College of Education News

September 2015


Do you want to participate in our first annual EdTalk on Tuesday, October 27th?  This event will consist of 6-minute talks about education. Proposals are being accepted here. All proposals are due by Wednesday, October 14th. [more]

October Alumni Spotlight

October 5, 2015 - Meet Jeana Link Jeana Link is our October Alumni Spotlight. Jeana is a 2009 Secondary Education English graduate. She was recently recognized as the Catawba County Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school-year.  As a tenth grade teacher of Advanced Placement English, Jeana reflects on what she has learned as a student at Appalachian State.  She credits the Teaching Fellows program for guiding her to be an “effective and reflective educator”. Jeana wants to... [more]

October Faculty Spotlight

October 1, 2015 – Meet Karen Caldwell, a professor in the Human Development & Psychological Counseling Department, who has taught in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program since 2000. Aside from teaching her mindfulness and relationship courses this semester, she is also working on two grant projects. One of her studies aims at easing anxiety and improving sleep through Tai Chi. This is an art that Karen herself has been practicing since 1992.... [more]

September Alumni Spotlight

September 7, 2015 -  Amie Snow, a recent graduate of the Educational Leadership doctoral program and recipient of the Alice Naylor Award for Outstanding Dissertation, shares about her experience in the Reich College of Education. She first graduated from Appalachian State in 2006 with her MA in Reading Education and then in 2014 she concluded her academic career with a two-hour long dissertation that has since helped propel a discussion about standardized tests in North Carolina. Amie... [more]

August 2015

September Faculty Spotlight

September 1, 2015 - Meet Dr. Margaret Werts, a special education professor, who has a passion for teaching, and loves to watch as students become educators that too share in the joy of helping others learn. Dr. Werts is entering her 18th year as a professor at Appalachian State in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education. She reflects on how much the department and college has grown through the years she has been here. Up until recently where it was known as Language, Reading... [more]

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Awards $100,000 to Appalachian to Support Math Education

August 12, 2015 - The Department of Curriculum and Instruction has been awarded a two-year $100,000 grant to help support mathematics education. This grant will provide training to roughly 35 elementary mathematics teachers, who will then use the tools they have learned through this grant to better educate their students. “The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation believes that classrooms with well-prepared and supported teachers are the cornerstone of strong public schools. Having a good teacher... [more]

Music in the Mountains

 August 11, 2015 -Teachers and media coordinators from Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Watauga County Schools visited the Reich College of Education on July 29-30 to participate in the Mountain Music in the Classroom workshop. With grant support from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, educators collaborated with faculty in the Center for Appalachian Studies, Belk Library, and the Reich College of Education to design online lesson plans about local music history for area schools.To... [more]

Rhododendron Society of Appalachian State University 2015 Inductees

August 7, 2015 - The Rhododendron Society of Appalachian State University honored three alumni for their prestigious award given annually. Chad S. Beasley, Bill G. Rhinehart, and T.R. Richards were inducted on July 25. The Rhododendron Society was established in 1999 and remains the most esteemed award received in the College of Education. The mission of the Rhododendron Society is to honor graduates of Appalachian State who serve as teachers, librarians, human service professionals, or... [more]

Digital Leadership Conference

August 5, 2015 - The Reich College of Education hosted the Educational Leadership for the Digital Age Conference on Monday July 27th and Tuesday July 28th. The Keynote speaker was Mr. Eric Sheninger, a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership in Education (ICLE). He spoke on topics such as “Leadership for the Digital Age”, where he discussed his own personal success as a principal at New Milford High School (NJ). Creating an environment where children have a desire to learn... [more]

August Alumni Spotlight

August 4, 2015 - Meet Vicki. Vicki Walker, a 2011 graduate in the Child Development: Birth through Kindergarten program, is our August alumni spotlight. Vicki, who is a current pre-school teacher in Catawba County, embodies what the Reich College of Education represents. A major goal of the College of Education is to create an environment for students to grow and develop into educators. Vicki certainly exemplifies that mission. “Education is important to me because it opened doors to an... [more]
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