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WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Global Scholars Program Supports Globalization of Education at WCE

In 2015, the Watson College of Education introduced a Global Scholars program in partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill. The goal of the program is to support faculty efforts to globalize education courses for Watson College students. Scholarships received in 2015-16 supported faculty study in Ethiopia, Finland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands and Syria. more...

Watson College News

Nuclear Science Week Brings 1,500 Students, Community Members to WCE

More than 1,500 K-12 students and community members visited the Watson College for presentations, panel discussions, exhibits and more, offered as part of the 2016 Nuclear Science Week ‘Big Event’ in October. The event, sponsored by GE Hitachi and Duke Energy Progress and hosted by the Wilmington Area Local Section of the American Nuclear Society, aims to educate the public about nuclear science, technology and business. more...

36 Years of MarineQuest History Showcased at NC “Bridging the Gap” Conference

UNCW Youth Programs director Sue Kezios shared highlights of 36 years of MarineQuest STEM outreach programming at North Carolina’s fifth annual “Bridging the Gap” Conference in Raleigh in October. WCE faculty members and program coordinators Chris Gordon, Kathy Ibbotson, Dennis Kubasko, Amy Moody and Angelia Reid-Griffin also presented at the conference, organized by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research. more...

WCE Faculty Partner with Duplin County to Enhance Pre-K Programs

Watson College EYC faculty Hengameh Kermani and Jale Aldemir, with support from WCE and CHHS faculty, are partnering with Duplin County Schools to enhance the learning experiences of young children. The partnership began with a joint grant-writing effort in 2015 and continues with ongoing professional development for pre-K teachers and teacher assistants. more...

Graduate School Open House Held at the Watson College

More than 120 prospective students attended a recent open house coordinated by UNCW’s Graduate School. Program coordinators and graduate students from across campus showcased masters and doctoral programs offered by the university at the second annual event, held at the Watson College on Oct. 13. more...

Watson College Hosts Alumni Reception

UNCW Chancellor Jose Z. Sartarelli and interim vice provost Cathy Barlow joined Watson College Dean Van Dempsey and more than 50 Watson alumni and current, retired and emeriti faculty at a reception in the atrium of the Education Building on Nov. 2. more...

Angela Housand Authors New Book

Watson College associate professor and AIG program coordinator Angela Housand, along with Brian Housand and Joseph Renzulli, is author of the book Using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model with Technology. The book was published by Prufrock Press in November. more...

Susan Catapano Revisits Research Site for “More Mirrors in the Classroom”

In October, Susan Catapano returned to St. Louis, Missouri, where much of the research for her recent book, More Mirrors in the Classroom was conducted. Catapano presented her research on culturally relevant children’s literature to education students at the University of St. Louis Missouri and visited Dewey International Studies Elementary School, St. Louis Public School District, where she helped launch a Saturday school a decade ago. more...

Tamara Walser Provides Training at the United Nations

Tamara Walser, interim chair of WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership, provided a three-day training workshop on evaluability assessment for the United Nations Population Fund in November. Walser is an expert in the field. She co-authored a book on the topic in 2015 and has presented at conferences around the world. more...

Faculty Participate in Cucalorus Connect Conference

Marsha Carr, Jeff Ertzberger and Debbie Powell were panel speakers at the second annual Cucalorus Connect business conference in November. The conference, presented by the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and tekMountain, brings leaders from prominent NC industries together to help bridge the gap between technology and creativity. more...

WCE Graduate Featured in Lead Story in NSTA Reports

John Derian ’09M is featured in the lead story in the National Science Teachers Association’s November publication, NSTA Reports. His work is summarized for the international membership in an article titled “Science and the Star Wars Universe.” Derian teaches ninth- and 10th-grade Living Environment and Physical Science to newly arrived immigrants at the Brooklyn International High School in New York City. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Lisa Buchanan has received the first Stike Education Lab Faculty-Student Research Award, and WCE extends a warm welcome to new staff colleagues. more...

Upcoming Events

Third Annual STEM Education Teacher Conference – Jan. 6, 2017

A full-day STEM Education conference will be held at the Watson College on Jan. 6, 2017. The third annual event, sponsored by WCE’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) and the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology (NCSMT) Center, is designed for K-12 administrators and teachers. Registration is now open. more...

Homecoming Champagne Brunch – Feb. 4, 2017

Celebrate UNCW’s history and join in the excitement of current programs taking us into the future at a complimentary champagne brunch. The event, open to all UNCW alumni, friends and family, will be held at UNCW’s Burney Center on Feb. 4. more...

UNCW AIG Conference – April 21, 2017

UNCW will host an Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) conference for K-12 educators on April 21, 2017. The event titled “Serving the Whole Gifted Child” features National Association for Gifted Children president George Betts. more...

Education Updates and Features

Public School Forum Introduces “Education Matters”

The Public School Forum of North Carolina has introduced a weekly television program, “Education Matters,” to provide the public with facts about the state of public education in North Carolina. Watson College Dean Van Dempsey and NC State College of Education Dean Mary Ann Danowitz were guests on the inaugural episode. more...

Community Discussion on Economic Opportunity for Children

UNCW was host to a “Building Economic Opportunity” community event on Oct. 13. NC Child shared data on child well-being, presented proposed policy solutions to help North Carolina children and families and led discussions with more than 100 community members in attendance. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

51 WCE Students Initiated into Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society

Congratulations to the 51 new members of the Alpha Alpha Pi chapter of Kappa Delta Pi! KDP is an international honor society dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education. An initiation ceremony and celebration to honor new members was held at the Watson College on Nov. 3. more...

Students Share Makerspace Multimedia Projects at Mini Maker Faire

Twenty-five undergraduate students enrolled in Sue-Jen Chen’s EDN 303 Instructional Technology course used resources in CMC’s new Makerspace to create products, then produced videos to teach others how to replicate their inventions. Projects were displayed at a Mini Maker Faire in the atrium of the Education Building and shared on YouTube in November. more...

Higher Ed Students Complete Internships at Maynooth University

Eleven students enrolled in higher education programs at the Watson College completed internships in Maynooth, Ireland in October. The two-week program, led by Andrew Ryder and Candace Thompson in partnership with Maynooth University, was designed to give students a global perspective of higher education and hands-on experience in a variety of campus offices including access, graduate studies and student engagement. more...

Elementary MAT Students Participate in Ed Lab Field Experience

WCE has offered one-on-one supervised tutoring in the Ed Lab as an early field experience for students enrolled in teacher education programs for more than 30 years. This fall, the Ed Lab experience was offered for the first time to students enrolled in WCE’s elementary education Master of Arts in Teaching program. more...

WCE Students use Crowdfunding to Support Schools in Belize

Nine students enrolled in undergraduate and Master of Arts in Teaching programs at the Watson College are using Tealstarter, UNCW’s new crowdfunding platform, to raise funds for school supplies for children in Belize. The students will all complete a five-week internship in Belize in Spring 2017. more...

WSLs Promote Teaching and Community Engagement

Watson Student Leaders completed 231 hours of service to the college and the community this fall. Activities included promoting the teaching profession at WCE’s Future Teacher Conference, painting the playground at the Child Development Center in downtown Wilmington and mentoring freshmen in WCE’s Education Learning Community. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

160 Teachers Participate in Professional Learning Days at WCE

Eighty WCE partnership teachers attended a Professional Development Day hosted by WCE’s Professional Development System Office on Oct. 17. A second event for beginning teachers was held at WCE on Nov. 4. Eighty teachers attended the event, coordinated by WCE’s First Years of Teaching Support Program, offered through the PDS Office. more...

CESTEM Continues Fall Workshop Series for Teachers

UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics continued their fall workshop series with Civil Air Patrol, Hour of Code and StarLab Planetarium professional development events for STEM teachers in November. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

85 High School Students Attend Future Teacher Conference at WCE

On Oct. 25, the Watson College was host to 85 students from high schools in the region. The students, all aspiring teachers, participated in workshops developed by faculty and Watson Student Leaders. Bobbie Cavnar, North Carolina’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year, was keynote speaker at the event. more...

1,000 Students Create Artwork for Community Boys and Girls Club

In November, 51 WCE undergraduate students taught local elementary school children how to use recycled materials to create art. The students’ creations will be used to help beautify the grounds surrounding the Community Boys and Girls Club in downtown Wilmington. More than 1,000 children participated in the project, coordinated by WCE faculty members Christine Liao, Georgie Bramley and Janna Robertson. more...

Anderson Elementary Students Visit CMC, NSW and McIntyre Exhibit

Forty-four fourth graders from Anderson Elementary School visited campus on Oct. 20. They completed applied learning projects in Randall Library’s CMC located in the Education Building, stopped by Tech Expo booths on display for Nuclear Science Week and visited the Mike McIntyre Congressional Exhibit in Randall Library. more...

WCE Grads Win Making Waves Foundation Grant at Ashley H.S.

The Making Waves Foundation has awarded a grant to provide bus passes for students enrolled in the Specially Designed Academics program at Ashley High School. Ashley SDA teachers Kristen Strickland ’14, Molly McGowan ’15 and Ashley Haynes ’14 applied for the grant to help facilitate community outings for students. The teachers are all graduates of WCE’s Special Education Adapted Curriculum program. more...

Our College Community

Ed Leadership Faculty Form Reading Group to Discuss The Slow Professor

Eleven faculty members in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership are reading The Slow Professor and meeting monthly to discuss what authors Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber describe as the frantic pace of contemporary university life. The reading group initiative was suggested by assistant professor Kevin McClure as a means of continuing dialogue about culture and values, explored at a departmental retreat. more...

Dean Volety Shares WCE Photos from Diwali Festival

Michele Parker joined UNCW faculty, students and community members at the Diwali Festival of Lights celebration held in the Warwick Center Ballroom on Nov. 5. Parker has shared photos from the event, taken by UNCW College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aswani Volety. more...