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).


Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
4:15-4:45 p.m. – Reception in the McNeill Hall Lobby
5-6:30 p.m. – Lecture and Q&A in the McNeill Lecture Hall (Room 1005)


Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
Education Building, Room 162
9:30-10:30 a.m. – Open Discussion with Faculty/Staff
10:50-11:50 a.m. – Open discussion with Students

The Public Speaker Series event is free and open to all faculty, staff, students and community members.

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 >

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Who's eligible? Undergraduate or graduate students who have been admitted into the Watson College and are in good academic standing!

To apply, fill out the Student Leader Application >
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