Watson Chronicle


Dean Teitelbaum at the 2014 Fall Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to all Fall 2014 Graduates

Faculty, staff and students celebrated graduation at a breakfast open house at the Watson College before official commencement ceremonies in Trask Coliseum on Dec. 13. Earlier in the week, an event was held to honor doctoral graduates Bryan Abernethy, Amy Callahan, Michael Dixon, Eric Irizarry, Eleanor Patrick and Brandon Simmons.More

Watson College News

WCE Hosts STEM Events; Speakers discuss Jobs, Skills for the Future

Preparing students today for the jobs of tomorrow was the topic of keynote presentations at a STEM Leadership Summit on Jan. 8 and a STEM Education Conference the following day. The events, held at the Watson College, were coordinated by the Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at UNCW (CESTEM) in partnership with the Southeast Education Alliance, WCE’s PDS Office, Discovery Education and the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center.More

‘Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline’ Event Draws Standing-Room-Only Crowd

More than 150 school leaders, law enforcement officials and representatives of government and community agencies gathered at the Watson College of Education on Thursday, December 11, to hear regional experts including Chief District Court Judge J.H. Corpening II and District Attorney Ben David discuss programs underway to stop the School to Prison Pipeline. More

WCE Launches Website to Promote Employment, Volunteer Opportunities

The Office of Student Engagement and Recruitment has created a new website to promote volunteer opportunities in the community and employment opportunities for teachers. The website serves as a bulletin board, linking students and alumni to opportunities on campus and in local community agencies and schools.More

MarineQuest Selected to Beta Test New “Field” Microscope

UNCW’s Youth Programs is pleased to announce that students attending MarineQuest summer camps in 2015 will participate in the beta testing of a new, Origami like print-and-fold field microscope as part of the “Ten Thousand Microscopes Project.” The Foldscope microscope can be produced for just 50 cents and is expected to revolutionize global health and science education. Citizen scientists in 130 countries have been selected to field test the product.More

ACES Forum for Parents of Exceptional Children Held at the Watson College

“Keep It, Change It, Dream It,” was the theme of a recent forum for parents, guardians and caregivers of exceptional children. More than 90 participants attended the event held at the Watson College on Nov. 17. New Hanover County Schools’ Advisory Council for Exceptional Students (ACES) hosted the event.More

Carr Enters Business Partnership with UNCW

Marsha Carr has entered into a business partnership with UNCW to bring Self-mentoring™ to the marketplace. In April she will introduce the program to school administrators and higher education faculty in Australia.More

Watson College Faculty in the News

Somer Lewis was featured in a Time Warner Cable News story titled “NC Ranks First in National Board Teaching Certification” in December. Ray Pastore was featured in a WHQR segment on educational gaming on Jan. 12. More

Upcoming Events

Kenneth Cushner to Speak on Campus – Feb. 16

The Watson College is pleased to announce a spring public speaker event Feb. 16 featuring professor Kenneth Cushner of Kent State University. The event titled “The Intercultural Dimension in International Education” is free and open to the community. More

Watson College Open House – March 20

Thinking about becoming a teacher? Meet faculty and students, and learn about our teacher education programs at the Watson College Open House on March 20. The event will be held in the Clock Tower Lounge in the Fisher Student Center from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP.More

Rosenwald School Legacy Conference – April 10

The 2015 African Americans and Education: The Rosenwald School Legacy Conference will be held at the Watson College on April 10. The conference, designed to inspire dialogue about the history of education for African Americans, is sponsored by UNCW’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Upperman African American Cultural Center, the Department of History and the Watson College. The event is free and open to the community. More

Coaching, Mentoring and Self-Mentoring Conference – April 11

A conference titled “Building Leaders: Using Mentoring, Coaching and Self-mentoring™ to Lead” will be held at the Watson College on April 11. Robert Garvey, professor at the York St. John School of Business in the United Kingdom, is keynote speaker. Registration for the full-day conference is now open.More

UNCW AIG Reboot Conference – April 17

UNCW will host an AIG conference for K-12 educators on April 17. The event titled “Utilizing Technology to Support Advanced Learning” features nationally acclaimed AIG experts, including Ian Byrd and Brian Housand. Registration is now open.More

Education Updates and Features

Janna Robertson Compiles Information on School to Prison Pipeline

Watson College professor and Dropout Prevention Coalition co-coordinator Janna Robertson is part of a group working to change the discipline policy in New Hanover County Schools in an effort to stop the School to Prison Pipeline. Robertson has compiled national, state and local research and resources related to reducing suspensions, expulsions and incarceration of juveniles or young adults.More

Reading Recovery Earns Endorsement from What Works Clearinghouse

A recent independent study on the effectiveness of the Reading Recovery program was added to the Institute of Education Sciences What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) in October. The study met the WWC’s group design standards “without reservation” which is the highest design rating the WWC assesses.More

Kevin McClure Questions Spending Priorities in Higher Ed

Kevin McClure, assistant professor in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership, is author of an opinion piece that looks at spending and competition in collegiate sports. The piece was published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Jan. 12.More

Student Opportunities & Student News

Congratulations to 2014 M.Ed. Graduates in Belize!

In December, eleven students in the second cohort of the Masters in Secondary Education program in Belize earned their M.Ed. degrees. The program is offered through a partnership established in 2012 between UNCW’s Watson College of Education and Galen University.More

Fifty Graduate Students Participate in Higher Ed Showcase

The Watson College was host to a Higher Education Showcase on Dec. 10. Fifty students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs participated in the event designed to share student achievements with leaders and peers in the field of higher education.More

Brooklynne Knopp Recognized at Honors College Celebration

Congratulations to recent graduate Brooklynne Knopp! She received an Honors Medallion in December for work titled “The Exploration of School Administration and Teaching Relationships in Creating a Positive School Climate.” The award was presented at the UNCW Honors College Celebration on Dec. 7. Knopp graduated with a degree in elementary education in December.More

PDS Hosts Job Fair for Fall Interns

WCE’s Professional Development System (PDS) Office held a job fair for pre-service teachers in their internship semester on Dec. 5. Ten district and school partners participated in the event held in the Atrium of the Education Building.More

WSLs Host Events, Launch Facebook Page

Student members of the UNCW Watson Student Leaders Honorary Program hosted a series of events including a New Teacher Panel, a movie viewing of Boyhood, an end of the semester social and launched a new Facebook page.More

Support for Educators in the Field

CESTEM Takes Raspberry Pi Technology to Charlotte

Raspberry Pi kits were added to CESTEM’s Technology Loan Program last fall. In January, Christopher Gordon partnered with Alisa Wickliff of UNC Charlotte to hold Raspberry Pi workshops for teachers and students. More

Programs for P-12 Students

Junior Seahawk Academy Opens Summer Enrollments

The Junior Seahawk Academy aims to engage middle school students from underserved populations, with a focus on STEM education and exploratory learning. Registration for the 2015 summer program is now open.More

Our College Community

WCE Faculty Pay Tribute to Rich Huber

Forty faculty members gathered in the Ed Lab on Dec. 10 to honor long-time Watson College professor Rich Huber, who many described as “a mentor, valued colleague and friend.” Huber retired from the university in December.More

Glenda Bowen Celebrates 30 Years at WCE

Glenda Bowen has mentored countless students and helped senior administrators create and grow legacy programs at the Watson College over the course of a career that spans 30 years. More