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Cracking the Code of Communication

Heather Coleman sits at her desk in the School of Education

Parents, each with a Bluetooth device in their ears, sit in a play-based early intervention therapy session with their autistic child. As they interact through a series of exercises, they receive instruction, feedback and encouragement audibly through their earbuds. The voice talking to them is a community-based early intervention professional trained by a team of coaches led by Heather Coleman, UNC Greensboro Assistant Professor in the Department of Specialized Education Services. The goal: support early intervention therapists, who work with families of autistic children to help them better understand and communicate with each other.

Smiley Award Helps Harrison Study in Costa Rica

Dauria Harrison pets a rabbit during her time abroad in Costa Rica

The Smiley Award supports global educational opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in UNC Greensboro’s School of Education and is presented annually. One of last year’s recipients, Dauria Harrison, was able to spend part of her summer on an immersive and service-learning program in Costa Rica. 

Bost Selected as CEC President-Elect

Julie Bost headshot with SES department logo on a blue background

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has announced that Dr. Julie Bost, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Specialized Education Services, has been named 2024 CEC President-Elect. Bost will assume the presidency on January 1, 2025, overseeing CEC’s committees and Board of Directors and providing critical leadership on the organization’s planning and programs.

SES Alumna Using Her Degree in Midair

Elice Evans '18 before a flight on Piedmont Airlines

If you see a flight attendant using sign language to communicate with passengers aboard Piedmont Airlines, it’s likely UNCG alum Elice Evans ’18, who received her bachelor’s degree in Interpreting, Deaf Education and Advocacy Services (IDEAS).

Kessinger Named UNCG Student Teacher of the Year

Head shot of Calli Kessinger, the 2023 UNCG Student Teacher of the Year

A Special Education major, Calli Kessinger has been selected as the 2023 UNCG Student Teacher of the Year and will represent UNC Greensboro at the upcoming state competition sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NCACTE).

Harrison, Hogan Named Recipients of 2023 Smiley Award

Smiley Award Recipient badge

The Smiley Award, which supports global educational opportunities for current School of Education undergraduate and graduate students, has been presented to undergraduate student Dauria Harrison and graduate student Kevin Hogan. These students will represent the SOE as Global Education Ambassadors through international or local engagement.

New Academic Support Hub to Provide Services to SOE Students

The SOE building with spring buds on the trees

Undergraduate students in the UNC Greensboro School of Education can now take advantage of new support services thanks to the launch of the SOE Academic Support Hub. The center is the combined work of the SOE Office of Student Success, Michel Family Teaching Resources Center, Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education, Department of Specialized Education Services, and Department of Library and Information Science.

Class of 2022: Juliette Vayer

Juliette Vayer, 2022 graduate with Bachelor of Science in Interpreting, Deaf Education, and Advocacy Services

Subtlety, humor, empathy, and accuracy are often difficult to convey when interpreting from one language to another. Juliette Vayer will tell you that these key skills in American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting, along with advocating for the Deaf community, are part of what compelled her to earn her Bachelor of Science in Interpreting, Deaf Education, and Advocacy (IDEAS) from the School of Education this December.

UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program Leads to Increased Opportunities, Scholarships for Students

Teacher Education Fellows with Spiro

Developing high-quality and well-prepared teachers is a priority for the School of Education at UNC Greensboro. Doing so by reducing potential financial barriers for students is also key. By combining these priorities, the School of Education developed the UNCG Teacher Education Fellows program, a scholarship opportunity for incoming freshmen students wishing to major in select education programs.