Dr. Laura Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Education in the Higher Education Program (Teacher Education and Higher Education department), was selected as one of two Engaged Faculty Fellows by North Carolina Campus Compact. Congratulations!

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Throughout this year, Dr. Gonzalez will create a guidebook specifically for K-12 school staff who work with students with various immigration statuses. It will include personal narratives from people in the school system to help raise awareness of these experiences while nurturing empathy among teachers and administrators.

This work builds off her community-engaged scholarship with the Latino Community Coalition of Guilford and other partners. Learn more about Dr. Gonzalez’s work here.

Nicole Gardner Rockingham Teacher of the Year

Ms. Nicole Gardner, an alum of the Teacher Education and Higher Education department at the UNC Greensboro School of Education, was named Rockingham County Schools’ 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year! Teachers of the Year are selected by their peers for the quality of their teaching, professional development, teaching philosophy and methods, community involvement and contributions to education.

Nicole is a 6th and 7th grade math teacher at Western Rockingham Middle School (WRMS). Nicole has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education from UNC Greensboro, licensure in grades 6-9, with concentrations in Mathematics and Social Studies.

Nicole is currently the student government advisor for WRMS and she feels it gives her the opportunity to lead a group in improving the school, as well as the community. She says that although this is not an academic subject, she believes this is a very important contribution; she is teaching students that they can genuinely make a difference.

Nicole says: “As a math teacher, I cannot successfully prepare my students for every question style or question stem they may be asked on a standardized test. As I have developed as a teacher, I have simplified my teaching philosophy. My main focus each school year is to develop my math students into problem solvers. Can students collaborate around a task and use mathematical skills strategically to form a solution? Usually, until mid-way through the year, the answer is simple: No. Students are not used to thinking outside of the box and coming up with multiple ways to prove solutions. Daily, I witness students growing into mathematical thinkers and problem-solvers, but also growing on their standardized tests. I love what I teach and I share my passion and enthusiasm for mathematics with my students daily.”

Thank you for your dedication, hard work, and commitment! Congratulations!

Read the Rockingham County Education Foundation announcement here.

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The Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement (WISE) Conference, hosted by Wake Forest University’s Center for Global Programs & Studies, is seeking Session Proposals for WISE 2020.

Complete information may be found on the Call for Proposals tab on our website.  

Deadline for submission is Monday, September 16, 2019. 

WISE Conference, February 12-14, 2020, is committed to bolstering the conversation on intercultural learning surrounding study abroad, on-campus programming, and the international student experience. We seek faculty, staff, and students, particularly those from diverse perspectives and voices, who have ideas, experiences, and research to share.

Registration grant opportunities are available.

Contact wiseconference@wfu.edu with any questions.

counseling at the beginning catherine tucker

Catherine Tucker, graduate of the School Counseling master’s program at UNC Greensboro School of Education (1994), recently published a book titled Counseling at the Beginning.

Counseling at the Beginning is a thorough, practice-based guide for counselors who serve the mental health needs of very young children and their families. Chapters based on current developmental psychology research prepare mental health, school, and addictions counselors to work with pregnant women and children under the age of 5.

Discussion of topics such as brain development, self-regulation, trauma, prenatal alcohol and drug exposure, and toxic stress prepares providers to meet the needs of this growing area of practice. Concrete information about how and when to intervene, written by experts working in the field, is accompanied by lists of resources for further learning at the end of each chapter.

Catherine Tucker, PhD, LMHC, RPTS, is the research director at The Theraplay Institute and a counselor in private practice. She has more than 15 years of direct counseling experience working primarily with young children and their families and was president of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling from 2017 to 2019.