The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
School of Education

News: 01-13-2014


Welcome to the First Day of Spring Semester 2014!

SOE’s Online Graduate Education Programs Ranked by U.S. News

UNCG’s online master’s program in education ranked 61st among similar programs across the country in U.S. News’ just-released 2014 rankings for Best Online Programs. Read more here: Online Nursing, Education Graduate Programs Ranked By US News

Dean’s Update – Spring Semester 2014

Please find the link to the January 2014 Dean’s Update here. You can find information on:

  • New Faculty and Staff
  • Upcoming Events
  • New and Continuing Initiatives
  • Budget Update
  • Faculty Council
  • Staff News


Farewell to Babbette Mabe

(message from Jacqueline Dozier, Director, Office of Student Services & Advising)

The Office of Student Services would like to announce that Babbette Mabe will be leaving us on Friday, January 17th as she has accepted a position in the campus Contracts & Grants Office.

Babbette has been a vital member of the OSS team and she will be dearly missed.  Please take an opportunity to send Babbette well wishes on her new position.

All responsibilities attached to her position have been temporarily reallocated until we are able to open a search.  Please contact me directly for those assignments.  My best, Jacqueline Dozier


USTEP Grants Awarded to 5 Projects

Five more University-School Teacher Education partnership (USTEP) grants in the amount of $3,000 each were recently awarded for the following projects. As part of these grants, UNCG faculty work collaboratively with Piedmont area schools to provide pro bono support for these projects:

  • Drs. Jeanette Alarcon and Jennifer Mangrum (TEHE) will work with Siler City Elementary in Chatham County by providing professional development, coaching, and lesson support for eight social studies teachers as they integrate and teach English language arts, social studies, and Common Core State Standards.
  • Drs. C.P. Gause and Bev Faircloth (TEHE) will assist six Hairston Middle School teachers in Guilford County as they undertake teacher action research in their classrooms on effective strategies that harness and empower student diversity.
  • Josh Eanes and Jon Williams, both UNCG Principal Fellows at McMichael High School in Rockingham County, along with Dr. Carl Lashley (ELC), will use USTEP funds to continue leading professional development about co-teaching and inclusion, including a book study, and support for additional planning time.
  • Dr, Katherine Ennis (KIN) will work with Gentry Middle School teachers in Surry County to identify Middle School objectives for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) objectives that will lead to externship experiences in business and industry for eight STEM teachers.These externship experiences will be used to design Project-Based Leaning (PBL) units for students.
  • Dr. Jennifer Mangrum (TEHE) will provide professional development for teachers at Murphey Traditional Academy in Guilford County about the Paideia Seminar cycle using material from the powerful quilt collection of a UNCG alumnus, Gwen Jones McGee, to plan Paideia seminars. A student fieldtrip to the Weatherspoon Art Gallery is also planned.

SOE Staff Assembly – Wednesday, January 15

The next SOE Staff Assembly will take place on Wednesday, January 15 at 9am in Room #307 SOEB.  All SOE staff are invited to attend.

SOE International Student Welcoming and Social Get-Together – Thursday, January 16

SOE international students, and faculty and students who are interested in working with international students, are invited to participate in a Welcoming and Social get-together from 11:30am-1pm this Thursday, January 16 in room #307 of the School of Education Building. Click here for the event flyer.


Coffee Talk with Dean Wixson – Tuesday, February 4

The next Coffee Talk with Dean Wixson is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 4 from 10-11am in Room #301 SOEB. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this open discussion session.


2014 SOE Research Symposium – Friday, February 14

Making a Difference: Using Research to Inform Educational Policy and Practice

Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:30am-1:30pm

UNCG School of Education Building, Room #114

Research Photo 1 Research Photo 2

Join the UNCG School of Education (SOE) for a research symposium regarding faculty engagement with local school systems through research and the effect on educational policy and practice.

A panel discussion featuring state government and educational policy makers will discuss how research is utilized and ways that faculty can provide valuable resources for policy decisions.

Keynote speaker for the Symposium will by Dr. Paul LeMahieu, Vice-President of the Carnegie Foundation. School of Education faculty members Heidi Carlone, Craig Peck, and Rick Reitzug will be presenting examples of their most recent research projects.

Symposium is free and open to the public (registration required) – boxed lunch will be provided.

Please register your attendance to the symposium no later than Monday, February 10, 2014 by completing the Symposium Registration Form: 2014 Research Symposium Registration Form

For questions regarding the Research Symposium, please contact Terry Ackerman at or 336-334-3439, or visit the 2014 Research Symposium Event Page.

In the event of inclement weather, please check back to this page for notices regarding rescheduling or cancellations.


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.


Blackboard (Spring and Fall 2011) Courses Archive

Spring and Fall 2011 courses will be removed from the Blackboard system on January 31, 2014. Please make sure that you archive these courses before that date. Contact Nanette DeBerry should you need any assistance.


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.


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  late January.

Teaching Fellows Save the Date


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

Joseph Hill (SES) was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education for his research work on Black American Sign Language. Read more here: A Deaf Linguist Explores Black American Sign Language


Barbara Levin (TEHE) has been selected as a Faculty Fellow for the 2013-2014 Emerging Issues Forum. As part of her duties, Dr. Levin will partner with the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State to provide support, expertise, and content-area knowledge for their newest program area of work – Teachers and the Great Economic Debate. Her responsibilities include producing a paper about the research on teacher professional development, presenting and discussing this paper during the Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh on February 10-11, 2014, and contributing to a MOOC during Spring 2014 about how to best train, retain, and  support world class teachers in North Carolina. Dr. Heather Higgins Lynn, a recent UNCG Ph.D. graduate from the TEHE Dept. and now a faculty member at UNC-Pembroke, will also participate as Faculty Fellow. Her paper will  focus on K-12 Teaching Standards.


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