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School of Education

NEWS: 07-21-14


Note: SOE News will be published every other week during the summer. The next SOE News publication will be on Monday, August 4.

Rachel H.   Rita J.   SOE group                            

SOE staff members took part in a retreat facilitated by Team QUEST held at Piney Lake on July 8.


2014-2015 Faculty Assembly and Faculty Retreat Meeting Dates

Below please find the dates for the 2014-2015 Faculty Assembly meeting dates. All meetings are scheduled to take place on a Tuesday from 2:00pm-3:30pm in the EUC Kirkland Room. For questions, please contact Annie Smith at

September 30, 2014

November 11, 2014

January 27, 2015

March 3, 2015

April 14, 2015

In addition, we will be having a Faculty Retreat on Friday, August 22, 2014.  Please hold 9:00am – 3:00pm on your calendars for this meeting.  More details are forthcoming.


Changes in the LIS Department

Clara Chu will step down as Chair of the LIS Department at the end of July 2014 to dedicate herself to her academic work. She will remain at UNCG as full professor in the department. Lee Shiflett will serve as Interim Chair for the department this academic year starting August 1.


Final Project ExSEL Newsletter

(Message from Valerie Vickers)

Hi, All,

Dr. Jerry Walsh, Dr. Kathy Matthews and I want to thank you wholeheartedly for your participation and support for the NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, Project ExSEL, over the past six years!

You can find our last newsletter here with a final collage of pictures from the six years of the grant that promoted and supported teachers who want to become outstanding STEM secondary educators.  We will be supporting pre-service candidates for one more semester in the fall. Meanwhile, we have six interns finishing up their summer service. Let’s keep the support going for STEM education and educators in our community!


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 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!


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



Fall 2014 Courses Now Available

Fall 2014 courses are now available.  Please contact Nanette DeBerry at should you have any questions or need any assistance.


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:



DiAnne Borders (CED) has been honored by Chancellor Brady to serve as the UNCG Faculty Marshal, meaning she will lead the processional and carry the University Mace at UNCG Commencement ceremonies for the next 5 years. Congratulations, DiAnne!


Jennifer Mangrum (TEHE) presented the following sessions at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) College and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference, held July 13-15 in Nashville, TN:

  • Paideia Seminar:  A Completely Integrated Literacy Process for K-12
  • Paideia:  Creating Literacy Intensive Courses
  • Paideia, Socratic Seminar and the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC)


Kathy Matthews (TEHE) received funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Full-Scale Development Project: Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces (The HERP Project).” Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces (The HERP Project), a full-scale development project, arose amidst concerns about the public’s diminishing relationship with nature, the STEM achievement gap between North Carolina’s economically wealthy and poor, and inadequate STEM resources for and untapped STEM potential in rural, diverse communities.


Congratulations to 2010 MLIS alumna Beatriz Guevara on being elected REFORMA Vice President/President Elect 2014-2015.  She will serve as President during 2015-2016.  She is a reference librarian at Independence Regional Library in the Charlotte & Mecklenburg Counties Library system.

Beatriz is community-oriented in her approach to library service and leadership, and models diversity and inclusion. She won an ALA 2012 I Love My Librarian Award as a result of a nomination from her patrons for her excellence in service. (view: ) She also led the effort to gather input from the Spanish-speaking community in Charlotte-Mecklenburg to develop the most recent Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Strategic Plan, where Dr. Anthony Chow was serving as consultant.



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