Dr. Sid Rachlin, Professor of Mathematics Education, won the coveted (individual) Innovator Award for his ground breaking work in leading the state-wide effort to develop the Early Mathematics Add-on Licensure Program. Sid led a process from working with the UNC GA to organize the work; to gaining program/licensure approval from the NC State Board of Education; to leading program development (leading faculty from seven universities to develop six graduate courses); to getting eight universities to approve the courses and program with the same numbers, titles, and descriptions; to securing funding for teachers to participate in the pilot offerings of the program.
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Marilyn Sheerer presented an award to Dr. Susan Ganter at the reception on October 30, 2013 in the second floor exhibit gallery of Joyner Library. This reception honors Dr. Susan Ganter for the publishing of her book. “Partner Discipline Recommendations for Introductory College Mathematics and the Implication for College Algebra”.
For further information about this book go to: http://www.maa.org/publications/ebooks/partner-discipline-recommendations-forintroductory-college-mathematics-andthe
It was a beautiful day to gather together with friends sharing awesome food and lovely memories. It was appreciated by MSITE alumni as noted in an email sent by David and Gail Englert, “Thanks for the wonderful welcome to your Homecoming Social and for all of the gracious hospitality! The construction is “exciting” and the courtyard was a new experience. Very nice!”
Last Thursday (8/29/2013), MSITE graduate and undergraduate students took advantage of the opportunity to meet & greet with one another, and make small-talk with their professors outside of the classroom! Faculty and staff provided heavy hors d’oeuvres for everyone to snack on while they were engaging in lively conversations. Overall, 59 students and 15 faculty/staff members were in attendance. Math Graduate Assistant Daphney “Brooke” Hill enjoyed herself immensely. She said: “It was refreshing to talk with some of the freshman students intending to study Math Education. I was where they were- not too long ago!” Director of Students, Dr. Ron Preston was all smiles and agreed the afternoon was a Pirate success!
Several new faculty members join the MSITE Department this fall. We welcome:
Charity Cayton, Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education
Bonnie Glass, Teaching Instructor in Science Education
Maureen Grady, Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education
Kay Ringer, Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education
Carmen Woodhall, Teaching Assistant Professor in Science Education
Shawn Moore, Assistant Director, Center for STEM Education
North Carolina Online lists Dr. Abbie Brown in their list of Top 20 Education Professors in North Carolina. Dr. Brown was selected for his recent achievements, winning both the Presidential Service Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and an Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching award from the North Carolina Distance Learning Association. North Carolina Online sought to find educators who have been influential in their field and who have made a positive difference in the lives of their students.
Dr. Brown’s students agree with their choice. At the 2013 graduation ceremonies several of Dr. Brown’s students met him in person for the first time. Their excitement was palpable. “Dr. Brown is the best,” gushes LaKesha Williams. “I feel like I know him! He always answered by questions right away on email or we did Skype when I really needed help.” North Carolina Online knew what they were doing when they picked Dr. Abbie Brown for their list of Top 20 Education Professors in North Carolina.
From June 24 to June 27 the Center for STEM Education at East Carolina University hosted an AP (Advanced Placement) Institute endorsed by the College Board. More than 50 teachers from North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia participated in sessions in high school biology, calculus, chemistry or statistics. Taught by experienced teachers trained and endorsed to teach AP, the participating teachers learned new STEM content and engaging teaching methods, practiced new lab skills and exchanged tips for helping their students excel on AP exams. Many teachers believe that the ideas made while attending an AP Institute will help keep them motivated and excited for the next year. Not only was the Institute great for teacher learning, but it is also a great way to network, including a pizza supper held one evening at the Center.
You may see a lot of children in the classrooms around the Flanagan Building this summer. This is the location for the ECU Summer Science Camp. This camp is open to students in elementary and middle school. During the students’ time at this week-long day camp, they learn how fun science really is! ECU’s dedicated students and staff organize activities each day that engage and inspire a spirit of continual learning. From discovering how to build a rocket ship out of straws and paper to learning the anatomy of animals, students explore the many facets of science and its impact on their everyday lives.