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UNC Charlotte

Two Professors Receive Accessibility Excellence Award
Date Published: June 22, 2017
Faculty members Luke Reinke and Sejal Foxx are recipients of the 2017 Accessibility Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty/Staff, presented by the UNC Charlotte Office of Disability Services. The award is presented in recognition staff or faculty with a strong commitment to accessibility and...

Teryn Odom

UNC Charlotte Alumna Named NC Virtual Public School Teacher of the Year
Date Published: June 21, 2017
Teryn Odom has been named the 2017 North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) Teacher of the Year. NCVPS is the nation’s second largest state-led virtual school with over 55,000 enrollments from all 115 school districts and many charter schools.  NCVPS selects one teacher from a group...

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University-Sponsored Team Places Third at International Science Competition
Date Published: June 20, 2017
A trio of Charlotte high school students has placed third at the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Center for STEM Education (CSTEM), the team of Marvin Ridge High School students won third place at the Intel International Science and...

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Alumna Denise Patterson to Lead Asheville City Schools
Date Published: June 8, 2017
by: Tanja Rekhi, WLOS  Patterson replaces Dr. Pamela Baldwin, who left to serve as the superintendent for Chapel Hill - Carrboro City Schools. Patterson was selected after more than 50 people applied for the job. "We were looking for someone who was strong in curriculum, but not only...

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Inaugural Summit Tackles Latino Mental Health Needs
Date Published: May 24, 2017
UNC Charlotte’s efforts to drive the conversation on providing care to underserved populations took a step forward this spring with an inaugural summit to address the mental health needs of Latinos. The 2017 Latinx Mental Health Summit drew more than 200 clinical experts, scholars and helping...

Dr. Susan Harden

Professor Susan Harden Receives "Unsung Hero" Award from Leadership Charlotte
Date Published: May 16, 2017
Susan Harden, an assistant professor in the Cato College of Education, is the 2017 recipient of Leadership Charlotte’s “Unsung Hero” award for her commitment to civic engagement and social justice. The award honors an individual who works behind the scenes for the good of the community. Harden...

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Instructors to Design Engaging New Curricula at Charlotte Teachers Institute
Date Published: May 11, 2017
Charlotte Teachers Institute welcomed its new cohort of 104 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers into its innovative, interdisciplinary seminars for 2017. Cato College of Education faculty member Adriana Medina will serve as a seminar leader. “This year’s CTI Fellows represent a wide range of...

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Alumna Tisha Greene Wins 2017 Outstanding Administrator Award
Date Published: May 10, 2017
Alumna Dr. Tisha Greene, principal of the Oakhurst STEAM Academy has received the 2017 Outstanding Administrator Award from the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMT) Center. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by an administrator in advancing STEM...

Cato Mural Honorees 2017

Six Educators Honored at Cato Teaching Discovery Mural
Date Published: May 2, 2017
The Cato College of Education is pleased to announce the recognition of six educators at the UNC Charlotte Cato Teaching Discovery Mural. The 2017 honorees are Dr. Melba Spooner, Dr. Misty Hathcock, Dr. Jim Lyons, Dr. Ron Madsen, Coach Bob Pharr and Ms. Carrilee Long. Charlottean Dennis Bunker...


Professor Erik Byker Named Global Teacher Education Fellow
Date Published: April 26, 2017
Dr. Erik Byker, an assistant professor in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education has been named a Global Teacher Education Fellow.  The award supports the internationalization of teacher preparation programs by advancing and disseminating research and best practices. GTEI Fellows...

Dr. Bree Jimenez

UNC Charlotte Alumna Takes Data Down Under to Spread Best Practices in Education
Date Published: April 19, 2017
Wherever she is in the world, UNC Charlotte alumna Bree Jimenez is devoted to sharing cutting-edge special education research with her colleagues. Dr. Jimenez recently relocated to Sydney, Australia, where she is a Visiting Research Consultant at Mater Dei School in Cobbitty in collaboration with...

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Professor Bob Algozzine Wins University's Top Research Award
Date Published: April 6, 2017
Bob Algozzine, professor of educational research in the Cato College of Education, is the 2017 recipient of the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal, UNC Charlotte’s most prestigious faculty award in recognition of excellence in research. He was honored formally at an awards ceremony held Wednesday,...

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Master's Students Present at Statewide Reading Conference
Date Published: April 5, 2017
From the time they are admitted to the Cato College of Education Master’s in Reading Program, students preparing to become K-12 literacy specialists know that their culminating project will be a presentation to teachers across the state. For many years, Professor Karen Wood has arranged for the...

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Six Students Win Prestigious American History Fellowships
Date Published: March 28, 2017
Six Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education master's students have been awarded fellowships to participate in the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's prestigious Teacher Seminars Program for Summer 2017. Andelle Bayard, Kellyn Brooks, Erin Gardiner, Jennifer Hallman,...

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Professor Kristie Opiola Receives 2017 American Counseling Association Best Practices Award
Date Published: March 24, 2017
Dr. Kristie Opiola, UNC Charlotte assistant professor of counseling studies, has received the 2017 Best Practices Award by the American Counseling Association (ACA) for her dissertation, “The Efficacy of Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) for Adoptive Families.” The ACA Best Practices Award...

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Extracurricular Magazine - Spring 2017
Date Published: March 2, 2017
Hot off the presses, it's the newest edition of Extracurricular, the official magazine of the Cato College of Education! Peek inside for features on a $5 million gift supporting student scholarships, a new community center focused on early literacy, how one alum went from TV producer to teacher of...


Study: Exercise Before School Benefits Students Throughout the Day
Date Published: February 15, 2017
A short “Morning Blast” of physical activity can benefit elementary students throughout the school day, according to a new study co-authored by a Cato College of Education professor. Department of Reading and Elementary Education professor Erik Byker and colleagues found physical activity before...

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Belk Foundation "Educator Express": Cato College of Education Dean Ellen McIntyre
Date Published: February 7, 2017
As Dean of the Cato College of Education at UNC Charlotte, Ellen McIntyre leads 200 faculty and staff and 2,400 students. Prior to her appointment at UNC-C, she was the College of Education Department Head at NC State University, a Professor at University of Louisville, and an elementary school...

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Teacher-to-Teacher Conference Offers Interactive Professional Development
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Designed and presented by educators for educators, the Cato College of Education’s 5th Annual Teacher-to-Teacher Conference will provide a meaningful, affordable professional development opportunity to North Carolina teachers. The conference will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017 at UNC...

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Researchers: Evaluating Peers' Writing Can Help Students Improve Their Own
Date Published: January 4, 2017
Practice giving feedback to peers and instruction on evaluation using specific criteria can help elementary school students improve their own writing, according to a study co-authored by a Cato College of Education professor. Published in the journal Reading Research Quarterly, the study was...