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Watson College Celebrates 25th Anniversary of PDS School-University Partnerships

Public school partners joined Watson College faculty, staff and students to celebrate 25 years of collaboration in service to North Carolina’s children on April 26. The PDS school-university partnership has grown to include 12 school districts, 143 schools and more than 2,200 partnership teachers. Highlights of the event included a signing ceremony and the premiere showing of a mini-documentary about WCE’s Professional Development System partnerships. more...

Watson College Hosts Statewide Conference on Innovation in Education

On April 30, the Watson College welcomed more than 150 education leaders, policy makers and members of the business community to UNCW for a conference designed to promote innovation in schools. Presenters and panelists included NC State Superintendent Mark Johnson, Senator Michael Lee, Best NC President Brenda Berg and School Superintendents Steven Hill, Austin Obasohan and Janet Mason. Keith Poston, President of the Public School Forum of NC, was Presider at the conference. WCE Professor Robert Smith coordinated the event. more...

WCE Sponsors Public School Forum Event Honoring Ann Goodnight

Ann Goodnight is the recipient of the 2018 Public School Forum of North Carolina Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award. She was honored at a gala event on May 21 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Former Gov. Jim Hunt and UNC President Margaret Spellings were featured speakers at the event. The Watson College of Education was the Champion of Education Sponsor. more...

Event Held to Honor 2018 Razor Walker Award Recipients

The Watson College hosted the 26th annual Razor Walker Awards on April 24. More than 200 community leaders, faculty and friends of the Watson College joined UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli, Provost Marilyn Sheerer and WCE Dean Van Dempsey to celebrate the achievements of 2018 honorees Cathy Barlow, Ralph Hise, Wayne Lofton and the late James McAdams. more...

Faculty Earn ETEAL Awards to Strengthen Principal, Teacher Preparation Programs

Watson College faculty have received an ETEAL Applied Learning Strategic Initiatives Award that will bring students in principal and teacher preparation programs together for enhanced teaching and learning in high school STEM classrooms. A second award, given to faculty members in CHHS, will enhance applied learning experiences for students enrolled in teacher preparation programs in Physical Education and Health. The three-year pilots begin in fall 2018. more...

UNCW Alumna Tiffany Locklear Attends Dinner with Bill and Melinda Gates

Tiffany Locklear ’17 Ed.D. was selected to attend a dinner with Bill and Melinda Gates to celebrate the success of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. The program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has provided financial support, mentoring and leadership training to 20,000 American Indian, African American, Asian Pacific and Hispanic students since 1999. Locklear was one of 30 Gates Scholars invited to the event, held April 24 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center in Seattle. more...

WCE Promotes the Teaching Profession with TV Ads, Billboards

“It Begins with Teachers” is part of a long-term effort by the Watson College to promote the teaching profession by sharing inspirational stories about teachers. In April and May, the college ran TV ads on WRAL and WECT featuring Pam Baldwin ’10 Ed.D. and Kathy Ibbotson. Digital billboards celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and the teaching profession were also on display in Wilmington this spring. more...

Watson College Hosts UNCW Board of Visitors Spring Meeting

The Watson College was host to the UNCW Board of Visitors spring 2018 meeting on April 6. The meeting featured presentations on the work of the college, UNCW’s Lab School slated to open at D.C. Virgo in July and Isaac Bear Early College High School. At a reception preceding the event, faculty showcased WCE’s work in robotics and Plastic Oceans projects. more...

Summer Camps Begin June 11

UNCW offers outstanding summer camps for youth of all ages. MarineQuest will offer more than 30 camps this summer for ages 4-17. Engineering Expectations has more than 20 programs for ages 4-14, and Junior Seahawk Academy provides STEM programs for middle school children. Camps begin June 11. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Amy Garrett Dikkers is the 2018 recipient of the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. James DeVita is UNCW’s new Associate Director of Applied Learning. Dean Heath and Bethany Martin ’18 were featured in We are UNCW profiles. WCE is pleased to share these stories and other news and updates. more...