Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Congratulation to 2015 Graduates

In May, 273 students earned degrees from the Watson College of Education, including 134 enrolled in graduate-level programs. Faculty, graduates and their families celebrated at a reception in the Education Building preceding official commencement ceremonies in Trask Coliseum on May 8. more...

Watson College News

UNCW Names Van O. Dempsey III Dean of the Watson College, New Faculty Announced

Van O. Dempsey III, Ph.D., was named the next dean of the Watson College of Education on May 13. Currently the Vice President for Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV, Dempsey will assume his new role on July 1, 2015. He will succeed Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum, who will be a professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, after serving as dean from 2011 to 2015. more...

Watson College Honors Four Razor Walker Award Recipients

The Watson College of Education selected four N.C. leaders to receive the 2015 Razor Walker awards, presented annually to individuals and organizations committed to improving the lives of young people across the state. The awards were presented during an April 27 ceremony in the Burney Center. more...

Susan Catapano Receives Fulbright Scholarship

Susan Catapano, director of international programs and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at the Watson College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research in the area of Early Childhood Development in Belize. She will complete the assignment in the spring of 2016. more...

Yuzhi (Sarah) Yang

Yuzhi (Sarah) Yang receives P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship

Yuzhi (Sarah) Yang, an Ed.D. student in the Watson College of Education, is a recipient of a $10,000 Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) International Peace Scholarship (IPS), a highly competitive scholarship for international women who pursue graduate study in the U.S. and Canada and plan to return to positions of influence in their homelands. more...

New EYC Master's Program Attracts Enrollment from Across the State

s part of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant, North Carolina identified the need for the development of an advanced degree in early childhood leadership and management. Susan Catapano, who serves on the board of several state-wide early childhood initiatives, was invited to develop an advanced EYC program at UNCW. more...

Education Updates and Features

Online Learning is Topic of Scholarship Brown Bag Event, Recent Publication

Since 2011 Somer Lewis and Amy Garrett Dikkers, along with Aimee Whiteside of the University of Tampa, have been conducting research to determine the effectiveness of online and bended programs for at-risk high school students. On April 14 they shared their work with faculty and staff at a Scholarship Brown Bag event at Watson College. more...

Instructional Design Blog Post Featured in ISTE Online Daily News in May

Ray Pastore, assistant professor of instructional technology at the Watson College, has maintained a blog for the past five years to share technology tips, ideas and resources. A recent post entitled, “How I Replaced BlackBoard with 3D Gamelab” was featured in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Online Learning Networks Daily News in the technology section on May 4. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

PDS, Brunswick County Schools Offer Employment Advice to WCE Students

In partnership with WCE’s Professional Development System Office, Brunswick County Schools (BCS) held a workshop for pre-service teachers titled “Tricks of the Trade: Interviews, Resumes and Professional Tips from Brunswick County Schools.” Mark Pasier and Lori Barrett were featured presenters at the event, held April 16 at the Watson College. Pasier is executive director of human resources for BCS and Barrett is the district’s staffing coordinator more...

Higher Ed Students Attend Conferences, Showcase Research

The Educational Leadership Department at the Watson College introduced a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education in fall 2012 and faculty are working to grow the program with a focus on innovative curriculum design and applied learning. A doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education is also offered by the college. more...

Sole Sisters Founded by WSL Michaela Moran Helps Children Around the World

As the spring semester drew to a close, like most college students Watson Student Leader Michaela Moran was focused on final exams and the completion of course assignments. However, she was also busy raising awareness of the work of her non-profit Sole Sisters, raising funds for the Corazon de Vida Foundation and planning a June trip to an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. more...

Students Showcase Documentaries at WCE

Students Showcase Documentaries at WCE

Susan Catapano, chair of the Educational Leadership Department and director of international programs at the Watson College, and Dennis Kubasko, professor and CESTEM director, have led student field experiences to Belize for the past seven years. more...

WSLs Host Events, Volunteer in the Community

Watson Student Leaders hosted a discussion with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina on April 9. The event was held at the Watson College. WSLs also collected food and juice for the weekend backpack program, which helps to feed local school-age children. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

AIG Technology Conference Draws 150 Area Teachers

“Gifted students are great at figuring things out,” Ian Byrd told a packed audience of teachers at a recent AIG conference at the Watson College. “In the classroom it’s important to create environments that inspire inquiry, curiosity and discussion. Technology, when used in an appropriate way, can do that.” more...

WCE Grows Belize Partnership to Include Professional Development, Camp Starfish

At the request of the Ministry of Education in Belize, the Watson College began providing professional development programs for teachers and administrators in Belize two years ago. Susan Catapano and Dennis Kubasko provided professional development for teachers in August 2013, and Catapano and eight students enrolled in graduate programs at the Watson College provided professional development programs for principals in 2014. more...

Mentoring Expert Delivers Keynote at Conference at the Watson College

Robert Garvey, professor at the York St. John School of Business in the United Kingdom and a leading European expert on mentoring and coaching, delivered the keynote address at a conference titled “Building Leaders: Using Mentoring, Coaching and Self-MentoringTM to Lead.” The conference was held at the Watson College on April 11. more...

UNCW Hosts Event to Raise Awareness of Student Abductions in Mexico

Faculty, students and community members gathered at UNCW’s Lumina Theater on April 20 for a panel discussion of issues surrounding the September 26, 2014 abduction of 43 pre-service teachers in Mexico, an event that has garnered global attention. The students, enrolled in the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers' College of Ayotzinapa in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico were abducted during a peaceful protest and are now presumed dead. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

WCE Hosts 50 Students from Laney and North Brunswick High Schools

This spring, students enrolled in the secondary education program at the Watson College worked with students in the Striving to Achieve Excellence (STAE) program at Ashley, Laney and New Hanover High Schools, and students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at North Brunswick High School. STAE and AVID are programs designed to increase student learning and performance by providing academic support and assistance with the development of study, time management and organizational skills. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. more...

More than 200 Students Participate in Digital Storytelling Events at WCE

Eighty students from nine elementary schools exhibited digital stories that they created and produced at the 7th annual Digital Storytelling Contest held at the Watson College of Education on April 21. Following the presentations, the students enjoyed a pizza lunch and visit with Sammy the Seahawk. They also visited the Book Fair, held in the atrium of the Education Building, where WCE’s Curriculum Materials Center coordinator Kathryn Batten presented each child with a book to take home. more...

Junior Science & Humanities Symposium Held at WCE

Nearly 150 students, parents and chaperones from across the state took a cruise on the Henrietta III on March 22, and participated in the North Carolina Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (NC JSHS) held at the Watson College of Education on March 23. more...

Our College Community

EEMLS Holds Focus on Teaching Retreat

On April 30, the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education (EEMLS) held an end-of-year retreat. At the event, department chair Kathy Fox and nine faculty members who attended the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) “Excellence in Teaching” conference in March, hosted a series of five workshops to share knowledge gained with other faculty members. more...

Alumni Hold Annual Spring Dinner at WCE

The Watson College of Education alumni chapter hosted their annual spring dinner at the college on April 28. Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum joined alumni president Sarah Payne in welcoming faculty, students and alumni to the event. more...

Tracy Weeks, NC DPI was Featured Speaker at WCE's Open Forum

“School Report Cards, Teacher Pay and Assessment: A Discussion of PK-12 Policy in NC” was the topic of a Watson College of Education Open Forum on March 25. Tracy Weeks of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) was featured speaker at the event, coordinated by associate professor Scott Imig. more...

Cathy Heglar

Faculty and Staff Celebrate Life Milestones

Watson College faculty and staff gathered in the Ed Lab to honor Cathy Heglar and celebrate her service to the Watson College on April 27. A baby shower was held in the Ed Lab for Stephanie Glowa on May 4. Glowa is expecting her first child in June. more...