Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Student Opportunities and Student News

Higher Ed Students Complete Internships at Maynooth University

Ten graduate students enrolled in Higher Education programs at the Watson College completed internships at Maynooth University in the Republic of Ireland in October. The two-week program, coordinated by Andy Ryder and Symphony Oxendine, was designed to give students a global perspective of higher education and hands-on experience in a variety of campus offices including the Career Center, Chaplaincy, International Office and Student Affairs. more...

Secondary Students Explore 1898 History through Interdisciplinary Project

Thirty students enrolled in secondary education programs at the Watson College participated in an 1898 Memory Walk in downtown Wilmington in October. The tour was part of an interdisciplinary project designed to prepare future teachers to work together across disciplines, use community resources and include an equity focus. This year’s project focused on the historical significance of the 1898 Wilmington Coup and its lasting impact. more...

WCE Introduces Engagement Series for Extension Students

In September, the Onslow Extension Lab introduced an Engagement Series for students in the Jacksonville area and beyond. The pilot program, led by Traci Bellas, features monthly workshops and professional development offerings designed to strengthen connections between WCE faculty and extension students. more...

MAT in Art Education Students and Alums Present at NCAEA Conference

Four graduate students enrolled in WCE’s MAT in Art Education program, Kristen Breyfogle '22M, Alexis Michelle '22M and Christine Liao presented at the NC Art Education Association’s Fall 2022 conference. Renee Otero, a retired art teacher and WCE intern supervisor received the NCAEA’s Emeritus Art Educator of the Year award. The conference was held in Wilmington in October. more...

Camille Bayer Featured in UNCW “Like No Other” Story

The Watson College is pleased to share a recent UNCW “Like No Other” story featuring WCE senior Camille Bayer. Camille, an elementary education major and student ambassador president, talks about her experiences at Watson, the Honors College and studying abroad. The story was shared on the UNCW home page in October. more...

WCE Students Complete WCE Course, Ed Lab Tutoring at D.C. Virgo

Seventeen WCE students are completing Laura Szech’s reading foundations course at D.C. Virgo and tutoring Virgo third graders in reading and math each Tuesday and Thursday this fall. The program, a partnership between Dr. Szech, Virgo teacher Mr. Johnson, and WCE’s Ed Lab, got underway at the start of the semester. more...

Mental Health Training Helps Secondary Students Prepare for the Classroom

For the past six years, WCE’s Secondary Education program has partnered with Trillium to provide mental health training for high school preservice teachers. The training helps future teachers identify student mental health issues and tap into resources to help students. In August, WCE faculty members Robert Smith and Denise Ousley-Exum discussed the training in a WHQR story about responses to the recent rise in mental health issues among HS students. more...

Susan Sessoms Conducts Research on Educational Policy Stressors

Susan Sessoms, a graduate student in WCE’s Leadership, Policy and Advocacy in Early Childhood program, is conducting research to determine how policies, practices, and benefits affect teachers and instructional aides in kindergarten through second-grade classrooms. The goal of the one-year exploratory study is to identify factors that have contributed to increased absences, teacher turnover and teacher shortages across the state. more...

WSLs Welcome 31 New Members!

WCE’s Watson Student Leaders serve as ambassadors and represent the college through leadership, professionalism and service. This fall the organization was pleased to welcome 31 new members! Other student groups at Watson are KDP, SNCAE and a new Watson LGBTQ+ Student Circle. Plans for a Future Educators of Color student group are also underway. more...