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Kenneth McKee ’13 Selected as ASCD Emerging Leader

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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.

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Journal of Curriculum and Instruction Issue Published

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Dr. Sharilyn Steadman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education, is the lead editor of the latest issue of JoCI.

The editorial team of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction is delighted to announce publication of a new special topic issue, Performance Assessment of Pre-Service and In-Service Educators. Sharilyn C. Steadman is the lead editor for this issue. It is available at http://www.joci.ecu.edu. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest.

The Point of View, “Assessment of Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers,” offers a brief historical perspective of previous reform movements and situates more recent reforms, with a focus on the efficacy of in-service teachers and teacher education programs and their teacher candidates, within the broader contextual view of educational transformation.

The invited lead article is “Driving Blind: Why We Need Standardized Performance Assessment in Teacher Education.” Peck, Singer-Gabella, Sloan, and Lin put forward a compelling argument for the benefits of adopting standardized, common assessments for teacher candidates. Three articles in Practitioner Platform offer descriptions of innovations within pre-service teacher programs. Shaffer describes a locally constructed teacher candidate assessment instrument. Vostal and colleagues provide a step-by-step guide for special education candidates who use a Response to Intervention model and edTPA. Cuthrell and colleagues offer an account of a program revision that included data collection and analysis, innovative strategy use, and ongoing assessment. Finally, the Perspective article by Donovan and colleagues questions the degree to which large scale accountability reports are useful in identifying links between teacher program candidates’ performances in P-12 classrooms and the courses or program areas that shaped those performances and recommend instead a systems-based approach.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education selected JoCI’s editorial board as the recipient of the 2010 Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education. Please share this free, open-access resource with interested colleagues and students.

Currently the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction is indexed in EBSCOHosts, Directory of Open Access Journals, Cross Reference, BrowZine, Google Scholar, and Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities.

www.joci.ecu.edu

ECU Awards Day: Several COE Faculty Recognized

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Several College of Education faculty were honored and recognized ECU’s Founders Day Awards presentation held on April 30 in Hendrix Theatre. UNC Board of Governors member and ECU alumnus Bob Rippy presented the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest teaching award given by the board, to Dr. Abbie Brown.

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An online-only instructor, Brown teaches graduate-level courses to current or aspiring educators aiming to improve their ability to teach and create instructional materials. “This means I have to model the best teaching practices for a sophisticated and critical group,” he said. Results from Brown’s Google Glass video recording is available: Google Glass View of ECU University Awards Day.

The Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award recognizes and supports excellent teaching at each of the 16 constituent universities in the UNC system.  Two COE recipients were selected:

  • Dr. Kylie Dotson-Blake, Department of Higher, Adult and Counselor Education. Dr. Dotson-Blake was also a finalist for the ECU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Teaching.
  • Dr. Allen O. Guidry, Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education. Dr. Guidry was nominated for three awards.

The 2013-14 College of Education recipient of the Scholar-Teacher Award:

  • Dr. Steven W. Schmidt, Department of Higher, Adult, and Counselor Education

Other College of Education award nominees and recipients for 2013-14 are as follows:

  • Dr. Brian Housand, Department of Elementary and Middle Grade Education, was awarded the Max Ray Joyner Award for Faculty Service Through Distance Education.
  • Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Department of Literacy, English, and History Education, was a finalist for the ECU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Teaching.
  • Dr. Al Jones, Department of Information Library Science, was inducted into the Servire Society.

The full story by ECU News Services is  available in addition to a photo gallery of the event.

Swaggerty Posts on NC Reading Association Blog

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Terry Atkinson, member of Tar River Reading Council and professor of reading education, reads to two students at the Earth Day Expo at East Carolina University on April 8, 2014.

Dr. Elizabeth Swaggerty wrote a post about the Tar River Reading Council’s participation in the ECU Earth Day Expo that was just published on the North Carolina Reading Association blog. “It was a great outreach activity that connected ECU faculty, area teachers, the Tar River Reading Council (local affiliate of the International Reading Association), and ECU’s Center for Biodiversity and Biology Department with local children,” said Swaggerty of the event.

 

ECU Pirate Profile: Jessica Chirico

Jessica Chirico promotes literacy through her EC Scholars internship.

Jessica Chirico, a senior studying English at East Carolina University, chose to incorporate her passion for literature into her final collegiate internship. Chirico worked with the instructional coach at G.R. Whitfield Elementary School in Grimesland, to identify the classroom that needed her assistance the most – a third grade class where most of the students are below the average reading level. chirico1The full profile is the available at ECU’s news website.

COE Students Initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded December 3, 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia by 15 student and faculty leaders. The founders formulated the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors, and that outstanding students, faculty, and administrators should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness.  OΔK was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship. Since its founding, Omicron Delta Kappa has initiated over 300,000 members.

The Society recognizes achievement in the following five areas:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Campus or Community Service, Social or Religious Activities and Campus Government
  • Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
  • Creative and Performing Arts

Congrats to students from the College of Education who were initiated into this prestigious society—

James Coda is a native of Fayette City, Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Adult Education and a graduate certificate in Hispanic Studies.  His organizational affiliations are ALMAS and he is a member of the College of Education’s Junior Advisory Board.  After finishing his studies at East Carolina, James hopes to pursue a PhD in Second/Foreign Language Acquisition.

Kimberly Nicole Herring lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership, while holding an administrative position at Wake Forest University. She is highly engaged in her church, community, and, undergraduate and graduate alma maters, Salem College, and, Wake Forest University, serving on a diversity of boards, committees, guilds, and organizations. Kimberly is also a member of Golden Key International Honor Society, and, the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research.

Margaret Elizabeth LeGrand is a native of Belmont, North Carolina and is majoring in History Education. She has previously been a pirate tutor and is currently the secretary of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and a member of many honor societies.

Jennifer Moser is from Tolland, Connecticut and is a Hispanic Studies Education major.  She is the Vice President of Golden Key International Honor Society and Captain of ECU Women’s Rugby team.  She has served as a Resident Advisor for Scott Hall and works on campus as a lead tutor for the Pirate Tutoring Center.  Upon graduating East Carolina, Jen wants to be a high school teacher. Jennifer could not be with us today because she is traveling with the ECU Women’s Rugby to nationals.

Nathaniel Paul Over is a native of Fayetteville, Pennsylvania and is currently a major in the Masters of Arts and Teaching program for Health Education. His leadership positions include being a member at GCF Church and a Student Teaching Intern at Greene County Middle School. After graduating from East Carolina, Nathaniel hopes to teach Health and Physical Education

Morgan Elyse Pearce is a native of Bunn, North Carolina and is majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics. Her other organizational affiliations include being a part of Gamma Beta Phi, Kappa Delta Pi, the Elementary Education Club, and multiple intramural sports for all four years here at ECU. Upon graduating from East Carolina, Morgan hopes to find a job and begin her career in the classroom.

Vasti Rodriguez-Tejeda was born in the Dominican Republic and has been in a resident of the United States for twelve years with her family.  She is currently in the Masters of Arts in Teaching-Special Education. Her organization affiliations include East Carolina Abolitionists and the College of Education Dean’s Junior Advisory Board. She is also a Graduate Research Assistant in the College of Education and a volunteer in the support group for Hispanic families with children in Special Education. Upon graduating from ECU, she hopes to pursue Doctorate degree.

Amanda J. Sines is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is currently working on a Master’s in International Studies with a double concentration in Security Studies and Education Administration. She is simultaneously completing the certificate programs in Security Studies and International Teaching. Amanda is also a writing consultant here on ECU’s campus. Upon graduating from East Carolina, Amanda hopes to complete an internship with the Department of State

Lauren Renee Stefan is currently pursuing her Master’s in International Studies with a concentration in International Higher Education Administration. She is a graduate assistant at the Office of International Affairs, a consultant at the University Writing Center, and is the Vice President of the Graduate Student Association for International Studies. She is also a member of the Women’s Club Lacrosse team.

Kimberly Ann Sugg is a native of Middletown, New York and graduated from high school at Hoffman Estates High School in Hoffman Estates Illinois.  She is majoring in Middle School Education with a concentration in Math and Science, through the State Employee Credit Union Partnership East Program.  She is also a consisting member of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi.  She is married and a mom of three children.  She coaches soccer and softball and is a foster fur-parent with Southern Bell Pit Bull Rescue. Upon graduating she hopes to work in the Greene County Public School System.

Julie Kennedy Whetzel is a Virginia native and currently resides in Eastern North Carolina. Julie is currently pursuing Curriculum Instructional Specialist licensure with the Department of Educational Leadership at East Carolina. She is currently employed as an Exceptional Children Program Specialist with Franklin County Schools, where she helps special education teachers better meet the needs of their students.

Lorin Nichole Wicker was born in Orangeburg, SC, but grew up in Rocky Mount, NC. Her major is Elementary Education with a concentration in literature. She has previously been a Leader at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County. She is affiliated with the Elementary Education club on campus. Upon graduating from East Carolina University, Lorin hopes to join a group of this states’ most prized professionals, educators!

Justin Waters hails from Pinetown, North Carolina, and transferred to ECU, then graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education. Receiving an offer to become the graduate assistantship for Club Sports in the Campus Recreation and Wellness department, Justin accepted the offer and graduated in 2011 from East Carolina University with a Master’s of Education. After graduation he became the Club Sport Coordinator at NC State University before returning to his alma mater in July 2012.

Melvin Everett Lee III is a native of Knightdale, North Carolina and is currently the student ambassador for the East Carolina Political Science Department; where he works to inform prospective students about the advantages in majoring in the Liberal Arts Divisions. He is a five-time Dean’s list recipient and is now considering his options for fall admissions to various law schools around the state. Melvin is an important member of the COE Dean’s office as a student assistant and continues his service as a mentor for Project with Project LINC.

Ryan Earns AERA Recognition for Article

Dr. Caitlin L. Ryan, assistant professor in the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education at East Carolina University and her co-author Dr. Jill M. Hermann-Wilmarth of Western Michigan University were honored to receive the Article of the Year Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Queer Studies Special Interest Group at AERA’s annual meeting this past weekend in Philadelphia, PA. They received this honor for their 2013 article in the Journal of Literacy Research entitled “Already on the Shelf: Queer Readings of Award-Winning Children’s Literature.”  The article was nominated for the award by a diverse team of scholars, several of whom reported already using it as the basis for further research and/or as reading material for their teacher education classes.

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Dr. Caitlin Ryan

In their essay, Ryan and Hermann-Wilmarth ask what it might mean to read children’s literature in elementary school classrooms through a queer lens. They argue that because queer theory has a history as a literary theory that destabilizes normative associations among gender, sexuality, bodies, and desire, it provides a set of analytical tools classroom communities can draw on to create alternative readings of a wide range of familiar texts. Such readings of books already on the shelves of elementary school libraries and classrooms can highlight experiences and subjectivities of nonnormative sexualities and gender identities in the hopes of making classrooms more inclusive.

Specifically, they argue that four high-quality, award-winning children’s books already included in many schools and classrooms—Sendak’s (1963) Where the Wild Things Are, Woodson’s (2001) The Other Side, DiCamillo’s (2003) Tale of Despereaux, and Patterson’s (1977) Bridge to Terabithia—can be fruitful sites for opening up these more inclusive readings and conversations. Their article offers possible queer readings of these texts as well as suggestions for how to encourage elementary-aged students to think about both books and the socially constructed norms of real life through a queered lens.

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Dr. Jill Herman-Willmarth

By first queering on-the-shelf texts and then asking students to think about how that queering connects to larger social issues, elementary classrooms, they argue, can become places where strict identity categories—categories that can marginalize queer students and families—are made visible, questioned, and stretched to provide more effective and more equitable spaces of learning for all students.  In this way, the article chosen for this award contributes to Ryan and Hermann-Wilmarth’s ongoing body of both single- and co-authored research exploring ways to make classrooms more inclusive for a wide range of diverse students.

This is not the first honor that Ryan and Hermann-Wilmarth’s article has received. Prior to the AERA award, their article was also included in Research in the Teaching of English’s ”Annotated Bibliography of Research” for 2013.  Included in this list were “studies that held significant implications for teaching English language arts, as well as research that might lead to new insights into the paradigms or methodological practices within a given field in the coming years.”

The Queer Studies SIG of the American Educational Research Association, the organization who sponsored the award, was formed for the specific purpose of encouraging empirical, interpretive, and critical educational research in education that considers an interdisciplinary discourse including queer theory, queer students and educators, curriculum and sexuality, issues of intersectionality, and other vital issues.  More information about the SIG, the award, and an interview with Ryan and Hermann-Wilmarth can be found at the SIG’s website, https://sites.google.com/site/queersig/.

Ryan and Hermann-Wilmarth’s respective departments / colleges at ECU and WMU supported their trip to Philadelphia to receive this award.

ECU community mourns loss of instructor

By Kathryn Kennedy and Jeannine Manning Hutson
ECU News Services

Co-workers and students of East Carolina University teaching instructor Debbie O’Neal are grieving this week following her death March 31.

She and her husband – both rated pilots – were killed when their fixed-wing Lancair LC-42 aircraft crashed in a Winston-Salem residential neighborhood after experiencing engine trouble, a National Traffic Safety Board official told media on Monday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Rock Springs Center, 4025 N.C. Highway 43 N, Greenville.

An additional memorial service was held Tuesday, April 2 at the Washington Eye Center, where her husband, Dennis, worked.

O’Neal came to ECU in 2004, and this semester she was teaching three sections of English composition in the classroom and two distance-education sections of English grammar.

Department of English Chair Jeffrey Johnson spent Tuesday meeting with students in O’Neal’s classes, accompanied by staff from the ECU counseling center. He said the students were “taking it hard,” and many asked if they could reach out to her family.

“Her students know how invested she was in them,” Johnson said. “She was really outgoing, full of energy and ideas, generous with her time. All these qualities of hers…make (the loss) even harder.”

O’Neal was very involved in the ECU Language Academy, which provides intensive English-language instruction to international students and professionals. She also worked with the College of Education by developing ways to integrate English as a second language (ESL) teacher education into existing curriculum.

Marjorie Ringler, associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership, said she and O’Neal worked closely for years. “We were inseparable at work and as friends as well,” Ringler said Tuesday.

O’Neal was a linguist and Ringler works on partnerships with principals and school districts; together they were a great team, Ringler said. The pair recently attended an international conference in Dallas, presenting their success in teaching English as a second language in a rural eastern North Carolina school.

O’Neal engaged her classroom students as well, Ringler said, and held them to high standards.

“In the Department of English, she saw her students as her kids,” Ringler continued. “She was a mother to them because (she taught) the freshman composition class.”

She added that O’Neal kept in touch with many students and would get Facebook and email messages about how she had changed their lives. “She made sure everybody knew that she cared,” Ringler said.

“She lived life to the fullest. She was a pilot, made her own jewelry, and was always in touch with her three kids. She skied as well. What did she not do? And she tackled everything head on.”

ECU community mourns loss of instructor.

Second Century Campaign

The College of Education, in partnership with East Carolina University, launched the largest campaign in its history– the COE Second Century Campaign.  The College of Education set campaign priorities specific to our projected needs for improved 21st century education.  Our priorities are identified by the following four categories:

  • Scholarships and Student Support
  • Endowed Professorships
  • Faculty Research, Outreach and Professional Development
  • Strategic Initiatives to Support Programs

Your gift will enable the College of Education to offer cutting edge technology, top notch educational programs and support to students to enhance their education.  Gifts will enhance instruction, provide students with diverse, real-world experiences for their prospective careers, and enable the College of Education to attract the strongest candidates possible for our programs.

The College of Education also houses six departments and the Office of Teacher Education.  Each of these departments identified their top priorities based on the categories set by the College.  Please click on the links below to view more specific needs listed by department.

The Department of Business and Information Technologies Education
Department of Counselor and Adult Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Department of Educational Leadership
Department of Library Science
Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education
Office of Teacher Education

Duffy to Keynote Annual Literacy Conference

Greenville, NC – Dr. Gerald G. Duffy, William E. Moran Distinguished Professor of Reading and Literacy at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference at the Greenville Hilton on Friday, Feb. 11.

Duffy is also Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University where he served for 25 years as a faculty member and as a senior researcher in the Institute for Research on Teaching. He is a past-president of the National Reading Conference and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame. His research has utilized both quantitative and qualitative designs in studying effective reading strategy instruction and teacher development in naturalistic classroom-based settings.

Duffy has published more than 100 journal articles, chapters and research monographs and has written or edited five books, his most recent being Explaining Reading (Guilford, 2003). His teaching and service includes developing and teaching a variety of innovative teacher education programs, conducting numerous short and long term field-based literacy workshops, teaching undergraduate and graduate literacy classes at university and school sites throughout North America, Asia and Europe as well as mentoring doctoral students. His work at Greensboro focuses on studying the intersection of teacher effectiveness in literacy and the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs.

The Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference is an annual teacher education conference that brings national, regional, and local speakers on literacy education issues to a one-day conference in Greenville, North Carolina. This event is sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at East Carolina University.

The conference will begin at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Dr. Katherine Misulis at (252) 328-6128 or Dr. Lanette Moret at (252) 328-6174.