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ECU’s COE Reading Education Faculty Have Strong Presence at International Literacy Association Conference

Transforming Lives through Literacy was the theme of the  International Literacy Association Conference held July 18-20, 2015, in St. Louis Missouri and Reading Education faculty from East Carolina University’s (ECU) College of Education had a strong presence at this international event.  Faculty members, Kimberly Anderson, Johna Faulconer, Christy Howard and Elizabeth Swaggerty joined colleagues from 20 countries around the globe to explore ideas, best practices and resources for literacy education and advocacy and to learn from one another.

As active members of the Professors of Reading Teacher Educators, ECU Reading faculty presented sessions on content area literacy, early literacy and teacher education.  Additionally, Elizabeth Swaggerty a co-chair of the ILA Task Force on Literacy Teacher Preparation, a group  examining how our teachers can be better prepared to drive student literacy achievement, helped lead a session sharing the group’s initial findings.

Ensuring that our teacher candidates have the best preparation possible for meeting the literacy and learning needs of all of their future students is always foremost in our thinking. Opportunities to share what we are doing at ECU, learn about what others around the country are doing, and contribute to the national dialogue on literacy education continually pushes our thinking and makes us better, says Kim Anderson, an Assistant Professor of Reading Education.

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East Carolina University’s Own Dr. Linda Patriarca Nationally Recognized

Dr. Linda A. Patriarca is named one of “The 30 Most Influential Deans of Education in the United States ” according to a new list. This will leave the College of Education at East Carolina University in a great position as she steps down and hands the reigns to Dr. B Grant Hayes who will be taking over as dean at the end of July.

In preparing the listing of Deans of Education, the researchers’ goal was “showcasing how they have had an invaluable impact not only on the field of education as a whole, but also on the lives of the future teachers of America whom they have shepherded through their programs.”

The list was compiled by researchers at Mometrix Test Preparation.

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edTPA Data Help Ensure Readiness to Teach

Dr. Diana Lys, Director of the Office of Assessment and Accreditation

I recently had the pleasure and honor of delivering the keynote address for the 2015 edTPA Mid-Atlantic Implementation Conference in Towson, Maryland. As a longtime supporter and champion of observation- and performance-based educator preparation and assessment, I was eager to share with peers from across the nation who are at different places on their journey with edTPA.

First, I wanted to commend each person for being there. By the virtue of their attendance and leadership, participants were helping shift the negative tone of dialogue around teacher preparation by highlighting innovative practices and committing to positive change. At the core of the narrative is a shared rallying call to ensure each teacher candidate enters tomorrow’s classroom ready to teach.

Quality teacher preparation matters, and too much external criticism of teacher preparation exists for the field to be fighting against itself. As a field, we have a moral obligation to prepare the best possible beginning teachers for school children; to ensure each graduate is ready for his or her first day of school. edTPA is a positive, uniting step forward.

For example, teacher educators are practically drowning in data. Yet what are we doing with it? In a program without actionable teacher candidate performance data, program improvement efforts often lack momentum or direction. At East Carolina University, our faculty were convinced our students were well prepared, but we couldn’t prove it. Something was missing. That something was a shared, validated summative assessment confirming the program’s outcomes.

Common Data Get Oars “Rowing in Unison”

Today, we use edTPA data to plan our program-improvement journey. By using a common performance assessment, all of the institution’s oars begin rowing in unison. The educative nature of edTPA helps programs to identify strengths and gaps and offers direction for improvements.

edTPA data help to build a culture of inquiry; again, the educative nature of edTPA has a uniting power for faculty, bringing them together to examine candidate portfolios and to assess their programs at a deeper level. In many ways, edTPA helped to break down the tall, isolating silos in teacher education.

edTPA is one improvement that launched others. We are developing new embedded signature assessments as formative metrics prior to edTPA. We are reconceptualizing our clinical practice through a 2:1 coteaching model, and early data and partner feedback are very positive.

As director of assessment and accreditation, I can’t underscore enough the power and value of edTPA in our accreditation process for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation—a process that builds like a wave. edTPA was an essential uniting factor across our educator preparation programs, allowing us to surf that wave rather than letting it pummel us into the sand. With the right leadership, edTPA:

  • Provides valid and reliable candidate performance data
  • Fosters a culture of evidence in your teacher preparation program
  • Informs evidence-based program improvement

Let’s Not Waste Our Time

In a recent commencement speech to her son’s graduating class, ABC news correspondent Martha Raddatz said, “Don’t waste your time on those who don’t bring out the best in you.”

Similarly, let’s not waste our time on assessments that don’t bring out the best in our candidates and our programs. Let’s not waste our time on assessments that don’t inform our program improvement efforts and that fail to drive our programs in a positive direction.

Let’s focus the energy of our people, our program improvement efforts, and our analysis on data that are valid, reliable, and content and context specific.

And finally, let’s not be silent about what is best—what matters for the field. Make our voices heard as we endeavor to expand our reach with edTPA—blog, tweet, post, share your stories.

This article was also published to the EdPrepMatters blog at http://edprepmatters.net/2015/06/member-voices-edtpa-data-help-ensure-readiness-to-teach/

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COE Winners and Nominees for the 2015 Founder’s Day Celebration

Achievements of East Carolina University’s faculty and staff took center stage at the sixth annual Founders Day and University Awards Celebration on April 29 in Hendrix Theatre.

Serving as master of ceremonies, Provost Ron Mitchelson welcomed attendees. “It makes us all especially proud to share recognition of the very best of our faculty and staff today,” he said. “Congratulations to all the nominees and recipients; you do reside at the very heart of this great university.”

Below is a listing of the recipients and nominees from the College of Education.

  • University Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Dr. Scott Glass, Nominee
  •  UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award
    • Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Recipient
    • Dr. Patricia Slagter van Tryon, Nominee
  • Scholar-Teacher Award
    • Dr. Bill Sugar, Recipient
  •  ECU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Teaching
    • Dr. Kaye Dotson, Nominee
  •  Max Ray Joyner Award for Outstanding Teaching in Distance Education
    • Dr. Bill Sugar, Recipient
    • Dr. Steven Schmidt, Nominee
    • Dr. Patricia Slagter van Tryon, Nominee
  •  Centennial Awards for Excellence
    • Ambition
      • Dr. Katherine O’Connor, Recipient
      • Dr. Barbara Brehm, Recipient
    • Leadership
      • Dr. Dorothy Muller, Recipient
    • Spirit
      • Dr. Alana Zambone, Recipient

Servire Society Inductees

Servire Society InducteesFor more information, see the full article on the ECU News Blog.

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Faculty, Students Participated in CEC Annual Conference

Council for Exceptional ChildrenSpecial Education faculty and students participated in the national conference for the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) in San Diego April 8-11. It is the largest special education conference in the nation.  Drs. Alana Zambone, Christopher Rivera, Stacy Weiss, and Professor Debbie Metcalf attended and presented at the conference.

Seven special education undergraduate students from ECU’s Student Council for Exceptional Children’s Chapter also attended. They were a wonderful group of students. Together they attended educational sessions, live tweeted the events, and had time for a little fun too. On behalf of the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research I’d like to personally thank this special group of students for representing ECU in such a phenomenal way. Go Pirates!2015_CEC_2

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Dr. Sharon Schleigh’s book recognized on the AAAS 2014 Best Science Books & Films List

Scientific Argumentation in BiologyDr. Sharon Schleigh, Science Education faculty in the MSITE program, has received recognition from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  The book she co-authored with Victor Sampson, Scientific Argumentation in a Biology: 30 Classroom Activities, was recognized as an outstanding science book in the category of life science, and listed in the AAAS 2014 Best Science Books & Films List. This National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Press, 2013 book, is also a top selling NSTA book for middle school and high school teachers across the nation.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people, with a mission to promote science literacy to help ensure that all students receive a high-quality science education. AAAS was the first permanent organization formed to promote the development of science and engineering at the national level and to represent the interests of all its disciplines. The AAAS Science Books & Films (SB&F) Best Books Lists are published annually each January. SB&F Best Books Lists are a comprehensive list of highly recommended books, DVDs, and software for children and young adults reviewed over the previous year. Educators and scientists have come to rely on these lists as a definitive guide to the best science resources available for the library and classroom.

Being recognized by this leading international organization for supporting their mission is certainly a great honor for Dr. Sharon Schleigh and for the MSITE Department! We hear that she has another book in the works and we are looking forward to reading it as well. Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Schleigh of the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education for this recognition. And thank you Dr. Schleigh, for your impact on science education in our community!

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Educators Gather to Gain Super Teaching Powers

CTC_2015-1642On March 31, 2015, 220 clinical teachers, university supervisors, faculty and staff gathered for the 2015 Spring Clinical Teachers’ Conference at the Greenville Hilton sponsored by East Carolina University’s College of Education and the Latham Clinical Schools Network. The theme for the conference was iTeach: What’s Your Superpower? and included a keynote address by Ms. Jami Dickerson, Pitt County teacher and Northeast Region Teacher of the Year. Ms. Dickerson challenged teachers to develop their superpowers by building relationships with their students, making their classroom engaging, and through displaying passion for the profession.

CTC_2015-1610Participants could select from sixteen different breakout sessions where they learned about technology, teaching methods, and ideas to support their students at a variety of grade levels. The professional development sessions were offered by ECU faculty and guest presenters and were designed to assist teachers with enhancing their “superpowers” as teachers. One participant commented, “I enjoyed learning new ideas in a fun, engaging way.”

CTC_2015-1607Along with the superhero theme of the day, participants were asked to name a super teacher they knew and why they considered these individuals to be outstanding educators. These comments were shared throughout the day on Twitter and on presentation screens as a celebration of the wonderful educators within the East.

The clinical teachers who participated in the event have been assigned interns that are completing their educator preparation programs and will graduate this spring. The student interns served as unpaid substitutes in the clinical teachers’ classrooms so that these individuals could attend this professional development opportunity. An intern commented about her clinical teacher, “I’m glad to take over my teacher’s classroom for the day since she has done so much to help me. She deserves this day!”

CTC_2015-1598The College of Education was proud to sponsor this event as a way of saying thank you to the clinical teachers who work tirelessly to support teacher education interns during their year-long internship. We are grateful for their efforts in preparing the next generation of “super teachers!”

For more information about teacher education at East Carolina University, please visit our website at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/

View the full Photo Album of the event at http://www.coe3.ecu.edu/coeweb/Albums/2015_CTC/

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Dr. Grant Hayes

Dr. Grant Hayes Named New Dean of the College of Education

Dr. Grant Hayes has been named dean and distinguished professor of the College of Education at East Carolina University.

Hayes is professor of counselor education and interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he has held numerous leadership positions since 1998.

He will join ECU, a longtime leader in preparing classroom teachers and education professionals, on July 30.

Hayes’ appointment follows a rigorous national search, said Dr. Ron Mitchelson, ECU provost.

“Our outgoing dean, Dr. Linda Patriarca, has laid a strong foundation of innovation and creativity that Dr. Hayes will build upon,” Mitchelson said. “Dr. Hayes brings a wide range of leadership experiences with him. He is primed to lead our college and will solidify our standing as the UNC leader in teacher preparation.”

Before joining the faculty at UCF, Hayes served in the Department of Psychology at James Madison University in Virginia. His experience as a professor, K-12 teacher and administrator spans more than 27 years.

“I am extremely pleased to be joining East Carolina University,” Hayes said. “The extraordinary professionalism of the faculty and staff throughout the university and its College of Education is well known to me and the entire community of higher education, and I look forward to being part of the East Carolina University family.”

Hayes has published extensively in the areas of technological applications in counselor education, counseling children and adolescents, and character education/moral development in schools and youth settings. He has lectured and presented at numerous national and international conferences, seminars, educational meetings and professional development events.

Hayes is a fellow of the American Counseling Association and a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. He previously served on the board of examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the executive advisory board of directors of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, and the board of directors for the Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, where he received the Meritorious Service Award. He is a past-president of the Counseling Association for Humanistic Education and Development and recipient of the association’s Humanistic Processes Award.

Hayes earned his doctoral, master’s and educational specialist degrees from the University of South Carolina, and his bachelor’s degree from Limestone College.

Article Courtesy of Crystal Baity – ECU News Services

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From the TRC: SMART Board Workshops

It’s Thursday, and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. This week, it’s our upcoming SMART Board workshops.

smart-logoOver the next two weeks, the Teaching Resources Center (TRC) is offering two separate workshops covering the basic functions of the SMART Board and integrating the SMART Board into lesson plans and classroom activities using the TPACK Framework.

These workshops are being offered in an effort to gauge the interest level of the College of Education’s students as the TRC is looking to build and pilot an instructional technology program for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.  This pilot program will offer COE students and faculty the opportunity to attend workshops, schedule individual or small group (<5 students/faculty) consultations, and course-integrated instruction. Each of these will cover a variety of instructional technologies used by schools within the Latham Clinical Schools Network.

Student attendance and subsequent feedback of these workshops will directly influence the content covered in future workshops, and will inform the TRC as it moves forward in the development of its new instructional technology program.

Here are the session descriptions and link to register:

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This interactive workshop will teach you the basic functions of the SMART Board and SMART Notebook software. Topics covered will include: connecting the SMART Board to your computer, managing objects, inserting graphics, layering, linking and locking objects and adding animations and reveals.

Attendees who already have the SMART Notebook software installed on their laptop are encouraged to bring their computer. (There are no prerequisites or requirements to attend this session.) Click here to register.

smart_logo_corpSMART Board: Lesson Plans & Activities

This interactive workshop will teach you how to use the SMART Notebook activity builder and dive into the SMART gallery to find multimedia and interactive elements to integrate into your lessons. Six strategies to maximize student engagement and working within the TPACK Framework will be covered.

Attendees who already have the SMART Notebook software installed on their laptop are encouraged to bring their computer. (Prerequisites: Attendees must have previously used a SMART Board and SMART Notebook software to attend this session.) Click here to register.

Follow this link to register for either one or both of the sessions. You may also copy and paste the following URL into your browser, http://goo.gl/ODNRgf.

Until next time…Dan Z. in the TRC

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