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We would like to thank John and Judy Talbert ’61 for their gift of $30,000 to add to the Judy Blackwelder Talbert and Daniel Scott Talbert Teacher Education Scholarship Fund which they established in 1998. This fund supports students who plan to teach with a preference for residents of Cherryville, NC.


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Summer Safe Zone Sessions

If you have not had the chance to complete all of the Safe Zone workshops and you’d like to, there will be a few sessions over the summer for faculty and staff! Please use the form website to sign up-

Safe Zone Summit

Greetings from the Office of Intercultural Engagement! 
I’d like to invite you to register for our Safe Zone Summit, happening on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, from 9am-1:30pm in the Elliott University Center. 
What is the Safe Zone Summit?
The Safe Zone Summit is a brand new initiative born from conversations within our LGBTQ+ Education Task Force, and is intended to provide an opportunity, outside of our standard Safe Zone Training, for faculty and staff to explore aspects of LGBTQ+ identity more deeply and meaningfully. Consider this an information-packed, build-your-own-adventure rest area on your journey of continuing education around gender, sexuality, and creating a more inclusive campus. 
Who can attend? 
The Safe Zone Summit is tailored to faculty and staff however, feel free to also invite graduate students that work in your department. 
What will the day look like?
The Safe Zone Summit is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 11th, from 9am-1:30pm. The majority of the Summit will consist of three 45-minute time slots where attendees will be able to choose from two breakout topics that best fit their interest. We will close out our day with brief, guided group discussions. These groups are meant to provide space for processing what you’ve learned, and for considering how to best apply new strategies, skills, and knowledge in your daily work. 
How do I register?
That part is easy! Fill our our Safe Zone Summit Registration Form before Friday, June 23rd, 2017
What else do I need to know?
Nothing! Simply mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, from 9am-1:30pm, and expect an email from me at the beginning of July with more details. Until then, put on your learning pants and add another notch to that belt – because this is sure to be a day full of great information and important dialogue! 
We appreciate your commitment to inclusion at UNC Greensboro, and look forward to engaging and learning alongside you during this important opportunity. 


Learning Factory Maker Camps Registration Now Open

Gate City Writes Workshop


Gate City Writes Young Writers’ Camp






Diversity in Language & Culture Conference


Congratulations to Dr. Heidi Carlone (TEHE) on her award from the Cemala Foundation for STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative!


Victoria Budesa, 2017 graduate of the Special Education: General Curriculum teacher education program, presented her work using the SOE SELF Design Studio resources to create effective and innovative mathematics lessons at the inaugural Global Conference on Education and Research, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee on May 25th. Victoria has accepted a position teaching special education in Stuttgart, Germany beginning June 30.



We would like to thank John and Judy Talbert ’61 for their gift of $30,000 to add to the Judy Blackwelder Talbert and Daniel Scott Talbert Teacher Education Scholarship Fund which they established in 1998. This fund supports students who plan to teach with a preference for residents of Cherryville, NC.


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This year numerous students and faculty members traveled to San Antonio, TX for the annual AERA/NCME meetings. Students had the opportunity to present their research, network with alumni at the annual UNCG AERA/NCME reception, and attend workshops.

Student presentations include:

Yan Fu. Do Option-Based Diagnostic Models Provide More Information than Correct-Option Based Diagnostic Models? Option-based and Global Fit Statistics for the GDCM-MC. (NCME: paper).

Elizabeth Patton. Evaluating the efficacy of the Liu Agresti estimator of the cumulative common log odds ratio classification systems for polytomous differential item functioning. (NCME: poster).

Elizabeth Patton. Factors influencing the non-parametric methods for the detection of DIF in polytomous items. (AERA: paper).

John Sessoms. The impact of increased item exposure on item difficulty and pass rates. (NCME: poster).

Myrah Stockdale (2nd author). Five robust and ethical research designs for medical educators. (AERA: poster).


Congratulations everyone! We are looking forward to next year in New York.

Primary support for Windows operating systems is changing from Windows 7 to Windows 10 on May 17. Following this change, Information Technology Services (ITS) will deliver all Windows computers (new or rebuilt) with Windows 10.

Here is a link for more information:

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Box for Departments is available for all SOE academic departments and support offices. If you are interested in getting started with Box for Departments, contact, Sandra Bates-Hart at, or Bob Englert at, Department Technology Coordinators (DTCs) for the School of Education at UNCG. Click the link below to learn more about Box for Departments.

WebEx is Cisco’s online collaboration suite, a set of video-conferencing tools that are geared toward various online collaboration needs, such as synchronous online learning, online meetings, and webinars.

Before using WebEx in Canvas for the first time, please ensure that you have activated your WebEx account.

WebEx Sessions may be scheduled and accessed directly from a course in Canvas. To enable the WebEx navigation link in your Canvas course, follow the directions below.

  1. Navigate to the course you would like to enable WebEx in and click Settings from the course menu
  2. Select the Navigation tab
  3. Click the drop-down arrow in the WebEx entry and select Enable or you can drag-and-drop WebEx into the course navigation active setting.
  4. Click Save


All UNCG faculty, staff, and students have access to WebEx. Both internal and external users may attend WebEx sessions without needing to log into a WebEx account – login is only required to host (create) sessions.

To learn more about scheduling meetings with WebEx, see the Scheduling a Session (instructors) guide from Information Technology Services (ITS).

Today is the last day to drop/add for first summer session. Any students that add late (after 7pm today) will not have access to their course until tomorrow, Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017.
Tomorrow, instructors will see students with an Inactive status on their Canvas People page.  Inactive students are students that have withdrawn from the course.  These students cannot access the course, but the instructor will still be able to get to grades for an inactive student.  (Go to gradebook, click the gear icon towards the top, right and choose “Show inactive enrollments.”)
Students that are WF  will no longer be able to access the course and their status will be displayed as Inactive.

One of the biggest barriers to accessing mental health services? For many Americans, it’s stigma.

Discrimination from family, friends and coworkers can prevent individuals from improving their quality of life and getting the help they need.

For Muslims in the United States, social and public stigma are often amplified. Outside of the Muslim community, some may view those seeking mental health services as a threat. Inside the community, some may ask, “Why don’t you just pray?”

It’s a complex issue, and one that Ahmet Tanhan, who earned his PhD from UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development this May, spent the past three years investigating.

Read the rest of Ahmet’s story on the UNCG homepage.


Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography and videography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications