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News: 04-01-2013



The UNCG Library and Information Studies Alumni Association held its 2013 Alumni Day Luncheon on Saturday, March 23. Rebecca Tolley-Stokes received the Kovacs Award for Outstanding Alumni Achievement, and Susan Sharpless Smith presented the Cora Paul Bomar Lecture for this event.  (Pictured Left to Right: LIS Department Chair Clara Chu, Rebecca Tolley-Stokes, Bea Kovacs, Susan Sharpless Smith, and 2012-2013 LISAA President Amy Harris Houk.)


On Saturday, March 23, 2013, nearly 80 parents, students, and their families came to the School of Education at UNCG to participate in the Heritage Language Academy (HLA) graduation ceremony. The HLA program was developed as a university-school collaboration between the TESOL for ALL program at UNCG and Asheboro City Schools (ACS) in 2008. It aims at developing bilingual connections for students in both reading and math by building upon their home language backgrounds. Parents are also invited to participate in home literacy activities and a computer skills class. Dr. Barbara Levin and Dr. Ye He, co-PIs of the TESOL for ALL program, awarded certificates of completion to 22 parents and 37 elementary and middle school students this year. The 2013 HLA program was housed in Balfour Elementary School and North Asheboro Middle School with the support and leadership from ACS superintendent Dr. Diane Frost, assistant superintendent Jennifer Smith, principals Janet Means and Candace Call, assistant principals Holly White and Jordi Roman, and ESL lead teacher Dubraska Stines. HLA teachers included Carolina Agüero, Claudia Rodriguez, Meredith Wolfe, Melanie Golding, Marilu Arellano, and Sharon Cagle. It was also supported by Amanda and David Arellano, Asheboro High School Key Club, and other volunteers.


LISSA T-Shirt Fundraiser

The Library and Information Studies Student Association (LISSA), is selling their student-designed “I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie” T-shirts this semester to raise money for Murphey Traditional Academy in Greensboro. Murphey Academy is a K-5 school, and the money raised from t-shirt sales will go to buy books for its library! Click here to view the flyer.

T-shirts are $15, plus $5 for shipping as requested. The shirts are unisex and come in sizes S-2X. Please view the attached flyer for the t-shirt design, and email Heather Hans at, or Jewel Davis at to order!

T-shirt orders are due by Monday, April 8.  Please include your name, email address, quantity, size(s), and address (if shipping is required) when you order.  If you are on the UNCG campus, a pickup location and time can be arranged.


Academy for Teaching and Learning Workshop Tuesday, April 2

You’re invited to participate in the Academy for Teaching and Learning

Wanna Flip Your Class? Start by Using Just-in-Time Teaching

Tuesday, April 2
2:00 – 3:30 pm
304 Dowdy Building
North Carolina A&T State University


Dr. Scott Simkins
Director, Academy for Teaching and Learning
North Carolina A&T State University
Co-Editor/Author (with Mark Maier):
Just in Time Teaching: Across the Disciplines, and Across the Academy,
Stylus, 2009


Are you thinking about “flipping your classroom” but aren’t quite sure how
to do it? Start by using Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) to “flip” the
typical teaching/learning experience: shifting typical in-class teaching
processes to out-of-class student learning activities and vice-versa. JiTT
is a valuable tool for introducing the “flipped” approach; it allows you
to “start small” and add more dimensions as you gain confidence in moving
from a teaching-centered to learning-centered classroom.

JiTT is a student centered approach to teaching and learning that makes
regular use of before-class questions or problems to make visible ­ to
both students and instructors ­ gaps in student understanding and the
nature of those gaps. Responses to pre-class JiTT questions are then used
to develop interactive in-class activities aimed at helping students
discover and address identified conceptual misunderstandings. By inverting
the typical teaching/learning process, JiTT can help instructors make
class time more effective for student learning. JiTT also facilitates the
development of students’ abilities to reflect on and regulate their own
learning processes, critical skills for deeper learning.


Please register for this workshop at:

[Click on “Academy for Teaching and Learning”, then “Upcoming Workshops”,
find the workshop/session and “Add to Cart”, then click on “Register” and
log in to complete registration]

Questions?  Contact Scott Simkins at for more


HealthyUNCG Brown Bag Lunch Series –Stress and Sleep – Tuesday, April 2

HealthyUNCG will present a Brown Bag Luncheon Series on Stress and Sleep on Tuesday, April 2 from 12pm-1pm in the Phillips Lounge of the EUC. Difficulty in sleeping is a common problem in our culture and can be particularly challenging in an collegiate environment. Not getting enough sleep can have detrimental effects on physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In this presentation, an overview of sleep and sleep cycles will be provided. Then, some of the problems linked with poor sleep will be described. Following that, the rest of the presentation will focus on improving sleep through changing activities that interfere with sleep and developing techniques linked with improved sleep. CLICK HERE to register.


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. New Guidelines and Trends at NEH, NSF and NIH (April 3rd)
  2. 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.


International Student Panel: Sharing Experiences and Needs with Faculty – Thursday, April 4

The Access & Equity Committee and Coalition for Diverse Language Communities is hosting an informative panel discussion in which international students will share and discuss their learning needs with SOE faculty on Thursday, April 4 from 12:00-1:00pm in SOEB Room #401. For more information, contact Amy Vetter or view the flyer here.


Kendon Smith Lectures Series – April 4 and 5

The Kendon Smith Lectures is an endowed series hosted annually by the Department of Psychology, and the theme of this year’s series is “The Development of Scientific Reasoning”.  The lectures will be held Thursday afternoon, April 4, and Friday morning, April 5 in room 114 of the SOEB. For more information, please view the following:

Kendon Smith Lecture Flyer

Kendon Smith Schedule of Lectures


UNCG School of Education Online Learning Symposium – Friday, April 5

In collaboration with DCL, FTLC, and University Libraries the School of Education is hosting the first annual UNCG Online Learning Symposium on Friday, April 5th from 11:30-3 p.m. in the Alexander, Claxton, and Ferguson rooms of the EUC.

The keynote address will be given by Daniel Stanford, Assistant Director of DePaul University’s Faculty Instructional Technology Services, who will discuss the role gaming-design principles can play in educational courses. Dr. Stanford was the recent recipient of the national 2012 Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Learning.

The primary goal of the event is to learn more and continue dialogue on online learning. Poster presenters will cover a wide spectrum of online initiatives being used at UNCG and institutions across the system.

Maggie O’Hara, Director of e-Learning for the UNC system, will be attending and providing a few closing remarks about the state of e-learning throughout the system and the Directors of Curriculum and Instruction for the North Carolina Virtual Public Schools will also be presenting.

Ultimately, however, this event was designed for SOE faculty and staff to learn more about online learning as we continue to increase our offerings in the online area.

If you have a free moment, please stop by for some or all of the event. Food and drink will be provided throughout and the event is completely free.

If you do not have to time to visit in person the event will also be streamed and tweeted in real-time and recorded.

In addition, a blog has been created where you can learn more about the presenters and communicate directly with them before, during, and after the session.

For more information:

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,



UNCG Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony April 5

Chancellor Brady cordially invites you to the Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony to be held Friday, April 5 at 9 a.m. in the auditorium of the EUC.The ceremony will reflect the dynamism, resilience, and uniqueness of UNCG’s incredible faculty and staff.

Please join us as we celebrate the achievements and outstanding service of our colleagues.  Each recipient will be recognized by the Chancellor and highlighted in short films created by our own talented UNCG students.

UniversityServiceAwardsrecipientswith30, 35 ,and 40 years of service will be recognized and the following awards will be presented:

  • Alumni Teaching Excellence Award
  • Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award (Graduate School)
  • Student Learning Enhancement Award
  • UNC Board of Governors Teaching Award
  • University Staff Excellence Award

Please join us in celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of our colleagues. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.


LIS UnHushed Conference 2 to take place on Saturday, April 6

UnHushed Conference 2: From Talk to Walk: A Multicultural Information SkillShare, will be presented by LIS on Saturday, April 6, 2013, in the School of Education Building. View the event flyer here:


Current SOE Student to Present at UNCG SafeZone Lunch and Learn Series Tuesday, April 9

Current HED M.Ed. student Samyntha Francis will be presenting “What Equals a Family?” as part of the UNCG SafeZone Lunch and Learn series. Her presentation will be April 9, 12:30-1:30 pm. The Lunch and Learn series is a brown bag event.

2013 UNCG School of Education Alumni Awards Celebration

Featuring a special panel discussion on NC Education Reform in Early Literacy

Friday, April 12, 2013 • 3:00pm

School of Education Building, Room #120

Please join the UNCG School of Education as we celebrate the accomplishments of distinguished School of Education alumni for their dedicated service to UNCG and their communities during our annual Alumni Awards ceremony.

2013 Alumni Award Recipients

Early Career Award

Lynda Kellam

Laura Welfare


Distinguished Career Award

Kimberly Bowie

Larry Coble


Outstanding Achievement Award

Gail Marion

Donna Sundre


Distinguished Service Award

Melony Allen

Nancy & Tommy Teague

The Alumni Awards Celebration will begin at 3:00pm with a panel discussion on North Carolina Education Reform in Early Literacy, followed by the Awards Ceremony.

Topics to be discussed at the panel discussion include the Read to Achieve Initiative, description of reading 3-D assessments required in K-3 grades for the State of North Carolina, the impact on school systems, principals and administrators on these initiatives, as well as discussion on how the Read to Achieve Initiative, including the new Foundations of Reading teacher licensure exam, affects higher education faculty in their teacher preparation planning.


Guest panelists to include:

* Beth Folger, Chief Academic Officer, Guilford County Schools

* Carolyn Guthrie, Head of Division of Early Literacy, NC Department of Public Instruction

* Constance Hash, Principal, Forest Park Elementary School (Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools)

*Pamela Williamson, Associate Professor, Specialized Education Services, UNCG School of Education

Dean Karen Wixson of the UNCG School of Education will serve as moderator for this discussion.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Reception to immediately follow awards ceremony.

For additional questions regarding the event, please contact Rachel Williams at or 336-256-1317.



 American Sign Language Idol 2013 – Saturday, May 4

The SES department presents the 2013 American Sign Language Idol, taking place Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 3:00pm in the Elliott University Center Auditorium. Come enjoy students enjoying popular songs in ASL with music from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, all the way to today’s songs! Money from ticket sales and donations will go to help our Deaf-Blind friends attend Camp Dogwood. For more information, click here to download the flyer.

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.


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

Several faculty, students, and alumni from the CED Department were honored by various professional organizations during the 2013 American Counseling Association conference, held in mid-March in Cincinnati, OH.  Congrats to all!


Chi Sigma Iota
Nicole Adamson – Outstanding Doctoral Student
Isabelle Ong – Outstanding Entry-level Student (Ms. Ong is an incoming doctoral student)

American Counseling Association
Dr. Christine Murray – Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award

Dr. Todd Lewis – Best Practices Award
Dr. Casey Barrio Minton (alum) – Best Practices Award

Nicole Adamson (doctoral student) – Courtland C Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award


International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors

Dr. Todd Lewis – Counselor Educator Excellence Award

Kent State University
Dr. Kelly Wester – Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award

Association for Humanistic Counseling
Janee’ Avent (doctoral student)- Outstanding Dissertation Award


Dr. Bryce Hagedorn received the 2013 Alumni Excellence Award from the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development on March 21st at the Department’s UNCG Alumni and Friends reception in Cincinnati during the American Counseling Association conference.  This award recognizes a CED alum who graduated at least five years ago and shows evidence of exemplary attainment in one or more areas of teaching and/or supervision, research/scholarship, professional service and leadership, as well as a commitment to continuing professional development.
Bryce, a 2003 graduate of the PhD program at UNCG, is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida where he is the Program Director of Counselor Education and School Psychology. He has research expertise in Motivational Interviewing and in process addictions. Bryce is the President-elect of ASERVIC and has served on the CACREP board as Vice-chair. His numerous awards include the UCF School of Education Teaching Award, SACES Locke-Paisley Outstanding Mentor Award, and the ACA Research Award, among many others.


Yopp Distinguished Professor Vicki Jacobs (TEHE) has been awarded the Division K Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award for her work with the publication Mathematics Teacher Noticing: Seeing through Teachers’ Eyes edited by Miriam Sherin, Victoria Jacobs, and Randolph Philipp from The Division K Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award Selection Committee. This volume addresses the artificial separation of teaching from learning that occurred in the 1970’s.  The conceptual framework of “noticing” marks the re-integration of the relationship of teaching and learning and frames how teacher’s teach in the context of learning when they learn where to look, what to look at, how to make sense of what they see, and how this stance is critical to supporting student learning as well as how to develop a learning as well as student-responsive approach. The committee unanimously agrees that this collection of essays provides a timely, powerful and detailed examination of the work of teachers. Congratulations, Vicki!


Edna Tan (TEHE) has received word that her book, Empowering Science and Mathematics Education in Urban Schools, has been selected to receive the Division B Outstanding Book Award for 2012 from American Educational Research Association.

From a review: “Empowering Science and Mathematics Education makes a compelling case for rethinking science and mathematics education through a critical sociocultural perspective and rich descriptions of ‘empowering learning environments’ in and out of school. By unpacking meanings of equity, equality, and enculturation, Edna Tan and Angela Calabrese Barton offer an important counterpoint to dominant assimilationist approaches to science and mathematics education.”

A big round of cheers and clapping for Edna!


Recent Faculty Publications & Presentations

Faculty and Students from the ELC Department have recently authored the following publications:

  • Hewitt, Kimberly Kappler, Childers-McKee, Cherese, Hodges, Elizabeth, & Schuhler, Rhonda (Eds.). (2013). Postcards from the schoolhouse: Practitioner scholars examine contemporary issues in instructional leadership. Yipsalanti, MI: NCPEA Publications.
  • Hewitt, Kimberly Kappler (2013) The tension of leadership: On being a practitioner scholar. In K. Hewitt, C. Childers-McKee, E. Hodges, & R. Schuhler (Eds.), Postcards from the schoolhouse: Practitioner scholars examine contemporary issues in instructional leadership (pp. 1-11).  Yipsalanti, MI: NCPEA Publications.
  • Childers-McKee, Cherese (2013). A journey towards distributed teacher leadership. In K. Hewitt, C. Childers-McKee, E. Hodges, & R. Schuhler (Eds.), Postcards from the schoolhouse: Practitioner scholars examine contemporary issues in instructional leadership (pp. 78-90).  NCPEA Publications.
  • Hill, Diane & Maness, Jean (2013). 21st century learning: The call for change. In K. Hewitt, C. Childers-McKee, E. Hodges, & R. Schuhler (Eds.), Postcards from the schoolhouse: Practitioner scholars examine contemporary issues in instructional leadership (pp. 126-134).  NCPEA Publications.
  • Hodge, Elizabeth & Schuhler, Rhonda (2013). Curricular consistency vs. instructional freedom: The inherent struggle that exists with national standards.  In K. Hewitt, C. Childers-McKee, E. Hodges, & R. Schuhler (Eds.), Postcards from the schoolhouse: Practitioner scholars examine contemporary issues in instructional leadership (pp. 135-145).  NCPEA Publications.
  • Hewitt, Kimberly Kappler (2013). The use of value added for accountability and to inform leadership.  In K. Hewitt, C. Childers-McKee, E. Hodges, & R. Schuhler (Eds.), Postcards from the schoolhouse: Practitioner scholars examine contemporary issues in instructional leadership (pp. 161-183).  NCPEA Publications.
  • Lashley, Carl & Woody, Aaron (2013). Practitioner scholar, instructional leader, public advocate. In K. Hewitt, C. Childers-McKee, E. Hodges, & R. Schuhler (Eds.), Postcards from the schoolhouse: Practitioner scholars examine contemporary issues in instructional leadership (pp. 184-196).  NCPEA Publications.



The UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED) was well represented at the recent national annual conference of the American Counseling Association, the profession’s chief professional organization, held in Cincinnati, OH.  UNCG-affiliated persons were involved in 3 Pre-conference Learning Institutes (expanded continuing education workshops), and 50 conference presentations and poster sessions, on a variety of counseling practice and counseling research topics.  Presenters included 6 current faculty members, 11 current doctoral students, and 31 alumni.  Department members were especially pleased to see alumni presenting with their own students, taking part in”pass it on” mentoring!



Anthony Chow’s (LIS) book chapter entitled ‘The Usability of Digital Information Environments: Planning, Design, and Assessment’ was recently published in the book entitled

Trends, Discovery & People in the Digital Age released February 2013.

Anthony Chow (LIS), Kimberly Hewitt (ELC), and Holly Downs (ERM) interdisciplinary research on DPI’s IMPACT V state-wide technology integration project was accepted in the Association of Educational Communications and Technologies (AECT) international conference to be held in Anaheim, CA in October 2013. Their research focuses on utilizing system’s thinking and logic models to help align school goals with their technology integration along with the use of continuous assessment and evaluation analytics and metrics.

Dr. Laura M. Gonzalez (CED) was the invited keynote speaker at the annual Latin America and North Carolina spring seminar offered by World View : An International Program for Educators.  Her talk, given to approximately 200 K-12 and community college educators in Chapel Hill on March 19th, was entitled Caminos Al Futuro: Finding a Path Toward the Future for Latino Youth and Their Families.


Just published: Preventing College Student Suicide, volume no. 141 in the New Directions for Student Services series from Jossey-Bass, edited by TEHE faculty member Deborah J. Taub and Jason O. Robertson. This project resulted from Deb’s work on two Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention grants from SAMHSA (Substance Abused and Mental Health Administration). Chapter authors are GLS grantees. Incoming HED Clinical Assistant Professor Brad Johnson is a co-author of one of the chapters in the book (“Suicide Prevention for LGBT Students”). M.Ed. alumni Jalonda Thompson (“College Student Suicide,” with Taub), Julie Catanzarite, and Myles Robinson (“Peer Education in Campus Suicide Prevention”) are chapter co-authors. Current HED Ph.D. students Elizabeth Jodoin (“The Public Health Approach to Campus Suicide Prevention,” with Robertson) and Symphony Oxendine (“Suicide Prevention for LGBT Students,” with Johnson, Taub, and Robertson) also co-authored chapters.


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