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UNC Charlotte Play Therapy Conference Draws 700

   August 20, 2019

The UNC Charlotte Cato College of Education this summer hosted the 12th Annual Multicultural Play Therapy Center Conference. Drawing more than 700 total participants, the five-day conference covered various topics in play therapy and featured lectures from experts in the field.

The annual event provides mental health therapists, K-12 counselors and professional school...

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In Memory of: Counseling Alumna Amie Begg

   August 13, 2019

The Cato College of Education is deeply saddened to announce the passing of counseling alumna Amie Begg. Begg, 33, passed away in a skydiving accident in July. While pursuing a master’s degree at UNC Charlotte, she earned a national fellowship to support her education and facilitate her addictions counseling service to underserved minority youth. She focused her efforts on “adventure...

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Big Man on Campus: Former Athlete Breaks Through as Teacher

   July 31, 2019

He parks in a different spot than he did in high school, but the same farm-lined, meandering Union County roads lead the way there for Thomas La Bianca ’16. These days, the second-year English instructor and New Teacher of the Year nominee pulls into the staff lot and heads into Porter Ridge High School to lead classes, the place where, not long ago, he struggled to even turn in homework on...

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Education Professor Leads National Program to Boost Research on Urban Education and Black Studies

   July 30, 2019

by: Jamal Watson, Diverse Issues in Urban Education

A new partnership between a prominent scholar of urban education and a respected academic press is being hailed as a “game changer” that will yield new publishing opportunities for academicians—particularly those at historically Black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions—who have traditionally...

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Cleared for Launch: Education Student Elevates Skills with Training from NASA

   July 10, 2019

The halls of the NASA Langley Research Center are usually filled with leading researchers and top level engineers, working on projects related to aeronautics and exploration. However, on one day each year, bright aspiring teachers fill the oldest NASA field center as honored guests. Parks Drake, a student in the UNC Charlotte Cato College of Education...

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Nailed It! Alumna Wins Popular Netflix Baking Show

   June 19, 2019

People who really know Yolie Seal ’14, ’17 realize she can’t bake. But even her closest family and friends were unaware that Seal had decided to expose her non-baking skills to millions of television viewers as a contestant on the Netflix reality baking show “Nailed It!” The show challenges amateur bakers to make unusual creations.

Seal’s risk paid off; she won the grand prize of $10,...

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UNC Charlotte and PNC Team Up to Expand Pool of Pre-K Teachers

   June 14, 2019

Aspiring MECK Pre-K teachers will receive tuition, supplies and family care support through a pilot program made possible by the PNC Foundation with a $269,000 grant to the UNC Charlotte Cato College of Education

The initiative will help up to 50 teachers obtain their birth-to-kindergarten license from UNC...

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Tutoring Center A Dream Delivered for UNC Charlotte Alumni

   June 11, 2019

A rambunctious little boy walked into the Arabelle Center for Education hand in hand with his grandmother. As he waited to meet with his tutor, he discovered the snack cart stocked with chips, cookies, and juice boxes for the kids and coffee for adults. He rifled through the bucket, grabbing as many after-school snacks as he could fit in his small...

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Professor Spencer Salas Selected by U.S. Department of State for Prestigious English Language Specialist Assignment

   May 31, 2019

The U.S. Department of State has selected Spencer Salas from the UNC Charlotte Cato College of Education for a July 2019 English Language Specialist project focusing on teacher capacity building with Tunisian, Libyan, and Moroccan Ministries of Education. Salas is part of a select group, as one of approximately 80 U.S. citizens each year selected to...

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Doctoral Alumna Named Professor of the Year at Coastal Carolina University

   April 25, 2019

Cato College of Education alumna Tiffany Hollis (’17), an assistant professor at Coastal Carolina University (CCU), was recently named that institution’s 2019 Professor of the Year. Hollis earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on Urban Education from UNC Charlotte.

The...

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