Mathematics Speaker’s Program Engages K-12 Students

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.

CEAP Research Colloquium

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.

Alumna Featured in Honors College Magazine

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.

Summer Educational Leadership Institute on Physical Education, Recreation held June 27-July 1

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: sfouts@wcu.edu or 828‐227‐3688.

CEAP Faculty Win Grant To Develop “Responsiveness to Instruction” Model

David Strahan, the Taft B. Botner Distinguished Professor of Elementary and Middle Grades Education at WCU, has won a $300,000 grant from N.C. Quest to partner with Transylvania County Schools. The grant is to develop a “responsiveness to instruction” model that will identify individual students’ needs and tailored interventions for those needs. A team of faculty will support this effort, including Axelle Faughn from mathematics, Jessica Cunningham and Bianca Montrosse from psychology, and Tommy Hodges, Nancy Luke, Carrie Rogers, and Roya Scales from the school of teaching and learning.

For more information, see the article from the Reporter.

WCU Beginning Teacher Retreat to be held June 24th