Betty Holden Stike Education Laboratory
May 2011, Volume 8 


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

Thank you for a great year as your PDS Director. It is with sadness that I leave this position to accept the position of Chair of the Educational Leadership Department here at UNCW. I am pleased to announce that Dr. Donyell Roseboro will assume the role of PDS Director starting this summer. As a faculty member in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, Dr. Roseboro has been actively involved in the Professional Development System University-School Partnership. She has worked closely with numerous partnership teachers and community agencies, offered multiple workshops and organized regional conferences. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Roseboro to this very important position in the Watson College of Education. She may be reached at

It has been a pleasure to collaborate with all of you over the past year. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the training of pre-service teachers. I look forward to working with you in the future through my new role.

Best Regards,

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Congratulations Partnership Teacher, Renee DeVos Riggs!


The Spring WCE 2011 Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition Award Recipient...Renee DeVos Riggs, Physical Education Teacher at Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, K-8 Public Charter School.

The Teacher Recognition Award was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Roy E. Harkin who served as the chair of the Education Department of UNCW from 1976 to 1979. In 1979 the department became the School of Education, and Dr. Harkin  was named as the first Dean. He served as Dean until 1991. The award is designed to recognize a public school teacher who has contributed to the preparation of future teachers by demonstrating excellence as a partnership teacher and/or site coordinator.

Dr. Sue Combs, WCE University Supervisor, stated in her nomination that Ms. DeVos Riggs, a graduate of UNCW, "understands the importance of an educator serving not only as a teacher for school age children but also as a mentor for young teachers to be." As the recipient of this award, Ms. DeVos Riggs received a certificate of recognition and an award of $150 for purchase of classroom supplies. Her name will be added to the Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition Award plaque in the atrium of the education building.

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The Hill Center Regional Educational Model Grant Continues to Offer Three Opportunities to PDS Partners at No Cost!

* Spaces still available for Summer Graduate Course: Intensive Remediation for Struggling Learners. Apply now! June 20-24, 8:00am-4:00pm, on the UNCW campus.

* Summer Leadership Institute, one-day seminar for school and district-level administrators, will take place on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, on the UNCW campus. The content will cover a wide range of issues related to special education law, research, leadership, culture and communication.

*Online Courses: Hill Center continues to offer scholarships for their four online courses (usually $99). These are self-paced and all online.

For additional information, click here.

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Integrating the Common Core Standards and 21st Century Skills into the K-12 Curriculum Offered Summer II, 2011!

The 3-Saturdays-Workshop, on the UNCW Campus, (July 9th, 16th, and 23rd) will meet the 20-hour renewal credit in reading required for certification. The Common Core Standards (CCSS) for K-12 were created by the states in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready. All North Carolina schools will implement these standards in all subjects by the 2012-2013 school year.  Selected school districts will be implementing the CCSS beginning in the fall of 2011. This workshop will examine these curriculum documents in depth.

Dr. Deborah Powell, workshop instructor, is an Associate Professor of Language and Literacy at the Watson College of Education. She has taught in Indiana, Florida, Colorado, Australia, and Missouri: classroom teacher K-8, reading specialist, reading coordinator K-12, librarian, technology teacher, Title I director, and professor. She has also been a curriculum consultant for publishers and has published and presented nationally and internationally on the topics of integrated curriculum, standards and literacy.

For additional information and registration, click here. Please direct any questions concerning the workshop to Dr. Powell at

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WCE Collaborative Portal...

We hope that you have had an opportunity to access and navigate through the WCE Collaborative Portal since its availability in March. Please continue to check the "Portal News" section on the portal welcome screen as it is updated daily with professional development opportunities available through the WCE. We are very much interested in your thoughts , questions, and suggestions on how we can enhance the WCE Collaborative Portal to help facilitate communication and tasks that you complete in our partnership. Please submit your feedback via the portal by clicking on the Feedback tab on the Main Menu. 

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