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News: 03-04-2013



New to Adventures of a Future Teacher Blog – My “Students” Have Names

In the latest installment of our Adventures of a Future Teacher blog on the SOE website homepage, Canesha discovers the importance of recognizing her students as individuals. Please feel free to send questions and words of encouragement to Canesha on the blog site as she goes through her student teaching!


Value Added Information Workshop – This 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 #222 of the UNCG School of Education Building. For additional questions regarding the Workshop, please contact Sharlene O’Neil at or 336-334-4669. RSVP your attendance by Monday, March 4 to Sharlene at the contact information above.


2013 School of Education Commencement Information


The 2013 School of Education Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 6:00pm in the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center (East Wing).

Information regarding the 2013 SOE Commencement Ceremony for graduating students can be found on the SOE home page ( by clicking on the ‘Commencement Information’ graphic; or you can click here.

Please direct students to this web link if they have any questions regarding SOE Commencement.

For Faculty

  • All Faculty who plan to participate in the School of Education Commencement should fill out the Faculty RSVP Commencement Form. Please RSVP your participation interest no later than Thursday, April 25.
  • If you require regalia rental from the UNCG Bookstore, please indicate by completing the required fields in the link to the Faculty RSVP Commencement Form above by Thursday, April 25 so that we may place your regalia order. The Dean’s Office will place the order and will pay for your regalia; however, ALL FACULTY are responsible for picking up and returning their rental regalia to the UNCG Bookstore for the SOE Commencement Ceremony in a timely manner. (This is a new procedure this year; information on pickup and drop off deadline dates from the Bookstore will be included in the SOE News announcements closer to the event.)
  • All faculty are asked to arrive no later than 5:00pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center (East Wing) on the 10th for line up for the Commencement Ceremony. The Faculty Holding Area will be in Meeting Room #2 of the Special Events Center. Please note that the UNCG Bryan School of Business & Economics will be hosting their Commencement Ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center (East Wing) directly prior to School of Education’s ceremony, so please allow additional time for arrival and parking.

Students Graduating in May

Students Graduating in August 2013

  • If you know of students who will be graduating in August but would like to participate in the May ceremony, please have them fill out the SOE Commencement Student Registration Form by Friday, April 5 for inclusion in printed program.

Student Speakers for SOE Commencement

  • We are seeking nominations for student speakers for the ceremony. Please submit names of nominated student speakers to Rachel Williams at Students should submit proposed remarks no later than Wednesday, April 17 to Rachel Williams at
  • Remarks for student speakers should be no longer than 600 words in length (max).

Updated information and deadline reminders regarding the 2013 SOE Commencement Ceremony will be posted in SOE News each week under the ‘Commencement Information’ graphic, so please keep checking SOE News for Ceremony updates.

If you have any questions regarding the SOE Commencement Ceremony, please feel free to contact Rachel Williams at or (336) 256-1317.


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:


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,

 Save the Date: Upcoming SOE Events

  • 2013 UNCG School of Education Alumni Awards Ceremony, featuring a special panel on NC Education Reform in Literacy

Friday, April 12, 2013, 3:00pm
Room #120, School of Education Building, UNCG Campus


  • 2013 SOE Faculty/Staff Family Picnic

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 2:00-6:00pm

Bur-Mil Park (5834 Bur-Mil Club Rd., Greensboro, NC 27410)


SOE Faculty/Student Spotlight for March

March’s SOE Faculty and Student Spotlight features LIS assistant professor Nora Bird and MLIS student Mari Noguchi. Special thanks to MLIS student Heather Hans for her feature article on Mari. Read more about Nora and Mari on the SOE home page (, or click here.


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

Faculty/Staff Social Events

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 ( to sign up.


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

Pamela Fitzpatrick, PhD student in ELC, has been accepted to speak at the The International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein (IASPES), this June In London, Ontario. The conference theme is “Edith Stein: Women, Social-Political Philosophy, Metaphysics and Public History: New Approaches and Applications.”


Recent Faculty Publications

Rick Reitzug (ELC) and Craig Peck (ELC) recently co-authored the following publications, along with UNCG alumnus Debbie West:

  • Peck, C.M. & Reitzug, U.C. (in press). School turnaround fever: The paradoxes of a historical practice promoted as a new reform. Urban Education.
  • Peck, C.M., West D., & Reitzug, U.C. (in press). Still waiting for “Superprincipal”: Examining U.S. policymaker expectations for school principals, 2001-2011. Education Leadership Review, 14(1).

Pamela Williamson (SES) recently co-authored the following publications:

  • Israel, M., Maynard, K., & Williamson, P. (2013). Promoting literacy-embedded authentic STEM instruction for students with disabilities and other struggling learners. Teaching Exceptional Children, 45(4), 18-25.
  • Carnahan, C., & Williamson, P. (2013).  Teaching compare-contrast text structure to students with ASDs: Does it help reading comprehension of science text? Exceptional Children, 79(3), 347-363.



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