Counselor Education Program welcomes new faculty

The Counselor Education Program is excited to have two new tenure-track faculty join the program Dr. Avent received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling and Counselor Education and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at The University of Texas at San Antonio for three years prior to coming to ECU. Her research interests include: examining the role of religion/spirituality in African American mental health Continue reading →

“Most Likely to Succeed” film screening inspires students and faculty

On Sept. 27th, the College of Education held a film screening of Most Likely to Succeed. The 82 people in the audience were a mixture of faculty and students.  Most Likely to Succeed aims to help all schools re-imagine their purpose and create learning experiences that prepare kids for life in the 21st Century. The film has been shown at multiple film festivals including Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival. These screenings create a space for meaningful and necessary discussion between educators, administrators, parents, and students about how steps Continue reading →

Fall 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute

East Carolina University’s College of Education hosted the Fall 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute on September 24, 2016 for ECU’s Literacy Leaders Board and educators from the Latham Clinical Schools Network, a privately funded partnership program that supports the enhancement of over 40 school systems in eastern North Carolina. The Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education in the College of Education held the conference at the Holiday Inn in Greenville, N.C. Dr. Grant Hayes, Dean of the College of Education welcomed Continue reading →

East Carolina University’s College of Education welcomed visitors from Hiroshima University Sept. 18-21.

The international educational exchange and partnership has existed for 20 years, allowing faculty and students from ECU, Pitt County Schools and Hiroshima University to share and learn from each other. Each summer two Pitt County teachers and an ECU faculty member are invited to go to Hiroshima, present at a conference and meet graduate students who will come to ECU in the fall. While in Greenville, the Hiroshima University graduate students visited classes at Elmhurst and Wahl-Coats elementary schools and C.M. Eppes Middle School. They Continue reading →

ECU Mathematics Education well represented at Meredith Mathematics Leadership Institute

 A few Pirates invaded Raleigh, NC this past summer for the Meredith Mathematics Leadership Institute (MMLI) on July 26-28. Dr. Charity Cayton, Dr. Maureen Grady, Dr. Ron Preston, and Dr. Katie Schwatz were each invited to share their expertise at the event.( The MMLI is a K-8 professional development opportunity for principals, district supervisors, mathematics coordinators, full-time coaches and lead teachers to come learn about research-based, best practices for the mathematics classroom. The institute includes the session offered in July 2016, as well as a Continue reading →

Co-Planning and Co-Teaching: Coast to coast

Dr. Charity Cayton and Dr. Maureen Grady spent much of their summer co-planning and co-teaching from the East Coast to the West Coast. They began in Atlanta, GA in June, where they presented six co-planning strategies at the Annual Conference for the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership ( These strategies were developed at East Carolina University in conjunction with two other Mathematics Education colleagues, Dr. Ron Preston and Dr. Rose Sinicrope. In July, their travels then took them to the University of South Florida in Tampa Continue reading →

ECU education degree programs ranked in top 20

East Carolina University did extremely well in’s ranking of education degree programs, and have achieved top 20 status twice: 15th best Educational Leadership degree program in the U.S. of over 560 qualifying colleges. The Top 20 can be viewed here – 10th best Elementary Education degree program in the U.S. of over 780 colleges. Here are the Top 20 –’s mission is to inform, empower, and encourage aspiring, new, and veteran teachers.

Dr. Sharon Price Schleigh wins national teaching award

Dr. Sharon Price Schleigh, assistant professor in the College of Education, Dept. of Mathematics, Science & Instructional Technology Education (MSITE), has been awarded the Summit Ascent Teaching Award. The Summit Ascent Teaching Award is given annually at the National Astronomy Teaching Summit held in San Francisco on August 1. The highly coveted and competitive teaching award honors a distinguished educator who is recognized by their peers and students for excellence in improving the teaching of astronomy across the country. “Dr. Schleigh has helped hundreds of Continue reading →

Taft Distinguished Professor joins college

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Len Annetta, Taft Distinguished Professor of Science Education, to MSITE and to introduce him to you. Dr. Annetta has worked as a High School Science Teacher in Maryland, an Assistant and Associate Professor at NC State, and an Associate Professor and Professor at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). He has held multiple leadership positions over decades, providing service as an academic coordinator, Director, Chair of Special Interest groups in educational technology, as well as serving as the Executive Director Continue reading →

ECU faculty inspire science on National Mall

Summers are warm but certainly not lazy for ECU faculty. Many ECU Faculty use this time as an opportunity to reach beyond the campus and inspire and excite people of all ages in learning and doing science. In Washington D.C. the annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall, hosted by Hofstra University and funded by NASA through the Music and Astronomy Under the Stars program is one such opportunity that engages an estimated 10,000 people. Dr. Sharon Schleigh, faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, Continue reading →