Watson Chronicle


Programs for P-12 Students

WCE Hosts 50 Students from Laney and North Brunswick High Schools

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

This spring, students enrolled in the secondary education program at the Watson College worked with students in the Striving to Achieve Excellence (STAE) program at Ashley, Laney and New Hanover High Schools, and students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at North Brunswick High School. STAE and AVID are programs designed to increase student learning and performance by providing academic support and assistance with the development of study, time management and organizational skills. AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

The tutoring program gives students enrolled in the secondary education program who are preparing to be high school teachers an opportunity to work one-on-one with high school students. The program expands on the one-on-one tutoring experiences long provided through the Ed Lab to students enrolled in elementary, middle grades and special education programs at the college.

On April 27, 50 students in Laney High School's STAE program and North Brunswick's AVID program visited UNCW. During the full-day event, students listened to presentations on culture and diversity, international study and financial aid, and attended a panel presentation by students enrolled in education, nursing, sociology and business programs at the college.

Stupanel1Students also enjoyed a campus tour led by Watson Student Leaders and a complimentary lunch in Wagoner Hall before departing the UNCW campus.

Laney High School STAE coordinator Cherry Woodbury said the event was a wonderful and informative experience for students. "The tour was perfect, and the speakers and panel discussions were extremely enlightening," she said. "We all thought the total experience was fabulous!"

Students said they learned a lot about colleges from the speakers, appreciated "how personal and dedicated each leader of the tour was towards the students," described the campus as "mesmerizing and breathtaking" and were surprised to learn that professors are on a first-name basis with students.

Several students said they were very impressed and will definitely consider applying to UNCW.

Donyell Roseboro, chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education at the college, said student feedback after the event "is certainly a strong reminder to us that we need to have students be tourists in their own hometown more often!"

Smith, associate professor Angelia Reid-Griffin and Amy Rottmann, WCE's director of Student Recruitment and Engagement, coordinated the event, which was designed to reinforce STAE and AVID goals of encouraging students to aspire to attend college and to celebrate the success of the university-school collaboration.