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WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

UNCW’s Watson College Hosts April Meeting of NC State Board of Ed

The April meeting of the North Carolina State Board of Education was held at UNCW’s Watson College of Education. On April 5, UNCW Chancellor Sartarelli and Watson College Dean Van Dempsey hosted a reception in honor of the state leaders. Faculty and leaders from New Hanover and Jones County Schools participated in a panel discussion with board members on April 6. more...

Watson College News

Watson College Announces 2016 Razor Walker Award Recipients

Each year, the Watson College of Education presents the Razor Walker Awards to individuals and organizations whose vision, tenacity, courage and sacrifice have made a difference in the lives of young people. This year’s honorees are June St. Clair Atkinson, State Superintendent of the Public Schools of North Carolina; Hannah Dawson Gage, Wilmington businesswoman and UNC Board of Governors emeritus; Rev. Dr. Clifford D. Barnett Sr., pastor of the Warner Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Wilmington; Wanda Marino, assistant director at New Hanover County Department of Social Services; and Communities in Schools of Cape Fear. more...

Nearly 1,000 Students Participate in Regional Science Olympiad

Nearly 1,000 middle and high school students participated in the 2016 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad, held in Trask Coliseum on campus on March 5. UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) coordinates the annual regional event in partnership with schools and campus and community volunteers. more...

WCE Expands MAT Offerings; Launches Ad Campaign to Promote MAT, MIT Programs

WCE introduced an online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in secondary math and science in fall 2015. This year, the college will expand the program to include high school history and English. WCE is also offering a new MAT in PE and health. Ad campaigns promoting WCE’s MAT programs and the Master of Science in Instructional Technology (MIT) program will run on WECT in April and May. The university is currently accepting graduate program applications for summer and fall 2016. more...

WCE Faculty and Students Celebrate Pi Day at Bradley Creek Elementary

On March 14, WCE faculty Tracy Hargrove, Heidi Higgins and Maggie Guggenheimer returned to Bradley Creek Elementary School for the second annual Pi Day celebration. During the event, approximately 80 fourth graders participated in hands-on math activities led by students enrolled in WCE’s Elementary Education program. more...

ELMS Project Reaches New Milestone: 1,112 Participants!

The goal of the Educating Language Minority Students (ELMS) Project is to build academic support for English Language Learners in mainstream classrooms by increasing the number of content area teachers in North Carolina with English as a Second Language (ESL) training. The project, funded by a five-year grant through the Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, has enabled the Watson College to offer ESL professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement to pre- and in-service teachers enrolled in ESL add-on licensure programs. Since 2011, the ELMS Project has served 1,112 participants. more...

WCE Alumnus Honored as Teacher of the Year

Amanda Hallman ’06 was named Savannah-Chatham County Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year in February. Hallman, who has a degree in Elementary Education from the Watson College, teaches fifth grade at West Chatham Elementary School in Savannah, GA. more...

WCE Senior Honored as NCCSS Student Teacher of the Year

Charlotte Locke, a senior in the Elementary Education program at the Watson College, has received the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies 2016 Student Teacher of the Year Scholarship Award. The award was presented at the NCCSS Annual State Conference in Greensboro on Feb. 25. more...

Junior Seahawk Academy Receives Grant from the Biogen Foundation

The Junior Seahawk Academy has received a $4,500 “Ignite the Power of STEM” grant from the Biogen Foundation. The funds will support expanded field experiences and project-based learning for middle school students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and health care. more...

Work Begins on ‘Forest of DREAMS’ Mural in Wilmington

WCE professor Janna Robertson is leading a community effort to beautify a section of downtown Wilmington this semester. Volunteers joined her to begin painting a 240-foot mural near DREAMS of Wilmington on March 5. Work will continue on Saturday mornings through April. The project was featured in StarNews, TWC News, WECT and Encore magazine in March. more...

Higher Education Program Updates

Assistant professors James DeVita, Andrew Ryder and Kevin McClure have produced a flyer to showcase spring activities of WCE’s Higher Education program. Read about faculty and student activities, publications, highlights and engagements here. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Youth Programs’ “Watson the Whale” school outreach program, faculty members Janna Robertson, Amy Taylor, Lisa Buchanan and Lynn Sikma, and alumnus Angela Pollock were recently featured in the news. The Watson College is pleased to share these stories and other faculty, student and alumni news and recognitions. more...

Upcoming Events

Celebrating the Full Spectrum of STEM Learners – April 16

On April 16, CESTEM and WCE’s Center for Assistive Technology will host an event to celebrate STEM for learners who fall on the Autism spectrum. The event, which will feature robotics, engineering and other activities developed using a universal design for learning (UDL) framework, will be held in Hanover Gym on the main UNCW campus. more...

UNCW AIG Conference – April 22, 2016

UNCW will host an Academically & Intellectually Gifted (AIG) conference for K-12 educators on April 22, 2016. The event titled “Powering-Up Potential” features nationally acclaimed AIG expert Del Siegle. Registration is now open and seats are limited, so sign up today! more...

Special Alumni Event with ‘Watson the Whale’ – May 17

Between October 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016, MarineQuest’s life-size inflatable whale named Watson traveled 4,225 miles and engaged 6,351 youth in marine debris prevention through education. Watson College alumni are invited to enjoy a complimentary dinner and evening with Watson when he makes a special appearance at the Education Building on campus on May 17. Registration for the event is now open. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

Job Fair Attracts 68 School Systems and 165 Students

Representatives from 68 school districts participated in the Education Job Fair held at the Burney Center on March 7. The event, which included a panel discussion with school representatives, was attended by 165 Watson College students. UNCW’s Career Center hosted the event. more...

WCE Students Launch ‘Homeward Bound’ Program for Children at Good Shepherd

This semester, students enrolled in WCE’s Elementary Education program are creating personalized bags filled with supplies to help children temporarily residing at the Good Shepherd Homeless Shelter acclimate to their new homes. The ‘Homeward Bound’ Program, coordinated by WCE faculty members Katie Schlichting and Jerry Zinner, expands on the support that WCE faculty and students have provided for children at Good Shepherd since 2006. more...

WSLs Promote the Teaching Profession, Mentor ELCs and Volunteer at Events

WCE’s Watson Student Leaders have been busy! In February and March, WSLs continued their work helping to promote the college and the teaching profession. They also hosted a Harry Potter event for children, mentored freshmen in WCE’s Education Learning Community, helped at Science Olympiad and volunteered in service to the NC Food Bank. more...

Students Participate in Diversity Forum at WCE

The Watson College of Education Diversity Committee sponsored a Student Diversity Forum on Feb. 23. Five WCE student panelists shared their experiences and engaged in dialogue with faculty, staff and students at the event. more...

Students Raise Funds for “Step Up for Soldiers”

Students in the UNCW Leadership Studies academic minor have been raising money for the local nonprofit Step Up for Soldiers since September 2013. This year, in addition to events, a signature limited edition water bottle has been added to the fundraising effort. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

PDS Advisory Board Members Attend NAPDS Conference

Five members of WCE’s PDS Advisory Board joined PDS director Somer Lewis at the National Association for Professional Development Schools conference in Washington D.C. in March. Lewis and Cassie Cartrette of Columbus County Schools were presenters at the conference. more...

70 Beginning Teachers Attend Professional Development Day at WCE

Seventy teachers from WCE’s Professional Development System (PDS) partnership schools participated in a professional development day for beginning teachers held at the Watson College on Feb. 26. Keana Triplet, North Carolina’s 2015-16 Teacher of the Year was keynote speaker at the event. more...

PDS Hosts Professional Learning Days for Partnership Teachers

WCE’s Professional Development System Office held two professional learning days for partnership teachers currently hosting Watson College interns. Sixty middle grades and secondary teachers and 100 early childhood and elementary school teachers attended the events, held at the college in March. Principal supervisors and interns enrolled in WCE's Master of School Administration (MSA) program also attended. more...

CESTEM Adds 3D Printer to Lending Library

UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) has added a 3D printer to their lending library to support project-based learning for middle and high school students in the region. CESTEM will hold a 3D printer and software workshop for teachers on April 23. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

CESTEM Hosts Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Nearly 200 students from 13 counties participated in the 2016 Southeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held at the Watson College on Feb. 13. UNCW Provost Marilyn Sheerer joined faculty, staff and community volunteers to celebrate the students’ achievements. UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics sponsors the annual event. more...

WCE Hosts Future Teacher Conference for High School Students

On Feb. 5, the Watson College was host to 68 students from high schools in the region. The students, all aspiring teachers, participated in workshops and a panel discussion with eight Watson Student Leaders representing early childhood, elementary, middle grades, secondary and special education programs offered at the Watson College. more...

Youth Programs Offers New 2016 Summer Camps!

UNCW offers outstanding summer programs for youth of all ages. MarineQuest is offering more than 30 programs this summer, including a new Treasure SEAkers camp for ages 7-9, and a Turtle Trek program for ages 10-11. Engineering Expectations will expand their offerings to include Make Room for Girls for ages 8-9, DIY Maker Camp for ages 10-11 and a week of single-gender residential camps for ages 12-14. Registration for all summer camps is now open. more...

Junior Seahawk Academy Opens Summer Enrollments

The Junior Seahawk Summer Academy aims to engage middle school students from underserved populations in fun, hands-on learning activities, with a goal of raising interest in careers in STEM, health care and teaching. Registration for two 2016 summer programs is now open. more...

Our College Community

WCE Hosts Retirement Celebration for Glenda Bowen

Glenda Bowen, executive assistant in the Office of Teacher Education and Outreach at the Watson College, retired in March after a 32-year career at UNCW. More than 150 colleagues, friends and family members attended a reception in her honor on March 21. more...

WCE’s Department of EEMLS Holds Student Appreciation Day Events

WCE’s Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education (EEMLS), has introduced a new monthly show of appreciation for students. On Student Appreciation Days, literature related to a theme is displayed in the Education Building and the department offers complimentary refreshments. more...