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From the dean

Just as leaves have begun to turn across the beautiful Elon campus, leadership has changed in the School of Education. I joined the faculty as dean beginning June 1, 2016 and have been busy every day! In August, Marna Winter transitioned in as chair of the Department of Education, Stephen Byrd took on the role of interim director of Graduate Licensure Programs, and Lesley Henry joined us as interim director of Education Outreach. Amanda Tapler remains chair of the Department of Human and Health Performance. With this great team, we are working with the faculty to focus on an accreditation visit in February, and revision our teacher education programs to address new state and national requirements. Faculty are working on recruitment plans to build enrollment in all of our programs. We are continuing to see great interests in our minors and faculty are working hard to recruit even more students into all of our excellent programs. The seasons will move quickly this year as we focus on our important work of “even more” opportunities and growth for the School of Education.

With best regards,

Ann Bullock 
Dean, School of Education

At 10th anniversary, the future of the Elon Academy looks bright

Elon Academy celebrates 10th anniversary

Ten years ago, Elon University began reconsidering its role in the Alamance County community and the difference Elon can make in the lives of young scholars for whom college might not be a possibility. The result of that self-examination is the Elon Academy, a college access and success program that has become a national model and has created opportunities for nearly 250 scholars. On Sept. 15, the supporters who helped craft a new program, the instructors who invested their time, and the students who seized new opportunities gathered to celebrate an impressive first decade of the Elon Academy.

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'It Takes a Village' continues to grow

"It Takes a Village" project receives $1 million grant, continues to grow

What started eight years ago as a program for struggling young readers has evolved into a comprehensive literacy development project. Now the literacy program that assists students who struggle with reading, has received a five-year grant from Oak Foundation totaling $1,015,100. The grant is the largest in the program's history and supports a recent expansion of the program to provide after-school tutoring at five Alamance-Burlington School System schools.

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Gifted elementary students work out their minds in FLEX program

Gifted elementary students work out their minds in FLEX program

Elon University’s seventh annual FLEX Program took place from July 11-20, and culminated with presentations from 32 gifted students to teachers and parents. The FLEX Program, which stands for Formative Learning Experience, is an internship that students in the Master of Education Gifted Program are required to complete in order to receive their licensure to teach gifted students.

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Gifts from Elon alumna support scholarships, Elon Academy

Gifts from Nancy Turner Watson '66 support scholarships, Elon Academy

Over the years, retired educator Nancy Turner Watson ’66 has become one of Elon’s most loyal and generous benefactors. During the past year alone, she has made several cash gifts and two estate gifts to help fund some of the university’s top priorities. Her gifts have supported the Nancy Turner Watson ’66 and Dr. James Watson Jr. ’65 Endowed Scholarship, which Watson established in 2010 in memory of her husband. She has also made gifts to support the Elon Academy college access and success program and the university’s Center for Access and Success.

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MARY KNIGHT-MCKENNA AWARDED IMPACT ALAMANCE GRANT

The grant will allow the associate professor of education to work with two Elon professors on finding strategies that are helpful, culturally relevant and easy for families to use to foster their infant's language development.

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INNOVATIVE ELON ACADEMY TRANSCRIPT HELPS ENCAPSULATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF STUDENTS

The new innovative transcript portrays the accomplishments of Elon Academy Students in an official document.

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FACULTY IN THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION PUBLISH ARTICLE

Mary Knight-McKenna, associate professor of education, and Heidi Hollingsworth, assistant professor of education, co-authored an article on fostering family-teacher partnerships in early childhood education.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION MAJORS AND FACULTY PRESENT AT STATE CONFERENCE

The group presented at the N.C. Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Raleigh on Sept. 16.

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ARE HASHTAGS A TEACHER EDUCATOR'S BEST FRIEND? ELON PROFESSORS SHARE RESEARCH AT STATE FORUM

Assistant Professor of Education Scott Morrison and Associate Professor of Education Jeffrey Carpenter presented at the N.C. Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Fall Forum in Raleigh on Sept. 22.

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