ECU was well-represented at the NCCTM Eastern Region Conference in Kenansville on Saturday, February 14, 2014. Love was certainly in the air as president-elect, Dr. Ron Preston delivered the keynote address. It continued as Eastern Region President, Dr. Katie Schwartz led the event – both in terms of putting the conference together and facilitating on Saturday. Christie Wuebbles (alum) made many of the facility arrangements with James Sprunt Community College, where the conference was held. Many of MSITE’s grad students presented, most under the direction of Dr. Maureen Grady as part of their assessment work in MATE 6200:
Drs. Adu-Gyamfi, Grady, Preston, Schwartz, Sinicrope, and Thompson were in attendance along with MATE graduate students Gina Albright and Brooke Hill.
Mathematics Education faculty presented their second annual Mathematics Education Market Place for BS Mathematics Education senior I interns. The Market Place provides an avenue for faculty to send the senior I interns off to their full-time, senior II internship with resources for teaching. This year’s event featured 20 bundles of resources, one for each student. Given that the bundles were not equal in terms of their composition, students first circulated through the room to examine the treasures before names were drawn randomly from a container. First student chosen then quickly selected her/his bundle, followed by the second student drawn, and on to the 20th student. After the 20 selections were made, there were some additional resources provided for students in reverse order of the initial drawing. Resources for the students included some items that were a part of every bundle (stapler, tape dispenser, scissors, pens, markers, protractors) and then unique items such as books, journals, mathematical games, mathematical tools and manipulatives, calculators, software, etc. Although a number of teachers and mathematics education faculty donated items for the Market Place, special thanks goes to Dr. Maureen Grady for organizing the event and Dr. Rose Sinicrope for generously providing funds for many of the office supplies.
The North Carolina Council Teachers of Mathematics held their state conference Oct 30-31, 2014 in Greensboro, NC. A delegation of 21 Senior 1, secondary mathematics education students were among those representing ECU as attendees at this event. Upon their return from the conference, these students created posters highlighting several interesting or useful ideas gleaned from the sessions and workshops. On Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014, these students hosted a special Gamma Student Chapter event to share their posters with other mathematics education students and faculty. Over 50 mathematics education students and faculty attended the event. The Senior 1 students talked to visitors about their posters and experiences at the conference. The active engagement between presenters and attendees provided participants with a greater appreciation of the exciting happenings in North Carolina mathematics education.
Dr. Rose Sincrope was presented the W. W. Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education, the highest honor that NCCTM can bestow upon a member during the 44th Annual North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) Conference held in Greensboro, NC on 30-31 October 2014. As noted by Dr. Lee V. Stiff, “Dr. Sinicrope has provided exceptional leadership to NCCTM over many years, having served as a member of its Special Awards Committee, Trust Fund Committee, and Program Committee for numerous Annual Conferences, as well as a Regional President, member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board, and a Vice-President for Colleges at the regional and state levels of NCCTM.”
Dr. Sincrope has also been a leader in Mathematics Education at ECU, winning two Excellence in Teaching Awards and publishing in many mathematics education journals such as, the Arithmetic Teacher, the Mathematics Teacher, and School Science and Mathematics. She is a student advocate and a passionate mathematics educator.
At its 44th Annual North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) Conference held in Greensboro, NC on 30-31 October 2014, ECU was featured mightily during the Awards Ceremony. Two ECU Mathematics Education faculty, Dr. Ron Preston and Dr. Rose Sincrope were recognized with the highest honor that NCCTM can bestow, the W. W. Rankin Award. MATE senior, Rebekah Currie, double majoring in a BS Mathematics Education and a BA in Mathematics won the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student from the Eastern Region award. Several alumni also were recognized as the Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher for their school districts. Congratulations to:
W.T. Edwards, Columbus Co. – Class of ’11
Jennifer Simmons, Onslow Co. – Class of ’97, current student MAEd IT (Onslow Cohort)
Renea Baker, Pitt Co. – Class of ’92
ECU rises to the top once again!
Congratulations to Rebekah Currie, named the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student from the Eastern Region of NCCTM!!! She received her award during the 44th Annual North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) Conference held in Greensboro, NC on 30-31 October 2014,
Rebekah is a senior double major (BS Mathematics Education and BA Mathematics), Maynard Scholar, member of the Honors College, member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, intern at South Central HS, student worker in the MSITE office, Vice-President of the Gamma Chapter, and is very active in the community. Rebekah was nominated by the faculty, provided professional information and experiences for the nomination form, and then her materials were considered by the NCCTM Awards Committee. We all agree that they picked the right candidate for the award!
On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the Gamma Student Chapter of NCCTM hosted a 12 person panel consisting of principals, math department chairs/lead grade level math teachers, and a director of human resources. These “insiders” represented elementary, middle, and high school mathematics and shared their knowledge from a combined 185 years of educational expertise. The full panel was introduced to an audience that consisted of approximately 50 students and six MATE faculty members before breaking into smaller subgroups for elementary, middle, and high school. The conversations within the smaller groups provided the opportunity for panel members to share unique insight for their given educational context, and for Gamma students to ask important questions about not only the hiring process, but also how to become the best math teacher possible. One main theme heard from panel members in each subgroup was that they are looking for, “good math teachers that want to be great math teacher” and that there are supports in place to help them achieve greatness in the math classroom.
Our sincere thanks goes out to the “insider” panel, consisting of the following individuals:
- Chena Cayton – Principal, Wahl-Coates Elem School, Pitt County
- Karin Stefko – Kindergarten Teacher, Wahl-Coates Elem School, Pitt County
- Coni Clark – Third Grade Teacher, Wahl-Coates Elem School, Pitt County
- Charlie Langley – Principal, CM Eppes Middle School, Pitt County
- Barskdale Thompson – Sixth Grade Teacher, CM Eppes Middle School, Pitt County
- Kristen Coleman – Sixth Grade Teacher, CM Eppes Middle School, Pitt County
- Thomas Sisson – Seventh Grade Teacher, CM Eppes Middle School, Pitt County
- Jerry Simmons – Principal , New Bern High School, Craven County
- Brad Johnston – Principal , Farmville Central High School, Pitt County
- Renea Baker – Dept Chair , DH Conley High School, Pitt County
- Tina Petty – Dept Chair, Southside High School, Beaufort County
- Delilah Jackson – Director of Human Resources, Pitt County Schools
The Fall 2014 Teacher Cadet Day featured the 2014-15 North Carolina Teacher of the Year and had the theme “What’s Your Superpower? I TEACH!” Faculty and students from the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE) recruited during the Program Fair portion of the agenda. The 100 or so teacher cadets (mostly seniors, with a few juniors) visited tables and discussed programs, all the while getting answers to questions on an education scavenger hunt. At the MSITE table we had brochures, recruitment/advising handouts, rulers, scholarship opportunities, and candy. Part of the draw to the table was an activity – roll a 7 or 11 with a pair of dice and win a bag of M&Ms. There were 20 students who signed up, indicating that they have some interest in mathematics or science teaching. A special thank you to the MSITE students and faculty who participated: Dr. Ron Preston, Dr. Rhea Miles, Dr. Charity Cayton, Amanda Penwell, Taunya Stevens-Johnson, Jenny Jones, and Rebecca Ray.
From June 22nd through July 19th, the Center for STEM Education hosted the 2014 class of Summer Ventures in Science & Mathematics. This year was the 30th year the program has been held. Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a cost-free, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina residents who have demonstrated interest in science and mathematics and aspire to a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). We housed fifty-five of the top rising high school juniors and seniors from across North Carolina. The students were housed in Jones Hall, where they participated in various student-life activities, such as attending the Student Recreation Center, games, arts & crafts, water sports at the North Rec Complex and a talent show, just to name a few. Academically, the students participated in courses and conducted research in STEM fields, facilitated by our ECU faculty in the areas of DNA Fingerprinting, Engineering, Data Driven Decision Making, Physics, and Archeology. One cohort of students attended courses and conducted their research at the Brody School of Medicine for the duration of the program. The research component of Summer Ventures is critical to the success of the program, as well as to the success of the students upon returning to their high school. Working alone or with a partner, they carried out hands-on research on their topic for approximately two weeks. The students prepared a paper that was the culminating product of the research. They then gave an oral presentation of their research paper on the final day of Summer Ventures to their fellow students, staff and parents and friends. Presentations were judged by an outside panel of experts and the top presentations were the Catalyst Award winners. For more information on this exceptional program please visit the following web site: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/smventures/Index.cfm
Dr. Ron Preston was elected as president of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He assumed his position as president-elect on 1 May and will serve in that position for a year, becoming president for a two-year term on 1 May 2015. Then he will serve as past president for a year after that.
The president oversees the operations of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, which includes an annual state conference, two leadership seminars, a journal, and activities like a math fair, math contest, mini-grants, graduate scholarships, etc. Congratulations to Dr. Preston and to the hundreds of members of NCCTM for choosing such a well-deserving president, he will serve you well!