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WCE Faculty Partner with SEA on Professional Development Events

Sunday, November 02, 2014

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Watson College faculty members Bill Sterrett and Terri Collins partnered with Southeast Education Alliance (SEA) executive director Linda Lowe to provide professional development workshops for administrators and teachers in southeastern North Carolina in October.

New Principal and Assistant Principal Support Session

Bill Sterrett was a featured speaker at the New Principal and Assistant Principal Support Session hosted by the Southeast Education Alliance (SEA) Oct. 22. Sterrett is coordinator of the Master of School Administration program in the Department of Educational Leadership at the Watson College and author of the recent ASCD book Short on Time: How Do I Make Time to Lead and Learn as a Principal? During his presentation Sterrett shared practical ways administrators can master the calendar, find a professional learning partner and share out best practices from within as they grow as a professional and as a leader.

Local administrators from the 13 regional districts attended the event, which was held at the River Landing Clubhouse in Wallace.

Conference on Special Education/General Education Teacher Collaboration

Terri Collins, assistant professor of special education at the Watson College, teamed with Lowe to develop a two-part series to foster special educator and general educator collaboration in the elementary classroom.

“Research demonstrates that collaboration between general and special education teachers improves the quality of instruction and supports for students with disabilities,” Collins said. “These benefits extend to the students without disabilities as well.”

The first professional development training workshop in the series titled “Co-Teaching: Special Education and General Education Collaboration for Grades K-5” was held at the Watson College on Oct. 27. At that time Collins introduced strategies for implementing co-teaching. Participants will return for a follow-up workshop on Feb. 3, designed to help teams comprised of a general educator and a special educator hone their co-teaching skills.

The Southeast Education Alliance (SEA) is an Educational Service Agency that promotes advancement of Pre-K-12 Education in southeastern North Carolina. For information, visitwww.southeasteducationalliance.org