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News from the Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education Department

Dr. Rhea Miles and Dr. Scott Rawls awarded National Institute of Health Grant

Dr. Rhea Miles, Associate Professor -Science Education, Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education and Dr. Scott Rawls, ECU Alumnus and Associate Professor of Pharmacology in the Center for Substance Abuse Research at Temple University have been awarded a four-year, $1,012,071.00 grant entitled Planarians and the Pharmacology of Addiction: An In Vivo Model for K-12 Education.

The project engages K-12 teachers and  students together with health care professionals, pharmacists, and scientists in the study of the pharmacological effects of addictive drugs and the behavior patterns that emerge during recreational and addictive drug use, using curricula and laboratory activities designed to meet the National Science Education Standards. Congratulations Dr. Miles and Dr. Rawls.

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NCTQ Recognizes ECU Teacher Quality

By Jane Dail

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A nationwide study of college teaching prep programs ranked one East Carolina University program among the top 15.

The National Council on Teaching Quality (NCTQ) released its second annual Teacher Prep Review this week after analyzing 2,400 elementary, secondary and special education programs at 1,127 institutions across the country.

ECU’s undergraduate special education program ranked 12th in the nation, tying with Fort Hayes State University’s undergraduate elementary education program, Montclair State University’s graduate secondary education program, and Austin Peay State University’s undergraduate secondary education program.

Kathi Wilhite — chairwoman of the department of special education, foundations and research in ECU College of Education — said she is proud of the recognition the program received.

“This recognition is a reflection of the dedicated professionals within the department who work tirelessly to conduct research and teach relevant practices to pre-service teacher candidates,” Wilhite said. “Our goal is to provide educational and practical experiences that will positively impact classrooms and services for individuals with disabilities.”

The undergraduate special education program has two areas — general curriculum and adapted curriculum — and about 200 students overall.

Wilhite said the nine key standards for special education are selection criteria, early reading, elementary mathematics, content for special education, classroom management, student teaching, instructional design for special education, outcomes and rigor.

ECU’s undergraduate elementary education program also ranked 188, tying with 13 other programs. The university’s undergraduate secondary education program ranked 356, which was tied with 11 other institutions’ programs.

NCTQ President Kate Walsh said in a Tuesday phone conference that the study helps to expand the national conversation on teacher quality

Walsh said though there are several areas of teaching that need improvement, there has been marked progress in reading instruction, classroom management and student teaching.

To view the entire report, visit www.nctq.org.

Contact Jane Dail at jdail@reflector.com or 252-329-9585.

Courtesy of ECU’s The Daily Clips blog.

Journal of Curriculum and Instruction Issue Published

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Dr. Sharilyn Steadman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education, is the lead editor of the latest issue of JoCI.

The editorial team of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction is delighted to announce publication of a new special topic issue, Performance Assessment of Pre-Service and In-Service Educators. Sharilyn C. Steadman is the lead editor for this issue. It is available at http://www.joci.ecu.edu. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest.

The Point of View, “Assessment of Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers,” offers a brief historical perspective of previous reform movements and situates more recent reforms, with a focus on the efficacy of in-service teachers and teacher education programs and their teacher candidates, within the broader contextual view of educational transformation.

The invited lead article is “Driving Blind: Why We Need Standardized Performance Assessment in Teacher Education.” Peck, Singer-Gabella, Sloan, and Lin put forward a compelling argument for the benefits of adopting standardized, common assessments for teacher candidates. Three articles in Practitioner Platform offer descriptions of innovations within pre-service teacher programs. Shaffer describes a locally constructed teacher candidate assessment instrument. Vostal and colleagues provide a step-by-step guide for special education candidates who use a Response to Intervention model and edTPA. Cuthrell and colleagues offer an account of a program revision that included data collection and analysis, innovative strategy use, and ongoing assessment. Finally, the Perspective article by Donovan and colleagues questions the degree to which large scale accountability reports are useful in identifying links between teacher program candidates’ performances in P-12 classrooms and the courses or program areas that shaped those performances and recommend instead a systems-based approach.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education selected JoCI’s editorial board as the recipient of the 2010 Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education. Please share this free, open-access resource with interested colleagues and students.

Currently the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction is indexed in EBSCOHosts, Directory of Open Access Journals, Cross Reference, BrowZine, Google Scholar, and Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities.

www.joci.ecu.edu

COE Faculty Member Receives $472,000 NC Quest Award

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Dr. Ann Bullock, chair of the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education, is partnering with NC Quest to expand the NC New Teacher Support Program.

Dr. Ann Bullock, Chair of the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education, received an NC-QUEST award of $472,394 titled Integrating Neuroscience into Mathematics Instruction (INMI). INMI continues the partnership with UNC-GA New Teacher Support Program (NTSP) and extends it to the Harriott College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Mathematics.

The INMI pilot project consists of an intensive scientifically-based professional development program designed to assist beginning teachers to become highly knowledgeable and pedagogically skilled in leading students to mastery of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The INMI pilot project will target elementary schools in Edgecombe County and Hertford County that have been identified as among the lowest performing in the state.

The project will recruit thirty beginning teachers to participate in a year-long professional development program designed to increase their knowledge of the Common Core Standards for Mathematical practice, brain-compatible elements of mathematics instruction, brain-compatible instructional strategies, and whole-brain teaching techniques.

The INMI extends the professional development offerings currently provided by the NC NTSP, which include an institute/boot camp, six days of professional development, and ongoing instructional coaching. INMI teachers will attend an extended summer session at the beginning of the academic year, Saturday sessions and site-based sessions at their schools during the academic year, and a summer session at the conclusion of the academic year.

In addition, participating teachers will receive weekly on-site support from NC NTSP Instructional Coaches and monthly consultations from an ECU mathematics content expert. Through the integration of neuroscience in mathematics instruction, beginning teachers will be better equipped to engage diverse learners, offer effective feedback that leads to deeper understanding, create a rich learning environment that attends to students’ social and emotional needs, and ensure that students’ mathematical achievement is reflective of their true abilities.

ECU Awards Day: Several COE Faculty Recognized

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Several College of Education faculty were honored and recognized ECU’s Founders Day Awards presentation held on April 30 in Hendrix Theatre. UNC Board of Governors member and ECU alumnus Bob Rippy presented the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest teaching award given by the board, to Dr. Abbie Brown.

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An online-only instructor, Brown teaches graduate-level courses to current or aspiring educators aiming to improve their ability to teach and create instructional materials. “This means I have to model the best teaching practices for a sophisticated and critical group,” he said. Results from Brown’s Google Glass video recording is available: Google Glass View of ECU University Awards Day.

The Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award recognizes and supports excellent teaching at each of the 16 constituent universities in the UNC system.  Two COE recipients were selected:

  • Dr. Kylie Dotson-Blake, Department of Higher, Adult and Counselor Education. Dr. Dotson-Blake was also a finalist for the ECU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Teaching.
  • Dr. Allen O. Guidry, Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education. Dr. Guidry was nominated for three awards.

The 2013-14 College of Education recipient of the Scholar-Teacher Award:

  • Dr. Steven W. Schmidt, Department of Higher, Adult, and Counselor Education

Other College of Education award nominees and recipients for 2013-14 are as follows:

  • Dr. Brian Housand, Department of Elementary and Middle Grade Education, was awarded the Max Ray Joyner Award for Faculty Service Through Distance Education.
  • Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Department of Literacy, English, and History Education, was a finalist for the ECU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Teaching.
  • Dr. Al Jones, Department of Information Library Science, was inducted into the Servire Society.

The full story by ECU News Services is  available in addition to a photo gallery of the event.

MATE Student Wins Teacher-Leader Grant

Tomika Altman-Lewis receives 2014-2015 MET Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grant from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She will be providing professional development for teachers at Burton Magnet Elementary School.

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Mathematically Speaking: Best Practices for Teachers and Students
Tomika R. Altman-Lewis, Burton Magnet Elementary School, Durham, North Carolina

Elementary teachers are faced with the challenge of being “experts” in not just one subject area, but in multiple subjects. Often this results in being a novice in one area; which is especially daunting when we are equipped with the task of developing the mathematical foundation for all higher level mathematics. We are our students first introduction to mathematics in which they either learn to love or loath mathematics. More often than not, professional development is geared toward literacy with little to no emphasis on mathematics. Considering this, the purpose of this grant is to equip fourth and fifth grade elementary teachers at my school with much needed professional development. Teachers will participate in sessions that will expose them to best practices and strategies while deepening their mathematical reasoning and understanding in an effort to more effectively teach our students while allowing me to further develop my math leadership skills.

COE Students Initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded December 3, 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia by 15 student and faculty leaders. The founders formulated the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors, and that outstanding students, faculty, and administrators should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness.  OΔK was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship. Since its founding, Omicron Delta Kappa has initiated over 300,000 members.

The Society recognizes achievement in the following five areas:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Campus or Community Service, Social or Religious Activities and Campus Government
  • Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
  • Creative and Performing Arts

Congrats to students from the College of Education who were initiated into this prestigious society—

James Coda is a native of Fayette City, Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Adult Education and a graduate certificate in Hispanic Studies.  His organizational affiliations are ALMAS and he is a member of the College of Education’s Junior Advisory Board.  After finishing his studies at East Carolina, James hopes to pursue a PhD in Second/Foreign Language Acquisition.

Kimberly Nicole Herring lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership, while holding an administrative position at Wake Forest University. She is highly engaged in her church, community, and, undergraduate and graduate alma maters, Salem College, and, Wake Forest University, serving on a diversity of boards, committees, guilds, and organizations. Kimberly is also a member of Golden Key International Honor Society, and, the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research.

Margaret Elizabeth LeGrand is a native of Belmont, North Carolina and is majoring in History Education. She has previously been a pirate tutor and is currently the secretary of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and a member of many honor societies.

Jennifer Moser is from Tolland, Connecticut and is a Hispanic Studies Education major.  She is the Vice President of Golden Key International Honor Society and Captain of ECU Women’s Rugby team.  She has served as a Resident Advisor for Scott Hall and works on campus as a lead tutor for the Pirate Tutoring Center.  Upon graduating East Carolina, Jen wants to be a high school teacher. Jennifer could not be with us today because she is traveling with the ECU Women’s Rugby to nationals.

Nathaniel Paul Over is a native of Fayetteville, Pennsylvania and is currently a major in the Masters of Arts and Teaching program for Health Education. His leadership positions include being a member at GCF Church and a Student Teaching Intern at Greene County Middle School. After graduating from East Carolina, Nathaniel hopes to teach Health and Physical Education

Morgan Elyse Pearce is a native of Bunn, North Carolina and is majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics. Her other organizational affiliations include being a part of Gamma Beta Phi, Kappa Delta Pi, the Elementary Education Club, and multiple intramural sports for all four years here at ECU. Upon graduating from East Carolina, Morgan hopes to find a job and begin her career in the classroom.

Vasti Rodriguez-Tejeda was born in the Dominican Republic and has been in a resident of the United States for twelve years with her family.  She is currently in the Masters of Arts in Teaching-Special Education. Her organization affiliations include East Carolina Abolitionists and the College of Education Dean’s Junior Advisory Board. She is also a Graduate Research Assistant in the College of Education and a volunteer in the support group for Hispanic families with children in Special Education. Upon graduating from ECU, she hopes to pursue Doctorate degree.

Amanda J. Sines is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is currently working on a Master’s in International Studies with a double concentration in Security Studies and Education Administration. She is simultaneously completing the certificate programs in Security Studies and International Teaching. Amanda is also a writing consultant here on ECU’s campus. Upon graduating from East Carolina, Amanda hopes to complete an internship with the Department of State

Lauren Renee Stefan is currently pursuing her Master’s in International Studies with a concentration in International Higher Education Administration. She is a graduate assistant at the Office of International Affairs, a consultant at the University Writing Center, and is the Vice President of the Graduate Student Association for International Studies. She is also a member of the Women’s Club Lacrosse team.

Kimberly Ann Sugg is a native of Middletown, New York and graduated from high school at Hoffman Estates High School in Hoffman Estates Illinois.  She is majoring in Middle School Education with a concentration in Math and Science, through the State Employee Credit Union Partnership East Program.  She is also a consisting member of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi.  She is married and a mom of three children.  She coaches soccer and softball and is a foster fur-parent with Southern Bell Pit Bull Rescue. Upon graduating she hopes to work in the Greene County Public School System.

Julie Kennedy Whetzel is a Virginia native and currently resides in Eastern North Carolina. Julie is currently pursuing Curriculum Instructional Specialist licensure with the Department of Educational Leadership at East Carolina. She is currently employed as an Exceptional Children Program Specialist with Franklin County Schools, where she helps special education teachers better meet the needs of their students.

Lorin Nichole Wicker was born in Orangeburg, SC, but grew up in Rocky Mount, NC. Her major is Elementary Education with a concentration in literature. She has previously been a Leader at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County. She is affiliated with the Elementary Education club on campus. Upon graduating from East Carolina University, Lorin hopes to join a group of this states’ most prized professionals, educators!

Justin Waters hails from Pinetown, North Carolina, and transferred to ECU, then graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education. Receiving an offer to become the graduate assistantship for Club Sports in the Campus Recreation and Wellness department, Justin accepted the offer and graduated in 2011 from East Carolina University with a Master’s of Education. After graduation he became the Club Sport Coordinator at NC State University before returning to his alma mater in July 2012.

Melvin Everett Lee III is a native of Knightdale, North Carolina and is currently the student ambassador for the East Carolina Political Science Department; where he works to inform prospective students about the advantages in majoring in the Liberal Arts Divisions. He is a five-time Dean’s list recipient and is now considering his options for fall admissions to various law schools around the state. Melvin is an important member of the COE Dean’s office as a student assistant and continues his service as a mentor for Project with Project LINC.

Presentations Related to Gifted and Talented Education Given at National Convention

Dr. Lori Flint chaired a discussion in Philadelphia at AERA entitled, “Psychosocial Topics in Giftedness, Creativity and Talent,” on April 7th. She presented a second session later that week at the CEC convention called, “Learning From Experience: How Studying Chronic Underachievers Helps Us Help Our Children,” on April 10th, also in Philadelphia.  Both sessions were related to her primary research interests of giftedness, talent development, and creativity. Dr. Flint also currently serves on the Board of the North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented.

Manner Joins Oxford/London Symposia Board

MannerJane_mannerjDr. Jane Manner, associate professor of elementary education, was asked to join the Advisory Board of the Oxford/ London Symposia. The Oxford Education Research Symposium is a forum for presentation of papers and discourse by scholars who have an interest in the theory and practice of universal education.

Manner has previously attended the Oxford Education Research Symposium in 2013, where the participants were highly complementary of her presentation and the discussions in which she engaged.

Get Ready for Education Summer Camps!

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East Carolina University and Pitt County Schools’ AIG camp is an annual summer camp for Pitt County gifted students who are identified as academically/intellectually gifted that also provides a summer experience for ECU teachers pursuing AIG licensure through ECU coursework.

The theme for 2014 is INTERACTIONS, allowing students to learn about photojournalism, robotics, cryptography, and more, as they investigate numerous aspects of interaction sin the world. Students attending the camp will be able to select topics that match their interests and all topics will include hands-on activities and interactive use of technology. 2013 ECU/PCS AIG Camp video

AIG Camp Quick Facts

  • 105 participants attend camp: 60 elementary students and 45 middle school students from Pitt County Schools participate at Ridgewood Elementary School, our host site.AIG camp2
  • 92 East Carolina University AIG licensure students, under the guidance of ECU faculty, gain experience to prepare to teach and advise gifted students.
  • Camp master teachers are Pitt County AIG (Academically and Intellectually Gifted) teachers, who begin each camp day with a large group session and model teaching for the ECU students.
  • ECU teachers present academically rigorous units in small group learning stations. Four to ten children are in each station at a given time. All units incorporate this year’s theme “Interactions.” Small groups of campers move through two learning stations each day.
  • Campers filled out an online interest survey to choose two stations of interest prior to the first day of camp. Station topics and room locations are listed below.

For more information about the camp, visit www.ecugifted.com and for more information about the registration process, contact Carmen Webb, camp director, at webbc@pitt.k12.nc.us.

Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics

East Carolina University (ECU) is one of four UNC system campuses hosting Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics. Administered through the College of Education, the ECU Summer Ventures program invites academically talented high school students with demonstrated interest in science and mathematics to four weeks of research and intensive study in a living-learning environment on ECU’s campus. Camp participants are North Carolina residents with aspirations to have a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

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Contact the Summer Ventures Camp Director, Shawn Moore, at mooresha@ecu.edu for more information.

The camp curriculum will focus on experimental design, laboratory skills, mathematical modeling, exploratory data analysis, and more. Program topics include biological, physical, and earth sciences, archaeology and anthropology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. In addition to the rigorous academic experience, Summer Ventures students engage in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, arranged by institute directors.

Summer Ventures is a state funded program that is cost-free for participants. ECU expects to host 60 students for Summer Ventures in June and July of 2014. For more information, contact Shawn Moore, director, at mooresha@ecu.edu or Cheryl Miller, program assistant, at millerche@ecu.edu. Also, visit www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/smventures/Index.cfm.

ECU Summer Science Camp

East Carolina University is partnering with Go-Science for the eighth year to offer a range of summer day camps that engage, entertain and educate children about the wonders of science. The camps offer small group experiences for children preparing to enter 2nd through 8th grades and feature experienced teachers from Pitt County.

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Contact Tammy Lee, ECU Summer Science Camp director, at leeta@ecu.edu for additional information about this camp.

Current ECU students serve as camp counselors and guide children through the discovery of science principles while having FUN! With creative sessions including “Lego Explorers” and “Getting Buggy” elementary and middle grades children have an opportunity to engage their minds while enjoying a summer day camp experience. For more information, visit www.ecu.edu/educ/msite/summersciencecamp/ or contact Tammy D. Lee, Summer Science Camp Director, at leeta@ecu.edu. Online registration for 2014 ECU Summer Science Camp is now active!