Pirates Plunder Costa Rica

Accounting for 6 percent of the world’s biodiversity, Costa Rica served as the living lab for a group of nine graduate students and two faculty members from the East Carolina University College of Education Science Education Department. The group’s seven-day journey through the lush jungles and nature preserves of Costa Rica was led by two guides from the Council On International Educational Exchange. Along the way, the group traveled to Alajuela, the cloud forest of Monteverde, Bajo del Tigre, an elementary school in Monteverde, and more. Continue reading →

ECU College of Education hosts AP Summer Institute for educators

Nearly 70 teachers from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia attended the Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute hosted by The College Board Southern Regional Office and East Carolina University from June 25-28. Held at South Central High School, the summer institute offered intensive professional development for AP educators through the completion of 30 or more hours of content-rich training designed to strengthen how they teach AP courses. AP educators can register for five content areas according to their disciplines — AP chemistry, AP English language Continue reading →

College of Education alums honored with teaching awards

Two East Carolina University College of Education alumni were recently honored with teaching awards in North Carolina. Julie Brickhouse, a special education teacher at Wahl Coates Elementary School of the Arts, was named the Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, March 14, at Rock Springs Center. In addition to earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the ECU College of Education, Brickhouse has many other ties to the college: Serving as a part-time instructor in the adapted and general curriculum programs Continue reading →

C.M. Eppes Middle School science teacher recipient of inaugural John C. Park Scholarship

When the opportunity came to attend the annual National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Education, Allie Smith, an eighth-grade science teacher at C.M. Eppes Middle School in Greenville, jumped at the chance. The opportunity arose through a new annual award for science teachers in eastern North Carolina — the John C. Park Scholarship — established by East Carolina University College of Education Taft Distinguished Professor of Science Education, Dr. Leonard Annetta. The scholarship, launched in 2018 by Annetta and the ECU Center for Continue reading →

SEADAP Science Fair 2018

The Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) program, which started in 2014, held its Third Annual Science Fair on January 25th, 2018 on the campus of East Carolina University. The goals of the NIH/NIDA/SEDPA grant-funded project are to increase student knowledge about drug addiction and to increase student interest in biomedical research and careers. J.H. Rose High School student Aleksandra (Aleks) Jones, left, and Greene Early College High School student Lailani Cruz-Alvarez, right, receive feedback on their project from ECU student judges. SEADAP students began conducting scientific research Continue reading →

Representative Farmer-Butterfield Leads Mock Legislative Session with College of Education Scholars

The issues of teacher salaries and class sizes were debated in a mock legislative session with over 40 East Carolina University College of Education students inside the Rivers Building on Monday, Nov. 13. North Carolina Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Pitt, Wilson, was invited by the ECU College of Education to lead the mock legislative session covering some of the primary issues facing the education profession in North Carolina. After a brief explanation of the bill process within the North Carolina General Assembly from Farmer-Butterfield, the students split Continue reading →

The Magic of Mursion

Junior EC Scholar Meghan Lower reflects on her experiences using the Mursion Lab at the ECU College of Education. My first experience with Mursion was through a simulated job interview. Even though I used the word simulated, I certainly did not feel as if it was a simulation. The interview was very authentic, as I received personalized feedback in real time as if were a real interview. The avatar that interviewed me had appropriate gestures and body language that reflected what it was saying. Honestly, Continue reading →

ECU Awarded Grant to Enhance STEM Education

The East Carolina University College of Education was recently awarded a $599,939 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve undergraduate STEM education. Project INTERSECT (Interactive STEM Education Competence in Teaching) will address the nature and role of discipline-specific discourse in the classroom. The goal of the project is to explore how training with immersive classroom simulation activities affect the ability of ECU math and science teacher candidates use of discourse as a means of instruction. The Project INTERSECT team will use the Mursion Lab Continue reading →

Faculty Feature Friday: Tuning in to the Future

For the past four years Dr. Abbie Brown, East Carolina University Professor and Interim Chair in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education, has been reaching students and colleagues over the streaming airwaves of his podcast. The podcast, Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, & Learning Sciences, began in 2013 and is produced by Brown and his colleague Dr. Tim Green, professor of educational technology at California State University. Brown said the idea for the podcast arose after he used Flipboard—an Continue reading →

ECU Hosts Workshop for Teachers to Relay Dangers of Substance Dependencies

  The East Carolina University Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) hosted its fourth annual three-day workshop on June 19-21 for a group of local teachers in grades 6-12. During the workshop, teachers learn hands-on activities that will help relay the dangers of drug dependencies to their students. The workshop was co-created by Dr. Rhea Miles from ECU, and Dr. Scott Rawls from Temple University, and began in 2014 with a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Using planarians — a species Continue reading →