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#TeachingMatters: PDS National Teacher Appreciation Day Initiative

Teaching Matters#TeachingMatters was a Watson College of Education Professional Development System (PDS) initiative for National Teacher Appreciation Day. This Twitter campaign was an opportunity to spread awareness about "why teaching matters" in an effort to encourage young people and career changers to consider teaching as a profession.

On Tuesday, May 3, UNCW students, faculty and staff, along with our school and community partners, were encouraged to post 10-second videos or written messages to a common Twitter hashtag explaining why teaching matters and, ultimately, thanking a teacher for National Teacher Appreciation Day!

You can find these postings on our Facebook page and our Twitter!

Twitter posts used the hashtags:

Reflections on Belize - May 5

belize flagStudents on the spring 2016 trip to Belize will return Wilmington on April 30. Our annual Red Carpet event will be held Thursday, May 5, at 5 pm in Watson College of Education, Room 162. Students will showcase their documentaries, an in-depth study of Belize, that evening. Please join us as we celebrate this amazing experience with students and their families with their documentaries and light refreshments.

Watson College of Education Announces 2016 Razor Walker Award Winners

razor walkerEach year, the Watson College of Education presents the Razor Walker Awards to individuals whose vision, tenacity, courage and sacrifice have made a difference in the lives of young people. The awards, named in recognition of the "razor's edge" that recipients walk to support education and youth, have been presented to advocates from education, government, business and community organizations since 1993. The Razor Walker Award ceremony was was April 18 at 6:30pm in the Burney Center. Read more >

PDS 2015-2016 Combined Calendar

2015 begins a new cycle of partnership for WCE and our surrounding school districts. In June we celebrated the signing of our 2015-2018 PDS school-university partnership agreements. We are looking forward to three more years of continued collaboration with our surrounding 12 school districts and two charter schools! With the close of the last partnership cycle, two distinct PDS initiatives came to end. In the coming weeks, our office will share information regarding the continuation of these revised programs: Master Teachers and Partnership in Action. Over the summer, revisions to these programs were made based on faculty, PDS partner, and PDS Advisory Board feedback. We are excited to share these opportunities for faculty to work more intensely with teachers and administrators in our partnership schools!

Second, as you may know, each year our office works to create a combined calendar reflecting important dates for each district/school in our partnership. The combined calendar is downloadble, but can also be accessed using the link below. You will also notice that this page on our PDS website provides easy access to all district-specific calendars in our partnership.

As a reminder, the PDS office continues to send Friday Updates to our school partners every other week via email. If you have items you would like to share during the spring semester, please contact Somer Lewis at

UNCW Employee Discount Website

Be sure to check out the UNCW Employee Discount website to see the latest in discounts. Some of the latest additions include: Ann Taylor Loft, Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic, J Crew, La Bella Forma, New York & Co., S. Burke Jewelry, Costco and Sam's Club.

UNCW employees also get a discount at Brixx Pizza, Carolina Alehouse, Chris's Cosmic Kitchen, Fat Tony's, Foster's Grille, The George, Just Because Chocolates, Islands Grille, South n' France, Texas Roadhouse, Trolly Stop and more.

Check the site to see all the great discounts that are offered exclusively to UNCW employees. To suggest businesses that you would like to see in the program or to submit the names of businesses interested in participating e-mail

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