Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Congratulations to All Fall 2015 Graduates

In December, 126 students earned degrees from the Watson College of Education, including 54 enrolled in graduate-level programs. The Watson College held a reception for graduates and their families on Dec. 11, the evening before official commencement ceremonies in Trask Coliseum. On Dec. 7, a reception was held to honor WCE’s 10 new Ed.D. graduates. more...

Watson College News

GradNation Summit Attracts 250 Attendees

More than 250 educators, community leaders, parents and students attended the GradNation Wilmington Regional Summit held at the Watson College on Dec. 1. The event was convened by UNCW’s Watson College of Education Dropout Prevention Coalition to showcase programs in the region that are helping to enhance student success and raise graduation rates. more...

WCE Hosts STEM Events for School Administrators and Teachers

WCE’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) was host to three professional development conferences in January. More than 200 STEM leaders and K-12 educators participated in one or more of the events, held at the Watson College on January 7, 8 and 9. The Southeast Education Alliance, Discovery Education, the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center, Accelerate Learning and WCE’s Professional Development System Office were co-sponsors of the events. more...

WCE Receives National Rankings for Program Quality, Affordability and Teacher Certification

The Watson College ranked 4th in the nation on BestCollege.com’s list of Best Online Master’s in Education Programs, published in December. WCE’s undergraduate teacher education programs, as well as the college’s online master’s programs, ranked among the nation’s top 20 “best values” on lists published by Value Colleges. UNCW also received national rankings for most National Board certified teachers, increased graduation rates and students studying abroad. more...

New Milestones for WCE’s Ed.D. Program

In December, Bethany Meighen became the first to earn a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Higher Education from the Watson College of Education, and 12 alumni from WCE’s first doctoral cohort gathered in Wilmington for a five-year reunion. more...

WCE Senior Launches Nonprofit, is Featured in Local News

Leah Ann Sherrill, a senior in the Adapted Curriculum Special Education program at the Watson College, has founded a nonprofit to provide employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Sherrill’s new venture, Special Pedals, was recently featured in the StarNews and on WWAY. Sherrill is the 2015 recipient of the Teresa S. Lee Scholarship in Education and in January she received a grant from the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children to aid with the start-up of Special Pedals. more...

Janna Robertson Leads ‘Forest of DREAMS’ Mural Project in Wilmington

WCE professor Janna Robertson is leading a community effort to beautify a section of downtown Wilmington. The project involves painting a 240-foot mural on the wall surrounding the DREAMS of Wilmington building at Fanning and 10th streets. More than 40 sponsors and dozens of volunteers have signed up to provide donations, design original artwork and paint whimsical creatures in a ‘Forest of Dreams.’ Painting is scheduled to begin in February. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Dennis Kubasko and Daisyane Barreto were featured in “We Are UNCW” profiles in January. The Watson College is pleased to share these stories and other faculty, staff, student and alumni news and recognitions. more...

Upcoming Events

3rd Annual First 2,000 Days Community Summit – Feb. 15

“Building Resiliency in Our Community for Young Children” is the theme of this year’s First 2,000 Days Summit, which will be held Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Bridge Church in Wilmington. Rev. Dr. Clifford Barnett, chair of the UNCW Watson College of Education Dropout Prevention Coalition, was featured in a recent StarNews story about the event, which is presented by Smart Start of New Hanover County in collaboration with the Wilmington faith community. Registration for the free event is now open. more...

MarineQuest Cetacean Celebration Family Event – Feb. 20

UNCW’s MarineQuest is excited to present a 2016 Cetacean Celebration Family Event! Come discover the different marine mammal species that can be found in our coastal waters. Explore their adaptation in MarineQuest’s life-size inflatable right whale and learn how they communicate and feed. The event will be held on Feb. 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is now open. more...

Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad – March 5

The 2016 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad will be held in Trask Coliseum on campus on March 5. WCE’s CESTEM coordinates the Science Olympiad in partnership with schools and campus and community volunteers. Nearly 1,000 middle and high school students from the region will participate in the event, which is free and open to the public. more...

UNCW STEM Expo – April 8

“Soaring with STEAM in the Great Outdoors” is the theme of the 2016 STEM Expo to be held on campus April 8. The event, designed to raise community awareness about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and to showcase campus involvement in STEM activities, will feature a variety of activity stations for children of all ages. The event is free and open to the public. 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...

Student Opportunities & Student News

Eight Students Participate in WCE’s First Field Experience to Ethiopia

Heidi Higgins and Michele Parker led WCE’s first international field experience to Ethiopia in December. Eight students enrolled in undergraduate, MAT and doctoral programs at the Watson College participated in the program. The group visited local elementary schools, museums and cathedrals and immersed themselves in the local culture during the trip, designed to help students develop global perspectives. more...

Students Share Maynooth Experiences, Research on the Purpose of Higher Ed

Student participants in WCE’s 2015 higher education internship in Maynooth, Ireland have shared their experiences in a new video produced by UNCW’s Office of University Relations. Students enrolled in WCE’s Higher Education master’s program shared research findings from a project titled “Community Perspectives on the Purpose of Higher Education and UNCW in the Cape Fear Region” at a symposium at the college on Nov. 30. more...

PDS Hosts Fall Job Fair

WCE’s Professional Development System (PDS) office held a job fair for pre-service teachers in their internship semester on Dec. 4. Ten district and school partners participated in the event, held in the atrium of the Education building. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

UNCW, NHCS Partner to Integrate the Arts into the Classroom

UNCW’s Office of the Arts and New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) are among 10 teams nationwide selected to join The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as Partners in Education. WCE faculty, through the PDS Office, will support the partnership by collaborating on the development or expansion of arts-based professional development programs for NHCS teachers. more...

WCE Hosts Fall Partnership Teacher Celebration

The Watson College celebrated another semester of successful collaboration between the WCE Professional Development System (PDS) office, partnership teachers in the schools and WCE interns at a dinner event at the college on Dec. 3. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

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...

Registration for 2016 Summer Camps is Now Open!

UNCW offers outstanding summer programs for youth of all ages. MarineQuest is offering more than 30 programs this summer for ages 4-17. Engineering Expectations will expand their offerings to include a week of single gender residential camps for ages 12-14. Registration for all summer camps is now open. more...

Our College Community

WCE Hosts Reception for Ed.D. Graduates

WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership hosted a reception to honor WCE’s 10 new Ed.D. graduates on Dec. 7. UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli, Provost Marilyn Sheerer, Vice Provost Cathy Barlow and UNCW Graduate School Dean Ron Vetter joined Watson College Dean Van Dempsey, WCE faculty, graduates and their families at the event. more...

Faculty and Staff Pay Tribute to Nancy Jones

Approximately 100 Watson College faculty, staff and friends across campus gathered for a celebration in honor of Nancy Jones on Jan. 21. Jones served as business officer of the college for 20 years prior to her retirement on Jan. 27. more...