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Mrs. Debbie Albert Receives Grant for “A Book and a Blanket” Project

Debbie and PrincipalThrough the generosity of the Walmart Foundation, High Point University Elementary Education majors were afforded the opportunity to promote the joy of reading to the entire student body at Kirkman Park Elementary School; Pre-K-5th grade.  Debbie Albert, instructor of the Children’s Literature course, applied for the grant in hopes she and her students would have an opportunity to spread the joy of reading. The project, entitled “A Book and a Blanket” provided a book and a blanket for each child in the school so each one might experience the joy and comfort realized from curling up with their own book and blanket.

The Elementary majors visited each classroom to share a read-aloud of a recently published children’s book, encouraged children as readers, and then gifted each child with their own book and blanket to take home. Mrs. Albert notes that we must first model for children the joy of reading if we are expecting to grow proficient readers. “If children do not experience the joy and purpose of reading, the many tasks for which we labor over in the classrooms each day will be a futile attempt in the goal of creating proficient, lifelong readers.”

Dr. Heidi Summey Presented at CEC Conference

Dr. Heidi Summey, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, presented at the 64th Conference on Exceptional Children held November 3-5, 2014 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC. The conference theme was Working Together to Improve Student Success, which focused on ways to collaborate. The presentation was entitled “Using Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM) to Guide Writing”.

Dr. Sarah Vess Participating in Exchange Program at Oxford Brookes University, England

Dr. Sarah F. Vess, Chair of the Department of Specialized Curriculum, is serving as the faculty member-in-residence this semester for High Point University students participating in the HPU exchange program with Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England and the University of Winchester in Winchester, England. Dr. Vess is working with 17 HPU students while in England. Five of the students studying at Oxford Brookes from HPU are education majors and are working with Dr. Vess on undergraduate comparative education research which is being submitted for presentation at an upcoming regional research conference.

Dr. Barbara Leonard Reappointed as DCCC Trustee

Dr. Barbara Leonard has been reappointed by the Davidson County Commissioners to a seventh term 4 year term as a Trustee at Davidson County Community College. She currently serves as Chair of the Student Outcomes Committee for the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Debbie Linville Writes Monthly Blog Article

Dr. Debbie Linville writes a monthly blog article for Kaplan, a leading international provider of educational resources, products, and professional development for elementary educators around the world. Her September post “Notebooks in the Writing Workshop” encourages teachers to incorporate notebooks as a first step to begin the important work of growing writers. Sharing information gleaned from professional literature, 30 years of teaching, and her work with High Point University undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates, Linville hopes to entice and encourage educators everywhere to provide a safe space for students to document their thoughts, dreams, and growing knowledge of the world around them without the anxiety of producing a perfect piece of work. Dr. Linville’s passion is literacy and her ongoing personal and professional goal is twofold: to promote the proficient, joyful, reading and writing lives of children and to optimally support teachers as they facilitate that journey.  The link to  her blog is below:

http://www.kaplanco.com/blog/post/2014/09/08/Notebooks-in-the-Writing-Workshop.aspx

Mrs. Debbie Albert and Dr. Debbie Linville Host Family Literacy Night

Dr. Linville and Mrs. Albert partnered with Florence Elementary to host a Family Literacy Night in October. The High Point University elementary teacher candidates planned and executed many and varied hands-on, minds-on literacy station activities that allowed children and their families to experience the joy of reading and writing. By providing engaging ideas that parents can recreate at home, HPU pre-service teachers played an active role in promoting the school-home connection and supporting the literacy development of elementary children.

Dr. Debbie Linville Partners with  a Nonprofit Organization, BookMarks

Dr. Debbie Linville partnered with BookMarks, a nonprofit organization that strives to provide literary experiences for individuals of all ages (Linville is a BookMarks volunteer), through the Authors in Schools initiative to bring NC children/young adult author, Megan Bryant, to the campus of High Point University. Bryant is the author of over 100 book titles. The HPU Elementary Education majors in the senior methods process writing course will join together to meet Bryant, listen to several readings, and engage in conversations about her work and the writing process.

 

Dr. Debbie Linville Initiates “Pen Pal” Program with the Arts Based School

Across the fall semester, Dr. Linville’s elementary teacher candidates partnered with third graders at the Arts Based School in an email Pen Pal program to afford the HPU pre-service teachers the opportunity to see firsthand the importance of authenticity in the writer’s workshop in terms of purpose, content, and audience, as well as, their role in promoting engagement and growth in children’s writing development. Dr. Linville and third grade teacher, Ms. Leni Fragakis (a HPU M.Ed. Elementary, literacy concentration graduate) will present data gleaned from the semester-long research project in publication and presentation formats in an effort to encourage P-12 educators to seek authentic, collaborative writing endeavors as an avenue to promote writing proficiency.

Dr. Shirley Disseler Published Common Core Texts

Dr. Shirley Disseler had two books published: Strategies and Activities for Common Core Grades 3-5 (Published May 2014) and one article published: A Parent’s Guide to Common Core: National PTA Magazine (September 2014).  She also had a live NBC News interview: Common Core and why we need it! ( August 12th, 2014).

Dr. Shirley Disseler was Keynote Speaker in Bogota Columbia, South America in June (2014)

Dr. Disseler was the keynote speaker at the  LEGO North America Sales Conference (Raising the bar in Higher Ed with LEGO)

 

Dr. James Davis named 2014 Conference Director for NCMLE

Dr. James Davis joined High Point University in the summer of 2014. He currently serves in the School of Education, working as an Associate Professor in the Elementary, Middle Grades, and Educational Leadership departments. Dr. Davis was recently named as the 2014 Conference Director for North Carolina Middle Level Education (NCMLE).

 

Dr. James Davis Published by AMLE and NCAEE and Presentations Accepted at Conferences

Dr. Davis had two recent publications, “7 Tips from the 7 Best: Seven Pieces of Advice from the Seven Highest-Performing Teachers” and “What Five New Teachers Report as Strategies to their Success and Sanity.” The submissions were accepted by AMLE (Association of Middle Level Education) and NCAEE (North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators).

During the past few months at High Point University, Dr. Davis had proposals accepted at the state, regional, and international level. Proposals were accepted by the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators, the NC Association of School Administrators, NCAEE, the Southeastern Association of Educational Studies, and the National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities. Presentation topics range from School Turnaround and Teacher Effectiveness to Higher-Achieving Classrooms and Public School / Community Collaboration.

 

Dr. Cavendish Presents at Conference with Student, Alyssa Springer

Alyssa Springer (Elementary Education) presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held at the University of Kentucky in April. She was accompanied by her mentor, Dr. Leslie M. Cavendish (School of Education). Alyssa’s paper, titled, “A Globalized Education: A Comparative Study of the International Baccalaureate and Common Core State Standards Systems” analyzed curricular programs of the United States and international schools with an emphasis on elementary reading standards. Her session was well-attended by professors, graduate students and undergraduate students from across the nation. Dr. Cavendish also assisted Alyssa in getting her research published in Innovations: Journal of Creative and Scholarly Works.

Dr. Leslie Cavendish Implements HPU Summer Reading Institute

Dr. Leslie M. Cavendish created and implemented the first HPU Summer Reading Institute in June/July of 2014 through a 7,000 grant and a partnership with Oak Hill Elementary School. The goal was make a positive impact on the rising third grade students who are at risk of failing to achieve third grade level reading proficiency. Dr. Cavendish met the needs of the High Point Community while also offering School of Education graduate students the unique opportunity to develop and implement a summer reading institute. Doctoral candidates at High Pont University participated in the institute through developing program assessments that will build improvements for future institutes. Rising third graders attended the institute for two hours daily, for five weeks, receiving literacy tutoring as well as participating in inquiry-based learning activities. The program culminated with a well-attended parent night, allowing parents to talk with their child’s summer reading tutor and learn about ways they can continue to support their child as a reader.

Dr. Leslie Cavendish Presents at American Education Research Association

Dr. Cavendish continued sharing other aspects of her research on international teachers and schools at a presentation at the American Education Research Association in Philadelphia in April of 2014. Her presentation focused on the many cultural worlds interacting within an international teacher’s classroom. Being culturally responsive in an international classroom moves beyond the student’s background and experiences, including but not limited to the cultural worlds of the students, the teacher, the host country and the school.

Modeling integration of technology within her own teaching, Dr. Leslie M. Cavendish presented at the North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators’ Region V conference in April of 2014. Tech Tools and Resources for Literacy Teachers reflected her work in collaboration with a colleague from East Carolina University. Together they shared with local teachers ways they can integrate technology for their own professional development, for their teaching and ways students can use technology as readers and writers.

Dr. Leslie Cavendish Publishes Article

Dr. Leslie M. Cavendish’s research focusing on culturally responsive teachers was published with the International Reading Association.  Her article, “Living globally-Teaching responsively: Stories from a literacy educator in China” was highlighted in the newly developed peer-reviewed e-Journal of Balanced Reading Instruction.  The Spring 2014 themed issue focused on connecting balanced literacy and culturally relevant pedagogy. Her research in this article examines a case-study of how an elementary educator in an international school grapples cultural considerations in her multi-lingual, multinational classroom. Using narrative research methodologies, she examines how this teacher strives to incorporate student’s home literacies and funds of knowledge into classroom practices. Results identify a unique lens as the teacher becomes a “cultural broker” to be culturally responsive in her first grade classroom.

Dr. Cavendish continued sharing other aspects of her research on international teachers and schools at a presentation at the American Education Research Association in Philadelphia in April of 2014.  Her presentation focused on the many cultural worlds interacting within an international teacher’s classroom. Being culturally responsive in an international classroom moves beyond the student’s background and experiences, including but not limited to the cultural worlds of the students, the teacher, the host country and the school.  

Modeling integration of technology within her own teaching, Dr. Cavendish presented at the North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators’ Region V conference in April of 2014.  Tech Tools and Resources for Literacy Teachers reflected her work in collaboration with a colleague from East Carolina University.  Together they shared with local teachers ways they can integrate technology for their own professional development, for their teaching and ways students can use technology as readers and writers. 

Summer Reading Clinic is a Great Success

Dr. Leslie M. Cavendish created and implemented the first HPU Summer Reading Institute in June/July of 2014 through a 7,000 grant and a partnership with Oak Hill Elementary School.  The goal was make a positive impact on the rising third grade students who are at risk of failing to achieve third grade level reading proficiency. Dr. Cavendish met the needs of the High Point Community while also offering School of Education graduate students the unique opportunity to develop and implement a summer reading institute.  Doctoral candidates at High Pont University participated in the institute through developing program assessments that will build improvements for future institutes.  Rising third graders attended the institute for two hours daily, for five weeks, receiving literacy tutoring as well as participating in inquiry-based learning activities. The program culminated with a well-attended parent night, allowing parents to talk with their child’s summer reading tutor and learn about ways they can continue to support their child as a reader.

Dr. Debbie Linville Publishes Instructional Unit

Dr. Debbie Linville co-authored an instructional product with two former graduate students that was recently published by the International Reading Association as part of the new Bridges series.  Every published unit in this series is a researcher-teacher collaborative endeavor designed to bridge research and practice for high engagement and rich student learning.  The unit is entitled Exploring the Natural Resources in Our Community and targets grades K-2.

Dr. Linville and her team received the “Exemplary Unit” award from the IRA Literacy Research Panel and were invited to present at the International Reading Association conference in New Orleans, May 2014.  In addition, the purposeful integration of technology gained the attention of the reviewers which resulted in a second invitation to present at the IRA Digital Classroom in New Orleans.

Dr. Linville and her colleagues are in the process of developing another instructional product for publication consideration by the IRA Literacy Research Panel.

Dr. Jane Bowser is Co-Presenter for ISTE Webinar

Dr. Jane Bowser was a co-presenter for an ISTE Webinar highlighting the use of iPads in the School of Education at High Point University.  The webinar, entitled Mobile Learning for Teacher Preparation, is a part of ISTE’s Professional Learning Series and will be available to ISTE members throughout the world.  HPU’s School of Education was selected for its innovative use of Instructional Technology, specifically iPads, in the teacher preparation curriculum.

Michelle Nixon Publishes Article in NAESP

Michelle Nixon, adjunct professor in the School of Education, published an article entitled Speaking Out: Changing the Poverty to Prison Paradigm.  NAESP os the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the article appears in the March/April 2014 edition.

Dr. Shirley Disseler to Serve as Lego Education Specialist

Dr. Disseler has been chosen to serve as the LES (Lego Edu Specialist) for the math development team in Denmark. She will edit and help develop math products around Common Core for K-6 classrooms in the US.

Lego Education has awarded a $10,000 video/media grant to the STEM M.Ed. Program in Elementary Education under the direction of Dr. Shirley Disseler. The School of Education will collaborate with the School of Communication to create a video showcasing the pre-service teacher education program at HPU.

The video will be centered on the development of 21st Century Teachers, School and Community Partnerships and the School of Education’s efforts to provide outreach through inservice opportunities for K-6 teachers.

 

Dr. Debbie Linville Initiates Book Buddies Celebration

Dr. Debbie Linville planned and executed a celebratory Book Buddies event on November 11, 2013 on the campus of High Point University.  HPU buses delivered 54 elementary children to the Wanek Center to meet their High Point University Book Buddies and enjoy read aloud performances in the Cinema Extraordinaire by the partner school principals, Mr. Teddy Wohlgemuth and Mr. Ged O’Donnell. Superintendent “Mo” Green recognized the Book Buddy program as a successful partnership between High Point University and Guilford County Schools at the Fifth Annual State of Our Schools Address on January 23, 2014.

Dr. Linville has written a blog article entitled “4 Terrific Classroom Library Makeover Tips”.  Sharing information gleaned from professional literature, 30 years of teaching, and her work facilitating makeovers in gradate candidates’ classrooms.

Dr. Linville’s passion is literacy and her ongoing personal and professional goal is twofold:  to promote the proficient, joyful, reading and writing lives of children and to optimally support teachers as they facilitate that journey.

Click here to view the article.

Dr. Leslie Cavendish Presents at National Literacy Association Conference

In December of 2013, Dr. Leslie M. Cavendish, assistant professor, presented a paper at the National Literacy Association conference in Dallas, Texas. Her presentation, Bonded Relationships: Learning to be Agentic Literacy Teachers reflected work in collaboration with a colleague from East Carolina University.

This research explored the role relationships play for preservice teachers in constructing professional identities as knowledgeable literacy teachers to become agents of change. Her work included implications for teacher educators and education programs within colleges and universities.

Dr. Leslie M. Cavendish was awarded a 7,000 grant from the Molly Millis-Hedgecock Foundation to develop a Summer Reading Institute in June/July of 2014.  The goal is make a positive impact on the rising third grade students who are at risk of failing to achieve third grade level reading proficiency. Twenty-five rising third graders will be attending the institute for two hours daily, for five weeks, getting individualized literacy tutoring as well as participating in inquiry-based learning activities.

 

Dr. Jane Bowser’s Technology Class Featured on the iCreate Website

A semester long project completed by Dr. Bowser’s STEM Technology Class has become the January Classroom Spotlight for iCreate to Educate.  The project was a part of the ongoing partnership with Montlieu Academy of Technology and featured the use of Lego StoryStarters and the myCreate iPad App.  See the full story below.

This month our classroom spotlight is Dr. Jane Bowser from High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. Dr. Bowser’s education students completed a very successful first project using myCreate for iPad and Lego StoryStarters with students from a local elementary school.

Students in Dr. Bowser’s class are working towards their degrees in education and developed a series of six to eight hour-long lessons that were used over the course of the fall semester. The university class worked with students from one of the local Title I elementary schools for the project. The university students and the elementary students then created their final project in a morning long session on campus at High Point University.

Dr. Bowser told us, “The combination of the hands-on construction with Lego StoryStarters and the ease of capturing the story with myCreate resulted in an all around successful experience for the K12 students and teacher candidates alike!”

Click here to see an example from one of the university students in the class, Callie Moore.

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Dr. Sarah Vess Co-Authors Chapters on Asperger’s Syndrome

Dr. Vess co-authored a chapter in the newly released Asperger Syndrome, 2nd edition: Assessing and Treating High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders edited by McPartland, Klin, and Volknar (2014).

Her chapter, Evidence-Based Assessments of Asperger Syndrome: A Selective Review of Screening and Diagnostic Instruments, was co-written with Dr. Campbell of University of Kentucky and Dr. James who is a clinician in Spokane, Washington.

Dr. Sarah Vess presented a research paper entitled Preparing Educators to Serve Integral Roles in Response to Intervention at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction 63rd Conference on Exceptional Children in Greensboro, NC in November.

Dr. Vess collaborated with Susan Laney with Curriculum and Instruction in Guilford County Schools on the presentation.

 

Dr. Barbara Mallory Publishes Two Articles

Dr. Mallory has had two papers accepted for publication in Fall 2013 including Jazzing up the Leadership Repertoire: Findings from Action Research. The paper is based on a case study of leadership at the school level.

The editors of the peer-reviewed publication describe the monograph as a study that “describes a setting which depicts an ensemble of people, with differing roles, creating a new way of working together through a distributed leadership model.

The second paper, which Dr. Mallory co-authored with Drs. Teri Melton and Cindi Chance, The Relationship of Leadership and Student Achievement across Societal Cultures, is based on a study of leadership and impact on student achievement from a global perspective. School effectiveness is often defined by student performance as measured by test scores.

 

 Dr. Barbara Mallory Present at Conference

Dr. Barbara Mallory presented at the 67th Annual Conference of the National Council for Professors of Educational Administration in August, 2013.  The presentation was titled University Perspectives of the New Dissertation in Practice and featured a variety of dissertation models for scholar practitioners seeking the Ed.D. in educational leadership.  Dr. Mallory and Dr. Farrington presented a paper at the November, 2013, University Council for Educational Administration Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The title of the paper was Developing a New Doctorate in Educational Leadership at High Point University.  The HPU doctoral program aligns with key priorities of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.

Dr. Mallory and Dr. Farrington also presented a paper at the November, 2013, University Council for Educational Administration Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The title of the paper was Developing a New Doctorate in Educational Leadership at High Point University.  This presentation focused on the work being done at High Point University to create an innovative doctoral experience for educational leaders.  The HPU doctoral program aligns with key priorities of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.  High Point University was recognized, along with East Carolina University and Western Carolina University, for creating a network improvement community in the conference session titled: Ecologies of Innovation:  Collaboration Across Critical Communities in New Doctoral Programs in North Carolina.

 

Dr. Don Martin Appointed to Board

State Superintendent June Atkinson appointed Dr. Martin to represent NC on the Board of Directors of the Regional Education Laboratory of the Southeast (REL Southeast).

REL Southeast conducts educational research projects in six southeastern states – NC, SC, GA. FL, AL, and MS.

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