Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Message from the Dean

Van Dempsey, Dean of UNCW’s Watson College of Education, shares a personal message about the work of the college, partnerships and collaborations, and his outlook for the 2019-20 academic year. more...

Watson College News

Welcome to New Faculty!

The Watson College is pleased to introduce four new faculty members. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Sheri Conklin (Instructional Technology), Wilson Okello (Higher Education), Caitlin Ryan (Language and Literacy) and Laura Szech (Language and Literacy). Please also join us in welcoming Denise Henning, coordinator of WCE’s new Community College Initiative. more...

Amy Taylor Wins BOT Award for Teaching Excellence

WCE associate professor and science educator Amy Taylor has received the Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, the most prestigious award conferred at UNCW. She is also one of two recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award, from which the BOT Teaching Excellence Award winner is selected. The awards were presented at UNCW’s annual fall faculty meeting on September 12. more...

Watson College Introduces Residency Licensure Pathway to Teaching

Residency Licensure is a new alternative pathway to obtaining a teaching license in North Carolina. The pathway, which replaces lateral entry, allows qualified individuals to begin teaching while completing NC licensure requirements. WCE is offering a Residency Licensure program for individuals hired to teach elementary, middle grades, secondary or special education in a WCE PDS school district. The program begins October 21. The deadline to apply is October 9. more...

UNCW Receives National Rankings for Elementary Education, Best Value

UNCW is ranked second in the nation among online bachelor’s degrees in elementary education by TheBestSchools.org. The university is also ranked 32nd nationally on Kiplinger’s 2019 list of Best Public College Values and included among the Top 100 Public National Universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. more...

Starfish Group Seeks to Create Teacher Leadership Model

Education leaders including several local Teachers of the Year and BEST NC President Brenda Berg are founding members of a new group formed with the goal of developing a comprehensive model for teacher leadership development. Robert Smith, Kayce Smith and UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship are supporting the work of the Starfish Group. more...

D.C. Virgo Begins Second Year as a UNCW School

D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy welcomed 218 students on July 17, the start of the 2019-20 academic year. The school is a partnership with UNCW, opened in 2018 as a K-8 school, serving students in the downtown Wilmington area. more...

WCE Alumna Christy Barnes, Family Fare Support Literacy at Virgo

Christy Atwell Barnes ’95, Lee Barnes and local Family Fare franchise owners have made a generous donation of $10,000 and a three-year pledge to support literacy at D.C. Virgo. The gift, awarded through Family Fare’s Shared Purpose Initiative, will provide books for students and teachers. The group visited Virgo on August 8 to celebrate this commitment and share the joy of reading with students. more...

Wells Fargo Gift Supports BTs in WCE Partnership Districts

The Watson College has received a $25,000 gift from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support beginning teachers. The funds will enable WCE’s Professional Development System to partner with four school districts to provide professional development and/or instructional coaching for new teachers in Columbus, Onslow, Sampson and Whiteville City Schools. more...

Graduates Honored as NHCS Educators of the Year

Twenty-nine Watson College of Education graduates have been recognized for their outstanding contribution to education in New Hanover County Schools, including Brittany Candela ’09, NHCS 2019-20 Elementary Teacher of the Year and Stephanie Titzel ‘13M, Middle School Teacher of the Year. Please join us in congratulating our alumni and all of NHCS’ outstanding educators. more...

WCE Alumna Honored as Finalist for NCACTE Student Teacher of the Year

Kristi Brown ‘19M has been selected as a finalist for the NCACTE Student Teacher of the Year award. Brown completed an internship at New Hanover High School in spring 2019, earned her MAT in secondary science in May, and is currently a first year teacher at North Brunswick High School. Dennis Kubasko and Denise Ousley nominated Brown for the award. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Bill Sterrett has been appointed WCE Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Outreach. James DeVita is recipient of the 2018-19 Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award. The Watson College is pleased to share these stories and other news, including faculty promotions and tenure announcements. more...

Upcoming Events

Community STEAM Celebration - Sept. 28

Join us for a day of STEAM fun! Activities include STEAM exploration activities, working with robots, and many chances to learn about STEAM opportunities offered through the Watson College of Education STEM Learning Cooperative and STEAM community partners. more...

Literacy Live - Sept. 28

The Watson College will offer Literacy Live from a Hole in the Ground on Sept. 28! The event, for children ages 4-7 accompanied by an adult, is free but registration is required. more...

WCE Alumni Awards and Retired Faculty Reception – Oct. 3

Join fellow UNCW alumni as we share memories and catch up with current and retired Watson faculty and staff. We will also celebrate the 2018 & 2019 Watson College of Education Distinguished Alumni of the Year, Daniel Richardson '03, '10M, '16 Ed.D. and Amy Blessing '98, '10M. Register by September 29. more...

UNCW AIG Conference – October 4

The 2019 UNCW AIG Conference proudly presents pioneers of gifted education Dr. Joe Renzulli and Dr. Sally Reis. Join fellow educators and advocates for the gifted as we Learn, Lead, Create and Inspire! more...

WSL Fall Festival – Oct. 5

The Watson Student Leaders will host a free Fall Festival to provide our local community a fun-filled day full of activities, prizes, and food while also collecting books to be donated to local schools to help encourage a love of reading. The event will be held Oct. 5 from 10 am- 3 pm at Watson. more...

Watson College Preview Days – Oct. 26, Nov. 9

Do you know someone who wants to be a teacher? The Watson College will host two preview events this spring for high school and transfer students. Parents are welcome too! Preview Days are a great opportunity to learn about our programs and meet faculty and current students. Registration is open. more...

NC School-University Partnership Summit – November 8

The PDS Office in UNCW’s Watson College will host a summit titled ”Networks of Professional Learning: Energizing the Potential of Our School-University Partnerships” on November 8. School partners, community representatives and colleagues from UNC institutions are invited to attend. Register by October 25. more...

Computer Science Family Night – December 10

Save the Date! Engineering Expectations will host a family night during Computer Science Education Week! The event, planned in partnership with UNCW’s Computer Science Department and CESTEM, is designed for children ages 4 and up. More information coming soon! more...

Education Updates and Features

Student Opportunities & Student News

24 Freshmen Join ELC Class of 2019-20!

The Watson College welcomed 24 freshmen to the Education Learning Community on campus this fall. The residential community is designed for first-year students interested in pursuing a teaching career. more...

WCE Students Travel to Belize, Japan, London and Sweden

Each year, Watson College faculty lead international field experiences to a number of countries, providing undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work and study in schools throughout the world. Over the summer, faculty and students traveled to Belize, Japan, London and Sweden. more...

WSLs Volunteer at UNCW Events, Plan Fall Festival

The role of WCE’s Watson Student Leaders is to serve as ambassadors and represent the college through leadership, professionalism and service. WSLs volunteered at UNCW’s Involvement Carnival in August and held a fundraiser in September to help raise money for a Fall Festival to be held at the Watson College on October 5. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

155 Educators Attend Early Childhood Conference at WCE

The Watson College was host to A Day for Early Childhood Professionals conference on September 21. Hengameh Kermani and Daniel Bates planned the inaugural event in partnership with Kim Wright and the regional specialists from Region 4 Child Care Resource & Referral, the Lead CCR&R in southeastern NC. more...

PDS Hosts Meetings with School Partners

WCE’s Professional Development System supports a continuum of professional learning for pre-service and in-service teachers through partnerships with 12 school districts. The PDS Office held meetings with partnership teachers, site coordinators, promise of leadership award recipients and master teachers as the fall semester got underway. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

WCE’s CAT Hosts STEM Robotics Event at Camp Lejeune

Seventy children participated in a STEM robotics event at the MCCS Camp Lejeune-New River base in August. WCE’s Center for Assistive Technology coordinated the event as part of a partnership formed in 2018 with Camp Lejeune’s Exceptional Family Member Program. more...

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