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Dr. Debbie Linville Co-Authors Instructional Product

DebbieDr. 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

DebbieDr. 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

LeslieIn 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

BowserA 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.


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

SarahDr. 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

MalloryDr. 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. Vernon Farrington and Dr. Barbara Mallory Present at Conference

VernonDr. Vernon Farrington and 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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