Watson Chronicle


Congratulations to all Fall 2014 Graduates

Faculty, staff and students celebrated graduation at a breakfast open house at the Watson College before official commencement ceremonies in Trask Coliseum on Dec. 13. Earlier in the week, an event was held to honor doctoral graduates Bryan Abernethy, Amy Callahan, Michael Dixon, Eric Irizarry, Eleanor Patrick and Brandon Simmons.More

Watson College News

WCE Hosts STEM Events; Speakers discuss Jobs, Skills for the Future

Preparing students today for the jobs of tomorrow was the topic of keynote presentations at a STEM Leadership Summit on Jan. 8 and a STEM Education Conference the following day. The events, held at the Watson College, were coordinated by the Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at UNCW (CESTEM) in partnership with the Southeast Education Alliance, WCE’s PDS Office, Discovery Education and the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center.More

‘Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline’ Event Draws Standing-Room-Only Crowd

More than 150 school leaders, law enforcement officials and representatives of government and community agencies gathered at the Watson College of Education on Thursday, December 11, to hear regional experts including Chief District Court Judge J.H. Corpening II and District Attorney Ben David discuss programs underway to stop the School to Prison Pipeline. More

WCE Launches Website to Promote Employment, Volunteer Opportunities

The Office of Student Engagement and Recruitment has created a new website to promote volunteer opportunities in the community and employment opportunities for teachers. The website serves as a bulletin board, linking students and alumni to opportunities on campus and in local community agencies and schools.More

MarineQuest Selected to Beta Test New “Field” Microscope

UNCW’s Youth Programs is pleased to announce that students attending MarineQuest summer camps in 2015 will participate in the beta testing of a new, Origami like print-and-fold field microscope as part of the “Ten Thousand Microscopes Project.” The Foldscope microscope can be produced for just 50 cents and is expected to revolutionize global health and science education. Citizen scientists in 130 countries have been selected to field test the product.More

ACES Forum for Parents of Exceptional Children Held at the Watson College

“Keep It, Change It, Dream It,” was the theme of a recent forum for parents, guardians and caregivers of exceptional children. More than 90 participants attended the event held at the Watson College on Nov. 17. New Hanover County Schools’ Advisory Council for Exceptional Students (ACES) hosted the event.More

Carr Enters Business Partnership with UNCW

Marsha Carr has entered into a business partnership with UNCW to bring Self-mentoring™ to the marketplace. In April she will introduce the program to school administrators and higher education faculty in Australia.More

Watson College Faculty in the News

Somer Lewis was featured in a Time Warner Cable News story titled “NC Ranks First in National Board Teaching Certification” in December. Ray Pastore was featured in a WHQR segment on educational gaming on Jan. 12. More

WCE Receives Outstanding Reaccreditation Report

The Watson College of Education has received national reaccreditation of all undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. Following an on-site review last spring, NCATE reviewers described the college and the WCE Teacher Education Program as “an amazing special place” that provides “a beacon for those in the schools whose flame may be wavering.” The official report, issued in November, certifies that the college has met rigorous national standards for all programs and was deemed to have “no areas for improvement.” More

UNCW Receives Nearly $300,000 NSF Noyce Capacity Building Grant for STEM Teacher Education Program

The National Science Foundation has awarded UNCW a two-year grant to develop an integrated STEM teacher education program. The innovative career pathway for secondary education teachers will be offered as an undergraduate degree and certificate program in fall 2017 through a joint initiative of the Watson College of Education and UNCW’s College of Arts and Sciences. A graduate certificate program for current teachers and career-changers is also planned. More

Dean Teitelbaum Honored for Contributions in Education

Watson College Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum is recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education Alumni Achievement Award for 2014-15. The award, the highest honor bestowed by the UW-Madison School of Education, recognizes Teitelbaum’s career as an outstanding scholar, teacher and administrator. More

WCE Professor Kathleen Roney Receives National Award

The National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education (NaPOMLE) has named WCE professor Kathleen Roney Outstanding Professor of Middle Level Education for 2014. The prestigious award was given in recognition of Roney’s dedication to the profession and to the education of middle grades teacher candidates. More

Sorosis Club Establishes WCE Scholarship to Honor Teresa S. Lee

The Watson College is pleased to announce a new scholarship created by the Night Department of North Carolina Sorosis Women’s Club to honor their founder and first chairman. The Teresa S. Lee Scholarship in Education is a merit award for education majors in the internship semester. The first scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Lohsen on Nov. 17. More

WCE Offers New MAT in TESL; Redesigns AIG Programs

The Watson College of Education will introduce a new Masters of Arts in Teaching program with a specialization in teaching English as a Second Language in fall 2015. WCE has also redesigned and enhanced Add-On Licensure and Master of Education programs with specialization in academically or intellectually gifted. More

CESTEM Adds Raspberry Pi to Technology Loan Program; Hosts Teacher Workshop

UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has added 10 Raspberry Pi kits to the Technology Loan Program. CESTEM, in partnership with the WCE STAR Grant Program, held a workshop Oct. 18 to share ways teachers can use the Raspberry Pi technology to develop integrated STEM activities for K-12 students. More

Nationally Acclaimed Educator Terrell Strayhorn Visits the UNCW Campus

WCE welcomed Terrell Strayhorn to a speaker series event at UNCW on Oct. 20. Strayhorn, a professor at The Ohio State University (OSU) and director of the recently established Center for Higher Education Enterprise at OSU gave a presentation titled “Access and Excellence: A Balancing Act in Public Education.” More

Watson College Faculty in the News

Joanne Nottingham and her Leadership Studies students were featured in the StarNews for their support of the local nonprofit Step Up For Soldiers. Barbara Honchell, who delivered a keynote address the 17th annual Kansas Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Conference in November, was featured in an article in The Emporia Gazette.More

Upcoming Events

North Carolina STEM Leadership Summit – Jan. 8, 2015

A STEM Leadership Summit will be held at the Watson College on Jan. 8, 2015. The event will feature an interactive discussion about the best strategies for providing North Carolina’s students with the skills they need today for the jobs of tomorrow. Dr. Cindy Moss, Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, is keynote speaker. The event is free and open to educational leaders with a focus on STEM. Registration is now open. More

Inaugural STEM Education Conference – Jan. 9, 2015

A full-day STEM Education conference will be held at the Watson College on Jan. 9, 2015. The event, sponsored by CESTEM, the Southeast Education Alliance and the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Center is free and designed for K-12 administrators and teachers. Registration is now open. More

Kenneth Cushner to Speak on Campus – Feb. 16, 2015

Save the date! The Watson College is pleased to announce a spring public speaker event on Feb. 16, 2015 featuring Professor Kenneth Cushner of Kent State University. The event titled “Internationalizing the Curriculum” is free and open to the community. More

Watson College Open House – March 20, 2015

Thinking about becoming a teacher? Meet faculty and students, and learn about our teacher education programs at the Watson College Open House on March 20, 2015. The event will be held in the Clock Tower Lounge in the Fisher Student Center from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.More

Rosenwald School Legacy Conference – April 10, 2015

The 2015 African Americans and Education: The Rosenwald School Legacy Conference will be held at the Watson College on April 10, 2015. The conference, designed to inspire dialogue about the history of education for African Americans, is sponsored by UNCW’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Upperman African American Cultural Center, the Department of History and the Watson College. The event is free and open to the community. More

UNCW AIG Reboot Conference – April 17, 2015

UNCW will host an AIG conference for K-12 educators on April 17, 2015. The event titled “Utilizing Technology to Support Advanced Learning” features nationally acclaimed AIG experts, including Ian Byrd and Brian Housand. Registration is now open. More

Education Updates and Features

Janna Robertson Compiles Information on School to Prison Pipeline

Watson College professor and Dropout Prevention Coalition co-coordinator Janna Robertson is part of a group working to change the discipline policy in New Hanover County Schools in an effort to stop the School to Prison Pipeline. Robertson has compiled national, state and local research and resources related to reducing suspensions, expulsions and incarceration of juveniles or young adults.More

Reading Recovery Earns Endorsement from What Works Clearinghouse

A recent independent study on the effectiveness of the Reading Recovery program was added to the Institute of Education Sciences What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) in October. The study met the WWC’s group design standards “without reservation” which is the highest design rating the WWC assesses.More

Kevin McClure Questions Spending Priorities in Higher Ed

Kevin McClure, assistant professor in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership, is author of an opinion piece that looks at spending and competition in collegiate sports. The piece was published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Jan. 12.More

Student Opportunities & Student News

Congratulations to 2014 M.Ed. Graduates in Belize!

In December, eleven students in the second cohort of the Masters in Secondary Education program in Belize earned their M.Ed. degrees. The program is offered through a partnership established in 2012 between UNCW’s Watson College of Education and Galen University.More

Fifty Graduate Students Participate in Higher Ed Showcase

The Watson College was host to a Higher Education Showcase on Dec. 10. Fifty students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs participated in the event designed to share student achievements with leaders and peers in the field of higher education.More

Brooklynne Knopp Recognized at Honors College Celebration

Congratulations to recent graduate Brooklynne Knopp! She received an Honors Medallion in December for work titled “The Exploration of School Administration and Teaching Relationships in Creating a Positive School Climate.” The award was presented at the UNCW Honors College Celebration on Dec. 7. Knopp graduated with a degree in elementary education in December.More

PDS Hosts Job Fair for Fall Interns

WCE’s Professional Development System (PDS) Office held a job fair for pre-service teachers in their internship semester on Dec. 5. Ten district and school partners participated in the event held in the Atrium of the Education Building.More

WSLs Host Events, Launch Facebook Page

Student members of the UNCW Watson Student Leaders Honorary Program hosted a series of events including a New Teacher Panel, a movie viewing of Boyhood, an end of the semester social and launched a new Facebook page.More

Teachers from Ferguson, MO Share Experiences with WCE Faculty, Students

Watson College faculty and students gathered at the Teaching Lab Building on campus in October for a discussion with teachers in Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, about recent civil unrest and its impact on students. The event was coordinated by WCE department chairs Susan Catapano, Kathy Fox, and Donyell Roseboro and associate deans Carol NcNulty and Ann Potts. More

Teaching Fellows, CESTEM Host Science Night at College Park Elementary

WCE Teaching Fellows partnered with CESTEM to host a Family Science Night at College Park Elementary on Oct. 8. The event attracted 57 attendees. Students in UNCW’s last cohort of Teaching Fellows will begin the internship semester in January and graduate in May. This was their last community outreach event. More

Support for Educators in the Field

WCE Faculty Partner with SEA on Professional Development Events

Bill Sterrett was a featured speaker at the New Principal and Assistant Principal Support Session hosted by the Southeast Education Alliance (SEA) Oct. 22. Terri Collins partnered with SEA to develop a two-part Special Education/General Education Conference. The first session was held in October. More

Programs for P-12 Students

Junior Seahawk Academy Opens Summer Enrollments

The Junior Seahawk Academy aims to engage middle school students from underserved populations, with a focus on STEM education and exploratory learning. Registration for the 2015 summer program is now open.More

Ed Lab Holds Fall Events; Opens Tutoring Enrollment for Spring Semester

Watson College students have provided tutoring for 176 children in the main Ed Lab located on campus and the extension site in Onslow County this semester. Recently, students and their tutors gathered for the semi-annual Math Fair and Author Showcase events. The Ed Lab is currently accepting requests for tutoring in reading and math for the spring semester. More

Youth Programs Offers Literacy Live for Young Readers

Three Literacy Live events were held at the Watson College during the fall semester. Literacy Live, a partnership between UNCW’s Youth Programs and Randall Library, is designed to instill a love of reading among children ages 4-7. Each themed event offers opportunities for the children and their parents/guardians to participate in fun, interactive, educational activities, including science, math, geography, art, and music.More

Our College Community

Glenda Bowen Celebrates 30 Years at WCE

Glenda Bowen has mentored countless students and helped senior administrators create and grow legacy programs at the Watson College over the course of a career that spans 30 years. More

Faculty and Staff Participate in Workshops and Events

Professor Mahnaz Moallem led a series of grant workshops for faculty and staff; WCE worked with UNCW Human Resources to develop a Learn Share Grow series for staff of the college; and faculty and staff participated in the Heart Walk.More