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ECU to Participate in Global Day of Giving

image‘Tis the season for giving! In honor of #GivingTuesday, East Carolina University is inviting alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty, and staff to join the movement by giving a charitable gift* on Tuesday, December 2, to the university that is near and dear to our hearts.

Founded in 2012 to inspire a new tradition of generosity, #GivingTuesday focuses on celebrating kindness and giving back. Support a culture of philanthropy at ECU by making a gift on December 2nd and becoming a partner in securing the university’s future for current students and future generations of Pirates.

Your gifts provide scholarships, enrich teaching resources and libraries, offer hands-on learning lessons, support research and the arts, deliver classroom enhancements, and afford study abroad living/learning opportunities – all of which help ECU attract and retain the best and brightest students and faculty.

Help spread the word! Mark you calendar to #GiveTueECU on December 2, tell your friends, and post on social media using the hashtags #GivingTuesdayECU and #GiveTueECU. “I Gave” badges will be available through ECU’s University Advancement and East Carolina Alumni Association’s social media accounts on December 2.

Learn more about the #GivingTuesdayECU movement. Thank you for your support!

Contact us at (252) ECU-GIVE (252-328-4483) or give2ecu@ecu.edu.

*Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.

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A New Model for Student Teaching

Traditionally, student teaching has involved the pairing of one teacher candidate (intern) with one experienced classroom teacher (clinical teacher).  Gradually, the intern takes on more and more responsibility in the classroom until he/she is functioning as the sole instructor.  Lead faculty in the College of Education are examining new models of student teaching in the hopes of finding more effective ways to prepare new teachers.  One of these new models is known as Co-Teaching.

In the Co-Teaching model, the clinical teacher and the intern engage in collaborative planning, instruction and assessment throughout the internship.   This model enables the clinical teacher to provide consistent mentoring while giving interns the time and support necessary to gain the skills and confidence required to teach effectively.  Co-Teachers are always both teaching.  In order for the model to be successful, both the intern and the clinical teacher must be trained in specific co-teaching strategies.

The Co-Teaching model was piloted during the 2012-2013 school year.  Twenty-five interns were placed in 15 classrooms in Pitt and Green Counties.  Initial research shows that the Co-Teaching model provides benefits to the student teacher, classroom teacher and P-12 students.  Co-teaching interns significantly outperformed non Co-Teaching interns in their ability to provide subject-specific pedagogy and to use assessment to inform instruction.  Co-Teaching interns also indicated a higher degree of self-efficacy in their ability to differentiate instruction than that indicated by traditionally prepared interns.   The pilot has expanded to 242 participants engaged in co-teaching including interns, classroom teachers, university supervisors and program faculty.

The Co-Teaching initiative is led by Drs. Judy Smith, Liz Fogarty, Christina Tschida and Vivian Covington.  The practice of and research on Co-Teaching  addresses the focus of NCATE Standard 3:  Clinical and  Field Experiences.

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ITC in the College of Education

The ITC falls under the leadership of Dr. Diana Lys. It consists of professionals who can help support the integration of technology for teaching and learning.

The mission of the COE Instructional Technology Center is to provide support for faculty, staff and students in the integration of technology for teaching and learning. The ITC supports the development of technology-rich instruction by providing hardware and software, staff development, media production and consulting services to faculty and staff. The Student Lab (Speight 241) is provided to help teacher candidates and practitioners attain the skills needed to integrate technology in their careers as educators.

GOAL I: Provide timely, effective technical support for faculty, staff and students.
  • Respond to user requests within 24 hours of receipt.
  • Upgrade and maintain hardware and software as needed.
  • Set up audio/visual equipment in Speight classrooms as per Classroom Equipment Setup Requests.
  • Improve web presence to increase ease of use.
  • Implement bar-code based inventory system
  • Create a policies and procedures manual for ITC services.
GOAL II: Promote the use of technology in distance instruction.
  • Create a faculty multimedia lab for the purpose of creating media elements for instruction and research.
  • Provide consulting services in instructional design and media development
  • Research emerging technologies and suggest strategies for integration into instruction
GOAL III: Provide professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and K-12 educators.
  • Conduct workshops, seminars and individual training as needed.
  • Create tutorials, FAQs and other online resources to provide just-in-time training.
  • Collaborate with other college units to leverage professional develop opportunities.
  • Attend conferences, workshops and other professional development events pertaining to educational technology.
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ICYMI: Implementing edTPA in Small Teacher Prep Programs

In small teacher preparation programs, the issue of implementation and scale-up of using a standardized performance assessment, like edTPA, can be challenging.  Peck and McDonald (2013) found one of the most significant outcomes of implementing a standardized performance assessment was faculty-initiated change. In small teacher preparation programs – those with five or fewer faculty and approximately 30 graduates annually – how do faculty lead systemic change in an edTPA implementation with fidelity and rigor?

At the 2013 edTPA Implementation Conference in San Diego, four ECU teacher education faculty shared their experiences and how each is initiating change through their edTPA implementation.

  • Barbara Brehm, Birth through Kindergarten Education
  • Ann Bullock, Middle Grades Education
  • Sharilyn Steadman, English Education
  • Michele Wallen, Health Education

Faculty shared models of communication, the development of common signature assessments, content-specific sticking points, and early successes as part of the session.  These programs proved that big change can be had with a small, committed team of faculty focused on a common goal.

Learn more about their experiences through video interviews posted on the ECU Pirate CODE-edTPA website or on the national edTPA website at 2013 National edTPA Implementation Conference.

edTPA is a teacher candidate performance assessment used in all initial teacher preparation programs at ECU, supporting the EPP’s efforts to meet NCATE Standards 1 and 2.

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Getting Tech Help:

Students and Faculty in the College of Education have two different avenues to get tech help.  They can use East Carolina University’s Information Technology and Computing Services  (ITCS) or COE’s own Information / Instructional Technology Center (COE IT).  Both offer online Help Desk services where students and faculty can submit a ticket to get assistance with a problem.

ITCS should be used for issues that pertain to items that are university-based such as email, One Stop, and malfunctioning equipment such as personal laptops.  Students and Faculty canchoose from a multitude of options to get service:

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The students and faculty within COE have the benefit of being able to use COE IT Help Desk.  This should be used for issues pertaining to COE specific items such as Taskstream and university software.  Here are the students’ options:

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Faculty have these options:

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These two online options enable the students and faculty in COE to get the help they need to be productive and successful.

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Dr. Preston Recieves Highest Honor at NCCTM Conference

During the 44th Annual North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM)  Conference held in Greensboro, NC on 30-31 October 2014, Dr. Ron Preston was presented the W. W. Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education, the highest honor that NCCTM can bestow upon a member.

According to the Chair of the W. W. Rankin Award Committee, Dr. Lee V. Stiff, “Dr. Preston is universally regarded as an excellent mathematics teacher, a scholar of mathematics education, and as a person whose service to NCCTM and the teachers of NC is exemplary.”

Dr. Ron Preston has enhanced the quality of mathematics education in North Carolina through his service at East Carolina University in the Department of Math, Science, and Technology through his teaching, his advising and his role as Director of Students.  Through his involvement in the greater community, he has been instrumental in the success of such programs as: the North Carolina Project in Improving Mathematics, the Noyce Scholars Program, and the North Carolina Middle Math Project.

Dr. Preston has provided leadership to the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) having served as: the Program Chair of two Annual Conferences, a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board, and a Regional President. Currently, Ron is the newly-elected President of NCCTM He assumed his position as president-elect on 1 May and will serve in that position for a year, becoming president for a two-year term on 1 May 2015.

Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield stands with Dr. William Martin as he holds his Order of the Longleaf Pine award in the studio at The Daily Reflector on Thursday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Emeritus Professor Awarded “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine”

Dr. William B. Martin, College of Education Professor Emeritus, recently, received one of the most prestigious honors the Governor of North Carolina can award The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. This award is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. In Dr. Martin’s case, his service is well documented within the College of Education.  He was one of the Charter members of the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education. The society presented him the Dr. Thomas E. Musselman Award for Service Excellence, which is given to members who have inspired others through their volunteer efforts with education-focused service programs and who have made a difference in their local, regional, and global communities. He also created an endowed scholarship through KDP for two education majors at ECU: one special education and one middle grades education.

Dr. Martin spent 31 years as a faculty member in the College of Education, retiring in 1991, after being awarded the position of Professor Emeritus at ECU in 1990. In addition to his endeavors at ECU, he continues to be an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Kiwanis, and the Civitan Club (for more than 53 years). He also is active in the Arc of North Carolina, having served as president, vice president of the Southeast Region and chairman of the Eastern Division of the Life Guardianship program.

State Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield surprised Dr. Martin by presenting the award at a recent Kiwanis Club meeting. “It was a total surprise for me,” Martin, 90, said, explaining that the award was announced at the end of a recent Kiwanis meeting.

For more information, please view the Daily Reflector Article.

Pictured: Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield stands with Dr. William Martin as he holds his Order of the Longleaf Pine award in the studio at The Daily Reflector on Thursday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

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ECU Teacher Candidates visit the ISLES

All new teachers need a toolbox full of high leverage practices to draw upon as they enter their first classrooms.  Candidates in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education and Special Education programs engage with a common framework of effective instructional practices through a series of online modules.  The Instructional Strategy Lessons for Educators Series (ISLES) modules explore ten research-based strategies that have been found to increase student achievement.  The modules build upon one another at the declarative (ISLES 1), procedural (ISLES 2), and conditional levels (ISLES 3).  The modules were developed collaboratively by ECU teacher education faculty and local school district partners as part of ECU’s Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) Grant.

The establishment of a common language in high leverage practices is critical to developing expertise in teacher candidates.   The ISLES strategies are not the only strategies that are effective, nor are they the only strategies that a teacher should incorporate into instruction.  Rather, the instructional strategies identified in the ISLES modules constitute a solid foundation for all beginning teachers – a common set of instructional tools.  Effective subject-specific instructional strategies are incorporated into each preparation program, adding additional strategies to the teacher’s toolbox.  The ISLES modules are currently being refined and piloted in other teacher education programs, including Secondary English Education, Secondary History Education and Business Information Technology Education.

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EPP Dashboards – Assessment System (Standard 2)

Significant changes have been made by the EPP since the NCATE visit in 2006 to refine its key assessments at conversion points throughout its programs: program entry, internship, and program completion. Key assessments are aligned with state and national standards appropriate to program level, content, and support of the EPP conceptual framework.  In the Professional Standards for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation Institutions, Standard 2 states:

The unit has an assessment system that collects and analyzes data on applicant qualifications, candidate and graduate performance, and unit operations to evaluate and improve the performance of candidates, the unit, and its programs.

The EPP has several dashboards pertaining to measures for NCATE Standard 2:

For more information and examples related to Standard 2, please visit the NCATE/CAEP Exhibit Rooms on the COE Office of Assessment and Accreditation’s website.

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COE Faculty Instilling Confidence, Inspiring Success

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.