Category Archives: Foundations and Research

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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 at ECU.

National University’s Sanford Education Center administers the collaborative that announced that the college will initially receive $50,000 to enhance the development of research and implementation of evidenced-based programs. The funding will support ECU’s teacher preparation programs for undergraduates and professional development offerings for teachers in eastern North Carolina.

“This program sets us up to strengthen the partnerships with our K–12 partners,” said Hayes. “Professional development for teachers in our region is a huge need for school districts. We can use these funds and our expertise to take some of the burden off schools.”

ECU will be able to enhance its work with the New Teacher Support Program (NTSP), a UNC-system program that facilitates coaching and professional development for teachers in their first through third years of teaching in eastern North Carolina.

“Often times, new teachers do not feel empowered in the current system to make any changes,” said Hayes. “They may think that because something has been done a certain way for a long time or they are a new teacher, they can’t make changes or improvements. We want to create agents of change and advocates.”

The SEC has two evidenced-based initiatives serving pre-K–12 education: Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire. Sanford Harmony strengthens social and emotional development in pre-K–6 children, and Sanford Inspire is a leadership program designed to empower current and future teachers to create inspiring pre-K-12 classroom experiences, said Hayes.

“These programs have been found to have positive impacts on attitudes towards school and academic performances in math and reading,” said Hayes. “Initial research findings have also shown that these programs have increased empathy, identified reductions in gender stereotyping and classroom aggression.”

The college’s initial focus will be on Sanford Harmony.

College of Education representatives officially accepted the invitation at the second annual Sanford Higher Education Collaborative Summit held on March 1–3 at National University in La Jolla, California.

“This recognition puts us on the national stage to display and showcase our work with initiatives like TeachLive, edTPA and PirateCODE beyond state and region,” said Hayes.

The Sanford Education Collaborative was established at National University in 2014 through a generous gift by renowned philanthropist and businessman T. Denny Sanford to address critical needs in the education and the nonprofit sectors.

For more information about the collaborative, visit sanfordeducationcenter.org.

Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Past President of AERA, and Professor of Education at Stanford University; Dr. Guili Zhang

Dr. Guili Zhang: Expert Panelist for AERA Annual conference

At the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference held in Washington D. C, April 8-12, Dr. Guili Zhang presented as an expert panelist at the invited speaker session on teacher evaluation. The session was co-sponsored by Division D – Measurement and Research Methodology and Division K – Teaching and Teacher Education.

Pictured above, Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Past President of AERA, and Professor of Education at Stanford University; Dr. Guili Zhang

 

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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 building workshop, “Bringing More U.S. Students in STEM to Czech Universities,” sponsored by the Department of State, Office of Global Educational Program, the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic in cooperation with Czech universities that offer education in STEM. The workshop will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on April 19-20, 2016 and will be followed by campus visits on April 21-22.

While there, Dickerson will speak to participants during meeting sessions regarding STEM education program development and explore ways to build collaborative efforts with the Czech Republic. Additionally, the US delegation will tour eight Czech universities, attend a reception at the residence of the US Ambassador, and explore innovative ways to enhance global partnerships.

Dr. Dickerson has more than 70 publications, 130 conference presentations, and has been involved in grants as PI, Co-PI, Senior Personnel, or Evaluator totaling over $10 million.

Rob Lucas

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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Andrea Blackwood Presents at Conference On Exceptional Children

Andrea Blackwood, Technical Assistance Coordinator for the ECU Teacher Support Program for Learners with Deaf-Blindness and Julie Brickhouse, Special Educator at Eastern Elementary School in Greenville, NC presented at the 2015: 65th Conference on Exceptional Children held in Greensboro, NC November 18th to November 20th. The training addressed instruction designed to facilitate communication and math development for learners with deaf-blindness. Practical methods and examples for connecting communication and math were offered. The Communication Matrix, an assessment tool designed by Charity Rowland for individuals at the earliest stages of communication, was used as a guide to focus on specific communicative behaviors to target for learners with deaf-blindness. Examples of the various levels of communication behaviors within the Communication Matrix were examined in detailed.
Specific ideas for embedding communication and math instruction throughout the school day were presented by Julie Brickhouse. Julie shared examples for planning instruction around math concepts using the principles of the Universal Design for Learning. Participants created a lesson plan around a math topic using the Universal Design for Learning principles that was shared with the group.

The ECU Teacher Support Program for students with deaf-blindness provides technical assistance and support to teachers and other professionals who serve students that qualify for the deaf-blind registry. The Teacher Support Program also provides professional development and training. Please use the link below for more information on the ECU Teacher Support Program for students with deaf-blindness.

http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/sefr/sped/dbproject.cfm

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College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony – December 19, 2015

The College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015 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.

Abbie Brown

The COE Research Committee Presents Dr. Abbie Brown: Increasing Your Impact with Social Media

Come to Speight 202 on October 22, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to learn how to use web-based and mobile applications to create and share content.

Making good use of web-based and mobile applications can significantly increase one’s academic impact. Social media offers a variety of opportunities for scholarship and service to one’s discipline, while increasing the visibility of academic programs and institutions. For the past two years, Dr. Abbie Brown has been experimenting with podcasting, blogging, and content curation via the Flipboard app, resulting in the receipt of a national award for his podcast series, opportunities to collaborate with major figures in his discipline, and invitations to speak at international conferences. It’s one example of using innovative social media to positively affect productivity in more traditional venues.

The workshop’s purpose is to share information about making effective use of social media to increase your own academic impact by reviewing examples and describing the tasks involved in blogging, ‘casting, and curating content

Faculty participants will receive Distance Education Professional Development Credits. ECU

Faculty and Staff can register for this event in Cornerstone.

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From the TRC: Instruction & Consultation Services

It’s the third Thursday of the month and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center (TRC) has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. Today we’ll review a few changes to how students and faculty schedule the TRC’s instruction and consultation services.

These changes are meant to accomplish two things. First, students, faculty and staff will be able to schedule a library instruction session for their classes or a research consultation in less time. Second, these new forms will provide TRC librarians with all pertinent information at the beginning of the scheduling process. This will eliminate extra time used to email questions back and forth after a request is first submitted.

All links below can be found on the left hand side of the TRC’s web page.

Library Instruction for Classes

The Instruction Session Request Form is for professors seeking to schedule a TRC librarian to teach their students not only about Joyner Library’s resources and services, but also how the TRC specifically supports the College of Education and its faculty and students. This form can also be used to schedule whole class SMART Board workshops, and general orientations and tours of the TRC.

The semester may be half over, but there is still time to schedule a library instruction session for your class today!

Consultation Services

Research Consultations – This form will offer students and faculty a direct link to TRC librarians who would like to schedule research consultations. Until now, Joyner Library’s Book a Librarian portal acted as the middle man, but this change will streamline the scheduling process..

SMART Board Consultations – Students and faculty can schedule one-on-one or small group consultations with the TRC’s SMART Certified Education Trainer. Each consultation is specifically tailored to meet your needs.

3D Printing Consultations – The TRC’s newest service! 3D printing consultations are one-on-one sessions that can range from a simple introduction to 3D printing to specific design needs for an academic project and everything in between. It is not necessary to have a finished product in mind when scheduling a consultation.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Until next time…Dan Z. in the TRC

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Upcoming Professional Development Offering: Instructional Design for Online Student Success

The NEW Instructional Design for Online Student Success professional development series will focus on motivating and retaining online learners by developing a course that incorporates interactive tools, student collaboration and a variety of assessment activities. Topics will also include strategies for creating and fostering a sense of community in online or blended courses.

The first session, Collaborative Tools in Blackboard, will focus on using the collaboration tools that are readily available within Blackboard and many other learning management software suites including groups, discussions, wikis and blogs. Both novice and experienced online instructors are encouraged to attend the session, as it will focus on sharing collaborative ideas among faculty in addition to showing how to use these tools.

Collaborative Tools in Blackboard-Part I will be offered face to face on Thursday, September 17th at 1:00 in Speight 239. Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to participate in the interactive session. The session will also be offered online Thursday, September 24th at 2:00 via Saba Meeting.

Part 2 of Collaborative Tools in Blackboard will provide a more focused look at one or more of the collaborative tools discussed in Part 1 based on participant interest and feedback provided during the sessions.

Faculty and staff can register for these sessions via Cornerstone. For more information contact Holly Fales at heathh@ecu.edu.

View all detailed descriptions of all COE Faculty/Staff Professional Development opportunities at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/oaa/facultypd.cfm.

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Professional Development Opportunities for 2015-2016

The Office of Assessment and Accreditation’s professional development for the 2015-16 academic school year will have two different overarching themes for participants. The workshops will be presented in two different formats to better fit the schedules and preferred learning styles of those interested in attending.  Participants will have the opportunity to attend either a face-to-face or an online session.

Google Apps for Education – A Progressive Workshop Series

Google Apps for Education are becoming a powerful tool in the Pk-12 education world.  Google has created a cost-effective way to bring collaboration tools to the classroom.  This has led to greater integration and implementation of this tool in the classroom with many of our LCSN partners using them.  If you have any questions contact Jason Whited at whitedj@ecu.edu.

Instructional Design for Online Student Success

This professional development series will focus on motivating and retaining online learners by developing a course that incorporates interactive tools, student collaboration, and a variety of assessment activities. In addition, these sessions will include strategies for creating and fostering a sense of community in online or blended courses.  If you have any questions about this workshop contact Holly Fales at heathh@ecu.edu.

For detailed descriptions of each of the sessions, please visit College of Education Professional Development for Faculty and Staff.

ECU faculty and staff can register for these session via Cornerstone.