Watson College of Education
Watson College of Education
Watson College of Education
Watson College of Education
Watson College of Education
Watson College of Education
Watson College of Education
Watson Chronicle

The 2017 January Edition of the Watson Chronicle is online!
Want to know what Watson College has been doing this semester? Want to know what's coming up? We have all of those wonderful stories and more in the newest edition of the Watson Chronicle online. View it here >

International students
Global Perspectives Faculty Symposium - Feb. 24
The WCE International Committee invites you to come discuss the NC Board of Education's global initiatives, learn about the US Department of Education's newly identified global competencies' framework, and engage in small group discussions with Watson Global Scholars. Register by Feb. 20. Contact Susan Catapano (catapanos@uncw.edu) for more information.
Robert Smith

Robert Smith Named First Wendy and Dell Murphy Distinguished Professorship in Education Recipient
The Murphy family established the distinguished professorship to support teaching, scholarship and engagement in the Watson College of Education. Read more >

Miracles in Motion
Miracles in Motion 5K and 1 Mile Run, Walk or Roll - Feb. 25
Join us for the 4th Annual Miracles in Motion 5K and 1 Mile Run, Walk, and Roll benefiting The Miracle League of Wilmington! The Watson College is a sponsor of the original universally accessible race in the Cape Fear area that features a beautiful and fully-accessible course for people with and without disabilities. Learn more >
AIG Conference

UNCW AIG Conference "Serving the Whole Gifted Child" - April 21
Join us for the 2017 UNCW AIG Conference "Serving the Whole Gifted Child". 

Highlights for 2017 include:

  • Keynote address is by the National Association for Gifted Children President, Dr. George Betts.
  • Tour the Randall Library Curriculum Materials Center’s Makerspace.
  • Join David Marriott for a “How To” use Makerspace with gifted students.
  • Katie Anderson and Christy Howe share “takeaways” for the classroom.

Learn more about the conference and register online >

Education Matters

Dean Dempsey Featured on First Episode of Education Matters
Watson College Dean Van Dempsey was a guest on the first episode of “Education Matters,” a weekly television program created by the Public School Forum of North Carolina. The show, which aired Oct. 2 on WRAL-TV, focused on the state’s teacher pipeline. WCE’s Watson Student Leaders helped Dean Dempsey gather student perspectives on the topic and word clouds were created to provide a visualization of student responses. Learn more >

Study Newcomer Education in the Netherlands - June 15-25, 2017
This 10-day trip will highlight P-12 education and teacher training, specifically focusing on newcomer education in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is recognized as one of the world leaders in providing education to refugee and immigrant children and families. Program travelers will stay in central Amsterdam and visit schools, higher education institutions, and historic sites in cities such as Utretcht and Zwolle, as well as meet with Dutch educational policy advocacy groups. Travelers will tour the Amsterdam canals, the Anne Frank House, the Dutch Resistance Museum, and other World War II sites. They will also be able to tour the famous Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt House, and Van Gogh Museum, and have the option to visit the unforgettable cities of Delft, Haarlem, Rotterdam, and The Hague. Learn more >

Students are eligible to apply for this program if they meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Degree or non-degree seeking student
• Good judicial standing
• 2.50+ GPA at time of application
• Junior standing by June 2017 and graduate students in any college
• As well as educators/administrators in the Watson College of Education professional partnership


Study Education in Japan - June 17-July1, 2017
This program is designed to provide the opportunity for students to reflect about teaching and learning as they look at education through the eyes of Japanese educators. Students will spend two weeks in Japan. The first week, consisting of intense, informed cultural immersion will assist the students in becoming familiar with cultural aspects of Japan that impact education. The group will stay together as we visit various sights in Japan. Conversation will focus on the culture and its impact on education.

The second week, spent in Japanese schools observing and working with Japanese teachers, will support students in understanding the perspective Japanese teachers have chosen from which to work with students and in reflecting about our perspectives toward education in our country. Each group will have two or three native Japanese translators with them as they travel to their school, while at the school, and as they travel back to the hotel. Students will participate in collaborative reflection groups sharing observations and exploring connections. Comparing educational practices of the two countries will further facilitate this reflection and learning. View flyer >


Study Abroad in London, England – June 21-June 30th, 2017
Take a walk through history as you explore the streets of London while you engage in classroom instruction and university settings with your British colleagues. You will shadow London’s best teachers and administrators daily and learn about the British educational system. Enjoy your evening tea as you stroll by Big Ben and the London Bridge. Visit the Travel Book Store from the movie, Notting Hill or walk Kate Middleton’s wedding steps through Westminster Abbey. Watch the famous changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace for a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth departing from her home. London is a bustling city of over 8 million people with an energy felt on every street corner and an experience that will be life altering. If you are interested, contact Dr. Marsha Carr to be considered for this incredible adventure. Applications are due January 31st, 2017

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Want an un-Belizable Experience? 
Consider a study abroad experience in 2017! Work in PreK-12 classrooms and camps, and go on excursions to learn about the culture! Learn more about this study abroad experience by attending and information session. Email Susan Catapano at catapanos@uncw.edu for more information.

Malawi, Africa

Study Abroad in Malawi, Africa - May 22-June 14
Make a difference in the lives of others by engaging in participatory action research in schools with Malawian colleagues during the summer term. The Malawi, Africa Study Abroad program offers UNCW students the opportunity to study abroad in Malawi, Africa for three-and-a-half weeks during the summer term. Students will conduct projects on learning, teaching, and leadership while interacting with internationally-recognized global leaders, educators, and learners in Malawi’s public schools. Learn more >


Explore the Horn of Africa - December 10-21, 2016
Spend time in the Deborah and Fregenet Schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Contact Dr. Heidi Higgins at higginsh@uncw.edu for more information and how to apply.

Alumni Update
Alumni - Update Your Information
As a valued member of the Seahawk family, we want to learn more about the areas of the university that are most important to you. Please take a moment to review your contact information and make any changes by visiting www.uncw.edu/alumniupdate

A Message From the Dean

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Coffee & Conversation

2pm in 3rd Floor Lounge Area


WCE Faculty/Staff Meeting

3pm in EB 162


Global Perspectives Faculty Symposium

10am-2pm in EB 162

Education Building Reservation Form