Newark, DE

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship – $5,000
Corinne McClain
Kill Devil Hills, NC

The Edwin and Hazel Roberts Donnell Scholarship – $1,000
Rebecca McHugh
Southern Pines, NC

The Sharon Raynor Scholarship – $1,000
Danielle Mehling
Jamestown, NC

The Dr. John T. Richards Scholarship – $800
Danielle Mehling
Jamestown, NC

The Faye Marie Creegan Scholarship Endowment Fund – $1,500
Heather Modlin
Jamesville, NC

The Ralph Brimley Enrichment Fund – $3,000
Gregory Monroe
Winterville, NC

The Dr. Betty M. Long Memorial Scholarship – $2,000
Michelle Nendza
Plainview, NY

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Michelle Nendza
Plainview, NY

The Osmond Mitchell Endowment Fund – $5,000
Michaela Nobles
Vanceboro, NC

The Jane B. Reel Education Scholarship – $1,000
Olivia Oakley
Greenville, NC

The Katie Earle Owen Morgan Scholarship Endowed Fund – $1,250
Alyssa Overton
Wilmington, NC

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Alyssa Overton
Wilmington, NC

The Andy Roos Memorial Scholarship – $2,500
Kiana Owens
Cary, NC

The Gayle Morgan Shearer Endowment Fund – $1,000
Danielle Parrish
Middlesex, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Jessica Pinner
Winterville, NC

The Daisy Carson Latham Memorial Scholarship – $3,000
Mary-Ashley Pollard
Benson, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Rebecca Poole
Winterville, NC

The Teer-Mihalyi Academic Enrichment Endowed Fund – $2,500
Lillian Reinisch
Land O Lakes, FL

The Benjamin Scott Denton Scholarship in Special Education – $500
Lillian Reinisch
Land O Lakes, FL

The Kallam/Moore Scholarship – $1,500
Lillian Reinisch
Land O Lakes, FL

The Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship – $2,500
Meredith Sanderson
Kinston, NC

The Tom and Karen Bartik Scholarship in Science Education – $750
Hazelle Sandoval
Raleigh, NC

The Tom and Karen Bartik Scholarship in English Education – $750
Chandria Sharpe
Waxhaw, NC

The Russell-Smith Fellowship in Adult Education – $1,000
Tiffanie Simerson
Greenville, NC

The Angel Boberg-Webb Scholarship – $500
Chelsea Skurow
Charlotte, NC

The Callaree Jarvis Horton Elementary Education Scholarship – $1,000
Lanie Smith
Washington, NC

The James H. and Virginia J. Tucker Scholarship – $1,000
Haley Sparrow
Winterville, NC

The Doris Burnette Scholarship – $5,000
Avery Spey
Cary, NC

The James Bryant Kirkland, Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Middle Grades Scholarship – $5,000
Lauren Stephens
Fayetteville, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Taunya Stevens-Johnson
Barberton, OH

The J. Worth Carter Scholarship – $900
Lauren Stone
Greenville, NC

The Mary Lois Staton Scholarship – $5,000
Chelsea Taylor
Gates, NC

The Miriam Perry Saunders Education Scholarship Fund – $5,000
Tiffany Taylor
Greenville, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Samaria Trimble
Greenville, NC

The Dr. Suzanne Wester, M.D. Scholarship – $4,500
Aleida Velasquez
Greenville, NC

The Mack and Margaret Coble Doctoral Fellowship – $2,500
Angela Wall
Mount Olive, NC

The Daisy Carson Latham Memorial Scholarship – $3,000
Jessea Waterfield
Buxton, NC

The Floyd and Pauline Mattheis Scholarship – $1,000
Kayla Watterson
Fayetteville, NC

The Catherine Jones Baggett Scholarship – $2,800
Kyndall Westerbeek
Warsaw, NC

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College of Education is Busting Myths about Teaching

On August 23, 2015, the College of Education helped welcome over 5,000 students at Pirate Palooza, the university’s largest annual welcome back celebration, held in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. . Pirate Palooza featured a variety of ECU traditions and activities where students had the chance to participate in athletic games, speak with vendors, enjoy food, and win prizes!

The College of Education hosted an outreach and recruitment booth at Pirate Palooza with a theme of: Myth Busting: Why You Should Teach! which featured information about the 17 undergraduate teacher education programs and 23 graduate and certificate programs ECU offers.

College of Education faculty and staff engaged students in conversation to dispel myths about the field of education and teaching through an interactive, informative activity. Students were able to choose a question related to teaching and respond to whether it was a truth or myth. Topics covered through the activity ranged from questions about salary to the employment demand for teachers.

It was a successful night for the COE team that staffed the Palooza Outreach booth, speaking with 232 students, many of whom expressed an interest in education and or teaching. Students were impressed with the College of Education representation at the event and the opportunity to get interesting factoids about the teaching profession, college, and ECU.

The College of Education was proud to participate in this event as a creative method of outreach, recruitment, and retention for teacher education programs!

For more information about teacher education at East Carolina University, please visit our website at http://www.ecu.edu/coe

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East Carolina University’s Own Dr. Linda Patriarca Nationally Recognized

Dr. Linda A. Patriarca is named one of “The 30 Most Influential Deans of Education in the United States ” according to a new list. This will leave the College of Education at East Carolina University in a great position as she steps down and hands the reigns to Dr. B Grant Hayes who will be taking over as dean at the end of July.

In preparing the listing of Deans of Education, the researchers’ goal was “showcasing how they have had an invaluable impact not only on the field of education as a whole, but also on the lives of the future teachers of America whom they have shepherded through their programs.”

The list was compiled by researchers at Mometrix Test Preparation. The list was compiled through analysis of state and national awards and honors, education program rankings, degree program rankings and level of pay received by graduates of the teaching programs. It was developed as a way to honor individuals dedicated to educating the future workforce.

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Wayne Staton Honors Mother with Education Scholarship

EC Alumni Magazine

This story courtesy of EC Alumni magazine, which is available in full to members of the East Carolina Alumni Association at PirateAlumni.com/ECAlumni.

Wayne Staton’s late mother Ellen B. Staton was a graduate of East Carolina Teachers College in the late 1930s, going on to teach home economics and elementary school until he and his brother Allyn were born. His father William Staton, a graduate of Wake Forest College and Law School, was a practicing attorney, who later became a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient, and eventually served in the North Carolina State Senate for 24 years. After their parents passed away, Wayne and his late brother, Allyn Staton, wanted to do something to honor their mother, who had been such a great support to their father and his career. They decided it would only be fitting to endow a scholarship in her name in the College of Education for undergraduate students majoring in elementary education.

Like his father, Wayne has had a successful career. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he has held careers in manufacturing, banking, and information technology. Currently, he is the owner of Staton Group LLC, a forestry, agricultural, and commercial investment property business. He has also followed in his mother’s footsteps, teaching business and government classes at Central Carolina Community College for over 10 years. Not only that, Wayne has kept himself busy hosting a weekly television program in Sanford for more than 20 years.

Throughout the years, Wayne has been able to witness firsthand how the university has grown. “My father served in the North Carolina Senate during the time that Dr. Leo Jenkins was working so hard to expand East Carolina University. I was extremely impressed with the medical school that was established, and also the good reputations of the College of Business, the College of Education, and the Theater Arts Department.”

He was especially surprised by the administration, staff, and faculty’s dedication to making East Carolina a major regional university and serving the surrounding communities. “I believe that ECU is ably serving Eastern North Carolina with its medical school and related medical practices and services,” he said.

Whenever he isn’t working or volunteering, Wayne is traveling, working out, or pursuing his passion: history. Those who know Wayne will know he is an avid history buff. “I am particularly interested in U.S. history from pre-World War II through the 1960s. I am also interested in North Carolina history from the late 40s through the 1990s.” Another passion of his is art. Wayne enjoys visiting art exhibits, galleries, and shows.

Since beginning his work with the university, Wayne has made many great memories. Wayne has enjoyed several escorted tours of the ECU Medical Complex and The Heart Center. Of one particular tour, Wayne recalls, “My tour guide was Dr. Wily Nifong, a respected heart surgeon. He was wonderful! It was a very exciting experience to me to be able to go behind the scenes to see how doctors are trained and patients are treated and hopefully cured.”

Wayne describes his decision to give to the university as a gratifying one. “My association has been a great and extremely rewarding experience. I have become so very impressed with the administrators, faculty, and staff at the university. The gift officers are the ultimate professionals, and the students I have met have all been highly motivated to succeed in school and in their careers. I urge anyone and everyone to make gifts in some shape or form to the university, and then get involved personally. It has certainly been rewarding to me.”

This story courtesy of EC Alumni magazine, which is available in full to members of the East Carolina Alumni Association at PirateAlumni.com/ECAlumni.

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ESA Scholarships Available for Special Education Majors

The North Carolina Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Scholarship Board will continue to offer their Scholarship for students and teachers who are pursuing a degree or certification in Special Education in 2015.

The scholarship has been available since 1956 and is targeted to individuals training for work with exceptional children and has ranged from $500 to $2,500 per year. Current North Carolina teachers seeking additional training are also eligible. Applications must be post marked by April 1, 2015 and awards will be made by May 2, 2015.

Applicants should note the agreement to teacher in the North Carolina Public School System for a minimum of 1 year. Copies of both applications are available for downloading on the North Carolina Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha website.

Ms. Ayla Allen (center) received a scholarship from NC Council for Exceptional Children. She is pictured here with NCCEC president Dr. Rose Matuszny (left) and president- elect Dr. Jessica Wery (right), at the state NCCEC Conference on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

NC Council for Exceptional Children Award Scholarship to ECU Student

Ayla Allen, a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in special education, adapted curriculum, recently was awarded a scholarship from the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children (NCCEC).

Allen received this award for her dedicated service to students with disabilities through her work with the Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) here at East Carolina University. She has served as Social Chair of the SCEC and helped to organize a variety of fundraising and social events. Through SCEC, she has volunteered in area schools with students with disabilities and been an active member of several community organizations.

Allen supports current and future educators through her work as an Apple Ambassador for ECU where she speaks to and recruits high school students for careers in education and as Vice President for the Student North Carolina Association of Educators.

Photo Caption: Ms. Ayla Allen (center) received a scholarship from NC Council for Exceptional Children. She is pictured here with NCCEC president Dr. Rose Matuszny (left) and president- elect Dr. Jessica Wery (right), at the state NCCEC Conference on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Alpha Delta Kappa

Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarships Available

Educations majors who are interested in scholarships may want to take a few minutes to look at the attached scholarship applications. They are from Alpha Delta Kappa, a well-established organization of women educators. This is money that can be used to assist with tuition and books. For each of the two scholarships, there is an overview document and an application attachment.

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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.