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News: 11-25-2013


TESA held their first professional development workshop last week on “Classroom Management & Professionalism in the Field”, presented by NC NTSP Coach Jackie Caldwell Hoskins. Over 40 students were in attendance – be on the lookout for more workshops next semester!


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

SES 200: Disabilities in American Society Open Poster Session Forums

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.


SOE Reading Day Luncheon – Tuesday, December 3

We trust you are having an outstanding semester. This semester’s Reading Day Luncheon will be on Tuesday, December 3 in room 118 SOEB from 12:00-1:30pm. If you bring something, please drop it off by 11:30am.

As always, we will have lots of food and drink and great company to celebrate another outstanding semester at the SOE.

What to bring (general guidelines only :-):

CED – fruits/salads/vegetables (Laura Gonzalez)

TEHE – fruits/salads/vegetables (Edna Tan)

ELC – meats/vegetables (Dodie Booton)

ERM, OAERS – meats/salads (Rachel Hill)

LIS – drinks/ice/desserts (Anthony Chow)

SES – pasta/vegetables (Teresa Little)

Dean’s Office, TRC, ITS – desserts/meats (Lori Warner)

Student Services, Project ENRICH & New Teacher Support – desserts/meats (Carol Resch)

Please also pay your social committee dues per the dues form  either to your department’s representative or directly to Sharlene O’Neil (SOEB Room 325). These dues are used throughout the year for Reading Day, Housekeeper holiday bonuses, and cards/flowers of both celebration and condolences throughout the year.

Warm Regards,

The Social Committee


CED – Laura Gonzalez

Dean’s Office, TRC, ITS – Lori Warner

Student Services, Project ENRICH & New Teacher Support – Carol Resch

ELC – Dodie Booton

ERM, OAERS – Rachel Hill

LIS – Anthony Chow

SES – Teresa Little

TEHE – Edna Tan


Greensboro Chinese School Talent Show – Sunday, December 15

To showcase the Greensboro Chinese School students’ talents and skills and demonstrate students’ cultural heritage, the school will host a Talent Show from 2-4pm on December 15, 2013 at 118 School of Education Building. Student artwork will be displayed in the hallway during the Talent Show.

All are welcome to attend! Light refreshments will be provided.


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


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!


 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.


 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


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

Holly Downs (ERM) was profiled in Campus Weekly for her work with Physicians for Peace: Holly Downs and students work with Physicians for Peace in the Dominican Republic


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

DKG award photo

Mireya and Yazmin Ruiz were both awarded a “grant-in-aid” this week from Delta Kappa Gamma to help with the cost of incidentals, books, and other school expenses. This award is given annually to pre-service teachers at a local university, and was presented by SOE alumna Nancy Teague. Congratulations, Mireya and Yazmin!


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