Dr. Allen Guidry named interim assistant dean in the College of Education

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Allen Guidry has agreed to accept the new position of interim assistant dean in the College of Education. Dr. Guidry is an eastern North Carolina native and an alumnus of East Carolina University (BS, 1995 and MAEd, 2002). An award winning teacher in the region for more than a decade, Dr. Guidry came to East Carolina University’s College of Education in 2006 after earning his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an Continue reading →

Three East Carolina University faculty members awarded grant funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Dr. Jennifer McKinnon, Associate Professor of History in the Maritime Studies Program and project director, Dr. Anna Froula, Associate Professor of Film Studies in the Department of English, and Dr. Anne Ticknor, Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the College of Education, have been awarded almost $98,000 in grant funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work with veterans. McKinnon, Froula, and Ticknor will engage Saipanese veterans of contemporary wars, surviving civilian participants of World War II and families of military service personnel to learn Continue reading →

New study looks at the impact of same-race teachers

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – A new study focusing on North Carolina students says black educators can help black students in the classroom. Morticia Walston teaches second grade at Trent Road elementary school in New Bern. “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” said Walston, quoting the book of Proverbs. “If they don’t see someone that looks like them, then they have no place to go.” She said being in front of this classroom is where she is meant to be. “I just always Continue reading →

Education students receive outstanding student research awards

College of Education students Jeanann Woodard and Zachary Dale have been awarded prizes by Joyner Library for outstanding student research. The eighth annual Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize for student research winners were announced at an April 5 ceremony in Joyner’s Special Collections Reading Room. Established by the late Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann, the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize recognizes outstanding research papers written by sophomores, juniors and seniors at East Carolina University. Eligibility criteria required students to use the library’s special Continue reading →

Special education major receives Bassman Honors Thesis Award

Sarah Bonin, a College of Education student majoring in special education from Cary, has received the 2016-2017 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award. One student is selected each year for the outstanding senior Honors College thesis or project and a $500 award. Bonin created a reading and math curriculum for students in third through fifth grades, and is believed to be the first education student to win the award, said Dr. Guili Zhang, professor and interim chair of the Department of Special Education, Foundations and Continue reading →

College of Education Learning Colloquium – Monday March 27

Make plans to join your COE colleagues  for our COE Learning Colloquium on Monday afternoon, March 27th, 12:30 – 2:30pm! There will be presentations on a variety of topics – most offered in repeated concurrent workshops.  The COE Learning Colloquium offers something for everyone – staff, faculty, students – please make plans to be there! Schedule 12:30 – 1:15pm  Concurrent Forums I 1:15 – 1:45pm    Welcome by Dean Hayes, Dialogue, & Refreshments in Speight 203 1:45 – 2:30pm   Concurrent Forums II Concurrent Forums I Batten Rm – Continue reading →

Celebrating Diverse Books!

In teaching literacy courses in the College of Education, I am always thinking about the importance of examining literacy learning in our diverse world. In recent years an emphasis has been placed on the need for more diverse texts for students (Cooperative Children’s Book Council, 2015). As teacher educators, in our work to prepare future teachers for the diverse classrooms they will encounter, it is important to provide them with tools and resources for integrating diverse texts in classrooms. Rudine Sims’ seminal work (1990) on Continue reading →

Faulconer Honored by Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce

At the 47th Annual Meeting of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Johna Faulconer, an Associate Professor in the College of Education at East Carolina University was presented the Howard Best award for outstanding contributions to the work of the Chamber Board of Directors. Faulconer, a chamber member for over a decade, is serving a second term as the vice chair of the education committee. During her tenure, Faulconer has promoted partnerships between and among chamber committees, schools, area businesses, and elected officials. Continue reading →

Pursue your passion for teaching!

The College of Education began more than 100 years ago, when East Carolina University was founded as the East Carolina Teachers Training School, and its proud history continues to this day. Whatever path you’re on, ECU has the resources and experience to help you become an outstanding educator. We encourage you to view and share the video below with all those who aspire to be Pirate Educators! Youtube link with CC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-0F-E7nCTA      

2017 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute

East Carolina University’s College of Education Reading Education Program Area hosted the spring 2017 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute on February 4th for undergraduate students in the ECU College of Education and Literacy Leaders from the Latham Clinical Schools Network. District Literacy Leaders examined literacy instruction in public schools and strategies for improving teaching practices in workshop roundtables while the session for students included a review of the development and progression of literacy skills and instruction needed to be successful on the standard reading exam Continue reading →