Category Archives: Special Education, Foundations, and Research (SEFR)

Cassie Robacker

Cassie Robacker, SPED Alumna, Doing Great Things

The Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research would like to acknowledge Cassie Robacker, who recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Special Education from ECU in Spring of 2014. Cassie, under the supervision of Drs. Christopher Rivera and Sandra Warren, submitted and was accepted for a publication in Intervention in School and Clinic “A Token Economy Made Easy Through ClassDojo.”

In addition, Cassie presented at ECU’s Clinical Teacher Conference this past March and has been accepted to present at the National Annual Conference for Learning Disabilities in Las Vegas. Congratulations to Cassie for wonderfully representing ECU and for her outstanding scholarly work.

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From The TRC: Searching For Lexile Scores

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.

Bibliographies

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:
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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:Great Women Description

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:Sample Lexile Search
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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Faculty, Students Participated in CEC Annual Conference

Council for Exceptional ChildrenSpecial Education faculty and students participated in the national conference for the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) in San Diego April 8-11. It is the largest special education conference in the nation.  Drs. Alana Zambone, Christopher Rivera, Stacy Weiss, and Professor Debbie Metcalf attended and presented at the conference.

Seven special education undergraduate students from ECU’s Student Council for Exceptional Children’s Chapter also attended. They were a wonderful group of students. Together they attended educational sessions, live tweeted the events, and had time for a little fun too. On behalf of the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research I’d like to personally thank this special group of students for representing ECU in such a phenomenal way. Go Pirates!2015_CEC_2

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Dr. Grant Hayes Named New Dean of the College of Education

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

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Pirate Alumni Recognized as Pitt County Beginning Teachers of the Year

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
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From the TRC: SMART Board Workshops

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.

smart-logoOver 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:

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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.

smart_logo_corpSMART Board: Lesson Plans & Activities

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.

Follow this link to register for either one or both of the sessions. You may also copy and paste the following URL into your browser, http://goo.gl/ODNRgf.

Until next time…Dan Z. in the TRC

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From the TRC: NoveList Plus

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_PlusNoveList 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
  • Read-alikes
    • 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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2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase

The COE Research Committee is proud to announce the 2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase.  Please plan to attend and participate in this event on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00-6:00PM in Mendenhall 244.

Date:  Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Time:  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location:  Mendenhall room 244

Presenters and Research Studies:

Faculty invited paper presentation (4:15-5:00):

  • Dr. Benjamin Blaisdell (SEFR), Schools as Racial Spaces: Understanding and Resisting Structural Racism

Faculty invited round table presentation (5:00-5:45):

  • Dr. Abbie Brown (MSITE), 3D Printing in Instructional Settings: Identifying A Curricular Hierarchy of Activities
  • Drs. Christina Tschida, Judy Smith, & Liz Fogarty (ELMID), “It Just Works Better”: Introducing the 2:1 Model of Co-Teaching in Teacher Preparation

Graduate student poster presentations (5:00-5:45):

  • Kristin Justice (ELEM), Thinking Maps and Latin Instruction
  • Kathy Robertson (ELEM), Tutoring to Improve Language and Grammar Skills
  • Kathryn V. Cayco (ELEM), Explicit Instruction vs. Student led Learning Experiences
  • Ashley Lynn (ELEM), Literature Based Instruction vs. Phonics in Isolation
  • Audrey Dexter (ELEM), The Effects of Music in the Elementary Classroom
  • Melinda Harrell (ELEM), Math Notebooks: Should They be Structured for 6th Grade?
  • Kelsey Shue (ELEM), Determining If the Use of Technology Has a Positive Effect on Math Fact Fluency and Automaticity
  • Kelly Hylton (ELEM), Project Based Learning: Does it Make Science Education Better?
  • Lisa Howell Langley (ELEM), Multiplication Fact Fluency:  Traditional Instructional Practices versus iPad/Web Based Applications
  • Catherine Bademian (ELEM), The Effects of Background Music on Student Work
  • Lauren Griffin (ELEM), Best Small Group Reading Instruction Method for Upper Elementary: Guided Reading or Literature Circles?
  • Jessica Stroud (ELEM), Will K-2 Students Produce Higher Scores on their DIBELS Reading Assessment if Tested in the Morning versus in the Afternoon?
  • Samantha Dinner (ELEM), Stability Balls in the Classroom- Does Usage Increase Student Achievement?
  • Blythe McGowan (ELEM), Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Tracy Lynn McIntyre (ELEM), Singapore Math: The Modeling of Word Problems
  • Heather Marshall (ELEM), Does Integrating the Arts, Specifically Music, into the Math Class, Increase Student Performance?
  • Jennifer Burleson (ELEM), The Effectiveness of Technology on Reading in the Classroom

For more information, contact the COE Research Committee:

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ESA Scholarships Available for Special Education Majors

The North Carolina Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Scholarship Board will continue to offer their Scholarship for students and teachers who are pursuing a degree or certification in Special Education in 2015.

The scholarship has been available since 1956 and is targeted to individuals training for work with exceptional children and has ranged from $500 to $2,500 per year. Current North Carolina teachers seeking additional training are also eligible. Applications must be post marked by April 1, 2015 and awards will be made by May 2, 2015.

Applicants should note the agreement to teacher in the North Carolina Public School System for a minimum of 1 year. Copies of both applications are available for downloading on the North Carolina Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha website.

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Publications/Presentations by Dr. Rivera of the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research

Dr. Christopher J. Rivera, of the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research (SEFR), has had three journal publications and three paper/poster presentations this academic year:

Publications

Hicks, S. C., Rivera, C. J., & Patterson, D. R. (Accepted). Simple steps for teaching prepositions to students with autism and developmental disability. Intervention in School and Clinic.

Ahlgrim-Delzell, L., & Rivera, C. J. (Accepted). Changing the course of literacy instruction: Examining literacy lessons for students with severe intellectual disabilities. Exceptionality, A Special Education Journal.

Rivera, C. J., Mason, L. L., Moser, J., & Ahlgrim-Delzell, L. (2014). The effects of an iPad multimedia shared story intervention on vocabulary acquisition for an English language learner. Journal of Special Education Technology, 29, 31-48.

Presentations

Rivera, C. J. (February, 2015). A single case study: Using a multi-component simultaneous prompting intervention to teach vocabulary to young students with intellectual disability. American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Las Vegas, NA.

Kelley, K. R., Jimenez, B., Pavlu, L. L., Rivera, C. J., & Root, J. (January, 2015). How I can make a difference for individuals with disabilities in NC. North Carolina CEC: Pinehurst, NC.

Rivera, C. J., Weiss, S., & Ferrell, G. (January, 2015). Learning science vocabulary through multimedia shared stories. North Carolina CEC: Pinehurst, NC.