"Advancing Equality" Diversity Committee Session Series - Nov. 1

The Watson College of Education Diversity Committee is piloting a day of “Advancing Equity” seminars on November 1st. The hope is that this format will grow into a Diversity and Equity annual conference in the years to come. For now, this day will provide a forum for students to learn from the wide-ranging expertise on issues of diversity and equity available here in Watson. This year’s pilot conference is loosely focused on elementary education, but the information is valuable to anyone who would like to attend. View flyer for more information >

September Edition of the Watson Chronicle

We are pleased to share with you the latest edition of the Watson Chronicle. We hope you enjoy reading about the many programs, events, achievements and outreach activities at our College and with our partners. We welcome your comments and feedback, and hope you'll join us in sharing the stories of the work of the Watson College with others.

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

Poverty Simulations - Oct. 10 and Nov. 17

Faculty from WCE will be offering two Poverty Simulations this fall. This is the eighth year we are able to offer this experience to our students. Over 2,000 UNCW students and community members have participated in the simulation to date. As you know, this simulation is taken seriously and is not a game.  It is an opportunity for participants to get a glimpse into some of the challenges families living in poverty face every day.  It is not intended to offend anyone or replicate specific experiences. 

We also need 20 volunteers for each session. Please consider volunteering if you have already participated in the simulation or if you would like to learn more about it. 

  • Thursday, November 17, 5:30-8 p.m., Room 162, Education Building

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, 2016

Student Teach in Kuwait

Students will teach 10 weeks locally and 4 weeks at the American Creativity Academy, a private school in Kuwait City. Additionally, students complete a 3 hour seminar course with this internship. Students' airfare and housing will be covered by ACA Academy in Kuwait.

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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 for more information.

Malawi, AfricaStudy 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 >

Information Meetings:
October 4 12:15-1:15 pm EB 331
October 12 4:30-5:30 pm EB 331
October 26 4:30-5:30 pm EB 331

EthiopiaExplore 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 for more information and how to apply.

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