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NEWS: 03-10-2014


Contacts During Annie Smith’s Leave

Annie Smith will be on maternity leave until May 19, 2014.  In the meantime, please see the information listed below for contacts during Annie’s absence:

For room reservations, please contact Angel Biegert at

For all other items, please contact Sharlene O’Neil at or (336) 334-4418.


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.


Lunch with The League of Women Voters – Tuesday, March 18

Lunch with the League of Women Voters (Piedmont Triad) will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at Noon at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Haywood Duke Room, 605 N. Greene St, Greensboro). Presenters at the luncheon will include Alan Duncan, Chair of the Guilford Co. Board of Education and Todd Warren, public school parent and teacher at Guilford Elementary, discussing educational issues before the NC Legislature and courts. The program is free, but there is an $11 optional cost for lunch. Reservations for the program are required by March 11 at, with or without lunch.


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.


2014 Lawther Lecture – Monday, March 31

The 2014 Lawther Lecture, sponsored by the School of Health & Human Sciences, will be delivered by Dr. Abigail Stewart from The University of Michigan on Monday, March 31 at 4:00 pm in the Virginia Dare Room. The lecture is entitled “Creating an Inclusive Climate: Steps Toward Institutional Change.”

Event is free and open to the public – for more information, please view the event flyer 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


 6th Annual Technology Institute for Educators – April 25-26

The 6th Annual Technology Institute for Educators is scheduled for April 25-26, 2014 at North Carolina Central University. This year, the Institute’s theme is “FUTURE TEACH: Teaching with Digital Materials and Learning Technologies.” Faculty, students, administrators, and staff are invited to participate by submitting proposals and attending the Institute. For more information, visit and review the enclosed Call for Participation information and Institute poster.

The Keynote speakers for the Institute include Chancellor Debra Saunders-White of North Carolina Central University, Superintendent James Merrill of the Wake County Public School System, Superintendent Timothy Farley of the Granville County Schools and Superintendent Ray Spain of the Warren County Schools. In addition, presentations, workshops, and roundtable discussion topics by educators from a variety of settings across North Carolina and beyond will be held to address the Institute’s theme for university faculty and instructors, which will include the following: Teaching with Blackboard and Learning Management Systems; Teaching with Blackboard Collaborate; Google Apps for Educators; Teaching with Web 2.0s; Flipping the Classroom; Learning Analytics; Teaching Using the Blended Learning Approach; Teaching with Digital Materials; Teaching with Tablets and iPads; Using Technology to Support Struggling Students; Creating Audio Podcasts to Support Instruction; Creating Video Podcasts to Support Instruction; and Teaching Strategies for Online Courses.

For more information about the Institute contact Prince Hycy Bull at 919-530-7287 or by email at

Link to the 2014 Technology Institute Flyer

Link to the Proposal Submission Form

Link to the Conference Registration Form


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. This is a great opportunity for undergraduates, graduates, or former students to present inquiry projects to other educators and attend informative sessions.

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 2013-2014 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award – Nominations

 (message from Sam Miller and Anthony Chow)


Time to nominate someone for the Faculty Teaching Award. It is a two step process — you first submit the form (link to the nomination form is below) and then we contact your nominee for further information. Please nominate someone – the more nominees, the more exciting the process!
Sam & Anthony

The link to the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award can be found here.


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 – Murphey Traditional Academy

(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!!


Spring Habitat Build Service Project for Faculty & Staff

(message from Deb Ackerman)

The SOE staff would like to invite the faculty to join us on a habitat build at Peacehaven Farm on Wednesday, April 23rd. The time commitment is from 7:45am – 3:30pm.

More info on Peacehaven Farm and the Susan’s View Construction at:

Currently we have four individuals signed up for the build:

Matt Fisher, Christina O’Connor, Deb Ackerman and Lori Sands.

We will probably need 10-15 people on the build for that date so let me know if you can lend a hand!!

Thanks for all of your help!!!


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



Karen De Naples and Joseph Hill  (SES) presented at the Lloyd International Honors College “Food for Thought” event on Feb. 26 in the North Spencer Parlor.  Their topic focused on “Perspective on Deafness.”

Karen De Naples (SES) was one of the participants on the Faculty Panel: “Identity, Culture and the Graduate Student” at the 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference given by the English Graduate Student Association on March 1.  She discussed on how members of the Deaf community see themselves as a linguistic and cultural minority rather than as a group of people with a disability.

Claudia Pagliaro (SES) received the Sister Mary Delaney Emeritus Life Membership Award from the Association of College Educators – Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH).  The purpose of this award is to honor the distinguished career of an ACE-DHH member in teaching, research and service in the preparation of teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.


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