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Middle Grades Education Alumna Named Student Teacher of the Year
Date Published: June 30, 2016
Middle Grades Education alumna Gabrielle Lowder says there is no piece of paper that could fully convey the passion she has for teaching. While this may be true, she’ll likely hold on to her award for 2016 UNC Charlotte Student Teacher of the Year, as it’s an honor well-earned. Lowder graduated...

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Urban Education Professor Delivers Keynote at Minority Male Graduation Celebration
Date Published: June 22, 2016
Urban Education Professor Chance Lewis delivered the keynote address at an event this month recognizing recent minority male students graduates from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. The Beta Nu Lambda Education Foundation planned the inaugural Baccalaureate Service in partnership with CMS. More...

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UNC Charlotte Experts: Don't Change N.C. Math Curriculum
Date Published: June 20, 2016
From UNC Charlotte associate professors of mathematics Michelle Stephan and Drew Polly, and professors of mathematics David Pugalee and Vic Cifarelli: This coming week the North Carolina House and Senate will vote on House Bill 657, which would give high school students and middle school students...

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UNC Charlotte Center for STEM Education Hosts Inaugural Autobell “Creek Challenge”
Date Published: June 10, 2016
UNC Charlotte’s Center for STEM Education, in conjunction with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and sponsor Autobell, hosted the inaugural Creek Challenge competition finals on the UNC Charlotte campus on Saturday, June 4th.  The Creek Challenge is a unique water-related science program...

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Center for Health, Education and Opportunity Looks to Transform Charlotte's East Side
Date Published: June 8, 2016
The UNC Charlotte Colleges of Education and Health and Human Services are partnering with the nonprofit Aldersgate retirement community to establish The Center for Health, Education and Opportunity, an outpost directed at reshaping Charlotte’s eastside community. The 6,000-square-foot Center is...


Charlotte Islamic Academy Lauds COED Professor's Classroom Consulting
Date Published: May 27, 2016
A multi-year effort by Department of Educational Leadership Professor Debra Morris has significantly improved instruction and faculty development at the Charlotte Islamic Academy, according to the school’s leadership. The academy contacted Morris in 2012 seeking help with classroom...

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Counseling Program Addresses Mental Health Needs of Charlotte Latinos
Date Published: May 25, 2016
An unfolding partnership between an interdisciplinary team at UNC Charlotte and the Camino Community Center is helping to address the mental health needs of Charlotte’s Latino community. Faculty from the Colleges of Education, Health and Human Services, and Liberal Arts & Sciences collaborated...

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Doctoral Student LaTonya Summers Wins $20,000 Fellowship
Date Published: May 23, 2016
The National Board for Certified Counselors has selected counseling student LaTonya Summers for its Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Summers will receive $20,000 and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations...

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Bridging Cultural Gap Lands UNC Charlotte Alum Cabarrus Teacher of the Year
Date Published: May 12, 2016
Republished with permission of The Independent Tribune by: Erin Kidd Photos: James Nix Statistically, Emily Francis said she wasn’t supposed to become a teacher. Arriving in the United States at the age of 15 and not speaking a word of English, the odds were stacked against her. But she...

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Literacy Alive! Read-In Brings Elementary School Students to Campus
Date Published: May 9, 2016
If it’s never too early to start thinking about college, then 145 local 3rd graders are off to a good start after acting as honorary 49ers during the annual Literacy Alive! Read-In event at UNC Charlotte. Hosted by the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, and offered as an...

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Master's Student Wins National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship
Date Published: May 2, 2016
College of Education student Katie Saylor has been awarded a weeklong Landmarks in American History summer fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Saylor, who is pursuing an online Master’s in Secondary Education- Social Studies will attend U.C. Berkley for the fellowship...

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Professor Bruce Taylor Wins Governor's Volunteer Service Award
Date Published: April 28, 2016
Department of Reading and Elementary Education professor Bruce Taylor is among the 2016 recipients of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The honor, created in 1979, recognizes individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service...

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Professor Recognized as Leading Latina in Local Education
Date Published: April 27, 2016
Child Development and Family Studies Professor Vivian Correa was one of four Latina women recognized this spring for contributions to education at the Inaugural Cesar Chavez Contemplation Breakfast. The event brought educators, administrators and community leaders together to reflect on the legacy...

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Urban Education Collaborative Tours U.S. Department of Education
Date Published: April 25, 2016
The UNC Charlotte Urban Education Collaborative traveled to Washington, D.C. this month to receive an exclusive tour of the U.S. Department of Education. Urban Education Collaborative Director Chance Lewis organized the tour around the group’s participation in the American Education Research...

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Teacher Feature: From TV to Elementary
Date Published: April 20, 2016
Big decisions are often made over a cup of coffee. Damien Hazel made his while managing a Starbucks. The 15-year television news veteran had burnt out on the industry, fallen into what he describes, with levity, as a “mid-life crisis” and found himself in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,...

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Colleges of Education and Health and Human Services Announce Joint Graduate Certificate Program
Date Published: April 11, 2016
The Department of Special Education and Child Development and School of Social Work are pleased to announce the approval of a joint certificate program in Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) focusing on children birth to five years of age and their families. Graduates of the Certificate...

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Teacher Feature: Keep on Trucking
Date Published: April 8, 2016
On the road as a trucker five days a week, Ken Macon had abundant time to think, to write and dream.  He dreamed of lessons where kids would delve into literary works, of students who would challenge his every thought, and of being the teacher who reached students who others deemed...

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COED Graduate Students Earn Prestigious Summer Fellowships
Date Published: April 7, 2016
Four UNC Charlotte Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education degree candidates have been awarded fellowships to participate in the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s prestigious Teacher Seminar Program. Brittany Gibson, Renae Kaister, and Marticia Turner are teachers at...

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Professors to Present at National Teacher Preparation Conference
Date Published: March 28, 2016
Reading and Elementary Education professors Erik Byker and Amy Good have been selected to present at the 2016 National edTPA Implementation Conference. edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United...

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Professor Leads Effort to Bolster Special Education in South Africa
Date Published: March 21, 2016
South Africa is calling on College of Education faculty member David Test to help develop and implement an ambitious plan to revamp the nation’s special education system. Test, a professor of special education, has returned stateside after traveling to South Africa as part of an envoy sent to...