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Watson College Honors 2019 Razor Walker Award Recipients

The 27th annual Razor Walker Awards Ceremony was held at UNCW’s Burney Center on April 10. This year’s honorees are Richelle Bragg Dombroski, Laney High School teacher and creator of the school’s Teacher Cadet Program; Dr. Jerry L. Jackson, career educator and coordinator of 100 Black Men of Coastal Carolina’s Saturday Success Academy; and the late Vernon C. Tyson, a retired United Methodist minister and advocate for racial and social justice. more...

Watson College News

Education Leaders Attend Regional Eggs and Issues Event at UNCW

School superintendents, School Board members, principals and teachers from across the region joined Watson College faculty and staff at the inaugural Regional Eggs and Issues Breakfast at UNCW’s Warwick Center on March 12. The Watson College of Education hosted the event in partnership with the Public School Forum of North Carolina and the Southeast Education Alliance. more...

WCE to Offer Online MAT, new Certificate Programs in Fall 2019

UNCW’s Graduate School is currently accepting applications for the first cohort of a new online Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education scheduled to begin in Fall 2019. The Watson College has also introduced new certificate programs in Coaching and Mentoring, Community College Leadership and Community College Teaching in Early Childhood. more...

Sabrina Hill-Black Provides Virgo Update to NCGA Legislative Committee

On March 28, Sabrina Hill-Black provided an update to members of the NCGA Joint Appropriations Committee on Education on progress at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy. Hill-Black is principal at D.C. Virgo, which re-opened as a UNCW-affiliated Laboratory School in July. The March meeting included an update from six universities currently operating Lab Schools in the state. more...

Sarah Johnson Honored as NCVPS Teacher of the Year

Sarah Johnson ’06, ’08M has been named the 2019 North Carolina Virtual Public School Teacher of the Year. She teaches OCS English in partnership with schools across the state. The award was announced in February, and presented at the State Teacher of the Year Banquet on April 12. more...

Watson College News and Recognitions

Donyell Roseboro has been nominated for the YWCA Lower Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards. Molly Capps ’14 Ed.D. has been named a 2019 “40 under Forty” award recipient by The Fayetteville Observer. Christa Faison ’13 and the Snipes Academy Chorus were featured in a recent UNCW video. The Watson College is pleased to share these stories and other news. more...

Upcoming Events

2nd Annual Innovation Conference - May 13, 2019

Join us for the "Making Innovation a Priority in NC Schools: Exploring Innovative Practices" conference on Monday, May 13. The event will feature a keynote by Mebane Rash, CEO of EdNC and presentations on innovative practices in schools. more...

National Action Based Learning Training – June 24-26

Action Based Learning (KidsFit) and UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services will host a 3-day National Training Workshop on the UNCW campus in June. The program is designed for K-12 educators and faculty instructors in post-secondary institutions wanting to learn more about Action Based Learning techniques and the link between purposeful movement and academic performance. Registration is open. more...

Education Updates and Features

Heddy Clark Authors Op-ed on Rural-Urban Connections

UNCW’s STEM Learning Cooperative and STEM SENC were featured at the Reconnect Rural and Urban Forum, presented by NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues in February. STEM LC director Heddy Clark authored an Op-ed about the event and rural-urban connections. The StarNews and The Sampson independent published the article in March. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

Twenty-five Students Represent Watson at Homecoming 2019

Nineteen members of Kappa Delta Pi and six Watson Student Leaders were on hand to represent the Watson College at UNCW’s Homecoming Champagne Brunch, held February 2 in the Burney Center. The students greeted guests and helped to promote WCE’s MIT program, CESTEM’s Technology Loan Program and D.C. Virgo. More than 500 people attended the third annual brunch event. more...

UNCW Video Features Watson Senior Sarah Bischoff

The Watson College is proud to share a new video, “A Semester with Sarah Bischoff, Scholarship Recipient.” Sarah is a senior, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in English as a Second Language. UNCW’s media production team created the video, first shown at UNCW’s Scholarship Donor Appreciation Dinner on February 13. more...

Isaac Bear Senior Receives NHC BOE Future Teacher Scholarship

Madchen Lastinger, a senior at Isaac Bear Early College High School, has received a $28,000 New Hanover County Board of Education Student Scholarship for future teachers. She plans to pursue a degree in special education at UNCW’s Watson College of Education. The award was presented at a signing ceremony and reception on April 2. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

WCE’s PDS Hosts Dinner for Regional Teacher Leaders

North Carolina Teacher of the Year Freebird McKinney and Western Region Teacher of the Year Julie Pittman joined 40 teacher leaders, faculty members and students at a dinner at the Watson College on February 21. WCE’s Professional Development System Office hosted the event, which featured a discussion of teacher recruitment and retention through the lens of teacher leadership. more...

PDS Hosts Professional Learning Days for Partnership Teachers

More than 140 partnership teachers and supervisors supporting interns participated in professional learning day events at the Watson College in March. The theme of the spring events was it Begins with Teachers… It Starts with Coaching. WCE’s Professional Development System Office coordinated the events. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

Team First Book, NHHS Ninth Graders Engage Virgo Students in Reading

On March 27, Team First Book members Diane Blaschak and Linda Thomas, and 15 ninth graders from New Hanover High School visited D.C. Virgo, where they helped students select books to keep and read at home. Team First Book of New Hanover County coordinated their first “whole school” book donation program in partnership with Virgo media specialist Mike Webb and NHHS teacher Elizabeth Felts. The Women’s Impact Network provided grant funding for the project. more...

CESTEM Hosts Regional Science Competitions at UNCW

Approximately 1,200 middle and high school students participated in the 2019 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad on March 2. Nearly 150 students from 11 counties participated in the Southeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair held on campus in February. UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics sponsors the annual events. more...

Virgo Students Participate in Hamilton Challenge Pilot

Students at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy participated in a week-long Hamilton Challenge pilot in April. The program, sponsored by The Brian Hamilton Foundation in partnership with D.C. Virgo and the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, was designed to inspire and support young entrepreneurs in grades 6-8. more...

MarineQuest Hosts 2019 Blue Heron Bowl

MarineQuest was host to the Southeast round of the 2019 National Ocean Sciences Bowl, a science competition known as the Blue Heron Bowl. The event was held at the Watson College on February 2. more...

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