College of Education alums honored with teaching awards

Two East Carolina University College of Education alumni were recently honored with teaching awards in North Carolina. Julie Brickhouse, a special education teacher at Wahl Coates Elementary School of the Arts, was named the Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, March 14, at Rock Springs Center. In addition to earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the ECU College of Education, Brickhouse has many other ties to the college: Serving as a part-time instructor in the adapted and general curriculum programs Continue reading →

Owens named recipient of Council for Exceptional Children Award

Dr. Tosha Owens, East Carolina University assistant professor of special education, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Research, Student Research Award in the area of Single-Subject Design. Through a blind-review process, Owens received the award for her paper entitled, “Tiered Teacher Coaching on the Implementation of a Self-Monitoring Strategy with Students At Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.” The Council for Exceptional Children is a national, professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children Continue reading →

Dr. Zhang conducts workshop at American Evaluation Association annual conference

Dr. Guili Zhang, East Carolina University College of Education Chair of the Department of Special Education, Foundations and Research, conducted a workshop at the American Evaluation Association annual conference in Washington, DC, Nov. 6-11. Zhang’s workshop focused on “Conducting Sound Evaluations using the Context, Input, Process and Product Evaluation Model.” Zhang also attended the “Meet the Authors” event and held a book signing session for her book, “The CIPP Evaluation Model: How to Evaluate for Improvement and Accountability.” Dr. Guili Zhang has been serving as Continue reading →

The Magic of Mursion

Junior EC Scholar Meghan Lower reflects on her experiences using the Mursion Lab at the ECU College of Education. My first experience with Mursion was through a simulated job interview. Even though I used the word simulated, I certainly did not feel as if it was a simulation. The interview was very authentic, as I received personalized feedback in real time as if were a real interview. The avatar that interviewed me had appropriate gestures and body language that reflected what it was saying. Honestly, Continue reading →

Spend Homecoming with the College of Education this Saturday

East Carolina University’s 2017 Homecoming is this Saturday, Oct. 21, and we at the College of Education are preparing for our annual Breakfast on the Porch! All College of Education students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to join us for breakfast on the front porch of Speight Building from 8:30-10 a.m as we celebrate ECU and watch the homecoming parade march down Fifth Street. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Lisa Marie Hagan at 252-737-4799, or email haganl@ecu.edu.

Blaisdell Elected to CRSEA Board

Dr. Ben Blaisdell, Ph.D., ECU College of Education Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research, was elected treasurer of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA).CRSEA is an interdisciplinary consortium of experts who recognize global implications of race and education for minoritized people. Through scholarship, CRSEA works to identify and expose racial inequity for the ultimate eradication of white supremacy. CRSEA is an interdisciplinary consortium of experts who recognize global implications of race and education for minoritized people. Through scholarship, CRSEA Continue reading →

ECU College of Education hosts Annual Ceremony to Honor Scholarship Recipients, Donors

Video Slideshow from Donor and Scholarship Recipient Ceremony More than 100 students in the East Carolina University College of Education received a record amount of scholarship support for the upcoming academic year. For the 2017-18 academic year, more than $582,000 in merit and need-based scholarships were distributed to 102 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education students. The awards range from $250-$20,000. Some of the awards are open to all education students while others are earmarked for specific education majors or programs. “Attracting the best students and Continue reading →

Special Education Students Explore Practicum Teaching Experiences in Northern Ireland

College of Education juniors in the special education program traveled to Northern Ireland from Feb. 24 to March 11 as part of a pilot study to explore international practicum teaching experiences and learn more about the education system for students with mild and moderate disabilities. Students Ashley Algard, Heather Aycock, Jaclyn Caryl, Allie Marinello, Logan Mosely and Alexa Weis along with faculty members Debbie Metcalf and Dr. Stacy Weiss visited four schools, a homework club, a center for students with significant behavioral difficulties and an Continue reading →

Special education major receives Bassman Honors Thesis Award

Sarah Bonin, a College of Education student majoring in special education from Cary, has received the 2016-2017 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award. One student is selected each year for the outstanding senior Honors College thesis or project and a $500 award. Bonin created a reading and math curriculum for students in third through fifth grades, and is believed to be the first education student to win the award, said Dr. Guili Zhang, professor and interim chair of the Department of Special Education, Foundations and Continue reading →

ECU Special Education Alumna Breaks World Record

ECU alumna, Lauren Ball ’15, recently orchestrated the creation of the largest human puzzle piece in the world,   breaking a Guinness World Record. Lauren is currently an Exceptional Children’s Teacher at AG Cox Middle School, in Pitt County where she teaches students with autism and is part of the school’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Team.  Lauren organized the event with the help of her school and community, to spread autism awareness during the month of April as part of National Autism Awareness Month.  For many Continue reading →