The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
School of Education

NEWS: 04-14-2014


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UNCG honored scholarship donors and their student recipients at a special dinner on Thursday, April 3.   The event celebrated the generosity of donors across all academic units, as well as gifts made university-wide.

The School of Education thanks our alumni and friends who have made major gifts during this academic year.  Their generosity allows us to continue to strengthen our mission of preparing students to be successful professionals and our faculty to provide the best in educational excellence.

In addition to significant giving in the area of unrestricted annual gifts, the School of Education thanks the following donors for making a difference in education this year:

  • Mrs. Nancy Armstrong and Mr. Tim Armstrong – $50,000 towards the David G. and  Nancy J. Armstrong Graduate Scholarship in Education
  • A gift of $30,000 to establish the Virginia Donaldson Harmon Scholarship in Education
  • Mrs. Betty Cone ’64 – $25,000 towards the Mary June Darden Ward Endowed Scholarship in Education
  • Mrs. Patricia Helgesen Fesperman ’58 – $103,000 to establish the Patricia Fesperman, Class of 1958 and Thomas Fesperman Endowed Scholarship in Education
  • Dr. Stavroula E Kostaki Gailey – $30,000 to establish the Stavroula Kostaki Gailey and Platon Georgy Gailey Scholarship in Education
  • Mrs. Jennifer Smith Hooks ’76 and Mr. Jacob T. Hooks – $130,000 to establish the Carrie Perkins Davis and Katherine Davis Smith Scholarship in Education
  • Tom Haggai and Associates Foundation – $60,000 towards the THA Foundation Fund
  • Sara Smith Self Foundation – $25,000 towards the Luther Winborne Self Fellowship Fund
  • Mr. Smith Self – $47,640 towards the School of Education 21st Century Fund
  • Ms. Patricia Whitley Sickles ’65 – $30,000 to establish the Patricia Sickles and Barry Sickles Scholarship in Education
  • Mrs. Judy Blackwelder Talbert and Mr. John Talbert – $25,000 towards the Judy Blackwelder & Daniel Scott Talbert Teacher Education Scholarship
  • Miss Willie Trexler ’40 (deceased) – $35,000 to establish the Willie Ellen Trexler, Class of 1940 Endowed Scholarship in Education

For information about these scholarships or other Development programs, please contact Terri Jackson, Director of Development at or come by room 330 in the School of Education.


NCATE Invitation to Public Comment

In Fall 2014, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) will review UNCG’s preparation of teachers and other professional educators. As part of this re-accreditation process, we invite our community and professional partners to share their perspectives about the quality of our programs.

For full details, please visit:


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


CED Teaching-Research Candidate Presentation – Tuesday, April 15

Please join CED for the Teaching-Research Presentation, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Counselor Education: Results and Implications of a 10-Year Content Analysis, by Dr. Carrie Wachter-Morris on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 1:00 in Room 248 Ferguson Building.


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!!


Doctoral Student Seminar – Thursday, April 17

The ELC department will be hosing a doctoral student seminar entitled Networking / Interviewing –Tips for the University Faculty Job Market on Thursday, April 17th at 4 pm in SOEB Room #301. All doctoral students interested in careers as university faculty members are invited to attend.


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, FatihOguz, 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. Information on the Ceremony can 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 extended to Tuesday, April 22

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 Tuesday, April 22 at 5pm (deadline has been extended). 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.



Qualtrics Offline Surveys App

The Qualtrics Offline Surveys app is now available to anyone with a UNCG-Qualtrics account. The app is only a method for collecting survey results when not connected to the Internet. Creating, editing, distributing, reporting, and downloading results are still done through the online, browser-based application. Go to Available/Survey/ for more information and installation instructions, or register for ITS’s Qualtrics workshops by visiting


SOE Book Club Update

(message from Meggan Reagan)

Due to low interest over the past couple of months, the SOE Book Club will go on hiatus for the rest of the Spring/Summer. We will pick up in August with a book discussion of UNCG’s First Year Summer Read, Little Princes by Conor Grennan. Happy Reading!!!
Here is the link with more information on UNCG’s First Year Summer Read:


“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 In the News

Carl Lashley (ELC) was featured in an article in last week’s High Point Enterprise regarding his presentation to the Guilford County Board of Education regarding Montlieu Academy of Technology’s use of iPads in education: Study: Montlieu Academy iPad use gets positive results



C.P. Gause (TEHE) keynoted the 2nd Annual Leadership and Diversity Summit at UNC-Pembroke this past Saturday, April 5th. His message, “Creating a Successful Tomorrow By Living Your Best Life Today” was received with great enthusiasm.

Claudia Pagliaro (SES) presented a keynote lecture at the First International Conference on Teaching Deaf Learners in Amsterdam. For more information, visit: Campus Weekly 4.9.14

Brooke WIllard Forrest, a 2013 graduate of the Dual Program in Elementary Education and Special Education (SES), received the First Year Teacher Award for her school, Balfour Elementary in Asheboro City Schools. Brooke, who teaches 4th grade, will now move to the district level competition for the Apple of Excellence award. Congratulations, Brooke!



Norma Honeycutt, a BK:ISED student in the SES department, had an article published in the Spring 2014 issue of NCaeyc Milestones on STEM in Early Care and Education. The citation and link are included below.

  • Honeycutt, N. W. (2014). STEM in Early Care & Education. Ncaeyc Milestones. Spring, 2014, 25-26.





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