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On Dec. 1, the Watson College will host the GradNation Wilmington Regional Community Summit, convened by UNCW’s Watson College of Education Dropout Prevention Coalition.
The summit is one of 100 that are being held around the country through 2016. The summits are co-sponsored by America’s Promise Alliance as part of its GradNation campaign, a national movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 and increase postsecondary enrollment and completion. In 2013 AT&T pledged $5 million over four years to support all 100 of the GradNation Community Summits. Like previous UNCW Dropout Prevention Coalition (DPC) events, the focus of the summit is on promoting successful programs in the region that enhance student success and help to increase high school graduation rates.
The keynote speaker is Darrell Scott from Rachel’s Challenge, a program that has been adopted by schools around the world including over 100 schools in Southeastern North Carolina. A lunch panel and 18 breakout sessions will feature successful programs offered in the region by area schools, government agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Join Live Webcast of the Wilmington Summit
Attendance at the event is full, but interested individuals can register to watch a live webcast of events including the keynote speaker and panel discussions with local community leaders. Please register by 8 p.m. on Nov. 30. You will receive an email with directions on how to access the webcast, which is password protected.
To see it you must register by November 30, 8pm at:
Keynote Speaker: Darrell Scott from Rachel’s Challenge! http://rachelschallenge.org/
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: http://trilliumhealthresources.org/ has sponsored over 120 schools in our region to include Rachel’s Challenge in their schools.
To find out more about GradNation Summits:http://www.americaspromise.org/program/gradnation-community-summits
2015 WCE Public Speaker Series
Frances 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).
WCE Receives Outstanding Reaccreditation Report
The Watson College of Education is proud to announce results of its 2013-14 reaccreditation review by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The college has received full approval of all undergraduate and graduate level teacher preparation programs, having met six rigorous standards set by the professional education community. Learn more >
UNCW earns Carnegie Community Engagement classification, with Watson being included as a major contributor to community involvement! We've also been ranked #35 out of 179 universities in the US News and World Report rankings for Best Online Programs in Education (Graduate).
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- CESTEM's 1st Annual K-12 STEM Education Conference was a success. WECT and PortCityDaily.com covered the event.
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- ‘Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline’ Event Draws Standing-Room-Only Crowd at UNCW
- Dr. Mahnaz Moallem serves as the lead PI on a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
- Two WCE Department of ITFSE Professors Receive Grants
- Dr. Candace Thompson: UNCW Convocation 2014 Keynote Speech
- UNCW's Watson College of Education Proposal Wins $50,000!
- N.C. teachers & parents see legislative changes as harmful, survey finds
- WCE Hosts Legislative Forum
- PDS University-School Partnership Agreement Signing
View photos of the ceremony > or Read the WECT article >
- WCE Alumni & Partnership Teachers Receive Awards
- CESTEM Gets the Grants!
- Students Graduate from the Youthbuild Program at UNCW
- Duplin County Pilots Self-Mentoring Program in District
- ELMS hosts "Response to Instruction and English Language Learners: National, State and Local Issues"
- Portrait Unveiling of Dr. Cathy Barlow