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News: 02-18-2013



What is SOE News?

SOE News is a weekly news listing distributed to UNCG School of Education Faculty and Staff to alert everyone of upcoming events, announcements, faculty/staff/alumni celebrations, recent faculty presentations/publications, campus-wide information and other items of interest to the SOE community. SOE News is sent via email each week to SOE Faculty and Staff, plus is posted for easy reference on the SOE web page. It is intended to be your main source of information for the School of Education, without cluttering your inbox with numerous informational emails each week!

Do you have an item of interest that you would like to share with the SOE Community, such as information on upcoming workshops/events, recent conference presentations, awards, recent publications, and other items? Send your information each week to by Friday at 9:00am for submission in the following week’s SOE News publication. For questions about SOE News, please contact Rachel Williams at or 256-1317.


iSpartan Email Delivery Issues

iSpartan (UNCG Gmail) is currently experiencing the following issues with email delivery:

  • NOT WORKING: Mail from iSpartan users ( to other iSpartan users (username@uncg) does not get delivered.
  • WORKING: Mail from off campus (, and tested) accounts sent to iSpartan users ( does get delivered.
  • WORKING: Mail from on iSpartan users ( sent to off campus accounts does get delivered (, and tested).

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff are working with Google to identify the issue and restore the services.  Further updates regarding this issue, will be posted to:

If you have questions or need more information, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or


Coffee Talk With the Dean

Dean Wixson will host her next Coffee Talk on Tuesday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. in room 301 SOEB. Everyone is invited to attend. Your questions, comments and ideas are welcome.

This Friday – Value Added Information Workshop Friday, February 22, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm
UNCG School of Education Building

Please join the SOE Office of Research for a half-day workshop on Value Added Information – what it is, how it is being used to evaluate classroom teachers, and potential areas for research.

RSVP your attendance interest by Tuesday, February 19 to Rachel Williams at

Speakers to include:

  • Dr. Roderick A. Rose, Senior Research Associate, School of Social Work, UNC Chapel-Hill
  • Dr. Rachel McBroom, Professional Development Consultant, Sandhills/South Central Region
  • Dr. Don Martin, Superintendent, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • Dr. Marty Ward, Director of Research, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop.

There will be an open brainstorming session with guest speakers following lunch from 12:30pm-1:30pm for those of you able to attend.

Who Should Attend: All SOE faculty and graduate students, as well as Council of Program Coordinators (CPC) members.

Why Should You Attend? All faculty need to better understand exactly how Value Added is determined and how organizations like NCATE (CAPE) plan to use this information to assess and compare the quality of licensure programs.

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact Terry Ackerman at


The HERP Project  – Free Community Event this Sunday

Come join The HERP Project for a family-oriented, free community event on Sunday, February 24 from 1:00pm-5:00pm at Chestnut Ridge Camp & Retreat Center in Efland, NC. Click here to view flyer


ELA Common Core State Standards Professional Development Modules Presentation

Sam Miller, Cheryl Greenberg, and Matt Fisher presented the ELA Common Core State Standards professional development modules last week to school district curriculum directors at a meeting of the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium.  Educators had a chance to explore the modules on laptops and iPads and were invited to offer feedback on the activities and suggestions for future modules.  Their teachers will use the showcased modules for professional development credits.

Their presentation can be found at

Nominations Now Open for UNCG School of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the UNCG School of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards. Please nominate a School of Education alumnus/a by Friday, March 1 in one of the following Award categories: Early Career Award, Distinguished Career Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, and Distinguished Service Award. Recipients and nominators will be notified via email if chosen for award. Awards will be presented in May 2013 (details forthcoming). Contact Rachel Williams for more information at

To submit a nomination, please click here

Note: If you submitted an Alumni Awards Nomination Form before January 1, 2013, the Dean’s Office may have not received your form. Please resubmit your nomination via the online form or email a copy of your submitted application to Rachel Williams at


MAS Awards Nominations – Deadline is Monday, February 25

Nominations are now being accepted for the SOE Mentoring/Advising/Supervising (MAS) Award. The deadline for submission of nominations is Monday, February 25 at 5:00pm. Please view for more information on the MAS Award and the Nomination Form. (Add link to MAS nomination form here)


Online Learning Opportunities for Spring Semester

The Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons has released its schedule for Spring 2013 Training Opportunities for Online Instruction. To view a list of classes and to register, please visit


ITS Announces Blackboard Collaborate 12 Recording Conversion & Streaming Service and SAS 5.6

Information Technology Services is pleased to announce the Blackboard Collaborate 12 recording conversion and streaming service, and SAS 5.6. The recording conversion and streaming service allows Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing users to easily convert Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing recordings to MP3 and MP4 formats.  Using this service, Instructors and Moderators can quickly and conveniently make any recorded sessions easier to access on virtually any device.

This release will also address minor bug fixes. For additional information, please visit:


2013-2014 School of Education Student Scholarship Application Now Online

The School of Education 2013-2014 scholarship application will be available from February 1, 2013 to April 1, 2013. All scholarship recipients will be notified by email in June; with a formal letter to follow in August. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, financial need, and other specific criteria for certain scholarships. Priority is given to students who have already been admitted or will have applications pending admission into the School of Education by the end of the Spring 2013 semester. Please direct questions to Meggan Reagan in the Office of Student Services, or (336) 334-3410.

Click here to view the SOE Scholarship Application Form


UNCG Professional Development Symposium Agenda

Friday, March 1, 2013

Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center

Registration: 8:00—8:30 a.m.

Session 1: 8:30 a.m. —2:45 p.m.

Update on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills

Clive Robbins, PhD, Duke University

Lunch: 12-1:00 p.m. (on your own—onsite dining available)

2 Concurrent Sessions (Choose One) 3:00 p.m.—4:30 p.m.

New Distress Tolerance Protocol Using Components of ACT and DBT with Emotion Exposure

Matt McKay, PhD, Wright Institute [*This session will be an interactive broadcast via video feed]

Or Mindfulness and Meditation in Clinical Practice: A Developmental Aid for Emerging Adults and Beyond

Holly Rodgers, MD, Duke University

Register online by clicking HERE and completing the form. Space is limited so register soon!

$75 for professional, $35 for non-UNCG students


UNCG School of Education Online Learning Symposium

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Education, in partnership with the Division of Continual Learning,Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons, and University Libraries is pleased to host the UNCG School of Education Online Learning Symposium.

Date:     Friday, April 5, 2013

Time:    11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location:  UNCG Campus, Elliott University Center

Information: UNCG School of Education Online Learning Symposium.

This interactive event will include:

Dynamic presentations from two nationally recognized online learning experts:

  • Dr. Daniel Stanford, Assistant Director, Faculty Instructional Technology Services, DePaul University
  • Presentation:  Gamification:  Four-letter Word or “Epic Win” for Educators?
    • Juried Poster Session (500 word abstract due by March 3, 2013)
    • Panel Discussion with UNCG Online Learning Fellows

Submissions for the juried, peer reviewed poster session are currently being accepted until March 3, 2013.  For more information and to submit a proposal, please complete and submit the Online Submission Form.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested.  To register, please complete and submit the Online Registration Form.

For more information about the UNCG School of Education Online Learning Symposium, please visit the Symposium website.

For more information, please contact:

  • Anthony Chow, PhD, Director of Online Learning, UNCG School of Education,
  • Becky Croxton, MLIS, Coordinator of Online Learning, UNCG School of Education,


National Teaching Supervision Conference

C.P. Gause will be keynoting the 7th annual National Student Teaching & Supervision Conference at Slippery Rock University on April 28-30, 2013. Below are links for anyone interested in submitting a proposal for the conference, as well as a link to the keynote speaker. The conference includes graduate students, faculty, teachers, supervision staff, and students.   (Proposal Submission Link)  (Keynote Link)


Adventures of a Future Teacher Blog on SOE Website

New to the SOE Website: Middle Grades Education Major Canesha Hewett will be blogging about her student teaching experience throughout her final semester at UNCG. Follow Canesha on her journey to becoming an educator by reading her blog here or on the SOE homepage. Please feel free to send her encouragement, and direct your students to her blog to ask her questions along the way.


Interested in a Kayaking Excursion???

A few SOE staff members have expressed interest in possibly having a SOE Kayaking Excursion in April for faculty, staff, and their families. Lakes Brandt and Higgins have availability for kayaking; kayaks are available to rent  ($12 solo/$20 tandem), or if you have your own kayak the cost is only $6. We are looking to see how many faculty and staff would be interested in taking part in an excursion – if interested, please fill out the following form:

Kayaking Excursion Interest Form

Please contact Sheila Gambardella ( if you have any questions on kayaking excursions.


SOE Book Club

This month, the SOE Book Club will be reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The SOE Book Club will meet at the end of February to have a lunch time discussion about the book – date TBA. If you are interested in joining the SOE Book Club or have additional questions, please contact Meggan Reggan at


ActiveU at UNCG

Active U is an employee wellness program designed to encourage UNCG Faculty/Staff to become more active by participating in a weekly fitness class hosted by the Student Recreation Center, in partnership with HealthyUNCG.

All classes will take place in the Student Recreation Center Fitness Studio from 12:00PM – 1:00PM. Please see below for the schedule. A Rec Center Membership is NOT required to participate! Simply bring your UNCG Staff ID, a towel, water bottle and wear comfortable exercise apparel.

Click here for more information and to view the Spring Semester Schedule of Classes


Carolina Film and Video Festival on Campus This Week

The longest running student run film festival in the state, the Carolina Film & Video Festival is an annual celebration of independent film that features the work of North Carolina filmmakers and emerging artists from around the globe. This year’s festival will showcase more than 35 films in a variety of genres, including dramatic,

documentary, and experimental films, with this year’s Festival theme of exploring film’s unique power to raise awareness and facilitate public discussion about social justice issues, including a special panel presentation with guest filmmaker Emilio Rojas on February 22. For more than 30 years, CFVF has given student and first-time filmmakers a platform for their work while enriching the local arts community.

For a complete CFVF schedule, visit: For further info, call 336-334-4197 or email:


Student/Faculty/Alumni Accomplishments

Holt Wilson (TEHE) was recently awarded full funding support from the UNC General Administration for his proposal to the North Carolina Quality Educators Through Staff Development and Training (NC QUEST) entitled Core Math II: Assisting Teachers’ Implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics with Learning Trajectories, Reform-Oriented Pedagogy, and Instructional Support. NC QUEST is a competitive grant process through which funds are awarded to Schools of Education and Arts & Sciences in North Carolina for use in delivering high quality professional development to educators in targeted NC school districts. Congratulations, Holt!


William Bradley McKibben (CED doctoral student) has been selected as a Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Leadership Fellow for 2013-2014. Bradley is the current President-elect of Upsilon Nu Chi, the CED CSI chapter, and is the former president of the Gamma Gamma Epsilon Chapter at North Georgia College & State University. Each year, Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society of professional counseling, selects 10 active members to participate in its Leadership Fellow and Intern program. The 10 leadership fellows receive recognition, specialized leadership training, and financial support to attend CSI activities held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Counseling Association.


Alumna Annie (Swantek) van Graan was named Rookie Teacher of the Year at Joseph Pye Elementary in Charleston, SC.  Annie received her MEd in Elementary Education in May 2012, and was a part of the Classroom Practice Track cohort.

Recent Faculty Publications and Presentations

LIS assistant professor Anthony Chow and Blue Ridge Regional librarian Melissa Rich’s study entitled The Ideal Qualities and Tasks of Library Leaders: Perspectives of Academic, Public, School, and Special Library Administrators was accepted for publication in the American Library Association’s Library Leadership & Management journal. Their study examined the qualities of 114 library leaders across the state of North Carolina and found similarities and differences depending on type of library. The two primary factors found across all library leaders? Empathy and Vision.


Bree Jimenez (SES) recently co-authored the following publication:

  • Smith, B. R., Spooner, F., Jimenez, B. A., & Browder, D. (2013). Using an early science curriculum to teach science vocabulary and concepts to students with severe developmental disabilities. Education & Treatment of Children, 36, 1-31.

Bree Jimenez (SES) also gave the following conference presentations in January 2013 at the Annual Conference of the Autism and Developmental Disability, Division of Council for Exceptional Children (Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities):

  • Teaching Early Numeracy skills to students with severe disability
  • Training teachers to utilize instructional tools to teach standards-based IEPs.

Edna Tan (TEHE) served recently on a Cyber-learning Review Panel for the National Science Foundation.


In addition, Edna Tan’s coauthored article “Crafting a future in science: Tracing middle school girls’ identity work over time and space” was published in the American Educational Research Journal, Vol 50(1), pp. 37-75.


UNCG HR Information

Fidelity Investments Representative on Campus Next Week

Michael Arner, UNCG’s Fidelity Investments Representative will be on campus on February 27 in the Mossman HR Conference Room conducting individual Retirement Planning Sessions from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Consider meeting with your Fidelity Workplace Planning and Guidance Consultant if you need help with:

  • Rolling over assets from your previous employer
  • Consolidating retirement accounts from another provider
  • Creating an investment mix for your contributions
  • Detailed questions about your distribution options
  • Understanding and evaluating your sources of income if you are approaching retirement

To schedule an appointment, please go to or call 1-800-642-7131.


Healthy UNCG Food Access Survey

In an ongoing effort to improve healthy opportunities on campus, HealthyUNCG is conducting a survey to assess how you healthy foods on campus.  The purpose of this project is to gain information that may help us improve the food environment and support healthy food choices on campus.  You have been selected to participate because you are a UNCG employee.  Within the next couple days you will receive an email with the link to the survey.

You are being asked to participate in a research study.  This study is part of HealthyUNCG’s ongoing effort to promote a healthy lifestyle and healthy choices to UNCG’s faculty and staff. The survey is completely voluntary and anonymous.  It will take about 10-20 minutes of your time.  No compensation will be provided for participation.  The survey includes questions about your eating behaviors and your opinions of access to healthy foods on campus.  No identifiable information will be collected.  Absolute confidentiality of data provided through the Internet cannot be guaranteed due to the limited protections of internet access.  To help ensure your confidentiality, please be sure to close your browser when finished with the survey.  You may choose to skip questions you do not wish to answer and you may stop taking the survey at any time if you are uncomfortable.  There are no anticipated risks or benefits to you as part of taking the survey.

If you have questions, want more information or have suggestions, please contact Michelle Cathorall, Director of HealthyUNCG, at 336-334-9743.  A copy of the informed consent form is attached for your records. This study has been approved by the UNCG institutional Review Board.  If you have any concerns about your rights, how you are being treated, concerns or complaints about this project or benefits or risks associated with being in this study  please contact the Office of Research Compliance at UNCG toll-free at (855)-251-2351.


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