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

Nikki Manning

Partnership East Made it Possible for Nikki Manning to Become a Teacher

The moment you walk into Nikki Manning’s first grade classroom, you get the feeling something exciting is going to happen.  Nikki teaches at Benvenue Elementary School in Rocky Mount, NC.  She landed a job with Nash-Rocky Mount schools immediately after graduating from East Carolina University in December, 2012 and she says she loves the classroom.  Her kids love her too!  According to Denise, one of the first graders I met while visiting the school, “Ms. Manning makes us so happy!  She is the best teacher I’ve ever had.”

Nikki’s mother cared for children in her home while Nikki was young.  Many of her clients were teachers, which gave Nikki the opportunity to help out in classrooms at an early age.  While completing an internship in high school, she decided that she, too, wanted to be a teacher.

She found SECU Partnership East to be exactly what she needed to complete her degree while working two jobs.  Nikki says attending Nash Community College and then completing junior and senior coursework at ECU gave her the flexibility she needed to pursue her dream of teaching.  “I highly recommend Partnership East to everyone I can.  It is truly a great program and I feel that it more than prepared me as an educator.  The great instructors, advisors, and supervisors surely made the process that much more enjoyable, too!”

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SECU Partnership East Welcomes New Cohorts from across the State

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, the College of Education welcomed four cohorts who will be joining State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Partnership East this summer and fall. Students spent the day in Speight Building learning about their new majors in elementary and special education from College of Education advisors and faculty members. In addition, these new teacher education students toured the Teaching Resource Center in Joyner Library as well as spent time getting to know their new advisors and fellow cohort members.

SECU Partnership East students will begin their degree programs this summer or in the fall where they will take courses online with East Carolina University faculty. Intrusive advising and field placements in the students’ home-counties are incorporated into the SECU Partnership East degree completion programs. The goal of SECU Partnership East is to grow teachers close to home to provide access to teacher education degrees in rural areas. This year marks the 13th year of Partnership East which has graduated 655 teachers since its inception in 2002. Students in the new cohorts live primarily in rural eastern North Carolina but this newest crop of future teachers also includes individuals from the piedmont and mountain regions of North Carolina.

The new cohort orientation offered participants an opportunity to interact with their advisor and fellow students with whom they will learn in a variety of virtual platforms over the next few years. One participant shared, “I love the energy today. I’m so excited to get started and I’m glad I chose ECU! I feel better being able to meet everyone…it will make it easier for when we are online.” Students were also provided with detailed information about resources at East Carolina to include financial aid, library resources, and other academic support systems for distance education students.

SECU Partnership East involves a partnership between East Carolina University, North Carolina community colleges, and public school systems. Students can pursue degrees in elementary education and special education general curriculum. Beginning in 2016, middle grades education with language arts and social studies concentration will be offered. The degrees are offered in a part-time format for all 3 degrees with full-time options available for elementary education. To qualify, students must have prerequisite coursework from a North Carolina community college as well as meet testing and grade requirements. For more information about SECU Partnership East, interested individuals are encouraged to visit: www.ecu.edu/pe or contact Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry at bilbroberryl@ecu.edu or 252-328-1123.

Guilford County Teacher Expo

Guilford County School’s 2015 Teacher Expo Ready to Hire Graduates

Around the country, thousands of college seniors are making their final preparations to enter the workforce as a professional educator. As the third largest school district in North Carolina, Guilford County Schools has many opportunities for new teachers. They seek the most passionate and well-trained teachers. Due to their dedication to hiring and retention, they are hosting a unique comprehensive hiring event on Monday May, 11 staring at 9:00 A.M. at the downtown Marriott in Greensboro, called the “Get in the Game” 2015 Teacher Expo.

This FREE event is specifically for teachers who desire an opportunity to meet face-to-face with over 80 Guilford County principals with available positions. On hand will be representatives from their Benefits, Curriculum and Professional Development departments. There will also be information about their unique Mission Possible program, GCS-ACT and Lateral Entry licensure. Area vendors will also be on hand to provide information about relocation services to Guilford County.

All that is required of graduates is to register and be prepared to be hired on the spot, as Guilford County’s HR staff is prepared to process on site all teachers who receive letters of intent. So please get your resume ready and decide which school in Guilford County you would like to begin your career!

Students can register via this link: http://bit.ly/GCSTeacherExpoReg

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SPED 3006 Students Present at Exceptional Children Directors’ Meeting

On Friday, May 1st, students in SPED 3006 (Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Students with Disabilities) presented their communication projects to the quarterly meeting of Exceptional Children (EC) Directors held at the Sadie Saulter Center in Greenville. Approximately 40 EC directors were in attendance for the day-long meeting. Students worked throughout the semester to create a multimodal communication device for a learner with complex communication needs ranging in age from 4 years to 18 years.

In collaboration with the learner’s teacher or parents, students assessed the learner’s communication needs, and then developed an individualized communication device for them. The communication devices ranged from high tech apps for the iPad to low tech eye gaze boards and a gesture dictionary. All students agreed that a poster presentation of their work to the EC Directors was a good place to demonstrate what they had learned this semester. For their part, the EC Directors were enthusiastic about the students’ work and in the professional demeanor in which the students conducted themselves.

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COE Winners and Nominees for the 2015 Founder’s Day Celebration

Achievements of East Carolina University’s faculty and staff took center stage at the sixth annual Founders Day and University Awards Celebration on April 29 in Hendrix Theatre.

Serving as master of ceremonies, Provost Ron Mitchelson welcomed attendees. “It makes us all especially proud to share recognition of the very best of our faculty and staff today,” he said. “Congratulations to all the nominees and recipients; you do reside at the very heart of this great university.”

Below is a listing of the recipients and nominees from the College of Education.

  • University Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Dr. Scott Glass, Nominee
  •  UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award
    • Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Recipient
    • Dr. Patricia Slagter van Tryon, Nominee
  • Scholar-Teacher Award
    • Dr. Bill Sugar, Recipient
  •  ECU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Teaching
    • Dr. Kaye Dotson, Nominee
  •  Max Ray Joyner Award for Outstanding Teaching in Distance Education
    • Dr. Bill Sugar, Recipient
    • Dr. Steven Schmidt, Nominee
    • Dr. Patricia Slagter van Tryon, Nominee
  •  Centennial Awards for Excellence
    • Ambition
      • Dr. Katherine O’Connor, Recipient
      • Dr. Barbara Brehm, Recipient
    • Leadership
      • Dr. Dorothy Muller, Recipient
    • Spirit
      • Dr. Alana Zambone, Recipient

Servire Society Inductees

Servire Society InducteesFor more information, see the full article on the ECU News Blog.

NCCTM

70 Preservice Teachers See a Different Point of View

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, the Gamma Student Chapter of NCCTM hosted members of the High Functioning Autism Program from CM Eppes Middle School. Macayla Cayton and Nicholas Kruchten, two seventh grade students participating in the HFA program at Eppes, presented information about autism and the challenges faced by individuals on the autism spectrum to a crowd of 70 attendees from a variety of program areas. Ms. Cole, Mrs. Brown, and Ms. Harrell, teachers in the HFA program, attended the presentation with Macayla and Nicholas.

After the presentation, attendees split into three smaller groups and had the opportunity to participate in five stations designed to help others experience how individuals on the autism spectrum process sensory input differently than others. These stations included Visual Perception, Visual/Coordination Perception, Auditory Processing, Fine Motor Skills Center, and Attention and Sensory. Attendees that were not participating in stations engaged in an informal question and answer session with a 6th grade science teacher from CM Eppes and a MATE Senior 2 intern from JH Rose High School. Each of these individuals teaches students that are part of the HFA programs at their respective schools. Both Macayla’s and Nicholas’ mothers fielded questions from the group, as well as Ms. Cole.

Everyone gathered together to end the meeting on this final thought from Macayla, “We are not autistic students, we are students with autism. Think about it. Thank you for coming tonight!”

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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

Click here to view the archive of all From the TRC posts.

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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

Dr. Grant Hayes

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