Pactolus School Principal Steve Lassiter is the 2015 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.
It’s April, and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. In our final post of the school year we’ll cover the Lexile framework and how the TRC has made it easier to search our collection using Lexile text measures.
Overview of Lexile Text Measures
Lexile text measures are based on the semantic and syntactic elements of a text. For example, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (the first book in the Harry Potter series) measures 880L, so it’s called an 880 Lexile book. Remember, the Lexile text measure should only be used as a starting point in the book selection process. Other factors, such as a book’s content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual book should also influence your choice. The TRC also has a Reading Level Conversion Chart to help you convert Accelerated Reader (AR) or Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) text levels to Lexile scores.
Currently, almost all of the TRC’s printed bibliographies (noted with an * on our website) also contain the title’s Lexile score whenever possible. We will continue to update the remainder of our bibliographies over the summer as well as provide each title with a brief annotation. See the following example from our Informational Text bibliography:
Searching the Catalog
Beginning this past January, all new books entering the TRC’s collection have had their Lexile number added to their catalog description. View the catalog description for “Great Women of the Civil War” as an example:
Unfortunately, users cannot search for ranges at this time, but, since Lexile text measures are rounded to the nearest 10L, you can use the classic catalog to search up to four (4) Lexile numbers at a time. Simply type “650 Lexile”, “660 Lexile”, “670 Lexile” and “680 Lexile” into the search boxes. Make sure you choose “Keyword anywhere” from each drop down menu on the left of the search box and the “OR” operator from the drop down menu on the right. You can also limit the search to the “Joyner Teaching Resources Collection.” Here is an example:
Of course, if you need assistance, the TRC staff is always willing to lend a helping hand.
Until next time…Dan Z. in the TRC
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Stephanie Haddock, a Spring 2014 graduate of the MAED-READ program, was recognized as the Beginning Teacher of the Year for H.B. Sugg Elementary School in Pitt County. Stephanie is a Spring 2012 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Elementary Education program at ECU.
Stephanie is a first grade teacher at H.B. Sugg Elementary School in Farmville, NC. Stephanie credits her success to her family, fellow educators, and her professors at ECU and states that their guidance and support helped her through her first year as a teacher.
Dr. Sharon Schleigh, Science Education faculty in the MSITE program, has received recognition from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The book she co-authored with Victor Sampson, Scientific Argumentation in a Biology: 30 Classroom Activities, was recognized as an outstanding science book in the category of life science, and listed in the AAAS 2014 Best Science Books & Films List. This National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Press, 2013 book, is also a top selling NSTA book for middle school and high school teachers across the nation.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people, with a mission to promote science literacy to help ensure that all students receive a high-quality science education. AAAS was the first permanent organization formed to promote the development of science and engineering at the national level and to represent the interests of all its disciplines. The AAAS Science Books & Films (SB&F) Best Books Lists are published annually each January. SB&F Best Books Lists are a comprehensive list of highly recommended books, DVDs, and software for children and young adults reviewed over the previous year. Educators and scientists have come to rely on these lists as a definitive guide to the best science resources available for the library and classroom.
Being recognized by this leading international organization for supporting their mission is certainly a great honor for Dr. Sharon Schleigh and for the MSITE Department! We hear that she has another book in the works and we are looking forward to reading it as well. Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Schleigh of the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education for this recognition. And thank you Dr. Schleigh, for your impact on science education in our community!
On March 31, 2015, 220 clinical teachers, university supervisors, faculty and staff gathered for the 2015 Spring Clinical Teachers’ Conference at the Greenville Hilton sponsored by East Carolina University’s College of Education and the Latham Clinical Schools Network. The theme for the conference was iTeach: What’s Your Superpower? and included a keynote address by Ms. Jami Dickerson, Pitt County teacher and Northeast Region Teacher of the Year. Ms. Dickerson challenged teachers to develop their superpowers by building relationships with their students, making their classroom engaging, and through displaying passion for the profession.
Participants could select from sixteen different breakout sessions where they learned about technology, teaching methods, and ideas to support their students at a variety of grade levels. The professional development sessions were offered by ECU faculty and guest presenters and were designed to assist teachers with enhancing their “superpowers” as teachers. One participant commented, “I enjoyed learning new ideas in a fun, engaging way.”
Along with the superhero theme of the day, participants were asked to name a super teacher they knew and why they considered these individuals to be outstanding educators. These comments were shared throughout the day on Twitter and on presentation screens as a celebration of the wonderful educators within the East.
The clinical teachers who participated in the event have been assigned interns that are completing their educator preparation programs and will graduate this spring. The student interns served as unpaid substitutes in the clinical teachers’ classrooms so that these individuals could attend this professional development opportunity. An intern commented about her clinical teacher, “I’m glad to take over my teacher’s classroom for the day since she has done so much to help me. She deserves this day!”
The College of Education was proud to sponsor this event as a way of saying thank you to the clinical teachers who work tirelessly to support teacher education interns during their year-long internship. We are grateful for their efforts in preparing the next generation of “super teachers!”
For more information about teacher education at East Carolina University, please visit our website at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/
View the full Photo Album of the event at http://www.coe3.ecu.edu/coeweb/Albums/2015_CTC/
Dr. Grant Hayes has been named dean and distinguished professor of the College of Education at East Carolina University.
Hayes is professor of counselor education and interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he has held numerous leadership positions since 1998.
He will join ECU, a longtime leader in preparing classroom teachers and education professionals, on July 30.
Hayes’ appointment follows a rigorous national search, said Dr. Ron Mitchelson, ECU provost.
“Our outgoing dean, Dr. Linda Patriarca, has laid a strong foundation of innovation and creativity that Dr. Hayes will build upon,” Mitchelson said. “Dr. Hayes brings a wide range of leadership experiences with him. He is primed to lead our college and will solidify our standing as the UNC leader in teacher preparation.”
Before joining the faculty at UCF, Hayes served in the Department of Psychology at James Madison University in Virginia. His experience as a professor, K-12 teacher and administrator spans more than 27 years.
“I am extremely pleased to be joining East Carolina University,” Hayes said. “The extraordinary professionalism of the faculty and staff throughout the university and its College of Education is well known to me and the entire community of higher education, and I look forward to being part of the East Carolina University family.”
Hayes has published extensively in the areas of technological applications in counselor education, counseling children and adolescents, and character education/moral development in schools and youth settings. He has lectured and presented at numerous national and international conferences, seminars, educational meetings and professional development events.
Hayes is a fellow of the American Counseling Association and a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. He previously served on the board of examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the executive advisory board of directors of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, and the board of directors for the Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, where he received the Meritorious Service Award. He is a past-president of the Counseling Association for Humanistic Education and Development and recipient of the association’s Humanistic Processes Award.
Hayes earned his doctoral, master’s and educational specialist degrees from the University of South Carolina, and his bachelor’s degree from Limestone College.
Article Courtesy of Crystal Baity – ECU News Services
James Ford, the NC Teacher of the Year, spoke to about 200 Pitt County Schools beginning teachers (teachers in their first three years) at the Beginning Teacher Rally on March 17th. For the first time, each school in the county recognized a Beginning Teacher of the Year. We would like to recognize the Pirates and the programs they were/are a part of:
- A.G. Cox Middle School: Kelsey Bayse – Elementary Education – 5/2013
- Ayden Elementary School: Danielle Carlsen – Elementary Education – 12/2012
- Ayden Middle School: Kimberly Reikow
- Ayden-Grifton High School: Tabitha Rawls
- Belvoir Elementary School: Alyssa Champine – Elementary Education – 5/2013
- Bethel School: Elaina Wingfield – Currently in Lateral Entry program at ECU for Middle Grades Social Studies
- C.M. Eppes Middle School: Arianna Kinsey Received her BA in Psych from ECU, then returned as a Lateral Entry student to obtain her license
- Chicod School: Christopher Clark – Art Education – 5/2013
- Creekside Elementary School: Megan Jones
- D.H. Conley High School: Cynthia Beall
- E.B. Aycock Middle School: Brooke Edwards – Middle Grades Education Math & Social Studies – 5/2014
- Eastern Elementary School: Sarah Garner – Elementary Education – 5/2013
- Elmhurst Elementary School: Heather Timberlake (Askew) – Elementary Education – 5/2012
- Falkland Elementary School: Alicia Zimmerman
- Farmville Central High School: Christopher Scuron – Science Education – 5/2014
- Farmville Middle School: Shelby Smith – Middle Grades Language Arts & Social Studies – 5/2014
- G.R. Whitfield School: Mary Harrison – Elementary Education – 12/2013
- Grifton School: Skylar Mills – Elementary Education – 5/2014
- H.B. Sugg Elementary School: Stephanie Haddock – Elementary Education – 5/2012, MAEd Read 5/2014
- Hope Middle School: Ryan Stockdale – Middle Grades Language Arts & Social Studies – 5/2013
- J.H. Rose High School: Ariel Tyson (Langlois) – History Education – 5/2012
- Lakeforest Elementary School: April E. Vernon – Birth-Kindergarten – 12/2012
- North Pitt High School: John Dunning
- Northwest Elementary School: Kendra Ohman
- Pactolus School: Rakenya Johnson – Elementary Education – 5/2008
- Ridgewood Elementary School: Amber Shivers – Elementary Education – 5/2014
- Sam D. Bundy Elementary School: Beth Meeks
- South Central High School: Stephen Allen
- South Greenville Elementary School: Rachel Maw – Music Education – 8/2014
- Stokes School: Elizabeth Dupree
- W.H. Robinson Elementary School: Jacque Brown – Elementary Education – 5/2013
- Wahl-Coates Elementary School: Ashley Keegan – Elementary Education – 12/2013
- Wellcome Middle School: Tenisha Holloway-Powell – Elementary Education – 12/2011
- Wintergreen Intermediate School: Jaclyn Summerlin – Elementary Education – 5/2012
- Wintergreen Primary School: Alison Coldiron – Special Education – AC – 5/2013
It’s Thursday, and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. This week, it’s our upcoming SMART Board workshops.
Over the next two weeks, the Teaching Resources Center (TRC) is offering two separate workshops covering the basic functions of the SMART Board and integrating the SMART Board into lesson plans and classroom activities using the TPACK Framework.
These workshops are being offered in an effort to gauge the interest level of the College of Education’s students as the TRC is looking to build and pilot an instructional technology program for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. This pilot program will offer COE students and faculty the opportunity to attend workshops, schedule individual or small group (<5 students/faculty) consultations, and course-integrated instruction. Each of these will cover a variety of instructional technologies used by schools within the Latham Clinical Schools Network.
Student attendance and subsequent feedback of these workshops will directly influence the content covered in future workshops, and will inform the TRC as it moves forward in the development of its new instructional technology program.
Here are the session descriptions and link to register:
SMART Board: Essentials
This interactive workshop will teach you the basic functions of the SMART Board and SMART Notebook software. Topics covered will include: connecting the SMART Board to your computer, managing objects, inserting graphics, layering, linking and locking objects and adding animations and reveals.
Attendees who already have the SMART Notebook software installed on their laptop are encouraged to bring their computer. (There are no prerequisites or requirements to attend this session.) Click here to register.
This interactive workshop will teach you how to use the SMART Notebook activity builder and dive into the SMART gallery to find multimedia and interactive elements to integrate into your lessons. Six strategies to maximize student engagement and working within the TPACK Framework will be covered.
Attendees who already have the SMART Notebook software installed on their laptop are encouraged to bring their computer. (Prerequisites: Attendees must have previously used a SMART Board and SMART Notebook software to attend this session.) Click here to register.
Until next time…Dan Z. in the TRC
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Brittany Camut, student in the MAEd-READ graduate program, has been recognized by the Town of Cary, NC Chamber of Commerce with a 2014-2015 First Year Teacher Award. Brittany is a May 2013 Magna Cum Laude graduate of East Carolina University’s Elementary Education Program with a concentration in mathematics. Immediately following graduation, Brittany enrolled in the MAEd-READ graduate program, became a member of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted licensure cohort, and assumed a position as a second grade teacher at Morrisville Elementary School in the Wake County Public School System. Brittany credits her success as an educator to her family, friends, colleagues, and East Carolina University, whose scholarly programs, dedicated educators, and committed advisors have helped her chart her future path as a literacy leader within her school and within the Wake County School system.
It’s Thursday, and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. This week, it’s NoveList Plus.
This week’s post builds on a previous post we wrote about TeachingBooks.net. While TeachingBooks.net focuses on bringing the author to your students so students can experience how their favorite authors create and read their own works, NoveList Plus can help educators match readers with the right books to expand students’ literary world beyond the familiar.
NoveList Plus bills itself as a comprehensive online readers’ advisory (RA) tool used to search hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and nonfiction titles, which includes categories such as author read-alikes, book lists, and book discussion guides. It includes genre outlines and online training materials for librarians to familiarize staff with appeal factors, the RA interview, and other aspects of readers’ advisory.
Sounds like a resource for school librarians, right? Of course it is, but my experience as a teacher and school librarian has taught me that students won’t always turn to their librarian for book recommendations. Students will reach out to the teacher they feel most comfortable with for reading advice. At the high school where I worked in Arizona, the English Department and I constructed and continuously updated a bulletin board highlighting the most recent books the staff had read. Students paid attention to which staff member’s interests matched their own, and turned to them for recommendations. I think it is a safe bet to say the English Department used NoveList Plus more than I did!
The teachers I’ve worked with loved the fact that NoveList Plus includes Lexile measures, book reviews, and lists the awards a book has won. Take a look at “The Crossover” which was awarded the 2015 Newbery Medal.
Here are other tools and resources NoveList Plus offers educators at all levels:
- Professional Toolbox
- Common Core Connections focuses on nonfiction titles and offers standards-based questions that can be used to deepen student learning. It includes supplemental lists, Picture Book Extenders (See Julie Fogliano’s “And Then It’s Spring”), and video tutorials. Categorized by subject & grade level (K-7).
- Reader’s Advisory (RA) Toolbox offers a wealth of information on reader’s advisory professional development, learning about genres, books lists based on the season of the year, and an RA News Newsletter.
- Working with Youth is a valuable resource for educators and parents who either need a refresher or are unfamiliar with what students are reading in their English/Language Arts classrooms (Grouped by ages 0-8, 9-12, and 13-18), and how to use those books as a jumping off point to other titles. This month’s newsletter starts the conversation on summer reading.
- Love an author, but have already read all of their books? Finished a series and disappointed there aren’t more to read? Each book and author in NoveList Plus is paired with other books and authors that are similar to your favorites. Here is an example from George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, and Sherman Alexie’s author page.
- Genre Overviews
- Keeping Up…Genres covers “core genre essentials, links to key awards, lots of lists and on-point articles to help readers find the perfect genre match.”
NoveList Plus also offers a robust Support Center complete with an archive of training sessions, tutorials and additional materials such as “Help Sheets” and PowerPoint presentations to help you maximize NoveList’s resources. Finally, watch their “News and Events” page for professional development webinars, press releases and new product demonstrations.
Until next time…Dan Z. in the TRC
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