ECU College of Education hosts Annual Ceremony to Honor Scholarship Recipients, Donors

Video Slideshow from Donor and Scholarship Recipient Ceremony More than 100 students in the East Carolina University College of Education received a record amount of scholarship support for the upcoming academic year. For the 2017-18 academic year, more than $582,000 in merit and need-based scholarships were distributed to 102 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education students. The awards range from $250-$20,000. Some of the awards are open to all education students while others are earmarked for specific education majors or programs. “Attracting the best students and Continue reading →

ECU Awarded Grant to Enhance STEM Education

The East Carolina University College of Education was recently awarded a $599,939 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve undergraduate STEM education. Project INTERSECT (Interactive STEM Education Competence in Teaching) will address the nature and role of discipline-specific discourse in the classroom. The goal of the project is to explore how training with immersive classroom simulation activities affect the ability of ECU math and science teacher candidates use of discourse as a means of instruction. The Project INTERSECT team will use the Mursion Lab Continue reading →

Faculty Feature Friday: Tuning in to the Future

For the past four years Dr. Abbie Brown, East Carolina University Professor and Interim Chair in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education, has been reaching students and colleagues over the streaming airwaves of his podcast. The podcast, Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, & Learning Sciences, began in 2013 and is produced by Brown and his colleague Dr. Tim Green, professor of educational technology at California State University. Brown said the idea for the podcast arose after he used Flipboard—an Continue reading →

ECU Hosts Workshop for Teachers to Relay Dangers of Substance Dependencies

  The East Carolina University Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) hosted its fourth annual three-day workshop on June 19-21 for a group of local teachers in grades 6-12. During the workshop, teachers learn hands-on activities that will help relay the dangers of drug dependencies to their students. The workshop was co-created by Dr. Rhea Miles from ECU, and Dr. Scott Rawls from Temple University, and began in 2014 with a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Using planarians — a species Continue reading →

Masters of Math

Thirty teachers from eastern North Carolina complete graduate degrees     By Crystal Baity ECU News Services Thirty high school math teachers in eastern North Carolina recently earned their master’s degrees in education thanks to a unique blend of off campus, face to face and online classes led by East Carolina University faculty. It was the largest graduating class in the history of the program, which usually only has a few students complete the master’s program for high school mathematics each year, said Dr. Rose Continue reading →

New study looks at the impact of same-race teachers

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – A new study focusing on North Carolina students says black educators can help black students in the classroom. Morticia Walston teaches second grade at Trent Road elementary school in New Bern. “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” said Walston, quoting the book of Proverbs. “If they don’t see someone that looks like them, then they have no place to go.” She said being in front of this classroom is where she is meant to be. “I just always Continue reading →

‘WHAT YOU WEAR’ Researchers study the impact of young students wearing lab coats

An East Carolina University researcher is looking into how elementary school students view themselves as scientists and engineers when wearing lab coats. Dr. Tammy Lee, assistant professor of science education in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education in the ECU College of Education, has teamed up with colleagues at N.C. State University and The College of New Jersey for the study. This spring, 300 fifth-graders and five teachers in four schools in Pitt County have participated. “We know that there is some Continue reading →

Special education major receives Bassman Honors Thesis Award

Sarah Bonin, a College of Education student majoring in special education from Cary, has received the 2016-2017 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award. One student is selected each year for the outstanding senior Honors College thesis or project and a $500 award. Bonin created a reading and math curriculum for students in third through fifth grades, and is believed to be the first education student to win the award, said Dr. Guili Zhang, professor and interim chair of the Department of Special Education, Foundations and Continue reading →

Innovative University: the Advanced Degree Programs International Educators Need and Deserve

College of Education faculty members presented at the AASSA (Association of American Schools in South America) Educator’s Conference in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on March 31 and April 1. Dr. Matthew Militello, Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership; Dr. Len Annetta, Taft Distinguished Professor of Science Education; and Dr. Daniel Dickerson, Associate Professor of Science Education led a session, “Innovative University: The Advanced Degree Programs International Educators Need and Deserve.” “International educators face unique challenges as consumers of advanced degrees,” said Dr. Annetta. “These Continue reading →