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Event Discussed Difficulty Recruiting, Retaining Diverse Educators in Schools

On October 15, 2014, the Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach in the College of Education collaborated with the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center to offer a Dynamic Dialogue about Diversity event entitled “Diversity in Education.

This event featured a roundtable discussion between the 2014 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, James Ford, and two local educators, Juan Castillo from Greene County Schools and Joey Crutchfield from Pitt County Schools. The discussion integrated the topic of assessment of diversity within the teaching profession. The distinguished panelists shared the African American, Latino American, and Native American perspectives as well as their thoughts on the lack of representation of male educators from these subgroups in the classroom.

The panelist and participants engaged in dialogue about the challenges facing higher education in meeting the need for focused recruitment and retention in teacher education programs of underrepresented populations. The impact of the presence of these subgroups in the classroom as teachers as well as the support found in the schools and school systems that encourage retention in the profession was also intertwined into the conversation.  Additionally, current students and faculty shared how East Carolina University is meeting the needs for the recruitment and retention of diverse populations of students.

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Mathematics Education Student Named Outstanding!

NCCTM_logoCongratulations to Rebekah Currie, named the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student from the Eastern Region of North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM)!!!

Rebekah is a senior double major (BS Mathematics Education and BA Mathematics), Maynard Scholar, member of the Honors College, member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, intern at South Central HS, student worker in the MSITE office, Vice-President of the Gamma Chapter, and is very active in the community. Rebekah was nominated by the faculty, provided professional information and experiences for the nomination form, and then her materials were considered by the NCCTM Awards Committee.

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Diversity in Education Event 10/15/14

You are cordially invited to attend a Dynamic Dialogue about Diversity event, “Diversity in Education”  sponsored by the Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach in the College of Education, the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.

This event will feature a roundtable discussion between the NC Teacher of the Year, James Ford, and two local educators, Juan Castillo from Greene County Schools and Joey Crutchfield from Pitt County Schools, assessing diversity within the teaching profession. They will share from the African American, Latino American, and Native American perspectives their thoughts on the lack of representation of male educators from these subgroups in the classroom.   We will examine, the challenges faced in the higher education setting, the need for focused recruitment and retention in teacher education programs, the impact of the presence of these subgroups in the classroom as teachers, and the support found in the schools and school systems that encourage retention in the profession.  Additionally, current students and faculty will discuss what East Carolina University is doing as an institution that is committed to the recruitment and retention of these students.

Join us for this dynamic opportunity to dialogue about diversity and share your thoughts.  You won’t want to miss it – it’s sure to be an engaging conversation!

 Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Speight Auditorium – Jenkins Fine Arts Center
6:30 pm (doors open at 6:15 pm)

A small reception will follow discussion
Click Here to Register.

 For additional information, contact:

Christa W. Monroe,  MAEd, MSA
Lead Coordinator, Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach
132 Rivers Building, (252) 328-5985 – office, monroec@ecu.edu

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CAEP Prep: ECU Conceptual Framework

Conceptual FrameworkThe East Carolina University Conceptual Framework is a guiding document for the programs within the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) unit at the institution. It applies to all programs which prepare candidate to work in PK-12 school settings and all faculty who contribute to those programs. The current ECU Conceptual Framework was approved by the Council for Teacher Education in 2005.

“Aligned with the mission statements of East Carolina University, the College of Education, and the Educator Preparation Provider unit, the conceptual framework represents the vision that drives the work of all administrators, faculty, and candidates. Through our commitment to excellence through partnership, our efforts to prepare reflective education professionals dedicated to democratic principles and practices, including the empowerment of all learners in all aspects of educational decision-making, define the core of this vision. The conceptual framework is responsive to the changing needs in education and allows for adjustments in the unit’s priorities without altering the entire framework. Current priorities include enhanced emphasis on the areas of diversity, assessment, technology, and research.”

Follow this hyperlink for more information on the ECU Conceptual Framework.

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Department of Special Education, Foundations & Research Receives $1.25 Million from Department of Education

The US Department of Education has awarded the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research a 5-year, $1,248,855 grant to prepare 42 new Baccalaureate Special Educators with the initial license in Adaptive Curriculum and and 18 MAEd Special Educators with the Advanced License in Low Incidence Disabilities and specialization in Assistive Technology. Drs. Alana Zambone and Christopher Rivera, Co-PIs, in partnership with Dr. Laura King, Director of the College of Education’s Assistive Technology Center, will lead the project, ECU EQUIPPED: Engendering High Quality Personnel Preparation for Educators Serving Students with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The project supports research on effective teacher preparation and induction, an intensive summer institute aligned with the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology for teacher-leaders, mentoring of graduates, and support for tuition, books,  materials, and travel to state and national conferences for EQUIPPED scholars.

Amy Poovey Light – who will be the interim assistant principal next year – looks forward to the spirit rock being repainted to showcase what is going on with the school and community each week.

MSA Student Featured in Regional Local News for Her “Spirited” Idea

Below is an article from The Wake Forest Weekly featuring current ECU College of Education Master of School Administration (MSA) student Amy Light. The MSA degree program prepares individuals to become school leaders and encourages them to serve as problem-solvers, communicators, innovators, collaborators and change agents in their respective schools and school districts. Ms. Light’s spirit rock idea utilizes educational leadership skills taught in the program.

Heritage Middle School gets in the spirit

By David Allen

WAKE FOREST — Showing off their school spirit, Heritage Middle School recently added a new fixture to their front lawn – a giant rock that can be painted with various messages or just to pump up students.
Amy Poovey Light, who will be the Interim Assistant Principal next year, has volunteered her time, since December, to work in unison with the PTA at the school to bring more character and spirit to the school.
The PTA was overwhelmingly supportive of the idea, and helped move things forward for the project.
“I saw this idea of a spirit rock, and I thought ‘Oh wow! This is great!’” Light explained. “We promote so much of a positive culture at this school, we are a Positive Behavior Intervention Support school, and we try to encourage that kind of culture in everything we do.”
Light, the PTA and the school wanted to show the community that they care about what is going on with each student.
They worked with Hanson Aggregates who was more than happy to donate the rock, and they quickly were able to get the rock picked out and moved into place.
Light said the PTA would be able to use it as a fundraiser by renting the rock out by the week so it could be repainted and be the voice of the community at Heritage,
“This area is where the children gather while waiting to be picked up,” Light said as she pointed to the grass surrounding the spirit rock. “We want what is put on the rock to spark conversation and to give recognition that a student or group that is doing something in the school.”

Article and photo courtesy of David Allen and The Wake Forest Weekly. (Image caption – Amy Poovey Light – who will be the interim assistant principal next year – looks forward to the spirit rock being repainted to showcase what is going on with the school and community each week.)

The Maynard Scholarship

Donors like James and Connie Maynard are making a difference in recruiting and retaining quality teachers in eastern North Carolina. The Maynard Scholars program awards the top 10 incoming freshmen who plan to teach in eastern NC a four year $20,000 scholarship. Not only do these students get a $20,000 scholarship, they also live in an education housing community and have unique enrichment activities that will help them be a successful teacher.  If you are interesting in providing scholarships to future educators, please contact Development Officer, Kendra Alexander, at alexanderk@ecu.edu. If you are interested in applying for the Maynard Scholarship, please contact  Program Director, Dionna Manning, at manningd@ecu.edu.

 

Institute Features ECU Assistive Technology Students

The Irene Howell Assistive Technology (IHAT) Center presented on assistive technology at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) New Special Education Directors Institute on April 9, 2014 in New Bern, NC.

Led by the Director of the IHAT Center, Dr. Laura King, undergraduate student members of the IHAT staff, including Ayla Allen, André Anglin, Bridget Corrigan, Sara Farwell, Rob Hicks, Chloe Morgan, and Murphy Newton, presented to 40 new Special Education Directors through engaging and interactive breakout sessions, allowing the new directors to learn about a variety of AT hardware and software, as well as implementation strategies through a universal design for learning approach.

The format and venue allowed the IHAT Center to share snapshot views of the professional development sessions currently offered to all ECU students and is moving towards offering the sessions for continuing education credits for teachers currently in the field.

“The growth of the professional development sessions in the two years they have been offered has been amazing to see. It has become something with momentum of its own, causing us to strive to keep up— what a wonderful challenge to have,” said King.

The feedback from the state presentation shared by Cynthia Debreaux, NCDPI EC Consultant for Regions 1 & 2, was overwhelmingly positive. The participants in the session shared that they enjoyed learning new information and technologies in the AT field, and they were particularly impressed by the professionalism and level of engagement that the undergraduate students demonstrated. King shared that one participant commented that “having future teachers present was powerful!”

For more information about the IHAT Center, please contact the center at atcenter@ecu.edu.

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Ryan Earns AERA Recognition for Article

Dr. Caitlin L. Ryan, assistant professor in the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education at East Carolina University and her co-author Dr. Jill M. Hermann-Wilmarth of Western Michigan University were honored to receive the Article of the Year Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Queer Studies Special Interest Group at AERA’s annual meeting this past weekend in Philadelphia, PA. They received this honor for their 2013 article in the Journal of Literacy Research entitled “Already on the Shelf: Queer Readings of Award-Winning Children’s Literature.”  The article was nominated for the award by a diverse team of scholars, several of whom reported already using it as the basis for further research and/or as reading material for their teacher education classes.

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In their essay, Ryan and Hermann-Wilmarth ask what it might mean to read children’s literature in elementary school classrooms through a queer lens. They argue that because queer theory has a history as a literary theory that destabilizes normative associations among gender, sexuality, bodies, and desire, it provides a set of analytical tools classroom communities can draw on to create alternative readings of a wide range of familiar texts. Such readings of books already on the shelves of elementary school libraries and classrooms can highlight experiences and subjectivities of nonnormative sexualities and gender identities in the hopes of making classrooms more inclusive.

Specifically, they argue that four high-quality, award-winning children’s books already included in many schools and classrooms—Sendak’s (1963) Where the Wild Things Are, Woodson’s (2001) The Other Side, DiCamillo’s (2003) Tale of Despereaux, and Patterson’s (1977) Bridge to Terabithia—can be fruitful sites for opening up these more inclusive readings and conversations. Their article offers possible queer readings of these texts as well as suggestions for how to encourage elementary-aged students to think about both books and the socially constructed norms of real life through a queered lens.

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Dr. Jill Herman-Willmarth

By first queering on-the-shelf texts and then asking students to think about how that queering connects to larger social issues, elementary classrooms, they argue, can become places where strict identity categories—categories that can marginalize queer students and families—are made visible, questioned, and stretched to provide more effective and more equitable spaces of learning for all students.  In this way, the article chosen for this award contributes to Ryan and Hermann-Wilmarth’s ongoing body of both single- and co-authored research exploring ways to make classrooms more inclusive for a wide range of diverse students.

This is not the first honor that Ryan and Hermann-Wilmarth’s article has received. Prior to the AERA award, their article was also included in Research in the Teaching of English’s ”Annotated Bibliography of Research” for 2013.  Included in this list were “studies that held significant implications for teaching English language arts, as well as research that might lead to new insights into the paradigms or methodological practices within a given field in the coming years.”

The Queer Studies SIG of the American Educational Research Association, the organization who sponsored the award, was formed for the specific purpose of encouraging empirical, interpretive, and critical educational research in education that considers an interdisciplinary discourse including queer theory, queer students and educators, curriculum and sexuality, issues of intersectionality, and other vital issues.  More information about the SIG, the award, and an interview with Ryan and Hermann-Wilmarth can be found at the SIG’s website, https://sites.google.com/site/queersig/.

Ryan and Hermann-Wilmarth’s respective departments / colleges at ECU and WMU supported their trip to Philadelphia to receive this award.

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!