New Book Focuses on School Reform and the Role of Schools in Society
Dean Co-Edits New Book; Donyell Roseboro and Martin Wasserberg are Contributing Authors
Watson College Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum is co-editor of the book, School Reform Critics: The Struggle for Democratic Schooling, published in January by Peter Lang Publishing. Sixteen distinguished contributors, including Teitelbaum and WCE faculty Donyell Roseboro and Martin Wasserberg, authored chapters examining the school reform movement currently underway.
The authors focus on education in a democracy, context and policy implications, teachers and teacher education, and diversity and social justice. Their insightful chapters make a major contribution to the current debate over where society is headed and what direction it should be going if it seeks to advance the public good, ensure a stronger democracy and create more academically meaningful and equitable schools for all children. Read full story >
WCE Professors Conduct Teacher/Parent Surveys
WCE professors Scott Imig and Robert Smith had heard anecdotally that North Carolina teachers were unhappy with many legislative changes enacted by the General Assembly in July. This fall they conducted a survey in an effort to quantify the misgivings. Read full story >
View recent news articles:
- Raleigh NewsObserver op-ed by Imig and Smith: "Urgent wake-up call from NC teachers"
- StarNews article Jan. 2 - "N.C. teachers see legislative changes as harmful, survey finds"
- Huffington Post article: "Teachers In North Carolina Are Extremely Depressed About The State Of Their Profession"
Recently, Drs. Imig and Smith completed an additional study of North Carolina residents, most of whom have children in public schools. The pair asked respondents their opinions about various changes the N.C. General Assembly had made this past year to public education.
Wilmington Star News
In 2011 the Watson College introduced a Scholarship Brown Bag Series to provide faculty an opportunity to share research and best practices. The presentations, which are held monthly during the fall and spring semesters, are open to faculty, staff, students and community members. Archived presentations are available online.
WCE Faculty Continue Successful 4-Year School Collaboration on PBL Projects
Over the past four years, William Sterrett and Angelia Reid Griffin have worked closely with Cape Fear Middle School (CFMS) on a collaborative effort to use project-based learning (PBL) to enhance student success. To start, a group comprised of the principal, 12 teachers, the district curriculum specialist and university faculty members set goals and parameters for the project. A theme, Exploring the Solar System was selected. Then, math, science, language arts, social studies and special education teachers worked collaboratively and individually to develop subject-specific tasks and engage students in the project. The work all came together in a series of displays the students designed and presented to an audience of peers and community members at an event held in the school gym.
As part of the PBL project, students explored the composition of planets in science class, researched and composed ads to solicit visitors to the planets in language arts and mapped the distance to planets from earth in math class. Teacher and student enthusiasm for the project was contagious and soon elective teachers joined in, introducing PBL activities in art, technology and music classes. There, students created props, brochures and musical jingles that were proudly added to displays along with work from their core content classes. View full story >
Self-Mentoring is Introduced in N.C. Schools; Carr Becomes Fulbright Specialist
Marsha Carr to Expand Self-Mentoring™ as Fulbright Specialist
Marsha Carr will bring Self-Mentoring™ to the U.K. this summer as a Fulbright Specialist partnering with York St. John Business School in York, England. Carr, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, has the innovative program on a fast track. Just 18 months ago, in August 2012, she began a study on the effectiveness of self-mentoring in partnership with Duplin County Schools. This school year, the Duplin project has expanded and five additional school-based studies have been launched across the state.
Carr’s plans include growing self-mentoring in North Carolina schools and exploring applicability in other markets. The ultimate goal is to internationalize the concept and expand beyond education to new fields including business and the military. Carr recently trademarked the concept, and she’s beginning to build national awareness through participation in webinars and conferences. In July, she will introduce Self-Mentoring™ to the business community through work overseas as a Fulbright Specialist. Read full story >
In the latest Record, a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal by Kappa Delta Pi, UNCW faculty members William Sterrett and Scott Imig offer tips on succeeding as a new teacher in today’s difficult economic landscape.
Thriving as a New Teacher in a Bad Economy
by William L. Sterrett and Scott Imig
David Macinnis Gill, associate professor of English education, had book signings, author readings & presentations at the NCTE/ALAN conferences in November. In August, David’s newest young adult novel Black Hole Sun was released and his book Soul Enchilada was released in paperback.
Dr. Gill is a past president of ALAN, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE. Black Hole Sun is his second novel. His first, Soul Enchilada, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults in 2010, a Kirkus Best Book in 2009, a Bank Street College Best Books of the Year selection in 2010, and an NYPL Stuff for the Teen Age selection in 2010.
At uncw.edu/EdGames, a website created by UNCW education professor Jeff Ertzberger, students and teachers can download vocabulary, math and critical thinking skill-building computer games that engage students of all abilities in active learning. Read the full story in Research Magazine >