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Friday, January 02, 2015

Somer Lewis Featured in Story on National Board Teaching Certification

Somer Lewis Featured in Story on National Board Teaching Certification

Numbers released in November show North Carolina leads the nation with the most National Board certified teachers (NBCT). National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is the highest possible certification in the teaching profession and helps North Carolina educators earn a 12 percent pay raise.

Somer Lewis was featured in a Time Warner Cable News story about North Carolina’s top ranking in December. Lewis is director of WCE’s Professional Development System (PDS). She also manages WCE’s National Board Certification Program, which offers a series of workshops designed to provide intensive support for NBCT candidates.

For information on WCE’s National Board Support Workshops, visit www.uncw.edu/ed/nbct.

Ray Pastore Featured on WHQR

Nationwide, teachers are beginning to experiment with the use of video games in the classroom. On Jan.  12, WHQR aired a segment about Wilmington math teacher Brian Toth’s use of Classcraft, an educational role-playing computer game in his fourth grade classroom at Alderman Elementary School.

Ray Pastore, an assistant professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education at the Watson College was also featured in the segment. Pastore is a regional expert on educational gaming, which is one of his research and teaching interests.

The full story is here: http://whqr.org/post/wilmington-math-teacher-implements-classcraft-educational-role-playing-computer-game