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NC SPIN Debate at UNCW’s Lumina Theater – March 30
The Watson College of Education will host a NC SPIN Debate focused on Issues in Education on Thursday, March 30 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in UNCW’s Lumina Theater.  Tom Campbell, NC SPIN executive producer, will moderate the debate. Esteemed panelists are Chris Fitzsimon, executive director of NC Policy Watch; John Hood, syndicated columnist, author, president of the John William Pope Foundation and chairman of the John Locke Foundation; Howard Lee, former state senator and former chair of the State Board of Education; and Becki Gray, speaker, columnist and senior VP of the John Locke Foundation. The event is free and open to the public. Register at

Dennis Kubasko

Dennis Kubasko Named GE’s 2017 Science Olympiad Volunteer of the Year
WCE associate professor Dennis Kubasko is the recipient of GE Hitachi’s 2017 Rose Martyn Spirit Award for Science Olympiad Volunteer of the Year. The award was presented at the 2017 Southeast Regional North Carolina Science Olympiad awards ceremony held in Trask Coliseum on March 4. Read more >


NCCTM Eastern Regional Conference - April 1
Registration is FREE and lunch will be provided for participants! CEU credits will also be available for participants. 50-minute sessions focusing on mathematics for all grade levels: K-2, 3-5, middle, and high school. Interested speakers please click here to submit proposals by March 15, 2017. To pre-register to attend the conference click here and fill out and submit the registration form by March 24, 2017:
Contact information Shelby Morge or Ginger Rhodes for more information.

Robotism Rocks!

Come celebrate the North Carolina Science Festival with the Watson College of Education's STEM Learning Cooperative - and lots of robots! Bee-Bots (grades K-2), Ozobots (grades 2-4), Pro-Bots (grades 3-8), Sphero bots (grades 4-high school), Lego Mindstorms (grades 5- high school), and Cozmo robots (all ages) will be on hand to engage students in understanding robotics and simple programming through a variety of fun, hands-on activities. Robotism Rocks will provide special education students, particularly those with ASD, hands-on opportunities to explore and program robots.

Explore robot art and create your own masterpieces. Discover careers that use robots. Meet educators, scientists and engineers who will be on site to help engage students with the robots. This event has been planned with the guidance of special education professionals. Register your student or a classroom full of students to participate. There is no charge for this event. April 7 from 10am-3:30pm. Register at


Modeling Emergent Learning Design & Innovative Teaching Practices - April 12
This workshop focuses on grant informed integration of research and teaching. The workshop will engage participants through hands-on activities & discussions. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Donna DeGennaro for more information. Event starts at 10am in EB 162


Gifted Informational Session and Advocacy – April 20
The Watson College is pleased to host the Spring 2017 Gifted Information and Advocacy Session in partnership with New Hanover County Schools. Join us as eminent scholar and parent of gifted children George Betts shares advice and strategies for helping gifted and talented children thrive at home and in school. The event will be held at the Watson College on April 20 from 6 -7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Register at

Bobbie Cavnar

New Video Features NC Teacher of the Year Bobbie Cavnar
The Watson College is pleased to share a new video featuring Bobbie Cavnar, 2016-17 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The video is part of WCE’s “It Begins with Teachers” advertising campaign introduced in May 2016 to promote the teaching profession. Read more >

Watson Chronicle

The 2017 January Edition of the Watson Chronicle is online!
Want to know what Watson College has been doing this semester? Want to know what's coming up? We have all of those wonderful stories and more in the newest edition of the Watson Chronicle online. View it here >

Robert Smith

Robert Smith Named First Wendy and Dell Murphy Distinguished Professorship in Education Recipient
The Murphy family established the distinguished professorship to support teaching, scholarship and engagement in the Watson College of Education. Read more >

AIG Conference

UNCW AIG Conference "Serving the Whole Gifted Child" - April 21
Join us for the 2017 UNCW AIG Conference "Serving the Whole Gifted Child". 

Highlights for 2017 include:

  • Keynote address is by the National Association for Gifted Children President, Dr. George Betts.
  • Tour the Randall Library Curriculum Materials Center’s Makerspace.
  • Join David Marriott for a “How To” use Makerspace with gifted students.
  • Katie Anderson and Christy Howe share “takeaways” for the classroom.

Learn more about the conference and register online >

Education Matters

Dean Dempsey Featured on First Episode of Education Matters
Watson College Dean Van Dempsey was a guest on the first episode of “Education Matters,” a weekly television program created by the Public School Forum of North Carolina. The show, which aired Oct. 2 on WRAL-TV, focused on the state’s teacher pipeline. WCE’s Watson Student Leaders helped Dean Dempsey gather student perspectives on the topic and word clouds were created to provide a visualization of student responses. Learn more >

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NC Spin Debate: Issues in Education

5:30pm in Lumina Theater
Reception following in the Clock Tower Lounge
This event is free and open to the public, but seats are limited. Live-streaming also available.
Register online >


2017 PDS Partnership in Action Conference

10am in the Education Building


NCCTM Eastern Regional Conference

9am at UNCW Osprey Hall


Robotism Rocks!

10am in Education Building

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