The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
School of Education

News: 10-21-2013


SOE Homecoming 2013 Festivities

The School of Education has several exciting activities planned for UNCG Homecoming 2013 this Saturday – check out the information below and the full Homecoming Schedule of Events for more information.


SOE 2013-2014 Alumni Awards Celebration

Saturday, October 26
1-3 p.m.
Room #120, School of Education Building

Join Dean Karen Wixson and the UNCG School of Education in honoring alumni who have made significant contributions to the field of education.

Dr. Larry Coble, Executive Director of the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium and recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Career Award, will be the keynote speaker on ‘Educational Leadership in North Carolina’.

View the complete listing of Alumni Awards winners for information on this year’s recipients. Reception immediately following Awards presentation.


SOE Alumni Tent reception

Saturday, October 26

4-8 p.m.

Kaplan Commons – EUC, West Lawn

Join fellow School of Education alumni for a tent reception and Homecoming Party at Kaplan Commons in front of the Elliott University Center. Games at the SOE tent will include: No Golf Balls Left Behind, Back to Basics Bocce, Common Corn Hole and EOG Toss.

A BBQ meal from the Backyard Bistro will be provided by the UNCG Alumni Association for just $5. (Students eat free). Also at the UNCG Homecoming Party there will be live music from the Sleeping Booty Band, food, beer and family fun. Pick up your beverage coupons from the Spartan Club/UNCG Athletics tent!

There is no cost to attend the Homecoming Party at Kaplan Commons but please register here so we may plan accordingly.

For more information contact Terri Jackson at 336.256.0496 or


Children’s Festival 2013

Saturday, October 26
4-7 p.m.
Kaplan Commons – EUC, West Lawn

Join us for fun activities and crafts sponsored by the School of Education. Children will enjoy face painting, making instruments, sand art, bead art, making paper flowers, balloon art, games and prizes and much more! The Children’s Festival is also the perfect spot to watch the Homecoming Parade at 4:30pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission.

Alumni Awards Ceremony


LMS Study Underway

(message from Nanette DeBerry, SOE Instructional Technology Consultant)

UNCG ITS and the Academic Technology Coordination (ATCC) Committee are conducting a detailed LMS study at the request of the Provost and Vice Chancellor of ITS. UNCG’s Blackboard Learn contract expires in a few years. Therefore, we are exploring the strengths & weaknesses of other LMSs.

ITS/ATCC are seeking faculty volunteers from each unit to pilot test the latest versions of Blackboard, Canvas and Desire2Learn beginning Spring 2014.

The pilots of these LMSs will begin Spring semester 2014.  Please contact Nanette DeBerry if you would like to participate in the LMS pilot testing.

Please be advised that Nanette DeBerry ( and Matthew Fisher ( will be available to provide any support on the pilots that you may need. Please contact Matt or Nanette if you have any questions regarding the LMS study. Thank you for your consideration, and we hope to hear from you soon.


Kappa Delta Pi Accepting New Members

The UNCG Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education is now accepting members who meet requirements and are eligible for membership. Prospective members can turn in their $65 dues to Babbette Mabe in SOEB 142 by November 26. For questions regarding membership, contact Wayne Journell at or one of the chapter officers at

 SOE ITS Training Options

The Technology Steering Committee and Instructional Technology Group are committed to supporting faculty by providing training and educational resources for developing online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. In response to the faculty retreat evaluations, SOE ITS is offering a variety of options for instructional technology support. A full listing of training options can be found  here.


Teacher Education Faculty Professional Learning Community

Through Project ENRICH, we are establishing a faculty professional learning community around facilitating teacher candidate use of technology in teaching. The group is open to full time faculty, adjunct faculty and advanced graduate students who teach in the initial licensure programs. Participants will set their own individual goals to develop an activity or assignment for their courses that enhances candidate use of technology in teaching (either online teaching or face-to-face using technology). Participating faculty will contribute to the School of Education online repository of resources for teaching with technology.  Those who participate regularly will be eligible to receive a stipend, money to purchase technology needed for the activities that they develop, and travel funds to present on their work at conferences such as ISTE or Lilly.  If interested, please contact Christina O’Connor at


Applications Now Being Received for 2013-2014 CDLC Fellowships

(Message from Micheline Chalhoub-Deville)

It is time for our second-year CDLC Fellowship applications.

Please find the guidelines/information for the 2013-2014 application submissions by clicking here.  I will be sending this announcement to different groups on campus.  However, please feel free to disseminate these guidelines to all in the SOE and across campus.  Remember that this year, we have secured additional funding to support fellowships from faculty across units on our campus.  Funding for the 2013-14 Fellowships comes from CDLC, the SOE Dean’s Office, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development.  Many thanks to all of you who work and support CDLC and our constituencies.


Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2013-2014 Distinguished Research Scholars Awards

The School of Education announces two new research awards to honor faculty for exemplary research scholarship. The awards are Distinguished Senior Research Scholar and The Distinguished Research Scholar. Nominations for these awards are due December 1, 2013.

The Nature of the Award.  Recipients will receive a modest stipend of $1000 to support their research.  These funds will be deposited in a research account for their use.  Additionally, their names will be added to the Distinguished Research Scholars plaque that will be displayed in the School of Education Building.  The winners will be honored at the School of Education’s Research Symposium to be held on February 14th, 2014.

Criteria.  The awards are based solely upon criteria of scholarly research quality, significance/impact, and productivity.  Productivity is indexed by the volume of published books, book chapters, and refereed articles in one’s field.  For the Senior award, the duration and consistency of one’s scholarly performance will be considered.  Aside from sheer numbers, however, the award also recognizes the quality, impact on the field, and significance of a candidate’s scholarship in the candidate’s discipline.  Criteria that will be used to evaluate the proposals include but are not limited to:

Distinguished Research Scholar

  • Is there a well-defined, coherent program of research?
  • Does the individual publish in the top journals in their field?
  • Is the work highly regarded by peers?
  • Is the individual’s scholarship beginning to make an impact on his/her field?

Distinguished Senior Research Scholar

  • Does the researcher have an established record of publishing in the top journals in the field?
  • Has the researcher’s scholarship significantly impacted the field?
  • Are there identifiable conceptual and/or theoretical advances evident in this scholarship?
  • Is there a well-established record of external funding?

Eligibility.  To be eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award an individual must be an assistant, tenure track professor in the SOE.  To be eligible for the Distinguished Senior Research Scholar the individual must be either a tenured associate or full professor.  Individuals who have already received the Distinguished Scholar award are also eligible for the Distinguished Senior Scholar award after they have achieved the rank of at least associate professor.

Nomination Procedure.  Nominations can come from the candidate, the candidate’s department, or any colleague of the candidate.  An application for both awards should include the following:

  • A two-page letter of nomination letter that addresses the nominee’s impact and visibility in the field
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Two representative publications
  • One external letters of support from an established scholar outside The University of North Carolina at Greensboro commenting on the quality and impact of the nominee’s record.

Application materials can be submitted electronically to Sharlene O’Neil 320 SOEB at

Review Process. The School of Education Research Council will then undertake a thorough review and selection process and make recommendations to the Dean.


ERM Hosts Presentation by Dr. Julie Edmunds

Wednesday, October 23

The ERM Department will be hosting a presentation by speaker Dr. Julie Edmunds on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 10am-12 Noon in #224 SOEB. The title of the presentation is Federal Guidelines for the Evaluation of Intervention Effectiveness: The I3 Example.

The U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation just issued common guidelines for education research and development. These guidelines reflect new federal perspectives on the evidence used to assess the effectiveness of educational interventions and on the importance of rigorous evaluation designs throughout the development, piloting, and scale-up of interventions. The U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) program is considered a model of this approach. Dr. Julie Edmunds, evaluator of two i3 programs, will present an overview of current federal perspective on evidence and the criteria being used to assess the quality of evidence in the i3 program.


5th Annual iDEAL Summit: Connecting Libraries and Autism

Saturday, November 9

You are invited to the 5th Annual iDEAL Summit: Connecting Libraries and Autism

Saturday, November 9, 2013,

UNCG School of Education, Room 120

Register 12-12:30 pm

Register at:

Come explore what libraries can and are doing for people of all ages on the autism spectrum, estimated to be 1 out of 50 people in the United States.

The keynote Cora Paul Bomar presentation will be given by Meg Kolaya and Dan Weiss. Both are public library directors in New Jersey and are the founders of Libraries and Autism: We’re Cnnected, a website of resources on meeting the needs of library users with autism. You can find more information about their work at


12:00-12:30pm   Registration
12:30-2:00pm     Keynote Presentation
2:00-2:45pm     Small Group Discussions
2:45-3:00pm     Break
3:00-3:30pm     Poster Session
3:30-4:30pm     Consensus sharing and action agenda


Call for Poster Session Proposals

Poster Sessions for the 5th iDEALS Summit:  Connecting Libraries and Autism are being accepted until October 28th.  Please submit your proposals for the poster session at PosterSession Proposals.  Poster proposals can be either research oriented or based in practice.  We are interested in topics broadly related to libraries serving individuals with autism and their families.

We hope to see you at the iDEAL Summit on November 9, 2013.

Nora Bird and Linda Gann, Co-Chairs
iDEAL Summit

For additional information, please 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 here

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: Click Here

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


SOE Book Club Next Read

The next book club read by the SOE Book Club will be A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel by Wiley Cash.  For questions about the SOE Book Club, please contact Meggan Reagan. Stay tuned for the discussion some time in November!


 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.


Training and Educational Resources

The Technology Steering Committee and Instructional Technology Group are committed to supporting faculty by providing training and educational resources for developing online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. Click here for more information.


SOE In the News

Anthony Chow (LIS) was referenced in the Greensboro News & Record’s article MOOCs: Online courses might change face of higher education.



Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

LaVonne Brown (TEHE) was the featured educator in NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues newsletter for October – read the article here.


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