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Programs for P-12 Students

WCE Faculty Partner with Cedar Grove Middle School; Students Visit UNCW

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Cedar Grove Middle School, a WCE Professional Development System (PDS) partnership school in Brunswick County, wanted to develop leadership and student-centered literacy programs as a means of engaging students. In August, WCE faculty members Denise Ousley-Exum and Marsh Carr met with a team from the school to discuss university-school collaboration on the project. Over the course of the year, Ousley-Exum and Carr developed a series of professional development workshops to help administrators, teachers and staff at the middle school deliver to their leadership and literacy objectives.

Ousley-Exum, an associate professor and specialist in interdisciplinary language arts methods in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education,  and Carr, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, were matched with Cedar Grove as part of the Partnership in Action Schools program initiated by PDS director Donyell Roseboro. Created in 2012, the program matches university faculty members with schools to collaborate on select areas of focus.

This spring, teachers asked to bring their eighth graders to UNCW as part of the program for enhanced student engagement. The teachers hoped a campus tour would broaden student horizons, help them see the possibilities and aspire to attend college. A total of 110 eight graders toured the campus over two days in April. Events were coordinated by Ousley-Exum and Carr with support from Roseboro, Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum and Watson Student Leaders.