Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

EDD Graduates

Congratulations to 2017 Graduates

In May, 249 students earned degrees from the Watson College of Education, including 127 enrolled in graduate-level programs. The Watson College held a reception for graduates and their families before official commencement ceremonies in Trask Coliseum May 5. Earlier in the week, a reception was held to honor WCE’s 12 new Ed.D. graduates. more...

Watson College News

Ann Potts and Liz Barber Receive Fulbright Scholarships

Two Watson College faculty members, Ann Potts and Liz Barber, have received Fulbright Scholarships to continue their research in Malawi, Africa. Since 2004, both have worked to support Malawi's primary education initiative, work that will continue in the spring of 2018 thanks to this prestigious award. more...

Elizabeth Crawford Receives Global Teacher Education Fellowship

Elizabeth Crawford has been named a GTEI Fellow by Global Teacher Education, Inc., a professional organization that supports the internationalization of teacher preparation programs. Crawford is an associate professor at the Watson College. She specializes in global education at the elementary level. more...

Event Held to Honor 2017 Razor Walker Award Recipients

The Watson College hosted the 25th annual Razor Walker Awards on April 25. More than 250 community leaders, faculty and friends of the Watson College joined UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli, Provost Marilyn Sheerer and WCE Dean Van Dempsey to celebrate the achievements of 2017 honorees Benjamin R. David, Alan Faulk, Emma Jackson, Nick and Deloris Rhodes and Mike Ward. more...

UNCW Hosts Conference on Integrated STEM Education

UNCW will launch two integrated STEM programs in 2017-18: a graduate iSTEM certificate and an undergraduate iSTEM minor. The programs were showcased at a conference held at the Watson College on May 20. More than 100 STEM educators attended the event, which featured presentations on the use of integrated STEM to solve complex global issues, and workshops to help 6-16 educators introduce students to concepts that cross STEM disciplines. Faculty in the Watson College and the College of Arts and Sciences coordinated the conference. more...

100 Math Educators Attend Regional Conference at UNCW

The Eastern Regional Conference of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics was held at UNCW on April 1. More than 100 teachers, district coaches, pre-service teachers and faculty attended the event, which featured mathematics for grades K-12. Shelby Morge and Ginger Rhodes coordinated the conference. more...

Donyell Roseboro Named Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Outreach

Donyell Roseboro was named associate dean for Teacher Education and Outreach on April 29. Currently chair of WCE’s Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, Roseboro will assume her new role on July 1. She will succeed Ann Potts, who will be a professor at the college, after serving as associate dean since 2012. more...

Janna Robertson Wins YWCA Women of Achievement Award

WCE professor Janna Robertson received a YWCA Women of Achievement Award in a May 4 ceremony at the Wilmington Convention Center. She also received recognition as a CFCC partner and WWAY Extraordinary Person of the Week for her community engagement work on the “Forest of Dreams” mural in downtown Wilmington. A multimedia presentation by Venita Jenkins and a film documentary by Jillian Carney commemorate the project. more...

Summer Camps Begin June 11

UNCW offers outstanding summer camps for youth of all ages. MarineQuest will offer more than 30 camps this summer for ages 4-17, Engineering Expectations has more than 20 programs for ages 4-14, and Junior Seahawk Academy provides STEM programs for middle school students. Camps begin June 11. more...

Youth Programs’ Engineers Featured in Newsletter

Kathy Ibbotson and Jasmine Gaston develop and teach UNCW’s Engineering Expectations programs, which use a project-based learning philosophy to introduce students to engineering design. Ibbotson, a chemical engineer and Gaston, a mechanical engineer, were profiled in Youth Programs’ spring newsletter. more...

Watson College Recognitions

The Watson College was a sponsor of the Public School Forum Education Leadership Award Gala on May 19. Edel Segovia and Chris Montero have received a statewide award for student advocacy; Dennis Kubasko has been re-elected to the North Carolina Science Leadership Association Board of Directors; and Salena Rabidoux is editor-in-chief of a new UNCW publication, Applied Learning in Higher Education. Read about these stories and other faculty, staff, student and alumni news. more...

Upcoming Events

GLOBE Summer Science Institute – June 19-22

A Global Learning Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Summer Institute will be held June 19-22 at the Watson College. The program, designed for science teachers and environmental educators in grades 6-12, is offered by CESTEM in partnership with UNC Charlotte’s Center for STEM Education. Registration is open. more...

K-2 Science Workshop – July 31-Aug 4

Learn the big ideas of primary science using hands-on activities at the Summer Science Workshop. The program, designed for teachers in Kindergarten through 2nd grade, will be held at the Watson College. more...

Science and Engineering Fair Summer Workshop – Aug. 2

Planning your school’s science fair or looking to help students advance to regional and national competitions? Attend a one-day NC Science and Engineering Fair Workshop at UNCW on August 2. The workshop is open to teachers in grades 3-12. Registration is open. more...

NC School-University Partnership Summit – Oct. 20-21

The Watson College will host a summit of UNC school-university partnerships in October. WCE’s Professional Development System office is currently accepting proposals from UNC institutions and school partners. Registration for the event will open in late June. more...

Education Updates and Features

Tom Campbell Authors Op-Ed on Innovation in Education

The host of NC SPIN, Tom Campbell, discussed his visit to Watson College and the importance of innovation in education in an op-ed published in April. The column, titled “Learning More about Learning More,” was shared with newspapers across the state. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

WCE Students, Hoggard Dancers Hold Film and Dance Performance at Kenan

During the spring semester, James DeVita and Christine Liao partnered with Hoggard High School Dance Director Pam Walden on a second annual arts integration project for students enrolled in elementary education and higher education programs at the Watson College. The project, which involved research, collaboration and use of the arts to teach social justice concepts, resulted in a live video and dance performance in Kenan Auditorium on April 28. more...

WCE Students Showcase Work at Year-End Events

Students enrolled in WCE’s Elementary Education Master of Arts in Teaching program showcased innovative science teaching strategies at a science poster night coordinated by Amy Taylor on April 25. On May 4, the Watson College was host to a higher education symposium and an event to share documentaries created by students who completed spring internships in Belize. more...

21 WCE Students Volunteer at Family Science Day

Twenty-one Watson College students volunteered at Fort Fisher Aquarium’s Family Science Day on April 23, along with math faculty Ginger Rhodes, Allison Toney and Elizabeth Creath. UNCW MarineQuest was also a community partner at the event, offered annually as part of the NC Science Festival. more...

WCE’s KDP Chapter Recognized for Membership Growth

UNCW’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi has received national recognition for outstanding membership growth. KDP is an international honor society dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education. The Alpha Alpha Pi Chapter at UNCW added 51 new members during the 2016-17 academic year. more...

UNCW Students Selected for RISE Program

UNCW students Josh Bennett, Wesley Clark and Valentina Goyeneche along with alumna Brittany Nicole Jones ’17 have been selected to participate in the inaugural Research Institute for Scholars of Equity, a program that provides research fellowships with the goal of developing a more diverse field of education researchers. WCE’s Marta Sánchez is a co-principal investigator of a $1.1 million federal grant awarded in 2016 to develop and implement RISE. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

PDS Supports 1,015 Teachers through the First Years of Teaching Support Program

WCE’s First Years of Teaching Support Program, offered through the PDS office, provided support for 1,015 beginning teachers during the 2016-17 academic year. A final professional development day for beginning teachers was held at the Watson College on May 11. Ninety-four teachers participated in the event, which featured presentations by Promise of Leadership Award recipients and special performances by students from Murray Middle School and Snipes Academy of Arts and Design. more...

WCE Hosts Third Annual AIG Conference

The third annual Academically and Intellectually Gifted conference for teachers was held at the Watson College on April 21. The college was also host to the spring 2017 Gifted Information and Advocacy Session held in partnership with New Hanover County Schools. George Betts, president of the National Association for Gifted Children, was keynote speaker at both events. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

Pender HS Students Spend a Day with Author L.M. Elliott

This spring, students at Pender Early College High School read galley copies of L.M. Elliott’s novel Suspect Red, due out in September. On March 31, the author spent a day at the school. WCE faculty members Denise Ousley and Jeanne Swafford coordinated the project in partnership with PECHS English teachers Christa Tompkins and Justine Chew with support from principal Edie Skipper. more...

Robotics Event for Area Students Held at WCE

WCE’s Youth Programs, Center for Assistive Technology and CESTEM partnered to host a special event titled “Robotism Rocks!” on April 7. The event provided opportunities for K-12 students to explore and program robots. It was offered as part of the North Carolina Science Festival. more...

Students from Laney, North Brunswick High Schools Visit WCE

Students enrolled in the secondary education program at the Watson College tutored high school students in New Hanover and Brunswick counties this spring. On April 24, students from Laney and North Brunswick High Schools spent a day at UNCW. The event was coordinated by Robert Smith and Angelia Reid-Griffin. more...

Our College Community

WCE Hosts Reception for Ann Potts

Faculty and staff gathered in the Ed Lab on May 2 to thank Ann Potts for five years of dedicated service in her role as WCE’s associate dean of Teacher Education and Outreach. Potts will join faculty in the Department of EEMLS in July before beginning a Fulbright Scholarship assignment in Malawi in the spring of 2018. more...

Faculty and Staff Pay Tribute to Jane Lewis

Faculty and staff honored Jane Lewis’ contributions to UNCW and to the aesthetic quality of the beautiful Watson College of Education building on April 19. As a member of UNCW’s housekeeping team, she has helped to ensure the college looks its best since the building opened in 2005. Lewis retired from UNCW in May. more...

500 Attend Graduation Reception at the Watson College

More than 500 graduates and their families, faculty and staff gathered in the atrium of the Education Building on May 5 for a reception prior to official commencement ceremonies in Trask Coliseum. The Watson College proudly shares photos from this wonderful event! more...

WCE Hosts Reception for Ed.D. Graduates

WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership hosted a reception to honor WCE’s 12 new Ed.D. graduates on May 3. UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli, Provost Marilyn Sheerer and Graduate School Dean Ron Vetter joined Watson College Dean Van Dempsey, Educational Leadership Interim Department Chair Tamara Walser, WCE faculty, graduates and their families at the event. more...