From the dean's desk
This is an exciting year in the School of Education. At our core, we are about preparing classroom teachers. However, we are expanding our mission to include students from across campus who do not plan to complete traditional teacher preparation and/or teach in a classroom setting. We have the opportunity and responsibility to provide classes and experiences that will prepare education majors and non-majors to be informed citizens with an understanding of the critical issues in education, to work with diverse populations of all ages both here and abroad, and to develop the knowledge and skills to successfully pursue education-related careers, internships, graduate school and other post-graduation positions. To that end, we are enhancing our curriculum by proposing the addition of an education minor with three tracks including a teaching learning track, an education policy track and a health and wellness track. We are also proposing a reconfigured physical education and health major as well as minors in health promotions and outdoor education. We are working with others across campus to include additional courses in other minors and in the core curriculum. Although these curricular changes will need to be approved through the proper channels this spring, we are excited that we have the opportunity to consider extending our work and our impact beyond the School. You know, better than many, how important it is for everyone to be informed regarding educational issues. This spring our faculty, staff and students will be involved in discussions regarding these and a number of additional ideas. Stay tuned!
Thank you for all that you do to transform young lives and to empower the next generation.
Students attend professional conference
Gift funds allowed English education students in EDU 421 (Methods of Teaching English) to attend the N.C. English Teachers Association annual conference in Wilmington, N.C. Students were able to participate in sessions about integrating current young adult literature, cutting edge technology, primary source documents and critical reading strategies into their lessons in order to better reach students of all levels and backgrounds. This was the students’ first professional conference—and a chance to see teachers as active leaders in their field, developing and sharing knowledge that supports more reflective and effective practices in classrooms. Among the presenters was Megan Justice ’10, a teacher at New Bern High School who presented on technology tools that support writing instruction to a standing-room only crowd of attendees.
Cherrel Dyce featured in Times-News for education program
The assistant professor in the School of Education helped a local elementary school establish a family engagement program with parents and children of a local apartment complex.
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Life Entrepreneur Program expands
In the fall, members of the 2016 Teaching Fellows cohort joined Business Fellows in the Life Entrepreneur Program (LEP), which involved a two-day retreat in October at Camp Hanes and a follow-up seminar facilitated by Elon faculty. This program offers Fellows the opportunity to discover who they are, where they want to go in life and how they are going to get there. Sophomore Fellows are also collaborating with faculty mentors on a variety of ongoing research endeavors, from the use of social media in pedagogy to the role of quantitative literacy. These inquiry projects will culminate in the spring 2015 with a poster session colloquium. Read more ...
Fellows host alumni panel
Teaching Fellows hosted their annual Fall Seminar Alumni Panel—You Can’t Do It Alone: Getting To Know Your Resources—on Oct. 29. Around 30 alumni in resource positions within the Alamance-Burlington School System served as panelists in small group sessions.
Elon’s early childhood program
up and running
The first cohort of early childhood education majors is in its junior year, and we have students in various years completing the early childhood minor. Our first alumna, Micaela Herrmann ’13, graduated last May with a minor in early childhood.
Nominations being accepted for School of Education alumni award
We will hold our second Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award this spring. The award celebrates professional accomplishments and service to the profession. Nominations will be accepted through March 15. Download a nomination form.