News & Announcements

Dennis KubaskoDennis Kubasko Named GE’s 2017 Science Olympiad Volunteer of the Year
WCE associate professor Dennis Kubasko is the recipient of GE Hitachi’s 2017 Rose Martyn Spirit Award for Science Olympiad Volunteer of the Year. The award was presented at the 2017 Southeast Regional North Carolina Science Olympiad awards ceremony held in Trask Coliseum on March 4. Read more >

NC SPIN Debate at UNCW’s Lumina Theater – March 30
The Watson College of Education will host a NC SPIN Debate focused on Issues in Education on Thursday, March 30 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in UNCW’s Lumina Theater.  Tom Campbell, NC SPIN executive producer, will moderate the debate. Esteemed panelists are Chris Fitzsimon, executive director of NC Policy Watch; John Hood, syndicated columnist, author, president of the John William Pope Foundation and chairman of the John Locke Foundation; Howard Lee, former state senator and former chair of the State Board of Education; and Becki Gray, speaker, columnist and senior VP of the John Locke Foundation. The event is free and open to the public. Register at

NCCTM Eastern Regional Conference - April 1
Registration is FREE and lunch will be provided for participants! CEU credits will also be available for participants. 50-minute sessions focusing on mathematics for all grade levels: K-2, 3-5, middle, and high school. Interested speakers please click here to submit proposals by March 15, 2017. To pre-register to attend the conference click here and fill out and submit the registration form by March 24, 2017:
Contact information Shelby Morge or Ginger Rhodes for more information.

Rosenwald School Legacy Conference, African Americans and Education: Past, Present and Future - April 7
Please join us for the annual Rosenwald School Legacy Conference, featuring David Cecelski, Raymond Bell, Jr., Valerie Holmes and Karen Meadows. Co-sponsored by the UNCW History Department, Watson College of Education, Undergraduate Studies, and the Upperman African American Cultural Center. April 7, 9am-3pm at the Watson College of Education. Register today at

Come celebrate the North Carolina Science Festival with the Watson College of Education's STEM Learning Cooperative - and lots of robots! Bee-Bots (grades K-2), Ozobots (grades 2-4), Pro-Bots (grades 3-8), Sphero bots (grades 4-high school), Lego Mindstorms (grades 5- high school), and Cozmo robots (all ages) will be on hand to engage students in understanding robotics and simple programming through a variety of fun, hands-on activities. Robotism Rocks will provide special education students, particularly those with ASD, hands-on opportunities to explore and program robots.

Explore robot art and create your own masterpieces. Discover careers that use robots. Meet educators, scientists and engineers who will be on site to help engage students with the robots. This event has been planned with the guidance of special education professionals. Register your student or a classroom full of students to participate. There is no charge for this event. April 7 from 10am-3:30pm. Register at

Modeling Emergent Learning Design & Innovative Teaching Practices - April 12
This workshop focuses on grant informed integration of research and teaching. The workshop will engage participants through hands-on activities & discussions. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Donna DeGennaro for more information. Event starts at 10am in EB 162

Gifted Informational Session and Advocacy – April 20
The Watson College is pleased to host the Spring 2017 Gifted Information and Advocacy Session in partnership with New Hanover County Schools. Join us as eminent scholar and parent of gifted children George Betts shares advice and strategies for helping gifted and talented children thrive at home and in school. The event will be held at the Watson College on April 20 from 6 -7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Register at

New Video Features NC Teacher of the Year Bobbie Cavnar
The Watson College is pleased to share a new video featuring Bobbie Cavnar, 2016-17 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The video is part of WCE’s “It Begins with Teachers” advertising campaign introduced in May 2016 to promote the teaching profession. Read more >

PDS 2016-2017 Combined Calendar

2016 begins a new cycle of partnership for WCE and our surrounding school districts. In June we celebrated the signing of our 2015-2018 PDS school-university partnership agreements. We are looking forward to three more years of continued collaboration with our surrounding 12 school districts and two charter schools! With the close of the last partnership cycle, two distinct PDS initiatives came to end. In the coming weeks, our office will share information regarding the continuation of these revised programs: Master Teachers and Partnership in Action. Over the summer, revisions to these programs were made based on faculty, PDS partner, and PDS Advisory Board feedback. We are excited to share these opportunities for faculty to work more intensely with teachers and administrators in our partnership schools!

Second, as you may know, each year our office works to create a combined calendar reflecting important dates for each district/school in our partnership. The combined calendar is downloadble, but can also be accessed using the link below. You will also notice that this page on our PDS website provides easy access to all district-specific calendars in our partnership.

As a reminder, the PDS office continues to send Friday Updates to our school partners every other week via email. If you have items you would like to share during the spring semester, please contact Somer Lewis at

UNCW Employee Discount Website

Be sure to check out the UNCW Employee Discount website to see the latest in discounts. Some of the latest additions include: Ann Taylor Loft, Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic, J Crew, La Bella Forma, New York & Co., S. Burke Jewelry, Costco and Sam's Club.

UNCW employees also get a discount at Brixx Pizza, Carolina Alehouse, Chris's Cosmic Kitchen, Fat Tony's, Foster's Grille, The George, Just Because Chocolates, Islands Grille, South n' France, Texas Roadhouse, Trolly Stop and more.

Check the site to see all the great discounts that are offered exclusively to UNCW employees. To suggest businesses that you would like to see in the program or to submit the names of businesses interested in participating e-mail

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