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UNCW Receives $216,000 NC QUEST Grant for ‘Writing in Science, Science in Writing’ Program

The University of North Carolina General Administration has awarded UNCW a three-year grant to develop a program to enhance the writing skills of elementary school students. The grant will fund training for teachers on effective writing instruction and promoting discovery in science as a means of student engagement. The project, titled “Writing in Science, Science in Writing,” is a joint initiative of the Watson College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with Pender County Schools.More

WCE Partners with Bradley Creek to Create ‘Pi Day of the Century’ Event for Students

Watson College faculty partnered with Bradley Creek Elementary School teachers to plan a math celebration for 100 fourth graders in March. The event was held to commemorate Pi Day 2015, a once-in-a-century occurrence when the date (3/14/15) corresponds with the first five digits in the mathematical ratio known by the symbol π. More than 30 WCE faculty and students volunteered at the event, which featured hands-on math activities for students.More

Science Olympiad Moves to Trask Coliseum

Nearly 1,000 middle and high school students from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties competed in the annual Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad on March 7 at UNCW. For the first time in the event’s history, many activities, including the engineering competitions and the closing awards ceremony, were held in Trask Coliseum. WCE’s CESTEM coordinates the Science Olympiad in partnership with schools and campus and community volunteers.More

WCE Professor Linda Mechling Receives National Award

Watson College professor Linda Mechling is recipient of the 2015 Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. The prestigious national award was given in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities and autism through research. More

WCE’s Shelby Morge Elected to NCCTM Board of Directors

Watson College associate professor Shelby Morge has been elected to serve on the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) Board of Directors as the state college vice president. Morge, who has served as NCCTM’s Eastern Region college vice president since 2013, will assume the new leadership role in April.More

Nationally Acclaimed Educator Kenneth Cushner Visits the UNCW Campus

Watson College of Education welcomed Kenneth Cushner to a speaker series event on Feb. 16 in McNeil Hall. Cushner, professor of multicultural and international education at Kent State University, gave a presentation titled “The Challenge of Addressing the Intercultural Dimension in International Education.”More

WCE Hosts Open House, Promotes Teacher Education Programs on WECT

The Watson College held an open house for prospective teachers on March 20. Also in March, WCE partnered with WECT to film student testimonials for use in promoting the college and the teaching profession. The testimonials will be used in a digital ad campaign scheduled to run on WECT in April and May. More

Watson College Recognitions

Please join the Watson College in welcoming Tammy Clark and Kathy Ibbotson! Clark is an instructional designer in WCE’s Educational Technology Unit and Ibbotson is the new engineering program coordinator for Youth Programs. Faculty and staff recognitions are also found here.More

Upcoming Events

Rosenwald School Legacy Conference – April 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The 2015 African Americans and Education: The Rosenwald School Legacy Conference will be held at the Watson College on April 10. 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 open to the community. Registration is now open.More

Coaching, Mentoring and Self-Mentoring Conference – April 11

A conference titled “Building Leaders: Using Mentoring, Coaching and Self-mentoring™ to Lead” will be held at the Watson College on April 11. Robert Garvey, professor at the York St. John School of Business in the United Kingdom, is keynote speaker. Registration for the full-day conference is now open.More

UNCW AIG Reboot Conference – April 17

UNCW will host an AIG conference for K-12 educators on April 17. 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

¡Vivos los queremos! Student Solidarity with Ayotzinapa – April 20, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.

A panel discussion of issues surrounding the September 2014 abduction of 43 pre-service teachers in Mexico, an event that has garnered global attention, will be held at UNCW’s Lumina Theater on April 20 from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. followed by a reception. Panelists include a Mexican journalist, a student survivor and experts on human rights. The event, sponsored by UNCW’s Watson College of Education, El Centro Hispano, Department of Sociology and Criminology, the College of Health and Human Services and the Office of International Programs, is free and open to the community.More

Razor Walker Awards Dinner April 27

The 23rd annual Razor Walker Awards ceremony will be held at UNCW’s Burney Center on April 27. Four 2015 honorees will receive an award for distinguished service to the children and youth of North Carolina. The award is presented by the Watson College of Education.More

Education Updates and Features

Instructional Design Blog Post Featured in ATD Headlines in February

Ray Pastore’s recent blog post titled “Instructional Design Hourly Rates” was featured in the Association for Talent Development (ATD) DC Chapter headlines on Feb. 25. ATD is the world’s largest association dedicated to professionals who help others achieve their full potential by improving knowledge, skills and abilities. Pastore has maintained a technology blog for five years.More

Educators Say it’s Time to Move Beyond Test-Focused Policies

A policy memo titled “Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: Time to Move Beyond Test-Focused Policies,” was published by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) on Feb. 12. More than 2,000 educational researchers, including faculty members from the Watson College, signed an open letter in support of the report. An opinion piece titled “Moving beyond test and punish,” co-authored by WCE professor Janna Robertson was published in The News & Observer on Feb. 4 and in the StarNews on Feb. 11.More

Student Opportunities & Student News

Job Fair Attracts 50 School Systems and 224 Students

Representatives from 50 school districts and several charter schools participated in the Education Networking and Job Fair held at the Burney Center on March 9. The largest fair in 10 years was attended by 224 students from the Watson College. UNCW’s Career Center hosted the event. More

WSLs Visit Charleston, Serve as Ambassadors and Volunteer at Events

WCE's Watson Student Leaders (WSL) have been busy! Students visited Charleston, volunteered at Science Olympiad and the Boys and Girls Club, raised money for Old Dock Elementary School, hosted workshops for high school students and served as ambassadors for student recruitment and at events hosted by the college.More

WCE Sophomore Builds Classroom Experience as a First Grade Volunteer

Katie Whitley spends every Friday working as a volunteer in a first grade classroom at Bradley Creek Elementary School. WCE faculty member Maggie Guggenheimer helped arrange the opportunity for the Watson College sophomore who says she wants to do everything possible to become a great teacher.More

Support for Educators in the Field

WCE and SEA Host Co-Teaching Conference

Assistant professor Terri Collins partnered with Southeast Education Alliance (SEA) executive director Linda Lowe to develop a two-part Special Education/General Education Conference. The second session was held in February.More

180 Partnership Teachers attend Professional Learning Days at WCE

WCE’s Professional Development System Office held two professional learning days for partnership teachers in March. An event on March 20 was attended by 120 early childhood and elementary school teachers. On March 25, an event was held for 60 middle grades and secondary teachers. More

Programs for P-12 Students

Future Teacher Conference Draws 84 High Schoolers to the Watson College

On March 6, the Watson College was host to 84 students from high schools in the region. The students, who are all aspiring teachers, participated in workshops developed by Watson Student Leaders. WCE graduate Trey Robinson ‘11 and students Michaela Moran, Annie Russo and Tara Metcalfe were speakers at the event.More

Science and Engineering Fair Held on UNCW Campus

The Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) and the Watson College of Education were host to the 2015 Southeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 7. Nearly 200 students from 13 counties participated in the event.More

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