The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, October 10, 2014

Welcome from Dean Wixson

Dean Karen Wixson applauds graduates during the May 2014 School of Education Commencement Ceremony. 

Welcome to the Fall 2014 edition of Educate Magazine. The UNCG School of Education is ‘making’ our spaces, faculty and students ready for the next generation of learning. But what does this mean?

Last month, the School of Education was the only North Carolina institution to receive a highly competitive federal Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant will further UNCG’s efforts to emphasize technology integration across all teaching fields as well as recruit, train and support more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)  teachers.

The Michel Family Teaching Resources Center's new SELF Design Studio paves the way for the next generation of educators

by Heather Hans

Students gather for a study session in the newly renovated Teaching Resources Center. 

At only three years of age, the most recent version of the Michel Family Teaching Resources Center (TRC) in the School of Education isn’t exactly old.  Since the new School of Education building was built in 2011, the new TRC space has served as a model school library media center, filled with picture books, young adult fiction and nonfiction, teacher preparation materials, audiovisual materials, instructional tools and equipment, and a small selection of fluffy stuffed animals in need of a good hug.

Previewing the innovative faculty-led projects in the SELF Design Studio

by Heather Hans

Specialized Education Services Professor Claudia Pagliaro supervises a team building activity as part of her Making MY Space project.  

In education, we’re used to structure.  Give us the criteria, the learning outcomes, the rubric, the lesson plan, the syllabus.  But sometimes the best ideas come to us when we’re free of structure, when the guidelines are open and the options are endless.  When the School of Education (SOE) asked its faculty to submit proposals for fellowship projects to use the new Student Educator Learning Factory (SELF) Design Studio, a makerspace in the Michel Family Teaching Resource Center, the requirements were pretty basic.

Top-ranked Counseling and Educational Development program adds online training

by Andrea Crossley Spencer

Emily Campbell, Ph.D. candidate, prepares to supervise a live counseling session conducted by a master's counseling student in the Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic.

Last May, a dozen school counseling students from the Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED) earned their master’s degrees. By July, all were employed by schools around the region.

ERM researchers recognized worldwide as leaders in educational measurement

by Andrea Crossley Spencer


Associate Professor Robert Henson chats with an ERM student.

Education professionals from around the globe rely on the expertise of faculty right here at UNCG in the Department of Educational Research Methodology (ERM). Testing methods developed by researchers in the School of Education are utilized worldwide and featured in the field’s most prestigious journals.

SELF Design Studio: A Tribute to Curiosity

by Terri Jackson 

Smith Self working with daughter, Bekah, on a school assignment about birds.
Luther Self loved to learn.  As a child growing up in a working class home in Greensboro, Luther was the kid who took things apart and put them back together, making the finished product better than the original.  As an adult, he served his country in the Army, founded a successful company and pursued education with a determined passion that lasted a lifetime.  And after his passing in 1997, Luther’s legacy lives on through the philanthropic work of his son, Smith Winborne Self, and their family foundation.

New faces in the School of Education

We would like to welcome our new School of Education faculty members joining us for the 2014-2015 school year: