FREE workshop – Reaching the 21st Century Student

We still have 10 spaces left in this workshop if you are interested. At this point, we are accepting interest from Pre-service teachers.

Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, at the old Oconaluftee Visitor
Center near Cherokee, NC
When:  March 31.  9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Who: formal and non-formal educators.  Any grade level, any discipline.

Lunch is provided as well as a $25 gas stipend

Learn how to use the latest free or low-cost media technology to enhance
your lessons and encourage student learning in the great outdoors.
Instructor Kat Gemmer, a high school science teacher at Greeneville High in
Tennessee, will show you how you can create short films and other media
technology to enhance STEM education in your classroom.  This is a great
way to excite students about a new unit or to use as a tool for assessing
learning.  We will also share innovative ways you can bring National Parks
from across the country into your classroom on a virtual field trip using
some simple technology.

To register, please contact Susan Sachs at (828) 926-6251 or via email at
susan_sachs@nps.gov .

CEAP students to present at the WCU Undergraduate Expo

Multiple students from the College of Education and Allied Professions will present on their scholarly and outreach efforts at the 2012 Undergraduate Expo. Presentations will be in various formats and will be held March 26-27. For more information, see the event program.

Faculty member wins national Adventure and Outdoor Education/Recreation award

Dr. Dan Grube is the recipient of the Julian W. Smith Honor Award presented at the 2012 American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAHPERD) National Convention & Exposition in Boston, MA.  The Julian W. Smith Honor Award is an annual award presented by the council for Adventure and Outdoor Education/Recreation (CAOER).  This award recognized an AAHPERD member who has shown significant attainment in the area of adventure and outdoor education/recreation over an extended period of time.  The Julian W. Smith Honor Award Lecture presented by Dr. Grube was titled: ‘Adventure-Based Learning: What, So What and Now What?’.  Dr. Grube is the Associate Dean for the college, Assistant Department Head in the School of Teaching and Learning, and Associate Professor in the School.

CEAP Diversity Blog to Launch in April

On April 9, 2012, the College of Education and Allied Professions will launch its first Blog sponsored by the College Diversity Committee and facilitated by Lewis Isaac.  The Blog is open to all students and faculty in our college.    It will be accessible through an “organization” on blackboard.  People participating in the blog will have access to a recent New York Times article, as well as, to some other resources.  Our guest blogger, Lewis Isaac, will post his comments on the article and interact  with faculty and students via the blog.  The blog will give faculty and students, both residential and distance , an opportunity to participate in a “diversity dialogue” that is asynchronous.  The Blog will run for a 2 week period to give faculty and students plenty of opportunity to participate.  Lewis Isaac will be responding to posts on the blog.

For further information, including possible incorporation of this activity into your classes, please contact Lisa Bloom or John Habel.

Faculty to present research on tacher candidate’s perceptions of themselves as leaders

Carrie Rogers and Roya Scales will present the results of their study of 2011 Interns’ perceptions of themselves as leaders. Based on a comprehensive analysis of responses to the Teacher Leadership Essay (EE6), they will offer insights into our graduates’ conceptions of leadership and of this electronic evidence. The presentation will be held March 26 at 4:00 in Killian 202.

CEAP students to present at WCU Graduate Research Symposium

Several students from our college will present their work at the WCU Graduate Research Symposium on March 22.

Teaching Hispanic Students: Through Project-based/Student Directed Learning
Presenter: Cheryl Wright; Sponsor: Dr. Frederick Buskey

An Assessment of Students’ Environmental Sustainability Literacy at Western Carolina University
Presenter: Sarah Burkhardt, Annaleise Camacho, Becca McGrath; Sponsor: Dr. Cheryl Daly

The Entry Experiences, Challenges, and Mediating Strategies of Public School Superintendents
Presenter: David M. Sutton; Sponsor: Dr. Meagan Karvonen