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Dr. Daniel Dickerson Represents ECU on Fulbright Commission Panel Addressing STEM Study Abroad Partnerships with the Czech Republic

Dr. Daniel Dickerson, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education and ECU STEM CoRE (Collaborative for Research in Education) Co-Director, is among a small group of scholars from across the United States selected to sit on a Fulbright Commission sponsored STEM Expert Panel to address university faculty from across the Czech Republic regarding STEM study abroad possibilities. He will join faculty from MIT, Purdue, Michigan, Georgia Tech, and other STEM intensive institutions.

The STEM Expert Panel is part of a capacity building workshop, “Bringing More U.S. Students in STEM to Czech Universities,” sponsored by the Department of State, Office of Global Educational Program, the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic in cooperation with Czech universities that offer education in STEM. The workshop will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on April 19-20, 2016 and will be followed by campus visits on April 21-22.

While there, Dickerson will speak to participants during meeting sessions regarding STEM education program development and explore ways to build collaborative efforts with the Czech Republic. Additionally, the US delegation will tour eight Czech universities, attend a reception at the residence of the US Ambassador, and explore innovative ways to enhance global partnerships.

Dr. Dickerson has more than 70 publications, 130 conference presentations, and has been involved in grants as PI, Co-PI, Senior Personnel, or Evaluator totaling over $10 million.

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ECU hosts design thinking sessions for education professionals

The College of Education hosted two design thinking workshops. Local K–12 educators, high school students and ECU faculty attended a workshop to confront important challenges in higher education and design innovative solutions on Monday, March 21.

Design ThinkingThe next day, local K–12 educators were taken through the full cycle of design thinking in a short timeframe. The activity focused on the fundamental values of human-centered design: a bias toward action, a culture of iteration and the importance of rapid prototyping. The latter portion of the session will uncover the results of the activity and tie them back to the day-to-day challenges.

As a new way to problem solve, companies like IDEO and Google are embracing design thinking, according to Militello.

“This workshop may affect our professional students in profound ways because it provides them with a tool set for managing change in schools which is not generally provided in preparation programs,” said Militello. “In making the case for design thinking, we’re asking school leaders to admit that the answers to modern challenges they face don’t yet exist; that off-the-shelf solutions or strategies that neighboring schools employ are not going to meet the unique needs of the communities they serve.”

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Dr. Nash presenting during the COE’s design thinking workshops.

Dr. John Nash, associate professor of educational leadership studies at the University of Kentucky and the founding director of the Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education, or dLab, will facilitate the sessions on both dates. He’s also a director at the Center for Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education, or CASTLE, at the University of Kentucky.

Nash is a specialist in the design and prototyping of innovations in education. He teaches a range of courses on design thinking, school technology leadership, and school reform. His current research agenda focuses on the methods to design and prototype of innovations in education.

The events are sponsored by the Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor in Educational Leadership, Dr. Matt Militello.

Design thinking is a creative strategy for dealing with old and emerging problems. This approach differs from the traditional scientific method by considering known and unknown parameters to seek alternative solutions in an iterative manner.

“The intent of the Wells Fargo Endowment in Educational Leadership is to build capacity for local school educators,” said Militello. “Design thinking is a way to build capacity for these educators and for those who train them. ECU’s College of Education is well positioned to be at the forefront of technologies and innovations that can best assist our school educators. This series is another example of this type of forward thinking work.”

 

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MEASURING IMPACT: The College of Education embarks on three-year assessment plan

By Jessica Nottingham
University Communication

East Carolina University’s College of Education is under new leadership and on a crusade for excellence.

Dr. Grant Hayes, who has been dean and distinguished professor in the College of Education since August, opened his first faculty and staff meeting asking tough questions: “What does the ECU College of Education want to be known for?” and “what can students get here that they cannot get elsewhere?”

To help the college answer these questions, department chairs are charged with working with faculty to increase the impact, performance and visibility of their work.

“Grant is resourceful and prepared,” said Dr. Art Rouse, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. “From the time he interviewed and then came to ECU as dean, he could see that the college has major impact on the region, but it was not being told or seen by our various stakeholders.”

Before his appointment at ECU, Hayes served as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he held numerous leadership positions. His experience as a professor of counselor education, music teacher and administrator spans more than 27 years. He earned his doctoral, master’s and educational specialist degrees from the University of South Carolina, and his bachelor’s degree in music education from Limestone College.

To read the full article, please click on the following link:
Measuring Impact: College of Education embarks on three-year assessment plan

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Need a Course Elective Offering Value-Added Potential to Your Plan of Graduate Study?

The College of Education’s Graduate Studies Office offers a comprehensive list of Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 courses available as electives to other colleges and majors. This listing is available at: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/graduate/upload/COE_Graduate_Electives_2016.pdf

Multiple degree programs outside the College of Education have linked their graduate students with these courses. As offerings become more well-advertised across campus and through virtual venues, enrollment numbers in these courses continue to grow. For example, after the Fall 2015 course listings were shared via email with all ECU Graduate Directors, Dr. Hamid Fonooni, graduate faculty member in the Department of Technology Systems (College of Engineering and Technology), reached out to inquire further about the benefit of Adult Education courses for their students. Dr. Fonooni shared that the COE elective option information was quite helpful. He further offered, “I think this is great opportunity for our students and our programs to collaborate.”

University-wide sharing of COE course electives available to other majors and colleges takes place twice yearly. Dr. Terry Atkinson, COE Graduate Studies Liaison, coordinates with all six departments in the College of Education to compile and distribute this information on a regular basis. For questions regarding these graduate electives or other COE Graduate Studies questions, please contact Dr. Atkinson at atkinsont@ecu.edu.

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College of Education launches partnership with Panasonic

East Carolina University’s College of Education is celebrating a new partnership with the Panasonic Foundation and four eastern North Carolina school districts.
The Panasonic Foundation works nationwide with schools to break the link between race, poverty and educational outcomes by improving the academic and social success of students.

The foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with ECU and Duplin, Jones, Pender and Sampson county school districts during a ceremony on March 7. It’s the first time Panasonic will work in a rural setting with a university.

To read more about this new partnership please click on the link below:

College of Education launches partnership with Panasonic Foundation, four rural school districts

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People Need to Know: Confronting History in the Heartland — New book by Dr. Robert M. Lucas

The book,  People Need to Know: Confronting History in the Heartland by Dr. Robert M. Lucas, Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary & Middle Grades Education, has just been published by Lang Publishing Company. This book chronicles Dr. Lucas’ engaged research with students and their teacher “as they study the defining event in their community’s history.”  Dr. Lucas presents an approach to teaching and learning in social studies that fully engages students to not only learn about the history of their community, but to contribute something of value to their communities and beyond.

Through his start-up research grant, a Library of Congress grant, and his teaching in the Elementary Education program, Dr. Lucas continues to provide teachers and teacher candidates with a meaningful and dynamic evidence-based approach to teaching history and social studies that enables students to “better understand the complex ethical ramifications of historical work and appreciate why learning matters.” (Note: quotations in both paragraphs are from Vendor’s website, below). To learn more about or secure a copy of the book, go to: http://www.amazon.com/People-Need-Know-Confronting-Counterpoints/dp/1433129787.

Go to the College of Education Research Website to engage in a Blog discussion about Engaged Scholarship and Research

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College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony – May 7, 2016

The College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The faculty and staff of the College of Education are pleased to present a special Graduate Recognition Ceremony (GRC) for our graduates. The ceremony will feature individual recognition of College of Education students receiving degrees. Friends and families of the graduates are cordially invited to attend. It is not necessary for graduates or guests to RSVP for this event. Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony.

For University Commencement Ceremony details and information about the ECU Commencement Weekend, please visit http://www.ecu.edu/commencement.

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ECU launches educational partnership with Panasonic Foundation

ECU’s College of Education, the Panasonic Foundation and four rural school districts in eastern North Carolina are launching a partnership to break the links between race, poverty and educational outcomes by improving the academic and social success of all students. Panasonic is engaged in similar partnerships with communities across the country but this is the foundation’s first effort to work in a rural setting with a university.

Through the Panasonic Foundation’s Partnership Program, the COE will work on educational improvement with Duplin, Jones, Pender and Sampson county schools. The foundation will provide coaching support as well as funds to travel to national partnership conferences. ECU will provide local coaching and professional development opportunities.

Panasonic contacted ECU about the opportunity to build and add a rural consortium into their network. College of Education faculty members sought districts that fit the rural criteria and qualified as possible partners. The four districts selected have committed to meeting with ECU over the past 10 months to develop a plan for working with Panasonic.

On Monday March 7, representatives from each school district, ECU’s College of Education and the Panasonic Foundation will gather in Conference Room A at the East Carolina Heart Institute at 7:00 PM to formally announce the partnership.

Panasonic will fund one national coach (who will also work in districts across the country), and the College of Education will fund one full-time teaching faculty member to work with the national coach and each district in the consortium. COE faculty will also deliver of professional development based on the needs of the teachers in the consortium.

The purpose of this unique partnership is to improve equity and close achievement gaps.

“These types of partnerships (schools, universities, and business foundations) are unique,” said Matt Militello, program coordinator and Wells Fargo Endowed Chair of Educational Leadership at ECU. “We are happy to be on the cutting edge of changing the paradigms and models that will ultimately support district needs in order to improve student achievement.”

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Learning Exchange: LUNCH SESSION – Design Thinking in Your Pedagogy

Sponsored by: the Wells Fargo Distinguished Professorship in Educational Leadership

Participants are guided in an immersive activity that exposes
participants to the full cycle of design thinking in a short timeframe.
It will touch on the fundamental values of human-centered design: a
bias toward action, a culture of iteration, and the importance of rapid
prototyping. The latter portion of the session will unpack the results
of the activity and tie them back to the day-to-day challenges that
participants face in their home institution.

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Time: 12:00p.m.–2:00p.m.
Location: Sweetheart Dining Room Todd Dining Hall on top of College Hill

John Nash (PhD University of Wisconsin) is an Associate Professor
of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky and
the founding director of the Laboratory on Design Thinking in
Education, or dLab. He’s also a director at the Center for Advanced
Study of Technology Leadership in Education, or CASTLE,
also at the University of Kentucky.

John is a specialist in the design and prototyping of innovations in
education. He teaches a range of courses on design thinking, school
technology leadership, and school reform. His current research agenda
focuses on the methods to design and prototype of innovations in education.

He has held faculty positions at Iowa State University and the
University of Texas at El Paso. As a social research scientist at
Stanford University, Nash held associate directorship positions in two
laboratories: the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning (SCIL),
and the Stanford Learning Laboratory, where he managed
interdisciplinary and international teams of research scientists
examining the effects of innovative technologies on learning.

Space is Limited
Please RSVP to Matthew Militello
Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor in Educational Leadership
militellom14@ecu.edu

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Learning Exchange: FULL DAY SESSION – Design Thinking in Education

Learning Exchange
Sponsored by: the Wells Fargo Distinguished Professorship in Educational Leadership

Design Thinking in Education

Your group brings in a set of key users for whom the participants act
as designers, applying the lessons learned in the first session. In this
exercise the participants break into small “design teams” to tackle
an challenge important in higher education and rapidly prototype
innovative solutions to that challenge.

Date: Monday, March 21, 2016
Time: 10:00a.m.–3:00p.m.
Location: Croatan Building- Green Room

John Nash (PhD University of Wisconsin) is an Associate Professor
of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky and
the founding director of the Laboratory on Design Thinking in
Education, or dLab. He’s also a director at the Center for Advanced
Study of Technology Leadership in Education, or CASTLE, also at the University of Kentucky.

John is a specialist in the design and prototyping of innovations in
education. He teaches a range of courses on design thinking, school
technology leadership, and school reform. His current research agenda focuses on the methods to design and prototype of innovations in education.

He has held faculty positions at Iowa State University and the
University of Texas at El Paso. As a social research scientist at
Stanford University, Nash held associate directorship positions in two laboratories: the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning (SCIL), and the Stanford Learning Laboratory, where he managed interdisciplinary and international teams of research scientists examining the effects of innovative technologies on learning.

Space is Limited
Please RSVP to Matthew Militello
Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor in Educational Leadership
militellom14@ecu.edu