Induction Support Coach Shares with Students
November 2014 – Sharon Reddick works in the Guilford County Schools Department of Induction and Success. Ms. Reddick is an Induction Support Coach working exclusively with first year Special Education Teachers in the Guilford County School District. High Point University School of Education welcomed Ms. Reddick as a guest speaker. Ms. Reddick answered questions and shared information on current issues in Special Education as well as providing interview and resume tips to Senior Special Education Majors. Other topics of discussion included suggestions on how to continue to progress and grow professionally while surviving the first year as a special education teacher.
Elementary Majors Participate in “Book and a Blanket” Project
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.”
Leni Fragakis Publishes Second Unit in IRA Bridges Project
Leni Fragakis, M.Ed. K-6 (literacy concentration) graduate, worked together with Dr. Debbie Linville to design a literacy-based instructional unit entitled “Creating Multigenre Projects to Celebrate Cultural Diversity” and it has been published by the International Reading Association. This instructional unit is the second collaborative effort between the two educators which has been accepted for inclusion in the IRA Bridges project: Instruction Units for the Engaging Classroom. Miss Fragakis and Dr. Linville have been invited to present the unit at the IRA conference in St. Louis, Missouri in July, 2015.
Miss Fragakis has a BA in K-6 and a M.Ed. in grades K-6 with a focus in literacy from High Point University. She is a licensed Reading Specialist (K–12), Special Education General Curriculum teacher (K–12), and Elementary Education teacher (K–6) in North Carolina. She is currently a third-grade teacher at The Arts Based School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Ms. Fragakis has a passion for integrating literacy experiences and the arts into all curriculum areas. Along with attending numerous international-, national-, and state-level conferences, she has co-presented at conferences for organizations such as North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators, North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and North Carolina Council for the Social Studies.
School of Education Names Outstanding Student Teachers
The School of Education celebrated the completion of another successful year of Student Teaching at our annual Awards Banquet the evening of April 28. The guest speaker for this event was Dr. Don Martin, School of Education Ed.D faculty member.
At this event, five students were selected as our Spring 2014 Outstanding Student Teachers. These students were nominated by their Cooperating Teachers and selected from our 70 student teachers this semester.
The recipients this year were (pictured left to right) Katherine Haynes-Special Education, Mallory McMahon-Secondary Math, Max Coleman-Health & Physical Education, Caroline Stalvey-Elementary Education and Rachel Jones-Elementary Education.
Congratulations to these students as well as all our graduating students!
Kayla Dolan to Present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research
The School of Education is proud to announce that Kayla Dolan’s research has been accepted for presentation at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research held at the University of Kentucky. Kayla is a Senior Special Education major whose research interests include Response to Intervention (RtI), the use of progress monitoring in data based decision making, and the incorporation of cross-discipline mentors into field experiences to train pre-service teachers. Kayla’s research submission entitled Utilizing a RtI Service Learning Program to Train Pre-Service Teachers, was selected from more than 4,000 submissions. Kayla has worked as a research assistant to Dr. Sarah Vess for the past two years. According to mentor, Dr. Sarah Vess, “Kayla is a valued asset to our department. I have watch Kayla develop from a student interested in the concept of RtI to a student who could teach a college course on RtI over the course of those two years. “ Kayla is a leader in the area of research and university service. She serves as the President of the HPU student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children and coordinates several volunteer opportunities for students involved in the organization.
Alyssa Springer to Present at NCUR 2014
Her research stems from her 8 week internship in an elementary school in London. Alyssa focused on comparing and contrasting the International Baccalaureate Program and Common Core State Standards that is currently being implemented in the United States. Her presentation will focus on the similarities and differences of the educational philosophies, and is titled “A Globalized Education: A Comparative Study of the International Baccalaureate and Common Core State Standards Systems.”
Chosen from more than 4,000 submissions, her research demonstrates a unique contribution to education. Dr. Cavendish, Alyssa’s faculty mentor, stated, “Alyssa is a motivated and insightful researcher. She has delved into a unique aspect of curriculum development just at the time as we as a nation have been working diligently to become more global. I am proud to be able to have the opportunity to work with her.” Dr. Cavendish will accompany Alyssa to the University of Kentucky to support her in this unique opportunity. While at NCUR 2014, Alyssa will be presenting her work to peers, faculty, and staff from around the world.