Co-Planning and Co-Teaching: Coast to coast

Dr. Charity Cayton and Dr. Maureen Grady spent much of their summer co-planning and co-teaching from the East Coast to the West Coast. They began in Atlanta, GA in June, where they presented six co-planning strategies at the Annual Conference for the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership ( These strategies were developed at East Carolina University in conjunction with two other Mathematics Education colleagues, Dr. Ron Preston and Dr. Rose Sinicrope. In July, their travels then took them to the University of South Florida in Tampa Continue reading →

ECU mathematics education faculty presents at leadership institute

A few Pirates invaded Raleigh, NC on July 26-28, 2016.  Dr. Charity Cayton, Dr. Maureen Grady, Dr. Ron Preston, and Dr. Katie Schwatz were each invited to share their expertise at the Meredith Mathematics Leadership Institute (MMLI) held in Raleigh, NC. ( The MMLI is a K-8 professional development opportunity for principals, district supervisors and mathematics coordinators, and full-time coaches and lead teachers to come learn about research-based, best practices for the mathematics classroom. The institute includes the session offered in July 2016, as well Continue reading →

ECU education degree programs ranked in top 20

East Carolina University did extremely well in’s ranking of education degree programs, and have achieved top 20 status twice: 15th best Educational Leadership degree program in the U.S. of over 560 qualifying colleges. The Top 20 can be viewed here – 10th best Elementary Education degree program in the U.S. of over 780 colleges. Here are the Top 20 –’s mission is to inform, empower, and encourage aspiring, new, and veteran teachers.

Dr. Sharon Price Schleigh wins national teaching award

Dr. Sharon Price Schleigh, assistant professor in the College of Education, Dept. of Mathematics, Science & Instructional Technology Education (MSITE), has been awarded the Summit Ascent Teaching Award. The Summit Ascent Teaching Award is given annually at the National Astronomy Teaching Summit held in San Francisco on August 1. The highly coveted and competitive teaching award honors a distinguished educator who is recognized by their peers and students for excellence in improving the teaching of astronomy across the country. “Dr. Schleigh has helped hundreds of Continue reading →

Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Workshop

In the Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Workshop, Fulbright Ambassador Dr. Spencer Salas, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will share his experiences as a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa in 2013. Flyer with event details: Ambassador Workshop Invitation_Salas Scholars like Salas return to their campuses with new perspectives on their fields and fresh ideas for further international engagement. Faculty and administrators will learn about the benefits of Fulbright and the impact it can have personally and professionally. Find out more about Salas’ Continue reading →

Taft Distinguished Professor joins college

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Len Annetta, Taft Distinguished Professor of Science Education, to MSITE and to introduce him to you. Dr. Annetta has worked as a High School Science Teacher in Maryland, an Assistant and Associate Professor at NC State, and an Associate Professor and Professor at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). He has held multiple leadership positions over decades, providing service as an academic coordinator, Director, Chair of Special Interest groups in educational technology, as well as serving as the Executive Director Continue reading →

ECU receives funding to develop leaders in education

GREENVILLE, N.C. (8/22/2016) – The East Carolina University College of Education is one of two universities invited to join the Sanford Education Collaborative (SEC), a network of universities committed to expanding a nationwide movement to create a new paradigm for pre-K–12 teaching excellence and student achievement. Each year, the SEC selects a small number of universities to join the collaborative based on factors such as demonstrated effective teacher preparation, regional representation and institutional diversity, according to Dr. Grant Hayes, dean of the College of Education Continue reading →

Two COE administrators recognized for supporting first-year students

The Student Government Association announced that two College of Education administrators were nominated for the 2015-2016 First Year Advocate Award. Dr. Dionna Manning, director of the Education Community of Scholars and Education Living-Learning Community, and Caroline Hill, academic advisor, were nominated for their work in providing support to those students who are new to ECU. “We received multiple nominations, representing ECU faculty and staff across Academic and Student Affairs,” according to the notification letter. “Each of the nominees personifies dedication to first year student growth Continue reading →

ECU faculty inspire science on National Mall

Summers are warm but certainly not lazy for ECU faculty. Many ECU Faculty use this time as an opportunity to reach beyond the campus and inspire and excite people of all ages in learning and doing science. In Washington D.C. the annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall, hosted by Hofstra University and funded by NASA through the Music and Astronomy Under the Stars program is one such opportunity that engages an estimated 10,000 people. Dr. Sharon Schleigh, faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, Continue reading →

COE special ed alumnae recognized

ECU College of Education alumnae Hayley Flynn Mullins was recently was named Coordinator of Special Education for Campbell County Public Schools, Virginia. Hayley graduated in May 2008 with an undergraduate degree in special education, general curriculum with an adapted curriculum add-on. “I am excited for this opportunity as it will allow me to directly oversee our adapted curriculum classrooms and make meaningful changes to curriculum, procedures and processes in order to better student outcomes,” said Mullins. Hayley has already begun actively recruiting ECU graduates and Continue reading →