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In This Issue:

2017 Freshmen Honors Convocation

iScholars Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Tuesdays Together Series

Meet our New Passport to Success Scholars

Choice Not Chance Documentary

Black Educators Panel



During the winter, everyone (even adults!) loves to bundle up in cozy pajamas. Not everyone has this comfort, though. With this in mind, the Education Council hosted a Winter Pajama Drive to benefit patients at the North Carolina Children's Hospital. Hospital representatives shared that the young children often miss the feeling of "home" that colorful, comfortable pajamas provide. Paired with NC State Club Swimming,  a grand total of nearly 300 pajamas were collected. Thank you to everyone who participated! 
Ed Council President, Melissa Goto, with the bags of donated pajamas.


Teaching, Supporting and Advocating for Children Who are Immigrants or Refugees
Tuesday, Feb. 21
Poe 200
6:00 p.m.
0.5 PGU
Biases in the Classroom (MYEN and SNCAE)
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Poe 120
6:00 p.m.
Fall NCSU Schedule Published
Friday, Mar. 3
Spring Break
Monday, Mar. 6 - Friday, Mar.10
Drop/Revision Deadline
Monday, Mar. 13
Supporting and Advocating for Children Who Have Parents Who Are Incarcerated
Tuesday, Mar. 14
Park Shops 200
6:00 p.m.
Privilege and Poverty (MYEN and SNCAE)
Wednesday, Mar. 15
Park Shops 210
6:00 p.m.
Registration for Fall Term Begins
Monday, Mar. 20
BUILD Summit
Saturday, Mar. 25

2017 Freshmen Honors Convocation

Tremaine Brittian, Director of Advising, and Regina Gavin Williams, Director of Student Engagement & Diversity Coordinator, congratulate College of Education honorees.

On February 10, 2017, College of Education students were honored at the 2017 Freshman Honors Convocation, hosted by NC State Multicultural Student Affairs. First-year students honored at the convocation achieved a 3.0 or greater during their Fall semester. 14 of our first-year students were invited due to their exemplary academic achievements and received recognition and awards at the annual convocation. College performance awards were also given to those colleges that had 50% or more of their first-year class (students who self-identify as African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander ethnicities) achieve a 3.0 or greater Fall semester grade point average. For the 15th year in a row, the College of Education had one of the highest percentages of students who had a 3.0 or greater out of all of the colleges at NC State.

Congratulations to the following recipients:
Drew Grantham
Carlia Harrell
Mackenzie Hunt
Andy Khounmeuang
Arianna Johnson
Lerung Lin
Quoc-Huy Nguyen
Laura Puyana
Sara Savino
Jina Suh
Leiah Tamaki
Summer Thompson
Kevin Tohak
Aaliyah Whitfield

The celebration also included a message from Ken E. Nwadike Jr.,  a peace activist, motivational speaker and video journalist who founded the Free Hugs Project.
Ken E. Nwadike, Jr. addresses students during his keynote speech.

iScholars Teacher Professional Development Workshop

By: Briana Green

Senior, Business and Marketing Education
Lexi DeFalco, Micheal James and Briana Green prepare to present their lessons at iScholar.

On Friday February 3rd, Dr. DeLeon Gray and his SMART Collaborative team of undergraduate and graduate students began implementation of their latest educational psychology effort, iScholar. iScholar, which is led by Dr. Gray, is a 3-year National Science Funded grant funded project. The project involves a partnership with two Durham Public Schools after school programs to study the "best motivationally supportive strategies for working with students to share with teachers and parents at a community gathering, as well as producing a resource guide for professional science and engineering groups that wish to tailor their outreach efforts to the developmental needs of middle schoolers".

As an undergraduate researcher on the iScholar project, my role has been the STEM Activities and Lesson Plans Coordinator. With the assistance of Katherine Waller, another undergraduate researcher studying Secondary English Education in CHASS, we spent the last five months designing interactive and authentic after school sessions that consider how STEM processes and solutions can be applied to community issues. 

In the iScholar professional development session, I presented the first three after school session lessons to the 18 participating teachers. Lessons included fun activities such as blindfold coding games, programming and flying Parrot mini drones, and using clips from Pixar's Zootopia to facilitate conversations about the iScholar Spring Semester theme: Voice, Choice, Action! It was truly affirming to watch the lessons come to life as the teachers practiced the activities and discussed how to add their own flares while considering the autonomy research. I am super inspired as I design the next three lessons and continue to think outside the box for engaging student development. 

The SMART Collaborative with be hosting the participating teachers for the second iScholar Teacher Professional Development Workshop on Friday, March 24th at the Friday Institute. 

Briana Green shares ideas on how to use STEM ideas to tackle challenges outside of the classroom.

Tuesdays Together Series

By: Gregory Downing, Doctoral Student, Mathematics Education (Secretary of BGSA) &
Kristen McCollum, Masters Student, School Administration (Treasurer or BGSA)

Dr. Shekina discusses her research on Black Male teachers with the audience.

On February 7th, NC State University students had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Shekina Farr Moore present at the Tuesdays Together Series, sponsored by the Council on Multicultural Initiatives & Diversity (COMID) and the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA). The topic of discussion was “Still Endangered: Black Males Answering the Call to Teach in NC Public Schools”. During this presentation Dr. Moore explained her findings from her extensive research on black male teachers in North Carolina. Her findings presented the shortage of black males in education preparation programs and in classrooms across America. Her study investigated the connection between both Black male teachers, local education agencies (LEAs), and colleges/universities.

Although more research needs to be done, a resonating message that sprung from the discussion was if you want black males in front of the classroom, you have to pursue them. Passively waiting for them to come and not having support for them on the journey to and through teaching (be it PRAXIS study sessions, undergraduate financial and/or emotional support) will stifle the cause. Once they are in the classrooms, failing to treat them like every other professional in the school is devaluing. This includes not allowing them to teach upper-level classes and constantly placing them with the students who have been (too often) mislabeled as “bad” or designated “at-risk” is the way you lose the few that are there.

Tuesdays Together in a time for faculty, staff and students to engage in conversations around important issues that challenge diversity and inclusion in the classroom.

Meet our New Passport to Success Scholars

On Friday, January 20th the Passport to Success Program hosted a Meet and Greet/Orientation for the 11 students who were inducted in to the program. The Meet and Greet was a time for new scholars to briefly meet their Passport Mentors and to meet current scholars in the program. Following the Meet and Greet, the new cohort scholars participated in an orientation where scholars gained a better understanding of the program and learned about their. Congratulations to the 2017 Passport to Success cohort!

2017 Passport Scholars
Fumi Agboola
Grace Allyn
Brittney Craven
Lexi DeFalco
Katee Finegan
Bethany Helms
AJ Johnson
Hayley Sullivan
Leiah Tamaki
Chantal Warfield
Casey White

Fumi Agboola and Audrey Fulton bond as a new mentor and mentee pairing at the Meet and Greet.

Choice Not Chance Documentary

By: Aaliyah Whitfield

Freshman, Elementary Education
Sponsors of the documentary screening pose with filmmakers Mindy Fuller and Angela Morrow. 
On February 7th, I had the honor of attending the Choice Not Chance Documentary Screening sponsored by the College of Education, Women's Center, Black Graduate Student Association, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council. The film was created and executive produced by Angela Morrow and Mindy Fuller. The basis of the documentary was why do young Black men make certain choices? They put that question to the test by talking to nine young men and eight of their mentors. At the beginning of the film they showed some troubling facts regarding African American males. For example, in 2012 – 2013 the graduation rate for African American males was 59%. In addition to that, 1 in 3 African American males spend their lives in jail. Using those facts to start a conversation, the nine young men and eight mentors talked about life choices, such as how divorce effect children at a young age, child abandonment and educational options. When the documentary finished, the floor was opened to anyone who wanted to ask questions about what they heard or saw to the panel of participants from the documentary. By the end of the event, not only were the attendees able to discover the lessons each young man learned throughout their life, but many saw how those lessons can be learned and put into effect in their own lives.

Black Educators Panel

By: Carlia Harrell
Freshman, Elementary Education

Members of MYEN and the Women's Center pose with the guest panelists.
On February 15th, the Multicultural Young Educators Network (MYEN) and the Women’s Center hosted their Black History Month program entitled, “Role Models and Representation”. The program consisted of a panel of four black women who have made remarkable achievements in their various fields of education. The guest panelists were Roxann J. Sykes, Alexandra Zagbayou, Dr. Kim Stanbury, and Alexandria Pitts. Each of the panelist came from different subject areas within the education system in K-12, higher education, and the non-profit sector. The mission for this event was to allow the panelists to discuss the effects of positive representation of women of color in the classroom, share their personal experiences within the professional workplace, explain the importance of mentoring, and share how social media impacts the black women. They were able to share the full spectrum of the impact of positive representation and mentoring.

It can be argued that there is a lack of positive representation that exists in the community and media as it pertains to Black women. One panelist asked why was it that people thought of Michelle Obama as something unheard of? She is viewed as a black women who holds a remarkable status and this couldn’t be any farther from the truth. Ms. Stansbury felt as though the media has a lot to do with it. “The media definitely shapes the narrative of how people think they’re supposed to be,” she expressed. "They set the stereotypes, and people judge you with those stereotypes.” Ms. Zagbayou felt as though as Black women, “we make spaces better because of what we bring to the table, and we should narrate that more often.”

Panelists discuss the importance of roles models and representation in the media and society.
It has been found that classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse. With that said, there is a great disconnect because many students of color lack teachers and administrators  who are reflection of themselves. Further, sometimes these students are looked at as “at risk”. Ms. Sykes believed that the issue begins with entitling these students as “at risk”. She herself was deemed “at risk”, having being raised by a single mother who had only obtained a high school diploma. She believed that the title needs to be changed to “at promise”, for she is where she is today because someone saw promise in her. Ms. Pitts makes sure that her classroom is known as a safe space for her students. She shared that, "For me to be a medium and a safe place for her students has been the best part of my experience as a person of color in the classroom.” I must say, if you weren’t present at the “Role Model and Representation” program, you truly missed out on some incredible insight.
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