ECU grad named to emerging leaders class

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Kenneth “Kenny” McKee of Asheville, who earned a master’s degree in reading education from East Carolina University in May, has been named to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Emerging Leaders Class of 2014. He is an instructional coach with Buncombe County Schools in Asheville.

The ASCD Emerging Leaders program is designed to prepare a young, diverse group of educators for potential influence and ASCD leadership. Typically, emerging leaders have been in the education profession about five to 15 years.

“We (the department) are very proud of Kenny’s accomplishments and this well-deserved recognition,” said Dr. Katherine Misulis, chair of the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education in the ECU College of Education.
Forty-five educators from across the nation were selected to participate in the prestigious two-year program. It is the largest group in the program’s history.

The 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders will have access to a pool of grant funds, designed to support students through innovative approaches to whole child education and to help emerging leaders grow professionally. Activities for Emerging Leaders may include serving on committees, hosting networking events for educators, advocating for sound education policy and contributing to ASCD publications.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and leading while promoting the success of each child. To learn more about ASCD and the 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders, visit www.ascd.org.

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ECU professor joins national press briefing on teacher performance assessment

ECU College of Education professor Dr. Diana Lys, second from right, spoke at the National Press Club about ECU's experience with a new teacher candidate assessment program. (Contributed photo)

ECU College of Education professor Dr. Diana Lys, second from right, spoke at the National Press Club about ECU’s experience with a new teacher candidate assessment program. (Contributed photo)

 

By Jessica Nottingham
College of Education

The College of Education at East Carolina University was the only institute of higher education represented at the American Association of College Teacher Education press briefing that marked the national launch of teacher performance assessment, referred to as edTPA, after two years of field testing.

edTPA was designed to set a national standard of assessing the capabilities of aspiring teachers, similar to the bar exam for law students. Teacher education candidates seeking their initial teaching license submit an edTPA portfolio of materials and a video that shows them at work in the classroom during their student teaching internship. The candidates are evaluated based on their ability to develop lesson plans, respond to student needs, set standards, differentiate instruction and analyze whether their students are learning, according to the AACTE launch announcement. Trained education professionals score the portfolios.

Dr. Diana Lys, director of assessment and accreditation for the College of Education, was invited to speak at the National Press Club about ECU’s extensive experience with the new teacher candidate assessment that is now ready for all teacher preparation institutes across the country to implement.

edTPA allows individuals across disciplines to speak a common language and to share innovative practices, said Lys at the AACTE briefing. She said edTPA was a “lever for change” at ECU and that it has helped build a bridge to practice between the university and its partner schools.

ECU has been engaged in edTPA since the nationwide pilot began three years ago. The university recorded 96 percent participation among spring student teaching interns in 2013 and is currently the only university in the state to have all education programs on campus participating. edTPA is not mandated by the state of North Carolina, which makes ECU’s breadth and depth of engagement with the  assessment most noteworthy.

“AACTE is proud of the innovative work being done by teacher education faculty and leaders at East Carolina University,” said Saroja Barnes, senior director for professional issues with the AACTE. “We applaud them for the reforms they have engaged in, particularly in relation to their use of performance-based assessments of teacher candidates and clinical practice models. Their reform efforts demonstrate the power of transformative action at the local level to engage in change for improvement. Ultimately it is this type of change that will move the needle on high quality educator preparation and PK-12 student achievement.”

Jaclyn Midgette, a 2013 ECU graduate and now 4th grade reading and social studies teacher at Bullock Elementary School in Lee County, was featured in “Education Week” recently for her experience as a beginning teacher who completed edTPA as an undergraduate student. Even though she described it as “stressful, drawn-out and exhausting,” she said that the assessment process taught her how to reflect on each lesson, which she now does every day.

The briefing was held on November 8 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and Lys served as a panelist alongside a new teacher who completed edTPA as a student, AACTE leaders, state policy leaders from Illinois and Washington states and National Education Association partners.

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ECU’s College of Education awards $260,000 in scholarships to 95 students

The freshman class of Maynard Scholars for the College of Education pose at the annual scholarship recognition and donor appreciation event held Aug. 23. (Contributed photos)

The freshman class of Maynard Scholars for the College of Education pose at the annual scholarship recognition and donor appreciation event held Aug. 23. (Contributed photos)

The College of Education at East Carolina University presented approximately $260,000 in scholarship awards to 95 students during the scholarship recognition and donor appreciation ceremony Aug. 23 at Rock Springs Center in Greenville.

The scholarships and awards ranged from $250 to $20,000 each and were granted to students enrolled in the College of Education for the 2013-2014 academic year. Private donations fund the scholarships, 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 Provost Marilyn Sheerer assisted Dean Linda Patriarca in recognizing the donors and accomplished students. Approximately 300 people attended the ceremony and reception, including scholarship recipients, their guests, scholarship donors, board members, volunteers, faculty and staff.

The following students were recognized:

Heather Alexander: $2,000 Burney & Judy Warren Scholarship

Angela Ball: $5,000 Teer-Mihalyi Enrichment Scholarship

Jared Ballew: $2,000 H. Frances Daniels Scholarship and $2,500 Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship

Daniel Barnes: $800 Dianne and Chip Linville Doctoral Fellowship Endowment Fund

Lexie Barton: $20,000 Maynard Scholar ($5,000 is awarded annually for four years)

Mara Ellen Benson: $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Heather Blackwell: $3,000 Linda Haddock McRae Memorial Scholarship

Michelle Broadhurst: $3,000 Emily S. Boyce Fellowship

Shelia Byrnes-Nedoma: $800 Dianne and Chip Linville Doctoral Fellowship Endowment Fund and $2,500 Ralph Brimley Enrichment Fund

Laura Cahoon: $2,500 Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship, $5,000 Osmond Mitchell Endowment and $1,000 Charles and Beth Ward Scholarship in Elementary Education

Thomas Callon: $14,000 Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship for Partnership East Students ($7,000 is awarded annually for two years) and $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Kathryn Camilleri: $2,500 Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship and $500 Kara Lynn Corey Fennell

Wendy Carroll: $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Krystyna Castro: $1,000 Becky Keith Ledford Scholarship

Dr. Linda Patriarca, left, dean of the College of Education, congratulates Taylor Waters on receiving two scholarships. 

Dr. Linda Patriarca, left, dean of the College of Education, congratulates Taylor Waters on receiving two scholarships.

Meredith Clark: $14,000 Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship for Partnership East Students ($7,000 is awarded annually for two years) and $500 Dr. John T. Richards Scholarship

James Clemson: $800 Dr. Moses M. Sheppard Scholarship Fund

Julie Coates: $2,500 Mack and Margaret Coble Doctoral Fellowship

Brett Congleton: $20,000 Maynard Scholar ($5,000 is awarded annually for four years)

Alex Dennis: $1,000 Frank G. Fuller Scholarship

Catherine Dulmaine: $3,000 Daisy Carson Latham Memorial Scholarship, $3,000 Doris Burnette Scholarship and $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Brooke Edwards: $2,500 Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship, $5,000 Osmond Mitchell Endowment and $2,000 Faye Marie Creegan Scholarship Endowment Fund

Allie Efting: $1,000 Angel Boberg-Webb Memorial Scholarship and $2,500 Tony R. Banks Scholarship in Special Education

Katie Erb: $1,000 Carolyn C. Matthews Jones Scholarship, $2,300 Helen Armfield Crowder Scholarship and $800 Dr. Moses M. Sheppard Scholarship Fund

Brandie Everhart: $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Sara Farwell: $2,000 Burney & Judy Warren Scholarship and $2,500 Tony R. Banks Scholarship in Special Education

Caroline Frey: $1,000 Carolyn C. Matthews Jones Scholarship

Brianna Garbacik: $20,000 Maynard Scholar ($5,000 is awarded annually for four years)

Michelle Gianvito: $2,000 Kay Hall Chesson Scholarship and $350 Marjorie Harrison Freshman Award

James Gilliam: $5,000 Dr. Suzanne Wester, M.D. Scholarship

Heather Gray: $2,500 Mack and Margaret Coble Doctoral Fellowship and $1,000 Smith Gardner Education Leadership Fellowship

Jessica Gruber: $10,000 Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship ($2,500 awarded is awarded annually for four years)

Darla Gunter: $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Hannah Hairr: $1,500 Catherine Jones Baggett Scholarship and $1,250 Boyette/Batton Memorial Scholarship Fund

Amy Hann: $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Kristan Hanson: $2,000 Burney & Judy Warren Scholarship

Casey Herring: $20,000 Maynard Scholar ($5,000 is awarded annually for four years)

Hannah Hollingsworth: $14,000 Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship ($7,000 is awarded annually for two years)

Mackinsay Howe: $500 Sally Ruth Hinton Klingenschmit Scholarship

Katie Hudson: $1,500 Helen Massey Harrell Memorial Scholarship

Meecha Jackson: $850 Audrey V. Dempsey Junior Award

Mykellah Jarvis: $1,250 Dr. James W. Batten Research Fellows Scholarship

Jennifer Jones: $20,000 Maynard Scholar ($5,000 is awarded annually for four years)

Kayla Jones Hacker: $1,500 Mona W. Jarvis Elementary Education Scholarship

Pamela Kennedy: $500 Laughinghouse-Leary Scholarship

Morgan Kennedy: $2,500 Tony R. Banks Scholarship in Special Education

Angelina Knies: $1,000 Dr. Betty M. Long Memorial Scholarship

Ana Kyres: $1,500 Mona W. Jarvis Elementary Education Scholarship

Nissa LaMunyon: $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Tiffany Leary: $5,000 Mary Lois Staton Scholarship

Vincent Lewis: $1,500 David and B.J. Fisher Scholarship

Nannette Lowe: $2,500 Ralph Brimley Enrichment Fund

Patricia Martin: $1,000 Glatthorn Dissertation Award

Timothy Maynard: $1,000 Floyd & Pauline Mattheis Scholarship

Skylar Mills: $1,250 Boyette/Batton Memorial Scholarship Fund, $3,000 Doris Burnette Scholarship and $1,000 Sheltering Home Circle of the King’s Daughters and Sons Scholarship

Amber Narron: $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Michelle Nendza: $1,000 Dr. Charles R. Coble Scholarship

Murphy Newton: $2,000 Burney & Judy Warren Scholarship, $1,500 Kallam/Moore Scholarship and $5,000 Teer-Mihalyi Enrichment Scholarship

Elizabeth Oakley: $1,000 Katie Earle Owen Morgan Scholarship and $5,000 Mary Lois Staton Scholarship

Melanie Overton: $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Mary Page: $1,000 James and Virginia Tucker Scholarship

Kimberly Pernell: $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Rebecca Poole: $20,000 Maynard Scholar ($5,000 is awarded annually for four years)

Casey Preddy: $14,000 Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship ($7,000 is awarded annually for two years) and $2,500 Tony R. Banks Scholarship in Special Education

Sheila Riffle: $1,000 Carolyn C. Matthews Jones Scholarship

Esmeralda Rodriguez: $5,000 Benjamin Scott Denton Graduate Fellowship in Special Education

Kristin Roman: $1,000 Carolyn C. Matthews Jones Scholarship, $3,000 Helen Armfield Crowder Scholarship and $1,000 Doris Burnette Scholarship

Serenity Rudy: $1,000 Carolyn C. Matthews Jones Scholarship

Tarryn Rutherford: $350 Lena Ellis Sophomore Award

Jacqueline Smith: $350 Thomas Clay Williams Memorial Scholarship

Lanie Smith: $20,000 Maynard Scholar ($5,000 is awarded annually for four years)

Haley Sparrow: $20,000 Maynard Scholar ($5,000 is awarded annually for four years)

Benjamin Stallings: $20,000 Maynard Scholar ($5,000 is awarded annually for four years)

Kathryn Stanley: $10,000 Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship ($2,500 is awarded annually for four years)

Chris Stilley: $2,000 Faye Marie Creegan Scholarship Endowment Fund

Floyd Allen Strader: $3,000 Daisy Carson Latham Memorial Scholarship, $3,000 Don and Linda Lassiter Scholarship and $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Abby Strickland: $2,000 H. Frances Daniels Scholarship and $1,000 Kay Hall Chesson Scholarship

GeoQuesha Strong: $3,500 Mary Elizabeth Austin Yancey Scholarship Fund

Donna Stroud: $1,500 J. Worth Carter Scholarship

Vicki Thomas: $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Mary Tobin: $3,000 Linda Haddock McRae Memorial Scholarship

Jacqueline Traish: $1,250 Dr. James W. Batten Research Fellows Scholarship, $250 John and Kathy Harris Scholarship and $5,000 Osmond Mitchell Endowment

Tina Venturella: $3,000 Don and Linda Lassiter Scholarship

Lynda Walker: $1,000 Wells Fargo Partnership East Stipend Scholarship

Bethany Wantz: $5,000 Osmond Mitchell Endowment

Taylor Waters: $1,500 Andy Roos Memorial Scholarship and $1,000 Ellen Boone Staton Memorial Scholarship

Blaire Watford: $1,000 Craig W. and Ruth T. Joyner Family Scholarship and $5,000 Osmond Mitchell Endowment

Savannah Wellborn: $5,000 Osmond Mitchell Endowment

Greer De Anne Welborn: $1,000 Michael Bunting Scholarship for Wells Fargo Partnership East

Jeanann Woodard: $20,000 Maynard Scholar ($5,000 is awarded annually for four years)

Majesta Lee Young: $2,000 James Bryant Kirkland Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Middle Grades Scholarhsip

For more information about the College of Education scholarship recognition and donor appreciation ceremony and scholarships that the college offers, contact Jessica Nottingham at nottinghamj@ecu.edu.

Elizabeth Oakley, center, is congratulated on receiving the Katie Earle Owen Morgan Scholarship by the scholarship's namesake, Katie Morgan, right, and the scholarship's donor, Coral Whichard, left, during the scholarship and donor appreciation event . 

With the help of former COE development officer, Cynthia Adams (not pictured), Coral (left) and Kennith (not pictured) Whichard Jr. established the Katie Earle Owen Morgan Scholarship in honor of Katie Morgan (right). Elizabeth Oakley (center) is the 2013-2014 recipient of this scholarship.

 

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ECU community mourns loss of instructor

By Kathryn Kennedy and Jeannine Manning Hutson
ECU News Services

Co-workers and students of East Carolina University teaching instructor Debbie O’Neal are grieving this week following her death March 31.

She and her husband – both rated pilots – were killed when their fixed-wing Lancair LC-42 aircraft crashed in a Winston-Salem residential neighborhood after experiencing engine trouble, a National Traffic Safety Board official told media on Monday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Rock Springs Center, 4025 N.C. Highway 43 N, Greenville.

An additional memorial service was held Tuesday, April 2 at the Washington Eye Center, where her husband, Dennis, worked.

O’Neal came to ECU in 2004, and this semester she was teaching three sections of English composition in the classroom and two distance-education sections of English grammar.

Department of English Chair Jeffrey Johnson spent Tuesday meeting with students in O’Neal’s classes, accompanied by staff from the ECU counseling center. He said the students were “taking it hard,” and many asked if they could reach out to her family.

“Her students know how invested she was in them,” Johnson said. “She was really outgoing, full of energy and ideas, generous with her time. All these qualities of hers…make (the loss) even harder.”

O’Neal was very involved in the ECU Language Academy, which provides intensive English-language instruction to international students and professionals. She also worked with the College of Education by developing ways to integrate English as a second language (ESL) teacher education into existing curriculum.

Marjorie Ringler, associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership, said she and O’Neal worked closely for years. “We were inseparable at work and as friends as well,” Ringler said Tuesday.

O’Neal was a linguist and Ringler works on partnerships with principals and school districts; together they were a great team, Ringler said. The pair recently attended an international conference in Dallas, presenting their success in teaching English as a second language in a rural eastern North Carolina school.

O’Neal engaged her classroom students as well, Ringler said, and held them to high standards.

“In the Department of English, she saw her students as her kids,” Ringler continued. “She was a mother to them because (she taught) the freshman composition class.”

She added that O’Neal kept in touch with many students and would get Facebook and email messages about how she had changed their lives. “She made sure everybody knew that she cared,” Ringler said.

“She lived life to the fullest. She was a pilot, made her own jewelry, and was always in touch with her three kids. She skied as well. What did she not do? And she tackled everything head on.”

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ECU alum speaks at national education conference

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An East Carolina University graduate shared her experiences as a first-year, middle school math teacher at a national education conference Feb. 27-March 2.

Lauren Williams Harvey ‘12 served as a panelist at the annual American Association of Teacher Education Conference (AACTE), held this year in Orlando, Fla. She spoke on how an innovative program at ECU’s College of Education prepared her for teaching.

The College is in its third year of implementing edTPA, an assessment tool that measures the teaching behaviors and effectiveness of education students. edTPA was developed by Stanford University in partnership with AACTE.

“Being a first-year teacher can be stressful, but the preparation I received…allowed me to feel confident in my classroom,” said Harvey, who teaches sixth-grade math at E.B. Aycock Middle School in Greenville. “With this confidence, I feel that I am able to meet the individual needs of all of my students on a daily basis.”

ECU administrators recommended Harvey to serve as a panelist for the session, titled “edTPA Into Practice: Novice Teachers Speak Out,” because of the university’s extensive adoption of edTPA and the deep engagement of the faculty with Stanford University and its Center for Assessment, Learning, & Equity, according to Susan Petroff, vice president of AACTE.

“The opportunity to speak at the AACTE conference on edTPA gave me a chance to both share my experiences through the process as well as advocate for the College of Education,” said Harvey, who one of only three new graduates to appear on the conference agenda.

During the panel session, Harvey reflected on how the middle grades education program at ECU prepared her to execute the edTPA process and, more importantly, to be a successful new teacher.

“Each day, I reflected on my lessons and how well my students were performing, but the edTPA allowed me to focus on specific needs and common errors that may occur during a lesson.”

In her remarks, Harvey said that edTPA was a rich, challenging opportunity that allowed her to demonstrate her pedagogical knowledge and skills. From making sure that she was planning instruction that reached all students, to assessing student work to identify gaps in instruction or misconceptions existing among her students, participating in edTPA at ECU made Harvey a confident, prepared first-year teacher.

“This truly was a memorable occasion,” said Dr. Linda Patriarca, dean of the College of Education. “Listening to her articulate so clearly and cogently how she plans, instructs and assesses the students in her class and how she uses the data to inform her planning and subsequent day’s instruction was awe inspiring.”

For more information about ECU’s College of Education, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/. For more details on the edTPA, visit http://edtpa.aacte.org/.

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