College of Education hosts 232 clinical teachers

The East Carolina University College of Education hosted 232 clinical teachers in the Latham Clinical School Network March 14 and March 28.

The event provided activities centered around the theme of Crucial Conversations with clinical teachers regarding Teacher Performance Assessment and Electronic Evidences required for teacher education students. Teacher education students need those materials to complete their portfolios for licensure recommendation.

Sessions were presented by faculty members in the College of Education.

Attendees represented Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Edgecombe, Granville, Greene, Hertford, Johnston, Lenoir, Martin, Nash-Rocky Mount, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson County School Systems.

The event was organized by the Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach in the College of Education.

For more information, contact Christa Monroe ( or call the Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach at 252-328-2950.


ECU grad wins in robotics competition

East Carolina University alumna Elizabeth Pate, a 2011 graduate with a B.A. in physics and a B.S. in science, was a member of the group that took home second place this month in the Palmetto Regional robotics competition in Charleston, S.C.

Pate and her team competed in Rebound Rumble, building robots that could shoot foam basketballs through basketball hoops and balance on a teetering platform. The win qualifies them for national competition.

The competition is the flagship event of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) season in South Carolina. The Citadel and city of North Charleston hosted the 3-day Ninth Annual Competition, which drew 47 teams from eight states.

Pate is a science teacher at South Central High School in Greenville. For additional information, contact Pate at



Counselors Connect with the College of Education

ECU students and Apple Ambassadors, left to right, Tiera Bunyan, Jessica Milwood and Sara Graves greeted attendees at the Each One-Reach One event. Apple Ambassadors work with the College of Education to recruit prospective students.

The East Carolina University College of Education hosted 36 high school guidance counselors from eastern North Carolina Feb. 2

The “Each One – Reach One” event informed counselors about the university’s teacher education programs and education as a career choice. Participants were drawn from the Latham Clinical School Network, which comprises 36 counties in eastern North Carolina. The counselors represented Beaufort, Cumberland, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Lenoir, Martin, Nash-Rocky Mount, Pitt, Roanoke Rapids, Wayne and Wilson school districts.

Representatives from ECU Admissions, the Honors College and Financial Aid provided information for the counselors to help them assist students in their districts with applications for the university. College of Education personnel shared details about the university’s teacher education programs. They encouraged the counselors to prompt students about considering education as a career choice.

Participants indicated that the workshop was “very organized” with pertinent information. One counselor said, “This was an awesome opportunity. Thank you for the wealth of knowledge.”

For more information about recruitment efforts for the ECU College of Education, contact Laura Bilbro-Berry, assistant director of Teacher Education, at or 252-328-1123.


ECU education professor Christa Monroe speaks at the event for high school counselors. Seated, left to right, are faculty in the Office of Teacher Education Vivian Covington, Laura Bilbro-Berry and Susan Morgan.



Reading, Language Arts Conference set for February

The 30th annual Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at The City Hotel & Bistro in Greenville.

Keynoting the event is Dr. Julie Coiro of the University of Rhode Island, who will speak on “Understanding the new literacies of online reading comprehension.”

Concurrent sessions will focus on a variety of topics related to literacy.

Organizers expect more than 300 participants including K-12 teachers, reading specialists, ECU education students and university faculty.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at East Carolina University.

Dr. Mary Lois Staton, professor emeritus and outstanding professor of education at ECU for 27 years, is credited with initial conference development and endowment. Staton earned her undergraduate degree from Flora McDonald and her master’s degrees from East Carolina Teacher’s College and Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She completed her doctoral degree at UNC-Chapel Hill.

For registration information, contact the ECU Office of Continuing Studies at 252-328-9198. Additional details are available at



ECU College of Education honors eastern N.C. Teachers of the Year


Honoree Malinda Pennington speaks to fellow educators at the Each one - teach one event at East Carolina University.

The East Carolina University College of Education honored twenty eastern North Carolina Teachers of the Year Dec. 6 with a celebration of outstanding educators and their impact in the region.

Billed as “Each one, teach one,” the event included brainstorming sessions in which the honored educators discussed how to better promote the profession of teaching. Participants noted the need to portray positive images of education and recruiting young people who have the characteristics of good teachers.

The educators also shared on videotape their thoughts about why they teach. The video clips will be compiled into a promotional video for recruitment events.

The 20 eastern North Carolina Teachers of the Year honored at the event were Janita Allen, Jessica Ballstzglier, Andrea Bell, Andy Cole, Sherri Cox, Justin Frederes, Tammy Hedgepeth, Dewanna Holt, Jacqueline Lanier, Lori Lolies, Brian McDowell, Marie Mullins, Antio Nadioz, Malinda Pennington, Melissa Southerland, Elise Staats, Jennifer Tyndall, Chavaleh Wetzel, Donna Whitfield and Roneca Wallace.

Additional invitees included members of the Latham Clinical Schools Network as well as administrators and colleagues from the honored teachers’ districts. Several of the educators honored are alumni of the College of Education’s teacher education programs.

For additional information about ECU’s teacher recruitment efforts, contact Laura Bilbro-Berry, assistant director of Teacher Education, at or 252-328-1123.


The ECU College of Education honored 20 teachers of the year recipients from eastern North Carolina.


ECU ranked 2nd nationwide in national board certifications

North Carolina ranked first in the nation in national board certification of teachers, and East Carolina University earned a top ranking for newly certified alumni.

Appalachian State University leads the nation with 130 alumni who completed board certification in 2011. ECU came in 2nd with 118.

Teachers and counselors who completed national board certification in 2011 numbered 6,266, with 20% of those educators from North Carolina.

June Atkinson, state superintendent of the Public Schools of North Carolina, applauded the effort. She said, “National Board Certification is an incredibly rigorous process that requires teachers to look deep into how they provide classroom instruction to meet the academic needs of all their students. It requires a serious professional and personal commitment.

“We are so fortunate that so many of our teachers continue to be willing to make this commitment,” Atkinson said. “Our public school students are the ultimate winners as a result.”

The state’s total number of nationally board certified teachers numbers 19,193. That number includes 1,244 who were newly certified in 2011.

Nationwide there are 97,291 teachers who have completed the certification process.

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New online site created for history students, educators

A new online site for history educators and students at ECU is called The History Educator.

East Carolina University professors Dr. Larry Tise and Dr. Allen Guidry have created an online site for history educators and students. Entitled “The History Educator,” the site is available at

The site serves as an interactive tool and repository for research projects and writings from ECU faculty and students. The site includes a blog, network, discussion forum and links to additional sites of historical importance.

Tise said the site is a collaboration between historians and history educators at the university “to give recognition, continuing support and professional encouragement to history educators who have been awarded history education degrees from the university.”

“A further goal of the collaboration is to make a more effective use of those works that are already being accomplished by those rising and veteran history educators,” he said.

Tise said the site was designed for history educators, as a place that encourages active collaboration, promotes discussion of ideas and concerns, offers tools and assistance and provides a venue for them to display their research.

Tise is a professor of history in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Guidry is a professor in the ECU College of Education.




ASSISTments training set for Nov. 12 at ECU

Teachers and administrators from eastern North Carolina will gather at East Carolina University Nov. 12 to learn how to use the ASSISTments learning technology, an intelligent tutoring system that offers students individualized help on basic concepts while providing teachers with assessment data.

The training is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 337 of the Flanagan Building on campus.

Participants may earn two continuing education credits and a stipend of $100 by attending the Nov. 12 event, joining in four additional hours of online instruction and working individually for a minimum of 10 hours to prepare and carry out lessons using ASSISTments.

Instructors for the event include Cristina Heffernan, co-founder of the technology and a math teacher, and Christine O’Connor, a certified teacher trainer and 8th grade teacher. Participants will experience ASSISTments from the students’ and teacher’s perspectives, working through lessons and later studying the data generated from their activities.

ASSISTments was developed by Dr. Neil Heffernan, associate professor in computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He created the program to help failing students in his math class while he was working with Teach for America.

The program is now customizable to any subject area. It is free and available at

The event was organized by ECU’s Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education in the College of Education, through a partnership between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ECU and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.



College of Education journal publishes Open Theme issue

The editorial team of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction has published a new issue of the journal at The journal has been produced since 2007 in East Carolina University’s College of Education, in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Executive editor is Dr. Diane Kester in the College of Education.

The recent issue features lead editor Dr. Amy Broemmel, associate professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Broemmel co-wrote the introductory article with Karen Lucas, assistant editor and doctoral candidate at University of Tennessee. They introduced the issue with an article entitled, “Navigating the ever-changing educational system.”

Additional articles include “Finding and redefining the meaning of teaching: Exploring the experiences of mid-career teachers”; “Investigating the Relationship between Elementary Teacher Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Instructional Practices, and Student Mathematics Achievement”; and “High School Philosophy Teachers’ Use of Textbooks: Critical Thinking or Teaching to the Text?”

The Journal of Curriculum and Instruction is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that provides a forum for the dissemination of articles focused on research, practice, and related issues relevant to teaching and learning in the preK-12 environment.