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News: 01-06-2014


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CDLC Announces Winners of 2014 Research Fellowship Competition

The Coalition of Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s research fellowship competition.  Funds for the fellowships came from Dean Karen Wixson and from Vice Chancellor Terri Shelton. The winning projects are as follows:

Melody Zoch and Amy Vetter, along with school partners in Asheboro City Schools: Promoting equitable literacy education for students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds by supporting teachers through professional development

Edna Tan and Bev Faircloth: Teaching science for social justice: A community based STEM club for refugee youth

Ye ‘Jane’ He, Ang Chen, and Kristine Lundgren: Intercultural exploration of Chinese education, health, and sports through a comprehensive cross-cultural experience

Jigna Dharod: Feeding the family in a foreign country: Understanding home food environment and food insecurity experiences of Latino immigrants 

Congratulations to all of the winners!


SOE New Year Reception – Saturday, January 11

Dean Wixson invites all SOE faculty and staff to the SOE New Year Reception, taking place on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 7-9pm at the UNCG Alumni House (404 College Ave, Greensboro, NC, 27412).  Please join us for an evening of light hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drinks, music provided by jazz pianist Thomas Linger, and fellowship as we welcome the arrival of a New Year and a new semester!

Spouses, partners, and significant others are welcome to attend – however we do request that the evening is for ‘Adults Only’. Dress for the evening is casual.

RSVP your attendance by Friday, January 3, 2014 to Rachel Williams (

We hope you will join us for this special evening!


Farewell to Sheila Gambardella

Sheila Gambardella, who has served as the SOE Post-Award Research Coordinator, has left UNCG to accept a position in the private sector. Sheila has worked at UNCG for 10 years, serving 2 ½ years of those years in SOE. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors!

For those of you who have grant related questions please contact Pre-Award Research Coordinator Deana Hasty at


Next SOE Book Club Read

The next book club read will be The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. Discussion date TBD.  Information on the book can be found at here.


Spring 2014 Course Shells Now Available in Blackboard

Spring 2014 course shells are now available in Blackboard!

If you would like any course content copied from spring 2013 or fall 2013 semester(s), please contact Nanette DeBerry (

If you would like to have course sections combined, please complete a Blackboard Course Combine Request Form.  The Registrar’s office will combine the sections and contact you once this action is complete.


Save the Date – 2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony

The 2014 School of Education Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Spring and Summer Semester 2014 graduates will receive an email with additional details and instructions on registering for the Ceremony. More details on the SOE Commencement Ceremony will be posted on the SOE website in January.

 Teaching Fellows Save the Date

LMS Study Underway

(message from Nanette DeBerry, SOE Instructional Technology Consultant)

UNCG ITS and the Academic Technology Coordination (ATCC) Committee are conducting a detailed LMS study at the request of the Provost and Vice Chancellor of ITS. UNCG’s Blackboard Learn contract expires in a few years. Therefore, we are exploring the strengths & weaknesses of other LMSs.

ITS/ATCC are seeking faculty volunteers from each unit to pilot test the latest versions of Blackboard, Canvas and Desire2Learn beginning Spring 2014.

The pilots of these LMSs will begin Spring semester 2014.  Please contact Nanette DeBerry if you would like to participate in the LMS pilot testing.

Please be advised that Nanette DeBerry ( and Matthew Fisher ( will be available to provide any support on the pilots that you may need. Please contact Matt or Nanette if you have any questions regarding the LMS study. Thank you for your consideration, and we hope to hear from you soon.


 SOE ITS Training Options

The Technology Steering Committee and Instructional Technology Group are committed to supporting faculty by providing training and educational resources for developing online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. In response to the faculty retreat evaluations, SOE ITS is offering a variety of options for instructional technology support. A full listing of training options can be found  here.


Teacher Education Faculty Professional Learning Community

Through Project ENRICH, we are establishing a faculty professional learning community around facilitating teacher candidate use of technology in teaching. The group is open to full time faculty, adjunct faculty and advanced graduate students who teach in the initial licensure programs. Participants will set their own individual goals to develop an activity or assignment for their courses that enhances candidate use of technology in teaching (either online teaching or face-to-face using technology). Participating faculty will contribute to the School of Education online repository of resources for teaching with technology.  Those who participate regularly will be eligible to receive a stipend, money to purchase technology needed for the activities that they develop, and travel funds to present on their work at conferences such as ISTE or Lilly.  If interested, please contact Christina O’Connor at


SOE Technology Orientation Available Online

For an overview of technology services and resources available to faculty and staff in the SOE and campus, click on the School of Education Technology Orientation.


Training and Educational Resources

The Technology Steering Committee and Instructional Technology Group are committed to supporting faculty by providing training and educational resources for developing online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. Click here for more information.


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

Alumna Johanna Wolf, a graduate of the first cohort in the dual major in elementary education and special education, is part of a team at North Carolina State University that are finalists in the Emerging Issues Grant competition through the State Employee’s Credit Union.  Their proposal, Collaborative Coaching and Practice (CCaP), is focused on retaining ILTs beyond the first three years in the classroom through effective coaching and differentiated professional development. Johanna is currently enrolled in the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction program at NCSU.


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