Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Congratulations to All Fall 2018 Graduates

In December, 128 students earned degrees from the Watson College of Education, including 74 enrolled in graduate-level programs. Candace Thompson spoke at commencement, held Dec. 15 in Trask Coliseum. The Watson College held a reception for graduates and their families the evening before commencement, and WCE’s nine doctoral graduates were honored at a reception on Dec. 12 more...

Watson College News

UNCW Receives Fulbright Award to Host International Scholars

UNCW has received a $201,466 grant through the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program. Amy Garrett Dikkers and Jennifer Fernandez-Villa are co-directors on the grant, which has brought scholars from 20 different countries to UNCW this spring. UNCW announced the news in December. more...

WCE Receives Wells Fargo Grant to Support Beginning Teachers

The Watson College has received a $23,450 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support beginning teachers in Sampson County. The grant will enable WCE’s PDS Office to bring three full days of professional development to 50 professionals in their first and second years of teaching in spring 2019. more...

2019-20 Student Enrollment Begins at D.C. Virgo

UNCW opened Wilmington’s first K-8 year-round public school at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy in July 2018. Enrollment for the 2019-20 school year is now underway, and the Watson College is proud to share a new video created by UNCW’s media production team to promote the school to prospective students and families. more...

UNCW-Led IDEA-STEM Team Collaborates with Educators in Pakistan

A UNCW-led grant team is collaborating with educators in Pakistan on a project called “Innovating and Designing Engaged Applications in STEM.” In December, the team traveled to Pakistan to provide professional development workshops designed to enhance middle grades STEM education in 20 middle schools. The trip was the culmination of months of collaboration that included a review of Punjab curriculum and work to align it with project-based learning activities. more...

Upcoming Events

Reconnect Rural and Urban Forum - February 11

UNCW’s STEM Learning Cooperative and STEM SENC will be featured at the Reconnect Rural and Urban Forum, presented by NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues. The event will be held at the Raleigh Marriott City Center on February 11. more...

Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad– March 2

The 2019 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad will be held at Trask Coliseum on the UNCW campus on March 10. WCE’s CESTEM coordinates the annual event in partnership with schools and campus and community volunteers, Nearly 1,000 students will participate in the event, which is free and open to the public. more...

Regional Eggs and Issues Breakfast - March 12

Join us at the Regional Eggs & Issues Breakfast to learn about the most pressing education issues facing North Carolina that will drive policy debate in the upcoming legislative session, and how these issues will affect Southeastern North Carolina. The event will be held at UNCW’s Warwick Center. Registration is now open. more...

Graduate School Open House – March 21

Join us on March 21 to learn more about Graduate Programs offered by the Watson College! Meet program coordinators, graduate assistants and current students from our graduate programs. Watson is proud to offer doctoral and master degree programs, in addition to education add-on licensure programs and certificates in post-baccalaureate and post-master’s studies. more...

Watson College Preview Days – March 23, April 13

Do you know someone who wants to be a teacher? The Watson College will host two preview events this spring for high school and transfer students. Parents are welcome too! Preview Days are a great opportunity to learn about our programs and meet faculty and current students. Registration is open. more...

#ChangeMakers Event – April 12

Come join UNCW for our ChangeMakers event for the 2019 NC Science Festival! We will provide opportunities for young people to explore maker technology as part of the Maker Movement, to become dream makers. The event is free and registration is open. more...

Education Updates and Features

Public School Forum Releases Top 10 Education Issues for 2019

A renewed commitment to public schools and rural challenges are high on the Public School Forum of North Carolina’s list of the top 10 education issues for 2019. The list was presented at the Forum’s Eggs & Issues Breakfast in Raleigh on Jan. 23. Watson College Dean Van Dempsey and Ed Lab Director Brian Brinkley joined more than 250 business, education and government leaders at the event. more...

Leslie Boney Authors Op-Ed on Rural Urban Divide and STEM SENC

In a recent op-ed, Leslie Boney discussed North Carolina’s “rural-urban divide,” an upcoming conference presented by NC State’s Institute for Emerging Issues called “Reconnect Rural and Urban,” and the work of STEM SENC, one of five “points of light” that will be featured at the conference. Boney is director of N.C. State’s Institute for Emerging Issues. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

WCE Students Complete Internships, Field Placements Despite Hurricane Florence

WCE’s Professional Experiences Office coordinates applied learning experiences for Watson College students in area schools. In fall 2018, the PET team partnered with WCE’s PDS site coordinators and teachers to re-structure 87 internships and 2,246 field placement schedules for students after Hurricane Florence caused the widespread closure of schools. more...

Higher Ed Students Complete Internships at Maynooth University

WCE offers an international internship at Maynooth University in Ireland for students enrolled in graduate programs in higher education. Eight students participated in the program in fall 2018. In December, the students joined faculty members Andrew Ryder and James DeVita to share information about their experiences. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

CESTEM Hosts STEM Education Conference for Teachers

CESTEM welcomed 150 teachers to a PreK-12 STEM Education Conference, themed “STEM for all: It Begins with Teachers” on Jan. 4. The annual event, held in partnership with the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Center, brings STEM leaders and teachers together to promote STEM education in the region. more...

Brandy Elbinger Receives Roy E. Harkin Award

Brandy Elbinger, Instructional Systems Specialist at Camp Lejeune Schools, is the recipient of the fall 2018 Roy E. Harkin award. The award is presented each semester to an outstanding WCE PDS partnership teacher or site coordinator. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

MarineQuest Brings Sea Turtle Program to Area Classrooms

UNCW’s MarineQuest introduced their new Turtle Trash Collectors program to students in area elementary schools in January. The 2TC program, funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program, is designed to teach children the importance of keeping beaches and oceans clean. more...

Amy Moody, Christy Howe Introduce Robotics at Bradley Creek

Eleven AIG students at Bradley Creek Elementary School designed robotics games for young children last fall in a program offered by Christy Howe in partnership with Amy Moody. In January, the fourth and fifth graders visited the Watson College to share their work with teachers at the P-12 STEM Education Conference. The school has also used robots to engage second graders in art and reading. more...

CESTEM Hosts Regional SeaPerch Competition

Forty-six teams from Southeastern North Carolina, Charlotte and Pembroke participated in the 2019 Regional Competition, hosted by CESTEM. The competition took place at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College on January 19. more...

40 Middle School Students Participate in Local Art Exhibit

Forty students from eight public and private middle schools in New Hanover County participated in an art exhibit and juried art show at Morning Glory Coffee House, held Nov. 29 to Dec. 8. Janna Robertson coordinated the event in partnership with Morning Glory owner Tim Kenny, local artist Will Balance and area art teachers. more...

Our College Community

Chris Gordon Earns His Ed.D. En Route to Pakistan

Chris Gordon earned his Ed.D. from the Watson College in December. At the time his peers were receiving their doctoral degrees in Trask Coliseum, Chris was flying to Pakistan as a member of the UNCW IDEA-STEM grant team. Please join us in congratulating Chris on his Ed.D. and commitment to global STEM education! more...

Fall 2018 Graduation Reception

The Watson College is pleased to share photos from the reception for fall 2018 graduates and their families. The event was held December 14 at the Watson College. more...

WCE Hosts Reception for Ed.D. Graduates

WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership hosted a reception to honor WCE’s nine doctoral graduates on Dec. 12. UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli, and UNCW Graduate School Interim Dean Carol McNulty joined Watson College Dean Van Dempsey, WCE faculty, graduates and their families at the event. more...