Category Archives: Special Education

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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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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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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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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.

Dr. Christopher J. Rivera

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.

Ms. Ayla Allen (center) received a scholarship from NC Council for Exceptional Children. She is pictured here with NCCEC president Dr. Rose Matuszny (left) and president- elect Dr. Jessica Wery (right), at the state NCCEC Conference on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

NC Council for Exceptional Children Award Scholarship to ECU Student

Ayla Allen, a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in special education, adapted curriculum, recently was awarded a scholarship from the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children (NCCEC).

Allen received this award for her dedicated service to students with disabilities through her work with the Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) here at East Carolina University. She has served as Social Chair of the SCEC and helped to organize a variety of fundraising and social events. Through SCEC, she has volunteered in area schools with students with disabilities and been an active member of several community organizations.

Allen supports current and future educators through her work as an Apple Ambassador for ECU where she speaks to and recruits high school students for careers in education and as Vice President for the Student North Carolina Association of Educators.

Photo Caption: Ms. Ayla Allen (center) received a scholarship from NC Council for Exceptional Children. She is pictured here with NCCEC president Dr. Rose Matuszny (left) and president- elect Dr. Jessica Wery (right), at the state NCCEC Conference on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

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First ECU EQUIPPED Scholars Chosen!

Congratulations to Paige Anderson, Alison Bickford, Kathryn Foley, Victoria Locklear, Callie Morton Parker, Morgan Sheehan, Chelsea Skurow, and Jenna Watral.These Special Education Teacher Candidates are pursuing their BS and initial Teaching License in Special Education-Adaptive Curriculum have been chosen as ECU EQUIPPED Scholars. These Scholars will receive tuition, resource and travel support, and induction support during their first three years of teaching in the high need area of Special Education. Each scholar has committed to teaching students with significant cognitive and additional disabilities for a minimum of two years for every year of tuition support.

In the Fall, the US Department of Education awarded the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research a 5-year, $1,248,855 grant to prepare 42 new Baccalaureate Special Educators with the initial license in Adaptive Curriculum and 18 MAEd Special Educators with the Advanced License in Low Incidence Disabilities and specialization in Assistive Technology. ECU EQUIPPED: Engendering High Quality Personnel Preparation for Educators Serving Students with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, supports research on effective teacher preparation and induction, an intensive summer institute aligned with the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology for teacher-leaders, mentoring of graduates, and support for tuition, books, materials, and travel to state and national conferences for EQUIPPED scholars.

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Science Education Club on the Path to National Recognition

It’s official!  The Science Education Club has completed all the requirements and workshops to be officially registered as a student organization at East Carolina University.  This has been a two year project that was finalized by the work of graduate student Megan Garner, and undergraduate elementary science concentration students: Beth Wantz, KC Hart, Kayla Sager, and Lauren Brewington.  The club is under the direction of faculty adviser, Tammy D. Lee who speaks with pride of the student’s accomplishment, “We are very excited to have this recognition at the university level so we can now apply for national recognition at the National Science Teacher’s Association.  The students have been diligent in their work and pursuit of this recognition which demonstrates their dedication and desire to be a part of science education and to have others participate in a student organization of a collected interest, Science! I am honored to be a part of this journey with these students.”  For more information about the Science Education Club visit them at their website or contact Tammy D. Lee at leeta@ecu.edu.

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College of Education Recognizes Academic Excellence with Scholarships

The College of Education presented approximately $406,800 in scholarship awards to 73 East Carolina University students for the 2014-2015 school year. Recipients were honored at the College of Education Scholarship Recipient and Donor Recognition Ceremony that was held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Rock Springs Center in Greenville, NC.

The scholarships and awards ranged from $250 to $20,000. Private donations fund the scholarships that were created to honor and memorialize outstanding educators and the education profession in order to support the academic pursuits of future education professionals.

Chancellor Steve Ballard and Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Christopher Dyba assisted Dean Linda Patriarca in recognizing the college’s generous donors and accomplished students. Approximately 280 people attended the ceremony and reception, including scholarship recipients, their guests, scholarship donors, board members, and faculty and staff.

Please find scholarship and award recipients listed below. Please visit ECU’s University Scholarships page for more information about each scholarship (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/universityscholarships/scholarships.cfm#a5).

Alston W. Burke Scholarship:
Kathryn Camilleri of Novi, MI, Kayla Carr of Dunn, NC, Margaret-Ellen Edwards of Kinston, NC,Sarah Marsh of Newark, DE, Kristin Messina of Saint James, NY
Andy Roos Memorial Scholarship:
Avery Spey of Cary, NC
Angel Boberg-Webb Memorial Scholarship:
Meredith Rose Clark of Greenville, NC
Audrey V. Dempsey Pi Omega Pi Junior Award:
John Castello of Monroe, NC
Becky Keith Ledford Scholarship:
Amy Lambe of Wilmington, NC
Benjamin Scott Denton Scholarship in Special Education:
Angela Ball of Cary, NC
Betty S. Abernathy Memorial Scholarship:
Cody Allen of Pine Level, NC
Boyette/Batton Memorial Scholarship:
Takeiya Hudson of Elizabeth City, NC
Burney & Judy Warren Scholarship:
Elizabeth Garreau of Atlanta, GA, Arthur P. Nava of Winterville, NC
Carol Smith Gardner Education Leadership Fellowship:
Dawn Hester of Greenville, NC
Carolyn C. Matthews Jones Scholarship:
Sarah Marsh of Newark, DE
Charles and Beth Ward Scholarship in Elementary Education:
Kathryn Camilleri of Novi, MI
Craig W. and Ruth T. Joyner Family Scholarship:
Brett T. Congleton of Winterville, NC
Daisy Carson Latham Memorial Scholarship:
Donna Williams of Angier, NC, Misty Yost of Pensacola, FL
David and B.J. Fisher Scholarship:
Philip David Ellis of Winterville, NC
Diane Kester Innovator Award:
Katherine Collins of Jacksonville, NC
Dianne and Chip Linville Doctoral Fellowship Endowment Fund:
Chena Cayton of Grimesland, NC
Don and Linda Lassiter Scholarship:
Mackinsay Howe of Smithfield, NC, Tina Venturella of Clayton, NC
Doris Burnette Scholarship:
Molly Elizabeth Wells of Boone, NC
Dr. Betty M. Long Memorial Scholarship:
Mackinsay Howe of Smithfield, NC
Dr. Charles R. Coble Scholarship Fund:
Elizabeth Oakley of Durham, NC
Dr. James W. Batten Research Fellow Scholarship:
Haley Pierson of Matthews, NC
Dr. John T. Richards Scholarship:
Callie Parker of Marshville, NC
Dr. Moses M. Sheppard Scholarship Fund:
Carey Anne Henry of Cary, NC
Dr. Sunday Ajose Memorial Scholarship:
Taunya Stevens-Johnson of Barberton, OH
Dr. Suzanne Wester, M.D. Scholarship:
Vasti Rodriguez of Greenville, NC
Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship:
Jessica Balance of Fremont, NC
Ellen Boone Staton Memorial Scholarship:
Bethany Wantz of Holly Springs, NC
Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship:
Katherine Freer of Wendell, NC, Caroline Frey of Charlotte, NC,Mykellah Jarvis of Knightdale, NC, Bethany Wantz of Holly Springs, NC
Emily S. Boyce Fellowship:
Lorraine Schneider of Hope Mills, NC
Faye Marie Creegan Scholarship Endowment Fund:
Stephen Marquart of Morrisville, NC
Frank G. Fuller Scholarship:
Laura B. Barnes of Ahoskie, NC
Gina Gaillard Locklear Scholarship:
Maggie Jarrell of Mount Airy, NC, Roberta  J. Lattin of Concord, NC
Glatthorn Dissertation Award:
Dr. Robin Hamilton of Wilmington, NC
H. Frances Daniels Scholarship:
Michelle K. Gianvito of North Brunswick, NJ
Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship Fund:
Lindsey Miller of Delway, NC
Hazel Roberts Donnell Scholarship:
Tonya Darroch Jordan of Fuquay Varina, NC
Helen Armfield Crowder Scholarship:
Michelle Nendza of Long Island, NY
Helen Massey Harrell Memorial Scholarship:
Kristen Vecchia of Wilmington, NC
J. Worth Carter Scholarship:
Melanie N. Koerber of Elizabeth City, NC
James Bryant Kirkland, Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Middle Grades Scholarship:
Leila Davies of Jacksonville, NC
James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship:
Douglas Ange of Jamesville, NC, Amberlynn Bishop of Jacksonville, NC, Summer Nicole Briley of Stokes, NC,Jamie Goecke of New Bern, NC, Samantha Johnson of Grandy, NC, Lauren Lewis of Middlesex, NC,Rebecca Moore of New Bern, NC, Michael Anthony Norman Jr. of Gates, NC,

Carey Stancil of Elizabeth City, NC, Hannah Vermillion of Kinston, NC

James H. and Virginia J. Tucker Scholarship:
Takeiya Hudson of Elizabeth City, NC
Jane B. Reel Scholarship: Tonya Ward of Cameron, NC
Kallam/Moore Scholarship: Elizabeth Garreau of Atlanta, GAKara Lynn Corey Fennell: Tonya Darroch Jordan of Fuquay Varina, NC
Kathy A. Taft Memorial Scholarship: Amy Lambe of Wilmington, NC
Katie Earle Owen Morgan Scholarship Endowed Fund: Kayla Carr of Dunn, NC
Kay Hall Chesson Scholarship: Michelle K. Gianvito of North Brunswick, NJ
Lena Ellis Pi Omega Pi Sophomore Award: Michelle K. Gianvito of North Brunswick, NJ
Library Science Outstanding Graduate: Tamantha J. Cabe of Sylva, NC
Linda Haddock McRae Memorial Scholarship: Cynthia G. Hammonds of Lumberton, NC, Lorraine Schneider of Hope Mills, NC
Lula and Billy Whitley Scholarship: Carey Anne Henry of Cary, NC
Mack and Margaret Coble Doctoral Fellowship: Chena Cayton of Grimesland, NC
Marjorie Harrison Pi Omega Pi Freshman Award: Scott P. Haddock of Greenville, NC
Mary Elizabeth Austin Yancey Scholarship Fund: Grant Samuel Hairston of Henderson, NC
Mary Lois Staton Scholarship: Taylor Downey of Goldsboro, NC, Kristen Puckett of Belews Creek, NC
Mildred Daniels Southwick Scholarship: Breanna Long of Rockingham, NC
Mona Jarvis and Callaree Jarvis Horton Elementary Education Scholarship: Taylor Dozier of Currituck, NC
Osmond Mitchell Endowment Fund: Laura B. Barnes of Ahoskie, NC, Chelsea Taylor of Gates, NC
Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship:   Meredith Rose Clark of Greenville, NC, Jordan Lewis-Outlaw of Washington, NC,Michaela Nobles of Vanceboro, NC, Casey Preddy of Franklinton, NC
Russell-Smith Fellowship in Adult Education: James Edward Coda, Jr. of Fayette City, PA
Sally Ruth Hinton Klingenschmitt Scholarship: Casey Preddy of Franklinton, NC
Sheltering Home Circle of the King’s Daughters and Sons Scholarship: Katherine Freer of Wendell, NC
Teer-Mihalyi Academic Enrichment Endowed Fund: Angela Ball of Cary, NC
Thadys J. Dewar Scholarship: Michelle K. Gianvito of North Brunswick, NJ
Thomas Clay Williams Memorial Scholarship: Abby Strickland of Spring Hope, NC
Tony R. Banks Scholarship in Special Education: Arthur P. Nava of Winterville, NC

View Photos from the Ceremony and Reception.

Read the story on the ECU News Blog here.

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Department of Special Education, Foundations & Research Receives $1.25 Million from Department of Education

The US Department of Education has awarded the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research a 5-year, $1,248,855 grant to prepare 42 new Baccalaureate Special Educators with the initial license in Adaptive Curriculum and and 18 MAEd Special Educators with the Advanced License in Low Incidence Disabilities and specialization in Assistive Technology. Drs. Alana Zambone and Christopher Rivera, Co-PIs, in partnership with Dr. Laura King, Director of the College of Education’s Assistive Technology Center, will lead the project, ECU EQUIPPED: Engendering High Quality Personnel Preparation for Educators Serving Students with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The project supports research on effective teacher preparation and induction, an intensive summer institute aligned with the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology for teacher-leaders, mentoring of graduates, and support for tuition, books,  materials, and travel to state and national conferences for EQUIPPED scholars.