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WCE Awarded $50,000 to Support Beginning Teachers

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Beginning Teaching Matters (BT Matters)

WCE’s Beginning Teaching Matters (BT Matters) proposal won a $50,000 grant for innovation in February. The award, Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation in Education, was presented at the annual Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh Feb. 11.

BT Matters seeks to address issues of teacher retention by immersing beginning teachers in the culture of their local community and providing them with a community-based network of support. The Watson College will partner with Clinton County Schools to pilot the program during the 2014-15 academic year.

A team of students and faculty in the College of Education wrote the proposal. The team included Jeff Ertzberger, WCE’s director of technology; Somer Lewis, teacher in residence; doctoral candidate Claire King and undergraduate Gary Wright. The proposal included aYouTube video of the program. In January, BT Matters was selected as one of seven finalists for the innovation award. A public vote was held Jan. 20–26 before awards were announced in February.

The Institute for Emerging Issues partnered with the State Employees Credit Union to award four $50,000 prizes for support to teachers and the improvement of K-12 education in North Carolina.

View UNCW press release >

The story was also featured in the Wilmington Business Journal on Jan. 20 and Feb. 2.