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GradNation Wilmington Regional Community Summit

Grad NationOn December 1, 2015 we are hosting the GradNation Wilmington Regional Community Summit convened by UNCW’s Watson College of Education Dropout Prevention Coalition. This event is one of 100 GradNation Community Summits, sponsored by America’s Promise Alliance as part of the GradNation Campaign, with generous support from AT&T. America’s Promise’s goal for the community summits is to fuel local collaborative action to increase high school graduation rates.

Like our previous dropout prevention events, the focus is on awareness of solutions and what is working. At the heart of this work will be the Five Promises, the wraparound services that dramatically increase a young person’s chance of success: caring adults, safe places, an effective education, a healthy start and opportunities to help others. This event is absolutely free but you will have to register to make sure there is a seat saved for you. We expect teams of educators, non-profit and community organizations as well as parents, students, business and community members. The goal is to learn about successful programs in the region and develop action plans for area school districts.

Date and Time: December 1, 2015, 9 am- 4 pm
Place: University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Education Building Room 162
Lunch will be provided

Register here >
(Note: We can only take the first 150 spots- we predict they will go quickly)

lkjfldKeynote Speaker: Darrell Scott from Rachel’s Challenge!

Darrell is Rachel’s father and the founder of the Rachel’s Challenge program. He has spoken to over five million people in live settings around the world, not counting the millions he has spoken to through programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, CNN, and the Today Show. He has authored or co-authored five books, and meets with politicians and educators regularly concerning issues of school violence.

Rachel’s Challenge includes a series of student empowering, educator motivating programs and strategies called the Awaken the Learner Five-step School Improvement Process that equips students and adults to create and sustain safe, caring and supportive learning environments essential for academic achievement. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. Trillium Health Resources:  has sponsored over 120 schools in our region to include Rachel’s Challenge in their schools.

To find out more about GradNation Summits:

2015 Fall Poverty Simulationspoverty

Faculty from the Watson College will provide two Poverty Simulations during the fall semester. This is the seventh year the program has been offered. To date, more than 2,000 UNCW students and community members have participated in the simulation, which provides an opportunity to get a glimpse into some of the challenges families living in poverty face every day.

The Simulation is to be taken seriously and requires your attendance at the session for the entire time (2.5 hours). All Simulations are held on-site, at the University, in the Watson College of Education Building. The Simulation gives you a brief glimpse into some of the challenges families face who are living in poverty.

You can volunteer if you have already completed a simulation, otherwise, indicate that you are a participant. Please consider volunteering in a future simulation. Thank you.

  • Tuesday, October 20 from 5:30-8pm
  • Wednesday, November 18 from 5:30-8pm

Sign up to be a participant or a volunteer >

2015 WCE Public Speaker Series

CushnerFrances O’Connell Rust, University of Pennsylvania

The Problem IS the Practice: Defining Teacher Education in a Social Media Revolution

Frances O’Connell Rust is a Senior Fellow and Director of Teacher Education programs at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and Professor Emeritus, New York University Steinhardt School of Education.

Her awards include the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Dissertation Award (1985), the Association of Teacher Educators’ award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education (2001) and the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators’ Outstanding Teacher Educator Award (2008).

View the lecture online >

PDS 2015-2016 Combined Calendar

2015 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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