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

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EQUIPPED Scholars AT Summer Institute a huge success!

The Irene Howell Assistive Technology (IHAT) Center and EQUIPPED grant Co-Principal Investigators, Drs. Alana Zambone and Christopher Rivera, hosted the Assistive Technology (AT) Summer Institute during the week of July 18-22, 2016. The EQUIPPED Summer Institute was developed as a week-long professional development for seven graduate students through the OSEP Personnel Prep grant: EQUIPPED: Engendering High Quality Personnel Preparation for Educators Serving Students with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The EQUIPPED grant is designed to prepare initially licensed teachers (B.S.) and teacher-leaders in Special Education and Assistance Technology for NC schools and communities. The teacher-leader goal of the grant provides special educators with tuition and other financial support to complete their MAEd in Special Education – Low Incidence Disabilities Licensure Area and the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology (AT). The participating EQUIPPED Scholars were Sara Farwell, Sara Graves, Katie Hancock, Morgan Kennedy, Jillian Kime, Brittney Roper, and April Vernon.EQUIPPED group web

With a focus on assistive technology and best practices for working with students with significant disabilities, the institute started with an expert panel discussion of two district level assistive technology teams- Alamance Burlington Schools represented by Pat Byers, Amy Chinnici, and Sara Hammond; and Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools represented by Cindy Hall, Emma Sidden, Jennifer Kerr, and Adam Seipel. The teams shared their leadership journeys in their respective fields of education, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, and instructional technology. Furthermore, they discussed system processes and procedures that are used in their counties and tips for working collaboratively with other educators and related service personnel in the area of assistive technology. The following three days of the institute allowed for in-depth expertise training in the area of augmentative and alternative communication, which was facilitated by Lisa Erwin-Davidson of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill; AT for literacy, which was facilitated by Dr. Pamela Mims from East Tennessee State University; and AT for Math, which was facilitated by Dr. Melissa Hudson of East Carolina University and Julie Brickhouse of Pitt County Schools. In addition to the expert speakers, assistive technology vendors from Attainment and Tobii Dynavox also shared new technologies in AT. The EQUIPPED participants worked on a cumulative project throughout the week of trainings and completed presentations to their peers on the final day of the institute.

The EQUIPPED graduate scholars will return to their schools and communities to engage in AT assignments over the next academic year, including mentoring of new teachers, conducting professional development, and engaging in other leadership activities under the guidance of Dr. Laura King, Director of the IHAT Center, and Dr. Chris Rivera, Co-PI on EQUIPPED. The Summer Institute allowed the scholars to network with their peers in the cohort, as well as a variety of AT experts who work in assistive technology in a variety of capacities. A second EQUIPPED Summer Institute will take place in 2018 for the next cohort of EQUIPPED Scholars.

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Dr. James McKernan receives $1,000.00 stipend from the J.Y. Joyner Library

Dr. James McKernan, Department of Special Education, Foundations and Research has received a $1,000.00 stipend from the J.Y. Joyner Library to develop an alternative text for use in his Foundations Area courses. The primary goal of this program is to reduce costs for students. Congratulations Dr. McKernan!

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IHAT Center Presentation at Loyola Marymount University

The Irene Howell Assistive Technology [IHAT] Center was invited to do a virtual presentation at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

The presentation was facilitated by IHAT Center Co-Manager, Taylor Carangi and IHAT staff member, Paige Anderson, both ECU Special Education majors, via Skype on April 26, 2016. It offered a virtual tour of the IHAT Center and an introduction to assistive technology and universal design for learning.

The presentation was given to general education and special education pre-service teachers who are in an early field experience course taught by Dr. Vicki Graf at Loyola Marymount University.

The IHAT crew members did a phenomenal job sharing information and fielding questions about our special education program here at ECU, assistive technology, universal design for learning, and processes for determining AT selection for individuals with disabilities.

2016 COE Awards

DAY OF DISTINCTION: COE Awards Day recipients

East Carolina University’s faculty and staff were presented with awards recognizing their service, leadership, ambition and spirit during the seventh annual Founders Day and University Awards Celebration on April 27 in Hendrix Theatre.

Provost Ron Mitchelson welcomed the audience to the event and commended the award nominees and recipients for their service to the university.

“We offer promises of student success, public service and regional transformation,” Mitchelson said. “The recipients of awards today are helping to ensure that we are making very good on those promises.” FULL ECU STORY: Founders Day Awards

Congratulations are in order for the following College of Education award recipients and nominees for the University Awards.

Award Recipients
Max Ray Joyner Award for Outstanding Teaching in DE –
Steve W. Schmidt (IDP)
Diversity and Inclusion Award – Dr. Lori Flint ( SEFR)
Scholar-Teacher Award – Guili Zhang (SEFR)

Servire Society Members
Dan Dickerson (MSITE)
Al Jones (IDP)
Rhea Miles (MSITE)
Lou Anna Hardee (Dean’s Office)
Vivian W. Mott (Dean’s Office)

Nominees
Five-Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity
Nominee
– Katie Schwartz (MSITE)

UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching
Nominees
– Patricia Slagter Van Tryon (MSITE) and Christina Tschida (ELMID)

UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
Nominees
– Lori Flint (SEFR) and Katie Schwartz (MSITE)

ECU Alumni Assc Award for Outstanding Teaching Award
Nominees
– Steve W. Schmidt (IDP), Katie Schwartz (MSITE), and Christina Tschida (ELMID)

Scholarship of Engagement Award
Nominee
– Christina Tschida (ELMID)

Winners with Dr. Hayes

Max Ray Joyner Award for Outstanding Teaching in DE
Nominee
– Lori Flint (SEFR)

The James R. Talton Jr. Leadership Award
Nominee
– Abbie Brown (MSITE)

Centennial Award for Excellence – Ambition Category
Nominee –
Matt Militello (LEED)

Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Past President of AERA, and Professor of Education at Stanford University; Dr. Guili Zhang

Dr. Guili Zhang: Expert Panelist for AERA Annual conference

At the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference held in Washington D. C, April 8-12, Dr. Guili Zhang presented as an expert panelist at the invited speaker session on teacher evaluation. The session was co-sponsored by Division D – Measurement and Research Methodology and Division K – Teaching and Teacher Education.

Pictured above, Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Past President of AERA, and Professor of Education at Stanford University; Dr. Guili Zhang

 

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Dr. Daniel Dickerson Represents ECU on Fulbright Commission Panel Addressing STEM Study Abroad Partnerships with the Czech Republic

Dr. Daniel Dickerson, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education and ECU STEM CoRE (Collaborative for Research in Education) Co-Director, is among a small group of scholars from across the United States selected to sit on a Fulbright Commission sponsored STEM Expert Panel to address university faculty from across the Czech Republic regarding STEM study abroad possibilities. He will join faculty from MIT, Purdue, Michigan, Georgia Tech, and other STEM intensive institutions.

The STEM Expert Panel is part of a capacity building workshop, “Bringing More U.S. Students in STEM to Czech Universities,” sponsored by the Department of State, Office of Global Educational Program, the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic in cooperation with Czech universities that offer education in STEM. The workshop will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on April 19-20, 2016 and will be followed by campus visits on April 21-22.

While there, Dickerson will speak to participants during meeting sessions regarding STEM education program development and explore ways to build collaborative efforts with the Czech Republic. Additionally, the US delegation will tour eight Czech universities, attend a reception at the residence of the US Ambassador, and explore innovative ways to enhance global partnerships.

Dr. Dickerson has more than 70 publications, 130 conference presentations, and has been involved in grants as PI, Co-PI, Senior Personnel, or Evaluator totaling over $10 million.

Alecia Castellano, a junior Special Education Major, works on the new Varisdesk in the IHAT Center.

IHAT Center Receives Corporate Donation from VARIDESK

Kristin Messina, a junior Recreational Therapy major, tries out the new Varidesk in the IHAT Center.

The Irene Howell Assistive Technology [IHAT] Center (College of Education, Rivers 128) is excited and grateful for a corporate donation to the IHAT Center by VARIDESK. The VARIDESK company makes height-adjustable standing desks. Standing desks are universally designed to allow for all individuals, with or without disabilities, to benefit from them. They allow for people to sit and stand as needed in their work and/or recreation space in both home and office environments. These desks also qualify as assistive technology, whose federal definition is “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. “ (Technology Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Tech Act).

Standing desks can be used to “increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities” for individuals with physical disabilities which may require them to weight bear for strength for certain periods of time, for individuals with attention or behavioral concerns by allowing them to have more flexibility of movement, and even for ease of computer and technology use for individuals who may need to be in a prone stander during various times of the day, either at home or school. VARIDESK donated two standing desks for the IHAT Center to include in our professional development sessions we offer to students and faculty on assistive technology, specifically in the sessions on Introduction to AT and UDL, AT for Behavior, and Alternate Access. Please feel free to stop by the IHAT Center located in Rivers 128 to see and try this wonderful addition to our lab.

Pictured above: Alecia Castellano, a junior Special Education Major, works on the new Varisdesk in the IHAT Center.

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Dr. Guili Zhang honored as a 2016 Scholar-Teacher

Dr. Guili Zhang, Associate Professor of Special Education, Foundations and Research, is a 2015-16 Scholar-Teacher Award recipient. The annual Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affair’s Scholar-Teacher Awards recognize faculty members who effectively integrate scholarship in classroom teaching. Dr. Zhang was one of ten Scholar-Teachers honored by Provost Ron Mitchelson during the Scholar-Teacher Awards Symposium on March 31.

Pictured above: Dr. B. Grant Hayes, Dean of the College of Education; Dr. Vivian Mott, Interim Associate Dean of the College of Education; Dr. Phyllis Horns, Vice Chancellor for Health Science, Dr. Guili Zhang; Dr. Steve Ballard, ECU Chancellor.

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SEFR Faculty Present at SITE Conference

Dr. Jennifer B. Williams (Associate Professor, Special Education) and Dr. Chan Evans (Associate Professor, Special Education) participated in the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in Savannah, GA on March 25, 2016. Their presentations highlighted teaching and assessment elements that are integral to East Carolina University’s special education undergraduate online program: edTPA Assessment in Distance Education – Implementation, Results, and Lessons Learned in a Special Education Program; and Distance Education Program Use of Multiple Means of Assessment – Embedding Technology Components throughout a Special Education Program. The edTPA presentation was part of a Best Practices round table discussion with teacher trainers and practitioners from Canada and Southeastern USA. Proceedings will be published later this year in LearnTechLib, the Learning & Technology Library.

Dr. Grant Hayes

MEASURING IMPACT: The College of Education embarks on three-year assessment plan

By Jessica Nottingham
University Communication

East Carolina University’s College of Education is under new leadership and on a crusade for excellence.

Dr. Grant Hayes, who has been dean and distinguished professor in the College of Education since August, opened his first faculty and staff meeting asking tough questions: “What does the ECU College of Education want to be known for?” and “what can students get here that they cannot get elsewhere?”

To help the college answer these questions, department chairs are charged with working with faculty to increase the impact, performance and visibility of their work.

“Grant is resourceful and prepared,” said Dr. Art Rouse, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. “From the time he interviewed and then came to ECU as dean, he could see that the college has major impact on the region, but it was not being told or seen by our various stakeholders.”

Before his appointment at ECU, Hayes served as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he held numerous leadership positions. His experience as a professor of counselor education, music teacher and administrator spans more than 27 years. He earned his doctoral, master’s and educational specialist degrees from the University of South Carolina, and his bachelor’s degree in music education from Limestone College.

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Measuring Impact: College of Education embarks on three-year assessment plan