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Castles Daycare Academy

Researchers to Learn from Literacy Successes of East Charlotte Child Care Center
Date Published: December 1, 2016
A donation from Charlotte philanthropist Charlie Elberson is allowing Cato College of Education researchers to take a closer look at the strategies of an east Charlotte child care center with a history of success in early literacy and pre-K preparation. Castles Daycare Academy is a fixture in...

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Study: Perception is Reality for Student Behavior in High School
Date Published: November 30, 2016
A study co-authored by a Cato College of Education professor has found the social and physical surroundings of a school, and the way students perceive them, help inform student behavior. Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the William T. Grant Foundation, Anne Cash,...

UNC Charlotte Urban Education Colloborative

Professor Chance Lewis: Urban Education Issues Not Confined to U.S.
Date Published: November 17, 2016
The issues and challenges that impact urban education aren’t particular to the United States, says Dr. Chance W. Lewis, the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at UNC Charlotte. At the three-day international conference that has brought more than 400 scholars and...

Cato College of Education

College of Education Named for Cato Corp. Following $5 Million Gift
Date Published: November 16, 2016
UNC Charlotte named its College of Education for the Cato Corp. during a campus ceremony Friday, Nov. 11. The announcement followed a $5 million gift from the Cato Corp., a retailer of women’s fashions and accessories, to the University’s $200 million fundraising campaign, “EXPONENTIAL: The...

Diversity Dinner Dialogue

Diversity Dinner Dialogue Drives Discussion for Local Teachers
Date Published: November 9, 2016
Addressing the demands of multicultural and economically diverse classrooms is a growing concern for educators nationwide. Racial diversity is rising among students, while diversity of the teacher workforce remains low. In this environment, training teachers to operate effectively in schools of the...

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Boosted Vocabulary Lessons May Pave the Way to Literacy for Students with Learning Disabilities
Date Published: October 20, 2016
Vocabulary is major stumbling block for many adolescents with learning disabilities who are trying to learn to read, but a UNC Charlotte researcher is developing ways to make it easier for these students to learn and retain key words. Kristen Beach, an assistant professor in the Department of...

Eli Branscome

Music Man: Counseling Doctoral Student Eli Branscome
Date Published: October 18, 2016
While most doctoral students are busy simply balancing life with studies, Eli Branscome chose to add the joy of music to his.  Pursing his Ph.D. in Counseling, and self-employed as a full-time private practice counselor, Branscome marches to his own tune – having played the baritone in the...

UNC Charlotte campus

Study Offers Insight on Public Perception of Counseling Profession
Date Published: October 10, 2016
Public understanding of the counseling profession lacks clarity in places, but many perceptions are also encouraging, according to new research co-authored by UNC Charlotte counseling scholars. Adjunct professor Bailey MacLeod and counseling doctoral students Jim McMullen and Emily Teague-Palmieri...

Scott Kissau

Dr. Scott Kissau Wins National Award for Top Foreign Language Educator
Date Published: October 3, 2016
The College of Education is now officially home to one of the nation’s top foreign language teacher educators. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has selected Dr. Scott Kissau to receive the Anthony Papilia Award, an honor presented to one person annually for...

China and Korea Study Abroad

Students and Faculty Travel to China, South Korea
Date Published: September 28, 2016
A group of UNC Charlotte College of Education graduate students and faculty are back with stories from overseas after participating in in a study abroad program in China and Korea this summer. Under the guidance of faculty members Chuang Wang, Do-Hong Kim and Lan Kolano, 27 students traveled...

Brittany Banks

Elementary Education Alum Named Kannapolis City Schools Teacher of the Year
Date Published: September 20, 2016
Republished with permission of the Salisbury Post by: Rebecca Rider Teaching is all about passion. That was the theme of the day at a Kannapolis City School’s breakfast held Thursday morning. The district named Brittany Banks, a kindergarten teacher at Shady Brook Elementary, its 2016 Teacher of...

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Professor Spencer Salas Selected as Fulbright Ambassador
Date Published: September 15, 2016
College of Education professor Spencer Salas has been selected as a 2016-2018 alumni ambassador for the Fulbright Scholars program. As one of 25 Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors, Salas, an associate professor in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education, will serve as an official...

Frank Thompson

Former Parachute Rigger, Counseling Master's Student Receives Veterans Graduate Assistantship
Date Published: September 12, 2016
A few years ago, Frank Thompson deployed to Iraq as a parachute rigger in support of Special Forces units and later spent time in Afghanistan as well. In 2014, Tyler Crone spent nine months in Bagram, Afghanistan, overseeing computer hardware networks and software systems handling highly sensitive...


Study: Age-Based Grade Assignments Hinder Millions
Date Published: September 1, 2016
Traditional age-based grade levels may be hampering the progress of millions of U.S. K-12 students and should be a target for reform, according to a new study co-authored by a UNC Charlotte education professor. Using data from a sample of state and national assessments, professor Michael Matthews...

Reading camp

Workshops Give Charlotte Parents a Leg Up on Literacy Learning at Home
Date Published: August 18, 2016
The laughter fell in waves at Windsor Park Elementary on this balmy summer night. A light moment would arise and a shower of laughs would fall across the school library; seconds later, its translation would send a second volley tumbling down. Roughly half of the 25 parents in attendance spoke...

Jordan Todd

10 Things I'm Doing to Get Ready for the Start of School
Date Published: August 10, 2016
CMS Teacher of the Year and College of Education alumna Jordan Todd shares her secrets for starting strong in the new academic year. Summer is coming to an end and I’m so excited to be welcoming in a new crew of scholars into my world.  With little time to waste, I must get started planning...

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UNC Charlotte Kappa Delta Pi Wins Top National Service Award for Second Straight Year
Date Published: July 27, 2016
For the second straight year, the UNC Charlotte chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the international honor society in education, has received the top award for its annual service initiative. More than 100 chapters hosted Literacy Alive! events; the Omicron Pi chapter at UNC Charlotte is one of five...

Freedom School Jubilee

VIDEO: Hundreds Celebrate Reading at Freedom School Jubilee
Date Published: July 18, 2016
For years, UNC Charlotte has served as a host site for Charlotte Freedom School Parnters, a non-profit that provides reading-focused summer programs to lower income children. This summer, we were proud to host their jubilee, which brings together all 16 locations and 1,200 students for a final...

Learning Leaders Forum

Instructional Systems Technology Forum Draws Top Business Leaders
Date Published: July 12, 2016
Business leaders from across the area recently joined UNC Charlotte instructional technology faculty on campus to discuss industry trends and the future of corporate training and performance improvement. The inaugural Learning Leaders Forum drew executives from companies including Wells Fargo,...

UNC Educator Quality Dashboard Meeting

EdNC: A Conversation on Measuring Teacher Quality
Date Published: July 7, 2016
EdNC, the education news and research non-profit website, filed this report on the state of the UNC Educator Quality Dashboard, a resource that helps educational leaders navigate data on teacher preparation. Dean Ellen McIntyre is an advisor on the dashboard, and voiced her opinions at a meeting...