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EQUIPPED Scholars AT Summer Institute a huge success!

The Irene Howell Assistive Technology (IHAT) Center and EQUIPPED grant Co-Principal Investigators, Drs. Alana Zambone and Christopher Rivera, hosted the Assistive Technology (AT) Summer Institute during the week of July 18-22, 2016. The EQUIPPED Summer Institute was developed as a week-long professional development for seven graduate students through the OSEP Personnel Prep grant: EQUIPPED: Engendering High Quality Personnel Preparation for Educators Serving Students with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The EQUIPPED grant is designed to prepare initially licensed teachers (B.S.) and teacher-leaders in Special Education and Assistance Technology for NC schools and communities. The teacher-leader goal of the grant provides special educators with tuition and other financial support to complete their MAEd in Special Education – Low Incidence Disabilities Licensure Area and the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology (AT). The participating EQUIPPED Scholars were Sara Farwell, Sara Graves, Katie Hancock, Morgan Kennedy, Jillian Kime, Brittney Roper, and April Vernon.EQUIPPED group web

With a focus on assistive technology and best practices for working with students with significant disabilities, the institute started with an expert panel discussion of two district level assistive technology teams- Alamance Burlington Schools represented by Pat Byers, Amy Chinnici, and Sara Hammond; and Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools represented by Cindy Hall, Emma Sidden, Jennifer Kerr, and Adam Seipel. The teams shared their leadership journeys in their respective fields of education, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, and instructional technology. Furthermore, they discussed system processes and procedures that are used in their counties and tips for working collaboratively with other educators and related service personnel in the area of assistive technology. The following three days of the institute allowed for in-depth expertise training in the area of augmentative and alternative communication, which was facilitated by Lisa Erwin-Davidson of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill; AT for literacy, which was facilitated by Dr. Pamela Mims from East Tennessee State University; and AT for Math, which was facilitated by Dr. Melissa Hudson of East Carolina University and Julie Brickhouse of Pitt County Schools. In addition to the expert speakers, assistive technology vendors from Attainment and Tobii Dynavox also shared new technologies in AT. The EQUIPPED participants worked on a cumulative project throughout the week of trainings and completed presentations to their peers on the final day of the institute.

The EQUIPPED graduate scholars will return to their schools and communities to engage in AT assignments over the next academic year, including mentoring of new teachers, conducting professional development, and engaging in other leadership activities under the guidance of Dr. Laura King, Director of the IHAT Center, and Dr. Chris Rivera, Co-PI on EQUIPPED. The Summer Institute allowed the scholars to network with their peers in the cohort, as well as a variety of AT experts who work in assistive technology in a variety of capacities. A second EQUIPPED Summer Institute will take place in 2018 for the next cohort of EQUIPPED Scholars.

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Glenesha Berryman named Outstanding First-Year Student by Phi Kappa Phi

Glenesha Berryman, an EC Scholar and member of the Honors College, has been recognized by the ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, as the Outstanding First-Year Student for 2015-2016.

She was awarded a plaque and a check for $500 from the chapter at the annual initiation ceremony on Sunday, April 11, 2016. Berryman is from a military family and the first in her family to attend college. She made the journey to ECU from Seoul, South Korea, where she finished high school.

Berryman is pursuing a BS degree in English Education in the College of Education and a major in English with the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. She has a passion for leadership, international relations and education advocacy and has been involved with the Honors College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. She is public relations chair for She’s the First, which promotes the education of girls in developing nations, and works with ALMAS, a group that teaches English to Latino community members.

This past year she started a food drive in the Honors College that led to the collection of 500 pounds of non-perishables for homeless veterans in eastern North Carolina. She is also helping to launch Pirate Peers Advocating for Learning to match ECU students in a tutoring and mentoring program for elementary school students.

Berryman also excels in the classroom having earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average. This summer, she will travel to Austin, Texas, for a summer teaching fellowship with the Breakthrough Collaborative.

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Class of 2016 ECU 40 under 40 – 3 named in College of Education

Dr. Kylie Dotson-Blake, Levy Brown and Shawn Moore, were recently named as members of the Class of 2016 ECU 40 Under 40.

Dotson-Blake is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Counselor Education Program Coordinator.  She received her BS in Health and Human Performance from East Carolina University in 2000 and her Masters of Arts in Education in 2002.

Brown is the Dean of Arts & Sciences at Lenoir Community College.  He received his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University in 2002.  He will receive his EDD in Educational Leadership on May 6, 2016.

Moore earned his BS in General Biology from ECU in 2001 and his Masters in Cell Biology in 2004.  He is currently pursuing his EDD in Educational Leadership while serving as the Interim Director of the College of education’s STEM Center.

In April of 2015, the Division of Student Affairs of East Carolina University premiered the 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards. This award was created in an effort to recognize emerging leaders that received their start at East Carolina University, as well as those who have used their ECU experience to make an impact in their respective professions, local communities and on the world.

The Class of 2016 40 Under 40 was honored at the 2nd Annual Division of Student Affairs Corporate & Leadership Awards Banquet on April 16, 2016.

http://www.ecu.edu/sadevelopment/40under40/2016Class.cfm.

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Freshman education major recognized by top honor society

The ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society has named Glenesha D. Berryman as the Outstanding First-Year student at ECU for the 2015-2016 year. Berryman is studying English education in the College of Education and is also completing an English major in the Harriot College Department of English. She is an EC Scholar and member of the Honors College.

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IHAT Center Presentation at Loyola Marymount University

The Irene Howell Assistive Technology [IHAT] Center was invited to do a virtual presentation at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

The presentation was facilitated by IHAT Center Co-Manager, Taylor Carangi and IHAT staff member, Paige Anderson, both ECU Special Education majors, via Skype on April 26, 2016. It offered a virtual tour of the IHAT Center and an introduction to assistive technology and universal design for learning.

The presentation was given to general education and special education pre-service teachers who are in an early field experience course taught by Dr. Vicki Graf at Loyola Marymount University.

The IHAT crew members did a phenomenal job sharing information and fielding questions about our special education program here at ECU, assistive technology, universal design for learning, and processes for determining AT selection for individuals with disabilities.

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ECU education student receives Fulbright Award

An ECU Honors College student and triple major Daniel Franch has been named a recipient of an English teaching assistant award from the highly-competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Franch, who is graduating in May with a degree in history, history education and German, is one of 140 students in the United States to receive a $30,000 grant that will support his international experience in East Germany teaching English for a year.

Full story: http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/ecunow/blog/2016/04/14/ecu-honors-student-receives-fulbright-award/

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Education honors student receives Fulbright award

College of Education student Daniel Franch, who is an Honors College student triple majoring in history, history education and German, received a 2016 Fulbright award from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Franch plans to spend next year in Germany completing an English teaching assistantship.

“It seemed like an excellent opportunity to spend a year in Germany spreading goodwill between the United States and Germany,” said Franch, who is the ninth student from ECU to be award a Fulbright.

Franch will be assigned to a German K–12 English classroom to assist with teaching English. In addition to teaching, he will also engage the local community. He has proposed to join the local environmental organization and learn ways to increase sustainability practices.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study and research projects or for English teaching assistant programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S., according to the program’s website.

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The 2016 Latham Clinical Teachers’ and Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference

The 2016 Latham Clinical Teachers’ and Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts joint conference was held on March 15, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Greenville, NC.

The theme of the event was “Myth Busting: Why it’s A Great Time to Be in Education.” Dr. Brian Housand, Associate Professor in the Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education Department in the College of Education was the featured Keynote Speaker for the 2016 conference.
Sixteen engaging sessions on a variety of topics gave more than 200 conference participants a chance to learn about new concepts and strategies to use during classroom instruction. The conference is designed and provided to support Latham Clinical Teachers’ professional development and is one of the ways the College of Education gives back to teachers and schools in the Latham Clinical Schools Network which is comprised of 564 schools within 41 counties throughout Eastern NC.

BS Mathematics Education students (clockwise from far left) Megan Taylor, Carson Gombatz, Sarah Marsh, and Kaylin Carlton look for an assessment app on their phone during one conference breakout session.

ECU Hosts North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Eastern Region Conference

Mathematics teachers from K-12 and university settings gathered Saturday, 19 March 2016, on the campus of East Carolina University for the Eastern Region Conference of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM). As the host institution, ECU was very well represented by university faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and alumni.

The conference keynote address was delivered by Fran Arbaugh of Penn State University. The concluding keynote, given by Kitty Rutherford, was an update from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In between, there were 34 breakout sessions, given over breakout periods. Program chair for the conference was Katie Schwartz. Other ECU mathematics education faculty presided, presented, provided breakfast or lunch, or supervised Gamma Chapter members (mathematics education student organization).

ECU student involvement included undergraduates who co-presented and 19 presentations by graduate students from the leadership classes – these sessions involved 35 presenters, most of whom are in the graduate HS Cohort. Two more sessions were done by graduate students who are part of the Lenoir Mathematics-Science Partnership (MSP) grant.

The conference, which included breakfast, lunch, and some very nice give-aways (particularly mathematics education books), was provided to the 135 participants at no charge by NCCTM, the Lenoir MSP, and faculty donations. Each participant received 0.5 continuing education unit.

Pictured above: BS Mathematics Education students (clockwise from far left) Megan Taylor, Carson Gombatz, Sarah Marsh, and Kaylin Carlton look for an assessment app on their phone during one conference breakout session.

READ graduate students Faison Powers, Alexa Shanklin, and Amanda Tomlin participated in the Graduate Student Research poster sessions where each student presented her action research.

READ Grad Students Present at Conference

Three graduate students in Reading Education and several Reading Education faculty from the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education represented ECU at the North Carolina Reading Association Conference from Sunday, March 13 to Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Students Faison Powers, Alexa Shanklin, and Amanda Tomlin participated in the Graduate Student Research poster sessions where each student presented her action research. Miss Powers project title was “I Read It, You Should Read It Too!” Increasing Students’ Motivation to Read Through Book Talks, Book Choice, and Book Recommendations.” Miss Shanklin’s project title was “The Impact of Letter Writing on Students’ Attitudes Toward Writing and Writing Abilities.” Miss Tomlin’s project title was “A Study of Fourth Grade Students’ Focus and Engagement during Independent Reading After Participating in Physically Active Brain Breaks.” All three students will be graduating in May and are working to finish their portfolios.

READ faculty members were there in support and enjoyed witnessing their students be representatives of the university and the MAEd in Reading Education program. Dr. Johna Faulconer, Associate Chair of Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education and Reading Area Coordinator shared, “We are so proud of Reading Education students and appreciative of our faculty and alumni who encourage our students to achieve to their highest potential. At the conference our current students and our former students were standouts!”