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NEWS: 01-27-2014


Christine Meyers

Adventures in Education Blog 

Christine Meyer, a December 2013 ERM graduate, is the focus of our Spring 2014 Adventures in Education blog, located on the SOE homepage. Follow Christine this semester as she talks about her new job with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools as a program evaluation specialist.


SES Department Chair Candidate Presentation – Wednesday, January 29

Dr. Shana Hagan-Burke, candidate for the SES Department Chair position, will be giving her presentation on Wednesday, January 29 from 10 – 11:30 in room 307 SOEB. Her presentation is titled ‘Relations Between Problem Behaviors and Early Literacy Outcomes’.


ELC Doctoral Student Seminar Series – Begins Monday, January 27

During the Spring Semester, the Department of Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations will be sponsoring a series of 4 seminars for doctoral students interested in careers as university faculty members. The first of these seminars, “Navigating Doctoral Studies to Prepare for Future University Faculty Work”, will occur Monday, January 27th, at 4:00 pm in SOEB Room #301 (see flyer for additional information). Future seminar topics and dates are:

Tuesday, February 25th: Writing for Publication

Wednesday, March 26th: Writing & Publishing Collaboratively

Thursday, April 17th: Networking / Interviewing … Tips for the University Faculty Job Market

All seminars will use a panel format with ELC (and possibly other SOE) faculty members, department alumni who are in careers as university faculty, and current doctoral students, serving as panelists. All seminars begin at 4:00 pm. We would like to invite your doctoral students to attend. Additionally, please feel free to attend yourself and share your experiences and wisdom with attending doctoral students.


Rick Reitzug

Chair, ELC


Upcoming ERM Faculty Candidate Colloquiums

The ERM department will be hosting two faculty candidate colloquiums – please see the flyers for both presentations below for additional information.

View Dr. Kelly Hannum’s (Faculty Candidate) Colloquium Flyer

View Dr. Jill Chouinard’s (Faculty Candidate) Colloquium Flyer


Atlantic World Foodways: The Carolina Lowcountry, Africa, Italy, and Spain – January 30-February 2

Dear UNCG Faculty, Staff, and Students:

In less than a month—January 30-February 2—we’ll be meeting here in the Elliott University Center and at Greensboro’s O.Henry and Proximity Hotels for our groundbreaking feast of ideas and food, Atlantic World Foodways: The Carolina Lowcountry, Africa, Italy, and Spain. As you’ll see from the conference weblink below, the program has come together in exciting ways!

This is a rare chance to hear and meet world-class food scholars and chefs, and to eat some of their wonderful meals, all here on campus and in town. Sponsored by specialty grocer The Fresh Market in partnership with The Proximity and O.Henry Hotels, Atlantic World Foodways presents meals from the likes of renowned Charleston Chef Sean Brock, Italian maestro Gabriele Grigolon, and the Piedmont’s own master chefs Jay PierceLeigh Hesling, and Tim Bocholis.

Featuring keynote addresses by famed food scholars Jessica Harris (Africa),David Shields (Lowcountry), John Dickie (Italy), and Maricel Presilla (Latin America/Spain), the conference also will feature over 40 papers and panel discussions and food-related films amid the venues of the UNC Greensboro campus and the marvelous Proximity and O.Henry Hotels nearby.

Perhaps best of all, registration is free for all UNCG faculty, students and staff (lunches and dinners extra) via the second link found at

and seats for the multi-course tasting meals can be purchased with your credit card via the fourth link found there.

For all conference details—including not only registration, but also menus, and the event schedule, see

See you there, and bring your appetite!

Christopher Hodgkins, Director

The Atlantic World Research Network


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

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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.


2014 SciREN Workshop – Thursday, February 20

The 2014 SciREN Workshop will take place at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores on Thursday, February 20th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

The Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN) connects marine scientists with K-12 teachers. SciREN workshops provide an evening for scientists to interact with teachers in a relaxed environment. Teachers obtain classroom-ready exercises that help bring local research to the classroom while meeting NC Essential Standards.

For more information, please visit the website:


Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference 2014 – Saturday, February 22

The 5th Annual Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference will be held on Saturday, Feb 22 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  A great lineup of visual, performing and literary artists and others who work with artists will share secrets to success.   A capacity crowd of 375 participated last year, so get your tickets soon at


School Marketing Academy – Tuesday, February 24



Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education Research Talk – Tuesday, March 4

(from Vicki Jacobs, Kerri Richardson, and Holt Wilson)

The TEHE Mathematics Education Faculty are delighted to welcome Dr. Dorothy White to UNCG on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.  She will give two talks as part of the Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education — a research talk (11:00am – 12:30 pm) and a connecting-research-and-practice talk (5:00pm – 6:30 pm).  The afternoon talk is intended for the broader community so please invite interested educators from the community.  For more details about the talks, please view the event flyer here.

We hope that you will be able to join us for these events!


Triad Teacher Researcher Conference – Wednesday, April 30, 2014

(message from Amy Vetter)

This is a friendly reminder to talk to your students (undergraduate, graduate, and former) about the Triad Teacher Researcher Conference on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. We welcome presentations from all fields related to education. This is a great opportunity for undergraduates, graduates, or former students to present inquiry projects to other educators and attend informative sessions.

Conference proposals are due on February 17. Visit our website for details:

Please note that if you require your class to go to the conference, we will not charge your students the conference fee. All presenters attend the conference free as well.

Please share this flyer  with students and faculty. If you have any questions, please email Amy Vetter at



 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.


2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony – Event Information Available Online

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. Information on the Ceremony can now be found on the SOE website: 2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony


Student Speakers for SOE Commencement

We are currently seeking nominations for student speakers for the 2014 SOE Commencement ceremony. Please submit names of nominated student speakers to Rachel Williams at Students should submit proposed remarks no later than Wednesday, April 2 to Rachel Williams at Remarks for student speakers should be no longer than 600 words in length (max).

Teaching Fellows Save the Date


Summer Leadership Conference – June 22-25

Click here to view Summer Leadership Conference Flyer


UNCG Young Writers’ Camp – July 14-25, 2014

The UNCG Young Writers’ Camp, a two-week camp in its third year, is for students in grades 3-12. It will be offered July 14-July 25, 2014, in the UNCG School of Education Building. Campers will create 21st century texts using digital tools such as storyboarding, blogging, and movie-making during this two-week camp experience. The camp introduces young writers to the writing process, unlocks strategies of professional writers, and supports a variety of writing styles. Visit for registration and additional information.


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


Teaching With Technology

Teaching with Technology—Several efforts to continue professional development for teaching with technology were put in place during Fall term following on the August retreat on this topic.  These include:


Any SOE faculty member with questions or projects that involve teaching and learning with technology can contact us for one-on-one consultations and departmental presentations. Complete the request form and a member of the instructional technology staff will contact you to schedule a meeting.

Self-Directed Training

Self directed trainings are open to faculty to start at any time. Training modules will be accessed via Blackboard.

Hands-on Training

On the fourth Tuesday of each month a one-hour hands-on workshop will be offered to help faculty and staff utilize technology for teaching and learning. New instructional technology topics will be featured each month. Google Docs is the topic for January 28th. This training will be an overview of the Google Docs web-based productivity tools. You will learn creative ways to communicate and collaborate with students or colleagues. There will be demonstrations and hands-on practice with online documents, spreadsheets, forms, and presentations. Signup

Please contact Sandra Bates-Hart ( with questions about technology training.


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.


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

Anthony Chow (LIS) was featured in Campus Weekly for teaching one of the two massive open online courses (MOOC) being offered in the pilot program at UNCG this semester: UNCG plans to pilot two MOOC offerings  

Teresa Little (SES) was featured as the faculty spotlight in Campus Weekly: Teresa Little tells of the qualities needed to be a great special education teacher

CED MS alumna Mary Seymour, Director of Recovery Initiatives at the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, was featured in an article on page A1 of the News and Record on Sunday, January 19.  The article, “Recovery is Possible,” explained the services provided through the Wellness Academy at the Mental Health Association, including a mosaics class taught by Mary that “is in the forefront of a new movement in the treatment of mental health issues that emphasizes a recovery approach taught by people who have experienced it themselves”. Great work, Mary! Read the article here: Recovery is possible


Recent Faculty Publications and Presentations

Nicole Dobbins and Stephanie Kurtts (SES) recently published an article with their colleague, Dr. Natasha Veale, faculty member at Salem College, in the Fall 2013, Volume 22(2) Issues in Teacher Education. Their article, entitled ‘Career Changers and Special Education:  A Collaborative Direction in Teacher Preparation for School Systems and Institutions of Higher Education’, explores the characteristics and level of support needed from local schools and teacher education programs for licensure candidates who are career changers in special education to be successful in their new field.


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