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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.

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Gamma Chapter Celebrates PI DAY!

On March 14, 2016, Dr. Ron Preston met with the Gamma Student Chapter, Mathematics Education Club to celebrate Pi Day.

Dr. Ron Preston speaking to the Gamma Student Chapter of the Mathematics Education Club.

He shared history and humor related to pi. Attendees also participated in several pi related mathematical tasks appropriate for middle and high school mathematics. Everyone left for the evening with expanded knowledge of pi, as well as resources for their future classrooms. Next year Pi day falls on a Saturday, so be sure to celebrate on 3-14-15 at precisely 9:26 am and 53 seconds (pi = 3.141592653….)!!

The next Gamma Chapter meeting will be Wednesday, April 20, 2016, for the “Through the eyes of Autism” meeting. Please join us and bring a friend!

BS Mathematics Education students (clockwise from far left) Megan Taylor, Carson Gombatz, Sarah Marsh, and Kaylin Carlton look for an assessment app on their phone during one conference breakout session.

ECU Hosts North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Eastern Region Conference

Mathematics teachers from K-12 and university settings gathered Saturday, 19 March 2016, on the campus of East Carolina University for the Eastern Region Conference of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM). As the host institution, ECU was very well represented by university faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and alumni.

The conference keynote address was delivered by Fran Arbaugh of Penn State University. The concluding keynote, given by Kitty Rutherford, was an update from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In between, there were 34 breakout sessions, given over breakout periods. Program chair for the conference was Katie Schwartz. Other ECU mathematics education faculty presided, presented, provided breakfast or lunch, or supervised Gamma Chapter members (mathematics education student organization).

ECU student involvement included undergraduates who co-presented and 19 presentations by graduate students from the leadership classes – these sessions involved 35 presenters, most of whom are in the graduate HS Cohort. Two more sessions were done by graduate students who are part of the Lenoir Mathematics-Science Partnership (MSP) grant.

The conference, which included breakfast, lunch, and some very nice give-aways (particularly mathematics education books), was provided to the 135 participants at no charge by NCCTM, the Lenoir MSP, and faculty donations. Each participant received 0.5 continuing education unit.

Pictured above: BS Mathematics Education students (clockwise from far left) Megan Taylor, Carson Gombatz, Sarah Marsh, and Kaylin Carlton look for an assessment app on their phone during one conference breakout session.

Jennifer Mabe

ECU alumna named WITN Teacher of the Week

Jennifer Mabe, a teacher at Pitt County Schools Early College, was recently named WITN Teacher of the Week. Mabe graduated from East Carolina University in 2004 with a B.A. in Communication/ Public Relations. She received her B.S. in Secondary Math Education from ECU in 2010.

Please follow the link to learn more about Jennifer.

http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/WITNs-Teacher-of-the-Week-371509371.html?device=tablet&c=y

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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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MAEd High School Mathematics Cohort Students Present at NCCTM Conference

The North Carolina Council Teachers of Mathematics held their state conference November 5 – 6, 2015 in Greensboro, NC. A delegation of over twenty MAEd High School Mathematics Cohort students were among those representing ECU as presenters at this event. These students are all practicing teachers with a range of experience from first year to two decades in the classroom.  The MAEd High School Mathematics Cohort students represent local school districts in Beaufort, Craven, Carteret, Edgecombe, Greene, Nash-Rocky Mount, Onslow, Pitt, and Wayne counties. The theme for the conference was Principles to Action in Action, and their presentation focused on “Principles to Practice in High School Math Classes”.  Conference participants shared original, research-based mathematical tasks and lesson materials that captured the mathematics teaching practices outlined in Principles to Action: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (NCTM, 2014). The active engagement between presenters and attendees provided participants with a greater appreciation of the exciting happenings in eastern North Carolina high school mathematics classrooms and graduate education at ECU!

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Ron Preston Serves as President of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Dr. Ron Preston, ECU Mathematics Education, began his tenure as President of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM), April 2015. He will convene the 45th Annual NCCTM State Conference on November 5, 2015 as well as the NCCTM Leadership Seminar on November 4. Both events are held at the Koury Conference Center in Greensboro.

NCCTM was founded approximately 50 years ago to unite all teachers, supervisors, curriculum developers, and teacher educators of mathematics in a shared goal of exceptional mathematics teaching for optimal mathematical learning for all NC students. In addition to conferences and seminars, NCCTM provides Mathematics Fairs for K-12 students, supports mathematics competitions for high school students, awards mini-grants to classroom teachers of mathematics, provides scholarships to support graduate studies for teachers, presents awards for outstanding performance and innovation in mathematics education, and publishes a journal.

Ron Preston is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Mathematics and the College of Education. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics education at ECU and serves as Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education’s Director of Students. He is the 2014-2015 ECU Faculty Advisor of the Year. He is active in funded projects and research in mathematics education. His holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Indiana University.

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Teach for Changency is an Educational Community to Promote Change

Dr. Anne Ticknor (Assistant Professor in Reading Education) and Dr. Katie Schwartz (Associate Professor in Mathematics Education) led a mathematics-specific induction program, LAUNCH into Mathematics Teaching, for 20 beginning elementary teachers in eastern North Carolina. The induction program included over 60 hours of mathematics professional development and specialized mentoring across two years. The Z Smith Reynolds Foundation funded the program.

Drs. Ticknor and Schwartz collected data from the program and found that the program structure supported beginning teachers in the how-to of enacting mathematics curriculum in their particular classrooms, created an external network of educators to share ideas and frustrations, provided windows into “what’s possible” in other schools/districts, and offered opportunities for reflection about their teaching visions and pedagogical decisions.

Ticknor and Schwartz have presented these findings in a variety of venues including local, regional, and national conferences and written reports for national education journals. Currently a social media campaign, Teach for Changency, is underway to disseminate findings and provide an informational and educational community to promote teacher agency and pedagogical change. Join the community and follow @teach4changency on Twitter and like https://www.facebook.com/teachforchangency on Facebook. 

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Graduate Program in Mathematics Education Launches 2015-2017 High School Cohort

With a vision of achieving 21st Century skills and productive, meaningful mathematics learning for all students of eastern North Carolina, the College of Education’s Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education’s are of Mathematics Education launched its first ever graduate school cohort of high school mathematics teachers. The vision for the program is that great mathematics learning can be accomplished when faculty, teacher candidates, and eastern North Carolina teachers of mathematics work together in rich mathematics teaching communities.

This fall, teachers and ECU faculty Dr. Maureen Grady and Dr. Charity Cayton are engaged in the study of the research literature, policies, and best practices for high school mathematics instruction. During the past summer, the teachers completed two graduate courses in mathematics with Dr. Chris Jantzen and Dr. Zach Robinson. Committing to the study of mathematics and mathematics education while engaged in the current challenges of teaching high school mathematics is demanding. The College of Education and the area of Mathematics Education are very proud of the 30 teachers who are building their careers and expanding their options with the Master of Arts of Education (MAEd) in Mathematics Education.

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From the TRC…3D Printing Now Available to ECU Community

It’s the first Thursday of the month and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight an instructional technology resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center (TRC) has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. Our first post of the school year highlights a new service in Joyner Library, 3D printing!

Do you know how common 3D printers are in North Carolina’s public schools? If it’s not now, it will be soon. NC State’s College of Education is busily working toward equipping every middle school in Wake County with a 3D printer. ECU’s own Innovation Design Lab is hoping to outfit seven (7) middle schools with a 3D printer by the end of the school year, and many other K-12 schools around the state have already started their own 3D printing initiatives.

3D printing in K-12 and higher education is definitely a trend. As a result, the TRC has been busy preparing two 3D printers for the College of Education and the rest of the campus community to use. I am proud to announce that, as of today, Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center is now accepting print requests for our 3D printers!

To help guide the ECU community, we have also developed a library guide for those who are unfamiliar with 3D printing, but would like to know more. Joyner Library currently has two 3D printers available for use, a FlashForge Creator Pro and a ZPrinter 310 (.pdf). We are also busy prepping a Lulzbot TAZ 5 for future use. This library guide will help you:

Contact us for help by email, 3Dprinting@ecu.edu.

Stay tuned for workshops and other professional development opportunities that involve 3D printing in K-12 and higher education in the months ahead.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Until next time…Dan Z. in the TRC.