Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute Held

East Carolina University’s College of Education hosted the Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute with two concurrent sessions-one for pre-service teachers and one for district literacy leaders from across eastern North Carolina on February 2, 2019. The session for pre-service teachers included a review of the development and progression of literacy skills and instruction needed to be successful on the Foundations of Reading Test required for licensure in North Carolina. District literacy leaders discussed advocacy and the issues and challenges literacy leaders and teachers face.  Dr. Continue reading →
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COE works with Pitt County Schools to Identify Potential Threats and Prevent School Violence

The COE Department of Educational Leadership takes our University’s motto, Servire, to heart. Recent school shooting tragedies like the one that occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida just over a year ago led to a collaboration between Pitt County Schools and Dr. Travis Lewis, ECU Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership, to develop training tailored to the specific needs of North Carolina school districts on how to effectively implement behavioral threat assessment & management strategies within local schools.  The initiative, Implementing Tailored Threat Continue reading →
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COE Speaker Series: Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice

COE Speaker Series: Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 4:00-6:00 East Carolina Heart Institute What is Deaf culture? Why is culture important for Deaf People of Color? How are Audism and Racism interconnected? Do you want to learn about intersectionality? Do you want to learn how to be more culturally responsive? Come learn about: Investigating the Matrix of Dominance Through Audism Rooted in Critical Race Theory, this presentation investigates the lived experience of Deaf people in the United States. We share an intersectional Continue reading →
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Spring 2019 Profiles in Diversity Honorees

Two members of the ECU College of Education faculty, Dr. Mikkaka Overstreet and Dr. Christina M. Tschida were named the Spring 2019 honorees for the Profiles in Diversity award at the college’s faculty and staff meeting on Friday, January 25. Started in 2015, the Profiles in Diversity award recognizes faculty or staff from across the ECU College of Education for their commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and social justice in their life and work. Special attention is given to faculty and staff whose identities Continue reading →
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The Rural Education Institute (REI) received $200,000 from Sanford Programs at National University

Sanford Philanthropy – The College of Education’s Rural Education Institute received $30,000 as initial seed money and $70,000 Direct pay from Sanford for travel to California for on-boarding and institutes, instructor pay, fees, and travel, and marketing and instruction design and materials support to offer Sanford Institute of Philanthropy training to all counties in Eastern NC in which our 43 school systems that are currently part of our Latham Clinical School Network reside. In addition to our school partners, REI will work to reach the Continue reading →
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Discoveries in Earth Science for Middle and High School Students with Blindness or Visual Impairment

Dr. Rhea Miles, associate professor in the Department of Math Science and Instructional Technology, was awarded $179,834.00 from the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation for the program Discoveries in Earth Science for Middle and High School Students with Blindness or Visual Impairment. The program Discoveries in Earth Science (DES) for 36 middle and high school students with blindness or visual impairments provides a unique opportunity for students in eastern North Carolina to learn earth science in a university setting. Student participants will develop skills for identifying and characterizing Continue reading →
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“Reading the Rainbow” receives Edward B. Fry book Award from Literacy Research Association

Dr. Caitlin Ryan, associate professor of reading education, and collaborator Jill Hermann-Wilmarth received the Edward B. Fry Book Award for outstanding   contributions to literacy research and practice for their book Reading the Rainbow: LGBTQ-Inclusive Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Classroom. The award was presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference on November 27, in Indian Wells, California. In a year with an unusually high number of submissions, the committee noted that Reading the Rainbow “advanced our knowledge about literacy, particularly related to the inclusion Continue reading →
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Visiting Scholar Profile: Dr. Fadekemi Oyewusi

Dr Fadekemi Oyewusi is an Associate Professor from the Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies,   Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. She is a specialist in school librarianship; and a Visiting Research Scholar and a Part-Time Instructor in the Library Science Program, Department of Interdisciplinary Professions in the College of Education. Her area of research is Bibliotherapy – book therapy or use of books for healing – which is employed in libraries by librarians with the intention to influence positive changes Continue reading →
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Kehayes establishes Wellness Infusion Initiative at Wilson Community College

As the Educational Support Counselor in Student Development at Wilson Community College (WCC), Kate Kehayes connects students with the resources to support their academic and personal goals. Kehayes began working at WCC as an intern while completing her Masters in Counselor Education at ECU.  During her internship, Kehayes helped develop the Early Alert Referral System (EARS), which allows instructors to identify underperforming students for additional outreach by counselors.  Working with at-risk students helped Kehayes identify common challenges faced by community college students such as: transportation, Continue reading →
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RESEARCH EMPOWERS PRINCIPALS

ECU research group studying effects of school leadership secures $9.7M grant A group of East Carolina University researchers studying the effects of school leadership have secured a five-year, $9.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The study is led by primary investigator Matt Militello, the Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor for ECU’s Department of Educational Leaderships in the College of Education. Militello is joined by co-investigators Len Annetta and Charity Cayton with the College of Education’s Department of Math, Science and Instructional Technology. “Innovate, Continue reading →
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