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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...