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 (http://mte-partnership.com/). 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 mathematics education faculty presents at leadership institute

A few Pirates invaded Raleigh, NC on July 26-28, 2016.  Dr. Charity Cayton, Dr. Maureen Grady, Dr. Ron Preston, and Dr. Katie Schwatz were each invited to share their expertise at the Meredith Mathematics Leadership Institute (MMLI) held in Raleigh, NC. (http://www.meredith.edu/academics/schools/natural_and_mathematical_sciences/mathematics/mmsi/leadership-institute-description). The MMLI is a K-8 professional development opportunity for principals, district supervisors and mathematics coordinators, and 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 Continue reading →

ECU education degree programs ranked in top 20

East Carolina University did extremely well in Teacher.org’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 – http://www.teacher.org/degree/educational-administration/#college-rankings 10th best Elementary Education degree program in the U.S. of over 780 colleges. Here are the Top 20 – http://www.teacher.org/degree/elementary-education/#college-rankings Teacher.org’s mission is to inform, empower, and encourage aspiring, new, and veteran teachers.

ECU receives funding to develop leaders in education

GREENVILLE, N.C. (8/22/2016) – The East Carolina University College of Education is one of two universities invited to join the Sanford Education Collaborative (SEC), a network of universities committed to expanding a nationwide movement to create a new paradigm for pre-K–12 teaching excellence and student achievement. Each year, the SEC selects a small number of universities to join the collaborative based on factors such as demonstrated effective teacher preparation, regional representation and institutional diversity, according to Dr. Grant Hayes, dean of the College of Education Continue reading →

COE grant educates students on the science of drug abuse

The Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) program aims to expose students from 6th through 12th grade to the real-world applications of the scientific method in order to teach them about drug addiction. Now in its third year, the SEADAP program continues to implement hands-on curriculum educating students about the science of drug addiction and the adverse effects of widely abused substances while exposing students in research activities to increase their interest in STEM careers. Students are led in the design of their own Continue reading →

Dr. Daniel Dickerson Represents ECU on Fulbright Commission Panel Addressing STEM Study Abroad Partnerships with the Czech Republic

Dr. Daniel Dickerson, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education and ECU STEM CoRE (Collaborative for Research in Education) Co-Director, is among a small group of scholars from across the United States selected to sit on a Fulbright Commission sponsored STEM Expert Panel to address university faculty from across the Czech Republic regarding STEM study abroad possibilities. He will join faculty from MIT, Purdue, Michigan, Georgia Tech, and other STEM intensive institutions. The STEM Expert Panel is part of a capacity Continue reading →

ECU hosts design thinking sessions for education professionals

The College of Education hosted two design thinking workshops. Local K–12 educators, high school students and ECU faculty attended a workshop to confront important challenges in higher education and design innovative solutions on Monday, March 21. The next day, local K–12 educators were taken through the full cycle of design thinking in a short timeframe. The activity focused 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 Continue reading →

College of Education to host first Edcamp.

ECU’s College of Education will be hosting the first EdcampECU on Saturday, April 23, on the ECU main campus. EdcampECU is an “unconference” designed to provide FREE participant-driven professional development for P-12 educators with a focus on educational technology. Teachers, specialists, administrators and district personnel that are ready to share, collaborate and learn about educational technology are encouraged to attend. Participants can have an active role at edcamp by proposing a session topic, voting on proposed topics, choosing what sessions to attend and how they Continue reading →

ECU graduate Erin Kessel named Teacher of the Year

THE DAILY REFLECTOR For Creekside Elementary School teacher Erin Kessel, the time she spends with her students outside of the classroom is just as important as the time she spends in it. Her dedication to supporting students in their after-school activities, along with her passion for teaching and being a school leader, earned her the title of Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year for 2016-17. She was presented the award Wednesday at the district’s annual Teacher of the Year Luncheon at Rock Springs Center. Continue reading →

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 Continue reading →