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NEWS: 07-07-14


Note: SOE News will be published every other week during the summer. The next SOE News publication will be on Monday, July 21.

Under Construction

The TRC will be under construction beginning June 23 through August 12. Areas that will be affected in SOEB are rooms 312, 307, 302, 007 and the TRC. While the main construction to the TRC and the new makerspace (307) should be completed by Aug. 12, 302 and 007 may not be completed until September 1. The computer lab in 302 is closed for reconstruction – it will reopen in September in a new location, room 007.

Lori Sands, Director of the TRC is doing her best to keep the TRC open for business. Please email her if you need materials to be sure they can be accessed.

Construction questions can be directed to Meredith Carlone.


Changes to Facility Services Beginning July 1

(message from Facility Services Department)

Dear Campus Community,

Due to staff and budget reductions, the Facility Services Department will be making changes to our current services. A decision was made after evaluating importance of certain services and researching practices of our sister institutions within the system along with procedures at other educational facilities. Beginning on July 1, 2014 trash and recycling pickup in private areas (offices) will be reduced to once per week and will coincide with the weekly cleaning of these areas. These changes will not affect services in public areas (ex: classrooms, labs, restrooms, labs, hallways, break areas) or student funded facilities. Faculty and staff will also still be able to request large roll-carts if there is an anticipation of a large amount of office trash (ex: end-of- semester office clean-outs). We are in the process of evaluating additional locations for public bins in the event that daily overflow is generated. The housekeeping supervisors are currently working on individual facility plans and will contact each of the building contacts to share information and solicit suggestions on how to make this transition with the least amount of disruption to daily building operations. If you wish to contact a housekeeping supervisor with a question, please contact Sherry Stevens at or 334-3603 for the SOEB, or Willie Dowd at or 256-1207 for the Curry Building.


SOE Staff Retreat – Tuesday, July 8

The SOE Staff Team Quest Retreat will take place on Tuesday, July 8th from 8:15am – 4:30pm at Piney Lake. We hope all SOE staff members will be able to make it as there will be activities for all ability levels. If you cannot make it or if you have any special dietary restrictions, please let Meggan Reagan know – lunch will be provided from Zoe’s Kitchen.

Please make sure you have the filled out the waiver and participation forms and have turned them in to Meggan by Monday, July 7th. You can leave forms in Meggan’s mailbox or slip under her door if she is not in her office.

Make sure to bring a water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray if you need it, and wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes. We will be outside for most of the day, but there will be plenty of shade, stations to refill water and the lodge is air conditioned if you need to take a break and get out of the heat.

This will be a fun team-building day and we look forward to seeing everyone! Please arrive at Piney Lake by 8:15am, our program will start promptly at 8:30am. Feel free to meet at UNCG that morning if you would like to car pool.


SOE Transition Plan

The following information is to assist you in knowing who to go to as we adjust to staffing changes in the SOE.



In order to submit an online request for a work order, go to:

You will see this in the middle of the page: “Submit online via TMA”, click on TMA.

That takes you to another page: “Requesting a Work Order”

Says “Click on link TMA”. When you click on that, it will take you to the online form.


There will be several items in the color red. These MUST be filled out.

The first drop down box is the requestor’s name, when you start typing your name in, it might pop up and it might not. Just continue to type your name and then go to the next box, which is phone number. Next is “requestor e-mail”.

The next item is not in red, but you should fill it in. It is Building Name and if you click in the empty space and type the letter C, then wait, you will see as one of the drop down items “Curry” or if you type the letter F, then wait, you will find Ferguson. Finally, type in “School of Education”, you can select the SOEB. Then click on the appropriate name to insert building name.

Do not fill in: Floor Code or Area #

Department is optional (some of our departments are not listed, so it is not necessary to fill this in).

The “Request Type Desc” is already done, so leave as is.

Do not fill in: Repair Center

The “Action Requested” box is very important. Please be very specific. Some must haves are: SOEB, Curry or Ferguson room number, floor number, if it is a bathroom issue please indicate stall number (counting from door), state issue and then state what you would like them to do.

Something to avoid: cannot say women’s bathroom on 3rd floor, you must have the room number of the women’s bathroom. Do not say Dr. Smith would like someone to check the heat in his office, you must give the room number of Dr. Smith.

The “notify me” box should be checked.

Then click Submit.

IF SOMETHING NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION, you can call the work order phone number:



  • trash not getting emptied
  • no toilet paper in bathroom
  • no paper towels in bathroom
  • no soap in bathroom
  • light bulbs that need replacing
  • faucets won’t turn off or on
  • clogged drains
  • spill on carpet or other carpet issues
  • outside doors of building locked
  • water fountain issues
  • rooms too hot or too cold
  • graffiti on walls
  • odd smells
  • clocks not showing correct time (this is usually in classrooms)
  • elevator not working correctly
  • clean up vomit
  • mouse droppings
  • spills in the elevators or hallways
  • upholstery cleaning
  • low battery on e-key door (if it beeps repeatedly when you pull key out)


Everything you need to know about telephones is listed online:

Information you may find includes:

  • Directory Information
  • Repairs
  • Voicemail Information
  • Telephone services for Faculty and Staff

Please check here before asking Sharlene for assistance.


Please see Annie first with any key card issues. Key cards may be approved by Annie Smith, Sharlene O’Neil or Meredith Carlone.

The SOEB Millennium card system is changing to Blackboard. Robert Walker (334-9709) in the ID Center in the EUC will be the new contact. Ferguson will switch too, but at a later date.


Annie will work with University Police for any after-hour building access issues.

Meredith will work with University Police on all security issues and incident or accident reports.


Scheduling SOE Conference rooms or the front or back lobby for special events will go through Annie. You may check conference room availability here:

Classroom reservations go through Ava Johnson at the Registrar’s Office.

Table and easel reservations currently may be done through Annie but will be changing to a check out system when the TRC reopens in Fall 2014. Tables and/or easels will need to be picked up and returned after an event.


Sharlene and Department Admins will be working with any office changes.


Sandra Bates Hart and her team are currently working with DCL to develop a plan for web support. More information will be provided as this moves forward. Please contact Sandra with questions.


As of July 1, Bob Englert and Doug Taylor, Technical Support Analysts from the Bryan School, are assisting SOE with technical support requests.

Faculty and staff should email all technical support requests to and 6-TECH will be notified so an incident ticket can be created and Bob, Doug, and Sandra will be notified.

Note: The above email address should only be used to report the initial technical requests to 6-Tech and not as a direct communication method to Bob and Doug. If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Bates-Hart ( or 334-3402).


Security Reminder to Faculty/Staff in SOEB

During the summer months, please be aware of your surroundings for the safety of you and others. Please remember:

– close and lock the SOEB mail room to ensure packages don’t walk away.

– close and lock your office when you are not in it.

– watch for and report any unfamiliar people in the building to Campus Police.

SOE Staff, as you plan your vacations and days off please add it to the SOE Staff Calendar. This calendar worked well last year allowing others to know when you are out of the office.

Thanks, and enjoy the summer parking!


Invitation to Author a Text for Sage Publications

Sage Publications is currently interested in expanding their education listings, and are looking for experts in one of the following areas listed belowwho may be interested in developing a prospectus. If interested, please contact Richard Parsons at


1. Introduction to Special Education

2. Inclusion

3. Educational Research (fundamentals or essentials)

4. Educational Foundations

5. Educational Psychology (this is a signing area on which we’d especially like to receive feedback during list review)


1. Introduction to Teaching

2. Multicultural Education

3. Assistive Technology

4. Early Childhood Education for the Exceptional Child

5. Learning Disabilities/ADHD (introduction)

6. Methods for Mild/Moderate Disabilities

7. Identification and Assessment of the Exceptional Child

8. Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

9. Parents/Families of Students with Special Needs

10. Action Research


Welcome Lori George

Lori P. George has joined the SOE as the new Post-Award Coordinator. She will be working closely with Terry Ackerman and Deana Hasty. Lori comes to us from the Bryan School, where she worked with the Information Systems & Supply Chain Management Department.


Save the Dates – 2014-15 Yopp Speaker Series

The TEHE Mathematics Education Faculty is pleased to announce the Fall and Spring speakers for the 2014-2015 Yopp Distinguished Speakers Series in Mathematics Education. Dr. Randy Philipp will visit on September 8, 2014 and Dr. Elham Kazemi will visit on March 23, 2015. Each will give two talks: a research talk (11 am – 12:30 pm) and a connecting-research-and-practice talk (5 – 6:30 pm).  The afternoon talks are intended for the broader community so please invite interested educators from the community.

For more information, view the event flyer

We hope that you will be able to join us for these events!

Vicki Jacobs, Kerri Richardson, and Holt Wilson


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:


Bridging the Gap STEM Ed Conference – October 28-29

Bridging the Gap unites K-12 education, higher education, industry, government and other STEM groups to work toward the common goal of strengthening K-16 STEM education in North Carolina.

This year’s conference will be held October 28–29, in Raleigh, organized by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research.

To participate in one of the leading efforts to strengthen K-16 STEM education in North Carolina, head to to get involved with this year’s Bridging the Gap conference. At the website, you can register to attend, apply to be a presenter or apply for the poster session. (Below please find information and registration links for those interested in attending, presenting, or taking part in the poster session.)


Register to Attend

Anyone involved with K-12 education, higher education, industry, government or other STEM groups who wants to help strengthen STEM education in North Carolina is encouraged to attend Bridging the Gap.

Before August 1, “early bird” registration prices start at $195/person ($75 for students). For every 3 registrations purchased as part of a single order, you automatically receive an additional registration for free.

For the first time, K-12 attendees of this year’s conference will be eligible to apply for special funding for their schools to support K-12 STEM education programs and resources. Additional information will be provided at the conference.


Apply to be a Presenter

Conference attendees are invited to submit applications to give presentations during Bridging the Gap.

Presentations should be interactive and engaging and will foster collaboration between North Carolina’s K-16 STEM education communities. They also will increase awareness of STEM education resources being developed by faculty at North Carolina colleges/universities and by other STEM education stakeholders statewide.

This year’s conference includes a new session — the Outreach Expo — which is for individuals from higher education and informal/other STEM groups who are looking to share research outcomes and finished products with conference attendees, especially those from K-12 education.

Presenter applications will be accepted through June 16. Each approved presenter will receive a 50% discount on conference registration.

Poster Session
Apply for the Poster Session

Conference attendees are invited to submit abstracts to apply for the Bridging the Gap poster session. The poster session will provide attendees with updated information about practical, quality STEM research that interests a wide range of subjects.

Applications for the poster session will be accepted through August 1.

For questions or additional information on the Conference, please contact Derek Howles at



Warning from UNCG Information Technology Services: Recent Spam/Phishing Email Sent to UNCG Email Accounts

There was a recent phishing attack targeting UNCG email accounts on June 30.

What did the phishing email look like?

The subject of the email is “Email Verification.” See details about the rest of the message below.

Do you have to do anything now?

  • Do NOT click on any links in the email described below.
  • If you clicked on any of the links in the email, you should immediately reset your password via and then contact 6-TECH for additional steps.
  • Delete the email.
  • Be aware that having received one of these emails, you are more likely to receive subsequent ones.
  • If you have questions, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or

Further details

The email you received would have had a message similar to the following:

Subject: Email Verification

Dear User

You are required to click on the link to verify your account

{ fake UNCG web site address }

If you click on the link in the email, you are taken to a fake site asking you to submit your iSpartan username and password, at which point your account would be compromised.

Under no circumstances should a user click on the link in the phishing email or any other suspicious link.

You can read about this latest phishing attack and see an example of the message and screenshot of the fake website in this recent ITS News article: Latest Phishing Attack to Hit UNCG, 6-30-2014.

If you have questions, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or


Canvas Selected as UNCG’s New Learning Management System

UNCG will begin the move to Canvas as the University-wide LMS. Information Technology Services will continue to support Blackboard Learn for the transition period, as all courses are moved to Canvas.

If you would like to know more about the transition timeline, you can review it here.  If you would like to volunteer to be among the first faculty to migrate your courses to Canvas and teach via this LMS, please contact Nanette DeBerry at


Announcing Google Educator Groups

Google is pleased to announce the launch of Google Educator Groups, a program supporting communities of educators who learn, share, and inspire each other to meet the needs of their students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond. GEG empowers educators around the world to expand their social and professional networks, and gain skills to deliver the best possible education through open technology.

GEG takes place both online and offline, and provides a space for educators to build relationships, collaborate, and learn through Google+ communities and hangouts or in-person events and workshops. Whether you’re a teacher, professor, or principal, anyone is welcome to join GEG to learn. Each GEG is organized by a local volunteer (GEG leader) and is entirely independent from Google.

Know of educators who might be interested? Check out the website at to learn more, spread the word, and get involved.


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:



H. Svi Shapiro (ELC) wrote a letter to the editor in the Raleigh News & Observer on June 21:



 PTLA 2014 graduatesPTLA graduates and Alumni


The Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy (PTLA) graduated twenty-two aspiring school leaders on Thursday, June 17th at the Greensboro Coliseum – Terrace Event Center. The graduates represented the third cohort of the three-year Race to the Top grant funded principal preparation program.

Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent of North Carolina Public Schools was the keynote speaker. Joining her on stage to congratulate all of the PTLA graduates was Eric Guckian, Senior Education Advisor to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. With over 200 guests in attendance, both Atkinson and Guckian encouraged the new school leaders to use their experiences and learned skills to make positive contributions to the students, teachers, and schools they will be leading in North Carolina.

Former PTLA Alumni ​were in attendance to support their colleagues and celebrate the successes of the program​, including PTLA partner district superintendents, mentor principals, parents, and friends. Also attending were leaders from the ELC Department and the Department of Public Instruction.​

In three years, sixty-three educators have graduated from PTLA. Within two years of program completion, 90% of PTLA graduates are serving in school leadership positions across the Piedmont Triad/Central​ area of North Carolina. Five principals, 28 assistant principals, and 8 district directors, coordinators, and facilitators are making an immediate impact in our partner school districts.

PTLA is ​an innovative,​ year-long, cohort-based program that offers outstanding leadership preparation to exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high need schools to educational excellence. PTLA participants attend full-time and are paid during the 12-month program. The PTLA program includes rigorous summer coursework followed by a school leadership internship conducted during the regular K-12 school year. PTLA is an initiative funded by $6.17 million from North Carolina’s Race to the Top grant.

PTLA is a partnership among Alamance Burlington School System (ABSS), Asheboro City Schools (ACS), Guilford County Schools (GCS), Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WSFCS), Piedmont Triad Education Consortium (PTEC), & the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). PTLA has been​ supported by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

​For more information about PTLA, contact Anna Brady, Executive Director at 336-399-5995.  Visit us at:


Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy (PhD alumna of CED) has been named Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Johns Hopkins University.  Cheryl currently serves as Vice Dean in the Office of Academic Affairs in the School of Education at the University.  She assumes her new position and duties on July 1.


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