edTPA @ AACTE’s Annual Meeting: A Recap

By Omar Davis Did you attend the edTPA-related sessions at AACTE’s Annual Meeting this year? If not, here’s a taste of what you missed! Click here to view a list of the descriptions and presenters for the various sessions that provided attendees the opportunity to converse with other users of edTPA. A highlight of the conference was the edTPA breakfast hosted by SCALE, which drew more than 200 attendees. In her opening remarks, AACTE President/CEO Sharon P. Robinson championed edTPA, emphasizing that it was developed Continue reading →

Teacher provides help, hope | The Daily Reflector

Teacher provides help, hope | The Daily Reflector. By Jane Dail The Daily Reflector March 13, 2014 This year’s top educator only has been on the job for five years but has won praise for making a difference in the lives of the children she helps mold. Eastern Elementary School third grade teacher Jami Dickerson was named the 2014-15 Pitt County Teacher of the Year at the Pitt County Farm Bureau Teacher of the Year Banquet Wednesday afternoon at Rock Springs Center. Pitt County Schools Continue reading →

ECU’s Teacher Education Programs Take Center Stage at National Education Conference

At the annual AACTE conference, ECU faculty led a Major Forum on Taking Charge of Change in teacher preparation and numerous other sessions. The Major Forum, Taking Charge of Change in Educator Preparation: Reinvention, Reform, and Strengthened Collaboration, focused on highlighting how innovative programs are reforming their practice with an eye to improving PK-12 student achievement and experiences. Participants in the weekend discussion included Dr. Kristen Cuthrell, ECU; Laurie Edmondson, Drury University; Mary Gendernalik-Cooper, University of Mary Washington; Roy Jones, Call Me Mister Program; Charles Peck, University of Washington Seattle.  Dr. Ann Bullock, ECU, Continue reading →

Elementary Education Graduate Featured

College of Education elementary education graduate, Whitney Brown ’13, is featured in the article below that appeared on the front page of the N&O yesterday. The article also includes information on the NC New Teacher Support Program (ncntsp.northcarolina.edu) in which ECU serves as a regional partner by supporting 170 beginning teachers throughout 11 counties. For the full story, click here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/08/3600665/teachers-jobs-are-getting-harder.html

Online Programs Recognized

The College of Education has been recognized as a top college for teacher education by the Online College Database’s new ranking, “Top Colleges in North Carolina Shaping the Next Generation.” The organization honors the post-secondary institutions in the state that graduated the most education and teaching professionals in 2012. To view the results, click here. Two programs in the College of Education were rated as “best buys” in a report released by geteducated.com that has ranked online colleges and universities with affordable online degree programs. Continue reading →

Performance-Based Test for Teachers Rolls Out

Performance-Based Test for Teachers Rolls Out. Jaclyn Midgette, helps Trell Chalmers, 10, with his homework while others play at recess. Midgette, a 4th grade reading and social studies teacher at Bullock Elementary School in Sanford, N.C., was part of the pilot group who took the new edTPA, a performance-based licensure test, when she was in school at East Carolina University.

ECU Professor Joins National Press Briefing on Teacher Performance Assessment

The College of Education at East Carolina University was the only institute of higher education represented at the American Association of College Teacher Education press briefing that marked the national launch of teacher performance assessment, referred to as edTPA, after two years of field testing. edTPA was designed to set a national standard of assessing the capabilities of aspiring teachers, similar to the bar exam for law students. Teacher education candidates seeking their initial teaching license submit an edTPA portfolio of materials and a video Continue reading →

$2.2 Million Gift to Fund Teacher Education in Rural Communities

The first time Judy Oglesby considered going to college, she was 36-years-old “staring divorce in the face” and trying to figure out how she would support her two children moving forward. A simple act got her interested in teaching – her son’s kindergarten teacher noticed the skill she exhibited as a volunteer at the school. A year of encouragement led her to enroll at Halifax Community College and, two years later, at East Carolina University. Oglesby was part of the College of Education’s Partnership East Continue reading →

Wells Fargo supports ECU Partnership East program

Wells Fargo has given $75,000 to East Carolina University’s College of Education to support the Wells Fargo Partnership East Program. The gift will support 47 students and provide five stipends of $750 based on a competitive application process. Partnership East works with community colleges and public schools in eastern North Carolina with a focus on preparing well-trained professional teachers. The program has graduated 343 students, with 78 percent teaching in North Carolina. Since 2002, Wells Fargo (and formerly known Wachovia Foundation) has given the College Continue reading →