Several people from our college will make presentations at the 29th Annual North Carolina Teacher Education Forum in Raleigh NC held later this week. The forum is a place for those in public and private universities in North Carolina to gather and discuss teacher education. Those presenting include James Taruasi and David McCord of Psychology; Dale Carpenter, Nancy Luke, and Carrie Rogers of the School of Teaching and Learning; Kurt Frederick and Janice Holt of TRACS; Kathleen Topolka-Jorissen of Human Services; and Renee Corbin, Director of Assessment.
Teachers of Tomorrow: Reaching to Teach is a conference held for middle school, high school, and community college students who are interested in exploring teaching as a career. Regional high school and community college students attend the conference each fall on the campus of WCU; regional middle school students attend the on-campus conference each spring. The fall conference will be held on Wednesday, September 28. Visit the conference website for more information or to register.
The Mathematics Visiting Speaker’s Program has faculty in Mathematics visit K-12 classrooms to speak on various topics and engage these students in mathematics. The program has collaborated with numerous K-12 teachers in the western region of NC; last year, the program sent 4 WCU faculty to 12 K-12 classrooms at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Speakers on various topics are available for the current academic year. To learn more and possibly schedule a speaker, visit the program’s webpage.
The CEAP Research Colloquium is a new initiative in the college to feature research conducted among faculty and students. It is held every Wednesday from 4-5 pm in Killian 338. All faculty and students are invited. This week’s (Sept 7) speakers are Meagan Karvonen, Kia Asberg, and Debbie Racey, all of the Psychology department.
April Hicks, a 2010 graduate from the BSEd in Elementary Education program, was featured in the most recent issue of Imagine Magazine, produced by the Honors College at WCU. The article describes how she engaged in undergraduate research with Dr. Tommy Hodges (Assistant Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning) on strategies for teaching multiplication. She continues to use the strategies in her first year of teaching, and is working with Dr. Hodges to publish the results of her research.
The WCU Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation has teamed with the Inter-Regional Center and the WCU Division of Educational Outreach to conduct its fifth workshop for physical education teachers from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Faculty from the WCU HPER department and from the Jackson County Schools are giving presentations on subjects ranging from fitness training and testing, to racket and disc sports, to health education and dance. The participants will also have opportunities to experience the beauty of western North Carolina by rafting the Nantahala River or Hiking Panthertown Valley. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Fouts: email@example.com or 828‐227‐3688.