New study looks at the impact of same-race teachers

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – A new study focusing on North Carolina students says black educators can help black students in the classroom. Morticia Walston teaches second grade at Trent Road elementary school in New Bern. “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” said Walston, quoting the book of Proverbs. “If they don’t see someone that looks like them, then they have no place to go.” She said being in front of this classroom is where she is meant to be. “I just always Continue reading →

Alumnus Levy Brown named vice president of student services at Vance-Granville Community College

Alumnus Levy Brown has been named vice president of student services at Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson effective May 15. Brown received an ECU 40 Under 40 Leadership Award in 2016. The Division of Student Affairs created the awards in April 2015 to recognize emerging leaders who received their start at ECU as well as those who have used their ECU experiences to make significant impacts in their professions, communities and in the world. Brown received his bachelor’s degree in communication in 2002 and a Continue reading →

Education students receive outstanding student research awards

College of Education students Jeanann Woodard and Zachary Dale have been awarded prizes by Joyner Library for outstanding student research. The eighth annual Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize for student research winners were announced at an April 5 ceremony in Joyner’s Special Collections Reading Room. Established by the late Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann, the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize recognizes outstanding research papers written by sophomores, juniors and seniors at East Carolina University. Eligibility criteria required students to use the library’s special Continue reading →

Latinx Communities in the United States

Latinx individuals comprise the largest and one of the fastest growing ethnic minority groups in the United States (Torres et al, 2012), yet the diversity within this vast group is often overlooked. Educators and helping professionals have the responsibility to educate themselves in regards to culture, identity, and diversity of the individuals that they work with to better serve them. As a member of these communities I am often expected to represent the entire group of people, even if I was born and raised in Continue reading →

Group names ECU graduate national teacher of the year in adapted physical education

Lara Brickhouse ’05,’13 has been named the 2017 national teacher of the year in adapted physical education by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America). Brickhouse teaches in the Durham Public Schools in nine schools: Little River School, E.K. Powe, Hope Valley, Bethesda and Eno Valley elementary schools; Lucas and Lowe’s Grove middle schools; and Northern and Riverside high schools. She earned her bachelor’s in physical education in 2005 and her master’s in physical education in 2013. Brickhouse was featured recently on an Continue reading →

College of Education Learning Colloquium – Monday March 27

Make plans to join your COE colleagues  for our COE Learning Colloquium on Monday afternoon, March 27th, 12:30 – 2:30pm! There will be presentations on a variety of topics – most offered in repeated concurrent workshops.  The COE Learning Colloquium offers something for everyone – staff, faculty, students – please make plans to be there! Schedule 12:30 – 1:15pm  Concurrent Forums I 1:15 – 1:45pm    Welcome by Dean Hayes, Dialogue, & Refreshments in Speight 203 1:45 – 2:30pm   Concurrent Forums II Concurrent Forums I Batten Rm – Continue reading →

Celebrating Diverse Books!

In teaching literacy courses in the College of Education, I am always thinking about the importance of examining literacy learning in our diverse world. In recent years an emphasis has been placed on the need for more diverse texts for students (Cooperative Children’s Book Council, 2015). As teacher educators, in our work to prepare future teachers for the diverse classrooms they will encounter, it is important to provide them with tools and resources for integrating diverse texts in classrooms. Rudine Sims’ seminal work (1990) on Continue reading →

ECU assistant professor honored by NCCEC

An East Carolina University College of Education faculty member has been honored by a state organization for her dedicated service to students majoring in special education. Dr. Stacy Weiss, assistant professor in the ECU Department of Special Education, Foundations & Research, was recognized for three years of service as state student coordinator by the N.C. Council for Exceptional Children. “Dr. Weiss’ efforts made a significant contribution to our organization that has helped us to better serve educators and students with exceptionalities in our state, and Continue reading →

Chambers: A Faculty Member’s Banner Year

For many, 2016 will be a year to be remembered for a number of reasons, but for Dr. Crystal R. Chambers, an Associate Professor of Higher Educational Leadership at East Carolina University, the year was bookended with two signature accomplishments. First, in January, Dr. Chambers, along with colleague Dr. Sydney Freeman, Jr. (University of Idaho) launched the Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education (JPSTE).  The Journal’s focus is teaching and learning within higher education as a field of study, the development of Continue reading →

Join Profiles in Diversity Panel Jan. 31 from 4-5:30

The College of Education Diversity Committee invites you to the first annual Profiles in Diversity Panel on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 4-5:50 pm in Speight 203. In a conversational format, the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 COE Profiles in Diversity Honorees will share their work and insights on cultural diversity and equity. There will be extensive time for questions and discussion. The Panel is a chance for the college community to engage in critical dialogue on diversity and gain new insights on how realize equity in Continue reading →