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ECU Pirate Profile: Jessica Chirico

Jessica Chirico promotes literacy through her EC Scholars internship.

Jessica Chirico, a senior studying English at East Carolina University, chose to incorporate her passion for literature into her final collegiate internship. Chirico worked with the instructional coach at G.R. Whitfield Elementary School in Grimesland, to identify the classroom that needed her assistance the most – a third grade class where most of the students are below the average reading level. chirico1The full profile is the available at ECU’s news website.

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COE Board Member to Appear in Leo Jenkins Segment

Detail of Leo Jenkins portrait by Sarah Blakeslee

Dr. James Bearden, director of the BB&T Center for Leadership Development and member of the Teaching Fellows and Maynard Scholar Board, will be interviewed in a segment on Dr. Leo Jenkins posthumous University Awards presentation by the UNC Board of Governors.  The segment will air Monday, April 14 at 7:30 on UNC-TV during “N.C. Now.”

Under Jenkins’ leadership and advocacy, East Carolina becomes a regional university in 1967 and joins the University of North Carolina system in 1972. Since then, ECU has grown to become an emerging research institution, a pioneer of medical innovation and the third-largest public university in North Carolina.

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, “Leo Jenkins was a giant whose legacy lives on in dozens of ways… The only negative that I can think of about Dr. Jenkins is that all chancellors who have succeeded him live in his shadow.”

The full story by ECU news services is also available.

Spring 2014 College of Education Open House

2014 Open House1The College of Education welcomed prospective teacher education students and their parents at the 2014 ECU Open House and the COE Extended Open House on Saturday, April 5.

The future Pirates met with faculty and staff to learn about general requirements for the college, and with current students to learn more about what to expect as an education major.

Morning event Faculty/Staff Representatives: Ron Preston, Bonnie Glass, Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi, Allen Guidry, Kathy Misulis, Marsha Craft-Tri2014 Open House2pp, Lisa Rogerson, Ivan Wallace, Karen Gammon, Annette Everett, Gerald Baldwin, Caroline Hill, Christa Monroe, and Vivian Covington

Morning event Student Representatives: Taylor Waters, Taylor Bjerke, Ashley Knox, Alex Dennis, Cornelius Stover, Euniqua Harris, Brooke Hill, and Jeremiah2014 Open House5

Afternoon event Faculty/Staff Representatives: Allen Guidry, Kathy Misulis, Lisa Rogerson, Annette Everett, Gerald Baldwin, Caroline Hill, and Christa Monroe

Afternoon event Student Representatives: Alex Dennis, Taylor Waters, Jeanann Woodard, Brianna Garbacik, Lyndsie Harrell, and Emily Curtin

A video photo gallery from the event is also available.

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 Hills High School in San Diego, California. HeTLAP2 was the 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple Award recipient in the Grossmont Union High School District and the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year at West Hills High School. Burgess has been voted a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic. He specializes in teaching hard to reach, hard to motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.

“That was amazing,” said a participant at the event. “ECU needs to bring him back every year. I can’t wait to use these strategies.”

Invitations were issued to ECU’s teacher education students and faculty members. In addition, first year teachers from the 38 partnering counties in the Latham Clinical Schools Network were invited. The event was hosted as a part of the activities related to the East Carolina University Campus-Wide Teacher Recruitment Plan. Providing opportunities for pre-service and first year teachers to be supported are interwoven within the plan. Each participant at the event was given a copy of Burgess’ book to use in their current or future classroom. Burgess also served as the keynote speaker at the Latham Clinical Schools Network Clinical Teacher Conference on March 27.

A photo slide show of the event is available.

For more information about recruitment efforts for the College of Education at East Carolina University, please contact Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry, Assistant Director of Teacher Education, at bilbroberryl@ecu.edu. For information about upcoming professional development and outreach events, please contact Ms. Christa Monroe, Lead Coordinator, Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach, at monroec@ecu.edu .

ECU in the National Spotlight for edTPA

2013 National edTPA Implementation Conference.

Learn more about the implementation of edTPA at the ECU College of Education.

This national conference was held November 1-2 at the University of San Diego. Over 400 representatives from higher education participated in this event, where those new to edTPA and experienced users asked difficult questions and shared strategies and best practices with colleagues from across the country.

The videos and PowerPoint presentations below are highlights from the conference. Please share them with your colleagues and other stakeholders to help deepen their understanding of edTPA.

Preparing Teacher Candidates to be Highly Qualified through the Lens of edTPA

Minnesota State University, Mankato uses tasks from edTPA to help develop and refine the expertise of teacher candidates in its Elementary Education Program.

     


From Internship Work Sample to edTPA

Winthrop University in South Carolina is sharing lessons that have been learned by implementing edTPA in its physical education and middle level education programs.

     


What is Academic Language?

Academic language is a critical piece of edTPA that helps give teacher candidates the fundamentals they need to use academic language effectively to improve student learning.

Download this presentation or see another on Demystifying Academic Language.


Implementing edTPA in Small Programs: Big Change with a Small Team

East Carolina University is seeing results from using edTPA in its teacher preparation, where small groups are teaming up to improve candidate assessment and address content-specific challenges.


edTPA in an Inclusive Teacher Education Program

Teacher educators at Nazareth College in New York are mapping curriculum and using edTPA decisions to support the institution’s vision for inclusive teacher education.

    

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Now, What? Using edTPA Data to Drive Improvement

East Carolina teacher educators are using edTPA data to identify and shape changes at the program and unit levels.

    


Preparing Elementary Teacher Candidates for edTPA Prior to Student Teaching

Documenting Experiences in a Math Methods Course
Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio from Lewis University in Illinois discusses her research on preparing teacher candidates for edTPA prior to student teaching.


Analyzing Data in Productive Ways to Inform Program Improvement

Two edTPA sites – San Diego State University and University of California, Santa Barbara – use quantitative and qualitative data to inform teacher preparation programs.

    

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Preparing Teacher Candidates in Wisconsin

Ron Jetty, director of PK-16 initiatives for the University of Wisconsin System, says edTPA is promising because it is an educator-led effort to prepare candidates for the rigors of teaching.

edTPA @ AACTE’s Annual Meeting: A Recap

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AACTEDid 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 by and for the people in the room. She also encouraged audience members to advocate for edTPA in their communities. Afterward, Ray Pecheone, SCALE’s executive director, described in detail the developmental process of edTPA. He explained topics such as standard setting and state policy and announced that SCALE would conduct validity and consequential studies in the weeks ahead. Finally, attendees engaged in a question and answer session with Andrea Whittaker, SCALE’s director of teacher performance assessment, and other representatives.

During the conference’s Welcoming Session, Robinson announced the Association’s new Innovation Exchange, which includes an initiative already under way to develop an edTPA National Academy of Consultants. Click here for more information about the academy.

One particularly insightful session featured East Carolina University’s presentation, “Developing and Implementing Policies and Procedures for Local Evaluation of edTPA,”in which Diana Lys and Ellen Dobson spoke at length about their implementation strategy. By infusing technology into their programming, they have created a successful multilayered local evaluation process.

Some 500 educator preparation providers in 33 states and the District of Columbia are actively participating in edTPA. The edTPA project management staff have initiated an effort to upgrade the edTPA web site to include an interactive policy map, revised FAQs, new webinars, and user guides.

For more information about the Annual Meeting and edTPA, please contact me or visit http://edtpa.aacte.org.

Source: http://edprepmatters.net/2014/03/edtpa-aactes-annual-meeting-a-recap/

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 Teacher of the Year Jami Dickerson, right, is congratulated by colleague Julie Tucker after the awards ceremony at Rock Springs on Wednesday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year Jami Dickerson, right, is congratulated by colleague Julie Tucker after the awards ceremony at Rock Springs on Wednesday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Dickerson has been teaching at Eastern Elementary for three years and has been praised for building positive relationships and nurturing environments where all students receive equal love and attention.

“I believe in education, and there’s nothing else I want to do,” Dickerson said. “… I’m honored and humbled, and I’m just so overwhelmed with the love that we get from this school district, because I’ve been in other ones and it’s not like Pitt County.”

The event recognized teachers from each of the 36 public schools in the county.

The five other finalists include Kimberly Russell from A.G. Cox Middle School, Michelle Money with South Greenville Elementary School, Heather Landreth with W.H. Robinson Elementary School, Meghann Boyd with Creekside Elementary School and Russell Knight with J.H. Rose High School. Knight was named first runner-up.

Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year Jami Dickerson, right, is congratulated by colleague Julie Tucker after the awards ceremony at Rock Springs on Wednesday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year finalists Kim Russell, left, Meghan Boyd, runner-up Russell Knight, Michelle Money and Heather Landreth.

All six finalists earned bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees from East Carolina University.

Vivian Martin Covington, executive director of the Office of Teacher Education at ECU, said she was proud of the achievements of the alumni, adding it speaks volumes for the institution.

“Our alumni continue to make a positive impact on the community, region and state through their hard work and dedication to students and families,” Covington said. “This group of finalists is representative of the high quality of all of the ECU College of Education graduates working in classrooms today. We could not be prouder to help honor them and their work.”

Superintendent Ethan Lenker said he has seen Pitt County teachers in the classroom firsthand and knows what they can accomplish.

“I can just tell you how blessed you are to have the quality of teachers we have here in Pitt County,” Lenker said at the event. “I don’t think people realize how great things are that are happening in the classroom. It’s amazing.”

Dickerson won several prizes for her achievement, including an iPad, gift baskets, gift certificates and a 2014 Hyundai Elantra from Pecheles Automotive for a year.

She said her first stop in her new vehicle would either be Chick-fil-A or to stop by Eastern Elementary to tell her students she won.

Dickerson thanked several people, including her mother who taught in Halifax County for 35 years, for the recognition and support.

“A lot of times, since we interact with students, we don’t hear praise a lot of times from adults and people in the community because you focus on your kids and in your classroom every day,” she said. “I think this is important. It always helps teachers. Whenever you can take a chance to tell them thank you, it’s always great.”

Dickerson said she uses whole-brain teaching in her classroom, which is a highly interactive style of education that she has seen makes a difference.

“Scientists have discovered if a child’s whole brain is involved in their learning, then they’re going to be more engaged and retain more information,” Dickerson said. “Whole-brain teaching is a way to get them to be auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners.”

Dickerson said she incorporates singing, moving and other ways to engage the whole brain so students can apply the information more effectively.

Honored to be named teacher of the year, Dickerson said she hopes to make positive changes.

“I’ve been wanting this so badly,” she said. “I looked over and I saw my principal tear up, and then I was through. So, I was crying. I’m just so excited. I really want to change public education for the better, and I want to be a source of help and hope.”

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

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From left to right, Drs. Cuthrell and Bullock at the 2014 AACTE Conference in Indianapolis.

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 CuthrellECU; 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, joined the panel when another member was unable to attend due to inclement weather.

Drs. Cuthrell and Bullock shared ECU’s experiences implementing a model of piloting programmatic innovations and scaling them for impact at the program level, unit level and beyond.  Their remarks highlighted ECU developed innovations and curricula reforms including Video Grand Rounds and ISLES strategies from the Teaching Quality Partnership Grant, and innovations in use and development nationally, including Co-Teaching.

In addition to serving on the Major Forum panel, ECU faculty were well represented on the AACTE 2014 agenda including the following:

  • Learning from those who are living the change: Teacher candidates are talking; teacher educators need to listen.  An Interactive Dialogue led by Sharilyn Steadman, Ellen Dobson, and Diana Lys, ECU
  • Organizational Practices Supporting the Use of Data for Program Improvement in Teacher Education. A Symposium led by Cap Peck, University of Washington Seattle, and including Nancy Athanasiou, Alverno College; Desiree Pointer Mace, Alverno College; Tine Sloan, UC Santa Barbara; Diana Lys, ECU; Kristen Cuthrell, ECU; Sharilyn Steadman, ECU.
  • Examining the Impact of Early Field Experiences on Teacher Candidate Readiness. An Individual paper session led by Ellen Dobson, ECU.
  • Validation of a Video Grand Rounds Model for Enhancing the Clinical Observational Focus of Students Beginning a Teacher Education Program. An individual paper session led by Ann Bullock, Kristen Cuthrell, and Michael Vitale, ECU.
  • A New Model of Student Teaching: Co-Teaching 2:1. An individual paper session led by Anna Winn Beaman, Greene County Public Schools; Vivian Covington, ECU; Elizabeth Fogarty, ECU; Tammie Noble, Greene County Public Schools; Pat Peoples, Pitt County Public Schools; Judith Smith, ECU; Christina Tschida, ECU
  • Developing and Implementing Policies and Procedures for Local Evaluation of the EdTPA. An individual paper session led by Ellen Dobson, ECU; Mark L’Esperance, ECU; Diana Lys, ECU.
  • Linking Principal Preparation Experiences to Initial Licensure Elementary Experiences: Implementing a Change in Practica. A roundtable presentation led by Majorie Ringler, ECU; Joy Stapleton, ECU; Kristen Cuthrell, ECU.
  • Positive Gains: Instructional Coaches Coaching Interns. A roundtable presentation led by Judith Smith, ECU; Vivian Covington, ECU; Angela Greene, Pitt County Public Schools; Kristen Cuthrell, ECU; Krys Castro, Pitt County Public Schools; Gail Edmondson, Greene County Public Schools; Angie Gaddis, Pitt County Public Schools; Joy Stapleton, ECU.

Pre-service Teachers Design, Run Science Olympiad Event

preservice Science OlympiadOn February 15, 2014, ECU Elementary Science Concentration pre-service teachers assisted in the Experimental Design event for Science Olympiad at East Carolina University. This event included 7 stations that engaged middle and high school students in STEM thinking. The stations were developed in the fall semester by pre-service teachers in an informal science course, and carried out by pre-service teachers enrolled in science methods, earth science, and/or life science courses in the concentration. Pre-service teachers monitored students working at each station and as the students rotated amongst stations. After the middle school and high school event, pre-service teachers developed a system of scoring student work. The entire process from start to finish was a success. The stations developed for the Experimental Design event have been recognized state wide and utilized at other Science Olympiad competitions. This was a remarkable learning experience for pre-service teachers who were both the event developers and the volunteer workers at the competition.

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