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News: 09-09-2013


Hollie Mason

Follow Hollie Mason this Fall on the Adventures of a Future Teacher SOE blog

Hollie Mason, a current M.Ed. Project ENRICH student in the Special Education: General Curriculum program in SES, is featured this fall in the Adventures of a Future Teacher Blog located on the SOE homepage. Follow Hollie through her adventures at Walkertown Middle School this semester, as she prepares for her December graduation. Please feel free for you and your students to email Hollie with questions or encouragement throughout the semester!


SOE Curriculum Committee Guidelines

SOE Curriculum Committee Proposal Deadlines

Proposals Approved by SOE Curriculum Committee Deadlines

SOE Faculty Assembly


Fri. 10/4

For approval at Tues. October 8th Faculty Assembly


Fri. 11/15

For approval at Tues. November 19thFaculty Assembly


Last date to make 2013-2014 Bulletin for graduate courses

Fri. 1/24

For approval at Tues. 1/28 Faculty AssemblyGSC Bulletin Deadline is February 18, 2014.


Last date to make 2013-2014 Bulletin for undergraduate courses

Fri. 2/28

**For approval at Tues. March 4thFaculty AssemblyUCC Bulletin Deadline is March 14, 2014


Fri. 4/11

**For approval at Tues. April 15th Faculty Assembly

**Projected (as of 8.12.13)

  • Deadline for submission to the UCC for all changes to academic programs/ courses and approval of new/amended courses for Academic year 2011-2012 is March 14, 2014.
  • The deadline for GSC is February 18, 2014.


All curriculum proposals must be submitted to the SOE Curriculum Committee via email and hard copy (including signature sheet with appropriate signatures) to the Chair and SOE Associate Dean of Student Affairs by SOE Curriculum Committee Proposals deadlines.

Please forward hard copies along with your electronic copies of any course proposals to:

Sam Parker

Sam Miller

Overview of the entire process:

1. Review for the appropriate form that needs to be submitted with your proposal.   Please consult 2013-2014 Curriculum Guides for Undergraduate and Graduate course proposals posted on the UNCG web page.

2. If you have questions you may want to check with the faculty representative in your department who will know the deadlines and established procedures.

Sam Parker- Chair-SES –

Sam Miller-Associate Dean –

Scott Howerton—TEHE –

Fatih Oguz-LIS –

Ric Luecht-ERM –

Craig Peck-ELC –

Laura Gonzalez-CED –

3. Complete the appropriate proposal form(s) electronically, print out the appropriate signature pages, have them signed by your department chair, and send one electronic copy to Sam Miller Associate Dean at and one signed hard copy to Sam Parker at or 420 School of Education building.

4. Sam Miller will post the electronic form to Google Docs for committee review.

5. You will also be given access to this document so that you can view comments as well as make the requested changes directly on this shared document.

6. Once the proposal is approved you will be informed of any necessary edits and it will be proposed for approval at the next faculty assembly meeting. SOE Curriculum Committee will review and process routine changes and only substantive proposals will be taken to the Faculty Assembly for a vote.

7. When approved by the full faculty, your proposal is sent onto the appropriate university curriculum committee (undergraduate and/or graduate).

8. Deadlines to make next year’s 2013-2014 University Bulletin will be at the February meeting which means your proposals must be submitted by the January SOE Curriculum Committee deadline.

9. To check on progress of your proposal please check the minutes posted on line for the Graduate and undergraduate Curriculum Committees reports.


SOE Online Learning Brown Bags for 2013-2014

This year’s SOE online brown bag luncheons will be the first Tuesday’s every month starting in September. Each session will have a main theme but as always anyone is free to share and/or discuss anything e-Learning related:

  • Tues. October 1st, 12-1 p.m.: Assessment of e-Learning quality
  • Tues. November 5th, 12-1 p.m.: Student engagement and retention
  • Tues. December 3rd, 12-1 p.m.: MOOCs and e-Learning infrastructures
  • Tues. February 4th, 12-1 p.m.: New and Emerging Technologies
  • Tues. March 4th, 12-1 p.m.: Class sizes and student interaction
  • Tues. April 1st (no kidding  , 12-1 p.m.: e-Learning and your field
  • Tues. May 6, 12-1 p.m.: Semester wrap – challenges and lessons learned

For more information, please contact Anthony Chow at


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.


Upcoming Learning Management Systems presentations

UNCG has used Blackboard Learn (Bb) as its Learning Management System (LMS) for a number of years. Bb Learn has served the needs of faculty for distance learning & for other technology-assisted learning & academic support. At the same time, a number of UNCG faculty have expressed concerns regarding some of the characteristics of the Bb product.  Other large campuses, including UNC campuses, have undertaken detailed studies or pilots of alternative LMSs. In November 2012, Provost David Perrin & Vice Chancellor Jim Clotfelter charged the Academic Technology Coordinating Committee (ATCC) with carrying out such a study here at UNCG, with the goal of determining which solution best meets faculty and student needs & what the University can cost-effectively support. Click on the link below to find out more on the study:

An important series of presentations will be held in the coming weeks to introduce the campus to the four LMSs under consideration: Canvas, Desire2Learn, OpenClass and Blackboard.

Vendor presentations for the selected LMSs will take place in the EUC Auditorium. Interested faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Sept. 17 – Blackboard Note – this presentation is for a newer version of Blackboard Learn – service pack 13. UNCG is currently running service pack 11. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Presentation 3:30 – 4 p.m. – Q&A

The presentations will be recorded and made available to those who cannot attend.

Sandra Bates-Hart and Nanette Deberry represent the SOE on the LMS project team.  Several SOE faculty have volunteered to pilot test the identified LMS products.


Storyteller/Musician Bill Harley on Campus Monday, September 9

Storyteller/Musician Bill Harley

2-time Grammy Award Winner, NPR commentator, and acclaimed storyteller/musician Bill Harley will perform in Greensboro and Winston-Salem

Greensboro: Monday, September 9, 7 pm – Elliott University Center Auditorium, UNCG campus

Event is free and open to the public, with book signings following

Sponsored by the University Libraries at UNCG, with support from the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Series Fund

For More Information: (336) 256-0112 or visit

“He combines wry observation with well-crafted folk, pop and rock music to tell tales that tickle the funny bone and tease the brain.” –Boston Globe

“Harley delivers an uninhibited performance with wry sense of humor and has a love of life we can all share…”

– Los Angeles Times

A two-time Grammy award winning artist, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant picture of growing up, parenting and family life. Poignant and hilarious, his work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill is also a regular commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and featured on PBS. Harley joined the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence in 2001 and tours worldwide as an author and performing artist.


In the Shadow of Segregation: The Rise of the African-American Variety of Sign Language, facilitated by Joseph Hill – Tuesday, September 10

The African American Studies Program presents In the Shadow of Segregation: The Rise of the African-American Variety of Sign Language, facilitated by Dr. Joseph Hill, as part of the Conversations with the Community series on Tuesday, September 10th from 6-7pm in the EUC Joyner Room. The effects of segregation may be seen in the study of education and language of deaf African-American people who attended special schools for the deaf during the era of segregation—otherwise known as Jim Crow. Dr. Hill will discuss the history of education for deaf black children, the distinct language patterns and items in the African-American variety of sign language, and the change in the sign language variety after desegregation. Dr. Hill, recipient of the 2012 National Black Association of Speech-Language Hearing Excellence Award coordinates UNCG’s ASL Teacher Licensure Program. He is the co-author of The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure (Gallaudet University Press).


Coalition of Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) Meeting – Thursday, September 12

Invitation to all faculty, staff, and students

Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) meeting

Please join us for the first Coalition of Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) meeting this coming Thursday, September 12, 9:00-11:00 in Room #301 SOEB. CDLC meetings are open to all.

The CDLC aims to be a catalyst for innovative, relevant, collaborative and policy-related research, leveraging the synergy and knowledge of faculty, staff, students, and communities, locally, nationally, and globally. Specifically, we propose to design and implement research agendas responsive to identified diverse language community needs that results in:

● Developing a coherent and comprehensive research agenda that engages community voices to address the educational and socio-cultural wellbeing of DLC individuals and groups;

● Establishing and strengthening partnerships among diverse language community stakeholders (e.g., individuals, families, students, schools, community organizations, universities, state policy makers);

● Building capacity to value and support international individuals, experiences, and perspectives and to promote global collaborations and opportunities.

● Advocating, promoting policy, and engaging in outreach activities to leverage positive change for DLCs through professional development, community engagement programs, and other avenues as needed for DLC stakeholders.

Hope you can join us and help build the advocacy, outreach, professional development, research, services, and teaching opportunities to serve diverse language individuals/communities.

Best wishes for a successful semester!


Micheline Chalhoub-Deville



Online Webinar: Scholarly Writing and Publishing for LIS Students – Thursday, September 12

(from the LIS Department)

Dear friends,

The Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve is planning the launch of a column that will gather articles from LIS students on their experiences and knowledge of library services including interlibrary loan, document delivery, reserves, digitization, and electronic accessibility.  To kick off this column, we’d like to share what we know of scholarly publishing and are offering an online webinar:  Scholarly Writing & Publishing for LIS Students on September 12, 2013 at 1-2:30 p.m. EST.  Webinar registration at this address:  We hope that this will be an opportunity for LIS students to gain experience and confidence with the publishing process.

We’d like to get your feedback and partnership, as an LIS student organization, in making this column come to life.  Please help us spread the word about the webinar and publishing opportunity.


LeEtta Schmidt, MLS

Associate Editor, Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

University of South Florida, Tampa Library

4202 E Fowler Ave LIB 102

Tampa, FL 33620

(813) 974- 1627 voice

Rebecca Donlan, M.A.

Editor, Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserves

Florida Gulf Coast University Library Services

10501 FGCU Blvd. South

Fort Myers, FL 33965-6501

239-590-7641 voice

239-590-7609 fax


Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series Welcomes Dr. Megan Franke – Monday, September 16

The TEHE Mathematics Education Faculty are delighted to welcome Dr. Megan Franke to UNCG on Monday, September 16, 2013.  She will be the inaugural speaker in the Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education! The event flyer describes the two talks Dr. Franke will give that day — a research talk (11am – 12:30 pm) and a connecting-research-and-practice talk (5 – 6:30 pm).  The afternoon talk is intended for the broader community so please invite interested educators from the community.


SOE All School Meeting – Friday, September 20

All SOE faculty and staff are invited to attend the 2013 All School Meeting, taking place on Friday, September 20 from 2-5pm in the Virginia Dare Room of the UNCG Alumni House. Dean Wixson will provide a review of the 2012-2013 year, highlight school-wide accomplishments, and discuss the strategic vision and plans for SOE for the 2013-2014 school year. Light refreshments will be served.


5th Annual Deaf “Kiss-Fist” – Saturday, September 21

The 5th annual “Deaf Kiss-Fist” event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the EUC Auditorium from 1:30pm-3:30pm, showcasing talent by deaf children and adults in celebration of Deaf Awareness Week.

Cost: $5.00 per person, $3.00 for children age 6 – 12, FREE for age 5 & under (Parking is FREE in Walker Ave Parking Deck)

Come enjoy a variety of entertainment by Deaf children and adults – ABC stories, Deaf jokes, skits, playing with fingerspelling, etc.  Lots of fun and lots of laughs! Exhibits will be on site of crafts/talent and professional work by Deaf people, as well as information booths with several organizations/agencies that provide services for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

For more information, email Karen De Naples at or view the Event Flyer.


SOE Book Club – Wednesday, September 25

SOE Book Club is back!

Hope everyone is enjoying The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

We will be meeting to discuss the book on Wednesday, September 25th at 12pm in SOEB room #336 (or outside if it is really nice).

Hope to see some new faces! Everyone is welcome!

(from Meggan Reagan)


Now Accepting Nominations for the 2013-2014 SOE Alumni Awards – Deadline Friday, September 27

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 SOE Alumni Awards, to be presented during UNCG Homecoming festivities on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Alumni Awards will be presented in the following categories: Early Career, Distinguished Career, Outstanding Achievement, and Distinguished Service Awards. To submit a nomination form online, please visit:

The deadline to submit Alumni Award nominations is Friday, September 27. Winners will be selected and announced in early October.


UNCG Asian Autumn Festival – Saturday, September 28

The annual UNCG Asian Autumn Festival will be held from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, September 28 this year in the Sullivan Science Building.

International and Global Studies at UNCG invites you to celebrate the rich diversity of East and Southeast Asian cultures. This free event offers fun and entertaining demonstrations, exhibits, food samples, cultural performances and children’s activities. Everyone welcome! Admission and parking (McIver Street parking deck) are free.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Matlosz,


Textured Dialogues: A Tapestry of Immigrant Perspectives on the Meaning of Education Gala – Saturday, October 5

You are invited to attend the gala to celebrate Textured Dialogues: A Tapestry of Immigrant Perspectives on the Meaning of Education on Saturday, October 5, from 4-6pm in the SOEB Front Lobby. This project brought together diverse cultural communities throughout Greensboro to create a tapestry and accompanying book to illustrate the perspective on the meaning of education in their community. Representatives from each community who worked to complete the tapestry will share their experiences with this project. Event is free and open to the public – light snacks & beverages will be served. For more information, view the event flyer.


First American Indian UNC System Faculty Forum – Monday, November 11

The first American Indian UNC System Faculty Forum, cosponsored by the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) (NCSU); the College of Education (NCSU); the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, UNC General Administration; and the American Indian Center at UNC Chapel Hill is scheduled for November 11th (8 am – 5 pm) at the Friday Institute on NCSU’s Centennial Campus. The keynote speaker is Dr. Bryan Brayboy (Lumbee), Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice and Director of the Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University.

The primary goal of this event is to promote networking and collaboration among American Indian faculty at the UNC member institutions and ultimately to assist in retaining American Indian faculty.

Online registration is available at:

We are in the process of developing a website for this event. Please check the address below for updates (e.g., forum agenda) throughout the semester:

If you have questions or need additional information regarding this event, please contact Susan Faircloth, Associate Professor of Education/Faculty Liaison, OIED, NCSU by phone at 919-515-6249 or by email at


Save the Date – Fall Staff Assembly Dates

  • September 11th, 9am – 11am – Presentation by Paul Harmelin, Director of Team Quest
  • October 9th, 9am – 11am – Presentation by Healthy UNCG
  • November 13th, 9am – 11am – Presentation by Paul Harmelin, Director of Team Quest
  • December 11th, 9am – 11am – Service activity – TBD

All Meeting Locations will be held in SOEB room #307


2013-2014 Faculty Assembly Meeting Dates

Below please find the dates for the 2013-2014 Faculty Assembly monthly meeting dates. All monthly meetings are scheduled to take place from 2:00pm-3:30pm. For questions, please contact Annie Smith at

September 10, 2013 – EUC Claxton

October 8, 2013 – EUC Kirkland

November 19, 2013 – EUC Kirkland

January 28, 2014 – EUC Kirkland

March 4, 2014 – EUC Kirkland

April 15, 2014 – EUC Kirkland


Registration Now Open for Greensboro Chinese School

UNCG faculty, staff, and students are welcome to register and participate in the Chinese language classes at the Greensboro Chinese Association in Fall 2013. The Chinese language classes will be held in the School of Education Building at UNCG (1300 Spring Garden Street). Up to 25 UNCG faculty, staff, and students will receive the tuition waiver ($155/semester). They will only need to submit the Greensboro Chinese Association annual membership fee ($10/year) and any costs associated with the required textbooks.

Here is the registration form. For more information, please visit the Greensboro Chinese Association’s website: You can also contact Ms. Jennifer Qian, principal of the Greensboro Chinese School, or 336-643-8092.


UNCG Rec Center Couch to 5K Program (September 6 – October 25)

(message from Dodie Booton)

I’m currently training for and planning on running the UNCG Homecoming 5K on October 26 at 9 a.m. I thought it would be awesome to have a group from the SOE run/walk as a group. Please join me!  Training happens at the Student Rec Center (SRC) Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-5 p.m. You can train alone using various Couch to 5K apps.

You can find information on the actual training program at the SRC (membership is not required): Scroll down and watch the video.

You do not have to be a member of the SRC to join. Pre-registration ends October 7. The cost is $20 pre-registration for students and $25 for pre-registration staff.  (Prices then go up to $25 and $28 respectively.)  First 50 to register receive a free t-shirt.

The Registration Form can be found online at:

The online payment version is not yet available but I’ve contacted the SRC for online payment status.

If you are interested please contact me at or 334-3490 for more SOE group information as it develops.


SOE In the News…

Dean Karen Wixson was interviewed for an editorial in last week’s Greensboro News & Record regarding the impact of recent legislation regarding salary boosts for teachers who hold master’s degrees: Master’s pay: A promise broken


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

Margaret Gillis (SES) was appointed for a three-year term on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Consulting Editors Panel.


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