Betty Holden Stike Education Laboratory
February 2011, Volume 7 


A Message from Dr. Susan Catapano, PDS Director...

The PDS Office is working hard this month preparing for the upcoming events and putting the finishing touches on the WCE Collaborative Portal.  Please share this information with the teachers in your school.

We are excited to announce the launch of the Collaborative Portal. What does it mean to our PDS partners?  It will be the "go to site" to retrieve all information and materials as well as perform tasks relating to their PDS role (school administrators, site coordinators, partnership teachers).  Go to the Networking section below for additional information.

Please take a minute to view the blog under Highlights (to your left, at the bottom of the page). 

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Master of Education in Elementary Education (M.Ed.) Now Accepting Applications!

The Master of Education in Elementary Education (M.Ed.) program is now accepting applicants for a new Cohort to begin in Summer II 2011.  Deadline to apply is April 15, 2011.  This program is designed for experienced teachers and admission is limited to students that (1) have successfully completed a student teaching internship and (2) hold or are eligible for a North Carolina teaching license.

Courses in the program will be offered online or via Distance Learning Technology in New Hanover, Onslow, and Brunswick Counties.  Classes are offered in the evening and should work for those teaching full-time in the public schools.  Because this is a Cohort program, students must complete courses in the sequence offered.  Students that miss one or more courses in the sequence may not be able to complete them at a later date.  Two courses (6 semester hours) are offered each semester.  Graduation is expected in Summer II 2013 for students successfully completing the 39 hour program.  For additional information, click here.

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Literacy Live Spring 2011 For Children Ages 4-7!

The Literacy Live program sponsored by the Division of Public Service and Continuing Studies and Randall Library offers reading, drama, science & more for children ages 4-7.  It is a free event where children practice their literacy skills while improving their comprehension. 

Spring 2011 Dates (Saturdays 1:00-2:30pm, UNCW Education Building):

February 26
Live from Dr. Seuss's Science Lab
March 26
Live from the Sheep Mob
April 30
Live from the Bee Hive

Due to the popularity of the program, pre-registration is required.  Parents are required to stay with their child for the entire event.  Space is limited to the first 40 who register by February 22nd.  Please contact Kathryn Batten at (910-962-7291) to register.  Free parking in Lot Q off Randall Drive, located a short distance from the Watson College of Education building.

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Wednesday, March 2nd - Sharing Successes: Effective Practices in Dropout Prevention!

On Wednesday, March 2nd, from 8am-4pm, we will host a day of research and resource sharing from across the region. "Sharing Successes: Effective Practices in Dropout Prevention" will feature Dr. Jay Smink, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network from Clemson University.  We encourage schools and organizations to send teams of 2-3 people because this will include a work session.  Cost is free but space is limited.  Breakfast will be provided and we are currently seeking sponsors for lunch (or it will be available at a nominal cost).  Please contact Dr. Janna Siegel Robertson at with any questions. 

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K-12 International Outreach!

This new initiative is to enhance global awareness and promote intercultural understanding within the K-12 curriculum.  UNCW international students and faculty are linked with local K-12 schools to share first hand information and experiences about their home countries (culture, education, language etc).  Teachers decide the country of focus and the theme they would want their students to learn from international students or faculty.  Currently, we have students from various countries including India, Australia, Japan, Korea, UK, Spain, Italy and Germany.  We also have cultural correspondents, UNCW students who have returned from study abroad and are willing to share their experiences.  When presenters cannot physically make it to the classroom, we use Skype to connect with teachers and students in a K-12 classroom to share information.  For more information, please contact Dr. Mary Ombonga at (910-962-7814).

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WCE Collaborative Portal...Gateway to Information Now Available!

The Collaborative Portal  provides WCE collaborators with all of the information and tools they need to perform their role efficiently and effectively.  The portal has been designed to present a friendly and intuitive user interface that allows anytime, anywhere access to resources. Partners log in to the portal using their unique PDS user name and password.  "Forget your password or user name" feature will assist those that have misplaced this information.  A personalized home page containing contacts, quick links, and portal news will welcome the user to the portal.  Menu tabs across the top of the welcome screen will enable the user to maneuver through the portal. 

WCE Collaborative Portal Menu Tabs:
*Change Profile: Update and load user general information, home address, & contact information into the user's WCE database record.
*PDS Application: Update and load user professional vitae and classroom instruction information into the user's WCE database record.
*PDS Partners: Access to Information specific to a user's role within the PDS University-School Partnership and tools to perform tasks will be listed.
*Help & FAQ: Provides user with information on interacting within the portal.
*Logout: Allows the user to exit the portal.

Click here to be directed to the WCE Collaborative Portal log in screen. 

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“Too often, we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” –Roger Lewin