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NEWS: 02-24-2014


Engage your “Selfie” with the World Photo Contest – This Week in SOEB

For five weeks this semester, Global Engagement is sponsoring a university-wide photo contest to coincide with their QEP Mobile Global Display, which is being housed this week in the main lobby of the School of Education Building! Monday-Friday of this week, post a picture of yourself with the display and comment:

Global Engagement is the QEP #globalqep

to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.  You are urged to be creative, funny, artistic, inter-culturally relevant, etc.  Wherever serendipity and good taste take you!

All photos tagged globalqep and including the contest comment will be reviewed by the QEP student/staff team that will select one lucky winner per week.  Winners will be announced on Mondays at #globalqep via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Weekly winners will receive a bag of global engagement related swag (chocolates, a pencil, a global pen, an inflatable globe and a sticky pad).

The five weekly winning semi-finalists’ photos will be shown at the Global Engagement QEP booth at I-Fest (UNCG’s biggest festival of the year!) on April 12.  There will be a vote on the best of the semi-finalists to win the Grand Prize: A Kindlefire HDX!

For safety reasons, the globe display cannot be touched.

For more information, please visit: and

The globe will only remain in the SOEB lobby through Friday of this week, so please take the opportunity to take your globe photos for the contest!


ELC Candidate Presentations This Week

The ELC Department will be hosting two candidates giving open talks for an ELC faculty position on campus next week:

Monday, February 24th, 2:30-3:30pm, SOEB #301 – April Peters-Hawkins

Wednesday, February 26th, 2:30-3:30pm, SOEB #301 – April Grice


Writing for Publication Doctoral Student Seminar – Tuesday, February 25

Please join us on Tuesday, February 25th at 4 PM in SOEB 301 for a doctoral student seminar discussion on the topic, “Writing for Publication”. ELC faculty members Drs. David Ayers, Kathy Hytten, Craig Peck, and Rick Reitzug will serve as panelists. Combined they have well over 100 published articles in scholarly journals to their credit, have served as journal editors and on editorial review boards–and have each had articles submitted for publication rejected. They will share publishing tips and pitfalls they’ve learned during their scholarly journeys. All are welcome to attend the open seminar.

For more information on this seminar, view the event flyer.

Please also mark your calendars for subsequent doctoral student seminars on March 26th and April 17th:

  • Wednesday, March 26th, 4 pm, SOEB 301 — Writing & Publishing Collaboratively
  • Thursday, April 17th, 4 pm, SOEB 301 — Networking / Interviewing –Tips for the Faculty Job Market


School Marketing Academy – Tuesday, February 25



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.

Teaching Fellows Save the Date


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



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. Registration is now open for Spring and Summer Semester 2014 graduates to participate in the Ceremony – all graduates participating in the ceremony must register online by Friday, April 4. Information on the Ceremony can now be found on the SOE website: 2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony


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.



2014 SOE Research Symposium – Friday, March 21, 2014 (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, Room #118.

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. 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.

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, March 17, 2014 by completing the Symposium Registration Form: 2014 Research Symposium Registration Form

(Note: If you registered for the original 2/14/14 date, please resubmit your registration for the new date, so that we know to expect you that day.)

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


Upcoming Research Events, Spring Semester 2014

The following is a list of upcoming Research activities presented by the SOE Research Office this semester:

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

  • Thursday, March 27st, 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. Room #102 SOEB.

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 (



Graduate School Announces New Funding Support for Students – Graduate Dean Awards

(message from William Weiner, Dean, The Graduate School)

As discussed at our most recent meeting of Directors of Graduate Study, I am most pleased to announce a new opportunity to provide financial support for a limited number of graduate students in financial need.  In cooperation with the Office of Financial Aid, the Graduate School is announcing the Graduate Dean Awards.  As we all know, applicants who do not secure assistantships are likely to put off entrance and later if they enroll are more vulnerable in regard to persistence and completion.  Those who pay their own way without help from assistantships sometimes must put a halt to their their studies to earn funding for tuition and other expenses.

Through an arrangement with the Office of Financial Aid, the Graduate School will redirect use of a portion of the Campus Initiated Tuition Increase (CITI) funding to provide grants to graduate students in need.  This funding had been previously spread out thinly among all graduate students with financial need. Instead, we will now distribute funding each year in a more strategic manner to 122 targeted graduate students. Once fully underway, we will provide $4,000 annual awards for two years to a limited number of master’s students and $4,000 annual awards for three years to a limited number of doctoral students who require funding to start school and remain in school.  We will begin our process by funding students who are in their last year of study and who have financial need as well as funding students with financial need who we are attempting to recruit. In future years we will concentrate on new students and will provide ongoing funding for two or three years according to the degree level they are seeking.

We will require FASFA forms and information provided by students’ departments to identify those in financial need and who have the greatest potential to be successful in completing programs of study. These awards will be available to full-time, in-state or out-of-state domestic students, and will not require service to the university.  They are for students who do not have funding through assistantships.

Please note that the 2014-15 FAFSA form must be submitted by March 1, 2014.

For further description of the program, along with requirements and deadlines, view here.

The Graduate School Dean Award Nomination Form can be found here.

Applications for this program will be accepted during spring semester and funding will begin in the fall. 


SOE Staff Excellence Award – Nominations Due This Friday!

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


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.


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:


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).



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.



Interested in Consumer Supported Agriculture Produce Delivery to SOEB?

(message from Meredith Carlone)

If anyone is interested in participating in a CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture), below is more information for the 2014 season. If we have 5 or more people interested, they will deliver to the School of Education. Last year they delivered to the Bryan School. It would be great to have fresh veggies delivered here. Please let me know if you’re interested and I will contact them to set up delivery. All you need to do is send in the form. I participated last year and it was a very good experience!

Link to the 2014 J&S Farm CSA Brochure: 2014 CSA Brochure

Link to the 2014 CSA Subscription: 2014 CSA Subscription


Next SOE Book Club Read

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



Gay Citty (ELC) and the cohort of North Carolina Principal Fellows from Class 19 organized and presented UNCG’s first Assistant Principals Conference on campus last Tuesday. Over 100 Assistant Principals from across NC attended to discuss current topics in education, as well as participate in a Superintendents’ Panel discussion with local School leaders. ELC faculty members Carl Lashley and Ann Davis presented at the Conference, and ELC alumni Lillie Cox and Rodney Shotwell participated in the Superintendents’ Panel. The idea for the Conference originated from a class project, and they quickly reached their capacity crowd in the first year of hosting the conference. Congratulations on a job well done!


ERM NCARE Workshop


Holly Downs and ERM students Aundrea Carter, Jonathan Rollins, Emma Sunnassee, and Lindsey Varner presented at a workshop last Thursday on the various tools used for qualitative research at the 2014 NC Association for Research in Education annual meeting.


Holly Downs (ERM) also received project funding from US Lacrosse – read more here:


Eboni Lowry, a junior in the dual major in elementary and special education teacher education program, has been selected to serve as an Education Intern for the 2014 Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement. The Conference will be held at the Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons/Joseph Koury Convention Center, March 3-5. Only 15 teacher candidates from across the state were selected. Eboni receives a full scholarship to attend the conference as well as lodging for the three-day event.


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