The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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Announcements: 10-8-2012


Teachers Academy Recently Awarded $29,000

The Teachers Academy recently awarded $29,000 in University-School Teacher Education Partnership (USTEP) Grants for 10 collaborative projects proposed by UNCG faculty and their school partners in the following school districts: Alamance-Burlington, Asheboro City, Guilford County, Randolph, Rockingham, and Surry. TEHE faculty involved in these grants include: Jewell Cooper, Bev Faircloth, Ye He, Barbara Levin, Kerri Richardson, Edna Tan, Amy Vetter, and Holt Wilson. Three TEHE graduate students are also active partners on these grants: Tracy Howell, Joy Myers, and Christina O’Connor. Dr. Catherine Ennis (KIN) is a partner in the Surry County USTEP grant.


University Headshots

University photographers will provide headshots for UNCG faculty and staff. Headshots are taken in the University Relations photo studio at 1100 West Market Street (Suite 201). The photographer will select the best photograph and email it directly to you.

Please get a headshot if you do not have a photo for the SOE website directory.

For more information please visit the Branding Guide website here.


Dean’s Coffee Talks

Please join Dean Wixson for an upcoming “coffee chat”. Your questions, comments and ideas are welcome. The next sessions will be held in SOEB 301 on the following dates/times:

10/17 – 1:00

11/13 – 9:00


LIS – Online Teaching Workshop

LIS is offering an online teaching workshop for all SOE faculty on the morning of 11/9/12. We will also put in the SOE Announcements for the next several weeks.


UNCG School of Education Faculty:

My name is Mallory Nye and I am the Undergraduate Representative from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro for The Triad Teaching Fellows Education Conference, formerly known as The Triad Teaching Fellows Leadership Conference. This Conference centers around: Technology, Leadership, Common Core, STEM, Literacy, ELL, Special Education, Assessment, Diverse Learners, and Specialty Areas (Drama, Art, Physical Education, Occupational Therapy, etc.). Our targeted group consists of pre-service teachers in all academic areas of study as well as high school students in “Project Persist” and “Teacher Cadets.”

I would like to extend an opportunity for you all to present at this year’s conference at UNCG on March 2, 2013. Your expertise and knowledge in these fields will definitely benefit future teachers.

Further details regarding presenter registration for this event will be sent out on October 19, 2012. Please keep an eye out for this opportunity.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to working with you.


Mallory Nye


SOE Online Learning Brown Bag Lunch

This is an opportunity for individuals who are currently teaching, creating, or thinking about online learning to get together for some conversation about any and all topics related to online learning.  A welcome is extended to anyone who would like to attend!  For a recap of the meeting and to stay abreast of what is going on, check out the new School of Education Online Learning Blog!    This newly developed blog will also serve as a repository of online tips, best practices, videos, etc. to assist you and your students as you navigate through the world of online learning.

Presented below are some highlights.

Monthly Meetings:

Mark your calendars – School of Education Online Learning Brown Bag Luncheons will be held the first Monday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 PM.


Faculty, Staff, Student and Alumni Accomplishments

Stephanie Kurtts, SES, recently presented an invited professional development for Appalachian State University faculty along with colleagues Cathy Hamilton, Office of Leadership and Service Learning, Emily Janke, Office of Research and Economic Development, and Patrick Lee Lucas, Department of Interior Architecture. The title of the professional development was “Embedding Community-Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure Policy and Practice: An Example from UNCG.”

Laura Gonzalez, along with Amy Samek and Donna Weaver from CFNC, presented a workshop entitled, “Empowering parents as career and college readiness partners” at the NC DPI College and Career Ready Counselor Institute (Friday, October 5, 2012).  School Counselors from around the state attended and learned about the parent curriculum that was created for CFNC by several CED faculty members (Drs. Gonzalez, Borders, Villalba and Hines).  The 6-part curriculum was available in both English and Spanish, and conference attendees had the opportunity to see some sample topics and activities, then sign up for early implementation at their schools.

The Principal Fellows from the Educational Leadership department at UNCG spent October 4th volunteering at Dillard Elementary School in Madison, North Carolina.  The Principal Fellows applied course work to actual experience as they taught classes, read to students and worked with teachers during their volunteer experience.

PhD Students Published in International Journal

Learning for Democracy: A Journal of Thought and Practice is an international, independent peer-reviewed journal hosted by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The vision of the journal was described well by Joanna Swann
in the first issue: “How can we encourage democracy? This is the practical problem addressed by Learning for Democracy. The Journal is premised on the idea that learning—informal and formal, at home, in school and in the workplace—is central to any solution (p. 1)”. Erick
Pryor, Sheryl Lieb, Pamela Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Carrino and Michelle Soler are philosophical advocates from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations (UNCG) and have engaged the journal with meaningful discussions

Pryor, E. G. (2012). A Space for Conflict: An Essay on Violence in Schools. Learning for Democracy, 4(3).

Lieb, S. J. (2012). Choosing Our Humanity: Reviving Existential Philosophy for Democracy and Artful Living in a 21st Century Technocratic Culture. Learning for Democracy, 4(3).

Fitzpatrick, P. (2012). Life Balance for Women: Edith Stein Instructs. Learning for Democracy, 4(3).

Carrino, S. S. (2012). Digital Space, Education, and the Body: Swimming in Uncertainty. Learning for Democracy, 4(3).

Soler, M. L. (2012). Meaningful Cultural Interpretation: A Pragmatist Notion of Aesthetic Experience. Learning for Democracy, 4(3).

We also thank Guest Editor for the Special Graduate Edition, Dr. Glenn Hudak (UNCG) for his devotion to articles reporting theoretical, historical and philosophical perspectives on learning for democracy. If interested in exploring these articles please visit or search for them in any academic database.

Be well,

Derek B. Shaw

Graduate Assistant, ELC Department


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