Science Olympiad
Razor Walker Awards
Beginning Teachers Matter
Assistive Technology Demonstration and Lending Site

 Special Initiatives

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Assistive Technology Demonstration and Lending Site

The Watson College of Education, through funding by the United States Department of Education, is in the developing stages for the creation of an Assistive Technology Demonstration and Lending Site. This will be a model facility that focuses on persons with disabilities and those who provide education, therapy, intervention and care for them and which holds new and innovative materials and equipment.

The Assistive Technology Demonstration and Lending Site will provide an avenue for educating persons on the availability and use of assistive technologies that can provide the freedom and independence desperately sought by many persons who are faced with temporary or lifelong challenges due to their disabilities.

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Beginning Teaching Matters

BT Matters is in it's first year of funding as a new grant to improve teacher retention. BT Matters seeks to address issues of teacher retention by immersing beginning teachers in the culture of their local community and providing them with a community-based network of support.

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First Years of Teaching

The Watson College of Education supports its graduates in the first three years of their teaching career through the 1st Years of Teaching Leadership Program. This program engages teachers in reflective decision-making focused on developing instructional practices that increase student performance.

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National Board Certified Teachers

The Watson College of Education's "National Board Certification Support Program" for educators in our partnership districts began in 2001 and has continued to be a valuable resource for participants. The Watson College of Education will provide support for National Board Candidates throughout the 2005-2006 certification cycles.

We have structured the activities and delivery sequence to provide increased support for all candidates and to address the changes implemented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

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North Carolina Science Olympiad

The North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the quality of science and technology education in all North Carolina schools. The NCSO accomplishes its mission through professional development workshops, summer institutes, after school programs, summer camps and intramural, regional, and state tournaments that are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events that are well-balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, and technology.

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Praxis I & II Workshops

Praxis One workshops are designed to give an overview of both the PPST and the CBT followed by breakout sessions in math, reading and writing. Additional tutoring times with the presenters (if desired) will be provided.

Prepare for the Praxis II test. Learn strategies for successful test-taking, writing essays, lesson plans, and other areas that are essential for this test. Presented by Rodney Estrada, a well-known national consultant for Praxis preparation.

Please go to our Academic Advising website to get the latest information for Praxis Workshops.

Razor Walker Awards

An Award for Distinguished Service to the Children and Youth of North Carolina

Since 1993, the Watson College of Education has honored individuals whose vision, tenacity, courage and sacrifice have made a difference in the lives of young people in our state. Many of these individuals have overcome great obstacles and taken significant professional risk to support the education and health of children and youth.

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