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News: 11-11-2013

Announcements/Events

Veterans Day

We salute all of our SOE faculty, staff, students, and alumni Veterans and thank you for your service.

 

November SOE Staff Assembly – Wednesday, November 13

The November SOE Staff Assembly will take place this Wednesday, November 13, in room #307 SOEB at 9:00am. All SOE staff are invited to attend.

 

Coffee Talk With the Dean – Wednesday, November 13

Dean Wixson will host her next Coffee Talk on Wednesday, November 13th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in room 301 SOEB. Everyone is invited to attend. Your questions, comments and ideas are welcome.

 

3 Minute Thesis Competition – Thursday, November 14

The Graduate School invites faculty, staff, and students to attend the Final Round of the 2013 Three Minute Thesis competition, to be held in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House on Thursday, November 14 from 2:30-4:00 pm.  Each of the ten finalists has 3 minutes and 1 Power Point slide in which to present his/her dissertation research to a broad audience. A panel of 5 judges will select the First Place ($1,000) and Second Place ($500) winners, and audience members will vote for the People’s Choice ($250) winner, who could be someone also selected by the judges, or a third person.

Congratulations to Stephanie-Gardiner Walsh and Megan Kemmery, doctoral students in SES who are two of the ten finalists taking place in the competition.  Please come out and support our SOE students and hear what’s happening in doctoral research.

 

‘Getting My PhD in Higher Education’ Forum – Friday, November 15

Current and interested students are invited to attend ‘Getting My PhD in Higher Education’, a forum for dialogue and support on Friday, November 15, from 6-7:30pm in Room #401 SOEB. For more information, view the event flyer.

 

UNC Online Announces the Celebration of National Distance Learning Week – November 11-15

As part of the continuing effort to provide faculty development opportunities for all UNC faculty, UNC General Administration is launching a series of FIVE webinars – one each day of National Distance Learning Week (November 11 – 15).  These webinars are being conducted by colleagues across the system.

Below is a listing of the webinars that will be presented as part of this series. Titles, dates, times and brief descriptions are all listed. All webinars will be recorded.


MONDAY 11/11: Topic: The Case for the Flipped Classroom: A Faculty Perspective

Laurie Cochenour, the E-Learning Policy Coordinator for the UNC-CH Center for Faculty Excellence will offer a brief overview of the history of course redesign at UNC – Chapel Hill. Two faculty members will talk about their own experiences redesigning their courses. They will report on what they know about student learning outcomes and satisfaction since implementing the redesign in their classes.

Host: UNC-GA, Board Room

Date: Monday, November 11, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Session number: 648 380 640

Registration password: This session does not require a registration password.

You can attend this session live at UNC-GA or via webinar.  To register for the live session, please email Maggie O’Hara at mtohara@northcarolina.edu To register for the webinar click here.

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.


Tuesday 11/12: Topic: Helping Faculty Build Student Success with Instructional Tools and Web-based Applications

Participate in this webinar to learn about how our approach to instructional challenges in NC State’s DELTA group leads to the development of reusable instructional tools. Learn about some of the tools we’ve developed for instruction and even about a tool that helps deal with space and time constraints for proctored testing. Also learn about our approach to development and hear about some of the things that are on the horizon.

Host: NCSU

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Time: 10:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Session number: 642 121 524

Registration password: This session does not require a registration password.

 This session can only be attended virtually.  To register for this session, click here.

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.


Wednesday 11/13: Topic: Hybrid Instructor Certification Training

This webinar will introduce instructors to the best practices in hybrid course design and teaching by providing them the information and tools they need to be successful in this environment. It will focus on the best practices for developing and teaching high quality hybrid courses. Instructors will gain exposure to a student’s perspective as well.

Host: FSU

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Session number: 647 248 877

Registration password: This session does not require a registration password.

You can attend this session live @ FSU or via webinar.  To register for the live session, please email Bonnie Grohe @ bgrohe@uncfsu.edu  To register for the webinar, click here.

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.


Thursday 11/14: Topic: Working your CORE: Student Readiness for On-Line Learning

Participants in this interactive session will consider best practices in providing student orientations for on-line learning. Using Western Carolina University’s CORE (Catamount Online Readiness Experience) module as a case study, the workshop leaders will facilitate conversations about how we can all address system-wide initiatives to provide students with   the skills, tools, motivation, and expectations they need to be successful in the on-line environment

Host: WCU

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013

Time: 3:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Session number: 640 004 937

Registration password: This session does not require a registration password.

You can attend this session live @ WCU or via webinar.  To register for the live session, please email Laura Cruz at lcruz@wcu.edu. To register for the webinar, click here.

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.


Friday 11/15: Topic: Transitioning to Online Course Delivery Where Quality Matters

This presentation traces the yearlong journey of faculty members in the MSA Program at NCCU as they prepared to transition the face-to-face program to an online program using the Quality Matters (QM) Program. The QM Program is a faculty centered and peer reviewed process that universities can use to develop, maintain, review, and certify the quality of an online course and its components. It was important to the faculty that they maintain the quality and integrity of the program’s graduate courses. The presenters will share with participants how the QM standards and the QM rubric were used as a framework and measure for designing and formatting the online courses. The presenters will also share the faculty growth factors, professional development, and instructional transformations along the way.

Host: Office of e-Learning, UNCW

Date: Friday, November 15, 2013

Time: 12:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Session number: 643 360 377

Registration password: This session does not require a registration password.

You can attend this session live @ NCCU or via webinar.  To register for the live session, please email Kim McGhee at kpmcghee@nccu.edu. To register for the webinar, click here.

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

 

Student Panel Discussion on Study-Abroad Experiences – Thursday, November 21

Sponsored by the Coalition of Diverse Language Communities (CDLC), SOE Faculty Access and Equity Committee, and the UNCG International Program Center (IPC), a student panel discussion regarding student study-abroad experiences will be held from 3-4pm on Nov. 21 at 307 School of Education building.

The student panel will share their insights regarding study-abroad programs, and tips and suggestions for international experiences. Upcoming study-abroad opportunities will also be shared.

For more information, please view the event flyer.

Visit cdlc.uncg.edu for more CDLC events!

Disabilities in American Society Open Poster Sessions Forums – Thursday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 26

SES 200: Disabilities in American Society Open Poster Session Forums

Thursday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 26

11:00am-12:15pm

Graham Building, Room #402

Please join SES 200 students as they share poster presentations of their research on the perceptions of disabilities in American Society. SES 200 is a general education course taught by Bree Jimenez, with the intent of educating students on the history of disability accessibility in America and to create awareness of the various situations faced by those with disabilities in current society. Forums are free and open to the public.

 

 NCLA Student Library Ambassadors Program

The North Carolina Library Association is accepting applications for elementary, middle, and high school students to serve as Student Library Ambassadors for their May 2014 trip to Washington, DC. For additional details on the program and how to apply, please read the event flyer.

 

New Beginning Spring Semester 2014 – Low-Incidence/Adapted Curriculum Series from SES

Beginning in Spring Semester 2014, the SES department will begin to offer the Low-Incidence/Adapted Curriculum series. This three course (9 credit hour) series is designed to support teachers to serve students and families of individuals with low-incidence (moderate and severe) intellectual disability within the school, work and community settings. For more information on the series, please view the information flyer.

 

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 (nmdeberr@uncg.edu) and Matthew Fisher (msfishe2@uncg.edu) 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 awjourne@uncg.edu or one of the chapter officers at uncgkdp@gmail.com.

 

 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 ckoconno@uncg.edu.

 

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 sroneil@uncg.edu.

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

 

SOE Book Club Next Read

(from Meggan Reagan)

SOE Book Club is reading A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel by Wiley Cash. We will meet on Friday, December 13th from 12-1pm in room 336 for an informal discussion. Feel free to bring lunch and hope you can join us!

For questions about the SOE Book Club, please contact Meggan Reagan (mlreaga2@uncg.edu).  Thanks!

 

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.

 

Kudos from Braxton Craven School to TEHE faculty and students

The following message was sent to Dean Wixson last week from Dana Albright-Johnson, Principal at Braxton Craven School:

Dear Dr. Wixson,

We’re the talk of our school system!  And we’re the talk for all of the right reasons.  I wanted to let you know that members of your faculty have helped us make tremendous strides toward meeting the needs of all students through professional development with project based learning.  Initially during the last school year we were recipients of the USTEP grant and this year UNC-G faculty members have continued their work with our school so that we could continue to grow teacher efficacy.

Professors Faircloth, Lambert, Levin, and Tan have been instrumental in helping us to make positive changes in our school.  They have spent endless hours preparing for presentations and then providing Braxton Craven’s teachers with just the right level of support.  Our teachers are excited about what they are learning and about their professional growth, and I wanted to thank your department and you for your efforts for our school, our teachers, and our students.

It’s an exciting time at our school, and we are very appreciative!

Dana Albright-Johnson, Principal

Braxton Craven School

 

Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

SOE Alumna and part-time instructor Lynn Wright-Kernodle was recently honored by the North Carolina Humanities Council through the establishment of an endowed scholarship for NC public school educators to participate in the Humanities Council’s professional development seminars. Named for the director of this program, the Lynn Wright-Kernodle Endowed Teachers Scholarship honors Dr. Wright-Kernodle for her work with teachers.

 

The Humanities Council’s Associate Executive Director for Advancement, Anne Tubaugh, announced that the scholarship was established “in appreciation of the dedication and commitment Lynn has given to the Teachers Institute program to make it the success it is today.” In her twenty-first year with the Humanities Council, Dr. Wright-Kernodle currently serves as the Associate Executive Director. She has directed the Teachers Institute since 1996. In 1990, Dr. Wright-Kernodle completed her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at UNCG and is also a part-time instructor in the School of Education.

 

Recent Faculty Publications and Presentations

Bree Jimenez (SES) recently published the following work:

  • Trela, K., & Jimenez, B. (2013). From functional to personally relevant curriculum: A reflection on the shift from “different” to “differentiated curriculum for students with significant intellectual disabilities. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 38, 117-119.

In addition, Bree Jimenez (SES) also was the Invited Keynote Speaker for the Delaware Educator Fall Symposium hosted by the University of Delaware and Delaware DPI in October 2013. Evidence-Based Practice to Support Standards-Based Instruction – A Focus on Everyday Practice!

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