Special Education Students Explore Practicum Teaching Experiences in Northern Ireland

College of Education juniors in the special education program traveled to Northern Ireland from Feb. 24 to March 11 as part of a pilot study to explore international practicum teaching experiences and learn more about the education system for students with mild and moderate disabilities. Students Ashley Algard, Heather Aycock, Jaclyn Caryl, Allie Marinello, Logan Mosely and Alexa Weis along with faculty members Debbie Metcalf and Dr. Stacy Weiss visited four schools, a homework club, a center for students with significant behavioral difficulties and an Continue reading →

Special education major receives Bassman Honors Thesis Award

Sarah Bonin, a College of Education student majoring in special education from Cary, has received the 2016-2017 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award. One student is selected each year for the outstanding senior Honors College thesis or project and a $500 award. Bonin created a reading and math curriculum for students in third through fifth grades, and is believed to be the first education student to win the award, said Dr. Guili Zhang, professor and interim chair of the Department of Special Education, Foundations and Continue reading →

ECU Special Education Alumna Breaks World Record

ECU alumna, Lauren Ball ’15, recently orchestrated the creation of the largest human puzzle piece in the world,   breaking a Guinness World Record. Lauren is currently an Exceptional Children’s Teacher at AG Cox Middle School, in Pitt County where she teaches students with autism and is part of the school’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Team.  Lauren organized the event with the help of her school and community, to spread autism awareness during the month of April as part of National Autism Awareness Month.  For many Continue reading →

Innovative University: the Advanced Degree Programs International Educators Need and Deserve

College of Education faculty members presented at the AASSA (Association of American Schools in South America) Educator’s Conference in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on March 31 and April 1. Dr. Matthew Militello, Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership; Dr. Len Annetta, Taft Distinguished Professor of Science Education; and Dr. Daniel Dickerson, Associate Professor of Science Education led a session, “Innovative University: The Advanced Degree Programs International Educators Need and Deserve.” “International educators face unique challenges as consumers of advanced degrees,” said Dr. Annetta. “These Continue reading →

Dr. Vivian Martin Covington and Dr. Crystal Chambers have been named 2017 Women of Distinction at East Carolina University.

The College of Education’s Dr. Vivian Martin Covington and Dr. Crystal Chambers have been named 2017 Women of Distinction at East Carolina University. Covington, executive director of undergraduate affairs and educator preparation, and Chambers, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, were two of 10 women honored in a ceremony April 4. The awards are given every other year by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women to recognize the outstanding contributions of faculty, staff, alumni and community members to East Carolina. Covington 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 →

Second Annual SEADAP Science Fair held at ECU

The Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) program held its Second Annual Science Fair on January 26th, 2017 on the campus of East Carolina University. The goals of the NIH/NIDA grant-funded project are to increase student knowledge about drug addiction and to increase student interest in biomedical research and careers. Greene Central High School student Taylor Hill and Pitt County High School students Bishop (BJ) Miles and Lucas Mebane, left, middle, and Pitt County High School student Shinjini Misra, right, receive feedback on their project from ECU student 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 →

Faulconer Honored by Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce

At the 47th Annual Meeting of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Johna Faulconer, an Associate Professor in the College of Education at East Carolina University was presented the Howard Best award for outstanding contributions to the work of the Chamber Board of Directors. Faulconer, a chamber member for over a decade, is serving a second term as the vice chair of the education committee. During her tenure, Faulconer has promoted partnerships between and among chamber committees, schools, area businesses, and elected officials. Continue reading →