Category Archives: Special Education

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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.

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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.

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People Need to Know: Confronting History in the Heartland — New book by Dr. Robert M. Lucas

The book,  People Need to Know: Confronting History in the Heartland by Dr. Robert M. Lucas, Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary & Middle Grades Education, has just been published by Lang Publishing Company. This book chronicles Dr. Lucas’ engaged research with students and their teacher “as they study the defining event in their community’s history.”  Dr. Lucas presents an approach to teaching and learning in social studies that fully engages students to not only learn about the history of their community, but to contribute something of value to their communities and beyond.

Through his start-up research grant, a Library of Congress grant, and his teaching in the Elementary Education program, Dr. Lucas continues to provide teachers and teacher candidates with a meaningful and dynamic evidence-based approach to teaching history and social studies that enables students to “better understand the complex ethical ramifications of historical work and appreciate why learning matters.” (Note: quotations in both paragraphs are from Vendor’s website, below). To learn more about or secure a copy of the book, go to: http://www.amazon.com/People-Need-Know-Confronting-Counterpoints/dp/1433129787.

Go to the College of Education Research Website to engage in a Blog discussion about Engaged Scholarship and Research

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Vasti Rodriguez nominated for Diane Kent-Parker First Year Teacher Award

Vasti Rodriquez, a 2015 MAT graduate in Special Education, is one of five new teachers across Wake County Schools who have been nominated for the First Year Teacher Award.

The Wake County Public School System Diane Kent-Parker First Year Teacher Award recognizes outstanding first year beginning teachers in elementary, middle, high school and special education. Principals and schools nominate  teachers for demonstrating excellent professional teaching success throughout their initial year. The award is named in honor of Diane Kent-Parker who served in WCPSS Human Resources as Senior Director for Recruitment and Retention.

 

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Andrea Blackwood Presents at Conference On Exceptional Children

Andrea Blackwood, Technical Assistance Coordinator for the ECU Teacher Support Program for Learners with Deaf-Blindness and Julie Brickhouse, Special Educator at Eastern Elementary School in Greenville, NC presented at the 2015: 65th Conference on Exceptional Children held in Greensboro, NC November 18th to November 20th. The training addressed instruction designed to facilitate communication and math development for learners with deaf-blindness. Practical methods and examples for connecting communication and math were offered. The Communication Matrix, an assessment tool designed by Charity Rowland for individuals at the earliest stages of communication, was used as a guide to focus on specific communicative behaviors to target for learners with deaf-blindness. Examples of the various levels of communication behaviors within the Communication Matrix were examined in detailed.
Specific ideas for embedding communication and math instruction throughout the school day were presented by Julie Brickhouse. Julie shared examples for planning instruction around math concepts using the principles of the Universal Design for Learning. Participants created a lesson plan around a math topic using the Universal Design for Learning principles that was shared with the group.

The ECU Teacher Support Program for students with deaf-blindness provides technical assistance and support to teachers and other professionals who serve students that qualify for the deaf-blind registry. The Teacher Support Program also provides professional development and training. Please use the link below for more information on the ECU Teacher Support Program for students with deaf-blindness.

http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/sefr/sped/dbproject.cfm

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SCEC Holds Holiday Gathering

The Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) pre-professional club recently celebrated their Fall Holiday Gathering at Dr. Melissa Hudson’s home. The officers and members took time to reflect on the accomplishments of the club for the Fall semester, make plans for the upcoming Spring semester, and spend time bonding over good food and fun activities with their peers and faculty. Happy Holidays to the College of Education from SCEC!

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Sara Graves, Special Education Alumna, Highlighted on WITN for Project SEARCH

ECU Special Education alumna and graduate student, Sara Graves, was recently highlighted on WITN for her work with a new national program at Vidant Medical Center, Project SEARCH. The focus of Project SEARCH is transition and job skills training for individuals with developmental disabilities. The students participating in the program also work in three internship settings at the hospital where they apply the skills they are learning. Congratulations, Sara, for your outstanding work — and for representing ECU College of Education, Special Education so well!

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Drs. Williams and King Give Virtual Presentations at iCERi 2015

Dr. Jennifer B. Williams (Associate Professor, Special Education) and Dr. Laura H. King (Associate Professor, Special Education) recently completed two virtual presentations at the International Conference of Education, Research, and Innovation (ICERI) held in Seville, Spain on November 16-18, 2015.

The first presentation, Using Multiple Means of Assessment on Pre-service Teacher Learning to Drive Data Based Curricular Change, highlighted the Special Education program area’s cyclical approach to program evaluation through data collected in each required course in the Special Education plan of study. Data is collected from multiple means of assessment through course assignments which are collected through Taskstream; program level discussions aligned with stated assessment outcomes via Tracdat then take place to allow for full faculty engagement in sharing data across the program. This cyclical approach to assessment based program evaluation allows for a strong foundation of data based decisions regarding pedagogy, content, and assessment (both formative and summative).

The second presentation, Cultivating Assistive Technology Expertise in Pre-Service Teachers through a Professional Development Model, highlighted the infusion of required professional development sessions on a variety of assistive technology topics and products into the Special Education course of study. Special education teacher candidates submit documentation of completion of all required sessions in their culminating special education technology course. They build and demonstrate leadership characteristics through the development of a capstone presentation on assistive technology. These presentations are offered to different audiences and allow candidates to build leadership capacity through experiences of a professional conference.

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ECU at The Council for Learning Disabilities

On October 2nd, 2015, ECU’s own Cassie Robacker presented at the International Council for Learning Disabilities Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her presentation, “Token Economy Made Easy Through ClassDojo,” was a sensation. Congratulations Cassie for a wonderful presentation. Thank you for representing ECU and the Special Education, Foundations, and Research Department.

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What Do SECU Partnership East Students Do After They Graduate From Their Online, Degree-Completion Program?

They go on to become leaders in their classrooms and schools! This is definitely the case for Adrienne Lee, a 2014 Special Education graduate. Ms. Lee is currently serving as a Kindergarten through 5th Grade Adaptive Special Education teacher at Poplar Springs Elementary School in Stokes County. As a former teacher assistant, Ms. Lee completed her degree in special education part-time through SECU (State Employees’ Credit Union) Partnership East by taking her coursework all online and completing her field experiences and internship in her home county. She transferred from Forsyth Technical Community College where she completed her first two years of her teaching degree into SECU Partnership East where she finished her degree while continuing to work as a teacher assistant.

Ms. Lee shared, “I know my experience as a TA was an advantage to my success but I know my education prepared me to be a knowledgeable teacher.”

Her experiences within the East Carolina University College of Education prepared her to have a positive impact on the children with which she worked this past school year. Ms. Lee reports that her students made tremendous gains during the academic year and performed exceptionally well on their end of grade assessments. She notes that her students’ success has been a result of a lot of effort. She stated, “I will admit I put in some very long hours but I am so excited about how my students have been received in school and in the community.”

Her efforts at positively impacting exceptional needs children have been recognized by others. Her educator peers within her school recently recognized her as Poplar Springs Elementary Teacher of the Year. As a first year teacher, this honor is a testament to Ms. Lee’s talent and dedication to her profession.

East Carolina University’s College of Education is very proud of this novice teacher who is making a difference in the lives of children in Stokes County. Providing access to teacher education degrees through SECU Partnership East is a long-standing commitment the college has toward growing teachers for rural areas within the state.

Ms. Lee sums up the importance of having convenient access to education: “ My dream would not have not come to fruition without the SECU Partnership East and ECU.”

For more information about SECU Partnership East which is involves a partnership between North Carolina Community Colleges, public schools and ECU’s College of Education, please visit www.ecu.edu/pe or contact Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry at bilbroberryl@ecu.edu or 252-328-1123.

The East Carolina University College of Education has established SECU Partnership East. Through collaboration and innovation, the partnership focuses on preparing teachers who will help meet the demand for well-trained professionals in the classrooms of North Carolina and beyond. This endeavor involves partnerships with community colleges and public schools across eastern North Carolina.