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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

ECU student judges Cody Allen and Amanda Lewis evaluate a student's science project during the First Annual SEADAP Science Fair.

SEADAP Grant Program Holds First Annual Science Fair

The Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) program held its First Annual Science Fair on January 21st, 2016 on the campus of East Carolina University. The goals of the NIH/NIDA grant-funded project are to increase student knowledge about drug addiction and to increase student interest in biomedical research and careers.

Pitt County high school students Shinjini Misra and Kyra Miles receive feedback on their project from ECU student judges.

Pitt County high school students Shinjini Misra and Kyra Miles receive feedback on their project from ECU student judges.

SEADAP students began conducting scientific research under the direction of Dr. Miles and Dr. Rawls in August 2015, and have designed their own science projects to examine the effects of addictive substances, alcohol, nicotine, sucrose, or caffeine on planarians. Presenting students from Pitt and Greene counties were able to receive feedback and suggestions on how to improve their science projects from Dr. Rawls and Dr. Miles.  The High school students participating in the SEADAP program are Nate Davis, Lucas Mebane, Shinjini Misra, Kyra Miles, and Justin Woolard.

Science educators in North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania are also successfully incorporating SEADAP related lessons into their science curricula.

ECU College of Education secondary science majors served as student judges for the SEADAP Science Fair.  These students included: Cody Allen; Hazelle Sandoval; Amanda Lewis; and Kayla Watterson.  Tonya Little, a Martin County Schools administrator, also served as a judge.

Applications are currently being accepted for teacher participation in the professional development sessions for teachers on June 28, 29 and June 30, 2016 at East Carolina University.

For more information about SEADAP, contact Dr. Rhea Miles by phone at 252-328-9366 or via email at milesr@ecu.edu.

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ECU student judges Cody Allen and Amanda Lewis evaluate a student’s science project during the First Annual SEADAP Science Fair.

 

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Abbie Brown Serves as Panelist at the 2016 Emerging Issues Conference in Raleigh

On February 9, 2016, policy leaders and industry experts, including the College of Education’s Abbie Brown, participated in a panel discussion during the 2016 Emerging Issues Forum “FUTUREWORK“ at the James B. Hunt Library.  Kendall Hageman, the Policy Manager-Economy for the Institute for Emerging Issues led the panel discussion during day two of the Forum.

The 31st Annual Emerging Issues Forum, “FUTUREWORK,” focused on how North Carolina can best ensure enough good future jobs as workplace automation expands and the state’s demography shifts. The Forum is hosted by NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues, a “think and do tank” that brings North Carolinians together around complex issues in pursuit of a single goal: to enhance North Carolina’s future competitiveness. The 2016 FUTUREWORK Forum was held at Raleigh Convention Center (Day One) and NCSU’s Hunt Library (Day Two). For more about the event, see www.emergingissues.org.

Photograph by Steve Exum, www.exumphoto.com

 

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Collaboration between College of Allied Health and College of Education

In an interdisciplinary collaboration for research and community service, Drs. Lucía I. Méndez and Ken Luterbach have developed an iPad app to assist with bilingual vocabulary assessment.

Dr. Méndez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (College of Allied Health Sciences) is researching culturally and linguistically responsive approaches to academic vocabulary and literacy development in preschool Dual Language Learners.  As a Faculty scholar in ECU’s Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, Dr. Méndez has partnered with local Head Start preschools to conduct her research with Latino children.

Dr. Ken Luterbach is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (College of Education). Dr. Luterbach’s research and development efforts have two primary goals: (1) to enhance resource sharing, particularly of effective, efficient, and inspiring instruction; and (2) to advance software tutoring by implementing effective conversational agents.

The bilingual vocabulary assessment app presents 30 sets of four images, from which learners select one in response to an audible prompt in either Spanish or English embedded in the app. This app streamlines the administration process and scores the children’s responses.  The results are used for formative evaluation and research purposes.

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MLS Students at ECU Collect over 5,800 Books for the Needy

The end of each year is a time for many traditions, from caroling to trimming the tree to making a gingerbread house to pausing to give thanks, and the East Carolina University Master of Library Science program has developed and added its own tradition to the mix by annually completing a Holiday Book Drive. For ten years, the ECU American Library Association (ALA) Student Chapter has completed a book drive to help put over 25,000 books in the hands of willing but needy readers throughout North Carolina. The ECU MLS students take advantage of the fact they study in a Distance Education program and spread the good cheer of charitable literacy throughout several communities in the region.

Over 5,800 books were collected and donated to non-profit organizations, church programs for struggling families, schools, shelters, daycares, and food pantries.

This December, the ECU MLS program saw its faculty, current students, and alumni to work jointly in efforts to complete these collections. Many of the MLS students and alumni used the Annual Book Drive as an opportunity to include students in collection and donation, helping incorporate character education into school programs.

Kevin Vickers, an ECU alumnus and the librarian of Sun Valley Elementary in Monroe, NC, coordinated with a fourth grade teacher in his school to collect over 300 books and donate them to Turning Point of Union County, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Ever aware of the importance of technology and social media, Mr. Vickers posted information about the drive on his school’s Facebook site and watched the donations pour in. Parents and students asked if they could turn in books for all ages, and Vickers enthusiastically agreed. He excitedly reported that plenty of children and adult women were finding their reading needs met through the collection, and, asking “how cool is that?,” he was ecstatic to find several of the donations were in Spanish.

Kimberly Marone, the media coordinator of Holly Tree Elementary in Wilmington, NC, gathered over 125 titles as she and her students donated books to a local church program that provides services to families facing hardships. These books provide welcome relief and diversions in troubling times, as the gift of literacy and the opportunity for continued reading is an ever-welcome present.

Vanessa Taylor, a librarian currently completing her MLS through ECU, oversaw a donation project run by a Boy Scout throughout Onslow County. While her school (Dixon Elementary) donated over 200 books, the entire drive throughout the county brought in 4,700 total volumes. The young man clearly earned his merit badge by creating and maintaining fourteen collection sites around Jacksonville and Sneads Ferry and donating them to the Onslow County Partnership for Children. As Ms. Taylor said, his work was “quite amazing.”

Knowing that one of the strongest ways to support and increase literacy is within the community, with students helping students, Mary Tobin and her colleagues and students at Topsail Middle School collected 300 “gently used books” to donate to their local elementary schools. This middle school project proved and supported the idea that it takes a village, as older students gave the gift of reading to younger ones.

Hugh Davis, an MLS student in ECU’s program and an English teacher at CS Brown High School in Winton, NC, turned to his school’s Literary and Beta Clubs to complete the drive. Though CS Brown is a small school, with only 52 students this year, it collected 400 books and donated them to the Baptist Children’s Home. This shelter was selected by the students, who felt empowered through the process. Davis, the ECU ALA Chapter President, said that working alongside the students made the process even more meaningful, and he was thrilled to see the students take the initiative to research an appropriate donation site and to organize and coordinate their community’s efforts.

Not to be outdone or left out, the ECU MLS faculty continued their tradition of contributing to the Annual Book Drive by collecting and donating 19 books the Little Willie Center in Greenville, NC.

While many traditions abound at this time of year, one of the most rewarding is definitely the ECU MLS program’s Annual Book Drive. The ALA Chapter counts this year as a success and hopes to have as much participation next year.

Hugh Davis, President
ECU American Library Association Student Chapter

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Spring 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute

East Carolina University’s College of Education Reading Faculty hosted the spring 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute on Saturday, January 30, 2016, for pre-service and in-service teacher educators from the Latham Clinical Schools Network, a privately funded partnership program that supports the enhancement of 39 school systems in eastern North Carolina.  The Margaret Blount Harvey Institutes are possible through the generosity of Felix and Margaret Harvey, and daughters Leigh McNairy and Sunny Burrows.

Targeting the Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Leaders Board and undergraduate students in the College of Education, this working session provided opportunities for substantial and substantive work focused on literacy and literacy development.  Two sessions were held one for the Literacy Leaders Board and one for undergraduate College of Education students.

Dr. Elizabeth Swaggerty and Dr. Anne Ticknor led the session for the Literacy Leaders Board. Dr. Christy Howard and Dr. Ran Hu helped facilitate the work which focused on the current state of literacy instruction in public schools, the issues and challenges that literacy leaders and teachers face and importantly, session offered an opportunity to share concrete strategies for addressing challenges and moving forward.

Pre-service educators review the development and progression of literacy skills and instruction needed to be successful on the Foundations of Reading test.

Pre-service educators engaged in reviewing the development and progression of literacy skills and instruction needed to be successful on the Foundations of Reading test.

The session for students led by Dr. Kim Anderson, Dr. Johna Faulconer, Dr. Caitlin Ryan with support from Ms. Jean Gore and Ms. Tanya Cannon included a solid review of the development and progression of literacy skills and instruction needed to be successful on the Foundations of Reading test required for licensure in North Carolina.  Dr. Katherine Misulis, Chair of the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education, said “While the session for students focused on insuring a solid knowledge base in preparation for the North Carolina Foundations of Reading test, in reality, the session did so much more.  It truly helped our future teachers become more prepared to teach and reinforce literacy skills, and with today’s session, particularly those early literacy skills and strategies focusing on word recognition and identification.”

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Literacy Studies Undergraduates following their working session at the 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute on Saturday, January 30.  Pictured at the top of the page: Literacy Leaders.

The next Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute will be held September 24, 2016 in Greenville, NC.