Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

NHCS, UNCW to Open Future Teachers Career Academy

In October, New Hanover County Schools and the University of North Carolina Wilmington announced the creation of the Future Teachers Career Academy at Isaac Bear Early College High School. The FTCA is a joint initiative between the Watson College and NHCS, designed to give high school students an early opportunity to work toward becoming a teacher. The academy will open in the fall of 2018. more...

Watson College News

UNCW’s Lab School Journey Continues

UNCW is partnering with New Hanover County Schools and D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy to create a lab school in Wilmington. The groups held a series of open forums this fall to gather community input on a proposed K-8 school at the Virgo location. If approved, the school will open in 2018. Jessica Swencki joined the design team as Lab School Project Implementation Coordinator on Dec. 1. more...

UNC President, Board of Governors Visit WCE on Tour of UNCW Campus

UNC System President Margaret Spellings and members of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors visited the Watson College during a tour of UNCW on Oct. 24. Dean Van Dempsey and associate dean Donyell Roseboro highlighted WCE’s strong partnership with New Hanover County Schools during a lunch presentation in the Education Building. The visit was part of a tour of all 17 campuses in the UNC system. more...

WCE Hosts Inaugural NC School-University Partnership Summit

Ninety individuals from 10 UNC institutions, 17 North Carolina school districts and five community agencies gathered at the Watson College on Oct. 20-21 for a School-University Partnership Summit. WCE’s Professional Development System Office coordinated the inaugural statewide event titled “Blurring Boundaries: Creating Opportunities for School-University Partnerships.” more...

WCE Faculty Participate in IIUI-UNCW Conference in Pakistan

Susan Catapano and Michele Parker were among 10 faculty members who traveled to Pakistan to participate in the second IIUI-UNCW conference in October. The event was part of an educational and cultural partnership between UNCW and the International Islamic University in Islamabad established in 2014 with funding through the U.S. Department of State. more...

WCE Professor Mahnaz Moallem Receives National Education Award

Mahnaz Moallem, professor of Instructional Technology and Research at the Watson College, has received an Annual Achievement Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology for her contributions in the field of STEM education. The award was presented at the AECT annual convention in Jacksonville in November. more...

Graduate School Open House Held at the Watson College

More than 160 prospective students attended a recent open house coordinated by UNCW’s Graduate School. Doctoral and master’s degree programs, as well as certificate, add-on licensure and non-degree options offered across campus were showcased at the event. more...

Watson College Hosts Alumni Reception

More than 75 alumni, faculty and retired faculty gathered for an Alumni Reception in the atrium of the Education Building on Nov. 1. Glenn Reed ’91 was presented with WCE’s 2017 WCE Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award at the event. Reed is principal of Dixon Elementary School in Jacksonville. more...

“Brushstrokes” Featured at Cucalorus Film Festival; Students attend Dance-a-lorus

“Brushstrokes,” a documentary about the “Forest of DREAMS” mural created by WCE professor Janna Robertson and hundreds of volunteers in downtown Wilmington, was featured at the 23rd annual Cucalorus Film Festival. James DeVita and students enrolled in WCE’s Higher Education program attended Dance-a-lorus, a film and dance performance held on the first evening of the festival. more...

Watson College Recognitions

JoAn Shaw is the recipient of the 2017 Roy E. Harkin Part-Time Faculty Service Award. Donna DeGennaro was selected as a 2017 WILMA Women to Watch Award winner. Dean Heath is the new Recruitment Specialist for the Watson College. WCE is also pleased to share faculty, staff and alumni news and recognitions. more...

Upcoming Events

STEM Education Teacher Conference – Jan. 5, 2018

A full-day STEM Education conference will be held at the Watson College on Jan. 5, 2018. The annual event, sponsored by CESTEM and the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Center, is designed for K-12 administrators and teachers. Registration is now open. more...

Homecoming Champagne Brunch – Feb. 10, 2018

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

Education Updates and Features

Higher Ed Students Complete Internships in Maynooth, Ireland

Six students enrolled in WCE higher education graduate programs completed internships at Maynooth University in Ireland in October. The trip, led by faculty members James DeVita and Andrew Ryder, was designed to deepen students’ understanding of higher education and cultural environments other than their own. more...

Research on Philanthropic Giving Published in November

Kevin McClure and Ed.D. candidates Leah Frierson, Adam Hall, and Kara Ostlund, have authored a paper titled, “Philanthropic Giving by Foundations to Higher Education Institutions: A State-Level Social Network Analysis.” The article was published in the journal Philanthropy and Education in November. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

WCE Students Bring Virtual Reality to the TPYA Classroom

Students in New Hanover County’s Transition Program for Young Adults visited Paris and swam underwater with sharks this fall, using virtual reality viewers designed by WCE students. Twenty-five students enrolled in Jeff Ertzberger’s EDN 303 course planned the VR lessons. EDN-303 is an instructional technology course that introduces pre-service teachers to the effective use of technology in the classroom. more...

WCE Senior Mike Harris Aids in the Rebuilding of Barbuda

Mike Harris is a senior, enrolled in WCE’s Middle Grades education program. He is also a former U.S. Marine and native of Barbuda. Together with friends and family, he is working to raise funds and “mobilize 100 men” to help rebuild the small Caribbean island devastated by Hurricane Irma in September. more...

JD Hastings to Compete in Ultimate Frisbee World Finals

WCE graduate student JD Hastings is a member of the U.S. under-24 Mixed National Ultimate Frisbee Team. He’s headed to Perth, Australia to compete in the World Finals in January. Hastings is also collaborating with faculty member Andrew Ryder on a study of “creeping legalism” in higher education. more...

Stephen Parish Featured in NHCS SEA-Tech Video

Stephen Parish, a student in WCE’s MAT in Secondary Education, is featured in New Hanover County Schools’ new SEA-Tech video, “Why I Teach.” SEA-Tech is NCHS’ new technical high school. Doors opened to the inaugural class in August 2017. more...

ELCs Complete Service Learning Projects at D.C. Virgo

This fall, students in WCE’s Education Learning Community met each Tuesday at D.C. Virgo Academy in downtown Wilmington for EDN-203, a course titled Psychological Foundations of Teaching, taught by professor Janna Robertson. The UNCW freshmen also designed murals, painted the school and introduced an after-school program for Virgo middle school students. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

Ten Teachers Receive WCE’s Promise of Leadership Award

The Watson College is pleased to announce 2017-18 recipients of the Promise of Leadership Award. The POL program is offered by WCE’s PDS Office through the First Years of Teaching Support Program. The award recognizes new teachers who show leadership and innovation in the classroom. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

Book Project Connects WCE Students and College Park Fourth Graders

This fall, Lisa Buchanan, associate professor of Elementary Social Studies Education, partnered with College Park Elementary School fourth grade teachers Caroline Kemmerer, Joanne Kaluzny and Rachael Hill on a book club project. The project connected students in Buchanan’s EDN 334 course with fourth graders to read and correspond about historical fiction. The project was funded through the 2017 UNCW Community Engagement Grant sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement. more...

High School Students Attend Future Teacher Conference at WCE

Seventy-three students from six area high schools participated in a Future Teacher Conference at the Watson College on Oct. 25. The event, held each semester, gives high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn more about the teaching profession and programs offered by the Watson College. more...

Our College Community

Watson Wednesdays Continues

Watson T-shirts were on full display at Town Creek Elementary School in November as WCE seniors gathered with their partnership teachers to celebrate the end of a successful fall 2017 block field experience. Look for Watson shirts on campus and in the community and share photos with us. more...

WCE Faculty and Staff in the Community

Watson College faculty and staff participated in the 2017 Cape Fear Heart Walk on Oct. 28. Brian Brinkley, Kathy Fox, Denise Ousley and Eleni Pappamihiel manned the phones in support of WHQR’s fall pledge drive on Oct. 15, and Eddie Caropreso held an Art Show Fundraiser in support of breast cancer research on Oct. 13-14. more...