Representative Farmer-Butterfield Leads Mock Legislative Session with College of Education Scholars

The issues of teacher salaries and class sizes were debated in a mock legislative session with over 40 East Carolina University College of Education students inside the Rivers Building on Monday, Nov. 13. North Carolina Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Pitt, Wilson, was invited by the ECU College of Education to lead the mock legislative session covering some of the primary issues facing the education profession in North Carolina. After a brief explanation of the bill process within the North Carolina General Assembly from Farmer-Butterfield, the students split Continue reading →

The Magic of Mursion

Junior EC Scholar Meghan Lower reflects on her experiences using the Mursion Lab at the ECU College of Education. My first experience with Mursion was through a simulated job interview. Even though I used the word simulated, I certainly did not feel as if it was a simulation. The interview was very authentic, as I received personalized feedback in real time as if were a real interview. The avatar that interviewed me had appropriate gestures and body language that reflected what it was saying. Honestly, Continue reading →

A Critical Analysis of Rural Poverty

Imagine being a child, having to stand at the bus stop in 5am darkness, take an hour and a half long bus ride on an empty stomach, and come to school having to fully focus in the classroom?  Where would the child focus his or her attention when in the classroom?  According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the most fundamental basis to attend to is one’s physiological needs, if not, the human body cannot function effectively.  Children living in rural poverty often face food and Continue reading →

State Teacher of the Year Stops by ECU College of Education

The East Carolina University College of Education hosted Lisa Godwin, the 2017 North Carolina Teacher of the Year for two events on Monday, Oct. 30. Godwin, who is a kindergarten teacher at Dixon Elementary School in Onslow County, was named the North Carolina Teacher of the Year in August 2017. In her new role as North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Godwin serves as an ambassador for teachers across the state to the NC General Assembly and NC Board of Education, as well as speaking Continue reading →

College of Education Inducts 18 into Educators Hall of Fame

The College of Education at East Carolina University held its 19th annual Educators Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Fletcher Music Center. A group of 18 educators and education advocates were recognized during an event that raised over $27,000 for student scholarships. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in Speight Building for inductees and guests to view the Educators Hall of Fame wall. Each inductee was sponsored with a monetary gift of $1,000 or more in support of the Continue reading →

The ECU and College of Education Scholarship Portals Open Today

Online applications will be accepted between Nov. 1, 2017, and Jan. 15, 2018. No paper applications will be accepted. Scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students. To get started, visit ECUAWard. Sign in with your Pirate ID and password. You first must complete a general application. You can find instructions here.  The general application will ask you questions about your involvement in campus and community service activities, your future educational plans, career goals, etc. Your permanent mailing address, major, GPA, hours completed, etc. Continue reading →

ECU reading education faculty member works with veterans, families & WWII survivors in Saipan

Dr. Anne Ticknor, ECU associate professor in reading education, completed a second trip to Saipan to implement a second series of the discussion program, War in the Pacific: A Difficult Heritage. This program, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Standing Together initiative, is unique in that it targets a poorly represented and supported veteran community – Indigenous Pacific Islanders. According to the U.S. Census there are 27, 469 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander veterans living in the United States, and 685 in Saipan. Continue reading →

Spend Homecoming with the College of Education this Saturday

East Carolina University’s 2017 Homecoming is this Saturday, Oct. 21, and we at the College of Education are preparing for our annual Breakfast on the Porch! All College of Education students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to join us for breakfast on the front porch of Speight Building from 8:30-10 a.m as we celebrate ECU and watch the homecoming parade march down Fifth Street. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Lisa Marie Hagan at 252-737-4799, or email

Join us for the Diversity Committee Fall Speaker Event

Diversity Committee Fall Speaker Event Brown Bag Session Tuesday, November 7, 2017 12:30 – 1:30 Speight 203 The College of Education Diversity Committee invites you to the first session of our 2017-2018 Speaker Series. In our first session through a conversational format, Dr. Mikakka Overstreet will share her work and insights on cultural diversity and equity. There will be time for questions and discussion. This brown bag session is a chance for the college community to engage in dialogue and gain new insights on diversity Continue reading →