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NEWS: 03-03-2014


Members of the OSS staff took advantage of the QEP Global Engagement globe housed in the SOEB lobby last week – they went fishing for World Peace, Love and Happiness!!!


It’s a Girl!

Ava “Morgan” Smith made her arrival on Friday night, Feb. 28th at 7:15 pm.  She weighed 8lbs and was 20.5 inches long.  It’s been a crazy few days but Annie and Morgan are home now and are doing well. Congratulations, Annie!

Smith Family


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!


Next SOE Book Club Discussion – Friday, March 14

(message from Meggan Reagan)

The SOE Book Club discussion for The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri will be held on Friday, March 14th from 12pm-1pm in 336. Hope everyone can make it!

Information on the book can be found at here.


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:


SOE Retiring Faculty Reception – Monday, March 24

The 2014 SOE Retiring Faculty Reception will take place on Monday, March 24 from 4-6pm in Room #401 SOEB. Please join us as we celebrate the retirement of faculty members William Bursuck (SES) and Kathleen Casey (ELC).

Please RSVP your attendance no later than Monday, March 17 by contacting Rachel Williams at


Academic Writing for International Students Workshop – Thursday, March 27

Graduate-level international students and instructors working with international students are welcome to join the discussion on Academic Writing for International Students from 3-4pm on Thursday, March 27 at 301 School of Education Building. We will:

  • discuss challenges in academic writing for international students
  • share efforts to address these challenges, and
  • provide campus and online resources

This workshop is sponsored by the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC),  the SOE International Committee & Faculty Access and Equity Committee, and the UNCG International Programs Center (IPC) & INTERLINK

For more information, please view the event flyer.


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:

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 (



SOE Staff Excellence Award – Nomination Deadline Extended!

The nomination of the first UNCG SOE Staff Excellence Award is open. The recipient will exemplify the core values and behaviors of the SOE staff assembly. The recipient will be announced on Reading Day Spring 2014 and will receive $500.

You can nominate more than one person. You need to fill out one form for each person you want to nominate.

Your nominations must be submitted by March 7, 2014. We greatly appreciate your nominations.

The 2014 UNCG SOE Staff Excellence Award Committee includes Cheryl Greenberg, Angela Neblett, and Ye He. The committee members are not eligible to be nominated this year.

Below is the link to the award nomination form:

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:


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.



Spring SOE Service Project for Faculty & Staff

(message from Deb Ackerman)

I first want to thank everyone that participated in the fall SOE service project – collecting supplies and clothing for the homeless serviced through The Interactive Resource Center (IRC) of Greensboro. It was amazing what we accomplished together by working as a team.

The spring SOE service project will be collecting items for the Back Pack project at Murphey Traditional Academy (K-5) school in Greensboro. We want to help fill-up their backpacks for their spring break week with some food & fun activities!

The Principal, Ms. Cheryl Beeson describes the project in the statement below:

We supply Back Packs of food every Friday to approximately 40 students.  The food comes from the Out of the Garden project.  Because 88% of our students receive Free or Reduced Lunches and all students receive free breakfast daily, food over the weekends can be a challenge to several of our families.

If you’d like to be involved in this SOE service project (both staff and faculty are welcome to join in), please sign up to donate items by clicking on the google spreadsheet below (created by none other than the amazing Matt Fisher).

We will collect items through the month of March. You can drop off the items to Deb Ackerman, room #128 SOEB.

I will send out further information on the date/time for sorting & packaging the items once it is set.

Thanks and have a great day!!


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



Anthony Chow and Rebecca Morris (LIS) along with MLIS student Samantha Lam presented their research on School Library Web Design and Usability at East Carolina’s recent School Librarian to Librarian Summit. A total of 300 school libraries were randomly selected across all 50 states in the U.S. and their websites were evaluated for common design standards and features.


Anthony Chow’s research with LIS department alumni and current librarians Michelle Bridges and Patricia Gamble entitled “The Website Design and Usability of US Academic and Public Libraries ‘Preliminary Guidelines from a Nationwide Study” is the feature article in this month’s edition of American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Quarterly journal. Their research, the largest study of its kind, highlight web design standards for the nation’s academic and public libraries and identify potential usability issues and challenges to be addressed.


CED faculty Jane Myers and Craig Cashwell, along with CED alumnus Dr. Ryan Reese, are featured in an article in Counseling Today (March 2014, pp. 32-40): “In search of wellness.”  Each speaks to their perspective on the holistic view of clients and counseling work.  Dr. Myers discussed her Wheel of Wellness model, Dr. Reese described the concept of EcoWellness he developed in his dissertation work, and Dr. Cashwell discussed how participating in religious communities or spiritual practices an enhance wellness.


Carly Bowman, a senior Elementary Education major in TEHE, was awarded the 2014 Student Teacher Scholarship at the 44th annual NC Council for the Social Studies State Conference last week. More information can be found here.


Melissa Fickling, second year doctoral student in CED, has been selected as one of eight members of the 2014-2015 class of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Leadership Academy, a two-year, highly experiential leadership development opportunity for promising national and state career development association leaders. As part of this experience, Melissa will conduct a Leadership Action Learning Project with support and mentorship from the NCDA Board of Directors and present the project results at the 2015 conference in Denver, CO.


In addition, Melissa Fickling (CED) has been selected to receive the 2014 Graduate Teaching Award from the UNCG School of Education. Congratulations, Melissa!


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