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School of Education

NEWS: 04-28-2014


J Rios Vega headshotD Ormond Headshot

Congratulations to ELC doctoral student Juan Rios Vega and SES Dual Major student Dominique Ormond, who have been selected as our student speakers at SOE Commencement on May 9!


 SOE Reading Day Luncheon – Wednesday, April 30

As the end of the semester is upon us, it is time once again for the Reading Day Luncheon. Please join us on Wednesday, April 30 in Room #118 SOEB from noon-1:30pm. If you bring something, please drop it off by 11:30am.

As always, we will have lots of food and drink and great company to celebrate another outstanding semester at the SOE.

What to bring (general guidelines only :-):

CED – fruits/salads/vegetables

TEHE – fruits/salads/vegetables

ELC – meats/vegetables

ERM, OAERS – meats/salads

LIS – drinks/ice/desserts

SES – pasta/vegetables

Dean’s Office, TRC, IT – desserts/meats

OSS, Project Enrich & New Teacher Support – desserts/meats

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!

Warm regards,

The Social Committee

Dodie Booton

Anthony Chow

Laura Gonzalez

Rachel Hill

Teresa Little

Carol Resch

Lori Sands


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

Please direct students to this web link if they have any questions regarding SOE Commencement.

Reminders For Faculty

  • All faculty are asked to arrive no later than 5:00pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center (East Wing) on the 9th for line up for the Commencement Ceremony. The Faculty Holding Area will be in Meeting Room #3A of the Special Events Center (new location). 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.


TeachLivE Demonstration – Friday, May 16

There will be a demonstration of the TeachLivE ( mixed-reality teaching environment on Friday, May 16 at 10:00am in SOEB #302.

At the demonstration, we can expect:

1)     to have a brief overview of what TeachLivE is and how is it being used.

2)     have our own time to interact with the avatars. We can ask them any question we would like or teach a lesson.

3)     ask any additional questions that we may have about the system or how to set it up in our location.

Contact Christina O’Connor at with questions.


SOE Faculty/Staff Picnic – Saturday, May 17

UNCG School of Education Faculty and Staff members, you and your spouse, significant other, children, and family are invited to the 2014 SOE Faculty/Staff Picnic, taking place on Saturday, May 17 from 2-6pm at Bur-Mil Park, Shelter #2 (5834 Bur-Mil Club Road, Greensboro, NC). Come join us for a day of fun outdoor activities and the opportunity to unwind together after another school year.

We will provide the main meal – please bring your favorite snacks to share with everyone.

Rain or shine – there is no rain location for this event, the shelter is covered in the event of rain that day. However, in the event of any severe weather threats, we will cancel the picnic for your safety – please check your email for any updates that day.

This is a kid-friendly event – children are welcome to join us for the day. Dress is casual.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 9 by clicking on the following: 2014 SOE Faculty/Staff Picnic RSVP Form. Please include the number of guests you will be bringing with you that day so that we know how many to expect.


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.


New Fall 2014 Course Offering – ELC 375 Philosophy of Education

ELC 375 Philosophy of Education, a new General Education course available for all undergraduates, is now included in the fall 2014 course listings. For more information on the new course, please view the event flyer.


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:

Welcome to Elizabeth L’Eplattenier

We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth L’Eplattenier will be joining the SOE staff as the Admin Support Associate for the Office of Student Services. Elizabeth joins us on Monday, May 12.


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.



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.



UNCG LMS Study Update

Please be advised that the recommendation of which LMS UNCG should purchase and use goingforward is fast approaching!  The recommendation will be made by the ATCC to Provost Perrin & Vice Chancellor Clotfelter on April 30th, 2014.  This is your last opportunity to voice any concerns or provide any feedback on the LMS (Blackboard and Canvas).

Resources available for your consideration of the LMS Study

Things to consider

  • There will be a phased switch to the new LMS if it is not Blackboard.  There are two years remaining on the contract with Blackboard.  UNCG-ITS will be supporting both the new LMS and Blackboard while the system change is being made.
  • The LMS contract (new or existing) will be signed for a minimum of five years and will be the only LMS supported by UNCG-ITS.
  • If Canvas is chosen, you will have to rethink how your courses are currently designed because the two LMS have different structures and ways to display information.

After reviewing the Instructor Testimonials, A comparison between common LMS functions between Blackboard an Canvas and The UNCG LMS Study Website, please provide feedback of any questions and/or concerns you may have should UNCG switch to an LMS other than Blackboard by completing the survey UNCG LMS Study Feedback. .

Please direct any questions you may have to Nanette DeBerry.


Blackboard Summer Course Shells

Please note that Blackboard Summer course shells are available to faculty beginning April 21, 2014.


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



‘Thank You SOE Faculty & Staff’ from Murphey Traditional Academy

Deb Ackerman received the following message from Principal Cheryl Beeson at Murphey Traditional Academy for the back pack donations from SOE Faculty & Staff to Murphey students:

Deb and teammates~

Our students are so grateful for your generosity!  The snacks are rare treats, and we have enough to use on multiple occasions.  The school supplies will go a long way – especially since we have just had our funds for instructional supplies cut to the bone.

Without your support, our efforts would be made more difficult, and we thank you so much for continuing to support our students and their teachers.

 Cheryl Beeson, Principal    

Murphey Traditional Academy                                                                                                    

Thanks to all SOE Faculty and Staff who donated items for the backpack project!


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:


UNCG Faculty and Staff Kick Ball Game

The kickball game originally scheduled for tonight has been cancelled, due to threat of bad weather.  We plan to reschedule in the fall, date and location to be announced.


Guilford County Animal Shelter Drive

We haven’t forgotten about the Guilford County Animal Shelter Drive!

We plan to give away hot dogs in exchange for a donation to the animal shelter, either a monetary donation or the items listed below.  The date will be Monday, May 5th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The location will be Administration Drive, just follow the signs.

We still want to fill the truck.   Last year we helped save many shelter animals’ lives with our donations and we would like to do it again this year.  The Guilford County Animal Shelter is a private non-profit organization and does many great things in rescuing animals from all over the state and they really need our support.

Staff Senate has donation drop boxes all over campus and we will continue to collect items.  If you have any questions please contact Jeannie Lasley

The following items are needed:

  • Towels
  • paper towels
  • wet-dry vac
  • puppy & dog food (dry)
  • heating pads
  • copy paper
  • bleach
  • can openers
  • metal bowls
  • kitten & cat food (canned)
  • blankets
  • and more!  Click here for the full list

Remember any donations will go a long way towards caring for these shelter animals and they really need our support, so if you are cleaning out your closets those old towels or blankets can go a long way in helping.  Please donate and let’s fill the truck once again this year.



Anthony Chow (LIS) and his daughter Emma’s library advocacy efforts were recently featured on the American Library Association’s blog. Anthony is the North Carolina Library Association’s co-chair of legislative action and advocacy committee:


Anthony Chow and Rebecca Morris (LIS) will be leading a national flash mob in support of libraries. It started as idea, led to a song and choreography, and has grown into a national movement and dance for libraries that will take place right in front of the US Capitol on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 exactly at 3 p.m.

Do libraries make you “Happy?” For more information on this project, visit:


Laura Gonzalez (CED), and Dr. Jose Villalba, Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion at Wake Forest University, have received funding from the K. B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.  The $93,000 grant extends over three years and supports implementation of the “LaP-LAC” program, which stands for ” Latino Parents – Learning About College.”  The program will be implemented in Forsyth County in partnership with Spanish-serving community organizations, primarily churches.  Drs. Gonzalez and Villalba will be drawing on their previous research identifying the needs of Spanish-speaking parents as they try to help their children with post-secondary planning, and on parent involvement materials created in partnership with the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC).  “This grant allows us not only to provide direct service to Latino immigrant parents and their children, but also to build capacity within community organizations to adopt such a program and continue it after our involvement has ended,” stated Dr. Gonzalez.  “We are wholeheartedly invested in educational access for the children of immigrant families and thrilled to have this opportunity, thanks to the K. B. Reynolds Trust.”


Bree Jimenez (SES), along with Corrie Sullivan, Logan Slate, and Tiffany Tilley (UNCG Student CEC) partnered with the Piedmont Triad Pi Beta Phi women’s group to host a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party for the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club on April 4th. This is the 2nd year that the Student Council for Exceptional Children and Piedmont Pi Phi has joined forces to bring literacy to our local children!


The four Greensboro chapters of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International honored 11 local female educators at a spring initiation ceremony held April 10 at First Baptist Church. Delta Kappa Gamma is an honorary organization that promotes personal and professional growth in key women educators and excellence in education. Membership is by invitation only and begins with a recommendation by a chapter member. Included in the initiations from SOE were Jennfer Mangrum (TEHE, Beta Gamma) and Mary V. Compton (SES, Beta Delta)


Associate Dean Sam Miller, Marci Rock (SES) and SES Link-2-Lead Doctoral student Mel Sullivan were featured in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Ed Prep Matters blog for their trip last year to Washington, DC to AACTE Day on the Hill: Graduate Students Benefit from AACTE’s Day on the Hill


Svi Shapiro (ELC) has been invited by the Adam Mickiewicz University School of Education in Poznan, Poland. During his visit in October he will speak to the Polish Education Society and meet with doctoral students in educational studies. His visit to Poland will also include time in Warsaw and Krakow and will be in connection with his research in Peace Education and reconciliation among historically divided ethnic and religious groups.


Congratulations to Jacqui Dozier (OSS) on the successful completion of her dissertation defense from Hampton University!


Angelica Kapely, a TESOL M.Ed. student, received the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Award. She will travel to Bahrain. Congratulations, Angelica!


Guilford County Schools recently announced the finalists and winners of Rookie Teacher of the Year. Both the overall winner (Elementary Rookie of the Year) and the Secondary winner are participants in the NC New Teacher Support Program UNCG Region. Setoria Moore of Wiley Elementary is coached by Jackie Hoskins, and Bernard Mack of Smith High School is coached by Felita Smith Gilliam. Also, Tessa Pendley, a finalist, is a graduate of the Project ENRICH Teacher Residency Program. Project ENRICH provides supplementary induction support for the residents in their first 2 years. Tessa was coached this year by Saija Washington and during her residency by Evan Hill. Read more at: GCS Names Rookie Teacher, Mentor of the Year


Holt Wilson (TEHE) received a competitive renewal from North Carolina Quality Educators through Staff Development and Training (NCQUEST) for the project “Core-Math III: Supporting Teachers in Using Learning Trajectories to Implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.” – See more at: Campus Weekly 4/23/14


Bree Jimenez (SES) recently authored the following publication:

  • Hudson, M. E., Browder, D. M., & Jimenez, B. (2014). Effects of a peer-delivered system of least prompts intervention and adapted science read-alouds on listening comprehension for participants with moderate intellectual disability. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 49, 60-77.



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