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Dr. Sugar Publishes Study in Tech Trends

Dr. William Sugar has published an article in the current issue of Tech Trends.  The article, Development and formative evaluation of multi-media case studies for Instructional Design and Technology students describes the development of three case studies that included a combination of mulit-media production and instructional design skills within a particular setting.  These case studies incorporated real-life incidents from 47 professional instructional designers.

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New COE Secondary TQP Article Published

Drs. Dan Boudah, Lori Flint, Melissa Engleman, and David Gabbard (Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research), collaborated on a paper entitled School-University Partnership for Implementation of Common Core State Standards, which was recently published in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. The full text article can be found here in :  Vol. 4 No. 7(1).   http://www.ijhssnet.com/index.php/archives.html

Math Education Student Wins Conference USA Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year

Congratulations to Brooke Kott, an ECU Math Education student who has been awarded with the prestigious USA Scholar Athelete-of-the-Year distinction.   This award is given based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service.  Read more in the article dated June 10th in the Daily Reflector.  Way to go, Brooke!

MATE Student Wins Teacher-Leader Grant

Tomika Altman-Lewis receives 2014-2015 MET Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grant from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She will be providing professional development for teachers at Burton Magnet Elementary School.

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Mathematically Speaking: Best Practices for Teachers and Students
Tomika R. Altman-Lewis, Burton Magnet Elementary School, Durham, North Carolina

Elementary teachers are faced with the challenge of being “experts” in not just one subject area, but in multiple subjects. Often this results in being a novice in one area; which is especially daunting when we are equipped with the task of developing the mathematical foundation for all higher level mathematics. We are our students first introduction to mathematics in which they either learn to love or loath mathematics. More often than not, professional development is geared toward literacy with little to no emphasis on mathematics. Considering this, the purpose of this grant is to equip fourth and fifth grade elementary teachers at my school with much needed professional development. Teachers will participate in sessions that will expose them to best practices and strategies while deepening their mathematical reasoning and understanding in an effort to more effectively teach our students while allowing me to further develop my math leadership skills.

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.

Presentations Related to Gifted and Talented Education Given at National Convention

Dr. Lori Flint chaired a discussion in Philadelphia at AERA entitled, “Psychosocial Topics in Giftedness, Creativity and Talent,” on April 7th. She presented a second session later that week at the CEC convention called, “Learning From Experience: How Studying Chronic Underachievers Helps Us Help Our Children,” on April 10th, also in Philadelphia.  Both sessions were related to her primary research interests of giftedness, talent development, and creativity. Dr. Flint also currently serves on the Board of the North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented.

Manner Joins Oxford/London Symposia Board

MannerJane_mannerjDr. Jane Manner, associate professor of elementary education, was asked to join the Advisory Board of the Oxford/ London Symposia. The Oxford Education Research Symposium is a forum for presentation of papers and discourse by scholars who have an interest in the theory and practice of universal education.

Manner has previously attended the Oxford Education Research Symposium in 2013, where the participants were highly complementary of her presentation and the discussions in which she engaged.

Pirate Profile: Vasti Rodriguez

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In the future, graduate student Vasti Rodriguez hopes to educate college students about special education, conduct research and implement change. Rodriguez will couple the education received at East Carolina University with her experience in the education system in the Dominican Republic to become a great teacher.