Watson Chronicle



UNCW’s Watson College Hosts April Meeting of NC State Board of Ed

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

On April 5, UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli and Watson College Dean Van Dempsey welcomed members of the North Carolina State Board of Education to the Watson College, as the April meeting of the BOE got underway.

A reception to welcome members of N.C. State Board of Education (SBE) was held the evening of April 5. Eighty faculty members, PDS partners and leaders across campus attended the event, held in the atrium of the Education Building.

Provost Marilyn Sheerer, Dean Dempsey and SBE Chairman William Cobey spoke at the reception.

Cobey said twice each year SBE meetings are held on campuses in the UNC system, giving board members an opportunity to meet education faculty across the state. “You prepare the teachers for our students, and we send you students who become teachers. What’s at stake for both of us is enormous,” he said.

Cobey presented Provost Sheerer and Dean Dempsey each with a crystal apple as a token of the board’s appreciation for hosting the three-day event.

On April 6, faculty members Tamara Walser, Ginger Rhodes and Jeanne Swafford and school leaders Michael Bracy and LaChawn Smith participated in a panel discussion with SBE members. Walser is an associate professor in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership; Rhodes is associate professor of mathematics and statistics and secondary MAT program coordinator at the Watson College; Swafford is an associate professor in WCE’s Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education; Bracy is superintendent of Jones County Schools and Smith is assistant superintendent for Instruction and Academic Accountability at New Hanover County Schools.

Innovative practices in education, use of technology in P-12 schools, accountability and assessments, calendar flexibility, teacher recruitment and retention, professional development and schools of the future were among a wide range of topics discussed during the open session.

“Under the State Constitution, the State Board of Education is charged with the authority to ‘supervise and administer the free public school system’ for North Carolinians,” said Watson College Dean Van Dempsey. “It was an honor to host the Board and to be able to observe and participate in that work. The Watson College is a committed partner to the work of the Board, the leadership they provide, and to our schools, communities and the state.”

About the State Board of Education

The North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) is responsible for supervising and administering the free public school system and the educational funds provided for its support.  Board members include the Lieutenant Governor, the State Treasurer, and 11 other members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Legislature in joint session. Eight of the 11 board members appointed by the Governor represent each of the state’s eight education regions, and three are at-large appointees. The eleven gubernatorial appointees serve eight-year terms; the two ex-officio members’ terms coincide with the term of their respective offices. The policies developed by the North Carolina State Board of Education set the direction for all aspects of Department of Public Instruction and local public school organization and operations.

The board is also served by seven (non-voting) advisors, as specified in General Statute. They include a local superintendent appointed by the Governor, the N.C. Principal of the Year, the Raleigh Dingman award winner (local board member), two N.C. Teachers of the Year (each serving a two-year term), and two high school students (a high school junior and a high school senior, each serving a two-year term beginning in the junior year). 

For more information, visit http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov.