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WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

WCE Hosts NC SPIN Debate on Issues in Education

The Watson College welcomed NC SPIN Executive Producer Tom Campbell and panelists Chris Fitzsimon, Becki Gray, Howard Lee and Hannah Gage to campus for a live debate on March 30. Campbell moderated the 90-minute discussion on issues in education. The event was held in UNCW’s Lumina Theater. more...

Watson College News

Razor Walker Awards

Watson College Announces 2017 Razor Walker Award Winners

Each year, the Watson College presents the Razor Walker Awards to individuals whose vision, tenacity, courage and sacrifice have made a difference in the lives of young people. This year’s honorees are Benjamin R. David, District Attorney for New Hanover and Pender Counties; Alan Faulk, superintendent, Columbus County Schools; Emma H. Jackson, career educator in New Hanover County Schools; community leaders Deloris and Nick Rhodes and Mike Ward, professor of educational leadership at North Carolina State University and former state superintendent of instruction. more...

WCE Faculty Author Books Giving Voice to “Hidden Voices”

Watson College faculty members Marta Sánchez, Jeremy Hilburn and Donna DeGennaro have authored books on the experiences of immigrant families and indigenous youth. Fathering Within and Beyond the Failures of the State with Imagination, Work and Love by Sánchez and Immigration and Education in North Carolina by Hilburn and Xue Lan Rong (Eds.) were published by Sense Publishers in January. Designing Critical and Creative Learning with Indigenous Youth by DeGennaro was published in 2016. more...

Explore Graduate Programs offered by the Watson College!

UNCW’s Graduate School is now accepting applications for summer and fall 2017. New collateral showcases the wide array of programs offered by the Watson College. A reception was held March 16 to promote the M.Ed. in language and literacy, and a new ad in SEEN Magazine promotes CIS and MIT offerings. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Brad and Becky Walker are showcased in a We Are UNCW profile, Dean Dempsey and WCE faculty present at the University of North Carolina Professional Development Schools Conference and WCE welcomes new staff. Read about these stories and other faculty, staff and alumni news. more...

Upcoming Events

Robotism Rocks! – April 7

Come celebrate the North Carolina Science Festival with the Watson College of Education’s STEM Learning Cooperative – and lots of robots! Individual students and classrooms are invited to attend. The event will be held at the Watson College on April 7 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is free of charge. Register at http://bit.ly/robotismrocks. more...

Faculty to Host AERA Lecture Series Event at WCE – April 12

Eddie Caropreso and Marta Sánchez will host a live stream viewing of the final lecture in the AERA Centennial Series, “School Discipline, Issues of Equity and Effectiveness.” The event will be held on April 12 in EB-162. Faculty, staff and friends of the college are invited to attend. more...

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 http://bit.ly/NewHanoverGISA. more...

UNCW AIG Conference – April 21

UNCW will host an Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) conference for K-12 educators on April 21. The event titled “Serving the Whole Gifted Child” features National Association for Gifted Children president George Betts. more...

Education Updates and Features

GSNN Introduces Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly

In March, the Green Schools National Network launched a new education Journal, Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly, to help green schools move from ‘niche’ to mainstream. WCE associate professor Bill Sterrett was named to the editorial board of the new publication. The inaugural issue of the journal is available on the GSNN website. more...

Robert Smith Authors Op-Ed on Innovation in Schools

An Op-Ed written by Robert Smith titled, “Another way to improve schools – create a culture of innovation,” was published in The News & Observer on April 3. Smith is the Wendy and Dell Murphy Distinguished Professor of Education at the Watson College. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

Students Visit Innovative Schools in St. Louis Over Spring Break

Fifteen Watson College students and three faculty/staff members traveled to St. Louis, Missouri over spring break, where they visited a variety of innovative urban schools. Carol McNulty and Susan Catapano coordinated the field experience, designed to immerse pre-service teachers in rich cross-cultural settings. more...

Watson Student Leaders Shine at UNCW Homecoming 2017

Twenty-five Watson Student Leaders were on hand to represent the Watson College at UNCW’s Homecoming Champagne Brunch, held Feb. 4 in the Burney Center. WSLs also participated in the banner contest and trunk show coordinated by UNCW SGA and ACE for Homecoming 2017. more...

WCE Students Receive Teacher of the Year, Student TOTY Honors

Ashley Schauer ’13, a WCE graduate student and special education teacher, has been named 2017-18 Teacher of the Year at Codington Elementary School. Anamarie Neville, a senior in WCE’s Elementary Education program, has received the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies 2017 Student Teacher of the Year Award. more...

WCE Hosts Meet and Greet for Pre-Service Teachers, Retired Teachers

More than 50 WCE students and retired teachers gathered for coffee and conversation at the Watson College on Feb. 20. EEMLS department chair Kathy Fox coordinated the ‘Meet and Greet’ event as a means of connecting pre-service teachers with experienced teachers who can provide valuable career insights and mentoring. more...

Job Fair Attracts 62 School Systems and 200 Students

On March 7, UNCW’s Career Center hosted a job fair for Watson College students. The event provided an opportunity for pre-service teachers to meet with representatives from school districts throughout the region and state to discuss teaching opportunities for pre-K through 12th grade students. more...

New CMC Exhibit Showcases Iraqi Children’s Art

Art depicting Iraqi children’s perceptions of the world around them at a time of war is on display this month in UNCW’s Curriculum Materials Center. WCE faculty member Jerry Zinner and MAT student Kim McGowan arranged the exhibit in collaboration with McGowan’s husband, retired Master Gunnery Sergeant Paul McGowan and CMC coordinator Kathryn Batten. They hope the exhibit will show pre-service teachers how art can serve as a powerful outlet for expression for children. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

Master Teacher Program Brings Inquiry-Based Learning to Murrayville Elementary

On February 8, more than 100 fifth graders at Murrayville Elementary School shared inquiry-based projects on U.S. history with teachers, parents and peers. The showcase was an outgrowth of collaboration between Master Teacher Dorian Barnes and WCE Education Lab director Brian Brinkley on inquiry-based learning in the classroom. WCE’s Professional Development System Office coordinates the Master Teachers program. more...

PDS Hosts Professional Learning Days for Partnership Teachers

Forty-five middle grades and secondary partnership teachers and partner principals participated in a professional learning day at the Watson College on March 13. A second learning day for elementary and early childhood partnership teachers and site coordinators was held on March 16. Kimberly McLaughlin Smith, UNCW diversity and inclusion specialist, was keynote speaker at both events. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

Summer Camp Registration is Open

UNCW offers outstanding academic enrichment programs and summer camps for youth of all ages and interests. Enroll your children today in the Engineering Expectations, Junior Seahawk Academy and MarineQuest programs offered by UNCW’s Youth Programs and the Watson College. New in 2017: expanded preschool STEM camps! more...

CMC Staff, Early College High Schools “Adopt” Lumberton Schools

UNCW Curriculum Materials Center staff and the Isaac Bear and Wilmington Early College High Schools are coordinating a series of donation drives to help students at schools in Robeson County, a location hard-hit by Hurricane Matthew. In February, “Good Morning America” filmed live from Lumberton Junior High School, with focus on hurricane victims, volunteers and rebuilding efforts. more...

UNCW Hosts North Carolina Blue Heron Bowl

UNCW was host to the Southeast round of the 2017 National Ocean Sciences Bowl, a competition known as the Blue Heron Bowl. The main event, which immerses high school scholars in ocean science, was held at the Watson College on February 18. more...

UNCW Hosts 2017 Regional Science Olympiad

‪Nearly 1,000 middle school and high school students from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties were on campus March 4 to compete in the 2017 Regional Science Olympiad. The event is coordinated annually by WCE’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) in collaboration with campus, business and community volunteers.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ more...

CESTEM Hosts Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Nearly 200 students from 13 counties participated in the 2017 Southeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held at the Watson College on Feb. 11. UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics sponsors the annual event. more...

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Held at WCE

Fifty-two students from across the state participated in the North Carolina Junior Science & Humanities Symposium held at the Watson College on March 20. JSHS is sponsored by the research arm of the Department of Defense. The event was coordinated by CESTEM in partnership with the Center for STEM Education at UNC Charlotte. more...

Youth Programs Offers Literacy Live for Young Readers

The Watson College was host to a Literacy Live event titled “Spring Magic!” on March 18. Literacy Live, a partnership between UNCW’s Youth Programs and Randall Library, is a dramatic play program that encourages young children’s development of reading comprehension skills and love of reading. more...

Our College Community

March Events at the Watson College

The Watson College held a reception on March 22 to wish Daniel Beguhl well as he transitions to a new position at UNCW’s Center for Marine Science. Also in March, WCE hosted a luncheon for retired faculty, and EEMLS held a student appreciation event to show support for the Seahawks as they entered the NCAA playoffs. more...

Homecoming Champagne Brunch

Alumni celebrated UNCW's history and learned about programs taking us into the future with the College of Arts & Sciences, Cameron School of Business, College of Health & Human Services and Watson College of Education. Hands-on displays and a kids' corner paired well with the complimentary brunch and provided fun for the entire family. View photos here > more...