The North Carolina Council Teachers of Mathematics held their state conference Oct 30-31, 2014 in Greensboro, NC. A delegation of 21 Senior 1, secondary mathematics education students were among those representing ECU as attendees at this event. Upon their return from the conference, these students created posters highlighting several interesting or useful ideas gleaned from the sessions and workshops. On Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014, these students hosted a special Gamma Student Chapter event to share their posters with other mathematics education students and faculty. Over 50 mathematics education students and faculty attended the event. The Senior 1 students talked to visitors about their posters and experiences at the conference. The active engagement between presenters and attendees provided participants with a greater appreciation of the exciting happenings in North Carolina mathematics education.
At its 44th Annual North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) Conference held in Greensboro, NC on 30-31 October 2014, ECU was featured mightily during the Awards Ceremony. Two ECU Mathematics Education faculty, Dr. Ron Preston and Dr. Rose Sincrope were recognized with the highest honor that NCCTM can bestow, the W. W. Rankin Award. MATE senior, Rebekah Currie, double majoring in a BS Mathematics Education and a BA in Mathematics won the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student from the Eastern Region award. Several alumni also were recognized as the Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher for their school districts. Congratulations to:
W.T. Edwards, Columbus Co. – Class of ’11
Jennifer Simmons, Onslow Co. – Class of ’97, current student MAEd IT (Onslow Cohort)
Renea Baker, Pitt Co. – Class of ’92
ECU rises to the top once again!
On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the Gamma Student Chapter of NCCTM hosted a 12 person panel consisting of principals, math department chairs/lead grade level math teachers, and a director of human resources. These “insiders” represented elementary, middle, and high school mathematics and shared their knowledge from a combined 185 years of educational expertise. The full panel was introduced to an audience that consisted of approximately 50 students and six Mathematics Education faculty members before breaking into smaller subgroups for elementary, middle, and high school. The conversations within the smaller groups provided the opportunity for panel members to share unique insight for their given educational context, and for Gamma students to ask important questions about not only the hiring process, but also how to become the best math teacher possible. One main theme heard from panel members in each subgroup was that they are looking for, “good math teachers that want to be great math teachers” and that there are supports in place to help them achieve greatness in the math classroom.
Our sincere thanks goes out to the “insider” panel, consisting of the following individuals:
- Chena Cayton – Principal, Wahl-Coates Elem School, Pitt County
- Karin Stefko – Kindergarten Teacher, Wahl-Coates Elem School, Pitt County
- Coni Clark – Third Grade Teacher, Wahl-Coates Elem School, Pitt County
- Charlie Langley – Principal, CM Eppes Middle School, Pitt County
- Barskdale Thompson – Sixth Grade Teacher, CM Eppes Middle School, Pitt County
- Kristen Coleman – Sixth Grade Teacher, CM Eppes Middle School, Pitt County
- Thomas Sisson – Seventh Grade Teacher, CM Eppes Middle School, Pitt County
- Jerry Simmons – Principal , New Bern High School, Craven County
- Brad Johnston – Principal , Farmville Central High School, Pitt County
- Renea Baker – Dept Chair , DH Conley High School, Pitt County
- Tina Petty – Dept Chair, Southside High School, Beaufort County
- Delilah Jackson – Director of Human Resources, Pitt County Schools
In a recent interview, senior Elementary Education (with a concentration in Science) major, Beth Wantz, credits COE and MSITE faculty with having a profound influence on her life. She feels that they “truly care” about their students and go above and beyond to help them succeed. She gives particular credit to Tammy Lee, explaining that, “Mrs. Tammy Lee has inspired me in so many different ways. She has pushed me with my assignments and lessons throughout my college career because she knows what I am capable of doing. Mrs. Lee has given me many opportunities outside of school that will greatly benefit me as a teacher, such as taking me to the National Science Teacher Association Conference in the fall of 2013. With doing this, Mrs. Lee has given me the confidence that every effective teacher must have in order to benefit their students. Mrs. Lee has also taken the time to teach me how to be a good teacher and a good person. She is my biggest influence and my role model.”
Teachers teaching teachers–clearly a step in the right direction.
One hundred plus potential teachers from high schools within the East visited the campus of East Carolina University on October 15, 2014 for Teacher Cadet Day. The Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach within the College of Education offered this event to high school students who are enrolled in the North Carolina Teacher Cadet Program. It is an innovative year-long or semester-block activity-based curriculum for high school juniors and seniors. The course is designed to promote a better understanding and create interest in those students who may consider teaching as a profession. It is an honors program that details many components of the education environment and involves students in content, application, observations and teaching in preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school settings.
While on campus students listened to a keynote address by the 2014 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year, James Ford. Mr. Ford is a world history teacher at Garinger High School with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Students also attended a Program Fair with representatives from the various program areas in the College of Education, as well as representatives from teacher education programs across campus. This was followed by informative sessions around the theme of the conference: What’s Your Superpower? I TEACH. Students participated in sessions on college admissions, career exploration, and options for teacher education. In addition, these prospective teachers engaged in a dialogue with teacher education students in a panel discussion. The visiting students completed their day on campus with a trip to West End Dining Hall and tours provided by ECU Admissions.
Teacher Cadet students from Duplin, Gates, Johnston, Nash, and Wayne counties participated in Teacher Cadet Day 2014. Special thanks is extended to Ms. Christa Monroe for her efforts in organizing this recruitment event.
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For more information about the College of Education’s efforts in the area of teacher recruitment, please contact Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-328-1123.
It’s official! The Science Education Club has completed all the requirements and workshops to be officially registered as a student organization at East Carolina University. This has been a two year project that was finalized by the work of graduate student Megan Garner, and undergraduate elementary science concentration students: Beth Wantz, KC Hart, Kayla Sager, and Lauren Brewington. The club is under the direction of faculty adviser, Tammy D. Lee who speaks with pride of the student’s accomplishment, “We are very excited to have this recognition at the university level so we can now apply for national recognition at the National Science Teacher’s Association. The students have been diligent in their work and pursuit of this recognition which demonstrates their dedication and desire to be a part of science education and to have others participate in a student organization of a collected interest, Science! I am honored to be a part of this journey with these students.” For more information about the Science Education Club visit them at their website or contact Tammy D. Lee at email@example.com.
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.
As a student, I can recall several times when professors have shared that the program I am in is “accredited.” My mental response was “That’s nice.” I didn’t care. All I wanted to know was when the next assignment was due, and what I had to do in order to pass that assignment, the class, and then get my degree. Sure, it is great that my program has been given a stamp of approval by some mystery third party, but all of that is outside my realm of experiences.
Then a friend of mine at another university shared that they had failed their bid at re-accreditation. When she graduated, her degree would be from a non-accredited program. I asked her what that meant for her. She told me that it would be harder for her to find a job because employers would see her degree as having less value than one from an applicant who had graduated from an accredited program. Some employers might not even consider her qualified, despite her degree. She had always wanted to move to the New York-New Jersey area, and now she wasn’t sure she could find a job in that competitive market. New Jersey actually has a law requiring applicants to notify employers if their degree is from a non-accredited institution. At that moment, I became alarmed. Does that mean that all of my hard work might come to mean nothing if the program I was in suddenly lost its accreditation?
All of a sudden my immediate focus of passing the current assignment and class seemed less relevant. After all, my current assignment and class would mean nothing if I couldn’t find a job after receiving my degree. I was upset for my friend, who had always studied hard to maintain a high GPA so that she could go anywhere once she graduated. Now her options were limited. Attending and graduating from an accredited program suddenly became important to me, and I realized how important it was all along.
In today’s world of online universities and degrees, employers are concerned about hiring quality individuals. In today’s job market, it can be hard to find a job when there are few positions and many applicants. Employers look to whittle down the applicants they consider, and one of the first filters they use is whether or not the applicant has attended an accredited program.
Don’t let all of your hard work be in vain. Make sure your program is accredited, or you may have just gone to school for nothing.
Elbert E. Maynard
MSA Principal Fellow
East Carolina University
The Latham Clinical Schools Network (LCSN) is a network of 38 public school systems located throughout eastern North Carolina, who collaborate with the EPP at ECU in order to form a school partnership among teacher candidates and faculty. LCSN provides quality field placements for pre-service teachers with trained clinical teachers in diverse public school settings.
The LCSN is critical to the EPP successfully meeting the expectations of Standard 3, Field Experiences and Clinical Practice, Collaboration between the Unit and School Partners. Collaboration with the LCSN allows the EPP to strategically and proactively address concerns. One common issue collaboratively addressed through LCSN was the need for criminal background checks for field experiences (practicum) and clinical practice (internship).
The in-depth collaboration between ECU EPP and LCSN partners leads to synergistic gains for the partners. For the COE, partnerships from the LCSN support the TQP grant, focused on the clinical practice component. Instructional Coaching in LCSN member district (Pitt County Schools and Greene County Schools) was an original TQP clinical practice reform, and is also a Pirate CODE innovation. For LCSN, professional development is provided annually for all clinical teachers who mentor an intern during clinical practice through the fall and spring Clinical Teacher Conference and through other annual conferences, themed workshops, and collaborative professional development opportunities. These events unite EPP faculty and clinical partners in support of candidates.
Prior to the Site Visit, it is important for our public school partners in the LCSN to know about the EPP’s programs and Pirate CODE. LCSN representatives serve on the Council for Teacher Education, and are the crucial communication conduit for the EPP to the public schools.
Once the Site Visit schedule is determined, individual faculty, candidates, clinical teachers, university supervisors and other EPP stakeholders may possibly be invited to meet with the Site Visit Team.
Learn more about the Latham Clinical Schools Network: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/oce/Clinical_Schools.cfm
Congratulations 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.