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Support for Educators in the Field

160 Teachers Participate in Professional Learning Days at WCE

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The Watson College was host to two Professional Learning Days for teachers this fall.

WCE’s Professional Development System Office welcomed 80 partnership teachers to an event on Oct. 17, titled “Engage & Empower: Teaching and Learning for ALL Students.” The full-day event featured a keynote address by Emmanuel Harris II, UNCW professor of Spanish and an expert on Hispanic culture and literature. A series of 15 breakout sessions and “Engage and Empower” roundtable discussions were led by faculty, teachers and community partners. The event attendees are all hosting UNCW student interns during the fall semester.

On Nov. 4, a Professional Learning Day was held for 80 beginning teachers. Bobbie Cavnar, North Carolina’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year, was keynote speaker at the event, coordinated by WCE’s First Years of Teaching Support Program. WCE faculty members provided 12 breakout sessions on a wide range of topics including science, technology, mathematics, networking, effective time management and parental engagement.

The Professional Learning Day events were coordinated by WCE PDS director Somer Lewis and PDS assistant director Jenn Hatch Knight.

About PDS

Watson College partnerships now include 146 schools in 12 school districts, including one Department of Defense district, two charter schools and four early colleges. More than 2,200 teachers in southeastern North Carolina are PDS partnership teachers. For information on the PDS partnership, visit: uncw.edu/ed/pds.

For information on PDS events visit: uncw.edu/ed/pds/news.html.