Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Congratulations to All Fall 2017 Graduates

In December, 118 students earned degrees from the Watson College of Education, including 68 enrolled in graduate-level programs. The Watson College held a reception for graduates and their families on Dec. 8, the evening before official commencement ceremonies in Trask Coliseum. On Dec. 6, a reception was held to honor WCE’s 13 doctoral graduates. more...

Watson College News

Student Enrollment, Teacher Recruitment Begin at D.C. Virgo

D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy will become Wilmington’s only K-8 year-round public school in July, through an initiative led by UNCW in partnership with New Hanover County Schools and the D.C. Virgo community. The State Board of Education approved plans for the lab school initiative on Feb. 1. Student and teacher recruitment is underway. more...

UNCW Becomes NC NTSP Anchor Institution

In January, UNCW became an anchor institution for the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program. The NC NTSP brings universities together with district partners to support beginning teachers. Goals of the program are to improve teacher retention, effectiveness and student learning. WCE PDS director Somer Lewis is regional director of UNCW’s new NTSP Program. more...

WCE to Introduce Multimedia Certificate Program

The Watson College will introduce a Multimedia and Instructional Web Development Certificate in fall 2018. The program, designed for professionals interested in the development of digital content for use on multiple devices and media platforms, expands on WCE’s Instructional Technology programs that include a Master of Science in Instructional Technology (MIT) and two certificate programs. more...

WCE Introduces Mindfulness Mondays

On Jan. 8, the Watson College introduced Mindfulness Mondays! The initiative, led by faculty members Tammy Clark, Denise Ousley, Symphony Oxendine and Kerry Robinson, is designed to promote the health and wellness of faculty, staff and students. more...

Jaime Russell Selected for NASPA Alice Manicur Symposium

Jaime Russell ’16 Ed.D., director of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement at UNCW, was selected to participate in the 2018 NASPA Alice Manicur Symposium. The event held Jan. 21 to 24 in San Diego, is designed to prepare promising professionals for top leadership roles in student affairs. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Tiffany Campbell ’13, ‘15M was featured in We are UNCW. Nicole Martin ‘13M, Onslow County Teacher of the Year, was featured in The Globe. A unit authored by Elizabeth Crawford and WCE MAT students is featured in the book “Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding,” published in January. The Watson College is pleased to share these stories and more. more...

Upcoming Events

D.C. Virgo Teacher and Staff Recruitment Event – Feb. 8

UNCW is now recruiting experienced teachers and staff for D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy. Interested in joining the team? Learn more about the new D.C. Virgo at our recruitment event on Feb. 8. The event will feature a presentation, Q&A and light refreshments. more...

Homecoming Champagne Brunch – Feb. 10

Celebrate UNCW’s 70th anniversary and catch up with faculty and fellow alums at a homecoming champagne brunch on Feb. 10. The event, featuring great food, informational displays and hands-on activities for kids of all ages will be held at UNCW’s Burney Center. more...

Blue Heron Bowl – Feb. 17

UNCW will host the Southeast round of the 2018 National Ocean Sciences Bowl, a competition known as the Blue Heron Bowl. The event, a regional marine science competition for high school students, will be held at the Watson College on February 17. more...

First 2000 Days Community Summit – Feb. 19

The fifth annual Wilmington First 2000 Days Community Summit will be held on Feb. 19. The event, presented by Smart Start of New Hanover County in collaboration with the Wilmington Faith Community, is free and open to the public. more...

Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad – Mar. 10

The 2018 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad will be held in Trask Coliseum on campus on March 10. WCE’s CESTEM coordinates the annual event in partnership with schools and campus and community volunteers. Nearly 1,000 students will participate in the event, which is free and open to the public. more...

State Innovation Conference – April 30

Save the date! The Watson College will host a conference to explore innovation in K-12 public schools on April 30. WCE’s Murphy Distinguished Professor of Education Robert Smith is organizing the event. Look for more information coming soon. more...

Education Updates and Features

Public School Forum Releases Top 10 Education Issues for 2018

Class sizes and school funding are on the Public School Forum’s 2018 list of Top 10 Educational Issues. The list was released at the Forum’s Eggs & Issues Breakfast in Raleigh on Jan. 24. Watson College dean Van Dempsey, Brian Brinkley and Dawn Carter joined more than 225 business, education and government leaders at the fourth annual event. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

PDS Hosts Fall Job Fair

WCE’s Professional Development System office held a job fair for pre-service teachers in their internship semester on Dec. 4. Nine district and school partners participated in the event, held in the atrium of the Education building. more...

WCE Students Visit Classrooms in Ethiopia

Seven students and a local elementary school teacher traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in December through an international studies program offered by the Watson College. The trip gave participants an opportunity to engage with students and teachers in four different school settings. Heidi Higgins and Michele Parker led the field experience. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

WCE Hosts Fall Partnership Teacher Celebration

The Watson College celebrated another semester of successful collaboration between the WCE Professional Development System office, partnership teachers in the schools and WCE interns at a dinner event at the college on Dec. 5. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

CESTEM Hosts Regional SeaPerch Competition

UNCW's Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) hosted the 2018 Regional SeaPerch Competition. Fifty teams from southeastern North Carolina, Charlotte and Pembroke participated in the event, held at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness Center in Brunswick County on January 20. more...

Engineering Expectations Visits WAAS

Kathy Ibbotson and Jasmine Gaston visited Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences on Jan. 25 to teach students about circuits, programming and the engineering design process. The program was offered as part of UNCW’s Engineering Expectations school program, Engineering On-the-Go. more...

Our College Community

WCE Hosts Reception for Ed.D. Graduates

WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership hosted a reception to honor WCE’s 13 doctoral graduates on Dec. 6. UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli, Provost Marilyn Sheerer and UNCW Graduate School Dean Ron Vetter joined Watson College Dean Van Dempsey, WCE faculty, graduates and their families at the event. more...