Moss Street Partnership Podcast
Kameron is pictured here in UNCG’s University Teaching & Learning Commons (UTLC) recording studio.

Earlier this Spring, fifth-grade students from Moss Street Partnership School traveled from Reidsville to record podcasts in UNC Greensboro’s University Teaching & Learning Commons (UTLC) recording studio to be entered into the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. The contest was open to students across the country in grades 5 through 12.

UNC Greensboro was recently informed by NPR that a fifth-grade student at the Moss Street Partnership School, Kamron Percell, received an Honorable Mention award out of 6,000 submissions!

Students in three fifth-grade classes worked individually and in teams to research topics like bullying, religion, and women’s rights, and recorded an initial cut of the podcast on their iPads. Six podcasts were chosen by their peers based on information/structure, personality and creativity, production quality, and presentation. Kamron’s podcast was titled: “Why Do You Bully Me?” You can hear Kamron’s podcast, as well as the five other winners of Moss Street’s classroom competition, here.

“One of the unique aspects of being a university lab school is the opportunity to collaborate and partner with a variety of faculty and staff at UNCG,” said Allison Ormond, associate director for curriculum at Moss Street. “This podcast project is a great example of how access to resources, particularly human resources with specific expertise, can enhance learning outcomes for students.”

Congratulations to Kamron on his Honorable Mention award, and well done to all Moss Street students that participated!

Read more about Moss Street’s participation in the NPR Student Podcast challenge on UNCG Now and MyFox8.com.

Abi Woodson SES Alum Teacher of the Year 2019 Award
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Core Awards winners are (from left): Samantha Fitzgerald, Assistant Principal of the Year; Sandra Shropshire, Classified Employee of the Year; Debra Gladstone, Principal of the Year; and Abi Woodson, Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations to Abi Woodson, a fourth-grade teacher at Speas Elementary School and Department of Specialized Educations Services (SES) alum, who has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Teacher of the Year Award for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools!

Woodson has been teaching for 15 years and has been at Speas since 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002, and later earned her master’s degree in special education from UNC Greensboro.

Woodson’s award was announced at a banquet on May 23. Known as the “Core Awards,” they’re awarded on the basis of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ core values: equity, student-centered, accountability, integrity, high expectations and collaboration.

Read more about Woodson’s well deserved award here.

Robert HensonWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Henson has been appointed incoming Interim Associate Dean of Research for the UNC Greensboro School of Education. He will assume this new role on August 1, 2019. Dr. Henson first joined the UNCG faculty in 2005. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Research Methodology in the School of Education at UNC Greensboro, and has been promoted to Full Professor starting this fall.

Dr. Henson is an internationally recognized scholar in educational measurement and is a leading expert in the field of diagnostic classification models, which are a set of methods used to score exams that provide student profiles describing the skills that they have or have not mastered. Based on these skill mastery profiles, tailored lesson plans can be developed to focus specifically on those skills not mastered for each student. He has co-authored a book titled, “Diagnostic Measurement: Theory, Methods, and Applications”, has contributed numerous publications, book chapters and presentations, and his work has been honored for significant contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology.

Dr. Henson’s work has received federal funding from sources such as the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Education Sciences. In addition, throughout his career, Dr. Henson has established a strong record of interdisciplinary research by publishing in respected journals associated with disciplines such as Counseling, Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, and Kinesiology. He served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Educational Measurement, and received the Teaching Excellence Award from the School of Education at UNCG Greensboro in 2016.

Dr. Henson received his B.S. in Psychology, M.S. in Statistics, A.M. in Applied Measurement, and Ph.D. in Psychology (Quantitative) all from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Henson in his new role. We are confident that he will be highly effective in collaborating with the School of Education faculty and staff, and his expertise will be a huge asset to the research efforts of the SOE and broader UNC Greensboro community.

John H Cook SocietyWe are honored to thank the following members of the John H. Cook Society, all of whom are making an impact on the lives of others through their gifts to department funds or scholarships:

  • Kathy Glenn and Joanne Reese Williams, for their gifts to the CED Alumni Endowment, to be used for the greatest needs of students and faculty members in that department
  • Grace and A.B. Henley, for their support of non-traditional students preparing to become teachers through their gift to the Haggai Academy
  • Carolyn White Judd, for her support of scholarship needs for all students in the SOE through her gift to the School of Education Scholarship Fund
  • The Pilot Club of Greensboro, for its continued support of the Pilot Club of Greensboro Scholarship Fund for Specialized Education Students
  • Pam and Robert Powell and Linda and Billy Wooten, for their continued support of the School of Education Enrichment Fund, to be used for the greatest needs of the SOE
  • Kathelene Smith, for her support of the LIS Enrichment Fund, meeting the greatest needs of the students and faculty in that department
  • Wanda and Oliver Sweeney, for their gift in support of the Don & Mary Olson Scholarship in Reading Education
  • Sara and Scott Young, for their support of Impact through Innovation, which promotes creating inventive solutions to the practical challenges faced by educational institutions, the individuals they serve, and the organizations with which they partner

Learn more: John H. Cook Society