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NEWS: 02-17-2014


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This Month’s Adventures in Education blog

In this month’s ‘Adventures in Education’ blog, ERM alumna Christine Meyer talks about her first month on the job as a program evaluation specialist with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and shares the important lessons she’s learned along her journey:


SOE Staff Excellence Award – Nominations Now Open!

Nominations are now being accepted for the first-ever UNCG SOE Staff Excellence Award. The recipient of this award will exemplify the core values and behaviors of the SOE staff assembly (Growth, Respect, Trust, Integrity, and Servant Leadership). The recipient will be announced on Reading Day Spring 2014 and will receive a $500 award. Special thanks to the 2014 UNCG SOE Staff Excellence Award Committee members: Cheryl Greenberg, Angela Neblett, and Ye (Jane) He. (Please note the committee members are not eligible to be nominated this year.)

You are welcome to nominate more than one person – however, please fill out a separate form for each person you wish to nominate.

Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 28, 2014 – to submit a nomination, please complete the Nomination Form: 2014 SOE Staff Excellence Award Nomination Form

School of Education 2014-2015 Scholarship Application Now Available Online

Faculty and Staff, please let your students know they can apply for a School of Education scholarship from February 1, 2014 to April 1, 2014.

An email will also go out to all current education students inviting them to apply.

All scholarship recipients will be notified by email by August 1st.

Scholarships are awarded based on merit, financial need, and other specific criteria for each scholarship. Priority is given to students with a 3.0 GPA and who have already been admitted or will have applications pending admission to the School of Education.

Freshman through Graduate students are invited to apply:


2014 SOE Research Symposium – Rescheduled Date

The 2014 SOE Research Symposium has been rescheduled for Friday, March 21 from 8:30am-1:30pm in the School of Education Building. Stay tuned for details regarding this event.


Upcoming Research Events, Spring Semester 2014

In addition to the Research Symposium listed above, the following is a list of upcoming Research activities presented by the SOE Research Office this semester:

Got Data? Data Discovery Services at the UNCG University Libraries

  • A discussion on databases that are available for research with Dr. Lynda Kellam (UNCG Libraries, LIS alumna): Wednesday, February 19th, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room #307 SOEB. Please email Sharlene O’Neil ( for your luncheon reservation.

Research Projects that Winston-Salem/Forsyth Co. Schools are seeking collaboration with SOE faculty and students with Dr. Judy Penny

  • Thursday, February 27th, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room #235 SOEB.  Email Sharlene O’Neil ( for your luncheon reservation.

Dr. Mirka Koro-Ljungberg from University of Florida will discuss Qualitative analyses by design

  • Friday, March 21st, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Room TBA.

SOE Research Awards Ceremony

  • Friday, March 28th, 9:00 to 12:00 p.m.  Room #118 SOEB.  All are welcome to attend.

Dr. Klaas Sijtsma from Tilburg University will be giving two research talks: Friday, April 11th

  • Appropriate measures of reliability: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Room #106 SOEB
  • Questionable research practices and what to do about them: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room #106 SOEB

For additional questions regarding these events, please contact Sharlene O’Neil (


SOEB Safety Inspection – Tuesday, February 18

Please be aware that on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 the UNCG Office of Safety will conduct a safety inspection of the School of Education Building.

The following listed items will need to be removed from ALL SOEB offices/rooms before February 18, 2014: coffee makers & single cup coffee makers, water warmers, fans, portable heaters, candles/candle warmers, extension cords, extension cords feeding power strips, six splits feeding power strips, “piggy-backing” power strips, toasters and/or toaster ovens, tables and/or chairs in the hallway outside of faculty offices, and any items that sit on high selves and/or bookcases that are within 2 feet of the ceiling tiles – plus any items hanging from ceiling tiles

*Departmental Administrative Associates  – Please be responsible for checking each of your departmental faculty offices, workrooms, GA spaces, etc. to help ensure that any/all above listed items are removed.

If the School of Education were to fail the first official safety inspection we are subject to re-inspection without notice. Please be aware upon re-inspection, if previous citations are not corrected the School of Education can be subject to paying monetary fines.    

Please contact Angel Biegert (336.340.0827; if you have any questions and/or concerns.

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance regarding the safety of the School of Education Building.


It Changed My View of the World: Spanish-Speaking Parents Reflect on a College Preparation Workshop – Wednesday, February 19

The Coalition of Diverse Language Communities and the SOE Faculty Access and Equity Committee will be sponsoring a discussion led by Dr. Laura Gonzalez (CED) entitled It Changed My View of the World: Spanish-Speaking Parents Reflect on a College Preparation Workshop on Wednesday, February 19 from 3-4pm in Room #401 SOEB. Dr. Gonzalez will share observations from facilitating a 6-week college access curriculum with Spanish speaking parents in a nearby school district. For additional information, please view the event flyer.


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



Applications Now Being Received for Cone Award to Students for Outstanding Work in Women’s & Gender Studies

Applications are now open for the Cone Award to Students for Outstanding Work in Women’s & Gender Studies. The Women’s & Gender Studies program will present a cash award annually of $200 to one undergraduate and one graduate student whose projects are judged to make the most significant contribution to the field of women’s and gender studies. Applications are due March 1 – for more information on the Cone Award and to submit a project application, please view the event flyer.


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!


17th Annual Southeastern Association of Educational Studies (SEAES) Conference Saturday, March 22 – Call for Proposals

(message from Cherese Childers-McKee, ELC doctoral student)

Greetings SOE colleagues,

Please spread the word about this upcoming graduate conference sponsored by the ELC department. Below please find a link to a ”Call for Proposals”, as well as a general conference announcement. Thank you!

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Join us for the 17th Annual Southeastern Association of Educational Studies (SEAES) Conference, hosted and sponsored by the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) and the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This year’s theme is Cultivating Hope: Reimagining Educational Activism Through Community and Coalition Building.

The SEAES Conference was created as a regional forum for the support, promotion and dissemination of research in educational studies. In keeping with this tradition, all individuals engaged in the study and research of education, regardless of specialty area, are invited to submit a proposal, due Friday, February 14th (submission deadline extended).

Conference Details:

When: Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 from 9am – 6pm

Where: UNC-Greensboro School of Education, 1300 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC (Map)

More Info on Conference and Call For Proposals  

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Please contact Cherese or the conference planning committee if you have any questions:


Rebecca Carver Institute on Experiential Education – Friday, March 28 

The Rebecca Carver Institute on Experiential Education, sponsored by the Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations department in SOE, will hold a day-long intensive workshop on Friday, March 28, from 9am-4pm in the Faculty Center (FTLC) on the UNCG Campus. Nettie Pardue, Global Leadership Coach, Experiential Educator and Curriculum Designer, from the Outward Bound Center for Peace-building, invites all faculty members to a daylong workshop to explore a unique and interactive framework that can be applied to better equip students to deeply engage with global communities and to become more compassionate local and global citizens. Global engagement is the focus for this year’s workshop, and the event is designed for both seasoned and new educators. The Rebecca Carver Institute is in honor of former UNCG professor, Dr. Rebecca Carver. Please email Jessica McCall (Communication Studies, FTLC Fellow) at for questions on the Institute, and you can register your attendance here.


UNCG Think Tank Class Environmentally SANE Presents Chautauqua – April 2-4

(Message from Cathy Matthews)

I am teaching a UNCG Think Tank class called Environmentally SANE (Stoked About Natural Environments) with colleague Ann Somers in the Biology Department.  We are hosting a Chautauqua April 2nd – 4th, related to the environment in education.  Here is a link:

We have an amazing line up of speakers, including Stuart Pimm, world expert on extinction, talking about the State of the Planet and David Orr, world renowned thinker on environmental education, Jean Beasley of sea turtle hospital fame, and John Grim of Yale.  We are also hosting a scientific poster/art exhibit session, truly making this an interdisciplinary event, mingling the sciences and humanities.  Please help us spread the word.

Journey of the Universe / Journey of the University or What’s an Education For? 

The 2013-2014 UNCG Think Tank Class Ecologically SANE Presents: 

Spring 2014 Chautauqua at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

Luminaries include:

  • Stuart Pimm, Duke University
  • John Grim, Yale University
  • Jean Beasley, Hero of the Planet and Ocean
  • David Orr, Oberlin College
  • UNCG Students of the Think Tank Class Ecologically SANE

Please view the event flyer and invitation to exhibit artist displays.


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



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.


It’s a Boy! 

Congratulations to Jennifer Stephens, who gave birth to son Christopher Ivan Stephens, Jr. at 3:06 am on February 16 at UNC hospital. Christopher was born the day before his due date, measuring in at 7 lbs., 6 oz. and 20.5″ long. Mom and baby are both doing well!



Heidi Carlone (TEHE) and her work with the Engineering is Elementary curriculum in local area schools is featured as this week’s UNCG homepage story:



LaVonne Brown (TEHE) was the featured educator in NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues newsletter for October – read the article here.

Laura Gonzalez (CED) received new funding from the University of North Carolina General Administration for the project “GEAR UP NC Middle School Campus-Based Program”. The abstract states, “Our program will expose students to relevant role models of leadership (in terms of race/ethnicity, age, and gender) and help them reflect on how educational attainment could be an important component of their future.

Congratulations to the following SOE faculty members, who were named recipients of UNCG’s Teaching Excellence Awards for 2013-2014:

  • Ye (Jane) He (TEHE) is the recipient of the Mary Settle Sharp Award for Excellence in Teaching, recognition for a tenured faculty.
  • Wayne Journell (TEHE) is the recipient of the James Y. Joyner Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, recognition for a tenure-earningfaculty.


Randy Penfield (ERM Dept. Chair) received new funding from Chatham County Schools for the project “OAERS Contract with Chatham County Schools: Analysis and Interpretation Services”. OAERS will conduct analyses and interpretation of student assessment data to be used by the Chatham County Schools administration.

Carly Bowman, an elementary education major in Teacher Education and Higher Education, will be the recipient of the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Student Teacher Scholarship.  Carly will receive $1,000 and will be recognized at the NCCSS annual conference in Greensboro on February 20th. Congratulations, Carly!


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