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Counselors Connect with the College of Education

On December 10, 2014, twenty-nine high school guidance counselors from eastern North Carolina were hosted at an event sponsored by East Carolina University’s College of Education. The event entitled, Counselor Connections: Each One-Reach One, served as an opportunity for these education professionals to gain up-to-date information about the university and its teacher education programs. These 29 educators represented the following school districts: Beaufort, Craven, Cumberland, Edenton-Chowan, Edgecombe, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank, Greene, Hertford, Johnston, Lenoir, Martin, Pamlico, Pitt, Roanoke Rapids, and Wayne.

Invitations were issued to each high school within the Latham Clinical Schools Network which comprises 39 counties within eastern North Carolina. At the event, the counselors received information from Admissions regarding the processes involved for applying to ECU. The Honors College provided details about this unique opportunity for academically talented students. The attendees were also given a crash course by the Financial Aid Office about updated applications processes.

In addition to the aforementioned presentations, the College of Education shared detailed information about the College of Education scholarship opportunities and teaching faculty from the areas of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education, Special Education, and Middle Grades Education talked with counselors about these high-need area programs. The central focus of the Each One, Reach One event was to assist counselors with information about applying for college, but also to encourage them to prompt students to consider education as a career choice for the future. Recruitment packets, along with College of Education scholarship information, were given to each attendee for use back at their high schools.

The counselors in attendance were encouraged to recruit high school juniors and seniors to attend the upcoming College of Education Recruitment Day to be held on campus January 24, 2015. Information about our Education Living and Learning Community and 2+2 degree completion programs through State Employees’ Partnership East was also disseminated to participants in an effort to spotlight the many opportunities for interested students.

The College of Education was delighted to host this event to provide timely and beneficial information to guidance counselors from the eastern region of our state.

For more information about recruitment efforts for the College of Education at East Carolina University, please contact Dionna Manning, at manningd@ecu.edu or via phone 252-328-5453 or contact Laura Bilbro-Berry, at bilbroberryl@ecu.edu or via phone at 252-328-1123. For information about the variety of educational opportunities may be found at www.ecu.edu/becomeateacher .

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Nancy Darden Child Development Center

The mission of the Nancy Darden Child Development Center in the Department of Child Development in the College of Human College is: 1) to serve as a model training facility for students majoring in Birth through Kindergarten Teacher Education (BK), Child Life, and Family Community Services; 2) to provide early education and high quality care for preschool children (ages 3 months to kindergarten from a broad cultural and economic mix); and 3) to provide research opportunities for university students and faculty. NDCDC provides supervised observation and participation opportunities from observing in the observation booth to full practicum experiences for the methods courses. Volunteers and students are cooperatively supervised by CDFR faculty, the NDCDC director, and NDCDC Lead Teachers. The NDCDC holds a five star rated child care license from the Division of Child Development, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Infant and Toddler classrooms meet developmental day status and may serve children with special needs.

All research conducted in the NDCDC is approved by the University, Medical Center Institutional Review Board, and the NDCDC Research Committee. Research activities are carried out under the direction of the Director of Research and Program Development for the NDCDC. Strict confidentiality is maintained

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Lucretia Smith – Ready to Start her Career as an Elementary School Teacher

As a child, Lucretia Smith’s favorite game was playing school with her two sisters, and she was always the teacher.

“Teaching is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Smith, whose grandmother predicted her future career path. “I love kids. If there’s a child in need, I am there to the rescue.”

She’s been preparing herself ever since second grade, when she started working with children with disabilities. “I really enjoyed helping the special education teachers,” said Smith.

“By spending time with those students, it taught me that not all people are alike. I treasured helping those who were not able to do the same things that I could.”

Since then, Smith has been an active volunteer and dedicates her spare time to helping both children and adults with disabilities through the Greenville Special Olympics. She has also tutored at the Little Willie Center and been a club leader at the Boys and Girls Club.

“It is very hard for me to back down from doing volunteer or service work because I like giving my time to make someone smile,” she said.

East Carolina University will award Smith with her degree in elementary education on Dec. 19, but one crucial test almost forced her to switch her major.

“It took me a long time to pass the Praxis, which is a test that all education majors have to take,” said Smith. “I was always just two or three points away from passing with the required score of 522.”

But this didn’t hold Smith back for long. After encouragement from her father and advisor, Paige Everett, she persevered. Smith took the test for the final time and passed with a score of 523. “It only takes one point,” she said.

Smith is completing her senior internship in a fifth grade classroom in Greene County, where she spends over eight hours a day teaching English, language arts, math, science and social studies.

After graduation, Smith plans to start teaching right away. With already two elementary school teaching job offers and more interviews lined up, she is anxious to teach in her own classroom. “I’m ready to spread my wings,” she said.

For the full story, please see Lucretia’s entire Pirate Profile

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Throwback Thursday-CAEP Prep: ECU’s Pirate CODE Process

The ECU Pirate CODE features a set of seven coordinated innovations linked throughout the teacher education curriculum and clinical practice. Each innovation is evolving through a series of carefully planned stages, to institutionalize each innovation in the Department of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education. Once refined and data analysis proves it an effective model, the innovation is scaled up and implemented in other teacher preparation programs across the EPP.

TIThe stages of the ECU Pirate CODE begin with small scale, squishy pilots and more through a carefully planned set of stages to refine, study, and expand the innovation.

Since the submission and approval of the Pirate CODE, the Research on Practice model has evolved within the unique and complete context of the ECU EPP. The language of the model has morphed into an implementation language from the original descriptors rooted in the R&D research literature. The Pirate CODE TI and model have been presented in multiple venues across the EPP and at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division K Research Summit as well as at an invited session to the 2014 AERA Annual Meeting.

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Joyner Library’s Teaching Resource Center

Established in 1988, the Teaching Resources Center (TRC) contains children and young adult materials, K-12 North Carolina state adopted textbooks, multi-media, kits, and reference resources. The department primarily serves students enrolled in teacher education programs and educators in eastern North Carolina.

Our Mission
The mission of the Teaching Resources Center is to facilitate teaching and learning initiatives by providing resources and services to educators at all levels.

Our Goals
To serve as a model resource center by:

Developing and maintaining a birth to 12th grade collection
Conducting reference and instruction
Providing outreach to area schools and educators
Supporting educators with technology and equipment in the Ann Rhem Schwarzmann Production Center
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Teaching Resources Center Collections materials;

Biographies: Biographies in the TRC’s collection are used by elementary, middle and high school age students.

Big Books: The TRC offers a wide selection of Big Books.  A Big Book is an enlarged version of a beginning reading book, incorporating very large print and pictures. Big Books are educational tools often used to instruct groups of emergent readers.

Children’s Award Book Collection Plan: The Teaching Resources Center automatically acquires various Children’s Award Books each year.

Easy Fiction/Picture Books: Easy Fiction Books are illustrated stories that are written for birth to grade 2 children.   The TRC’s picture book collection includes copies of Caldecott Medal award winners and honor books as well as other prominent children’s award books.

Mixed Media Collection: The TRC’s Mixed Media collection contains read-a-longs, CDs, MP3s, audio cassettes, flashcards, and other media used by K-12 students and educators.

Nonfiction Books: The Nonfiction collection contains materials for birth to grade 12 readers. Titles in the TRC’s nonfiction collection correspond to the content areas of the Common Core Standards and the North Carolina Essential Standards, as well as informational topics of interest to school-aged children.  Additionally, the TRC’s collection of folktales and poetry are located within this collection.  The TRC’s nonfiction collection includes copies of prominent children’s award winning books including the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 award winners.
Professional Collection: The Professional Collection contains teaching materials and other valuable resources for K-12 educators. The collection includes books pertaining to classroom activities, lesson planning, bulletin boards, and instructional methods.

Reference Books: The non-circulating reference collection contains reference materials for elementary, middle and high school age students as well as professional reference materials for educators.

Review Center: The TRC serves as a review center for publishers of children’s materials and invites educators, including pre-service teachers, to review and evaluate the titles within the collection.

Ronnie Barnes African-American Resource Collection: The Ronnie Barnes collection contains children’s books written by and/or about African-Americans.  The collection contains many award winning books, including Coretta Scott King award winners and honor titles.

Teaching Aids: The tactile objects in the Teaching Aids Collection are used by educators to reinforce learning and teach new skills. These objects are often referred to as manipulatives.

Textbooks: The TRC collection contains both North Carolina State Adopted K-12 Textbooks and supplementary K-12 textbooks.

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Student Videos Screened at National UCEA Annual Convention

One of Dr. Martin Rearon’s favorite assignments when he teaches ethics invites participants to story board, script, cast, and create a short video to illustrate either a positive or a problematic instance of ethics in educational leadership. In spring 2014, the participants in LEED 6909 formed four groups and created four seven-minute videos. The videography and editing services were professionally supplied by Mike Myles and Sam Saunders of ECU’s Media and Technology Services, and they both worked with the participants in each video to edit them to the seven minutes stipulated by the assignment.

The quality of the acting contributed to the impact of the multiple points that each of the videos made about ethics in education. Consequently, he sought the participants’ permission to submit all four videos for blind review for possible screening at the Film Festival conducted in conjunction with the Annual Convention of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA, http://ucealee.squarespace.com/). Mike and Sam worked with him to edit the assignment videos to meet UCEA’s five-minute requirement. Two of the four videos were accepted by the reviewers, and the other two were just below the cut-off. The two videos accepted for screening are Double Standard and Who’s to Blame.

  • Double Standard was directed by Heather Gray,  and included Denise Adler, Nydra Jones, Donna Moore, and Susan Agrue.
  • Who’s to Blame was directed by Scott Pagona and included Jennifer McClure, DeeDee Barrett, and Cynthia Sego.

The films were screened on Friday and Saturday, Nov 21 and 22, 2014, at the UCEA Annual Convention in Washington, DC (http://ucealee.squarespace.com/annual-convention-2014/).

Congratulations to the directors and casts of the two accepted videos, and many thanks to Mike Myles and Sam Saunders for their professional services.

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ECU to Participate in Global Day of Giving

image‘Tis the season for giving! In honor of #GivingTuesday, East Carolina University is inviting alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty, and staff to join the movement by giving a charitable gift* on Tuesday, December 2, to the university that is near and dear to our hearts.

Founded in 2012 to inspire a new tradition of generosity, #GivingTuesday focuses on celebrating kindness and giving back. Support a culture of philanthropy at ECU by making a gift on December 2nd and becoming a partner in securing the university’s future for current students and future generations of Pirates.

Your gifts provide scholarships, enrich teaching resources and libraries, offer hands-on learning lessons, support research and the arts, deliver classroom enhancements, and afford study abroad living/learning opportunities – all of which help ECU attract and retain the best and brightest students and faculty.

Help spread the word! Mark you calendar to #GiveTueECU on December 2, tell your friends, and post on social media using the hashtags #GivingTuesdayECU and #GiveTueECU. “I Gave” badges will be available through ECU’s University Advancement and East Carolina Alumni Association’s social media accounts on December 2.

Learn more about the #GivingTuesdayECU movement. Thank you for your support!

Contact us at (252) ECU-GIVE (252-328-4483) or give2ecu@ecu.edu.

*Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.

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Junior 2 Teaching Interns and Principal Fellows MSA Students Collaborate

Junior 2 Teaching Interns and Principal Fellows MSA Students Collaborate
Something new and exciting is happening this semester in the COE that you might miss if you are not currently a Junior 2 intern or a Principal Fellow. The two programs are collaborating for the benefit of both student sets, and the process has been extremely promising. First, the interns and Fellows meet and discuss lesson plans and teaching strategies. Next, the Jr 2’s teach a class, while the Fellows observe either in person or by watching a video of the lesson uploaded to Taskstream. The Fellows then evaluate the lesson and provide constructive feedback. This process is repeated across three lessons the interns teach.
The process is valuable to the interns because they get another set of eyes from experienced classroom teachers. The MSA students get the valuable experience of observing and evaluating teachers with a rubric, which will be a fundamental part of their future jobs as administrators, as they must observe their teaching staff and evaluate according to The Rubric for Evaluating North Carolina Teachers:

North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process

As a Principal Fellow, this experience has been valuable and has taught me some practical lessons. I spent hours watching my intern’s lesson videos, brainstorming constructive advice and writing helpful comments. And this was for an intern who had well-prepared lessons and did a fantastic job. Yet I realize as an administrator I will not have hours to spend on each individual teacher. I can reflect with empathy now on some of my past evaluations, which may have seemed rushed and minimal. A principal with 80 staff members must schedule 80 pre-conferences, observe 80 lessons, and schedule 80 post-conferences. Each teacher should be observed a minimum of three times per year, and ILT’s require even more. Hundreds of hours are required to meet the minimum standards for evaluating and assessing teachers, and to truly help teachers improve, more time will be needed than just the minimum. But for the moment, my responsibility is to one intern and I have the luxury of time. I hope that my feedback will help her to ease into her future as an NC teacher. This experience has definitely been worthwhile for me in my preparation in becoming an NC school administrator.
Elbert Maynard
Principal Fellow

 

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East Carolina University Principal Fellows Program

According to the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program website, The Principal Fellows Program provides a competitive, merit-based scholarship loan to individuals of exceptional academic ability who have teaching or relevant experience and who desire to enter school administration in a North Carolina public school. Through this scholarship loan, fellows have the opportunity to pursue their studies full-time and earn a Master of School Administration (MSA) degree in two years. The program consists of one year of full-time academic study at one of eleven designated colleges in the UNC system, followed by one year of a full-time internship in a North Carolina public school while attending school part-time. Fellows are provided with and must participate in regularly scheduled enrichment experiences to augment their learning opportunities as they prepare for the challenges of being a principal or assistant principal. Fellows must agree to practice as full-time administrators for four years within six years following the completion of their degree as repayment for their scholarship loan.

The opportunity to become a school administrator is an exciting one to be sure. Personally, I am extremely excited to be pursuing a MSA degree because it will give me the opportunity to serve staff, students, parents, and the community in which I will be working to a greater degree than was possible in my role as a classroom teacher. Elbert Maynard, current MSA Principal Fellow, explains this best in his perspective on becoming a school administrator. He stated, “Students are in desperate need of good teachers-those who will challenge them with high expectations in a caring and respectful way, in order to prepare them for the challenges their futures hold. Therefore, why would a teacher leave the classroom to become an administrator? An administrator can do the same thing for a staff of teachers that a teacher does for his/her students. By being a support for teachers, an administrator can influence an entire school. If an administrator can positively influence two teachers, then that administrator doubled the number of students positively affected. If an administrator can positively influence 50 teachers, 100 teachers…the positive effects on students’ lives grow exponentially.”

The program design clearly addresses the idea that individuals would be best served by being able to focus solely on their studies during the first year. According to Elbert Maynard, “Dividing time between a full-time job and studies in an MSA program takes away from both. I would be taking away from my students by dividing my attention between them and pursuing an advanced degree; the reverse is also true as I would be taking away from my potential as a future administrator by not focusing solely on my studies while pursuing the MSA. The Principal Fellows Program is a blessing that allows individuals to focus solely on becoming the best administrator they can be, without taking away from the students those teachers have a responsibility to. Not only that, the Principal Fellows Program has a prestigious reputation of excellence that any MSA candidate would be honored to be a part of.”

East Carolina University has had the largest cohort of fellows among the eleven universities for at least the last four years. This speaks to the attractiveness and success of the university. The MSA program at East Carolina University prides itself on being grounded in service to our surrounding school region. With a focus on servant-leadership, students in the MSA program at East Carolina University are required to complete six Service Leadership Projects where they go into schools within our region to serve as problem-solvers, collaborators, and change agents. The authentic learning received by fellows provides them with the knowledge and confidence they need to further prepare them for the role of principal and assistant principal. We are actually given the opportunity to go into schools and provide assistance and support to staff and students in the role of principal or assistant principal. Elbert Maynard stated he chose East Carolina University because, “ECU is known statewide-even nationwide-as having excellent teacher and administrator programs. Having enrolled in the programs here at ECU, I can report that this reputation is not exaggerated–if anything, it is understated. My courses taken, and my experiences as a GA working with the Office of Accreditation and Assessment, have been more valuable to me than I could possibly quantify with words. Success as an administrator hinges on, in large part, the preparation gained through an MSA program. I can predict confidently that I will be successful as a future administrator due to the excellence of the program here at ECU.” I concur with Elbert’s view about East Carolina University.

Kelvin Shackleford
MSA Principal Fellow
East Carolina University

 

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A New Model for Student Teaching

Traditionally, student teaching has involved the pairing of one teacher candidate (intern) with one experienced classroom teacher (clinical teacher).  Gradually, the intern takes on more and more responsibility in the classroom until he/she is functioning as the sole instructor.  Lead faculty in the College of Education are examining new models of student teaching in the hopes of finding more effective ways to prepare new teachers.  One of these new models is known as Co-Teaching.

In the Co-Teaching model, the clinical teacher and the intern engage in collaborative planning, instruction and assessment throughout the internship.   This model enables the clinical teacher to provide consistent mentoring while giving interns the time and support necessary to gain the skills and confidence required to teach effectively.  Co-Teachers are always both teaching.  In order for the model to be successful, both the intern and the clinical teacher must be trained in specific co-teaching strategies.

The Co-Teaching model was piloted during the 2012-2013 school year.  Twenty-five interns were placed in 15 classrooms in Pitt and Green Counties.  Initial research shows that the Co-Teaching model provides benefits to the student teacher, classroom teacher and P-12 students.  Co-teaching interns significantly outperformed non Co-Teaching interns in their ability to provide subject-specific pedagogy and to use assessment to inform instruction.  Co-Teaching interns also indicated a higher degree of self-efficacy in their ability to differentiate instruction than that indicated by traditionally prepared interns.   The pilot has expanded to 242 participants engaged in co-teaching including interns, classroom teachers, university supervisors and program faculty.

The Co-Teaching initiative is led by Drs. Judy Smith, Liz Fogarty, Christina Tschida and Vivian Covington.  The practice of and research on Co-Teaching  addresses the focus of NCATE Standard 3:  Clinical and  Field Experiences.

 

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