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News: 02-25-2013


Safety Inspection Pic

Congratulations, SOE Building Occupants, on scoring a 100% passing record on our Safety Inspection! Thanks to Angel Biegert and our fabulous housekeeping and maintenance crew for their diligent work in making this happen.


The 2013 School of Education Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 6:00pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center (East Wing).  Detailed information on the SOE Commencement Ceremony for graduating students can be found on the SOE Homepage ( by clicking on the ‘Commencement Information’ graphic, or by clicking here.

Nominations Now Open for UNCG School of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards – Deadline is this Friday, March 1

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


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


Models of Inclusive Excellence Awards – New Recognition Program

UNCG is piloting a new Models of Inclusive Excellence Supervisory Recognition program. The purpose of the program is to align supervisory actions, accomplishments and behaviors with UNCG’s values of inclusiveness, collaboration, sustainability, responsibility and transparency. The program seeks to recognize supervisors for tangible accomplishments in providing a positive work climate, ensuring equity and inclusion, and creating a culture of collaboration that supports career growth and professional development.

There will be two Models of Inclusive Excellence awards (one faculty, one staff) given each year. The deadline for nomination submissions is noon, March 15, 2013.

For full information on the recognition program and the Award nomination form, please visit:


Rescheduled Date: Value Added Information Workshop – Friday, March 8

The Value Added Information Workshop, sponsored by the UNCG School of Education Office of Research, has been rescheduled for Friday, March 8, 2013, from 9:00am-1:00pm in Room #114 of the UNCG School of Education Building.

Please RSVP your attendance interest for the workshop by 12:00pm on Friday, March 1 to Sharlene O’Neil at or 336-334-4669.


Food for Thought

Wednesday, February 27
12:00pm-1:00pm, Parlor
North Spencer Residence Hall

Dr. C.P. Gause, Presenter (TEHE)

This is College: The Narratives of Faculty, Staff, and Students at a Regional University

This presentation presents the narratives of faculty, staff, and students at UNCG. The research project undertaken focuses on issues of diversity, climate, and educational outcomes. Early findings report that students at
UNCG desire a prominent athletic program that features football. Staff and students presented issues surrounding the lack of cohesive messaging and campus communication and issues regarding UNCG and its “identity crisis.”
Faculty respondents discussed the dis-satisfaction with administrative decision-making and the continuing lack of diversity and faculty governance. “What are your thoughts and perspectives?”

This presentation will conclude with a fun-filled data-gathering technique…a snowball fight!


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


Sam Wineburg Presentation on UNCG Campus March 18th

Dr. Sam Wineburg, the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University, will be delivering a talk at UNCG on Monday, March 18th from 5:00-6:00pm. The talk is free and will be held in the School of Education Building, Room 120.  Dr. Wineburg is the preeminent authority on history education in the United States and the author of Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts, one of the most influential books written on K-12 history instruction.

His talk will be catered to educators and will focus on assessing historical knowledge. To see more about his work, you can visit his Beyond the Bubble project at

Although the content will focus on history education, the assessment piece should be interesting/applicable to other content areas.  For questions on the presentation, please contact Wayne Journell at


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)


Summer Professional Development Symposium

Planning is underway for the Summer Professional Development Symposium for area education professionals. Plans are to host a number of grant-funded PD sessions under a single umbrella during the week of June 17. Currently, sessions will be sponsored by Project ENRICH, the Yopp Endowment, TESOL for ALL, and Project CREATE. If you have a professional development offering that you would like to include in the Symposium, please contact Christina O’Connor at


Welcome to José Antonio Merlo Vega, LIS Visiting Scholar

Welcome to Dr. José Antonio Merlo Vega, who begins his term as Visiting Scholar at the Department of Library and Information Studies.  He will be part of our community until mid-Sept 2013.  José is a Professor of Library and Information Studies and Library Director at the University of Salamanca and is an expert on information literacy, social media, reference and academic libraries:

José has published extensively and is a sought after speaker.  In addition to his own research, he wishes to collaborate and become familiar with the work we are conducting at UNCG and beyond.

José will be presenting a talk on social entrepreneurship and libraries in Spain at the Third “Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians” (May 16-17, 2013; UNCG)

Please do not hesitate to contact José at or pop in to say hello.  He has office space in room 453SOEB.


Faculty/Staff Social Events

Melanie Greene MFA Thesis Concert

One of the SOE Office of Student Services Grad Assistants, Melanie Greene, will be holding her MFA Thesis Concert on Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd. A group from the SOE is planning on going to dinner at P.F. Chang’s before attending the performance on Friday, March 1. If anyone would like to join this group, please contact Carol Resch by Wednesday, February 27th. For more information, regarding ticket prices, dates and times, please click here.

SOE Book Club – Next Meeting March 27

This month, the SOE Book Club will be reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The SOE Book Club will meet Wednesday, March 27 from 12:00pm-1:00pm in Room #401 SOEB to have a lunch time discussion about the book. If you are interested in joining the SOE Book Club or have additional questions, please contact Meggan Reggan at


Miles for Wellness Walking Challenge – Are You a Tortoise or a ‘Super’ Hare?

It’s the end of February – how are you coming along with your New Year’s Resolutions? Are you looking for a way to get in better shape, enjoy time outdoors and get to know a few of your SOE colleagues? Get involved in the “Miles for Wellness” Walking Challenge!

The purpose of “Miles for Wellness”, the OSP Healthy Living Healthy Life Move More Program and Team Competition, is to encourage and support employees in increasing their level of physical activity above their

current baseline of steps per day with the goal of striving for 10,000 steps (5 miles) most days of the week. Teams of 10 are organized with the basic goal of each team member averaging a set number of steps a day during the challenge dates from March 14 – May 12.  Team members will be required to wear a pedometer and keep a daily log of their steps. Teams will be competing with other teams across the state to follow a virtual lighthouse tour of the Eastern Seaboard for motivation, based on the following activity levels:


Office / seated-based job duties-with a typical activity level that ranges from mostly sitting to 30 to 60 minutes of moderate daily activity such as brisk walking or 2,000 to 8,000 steps per day. This equals a total of 1 to 4 miles on average for daily work, recreational activity, and other activities of daily living.


Standing/walking-based job duties- with a typical activity level of 8,000 to 10,000+ steps. This equals 4 to 5+ total miles on average for daily work, recreational activity, and other activities of daily living.

Super Hare:

Runs on a regular basis/one who walks or runs over 12,000 steps- with a typical activity level of 12,000 or more steps. This equals a total of 6+ miles per day on average for daily work, recreational activity, and activities of daily living.
More information on teams, dates and categories for walkers can be found here:

Maps of the virtual walk and lighthouse teams will pass during the challenge can be found here:

We are looking to put together a team of 10 people from the SOE to start a team and take part in this challenge. Deb Ackerman is serving as Team Captain for this challenge. If you are interested in joining the SOE team for the ‘Miles for Wellness’ Walking Challenge, please contact Deb Ackerman ( by Friday, March 1 to sign up.


Couch to 5k Walk/Run Program

HealthyUNCG is co-sponsoring a new program with Campus Rec – it’s the Couch to 5k Walk/Run Program.  Designed for people who want to walk or run a 5k but don’t know how to get started.  A trained fitness instructor will be running the program. The program is open to all employees, even if they do not belong to Campus Rec.  There is a one-time fee of $28 for Campus Rec members or $35 for non-Campus Rec members.  Registration is open through this week.  Employees who participate can earn Spartan Points for participating in this program.


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.


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


Student/Faculty/Alumni Accomplishments

The CED Department was featured in a news article on how new equipment is assisting with their work in neurofeedback. Click here to read the article.


Barbara Levin (TEHE) was recognized from the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium for her leadership in the development of the TESOL Online Professional Development modules.


Christine Murray (CED) was recently featured as a guest writer for the Greensboro News and Record. Her article, based on two recent research studies of survivors of domestic violence, highlights the differences between “fact and fiction,” myths about domestic violence and the realities as reported by participants in the research conducted by Dr. Murray and Dr. Allison Crowe, a CED alum, who is an assistant professor at East Carolina University. (Read the story here: Many of the “voices” and stories from the study participants can be found at a website created by Dr. Murray, See the Triumph (, “which features the stories of people who faced harrowing abuse, survived it, and successfully rebuilt violence-free lives.”


Holt Wilson (TEHE) was featured in an article regarding his project proposal being awarded just under $300,000 by NC Quest. Click here to read the article.


Nicole Adamson (CED) was selected as the 2012-2013 recipient of the Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Doctoral Level Student Award. Nicole will be recognized at the March American Counseling Association Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling that promotes a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity.


Stemming from the Smith High School PDS partnership with UNCG, TEHE graduate students Nikki DeCosta, Dawn Harris, Kenyetta Ridley, Anthony Tangredi, and Shawn Weisner and recent graduate Alex Bennett shared their ongoing work around mathematics professional development at the National Professional Development Schools Conference on February 15. They traveled to New Orleans for their presentation for an audience of pre-service teachers, practicing teachers, school administrators, and teacher educators and represented the SOE and UNCG well.


Ty-Ron Douglas, PhD, ELC graduate and Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Critical Educators in Social Justice (CESJ) Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.


Nicole Wobler, a recent graduate of the secondary social studies program, was named Rookie Teacher of the Year for Northwest Guilford High School.  Nicole will now compete for the overall Rookie Teacher of the Year in Guilford County.


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