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News: 03-11-2013



The ERM Department hosted its annual Faculty vs. Students Bowling Tournament on Sunday, March 3. (Photo by Ted Richardson)


Safety Notice

The SOEB Front Lobby main entrance, (Stirling Street side) will be CLOSED on Tuesday, (3/12) from 8am-5pm due to necessary roof repairs.

Please use the back pre-function lobby doors or the side entrance/exit doors, (Kenilworth Street side) to enter and/or exit the building that day.


2013 Coalition for Diverse Language Communities Fellows Announced

The following SOE faculty were recently awarded $3000 fellowships from the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities for their collaborative work with members of diverse language communities:

  • Laura Gonzalez, CED, for Building Self-Efficacy for College Planning Tasks in Spanish-Speaking Parents. This collaborative project, which builds on previous partnership work with Asheboro City Schools and CFNC, will empower Spanish-speaking families by providing information about access to higher education opportunities for their children.
  • Nora Bird, Fatih Orguz, and Clara Chu, LIS, for Preserving Montagnard Refugee Cultural Heritage through Intergenerational Dialogue.  This project seeks to understand and preserve the cultural heritage of a unique language community by collecting oral history from community elders, and facilitating the intergenerational transmission of cultural priorities among the Montagnard population in North Carolina and beyond. The resulting digital materials will preserve the culture of this diverse language community and increase the project’s reach.
  • Belinda Hardin, SES, and Silvia Bettez, ELC with Million Mekonnen, ASC, and Raleigh Bailey, CNNC for Textured Dialogues: A Tapestry of Immigrant Perspectives on Education. This community-driven, collaborative project strengthens the partnership between UNCG and various immigrant and refugee communities in our region as they collectively produce a tapestry and book to represent how their respective communities view education.  Ultimately, this unique arts-based project will produce a lasting artifact that can be shared and displayed widely.
  • Bev Faircloth, Shirley Atkinson and, Ye He, TEHE, for Middle Grades English Learners Craft a Sense of School Belonging. This project addresses psychosocial aspects of a school/learning environment that are critical to develop in order to assist English learners to become agents in their own learning. Working with English learners and teachers at Forsyth Middle School around the notions of belonging in this diverse school will yield useful information and strategies that can be shared with other educators.

  More information about the work of the CDLC can be found 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 29, 2013)
  • Panel Discussion with UNCG Online Learning Fellows

Submissions for the juried, peer reviewed poster session are currently being accepted until March 29, 2013.  For more information and to submit a proposal, please complete and submit the Poster Presentation Submission

There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested.  To register, please complete and submit the Online Symposium Registration Page

For more information about the UNCG School of Education Online Learning Symposium, please visit the Online Learning Symposium Web Page

Click here to download a PDF of the Online Learning Symposium

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 Early 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)


Special Reading, High Tea, and Book Signing – Children’s Event

Mike Perko (Associate Professor in Department of Public Health Education) has written a great children’s book around the subject of bullying. This book is a delightful way to introduce the importance of including everyone and appreciating differences. Mike will be hosting a special reading, high tea, discussion and book signing on Monday, April 1 from 4:00-6:00pm in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. The event is free and open to the public – children are welcome. Click here for more information.


Research Office News

The SOE Office of Research would like to spread the word about the following event on behalf of the Office of Sponsored Programs.  SOE faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend any and all chats!

The Office of Sponsored Programs and University Libraries are hosting a series of “Round-Table Chats” on the following topics:

  1. Grant-Seeking Process at UNCG (March 27th)
  2. New Guidelines and Trends at NEH, NSF and NIH (April 3rd)
  3. Collaborations and Partnerships – Not Just A Response to the RFP (April 10th)

Times for each round-table is ‘drop-in’ anytime between 11:30 AM -1:30 PM.

Location: Elliott University Center – Conference Room A
Please drop-in anytime between 11:30-1:30, bring lunch and eat while taking the opportunity to ask questions and/or talk about each topic on those specific dates.

Chats will be hosted by Michelle Cole, Proposal Development Specialist in OSP, along with other invited guests depending on the topic. If successful, OSP will begin to offer more round-table ‘chat’ opportunities with various topics relating to grant-seeking in the fall…and eventually offer more in collaboration with other organizations and institutions.


Innovative Strategies to Attract Private Funding for Community-Based Work

Tuesday, March 19, 201

9:00-10:00am :: 219 Stone

Sam Wineburg (Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and (by courtesy) of History at Stanford University) and Mark Constantine (Vice President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund) will share their experiences and tackle the issue of funding for community projects from the perspectives of both the academic grant writer and the funder. No registration necessary!!


Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts

Monday, March 18th, 2013

5:00-6:00pm :: School of Education Building, Room 120

Join Dr. Wineburg, the preeminent authority on history education in the United States and the author of Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts, to explore how research on historical understanding has had to change to reach real kids and real teachers in our nation’s urban schools. No registration necessary!!


Top 10 Things to Ask Yourself Before Submitting a Curriculum Proposal

If you’re about to submit a curriculum proposal, click here to read the Top 10 questions you should ask yourself before you submit


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 May interested in participating in the Ceremony will need to complete the SOE Commencement Student Registration Form by Friday, April 5 for inclusion in the printed program. PLEASE NOTE: Doctoral students need to have defended by Friday, April 19 in order to have their names listed in the May Commencement program. If Doctoral students defend before SOE Commencement they are still allowed to walk in the SOE Commencement ceremony, however their names will not be listed in the Commencement program.

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 the printed program. PLEASE NOTE: Doctoral students need to have defended by Friday, April 19 in order to have their names listed in the May Commencement program. If Doctoral students defend before SOE Commencement they are still allowed to walk in the SOE Commencement ceremony, however their names will not be listed in the Commencement 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


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


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/Staff/Alumni Accomplishments

McAlister Greiner, a junior Teaching Fellows SES student, was recently featured in the Jamestown News for her work with a new program at the Ragsdale YMCA for children with autism. Click here to read the article.


A Monstrophabet Book, by Matt Fisher 

One of my bucket list goals is to have a piece of my artwork in an art museum.  The Sketchbook Project is a collection of over 26,000 of sketchbooks, made by artists from all over the world.  Each year, the sketchbooks embark on a multi-city tour around US and Canada, after which it will become part of the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library.

For my sketchbook, I wanted to revisit a project I originally created 15 years ago, a creature-centric-alphabet.  I hope you enjoy my latest work, A Monstrophabet Book.


Recent Faculty Publications & Presentations

Barbara Levin (TEHE) and her colleague, Lynne Schrum of West Virginia University, have an article in the March 2013 issue of Educational Leadership titled “Technology-Rich Schools Up Close” based on their research with award-winning leaders of technology-rich schools.

Amanda Phillips, Graduate of the 2010 – 2012 UNCG Elementary Education Science/Environmental Education PDS Team and currently teaching first grade at Montlieu Elementary School in High Point; Catherine Scott, 2012 Graduate of the UNCG Doctoral Program in Teacher Education and currently an assistant professor at Coastal Carolina University in Elementary Science & Mathematics Education; and Catherine E. Matthews had their article, Bat Bonanza published in the March issue of Science & Children:

  • Phillips, A., Scott, C. & Matthews, Catherine E. (2013). Bat Bonanza: Kindergarteners discover bats without leaving the classroom. Science & Children, 39 – 43.

Dr. Deborah J. Taub (TEHE) and two HED doctoral students, Torry Reynolds and Wendy Powers, will be presenting a workshop entitled “Dissertation Group: Supporting Doctoral Research & Completion” at the NASPA conference in Orlando, FL later this month. NASPA is one of two international associations for student affairs professionals.

Mary Anderson, doctoral student in HED (TEHE dept) is presenting a workshop entitled “Hospitalization to Graduation: An Approach to Case Management” at the NASPA conference in Orlando, FL later this month.

Allison Palmadessa, doctoral student in HED (TEHE dept) presented a paper entitled “Academic Freedom Meets Academic Capitalism: Faculty Scholarship and the Development of Copyright Law and Policy” at the ASHE conference last November in Las Vegas, NV.  ASHE is the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Wendy Powers, doctoral student in HED (TEHE dept) will have an article entitled “Assessing Student Learning: Student Employees in Student Affairs” published in the March/April issue of ACPA’s About Campus periodical.  Wendy co-authored the article with Erin Bentrim (director of student affairs assessment), Kim Sousa-Peoples (director of new student & spartan family programs), and Garrett Kachellek (assistant director of new student & spartan family programs).


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