Representative Farmer-Butterfield Leads Mock Legislative Session with College of Education Scholars

The issues of teacher salaries and class sizes were debated in a mock legislative session with over 40 East Carolina University College of Education students inside the Rivers Building on Monday, Nov. 13. North Carolina Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Pitt, Wilson, was invited by the ECU College of Education to lead the mock legislative session covering some of the primary issues facing the education profession in North Carolina. After a brief explanation of the bill process within the North Carolina General Assembly from Farmer-Butterfield, the students split Continue reading →

The ECU and College of Education Scholarship Portals Open Today

Online applications will be accepted between Nov. 1, 2017, and Jan. 15, 2018. No paper applications will be accepted. Scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students. To get started, visit ECUAWard. Sign in with your Pirate ID and password. You first must complete a general application. You can find instructions here.  The general application will ask you questions about your involvement in campus and community service activities, your future educational plans, career goals, etc. Your permanent mailing address, major, GPA, hours completed, etc. Continue reading →

In award-winning elementary math teacher’s class, whole is greater than sum of its parts

Megan Lawson has undergone a conversion. She was never a good math student. We didn’t particularly enjoy teaching math when she started in the classroom 10 years ago. Today, she is the 2017 Outstanding Elementary School Mathematics Teacher for Lenoir County Public Schools. “It was not a good subject for me,” said Lawson, a kindergarten teacher at Pink Hill Elementary School for the past five years. “It’s my favorite subject now.” What changed her mind – and focused her career – was her participation in Continue reading →

College of Education Announces Profiles in Diversity Honorees

Two members of the ECU College of Education faculty were named the annual honorees for the Profiles in Diversity award at the college’s convocation Friday, Aug. 18. Dr. Loni Crumb and Dr. Anne Ticknor were named the 2017-2018 honorees for Profiles in Diversity. Started in 2015, the Profiles in Diversity award recognizes faculty or staff from across the ECU College of Education for their commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and social justice in their life and work. Special attention is given to faculty and Continue reading →

ECU Lab School Advisory Council Meets for First Time

The inaugural meeting of the East Carolina University Lab School Advisory Council was held Thursday, Aug. 10, inside the ECU College of Education Speight Building. The advisory council consists of representatives from the College of Education, the ECU Office of the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, and Pitt County Schools. The advisory council voted to appoint Chris Locklear, ECU Vice Provost for Academic Success, as ECU Lab School Advisory Council Chairman. Dr. Mark A. L’Esperance, ECU Professor of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education, was appointed the Continue reading →

Masters of Math

Thirty teachers from eastern North Carolina complete graduate degrees     By Crystal Baity ECU News Services Thirty high school math teachers in eastern North Carolina recently earned their master’s degrees in education thanks to a unique blend of off campus, face to face and online classes led by East Carolina University faculty. It was the largest graduating class in the history of the program, which usually only has a few students complete the master’s program for high school mathematics each year, said Dr. Rose Continue reading →

Dr. Kristen Cuthrell Appointed Interim Director of COE Rural Education Institute (REI)

In 1982 the ECU College of Education received a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to establish the Rural Education Institute. The Rural Education Institute (REI) was developed to increase awareness of the unique strengths and needs of rural schools in eastern North Carolina. In 1984 the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated funds for the continuation of East Carolina University’s Rural Education Institute and established a counterpart at Western Carolina University. These two institutions comprise the Rural Education Network for the State of North Continue reading →

Tom Williams Honored as Ralph Kimmel Award Recipient

NCPAPA | Dr. Thomas “Tom” Williams received the North Carolina Principal and Assistant Principals’ Association’s (NCPAPA) highest honor on March 30th.  Williams was presented with the Ralph Kimel award during the 2017 NCPAPA Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with NCASA’s Annual Conference on Educational Leadership. Williams currently serves as the Director for Leadership Development Outreach for ECU’s Department of Education Leadership.  He has served with distinction as a developer and facilitator for NCPAPA’s Distinguished Leaders in Practice program. Previously, Williams served the public schools of Continue reading →

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 →

‘WHAT YOU WEAR’ Researchers study the impact of young students wearing lab coats

An East Carolina University researcher is looking into how elementary school students view themselves as scientists and engineers when wearing lab coats. Dr. Tammy Lee, assistant professor of science education in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education in the ECU College of Education, has teamed up with colleagues at N.C. State University and The College of New Jersey for the study. This spring, 300 fifth-graders and five teachers in four schools in Pitt County have participated. “We know that there is some Continue reading →