Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Watson Student Leaders Host Aspiring Educator Summit

WCE’s Watson Student Leader organization held their second annual Aspiring Educator Summit on Nov. 21. The theme of the event was “Equity in Education.” The full-day virtual conference featured a keynote by Daphne Penn, visiting fellow in education at Harvard University and presentations by 25 educators from 13 states, including six 2020 state-level Teachers of the Year. The WSLs planned the event in partnership with WCE’s SAIL Office. more...

Watson College News

WCE Faculty, Ed.D. Students Participate in International Forum in Russia

WCE faculty members Bill Sterrett and Michele Parker presented with Ed.D. graduates and current doctoral students at an International Scientific Forum in October. Tyumen State University hosted the forum with the support of the Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research. Jen Fernandez-Villa coordinated UNCW’s participation in the virtual event. more...

Meredith Jones Receives NAECTE Early Career Research Award

Meredith Jones has received the 2020 Early Career Research Award from the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Jones is an assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education, and coordinator of WCE’s M.Ed. program in leadership, policy and advocacy in early childhood. The award was announced in November. more...

Amy Garrett Dikkers Receives AECT Distance Education Book Award

Amy Garrett Dikkers is co-editor of the book “Social Presence in Online Learning: Multiple Perspectives on Practice and Research.” The book was selected for the 2020 Distance Education Book Award by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology’s Division of Distance Learning. The award was presented at the AECT International Convention in November. more...

UNCW Alumnus Hal Wilson Honored for Teaching Excellence

Charles “Hal” Wilson ’97, associate professor of coaching education at Georgia Southern University, has received the 2020 Waters College of Health Professions Senior Teaching Award. Wilson was a high school teacher and coach for 12 years before moving to higher education. He recently reflected on his career and the foundation for success that was set at UNCW. more...

Ray Pastore, eSports are Featured in We Are UNCW, New Video

UNCW’s new eSports program is the first of its kind in North Carolina and among the first in the nation. Ray Pastore, coordinator of UNCW’s eSports program, was featured in We Are UNCW in October. The eSports program was also featured in a recent UNCW video and home page news story. more...

Morgan Walker O’Connell is Featured in We Are UNCW

The Watson College is pleased to share a We Are UNCW profile featuring Morgan Walker O’Connell ’13, ’15M. She joined the MarineQuest team in 2019 after spending four years as an educator at Dolphin Research Center, a marine mammal facility in the Florida Keys. more...

Schala Harper Selected to Represent NHCS for NCCAT Award

Schala Harper has been selected to represent New Hanover County Schools for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) Beginning Teacher of the Year Award. Harper is an EC teacher at Trask Middle School and a member of the inaugural cohort of WCE’s Residency Licensure program. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Joy Childs was selected as a UNCW nominee for the NC Governor’s Award of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed on a state employee. Symphony Oxendine was selected as a member of the ACPA Foundation’s Diamond Honoree Class of 2021. Janna Robertson and the Ed Lab Team were featured in OCEAL Faculty Spotlights. The Watson College is pleased to share these stories and other news. more...

Upcoming Events

Youth Climate Action Day – Dec. 5

Teen youth and families are invited to join MarineQuest for a virtual celebration of Youth Climate Action Day! The event will feature youth and scientists as speakers, MarineQuest staff, artists and writers – all of whom are taking action to combat climate change. The event is free but registration is required. more...

2020 Commencement Ceremonies – December 12

UNCW will hold its first-ever virtual commencement on Saturday, December 12. Separate events will be held for May and December 2020 graduates. The commencement events will feature traditional ceremony elements including speeches and individual graduate recognition. more...

Education Updates and Features

Critical and Decolonizing Praxis Teach-in Event

Wilson Okello, Donna DeGennaro and Jamie Pond, participants in the newly formed Racial Justice Learning Community at UNCW, organized a Critical and Decolonizing Praxis Teach-in in October. The two-day event featured speakers from UNCW and nationally recognized critical and decolonizing scholars. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

WCE MAT Students Participate in AMTE-NC Poster Session

Six students enrolled in WCE’s middle grades Master of Arts in Teaching program were selected to present the results of math tasks they implemented with students at the third annual Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators’ Pre-service Teacher Poster Session. The online forum was held in November. more...

KDP Welcomes New Members, Hosts Events to Support the Community

The Alpha Alpha Pi chapter of Kappa Delta Pi welcomed 35 new members in September. In October, they collected nearly 800 face masks for children in our community during a drive-through mask donation event held at the Watson College. KDP also held a food drive in support of areas schools and students in November. more...

WCE Students Research Legislative Issues, Host Q/A with NC Senate Candidates

WCE seniors Jessica Gehrin, Heather Jones, Cherish King and Kaitlyn Marshall presented on issues of importance to future teachers and held a live Q&A with North Carolina State Senate candidates Michael Lee and Harper Peterson at an educational “Get Out the Vote” event for students on Oct 12. The event was organized by WCE’s new SNCAE student group, faculty members Kathy Fox and Laura Szech, and the Watson College Diversity Committee. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

65 Beginning Teachers Participate in Virtual PD Event

The Watson College welcomed 65 teachers to a virtual Beginning Teachers Professional Development Day on November 4. The theme of the event was “Daring to Dig Deeper.” Leanne Rose, NCCAT Beginning Teacher of the Year, was the featured speaker. more...

Lori Best, Chase Morgan Present at NC NTSP Institute

Lori Best ’94, ’00M and Chase Morgan ’14, ’18M gave a joint presentation on standards-based grading at the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program Institute in October. Best is an NC NTSP lead instructional coach and Morgan is a second-grade teacher at D.C. Virgo. The NC NTSP provides support to beginning teachers in more than 40 districts in North Carolina. more...

Harris Muhlstein Showcases use of Foldscope in the Science Classroom

MarineQuest School Programs Coordinator Harris Muhlstein introduced teachers to the Foldscope microscope during a presentation at WCE’s Beginning Teacher Conference in October. Because it works well, costs less than a dollar and can fit in your pocket, the Foldscope is an effective tool for teaching remotely, face to face or in a hybrid classroom. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

Youth Programs Relaunches I-40 E.A.S.T. Project in Support of Rural STEM Education

In 2018, Youth Programs introduced I-40 E.A.S.T., a STEM Student Enrichment Program (SSEP) funded by the Burroughs-Wellcome Foundation. The project serves rural middle and high school students in Duplin and Sampson counties. Career exploration field trips were cancelled last spring due to the pandemic, but the project was relaunched in October as a virtual program. more...

WCE Hosts Virtual Future Teacher Conference

The Watson College held a virtual Future Conference on October 28. The event, held each semester, gives high school students an opportunity to learn about the teaching profession and programs offered by the Watson College. more...

Our College Community

Ed Lab Family Gathers for Live Student Demonstration of Virtual Learning

On Oct. 27, emeriti faculty members Hathia Hayes and Eleanor Wright joined Dean Dempsey, Brad and Becky Walker, the Ed Lab Team, WCE students and their tutees for a live demonstration and discussion of ways the Ed Lab has transitioned to preparing future teachers in a virtual environment. Brian Brinkley and Dawn Carter arranged the Zoom event. more...

WCE Book Group Continues Exploration of Issues of Race, Equity

WCE’s Diversity Committee formed a book group in June to explore issues of race and equity as one critical action in anti-racist work underway at the Watson College. This fall, UNCW Provost Jamie Winebrake and WCE Dean Van Dempsey joined the group to discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book “Between the World and Me,” the third book selected. more...