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Congratulations to COE MSITE Faculty Dr. Katherine Schwartz and Dr. Rose Sinicrope on Math-Science Partnership Grant Awards

Dr. Katie Schwarz and Lenoir County Schools (LCS) have been awarded a 3-year, $483,000 Math/Science Partnership (MSP) Grant, Lenoir County STEM Learning Community. The project will provide teachers integrated content and pedagogical professional development in K-8 Mathematics and opportunities for teachers to work in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to increase use of mathematical practices, implement cognitively demanding tasks, use data to make instructional decisions, and connect to real-world applications of mathematics, all with the goal of increasing student performance.

Other key ECU faculty who will be working with Dr. Schwartz, who is from the COE Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE) include Dr. Ron Preston and Dr. Kay Middleton from MSITE, Dr Heather Ries and Dr. Njina Randriampiry from the Department of Mathematics, Dr. Ricky Castle from Engineering. STEM Partnership East and various industries also contributed to the project’s development and play key roles in its implementation. Dr. Guili Zhang of the COE Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research will serve as project evaluator.

Dr. Rose Sinicrope also of MSITE, will serve as Evaluator for Randolph County Schools’  newly awarded MSP grant, Deepening High School Mathematics Knowledge and Leadership.

Congratulations to Dr. Sinicrope and Dr. Schwartz and her team of collaborators!

For more details, see the story on the WNCT website: http://www.wnct.com/story/26028066/lcps-teachers-learning-how-to-use-stem-curriculum-in-the-real-world

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MSA Student Featured in Regional Local News for Her “Spirited” Idea

Below is an article from The Wake Forest Weekly featuring current ECU College of Education Master of School Administration (MSA) student Amy Light. The MSA degree program prepares individuals to become school leaders and encourages them to serve as problem-solvers, communicators, innovators, collaborators and change agents in their respective schools and school districts. Ms. Light’s spirit rock idea utilizes educational leadership skills taught in the program.

Heritage Middle School gets in the spirit

By David Allen

Amy Poovey Light – who will be the interim assistant principal next year – looks forward to the spirit rock being repainted to showcase what is going on with the school and community each week.

Amy Poovey Light – who will be the interim assistant principal next year – looks forward to the spirit rock being repainted to showcase what is going on with the school and community each week.

WAKE FOREST — Showing off their school spirit, Heritage Middle School recently added a new fixture to their front lawn – a giant rock that can be painted with various messages or just to pump up students.
Amy Poovey Light, who will be the Interim Assistant Principal next year, has volunteered her time, since December, to work in unison with the PTA at the school to bring more character and spirit to the school.
The PTA was overwhelmingly supportive of the idea, and helped move things forward for the project.
“I saw this idea of a spirit rock, and I thought ‘Oh wow! This is great!’” Light explained. “We promote so much of a positive culture at this school, we are a Positive Behavior Intervention Support school, and we try to encourage that kind of culture in everything we do.”
Light, the PTA and the school wanted to show the community that they care about what is going on with each student.
They worked with Hanson Aggregates who was more than happy to donate the rock, and they quickly were able to get the rock picked out and moved into place.
Light said the PTA would be able to use it as a fundraiser by renting the rock out by the week so it could be repainted and be the voice of the community at Heritage,
“This area is where the children gather while waiting to be picked up,” Light said as she pointed to the grass surrounding the spirit rock. “We want what is put on the rock to spark conversation and to give recognition that a student or group that is doing something in the school.”

Article and photo courtesy of David Allen and The Wake Forest Weekly.

Dr. William B. Martin Awarded Kappa Delta Pi Honors

Dr. William B. Martin

Dr. William B. Martin

Dr. William B. Martin, College of Education Professor Emeritus, was honored this past year for two awards through Kappa Delta Pi International. He was inducted as one of the charter members into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP). Membership in this chapter is a lifetime honor and is limited to only 100 people. Dr. Martin has also been awarded one of only four KDP Founders Awards that are given out every two years at the KDP Convocation. He received the Dr. Thomas E. Musselman Award for Service Excellence, which is given to members who have inspired others through their volunteer efforts with education-focused service programs and who have made a difference in their local, regional, and global communities.

Dr. Martin’s teaching career reached across a number of states and education levels, including elementary school in Phoenix, AZ, junior high in Nashville, TN and graduate school at the University of Nevada in Reno, NV. He retired in 1990 after 31 years with the College of Education, Department of Secondary Education at East Carolina University. He was awarded the position of Professor Emeritus at ECU in 1990.

He is a lifetime member of KDP and served 26 years as a counselor for the Eta Chi Chapter at ECU. Dr. Martin also created an endowed scholarship through KDP for two education majors at ECU: one special education and one middle grades education.

Dr. Martin is from Duquesne and McKeesport, Pennsylvania and served as the Quarter Master in The Navigation Division on board a troop-ship of the U.S. Navy during World War II. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University in Clarion, PA, a Master’s degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and a doctorate degree from George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Martin has spent a great deal of time working with The Arc of the United States, a community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. He has worked with the United States chapter as well as the North Carolina and Pitt County chapters. During his time with The Arc, he held several leadership positions, such as the state president of the North Carolina chapter and the Vice President of the Southeast Region – ARC/US.

Locally, he has worked with the Pitt County Mental Health Association, including serving as president (1989-90), vice president (1988) and treasurer (1986-87). He is currently the chairman of The Arc of North Carolina’s Life Guardianship Program for the Eastern North Carolina region.

Dr. Robin Hamilton Receives the 2014 Glatthorn Distinguished Dissertation Award

2013 Glatthorn Award Recipient Dr. Robin Hamilton, Mrs. Barbara Glatthorn, and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership Dr. Art Rouse

2014 Glatthorn Award Recipient Dr. Robin Hamilton, Mrs. Barbara Glatthorn, and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership Dr. Art Rouse

The Glatthorn Dissertation Award is awarded to the student who has the most outstanding dissertation in the Department of Educational Leadership, as selected by a committee of faculty from the department. The award was established by and is now given in memory of Dr. Allan Glatthorn.

On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Dr. Robin Hamilton was recognized for her dissertation, “A Comparative Case Study of Kindergarten Transition Practices and The Impact on Children’s Kindergarten Readiness” under the direction of Dr. William Rouse, Jr. which she completed in fall 2013. Mrs. Barbara Glatthorn was in attendance to congratulate and present the award to Dr. Hamilton. Other attendees included faculty and staff from the Department of Educational Leadership and the College of Education and family members of Dr. Hamilton and Mrs. Glatthorn.

ECU partners in Operation LINK mentoring program

ECU News Services

Tyrrek Grizzle poses with a robot he constructed during the robotics summer camp. The camp is part of an ECU partnership that supports elemementary and middle grades students from military families in eastern North Carolina. (Photos by Jay Clark)

Tyrrek Grizzle poses with a robot he constructed during the robotics summer camp. The camp is part of an ECU partnership that supports elemementary and middle grades students from military families in eastern North Carolina. (Photos by Jay Clark)

Ten-year-old Tyrrek Grizzle took control of his paddle, maneuvering his miniature land mover with ease.

He and a teammate moved his robot across a grid and past an opponent to pick up as many green-colored blocks as possible and dump them in a coordinating green basket. The team that filled the basket with the most blocks in the three-minute competition won.

Grizzle attended an inaugural weeklong robotics summer camp through Operation LINK, an AmeriCorps school-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics mentoring program for elementary and middle grades students in eastern North Carolina. The STEM program, with a special emphasis on students from military families, will transition from an afterschool program to part of the regular school day this fall.

Offered this spring in Wayne County, the program aims to promote positive behaviors and success in school while keeping military youth connected to family. It’s a partnership between East Carolina University, AmeriCorps, military family support networks, veterans groups, community colleges and public schools.

The summer camp, held at Greenwood Middle School in Goldsboro, allowed students to make real robots from designs they developed in their afterschool program.

Amy Perry, left, watches as her daughter, Kayla Perry, works at the Operation LINK afterschool program held this spring in Goldsboro. Amy Perry is a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, where she inspects aircraft for defects at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Amy Perry, left, watches as her daughter, Kayla Perry, works at the Operation LINK afterschool program held this spring in Goldsboro. Amy Perry is a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, where she inspects aircraft for defects at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Counselors and campers used a box kit to construct a robot with up to 650 pieces. A software program developed at Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy gave the students the ability to control movements.

“We had fourth-graders writing code,” said Michael “Mike” Dermody, associate professor of cinematic arts and media production in the ECU School of Art. Dermody, who grew up in a military family, said “It’s amazing how quickly they adapt. It’s a very tactile and hands-on experience. They go in and test and modify it. There’s lots of activity between the computer itself and the robot.”

For Grizzle, a rising fifth-grader at Tommy’s Road Elementary School, taking his work from the computer lab to create a functioning robot is exciting. “Robots help you in a lot of ways,” said Grizzle. “They help us do things we can’t normally do ourselves.” Grizzle has cousins who serve in the military.

The pilot program will become part of the curriculum this fall at three Wayne County schools with a higher population of children from military families, said Lou U. Rose, Operation LINK coordinator in the ECU College of Education, which has facilitated the program.

“We will be able to impact more kids that way.”

Area teachers observed some of the program activities. “Some will do it as an elective in science and math classes,” Rose said.

“The beauty of this is they can tailor it and run with it and be creative. It brings relevancy in the real world, and maybe will get students interested in science.”

Michael Giddens, an AmeriCorps camp mentor who earned a teaching certificate in middle grades science and math from ECU in May, said students learned to collaborate and work as a team at the camp.

“The energy has been electrifying,” Giddens said. “Keeping them (students) engaged is a challenge in the classroom in the 21st century.”

USAF airman first class Eagan Nadeau pilots one of the student robots.

USAF airman first class Eagan Nadeau pilots one of the student robots.

One old-fashioned value students have learned has been patience, Giddens said, such as when broken robots have had to be re-assembled. Now poised to reach more students, the initial idea for the Operation LINK program was to create a way for military parents to interact with their children – via the web – while the parents were away from home. “It’s (been) a way to keep the child connected,” Dermody said.

Amy Perry’s nine-year-old daughter Kayla and 10-year-old daughter, Alexis, participated in the afterschool program. Perry, a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, inspects aircraft for defects at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The Perry family doesn’t have a computer, internet or cable in their home. So the program has helped support her girls’ interests in science and technology. “It works for us,” she said.

Perry said the counselors encouraged her daughters’ unique personalities. “It’s allowing them to have the space to be who they are,” she said. “Respecting others is important.”

Kayla Perry said she enjoyed the computer lab and making a virtual robot. “I like the teachers. All the time they think of cool things for us to do,” she said. “They always come up with these amazing ideas.”

Program activities have helped build relationships between mentors and students, and among students, said Virginia Harris, a retired teacher and military spouse who taught 23 years in several states and overseas.

 Logan Chase, 10, works on programming after a practice session with his robot.

Logan Chase, 10, works on programming after a practice session with his robot.

“I’ve seen changes in the students, being able to work together and learning to follow rules better,” Harris said. “One of the main things they learn is you’re not an island. You have to get along with people in life. I think it’s difficult for little people to work together as a team sometimes.”

To learn more, visit www.ecu.edu/operationlink.

Story courtesy of ECU News Service and Crystal Baity. Photos courtesy of ECU News Service and Jay Clark. The original article can be found here.

Graduate Students Hold Book Drive for Belvoir Elementary School

Boxes of books from the book drive

Boxes of books from the book drive

By Erica Anderson, Digital Journalist

East Carolina University graduate students are helping a local elementary school promote literacy.

As part of a community service project, four Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students held a book drive for Belvoir Elementary School on Monday.

“The students there are so eager to learn; but, it’s a really rural area and they may not have very many opportunities. The teachers there do so much to help them so we wanted to provide as many resources [as] we can too,” said ECU graduate student Adam Johnson.

ECU Master of Arts in Teaching students collecting books outside of Domino's Pizza

ECU Master of Arts in Teaching students collecting books outside of Domino’s Pizza

The book drive began 10 days ago and concluded with a six-hour donations drive outside the Domino’s Pizza on Charles Boulevard.

So far the group of four MAT students collected more than 1200 books.

“If you can put books in the hands of young readers and promote literacy early on, they’ll love learning and they’ll love books their entire life,” said Johnson.

As part of the book drive, the students have also set up a fundraising website on www.gofundme.com. All the money raised on the website will go directly to Belvoir Elementary School.

If you would like to donate to Belvoir Elementary School click here.

To view the news segment about the book drive, click here.

Story and photos courtesy of WNCT.

Academic Success Center Gets a New Look and Location

Some of the ASC's comfy chairs

The ASC’s new waiting area has a collection of comfy armchairs and small tables.

The College of Education’s newly renovated, 2700 square foot Academic Success Center (ASC) opened in May 2014 in Rivers Building. The ASC houses Academic Advising, the Office of Professional Development and Teaching Fellows/Maynard/Abernathy Scholars and the Education Housing Community.

One interesting feature of the new space are the private cubicles. These cubicles allow advisors to privately meet with students for counseling appointments. The ASC also has a spacious, comfortable waiting area for students, as well as a meeting space complete with presentation technology for student trainings and meetings.

The cubicles on either side of the waiting area give students privacy during advising sessions.

The cubicles on either side of the waiting area give students privacy during advising sessions.

 

Five Academic Advising staff serve approximately 900 undergraduate students in elementary education, English education, history education, middle grades education, mathematics education, science education and special education general and adaptive curricula.

The Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach offers teacher education students pre-service professional development opportunities and Praxis preparation workshops. They also host Clinical Teacher Conferences each year, which are attended by approximately 250 teachers.

The Office for the North Carolina Teaching Fellows, ECU Maynard Scholars, ECU Abernathy Scholars and the Education Housing Community provides educational leadership events and seminars and community outreach activities for their students, as well as recruitment for prospective teacher education students.

The ASC is now located in 138 Rivers Building.

The ASC is now located in 138 Rivers Building.

For more information about the renovation, you can visit their website (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/Advising/) or watch the YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwSquhdW1dI).

Welcome 2014 Abernathy and Maynard Scholars

The Abernathy and Maynard Scholarships are four-year scholarships awarded to education students. Meet our incoming Abernathy and Maynard Scholars and learn what made them choose education!

2014 Betty S. Abernathy Memorial Scholar

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Name: Cody Allen
Hometown: Pine Level, NC
High School: Johnston County Middle College High School
Intended Major: Science Education and Chemistry
Reason for Choosing Education: I want to major in this field because my teacher really inspired me to help others through teaching and I just have this passion for chemistry. I want to become like the teacher who has had the greatest impact on my life and molded me to the person I am today.

 

 

2014 James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholars

Mathin AngeName: Douglas Ange, I actually go by my middle name Mathin. Hometown: Jamesville, NC
High School: Riverside-Martin High School in Williamston.
Intended Major: Elementary Education
Reason for Choosing Education: The reason I have chosen elementary education is because during my junior and senior years of high school I did an internship at my local primary school and I fell in love with the age group of the kids and with teaching children in general.

 

amberlynnebishop4Name: Amberlynn Melinda Bishop
Hometown: Bitburg, Germany; raised in Jacksonville, NC
High School: Southwest High School
Intended Major: Art Education; plans on getting a Master’s degree in Fine Arts
Reason for Choosing Education:  I chose education because I want to be able to help create a positive change in the lives of others. Teaching is more than just a job; it is about taking the experiences you have been through to lead others in the right direction, to allow them to make their own mistakes, and to teach them how to get through it. It is not just about the adding, writing, and painting, although those are very important, but about teaching them how to think, process, and choose. It is about teaching them responsibility and patience and so much more!

Summer Briley

Name: Summer Nicole Briley
Hometown: Stokes, NC
High School: North Pitt High School
Intended Major: Elementary Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I want to have a career that would help inspire others and to be able to influence their lives in a positive way.

 

 

Jaimie Goecke

Name: Jamie Goecke
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA, but currently lives in New Bern, NC
High School: New Bern High School
Intended Major: Music Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I picked education because I love working with people and I want to make a difference in the world and I couldn’t think of a better way to do this.

 

Samantha JohnsonName: Samantha Johnson
Hometown: Newport News, VA, but currently lives in Grandy, NC
High School: Jarvisburg Christian Academy
Intended Major: Double Major in Mathematics Education and Mathematics
Reason for Choosing Education: I chose education due to influence from my mother, who is a behavior specialist in a school, and my passion for helping others.
Interesting Fact: Valedictorian of her graduating class.

Lauren LewisName: Lauren Bailey Lewis
Hometown: Middlesex, NC
High School: Southern Nash High School
Intended Major: Music Education and Music Performance
Reason for Choosing Education: I wish to pursue a career in education primarily because I have been inspired by both my band director and my father.  My high school band director truly inspired my love for music, and furthermore, my love for teaching.  In addition to this, my father was a police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty.  His sacrifice has inspired me to be a positive influence in the lives of others, like he was.  I believe I will be able to accomplish this through teaching.

Rebecca MooreName: Rebecca “Becca” Moore
Hometown: New Bern, NC
High School: New Bern High School
Intended Major: Hispanic Studies Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I chose to become an educator because of two phenomenal teachers/mentors I have had during my high school career. Ever since my first Spanish class I knew I had to have a career where I could use Spanish daily. I’m so excited to be a Maynard Scholar!

 

michaelnormanName: Michael Anthony Norman
Hometown: Corapeake, NC
High School: Gates County High School
Intended Major: Business Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I want to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of children.
Interesting Fact: I plan to open a Youth Center for at risk youth, so they will have something to do in Gates County.

 

Carey StancilName: Carey Stancil
Hometown: Elizabeth City, NC
High School: Pasquotank County High School
Intended Major: Music Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I grew up with my mom being a teacher, and her position was always interesting to me. Also, I have a strong desire to further the next generation of musicians.

 

 

Hannah VermillionName: Hannah Vermillion
Hometown: Kinston, NC
High School: Kinston High School
Intended Major: Physical Education, Spanish minor
Reason for Choosing Education: Ever since I was little I have always enjoyed helping others. When I began high school I was given many leadership positions and opportunities to work in a classroom setting. I really loved these experiences and I am passionate about the education of future generations. That’s why I decided to pursue a career in teaching.

NCTQ Recognizes ECU Teacher Quality

By Jane Dail

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A nationwide study of college teaching prep programs ranked one East Carolina University program among the top 15.

The National Council on Teaching Quality (NCTQ) released its second annual Teacher Prep Review this week after analyzing 2,400 elementary, secondary and special education programs at 1,127 institutions across the country.

ECU’s undergraduate special education program ranked 12th in the nation, tying with Fort Hayes State University’s undergraduate elementary education program, Montclair State University’s graduate secondary education program, and Austin Peay State University’s undergraduate secondary education program.

Kathi Wilhite — chairwoman of the department of special education, foundations and research in ECU College of Education — said she is proud of the recognition the program received.

“This recognition is a reflection of the dedicated professionals within the department who work tirelessly to conduct research and teach relevant practices to pre-service teacher candidates,” Wilhite said. “Our goal is to provide educational and practical experiences that will positively impact classrooms and services for individuals with disabilities.”

The undergraduate special education program has two areas — general curriculum and adapted curriculum — and about 200 students overall.

Wilhite said the nine key standards for special education are selection criteria, early reading, elementary mathematics, content for special education, classroom management, student teaching, instructional design for special education, outcomes and rigor.

ECU’s undergraduate elementary education program also ranked 188, tying with 13 other programs. The university’s undergraduate secondary education program ranked 356, which was tied with 11 other institutions’ programs.

NCTQ President Kate Walsh said in a Tuesday phone conference that the study helps to expand the national conversation on teacher quality

Walsh said though there are several areas of teaching that need improvement, there has been marked progress in reading instruction, classroom management and student teaching.

To view the entire report, visit www.nctq.org.

Contact Jane Dail at jdail@reflector.com or 252-329-9585.

Courtesy of ECU’s The Daily Clips blog.

Kenneth McKee ’13 Selected as ASCD Emerging Leader

Kenneth McKee

Kenneth McKee ’13

Kenneth “Kenny” McKee ’13 has been named to the ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2014. The ASCD Emerging Leaders program is designed to prepare a young, diverse group of educators for potential influence and ASCD leadership. McKee recently received his master’s degree in Reading Education from East Carolina University’s College of Education in Greenville, N.C. He is employed as an Instructional Coach with Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, N.C. Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education (LEHE) Chair Dr. Katherine Misulis stated that “We (the department) are very proud of Kenny’s accomplishments and this well-deserved recognition.”

While the 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders is the largest group in the program’s history, still only 45 educators from across the nation were selected to participate in this prestigious two-year program. Dr. Elizabeth Swaggerty, Associate Professor, LEHE, remarked “This is an amazing honor.”

The 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders will receive exclusive access to a pool of grant funds. The grant program is designed to support students through innovative approaches to whole child education and to help emerging leaders grow professionally. Activities for Emerging Leaders may include serving on committees, hosting networking events for educators, advocating for sound education policy, and contributing to ASCD publications such as Educational Leadership and the Inservice blog.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about ASCD and the 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders, visit the organization’s website: www.ascd.org.