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Dr. Allison Blosser Co-edited Text: Teaching Comparative Education:  Trends and Issues Informing Practice

ABlosser headshotFebruary 2016 – Dr. Allison Blosser, Adjunct Professor in the School of Education, co-edited a book that was released this week: Teaching Comparative Education: Trends and Issues Informing Practice.  The book is the newest volume in the Oxford Studies in Comparative Education series.  With contributions from prominent scholars of comparative education, the book explores the teaching of comparative education in teacher education programs worldwide.  The authors critically consider how the economic, political, ideological, and sociocultural trends that are shaping education globally bear on the teaching and practice of comparative education.  Dr. Blosser will be joining the HPU School of Education full-time as an Assistant Professor of Education in the fall of 2016.  For more information on the book, visit:

http://www.symposium-books.co.uk/books/bookdetails.asp?bid=95

 

Dr.  James Davis Named to National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform

cropped jamesFebruary 2016 – Dr. James Davis, Associate Professor in the School of Education, was recently named to the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.  This is a national way to serve and advocate on behalf of young adolescents and middle-grades education all across the nation.  The week of February 8-12, 2016, Dr. Davis is representing HPU in California at the annual meeting for the National Forum.  The forum also supports teachers, administrators, and other school leaders.  The mission of the forum is to unite key stakeholders to speak with a common voice to leverage research,  policy,  leadership, and replicable model practices to drive middle grades reform.  The vision of the forum is as follows:  In order to prepare students to be ready for college, career, and citizenship, the National Forum seeks to make every middle grades school academically excellent, responsive to the developmental needs and interests of young adolescents, and socially equitable.

 

Drs. Cavendish and Vess Presented at the Journal of Language and Literacy Education Conference (JoLLE)

Vess and CavendishyJanuary 2016 – Dr. Leslie Cavendish and Dr. Sarah Vess, High Point University School of Education, collaborated in the development of an expressive after school writing program alongside Dr. Kirsten Li-Barber, Associate Professor in the department of Psychology. The three High Point University professors  collaborated in a research/teaching project across disciplines and presented their research at the JoLLE (Journal of Language and Literacy Education) in Athens, Georgia. The purpose of their research was to explore the impact of a short-term afterschool creative arts program on the development of writing skills and sense of community belongingness among elementary school children. Although systematic research investigating the linkage between creative afterschool programming and childhood outcomes is scant, there is evidence for the utility of using photography (Allen et al., 2002) and photography combined with creative writing (Ewald, Hyde & Lord, 2011) to facilitate student creative expression and artistic ability.

Sixty-six elementary aged children worked with HPU pre-service teachers, seniors, enrolled in either a service-learning course or Foundations of Writing course. The HPU pre-service teachers provided the instruction on both the writing process and photography skills. The children had opportunities to use photography taken both within the after school setting as well as at home. The pre-service teachers implemented writing lessons that incorporated themes of identity by having the children explore who they are and where they are from. Some examples of the writing included bio poems, “I am From” poems modeled after George Ella Lyons’ work as well as narrative pieces about special spaces the children cherish (Christensen, 2001; Goldberg, 2013 & Jones, 2006). The children were given disposable cameras to take home, bridging their home and school lives (Gutierrez, 2007).

Data is mixed-methods, incorporating quantitative survey scales and qualitative open-ended surveys from child participants.  While the quantitative data showed little impact, the qualitative data demonstrated impact on students’ developing identities as writers, the impact of social interactions with writing experiences and the role photography was highly engaging and motivated students with their writing.  When reflecting on the experience and their writing, the children explained their pride in their work. A fifth grade girl stated, “I think I did good on my “I am” poem, because I was inspired” and another explained, “This piece is the best because it is my world and my passion.” One student is building agency taking the experience to make it her own stating, I like writing because it looks cool and it is cool.  Now that I tried it, I’m making my own writing club.”  Based on the positive results from the qualitative data, Dr. Cavendish, Dr. Vess and Dr. Li-Barber are in the process of submitting a manuscript of their research for publication.

Dr. Shirley Disseler Presented at International Conference on Education in Hawaii

December 2015 – Dr. Shirley Disseler presented at the International Conference on Education in Hawaii. The topic of the discussion was “Bringing Creativity Back to the classroom with LEGO Education”. She shared High Point University’s journey and partnership with LEGO and strategies for teachers to engage students in learning.

Dr. Sarah Vess Participated in Annual Adult Young Readers Day at C.J. Greene Education Center

DSC_0724November 20, 2015 – CJ Greene Education Center held its annual Young Adult Reading Day, and the theme was “Heroes and Friends Come In All Shapes and Sizes”.  Students and staff were able to enjoy Dr. Vess as well as other volunteers reading expressively.

This event is held annually and has three main purposes:  1) to invite individuals from the community to CJ Green Education Center, 2) to nourish the skill of literacy and 3) to introduce students to literature that supports Guilford County Schools’ character trait education program.

Click here for more information on CJ Greene Education Center.

 

Dr. Sarah Vess Presented at National Conference of the Teacher Education Division (TED) in Tempe, Arizona

Sarah VessNovember 2015 – Dr. Sarah Vess, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Specialized Curriculum, recently presented research at the 38th Annual National Conference of the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in Tempe, Arizona. TED is the special education teacher educator special interest group of CEC, the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, including students with disabilities and those identified as gifted. Dr. Vess’ presentation was entitled “The Evolution of A Special Education Teacher Preparation Program”. The presentation focused on initiatives the Department of Specialized Curriculum has undertaken in recent years to continue to offer a rigorous and relevant program to better prepare our teacher candidates for a career as an educator in the field of special education.

Dr. Shirley Disseler Presented at the North Carolina Science Conference (NSTA)

Purple Lego Shirley DisselerNovember 2015 – Dr. Disseler recently presented literacy in STEM at the North Carolina Science Conference (NSTA).  High Point University’s Come Build with Us Program using Literacy to teach STEM literature was highlighted in a session at the North Carolina Science Conference in Winston Salem, NC. This event brought in over 2500 educators from around the state to share in teaching science using literacy!

 

 

Mrs. Rosie Tarara’s Class Hosts Service Learning Project at the Carl Chavis YMCA

Food Education Night 2November 2015 – On November 9, 2015,  Rosie Tarara’s Nutrition and Healthy Living service learning class partnered with the Greater High Point Food Alliance’s Food Education team to host a food education night at the Carl Chavis YMCA. Tarara’s class has been working with the Carl Chavis daycare this semester teaching healthy living concepts such as food groups, importance of activity and eating healthy to the preschool children. The food education night allowed the HPU students the chance to also have contact with the parents. The event covered many areas such as how to read a food label, a cooking demonstration, healthy recipes and activities for the children. This event was a great way to get parents involved with the conversation on ways to incorporate healthy eating into one’s life.

Dr. Shirley Disseler to Serve on the Board of Teachers2Teachers International

November 2015 – Dr. Shirley Disseler, Associate Professor and Chair of Elementary and Middle Grades Education has agreed to serve on the international board of Teachers2Teachers, a non-profit organization that supports professional development and etching around the world in undeveloped areas. She will serve as member of the grant writing team as well as a member of the teacher training board. Students in the STEM program at HPU will have opportunities to travel and work with teachers around the world as a result of this appointment.

Dr. Shirley Disseler Presented at District Association of Leaders Summit, Phoenix, AZ

Shirley DisselerNovember 2015 – Over 500 School Superintendents from the western region of the US attended the District Association of Leaders Summit in Phoenix, AZ on Nov 6, 2015. Dr. Disseler delivered the keynote address entitled “It’s the Journey, Not the Destination that Matters”.

The event hosted key speakers in the area of creativity, technology, engineering and literacy initiatives for schools. Dr. Disseler discussed her initiatives at High Point University with LEGO Education and how the bricks are engaging kids in the content of reading, math, science and social studies. She discussed the current creativity crisis in America and some ways she has found to make kids love learning. According to Disseler, “Learning is about the journey, not the destination!” If we are to make a difference in education in America, as educational leaders,  we must consider other data besides the end of the year test!”

Dr. James Davis Presented at the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Conference

cropped jamesOctober 7, 2015 – Dr. James Davis, Associate Professor in the School of Education, recently presented at the 62nd Annual Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Conference (SRATE). The conference was held in Georgia, October 7-10, 2015.  Dr. Davis was selected to present from hundreds of submissions. His presentation, titled “Seven Steps to Successful School Turn-Around,” drew an audience of college students, teachers, school administrators and other educational leaders. The theme of this year’s conference was “Shaping the Future of Education: Creating Access, Opportunity, and Equity.”

 

Dr. Don Martin Serves on 2016 NC Superintendent of the Year Selection Committee

croppedOctober 9, 2015 – Dr. Don Martin recently served as a member of the selection committee for the 2016 NC Superintendent of the Year. The Committee consisted of four former NC Superintendents of the Year and four former NC School Board Members of the Year. The committee is hosted by the NC School Boards’ Association in conjunction with the North Carolina Association of School Administrators.

 

Teacher STEM Club Grant with Thomasville City Schools Receives Funding for Second Year

DSC_0009October 2015 – The Math Science Partnership grant awarded to the Thomasville City Schools and High Point University to develop a Teacher STEM Club has been funded for a second year. Dr. Jane Bowser is the Project Manager for the grant valued at nearly $150,000.00. The grant focuses on increasing content knowledge in science and math for elementary and middle grades teachers in Thomasville City Schools. As a part of the grant, TCS teachers participate in LEGO Teacher Academy training, special content and pedagogy sessions in STEM education, complete graduate STEM classes and will attend the NASA Space Camp for Educators.

Dr. Shirley Disseler Selected to Present at the Southwest United States District Leadership Summit

November 5, 2015 – Dr. Disseler as been selected to present at the Southwest United States District Leadership Summit in Phoenix, Arizona on November 5, 2015. Her presentation entitled, “It’s the Journey” will highlight her work done at High Point University with LEGO Systems for Learning and the role of creativity in learning Literacy and Stem.

Dr. Tawannah G. Allen has Article Featured in University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Review

TADr. Tawannah G. Allen’s publication, “Organizational Capacity Building Designed to Embrace Minority-Serving Institutions,” was featured in the Fall 2015 issue of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Review. The aim of this article was to develop an understanding of how organizational diversity, similar to self-renewal, when played out on a systemic scale, can spark much-needed cultural transformation and reinvention. The thesis of this research was twofold: (1) professional organization should include minority-serving institutions (MSIs) in their mission, leadership, and change efforts. (2) Organizational diversity led by professional organizations could make educational culture more inclusive. This research will be presented at the 29th Annual UCEA Convention in November in San Diego, California. The link below provides access to the complete Fall 2015 UCEA Review.

Click here to read the full article.

Dr. Leslie Cavendish Co-Authors Published Article

Leslie CavendishSeptember 2015 – Dr. Leslie M. Cavendish, Assistant Professor, co-authored an article that has been published in Teacher Development: An international journal of Teachers’ Professional Development. The article, titled “Bonded relationships: Supporting pre-service teachers to develop confidence and competency as elementary literacy educators”, is based on an 18-month long study examining how relationships supported and constrained the student teachers. This research centers on the role relationships play for pre-service teachers as they build their professional identities. Dr. Cavendish explains, “This research explores the critical role multiple relationships play for education students as they begin that shift from “student” to “teacher”. It is exciting to consider the implications for our High Point University students and ways we can use the findings to further support them in their careers.” Using discourse analysis, the researchers examined the “bonded relationships” that can be a highly effective force to support pre-service teachers in developing their professional identities as knowledgeable and competent educators. The results indicate implications for teacher educators to create these spaces for mentor relationships for pre-service teachers.

Dr. Shirley Disseler Presented at NC-ACTE

Shirley DisselerSeptember 25, 2015 – Dr. Disseler, Associate Professor and Chair of the Elementary and Middle Grades Department, presented her work entitled, “Using Collaborative Business-University Partnerships to Grow Teachers” at NC-ACTE in Raleigh. This presentation highlighted the partnership between High Point University and LEGO Education Systems for Learning and the work being done in and around Guilford County as a result of this partnership.

 

Dr. Don Martin to Present at the Next Generation Superintendents’ Program

Donald-MartinSeptember 30, 2015 – Dr. Don Martin, School of Education Ed.D. Professor of Education, will present to the Cohort 3 of the Next Generation Superintendents’ Program.  His topic will be School Board/ Superintendent Relationships.

The Next Generation Superintendents’ program is a statewide training effort designed for all new school superintendents in North Carolina and is sponsored by the North Carolina Association of School Administrators and the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association. This is the third cohort of new superintendents to participate.

Ed.D. Faculty present at National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA)

August 6, 2015 – Drs. Tawannah G. Allen and Barbara J. Mallory presented their research “Preparing Executive Leaders for the Changing Demographics of K-12 Public Education,” at the 2015 National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) Annual Conference, held in Arlington, VA. Dr. Mallory also served as invited guest panel discussant to offer a perspective on Ed.D Programs administering a scholarly practitioner dissertation. During conference proceedings, Dr. Allen was elected to serve on the Executive Board of NCPEA for a three-year term. Congratulations to Dr. Allen for this distinguished honor.

Dr. James Davis has proposal accepted by Association of Teacher Educators

August 2015 – Dr. James Davis’ proposal, “Seven Steps to Successful School Turn Around” has been accepted for presentation at the 2015 Annual Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) Conference, Shaping the Future of Education:  Creating Access, Opportunity and Equity.  The conference will be held October 8-10, 2015 at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Dr. James Davis Has Session Accepted for National Conference

July 2014 – Dr. James Davis’ concurrent session proposal, “7 Steps to Successful School Turn-Around”, has been selected for the 2015 National ASQ Quality Education Conference & Workshop. The event is scheduled for November 14-15, 2015 in Houston, Texas!

Dr. Shirley Disseler Presents at the District Administration Leadership Institute (DALI)

shirley at DALIJuly 2014 – Dr. Shirley Disseler alongside Colin Gillespie (President of LEGO Education NA), Stephen Turnipseed (Executive Director LEGO Education Strategic Partnerships), and George Yaghmour (Director of Sales and Marketing, LEGO Education) presented in Boston at the District Administration Leadership Institute for Superintendents from the US and Canada. Disseler discussed the role of partnerships between business and schools in furthering STEM learning and creativity in the K-12 educational setting. The institute was a four day event focused on strategies and needs of district leaders in education. The High Point University model for partnerships and creativity in teacher training was a focus for LEGO group.

Dr. James Davis to Begin Tweeting as Expert Panelist for AMLE

June 2015 – Dr. James Davis, Associate Professor in the School of Education at High Point University, had an article accepted for publication with AMLE on beginning teacher support and teacher retention.  Dr. Davis was then sought out by AMLE to serve as an expert panelist on a Twitter event focused upon international dialogue around Recruiting, supporting, and retaining the most effective beginning teachers.  Dr. Davis will begin tweeting on this event August 13.  If you would like to follow his posts, his Twitter “handle” is JVDProfessor.

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is the leading international organization advancing the education of all students ages 10 to 15, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world. AMLE is committed to helping middle grades educators.

Dr. Disseler Presented the Keynote Address in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area

shirleyMarch 2015 – Dr. Shirley Disseler traveled to Dallas Texas March 2nd and 3rd to deliver the keynote address for the LEGO Education Principals Symposium.

The keynote was entitled “Playing with Passion and Purpose: Creating Engaged Learners in the 21st Century.”

Dr. Disseler speaks at Elementary Robotics Conference in San Diego

February 2015 – Dr. Shirley Disseler traveled to California on Feb 27th -28th to speak to elementary teachers, principals, and superintendents about her role in the development of the new LEGO Education math product , “MoreToMath”. She provided two workshops over the two days to demonstrate how the program was developed and is to be presented to first and second grade students. Disseler co-wrote the product with the elementary product team in Denmark last year.

Dr. Disseler chosen to collaborate on new Elementary Product in Denmark

February 2015 – Dr. Disseler traveled to Billund, Denmark; Home of LEGO Education to collaborate with an international team in the development phase of a possible new programs for elementary students. Though specific information cannot be released at this time due to NDA restraints, Disseler says the new ideas will expand STEM opportunities for young learners.

Dr. Don Martin Represented NC at ECS Meeting

December 2014 – Donald Martin, Ph.D., represented North Carolina as a Commissioner-member of the Education Commission of the States (ECS) at their national meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is a group of national leaders who “track state policy trends, translates academic research, and creates opportunities for state leaders to learn from one another.”

Dr. Barbara Mallory Elected as President-Elect of NCPEL

January 2015 – Barbara J. Mallory, Ed.D. was recently elected to serve as President-Elect of the North Carolina Professors of Educational Leadership (NCPEL) for 2015-2016. The North Carolina Professors of Educational Leadership (NCPEL) is an organization of diverse educational leadership programs in North Carolina’s public and private higher education institutions. We are unified in our commitment to improving education and educational leadership for the State of North Carolina. NCPEL believes that the preparation and development of strong educational leaders is essential to equitable and excellent schooling. “I’m excited to collaborate with colleagues to work on best practices and next practices of developing educational leaders in North Carolina”, stated Dr. Mallory.

Dr. Barbara Mallory Invited to be Panel Discussant

October 2014 – Barbara J. Mallory, Ed.D., was invited to be a panel discussant on the scholar-practitioner dissertation at the National Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. In a full convening session, “Revisiting Murphy and Archbald,” moderated by Dr. Jim McDowelle, the panel led a discussion on the body of research findings about reclaiming the educational doctorate as a scholar-practitioner degree and the benefits of dissertation problem-solving methods and presentations that are coherent with professional practice. Dissertations-in-Professional Practice consider action and applied research as appropriate approaches to enact CPED design concepts (e.g., laboratories of practice, signature pedagogy, inquiry as practice). Practitioner research, when relying on science of improvement methodology, has major implications for candidates enrolled in EdD Programs and associated partners in the field.

Ed.D Faculty and Student to present at NCASA Conference

March 2015 – Dr. Don Martin, Dr. Barbara Mallory, and doctoral candidate Cate Gentry (Cohort I), will present a paper at the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) Conference in March 2015. The paper presentation will report findings from a recent High Point University poll on citizens’ views of various education issues. The paper, “Latest N.C. Polling Data: What Does It Mean for Education?” is an opportunity to share with educational leaders across the state what we’ve learned from a poll conducted with the Survey Research Center at High Point University. According to SRC Director, Dr. Martin Kifer, “At the Survey Research Center, we are enthusiastic about the opportunity to partner with the School of Education for the second annual survey focused on public instruction here in North Carolina. We hope to continue to inform the discourse over education issues with data that represents the opinions of the North Carolina public.” Brian McDonald, Assistant Director, stated, “Our continued partnership with the School of Education strengthens the Survey Research Center’s mission to provide students with learning opportunities, provide a public service, and support HPU faculty with their own research.”

“As a doctoral student”, Cate responds, “I am so grateful to have Dr. Martin as a mentor. It has been extremely helpful to have a mentor to brainstorm with to solve problems of practice that we encounter as educational leaders.”  “Leading Rockingham County Schools in the Strategic Planning Process has been a wonderful leadership opportunity. Strategic planning is the essential first step in the development of a results-based accountability system as defined in the process of addressing the following questions:

• Where are we?
• What do we have to work with?
• Where do we want to be?
• How do we get there?

“The course work at High Point University has provided me with the skills and knowledge to lead our school district through the strategic planning process so that we are continuously reassessing, redeveloping and reactivating.”

Dr. James Davis Announces NCAEE Region 5 Conference

February 2015 – The NCAEE (NC Association of Elementary Educators) will host a Region 5 conference on April 14th at High Point University’s School of Education. NCAEE anticipates the biggest turnout in Region 5 history, with teachers and administrators registering from more than 16 different counties. With a dynamic keynote speaker, multiple breakout sessions, dinner and door prizes, the evening will be both meaningful and beneficial for all attendees. Breakout session topics include: arts education, writing, reading, data, communication, technology, STEM, service learning, time management, classroom management, poetry, fractions, student reflections, and much more!

Register today!! Don’t miss out. Contact Dr. James Davis, HPU Professor and NCAEE Region 5 Director, if you have questions (jdavis@highpoint.edu).   For more information and to REGISTER, visit the following link:

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eagk7rthd99c4b1c&llr=74zw7pcab

 

Dr. Leslie Cavendish Presents Research at Literacy Research Association

December 2014 – Dr. Cavendish worked collaboratively with a Dr. Anne Ticknor, a researcher from Eastern Carolina University, Dr. Cavendish presented a paper, “Dialogic construction of professional identities: Examining the language of one pre-service literacy teacher”. In this case study, they explored the ways pre-service teachers developed and demonstrated their professional identities through discourse analysis. Dr. Cavendish also chaired paper presentations at the conference and is also an active member of reading clinic study group. She collaborates with literacy researches and educators running reading clinics at universities across the country. Through yearly meetings at LRA, they collaborate on a field of study across institutions.

Dr. Shirley Disseler chosen to collaborate on new Elementary Product in Denmark

February 2015 – Dr. Disseler will travel to Billund, Denmark; Home of LEGO Education in February to collaborate with an international team in the development phase of a possible new programs for elementary students. Though specific information can not be released at this time due to NDA restraints, Disseler says the new ideas will expand STEM opportunities for young learners.

 

Dr. Shirley Disseler to Speak at Elementary Robotics Conference in San Diego

February 2015 – Dr. Disseler will travel to California the end of February to speak to Elementary teachers, principals, and superintendents about her role in the development of the new LEGO Education math product , “MoreToMath”.  She will offer two workshops over the two days to demonstrate how the program is to be presented to first and second grade students. Disseler co-wrote the product with the elementary product team in Denmark last year.

 

Dr. Shirley Disseler to Present Keynote Address in Dallas/Ft. Worth Area

February 2015 – Dr. Disseler will travel to Dallas, TX to deliver the key note address for the LEGO Education Principals Symposium on March 3rd. Principals and Curriculum directors will hear Disseler discuss student engagement and motivation in math. She will also discuss changes in curriculum that will meet the challenges of the 21st century global learners in America.

HPU School Of Education LEGO Initiative Goes Worldwide!

IMG_2711November 2014 – The School of Education at High Point University is making an effort to put learning in the hands of students who currently are without the tools and teaching strategies necessary for a good education. Dr. Disseler is working to partner with Dr. Chad McGlone of Teachers-2-Teachers International and the LEGO Education Group to help teachers in countries like South Africa, Guatemala, Brazil and Ecuador gain skills and strategies for engaging education. The hope is to eventually take High Point University pre-service teachers to work and mentor teachers in these parts of the world.

Dr. Shirley Disseler Selected by LEGO Education/Denmark as “Math Expert”

May 2014 – Dr. Shirley Disseler, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Lego Education Specialist for North America, has been selected as the math expert to begin work with LEGO Education Denmark on new future product. She recently traveled to Billund, Denmark to meet with brick designers and curriculum leaders in the company to share ideas and work toward the development of a co-creation project idea. While in Denmark, Disseler shared with the company the Come Build with Us! Program at High Point University and discussed how we are furthering creativity in the classroom through the program’s implementation.

In 2014, the School of Education has provided 1850 elementary-aged students and their teachers the opportunity to visit and take part in the HPU Field Trip Program. In addition, the Teacher Academy for LEGO Education at HPU has provided professional development training for over 100 educators throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  Two community-wide events were held in 2014 in which over 1000 people attended showcasing the partnership between HPU School of Education and LEGO Education. The desire of our program is to “ignite the mind…one brick at a time!”

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

Debbie and PrincipalNovember 2014 – Through 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

November 2014 – 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 Instruction”.

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

September 2014 – 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

June 2014 – 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

September 2014 – 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

October 2014 – 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 Publishes 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

August 2014 – 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

July 2014 – 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 Presents 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.