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NEWS: 04-07-2014


This month’s ‘Adventures in Education’ Feature

In this month’s ‘Adventures in Education’, ERM alumna Christine Meyer reflects on her time at UNCG and why she chose to pursue a degree in Educational Research: Read More


Update on ASL As a Foreign Language

The SES Department and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (College of Arts & Sciences) are delighted to announce that they are collaborating to continue offering courses in American Sign Language for non-majors.  Both departments just received word that they have been granted permission to offer American Sign Language out of the department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures by cross-listing a new course prefix of ASL with the SES American Sign Language sequence. This change will not have any impact on current American Sign Language courses offered for Professions in Deafness majors. The ASL/Deaf Studies minor has not been discontinued, and both departments are involved in ongoing conversations to determine if they might be able to offer this popular minor through the LLC Department.

For full details on this new partnership, please visit:

For additional questions, please contact Sam Parker (SES) at


Changes to GRE Requirements for Selected SOE Programs

Please note that as of 2014, the GRE has been removed as a requirement for the following SOE programs:

  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Educational Assessment
  • Add-on Licensure in Elementary Mathematics Education
  • Add-on Licensure in Reading Education
  • Master of Education Programs
    • Master of Education Elementary Education
    • Master of Education Elementary Mathematics Education
    • Master of Education Science Education
    • Master of Education Middle/Secondary English Language Arts
    • Master of Education Middle/Secondary Mathematics
    • Master of Education Middle/Secondary Science
    • Master of Education Middle/Secondary Social Studies
    • Master of Education Reading Education
    • Master of Education TESOL

For programs in the Department of Library and Information Studies:

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required for admission to the MLIS program unless the applicant has a 3.5 or above undergraduate Grade Point Average or holds a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.  There is no entrance examination required for admission to the licensure-only or the post-baccalaureate programs offered by the LIS Department.


For more information, please contact


Provost Search – Upcoming Forums

Please visit the following site for information regarding upcoming public forums with candidates for the Provost search:


SOE Staff Assembly – Wednesday, April 9

The next SOE Staff Assembly will take place on Wednesday, April 9 at 9:00am in the Self Lecture Hall (SOEB #118). All SOE staff are invited to attend.

SOE Service Project Backpack Assembly Date – Thursday, April 10

Thanks to everyone who donated items for the SOE Service Project to provide backpacks of treats for students from Murphey Traditional Academy in Greensboro. Backpacks will be assembled on Thursday, April 10 from 1:00pm-2:00pm in SOEB #301. Everyone is welcome to help!


Klaas Sijtsma Research Talks – Friday, April 11

Dr. Klaas Sijtsma from Tilburg University will be giving the following research talks on 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 (

middle east students workshop


The HERP Project Earth Day Community Celebration – Saturday, April 12

The HERP Project will be hosting a free Earth Day Community Celebration on Saturday, April 12 from 11am-3pm at Burlington City Park. Storytelling, hiking adventures, live animals, arts & crafts and other family fun activities will take place. For additional information, please view the event flyer.


American Sign Language Idol – Sunday, April 13

American Sign Language Idol will take place on Sunday, April 13, at 3:00pm in the Elliott University Center Auditorium on the UNCG Campus. This year’s theme is ‘The Motown Era!’ featuring students performing popular songs in ASL from Motown greats such as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and the Supremes. Admission is $5 ($3 for children ages 6-12; free admission for children ages 5 and under. Money from ticket sales and donations will go to help our Deaf-Blind friends attend Camp Dogwood.

For more information, view the event flyer.


Understanding your students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (A workshop on Deaf Education) – Tuesday, April 15

A workshop on classroom topics related to students with hearing loss, presented by Deaf Education majors, will be held on Tuesday, April 15 from 4:30pm-6pm in SOEB #120. The workshop is free, but please RSVP to . For more details on topics covered during the workshop, please view the event flyer.


HED Doctoral Colloquium – Wednesday, April 16

The first annual Higher Education Doctoral Colloquium featuring Dr. Ralph Soney, V.P. of Corporate and Continuing Learning at GTCC, will be held on Wednesday, April 16 from 4:30pm-6:30pm in the School of Education Building, Room #401. For more information and to register for the Colloquium, please view the event flyer.


SOE Staff Lunch  – Wednesday, April 16

(message from Deb Ackerman)

Hi All!

Due to weather conditions, the monthly SOE Staff Lunch has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 16. We can meet in the lobby at 11:30am and walk over to the EUC together (of course, many of us will be wearing our pedometers!!). If you can’t meet at 11:30am then join us at the fountain if you can!!

Think sunny thoughts for the 16th!!


CDLC Fellowship Presentation – Thursday, April 24

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) and the SOE Faculty Access and Equity Committee will be presenting their next fellowship presentation on Thursday, April 24, from 3-4pm in SOEB Room #401. The presentation will consist of two talks by SOE faculty:

  • Preserving Montagnard Refugee Cultural Heritage: A Community Perspective, presented by Nora Bird, Fatih Oguz, and Clara Chu (LIS)
  • Working with Middle Grades English Learners: Finding the ‘Sweet Spot’ is a Delicate Balance, presented by Bev Faircloth, Shirley Atkinson, and Ye He (TEHE)

For additional information, view the event flyer.


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 18. 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


Strengthening Our Profession: Year One Academy for UNCG OSTEs and Clinical Teachers – June 24-26

We are pleased to announce the dates and registration for Strengthening Our Profession: Year One Academy for UNCG OSTEs and Clinical Teachers, to be held in the UNCG School of Education Building June 24-26, 2014.  For more information about the Academy and the link to registration, please view the event 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.



Post Award Administrator Transition Schedule

(message from Terry Ackerman)


The Office of Research appreciates your patience with the transition of responsibilities since Sheila Gambardella left her Post-Award Administrator position.  We were in the process of hiring a replacement, but those efforts have been put on hold due to budget considerations.  We anticipate the vacancy lasting no less than three months before we post the position again.  During this time, the Dean’s Office staff is working together to make sure you have the support you need for contract and grant pre- and post- award activities.

Deana will continue to do all of her pre-award administrator duties.  However, we have decided to divide up the post award responsibilities among Deana, Sue and Terri. Please note that Sue will only be available to help out with post-award responsibilities on MWF from 8:30-12:30.  Thus, if you have to see her please make it during those times.

Below is how we divided up the post-award responsibilities:

Deana Hasty

  • Award set-up, no-cost extension requests and close-out
  • Budget transfer and inquiry/summary
  • Processing of honoraria, and BANFIN / reimbursement requests, and contracted services forms
  • Processing of Travel forms that DO NOT include the use of PCard
  •  Student tuition forms
  • Hiring paperwork for students and staff to be put on grants (Deana will work with Terri  Lawson for hiring process)
  • Communication regarding course release and add-pay personnel actions (Deana will work with Terry Lawson to schedule grant-related EPAF creation)
  • Primary contact for Contracts & Grants

Terri Lawson

  •   EPAF creation and documentation
  • Hiring paperwork

Sue Miller

(Note: office hours for grant-related activity:  MWF 8:30am – 12:30pm)

  • PCard purchases and Purchase Orders
  • Conference registration and flight purchases for travel
  • Processing of Travel forms that include the use of PCard

We appreciate your patience during this time of transition.



Nominations are Now Open for the 2013-2014 Mentoring/Advising/Supervising (MAS) Award – Deadline is Monday, April 14

Nominations are now open for the 2013-2014 Mentoring/Advising/Supervising (MAS) Award, established to recognize excellence in mentoring, advising, and supervising activities within the School of Education. One award for tenured faculty and one award for untenured faculty will be awarded.

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, April 14 at 5pm. All nominations and queries should be forwarded to the Mentoring/Advising/Supervising Award (MAS) Committee Chair, Dr. Stephanie Kurtts (

For full details on the MAS Award criteria and submissions, please view the MAS Award Call for Nominations


Project ENRICH Makerspace Faculty Fellowships – Request for Proposals Now Open!

In preparation for the new Makerspace facility, the SOE is requesting proposals for new Makerspace Faculty Fellowships to financially support UNCG faculty in developing projects that require teacher candidates to engage in assignments that integrate technology, creativity, entrepreneurial learning and innovation with program curriculum. Any full time (tenure track or clinical) faculty member at UNCG is eligible to apply – proposals must be submitted electronically to Sam Miller ( by 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 30. For more information, please view the Request for Proposal.



Updates from UNCG’s LMS Study

Instructor Testimonials for the LMSs in the UNCG LMS study are now available to view from UNCG’s LMS Study Website. Instructor Testimonial Site.  The testimonials are 10-15 minutes in length.  If you have not already, please take time to view the LMS Study Website for the the choices, timeline and past presentations of the the systems.  UNCG’s LMS Study Website

Please be reminded that a recommendation of which LMS to purchase and use going forward will be made by the ATCC to Provost Perrin & Vice Chancellor Clotfelter on April 30th, 2014.

If you have any questions about the LMS study, please contact Nanette DeBerry.


Latest Dangerous Phishing Attack to Hit UNCG

Information Technology Services (ITS) has become aware of another phishing attack targeting campus users – please take a moment to read the important information in the link below:

UPDATE: Latest Dangerous Phishing Attack to Hit UNCG


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.



 “Fill the Truck” Donation Drive for Faculty and Staff Kick Ball Game

(message from Meggan Reagan)

Hi SOE Faculty and Staff!

As part of the Faculty and Staff kickball game, the Staff Senate is coordinating the “Fill the Truck” donation drive for the Guilford County Animal Shelter. We have a donation box in the SOE mailroom for anyone who is interested in donating. For more details and a list of items needed, please view the flyer below.

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SOE Winners

The following SOE faculty and staff were recognized at the 2014 UNCG Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards, presented by Chancellor Brady:

Jacqueline Dozier (OSS) is the recipient of the 2013 Models of Inclusive Excellence Supervisory Award, awarded by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence.

Ye (Jane) He (TEHE) is the recipient of the Mary Settle Sharp Award for Excellence in Teaching, recognition for a tenured faculty.

Wayne Journell (TEHE) is the recipient of the James Y. Joyner Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, recognition for a tenure-earning faculty.


The following CED alumni were elected to new positions in the recent American Counseling Association elections:

  • Dr. Carrie Wachter Morris, President-elect of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling.
  • Dr. Catherine Y. Chang, President-elect of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development.
  • Dr. Simone Lambert, Governing Council Representative for the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors.


Deborah Taub (TEHE) was the opening speaker for the NC SACAC conference (Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors) Drive-In Workshop. She spoke on “Current Trends and Hot Topics in Higher Education.”


The following students were inducted into the UNCG Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi on Monday, March 31st:

Savannah Abernathy, Elementary Education

Amber Blevins, Elementary Education

Britney Boles, Elementary Education

Victoria Brillhart, Special/Elementary Education

Brittany Books, Elementary Education

Muriel Butcher, Elementary Education

Chelseaia Charran, Specialized Education Services

Emily Crigger, Elementary Education

Janelle Derobertis, Elementary Education

Tiffany Golphin, Middle Grades Education

Emily Gordon, Specialized Education Services

Jessica Hanley, Elementary Education

Rebecca Hatcher, Special/Elementary Education

Lillie Herman, Special/Elementary Education

Lacey Huffling, Science Education

Kelsey Huss, Elementary Education

Lindsay Ives, Middle Grades Education

LaChrista Jackson, Middle Grades Education

Alana Jones, Middle Grades Education

Tracey Lewis, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Sacia Listenbee, Secondary Language Arts

Eboni Lowry, Special/Elementary Education

Amanda McCoy, Elementary Education

Macy McFatter, Elementary Education

Daphne McLaughlin, Secondary Mathematics

Kelsea Munyan, Elementary Education

Hannah Nelson, Elementary Education

Cassandra Ortiz, Elementary Education

Jenny Page, Middle Grades Education

Amanda Pickett, Elementary Education

Mireya Ruiz, Elementary Education

Yazmin Ruiz, Elementary Education

Jennifer Stephens, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Katie Sutherland, Middle Grades Education

Brittini Taylor, Elementary Education

Elizabeath Teague, Secondary Social Studies

Susan Tuttle, Elementary Education

Lauren Walton, Special/Elementary Education

Ieasha Wilson, Elementary Education

Congratulations to all of the inductees!



The April 2014 issue of Counseling Today, the newsletter of ACA, includes the following:

  • A feature article on “Ages and Stages” that features CED alumna Dr. Suzanne Degges-White.
  • A feature article, “Working Through the Hurt,” that features CED faculty member Christine Murray and alumna Dr. Allison Crowe.

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