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WCE Supports Teaching Fellows, Welcomes Student Leaders and Announces New Education Living-Learning Community

Monday, November 18, 2013

UNCW & The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program

Teaching Fellows at UNCW

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, established in 1986, is being phased out. Described as the most effective teacher recruitment program in the nation, Teaching Fellows awarded scholarships each year to 500 incoming freshmen at 17 campuses throughout the state. While in college, students participated in academically and culturally enriched teacher preparation programs designed to instill a sense of mission, service and professionalism. In return, upon graduation each agreed to teach at least four years in North Carolina public schools.

With the last of the Teaching Fellows slated to graduate in the spring of 2015, one might expect enthusiasm for the program to be waning. But that isn’t the case on the UNCW campus according to Program Director Amy Rottmann. This fall juniors teamed up to work on a wide range of projects. During October, they held a food drive in partnership with the Good Shepherd Center of Wilmington; worked to raise awareness of the dangers of cyber bullying in partnership with the Wilmington Youth Center for Inspiration, Recreation and Education (WIRE); hosted the Wilmington Gang Violence Task Force at events at WCE; and conducted an immigration simulation, modeled after the successful poverty simulation run each year by the Watson College. Seniors are preparing for interviews and learning classroom management, grant writing and self-mentoring skills from WCE faculty Bill Sterrett, Mahnaz Moallem and Marsha Carr as they prepare to transition from pre-service to in-service teachers. And, more than 80 Teaching Fellows came together to serve the community by painting New Hanover High School over two weekends in October.

New Initiatives at WCE

WCE can’t replace the financial incentives offered to Teaching Fellows, but the college is developing innovative ways to continue other aspects of the program also highly valued by students. Rottmann says students love the camaraderie and ‘family feel’ of the Teaching Fellows program and appreciate opportunities to be actively engaged in the community. Through two new programs – Watson Student Leaders introduced in spring 2013 and a new Education Living-Learning Community planned for fall 2014 – the Watson College will continue to make social, leadership development and community-based service learning opportunities available to current and future students.

Watson College Welcomes 25 Student Leaders!

Watson College Welcomes 25 Student Leaders

The Watson College is pleased to welcome 25 pre-service teachers to the Watson Student Leader program! The role of student leaders is to serve as ambassadors at college and university functions and as advisors to the dean and associate deans, providing a student voice. In addition, they will help with recruitment efforts. Recent activities include greeting faculty and community members attending the Public Speaker Series and Education Forum events, and promoting the college to UNCW freshmen through presentations in UNI-classes. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to new Watson Student Leaders!
Students are eligible to become a Watson Student Leader after they have been accepted into the Watson College of Education, generally at the start of their sophomore year. For more information visit www.uncw.edu/ed/wsl/

WCE Announces New Education Living-Learning Community

Next fall the Watson College will introduce a residential learning community for incoming freshmen. The goal of the Education Living-Learning Community (ELLC) is to assist students in the transition to college life and provide enhanced academic, social and educational field experiences for pre-education majors.

Planned features of the program include peer-mentoring, connections to Watson College faculty and staff, seminars, and activities designed to engage first-year students in the college and the community.

Students will reside on the second floor of Schwartz Hall, and Amy Rottmann will serve as program coordinator and student academic advisor. For more information visit www.uncw.edu/ed/ellc/