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News: 11-18-2013


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Adventures of a Future Teacher November Blog post

In this month’s Adventures of a Future Teacher blog, Hollie talks about her school’s participation in Rachel’s Challenge and how she hopes to relate these challenges to her students and others in the school.

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!


Fall 2013 Educate Magazine Now Online

The Fall 2013 edition of SOE’s Educate Magazine is now posted online. Educate Magazine is intended to inform faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the School of Education about the programs, accomplishments, and new initiatives taking place.


Miles For Wellness SOE Teams Update

As of last week, the SOE Staff S”Mile”ers! walking team is in first place in the Hare Division as part of the Miles for Wellness challenge. Below is the midway rankings chart of UNCG teams. Keep up the great work!


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.

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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


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.


CED 678 Mini-Counseling Conference – Friday, November 22

(Message from Carlos Bello)

I am writing to invite the faculty, staff, and students to attend our Fall 2013 mini-conference.  This year’s conference is themed “Keep Calm and Counsel On: Ethical, Legal, and Multicultural Considerations of the Counseling Profession,” and is being conducted by graduate students in the Counseling and Educational Development department at UNCG. We are creating an informative conference for those interested in the counseling profession, which is composed of a series of poster sessions on professional practice issues in counseling and would appreciate you passing this along to any faculty, staff, or students in your department who might be interested in attending this event.

Topics may include:

  • Ethical considerations
  • Resolving ethical dilemmas
  • Dual relationships
  • Marketing of counseling and the impact of social networking or media on ethical issues
  • Issues of third-party reimbursements, including the Affordable Care Act or integrated healthcare models
  • Lobbying efforts and/or legislation effecting counseling at national or state levels
  • Counselors in the courtroom
  • Use of tele-health or tele-medicine in counseling
  • Impact of managed care or mental health reforms on counseling

The mini-conference will be held on Friday, November 22 from 9am-11:50am and will take place in the main hall of the Ferguson Building, 2nd floor.  Food and beverages will be provided!


For more information, view the event flyer.

We hope to see you there!


Farewell Reception for Beth Martin – Friday, November 22

(Message from Clara Chu)

Dear SOE community,

A respected colleague, wonderful friend and outstanding instructor is leaving the LIS Department at the end of the month.  Beth Martin has accepted the position of Head of Access Services/Assessment Coordinator at UNCC’s J. Murrey Atkins Library.  She is taking on an exciting position where she will manage Access Services and will be in charge of developing Learning Analytics in order to assess the library and its branches.  Although we won’t see her weekly in Greensboro, we plan to have her return as part of our instruction team.

Please join me in congratulating Beth at a reception to say thank you and farewell on Friday, November 22nd, 1-2:30 pm, SOE Building 401.


 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 ( 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


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.


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 (  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.


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh, doctoral student in SES in Professions in Deafness, received second place in The Graduate School 3 Minute Thesis competition on November 14. The topic of her presentation was: Mild or Unilateral Hearing Loss: Say What?  Mrs. Walsh received a monetary award of $500.

Meg Kemmery, doctoral candidate in SES Profession in Deafness, was also one of the ten finalists in the 3 Minute Thesis competition. Meg’s presentation was: Are You Deaf or Hard of Hearing? Which Do You Go By? : Perceptions of Students with Hearing Loss.

Recent Faculty Publications and Presentations

Nora Bird (LIS) was featured in Campus Weekly’s People section for her book she co-authored with Michael Crumpton (University Libraries) entitled Handbook for Community College Librarians.


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