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2015 Recruitment Day

College of Education Hosts Prospective Pirates

On Saturday, January 24, 2015, the East Carolina University College of Education hosted prospective teacher education students at their College Of Education Recruitment Day which was held in Mendenhall Student Center. The theme of the event was iTeach: What’s Your Superpower? and provided 46 junior and senior high school students and their families with information about teacher education degree programs offered at the institution as well as information about transitioning from high school to a four-year institution.

Invitations were issued to high schools within the Latham Clinical Schools Network which comprises 39 counties within eastern North Carolina. Dr. Linda Patriarca, Dean of the College of Education, welcomed the group with motivational comments about why becoming a teacher is crucial in today’s society. Prospective students and their families received information about admissions, financial aid, and housing. Teacher education faculty members provided participants with degree requirements and the unique features of ECU’s teacher education programs. In a student panel and throughout the day, teacher education students interacted with program participants and provided advice on successful transition from high school to college as well as engaged in conversations about what it’s like to be a Pirate at ECU. Prospective students and their families received information about the Education Living and Learning Community and the myriad of scholarships available for teacher education students. Tours of the campus led by current teacher education students rounded out the COE Recruitment Day.

Participants commented positively about the day by saying, “I loved the amazing ECU spirit…. There was excitement from everyone…. What a wise use of time…. The student panel was very helpful.” The teacher education programs represented at the event are hopeful that the day’s interactions will help prospective students solidify their choice to attend ECU in the future.

The College of Education was delighted to host this event to encourage high school students to choose East Carolina University as their home away from home. The unit extends its gratitude to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Campus Living, and teacher education faculty and staff across campus for making this a successful recruitment event.

A link to a photo album providing a pictorial account of the day is available at: Recruitment Day Photo Album – January 24, 2015.

For more information about recruitment efforts for the College of Education at East Carolina University, please contact Ms. Dionna Manning in the COE Academic Success Center, at manningd@ecu.edu or 252-328-5453 or Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry, in the Office of Teacher Education, at bilbroberryl@ecu.edu or 252-328-1123. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit www.ecu.edu/becomeateacher for more information about teacher education programs offered at ECU.

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Meet Dan Zuberbier: A Great Resource for Students, Faculty, and Educators in Eastern NC

Recently, the Joyner Library made a new addition specifically to benefit the College of Education. Dan Zuberbier was hired as the Education and Instructional Technologies Librarian in the Teaching Resource Center.

Like many academic librarians, Dan Zuberbier didn’t follow a straight path to the profession. While finishing his B.A. in History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, he was an assistant baseball coach at Edgewood College, a small private college down the street from the UW. “Baseball had been the center of my life for as long as I could remember,” he said. “Since I wasn’t playing ball any more it made sense to try and break into the coaching ranks.” Unfortunately being an assistant coach at an NCAA Division III school wasn’t enough to pay the bills, and he picked up odd jobs to make ends meet.

Eventually, Dan decided he needed a more stable career path. “Working the equivalent of two full-time jobs to pay the bills took the fun out of coaching baseball,” and reflected on what he wanted to get out of a career. “I needed a career that fulfilled my intellectual curiosities, and, at the same time, provided opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with young adults as I had been able to do with my baseball players. Teaching seemed like a natural fit.”

Setting his sights on becoming a high school history teacher, he enrolled in Pima Community College’s online Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education Program, moved to Arizona to complete his student teaching, and earned his teaching license. Yet, four years later, his career took another unexpected turn. “I was having a hard time building up my students’ research skills, so I reached out to who I thought was our school librarian,” he said. “She kindly informed me she was the library clerk and had no experience teaching students research skills.”

Saying he was surprised his high school, the largest school in the district, didn’t have a certified library media specialist on staff is putting it mildly. To make matters worse, soon after their initial conversation, the library clerk broke her foot and was out of work for a week. Zuberbier stated, “Because she wasn’t a certified teacher-librarian, the school was under no obligation to hire a substitute to keep the library open in her absence. I was speechless.” After being shut out of their library for an entire week, Zuberbier wondered what else his students were missing out on because the school did not have a certified teacher-librarian.

He dove head-first into researching the role a library media specialist should play on a high school campus and petitioned the school board to fund the position. His request was denied. The Superintendent argued that because the school was only four years old, its collection was ‘still so new’ and students had access to so many online resources the school didn’t need a certified librarian. It took another year for Zuberbier’s efforts to succeed, and, in the meantime, he began earning his Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) through UW-Milwaukee. He was also able to earn his library media specialist endorsement, and became his school’s first certified teacher-librarian.

“Soon after I started my MLIS program, I knew I couldn’t stop being a teacher. But, I also realized I wanted to give myself the opportunity to have an impact on the profession as an advocate for school libraries and through my work as an education librarian,” Zuberbier said. Which is why he considers himself fortunate to be working in East Carolina University’s Teaching Resources Center. “This is my dream job. To not only work with pre-service teachers by teaching them about instructional technologies and what they should expect out of their school library when they enter the workforce, but also serve educators throughout eastern North Carolina is an awesome responsibility.”

Zuberbier is currently working on developing workshops for students and faculty around the basic functions and lesson planning around the use of SMART Boards. He is also looking to collaborate with COE faculty to develop a series of workshops for students that will cover current and emerging K12 instructional technologies that will take place during the Fall semester. He currently resides in the TRC, room 2504, and can be reached through email, zuberbierd14@ecu.edu, or by phone, 328-0406.

History of ECU as a Teacher Preparation Institution

ECU has a proud heritage with a mission of teaching, research, and service. Its commitment to the region is an expression of its motto, “Servire,” or To Serve. Chartered in 1907 as East Carolina Teachers Training School (ECTTS), ECU has continually served the region with quality and commitment. In 1972, ECU joined the UNC System, becoming the third largest university in the system, and the College of Education (COE) is its founding college.

The Mission Statement was revised in 2014 to reflect ECU’s goal “To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation.” ECU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. ECU’s conceptual framework for preparing education professionals focuses on empowering all learners in all educational endeavors and achieving excellence through partnership.

The EPP unit at ECU consistently produces the most educational professionals in the state annually. Many graduates teach and lead in the eastern part of NC within The Walter and Daisy Carson Latham Clinical Schools Network (LCSN) and continue to be valued partners with the EPP and ECU Pirate Nation.

In 2009, the COE was awarded an $8.9 million Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant from the US Department of Education to reform teacher preparation and impact school reform. Several TQP reforms are innovations in the EPP’s Pirate CODE, Transformation Initiative. In 2010, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) awarded the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education to the editorial team of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction (JoCI), a COE-supported online journal.

More recently, the teacher preparation programs at ECU were studied as part of a Spencer Foundation project on data use practices in teacher education. This work is being featured by AACTE as a forthcoming series of institutional profiles and problems of practice briefs.

Learn more about ECU’s mission and values: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/chancellor/mission.cfm

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Everyone Has News to Share

In the College of Education, we believe the best way to find out about what is going on in our departments, classrooms, and clubs as well as in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni is by encouraging them to share their news and events with us.

As one of the larger colleges at East Carolina University, we do our best to cover all that is going on, but we know there is more, and we want to know about it! If there is something newsworthy that you believe the college should share, please let us know about it.

Members of the community can share their news by sending an email to coewebteam@ecu.edu. We are happy to share relevant news stories on our news blog, website, Facebook page and Twitter. Please remember that in order for us to run a story on the website, it must be accompanied by a photo. If you have an upcoming event that would be of interest, we would be happy to share that as well.

ECU faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use the COE helpdesk to submit their news and other promotion requests. College of Education faculty are invited to attend the upcoming professional development session “Keep Your Department in the Spotlight” on February 25th from 10-11 am to learn about all the tools COE faculty and staff have at their disposal to get the word out.

You know your story better than anyone. Won’t you share it with us?

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What is the “Apple Book?”

The Apple Book is the ECU Teacher Education Handbook. This handbook is designed to assist ECU teacher candidates as they progress through the various steps which will eventually lead to their licensure as a professional in education. The handbook is written as a how-to manual that outlines the schedules and processes for submitting various applications and/or report forms. This handbook includes actual applications and forms that teacher candidates will need as they advance through the teacher education program.

The handbook is a vital tool that will help teacher candidates feel more confident and assured as they meet the challenges of becoming a professional educator. The handbook has the potential to lessen the number of questions and concerns that faculty, advisors and other staff may have to address with teacher candidates, because teacher candidates have an empowering source of information at their disposal.

The newest version is found here: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/OTE/upload/2014_OTE_Handbook.pdf

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Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarships Available

Educations majors who are interested in scholarships may want to take a few minutes to look at the attached scholarship applications. They are from Alpha Delta Kappa, a well-established organization of women educators. This is money that can be used to assist with tuition and books. For each of the two scholarships, there is an overview document and an application attachment.

Dr. Rob Lucas and Dr. Christina Tschida Awarded a Grant from the Library of Congress

Congratulations to Dr. Rob Lucas and Dr. Christina Tschida in the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education (ELMID) for their Grant Award from the Library of Congress. The Project, Teaching with Primary Sources will develop sets of primary sources on key regional topics that are also of national significance and make them available to teachers across the state. Additionally, the project will increase elementary teacher candidates’ capacities, particularly in the areas of historical investigation, academic language, disciplinary reading of non-fiction texts and instructional planning. Pre-service elementary teachers will learn to locate and use original documents and other primary sources as they design and implement instruction in history. The project will help teachers and their students to connect to North Carolina’s own rich history and its role in the nation’s history.

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Fidelity of Implementation

Fidelity of implementation (FOI) refers to the degree to which an innovation, program, or practice is implemented as intended. Fidelity assessments answer the question, “Did we do what we said we would do?”

The broader context and challenge for teacher education institutions implementing programmatic or evaluation interventions is to begin to look at the fidelity of implementation to ensure that the interventions support candidate success. Additionally, it is critical that faculty members are doing their part moving from a normed implementation of negotiated accountability to fidelity of understanding the context, compliance, and competence related to each intervention to limit the possibility of tainting the results. Key faculty members engaged in the Pirate CODE implementation are leading the effort to measure and improve the FOI of the innovations. The goal is create a model of FOI that can be applied to educational innovations in the higher education setting.

In July 2014, faculty members attended a full-day workshop on developing, measuring and improving program fidelity. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Karen Blasé of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN).   The initial challenge was to develop the measures needed to assess the current level of FOI for ISLES and the edTPA. These measures include the context (the prerequisites that must be in place for a program or practice to operate), compliance (the extent to which the practitioner uses the core intervention components prescribed by the evidence-based program or practice), and competence (the level of skill shown by the therapist in using the core intervention components as prescribed while delivering the treatment).

In addition to measuring the levels of FOI for ISLES and the edTPA, the faculty members are developing a research agenda to identify the interventions that need to occur to enhance FOI of education innovations. The research agenda will be presented at the 2015 AACTE conference.

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First ECU EQUIPPED Scholars Chosen!

Congratulations to Paige Anderson, Alison Bickford, Kathryn Foley, Victoria Locklear, Callie Morton Parker, Morgan Sheehan, Chelsea Skurow, and Jenna Watral.These Special Education Teacher Candidates are pursuing their BS and initial Teaching License in Special Education-Adaptive Curriculum have been chosen as ECU EQUIPPED Scholars. These Scholars will receive tuition, resource and travel support, and induction support during their first three years of teaching in the high need area of Special Education. Each scholar has committed to teaching students with significant cognitive and additional disabilities for a minimum of two years for every year of tuition support.

In the Fall, the US Department of Education awarded the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research a 5-year, $1,248,855 grant to prepare 42 new Baccalaureate Special Educators with the initial license in Adaptive Curriculum and 18 MAEd Special Educators with the Advanced License in Low Incidence Disabilities and specialization in Assistive Technology. ECU EQUIPPED: Engendering High Quality Personnel Preparation for Educators Serving Students with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, supports research on effective teacher preparation and induction, an intensive summer institute aligned with the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology for teacher-leaders, mentoring of graduates, and support for tuition, books, materials, and travel to state and national conferences for EQUIPPED scholars.

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Who are the BOE Team Members?

There are five Board of Examiners team members who will lead the accreditation review that the College of Education at East Carolina University will undergo in February 2015. These individuals are Dr. W. Hal Knight, Dr. Linda F. Cornelious, Dr. Harold London, Mr. Thomas J. White and Dr. Pamela S. Wolfe.

Dr. Knight is from East Tennessee State University where he is Dean of the Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Kansas State University.

Dr. Cornelious, another BOE Team Member, is employed as a professor in the Department of Instructional Systems, Leadership, and Workforce Development at Mississippi State University. Her interests are in evaluation and measurement, instructional technology, educational leadership, faculty governance, multicultural education and service learning.

Dr. London is currently a visiting assistant professor in secondary education at DePaul University. He earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Northern Illinois University.

Mr. White is a 4th grade teacher at Lynnwood Elementary school in Lynnwood, WA. He is a lead author for the award winning online publication and blog Stories from School: Practice Meets Policy.

Dr. Wolfe is an associate professor of education/special education in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at Penn State University. She has written numerous articles in international and national journals as well as book chapters on transition, advocacy, and functional academics.

Also joining the BOE Team are Dr. Debbie Hill and Mr. Nate Thomas. Dr. Debbie Hill is the NC Department of Public Instruction consultant assigned to the BOE Team. Mr. Nate Thomas, an Accreditation Associate at CAEP, will join the visit as an observer.

The EPP at ECU is looking forward to welcoming the accreditation team on campus, and hosting our accreditation visit this year.