Welcome 2014 Abernathy and Maynard Scholars

The Abernathy and Maynard Scholarships are four-year scholarships awarded to education students. Meet our incoming Abernathy and Maynard Scholars and learn what made them choose education! 2014 Betty S. Abernathy Memorial Scholar Name: Cody Allen Hometown: Pine Level, NC High School: Johnston County Middle College High School Intended Major: Science Education and Chemistry Reason for Choosing Education: I want to major in this field because my teacher really inspired me to help others through teaching and I just have this passion for chemistry. I want Continue reading →

Institute Features ECU Assistive Technology Students

The Irene Howell Assistive Technology (IHAT) Center presented on assistive technology at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) New Special Education Directors Institute on April 9, 2014 in New Bern, NC. Led by the Director of the IHAT Center, Dr. Laura King, undergraduate student members of the IHAT staff, including Ayla Allen, André Anglin, Bridget Corrigan, Sara Farwell, Rob Hicks, Chloe Morgan, and Murphy Newton, presented to 40 new Special Education Directors through engaging and interactive breakout sessions, allowing the new directors to Continue reading →

Teach Like a Pirate Author Speaks to Students

The New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE entertained almost 120 teacher education students, first year teachers and ECU faculty members at an event sponsored by East Carolina University’s College of Education on March 26. Dave Burgess shared presentational “hooks” and strategies for increasing student engagement and creativity. Participants discovered their inner pirate with tales and tips for the classroom during the event. He enthralled the audience with magic tricks, participatory tasks, and humor. Burgess is a U.S. History teacher at West 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 →

Project ECU LEAP to Receive Innovation in Teacher Education Award

Greenville, NC – Project ECU LEAP (Leading Exceptional Annual Progress) will receive the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) Innovation in Teacher Education Award at the SRATE 55th Annual Conference held in Myrtle Beach, SC, November 7-9. Department of Curriculum and Instruction faculty members, Diane Rodriguez and Dr. Jane Manner are project directors for Project ECU Leap. Project ECU LEAP, is a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide support for licensed, in-service English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teachers and content area teachers to become licensed as Continue reading →

Home-Based Professional Development for Teachers

Greenville, NC – Agencies offering professional development programs for teachers have experienced a dramatic drop in applications for summer workshops throughout North Carolina this year. In response to high gasoline prices that plague drive-in programs, the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (CSMTE) at East Carolina University is responding with a PLAN B approach to provide services for K-12 teachers through independent study and online programs. Teachers living anywhere in North Carolina may apply to participate in the following four programs: Reading and Thinking Continue reading →

Adult Learners Help East Carolina Solve the Teacher Shortage Crisis

For 16 years Kathy Jones ’06 worked as a teacher’s aide at schools in rural Pamlico County and drove a school bus every day, as aides are required to do. But this fall she will walk into the classroom not as an aide but, finally, as the teacher. It will be a moment of deep pride for her and another validation of East Carolina’s groundbreaking approach to solving the state’s chronic shortage of classroom teachers. For the full story, see “Look Who’s Teaching Now” in Continue reading →

Wachovia Gives $1.25 Million for Teacher Education

East Carolina University has received a $1.25 million gift from Wachovia to combat the shortage of teachers in Eastern North Carolina through a partnership with community colleges. The gift, the largest corporate donation ever received by ECU, will provide scholarships and infrastructure improvements for Partnership East, which joins university and community college resources to educate teachers throughout the region. “Education is one of Wachovia’s top priorities,” said David Parker, Wachovia’s regional president for Eastern North Carolina. “We are so pleased to be able to partner Continue reading →