Note: This is the final SOE News publication for 2013. The next SOE News will be sent out on Monday, January 6, 2014.
Read more about students in SES 200 ‘People with Disabilities in American Society’ and their classroom experience this semester: Making a Difference Begins with Education
SOE Faculty/Student Spotlight Feature This Month
This month’s SOE Faculty and Student Spotlight features SES Clinical Assistant Professor Teresa Little and SES December 2013 graduate Ashley Smith. Read more on the SOE home page (soe.uncg.edu), or click here.
Greensboro Chinese School Spring 2014 Semester – Registration Now Open
UNCG faculty, staff, and students are welcome to register and participate in the Chinese language classes at the Greensboro Chinese Association in Spring 2014. 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: http://www.gcanc.org/gca_school.html. You can also contact Ms. Jennifer Qian, principal of the Greensboro Chinese School, at email@example.com or 336-643-8092
Spring 2014 Course Shells Now Available in Blackboard
Spring 2014 course shells are now available in Blackboard!
If you would like any course content copied from spring 2013 or fall 2013 semester(s), please contact Nanette DeBerry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you would like to have course sections combined, please complete a Blackboard Course Combine Request Form. The Registrar’s office will combine the sections and contact you once this action is complete.
SOE faculty and staff, please make sure to turn off all of your personal lamps and under light task lamps when you are leaving your offices for the end of the day. If your office is located on the first floor, please make sure to shut your window blinds when you leave for the day.
As the holiday season approaches please remember to lock all offices and labs.
Building Temperature Change Over Holiday Break
Please be aware that from Saturday, December 20 through January 2, the internal heating system will be turned down throughout all buildings on campus in an effort to conserve energy. If you are intending to work on campus throughout this time, please be prepared for a significant temperature change during this time. When heating is restored on January 2, it may take up to two days for the building temperature to return to regular settings, so please plan accordingly.
SOE Staff Holiday Project
(from Deb Ackerman)
This year’s SOE Staff holiday project will be collecting and creating packets for the homeless through the IRC (Interactive Resource Center). Website: http://gsodaycenter.org/
Matt Fisher has created an electronic sign-up sheet which all of you can access through the following link: http://tinyurl.com/mysm4ep
We are hoping to make at least 20 packets (10 for men and 10 for women). There are also gently-used items listed at the bottom that we can also collect for the IRC to disburse, as needed.
Please sign up for the items (most are in sets of 5) you wish to donate by filling in your name in one or more spaces on the spreadsheet. We need a name in every space in order to fill the 20 bags!!
All items should be turned in to Deb Ackerman by Monday, December 16th.
We will assemble the bags and take them to the IRC on Tuesday, Dec. 17th.
Assembly: 1:00-1:30pm in room 301
Delivery: after assembly of bags (407 East Washington St. Greensboro)
Contact Deb Ackerman at email@example.com for questions.
SOE Staff Appreciation Breakfast – Tuesday, December 17
All SOE Staff are invited to attend a complimentary staff appreciation breakfast on Tuesday, December 17 at 8:30am at Tex and Shirley’s in Friendly Center (708 Pembroke Road, Greensboro, NC 27408; http://texandshirleys.squarespace.com/). Please contact Annie Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional questions.
SOE New Year Reception – Saturday, January 11
Dean Wixson invites all SOE faculty and staff to the SOE New Year Reception, taking place on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 7-9pm at the UNCG Alumni House (404 College Ave, Greensboro, NC, 27412). Please join us for an evening of light hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drinks, music provided by jazz pianist Thomas Linger, and fellowship as we welcome the arrival of a New Year and a new semester!
Spouses, partners, and significant others are welcome to attend – however we do request that the evening is for ‘Adults Only’. Dress for the evening is casual.
RSVP your attendance by Friday, January 3, 2014 to Rachel Williams (email@example.com).
We hope you will join us for this special evening!
Save the Date – 2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony
The 2014 School of Education Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Spring and Summer Semester 2014 graduates will receive an email with additional details and instructions on registering for the Ceremony. More details on the SOE Commencement Ceremony will be posted on the SOE website in January.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Matthew Fisher (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
UNCG HR Information
UPDATE ON NORTH CAROLINA TAX WITHHOLDING
Access to NC-4 Payroll Tax Withholding Form through UNCGenie
As a new feature, beginning Monday, Dec. 9, employees will have the ability to update their NC-4 State Payroll Withholding Tax information for activity effective Jan. 1, 2014, or later, as well as view history of tax election (withholding status and number of allowances claimed), within UNCGenie self-service. Instructions to access this new feature can be retrieved from the Payroll Forms webpage at http://payroll.uncg.edu/formsinformation/.
North Carolina Payroll Tax Withholding Tax Information Effective Jan. 1, 2014
The North Carolina General Assembly recently enacted House Bill 998, which is effective Jan. 1, 2014. As a result, how you determine the number of allowances for tax year 2014 will differ from previous years. Under this new law, taxpayers may no longer claim a personal exemption for themselves, their spouse, children, or other qualifying dependents. Additionally, many deductions and tax credits that impact North Carolina withholding tax are no longer available for tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1. Most taxpayers will not be entitled to as many allowances and, as a result, more taxpayers should claim zero (0) allowances. Additional information is available at http://www.dornc.com/press/2013/nc4requirement.html.
In accordance with the new regulations, employers must set the default NC withholding status to “Single” with “0” allowances unless the employee specifically provides documentation otherwise. To comply with the new North Carolina tax law, your NC-4 tax withholding record in the Banner Payroll System has been changed to reflect the status of “Single” with “0” allowances and “$0” additional withholding, effective Jan. 1, 2014.
Beginning, Dec. 9, 2013, if you determine that your withholding information should differ from this standard default of “Single” with “0” allowances and “$0” additional withholding, you should update your applicable Form NC-4 withholding information in UNCGenie.
Although the Payroll Office staff cannot provide tax (including withholding) advice, if you have general questions, please contact email@example.com.
TEHE alumna Margaret Vaughn, who currently serves as Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho was instrumental in a project that created the Nez Perce Tribe’s first dual-language textbooks for the Lapwai School District. Read more about the project here: http://www.uidaho.edu/ed/ci/featuredstories/creating-a-new-chapter-with-dual-language-books
Congratulations to our new ELC doctoral graduates, who were hooded at last Friday’s UNCG Commencement ceremony. Congratulations to all of our SOE December graduates!