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In This Issue: 

Advocacy Panel Reflection

Diversity Education Week with MYEN

Dinner with the Deans 

Multicultural Recognition Ceremony

Passport to Success Visit to PAVE Academy

Seeing the Student Behind the Stereotype

Welcome Tremaine Brittian

NYC Language Immersion and Literacy Trip Reflection



Native American Heritage Month 2015

November 1- November 30
Please visit the NC State Multicultural Student Affairs website to view a schedule of the events that will occur during Native American Heritage Month.
Education Week
Monday, November 16 -
Friday, November 20
Be on the look out for programs and events that will occur in the College of Education during this week.
 No Classes for Students

Wednesday, November 25- Friday, November 27

Last Day of Classes

Friday, December 4
Reading Day
Monday, December 7
Final Exams
Tuesday, Dec. 8 - Wednesday, Dec. 16
College of Education Graduation Ceremony
Friday, December 18
McKimmon Center, Room #2
 Winter Holiday-University Closed
Thursday, Dec. 24 - Friday, January 1

Trivia Corner

What year was the NC State College of Education founded?

The first person to bring the answer to the Student Involvement Office in Poe Hall 504 will receive a prize!


Empowering and Advocating for Hispanic/Latino Families in K-12 Education

By: Briana Green
Senior, Business and Marketing Education
President, MYEN

Empowering and Advocating for Hispanic/Latino families in K-12 Education was an opportunity for pre-service teachers to further consider how we can be change agents and supporters for Hispanic/Latino parents and students. The esteemed panel offered insights about the challenges facing these families in the American education system, including language barriers that prevent parents from interacting with school faculty and assisting with homework, uninviting schools and classrooms that discourage parents and students from feeling welcomed, as well as a lack of knowledge to resources that have been designed to support these families.

The panel strongly recommended eliminating assumptions we have assigned to Hispanic/Latino families and join them in the pursuit to provide equal education and opportunity to Hispanic/ Latino students. The most profound takeaway I had from the advocacy panel were the words of encouragement and empowerment to the pre-service teachers reminding us that we alone can make a difference but partnering with our local community can ignite even more change for Hispanic/Latino families. 


Diversity Education Week with MYEN

The Multicultural Young Educators Network (MYEN) participated in NC State Diversity Education Week held October 12th-16th, sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and the UAB-Diversity Activities Board. During this week MYEN members set up a table in the Poe South Atrium and were able to talk with students about the importance of diversity as pre-service teachers. They shared specific ways education majors could become active in their communities and schools in order to promote awareness and an understanding of diversity among the youth they serve.

Members were also able to provide an opportunity for students in the college to join them for MYEN Diversity Awareness Day at the Daniel Center for Math and Science on October 16th. At the center, members and volunteers were able to conduct diversity-related activities with youth in grades K-3rd and 4th-7th in order to educate them on diversity awareness, appreciating one's differences, and the importance of working together to accomplish a goal.

Dinner with the Deans


  By: Melissa Goto
Junior, Elementary Education
Treasurer, Education Council

Each year the Education Council Executive Board invites student leaders to enjoy an evening of food and discussion with the deans of the College of Education. On Monday, October 19th, Dr. Anona Smith Williams, Dr. Michael Mahr, and Dr. Ellen Vasu joined the leaders of many different student organizations for this event, which was catered by Amedeos. The deans offered their wisdom about the future of our College, advice for student success, and encouragement for pre-service teachers. Specifically, the deans explained how they plan to focus on recruiting more students into the College over the next few years. They highlighted how students in the College have a personal responsibility in this goal, as we should encourage others to become teachers and share our own stories. In return, the deans had the chance to hear about experiences of students and answer any pending questions.

Having the deans take the time out of their busy schedules to spend their evening with students makes us feel supported, important, and heard. This encouragement lets us know that we are not alone in our journey to become educators! Once again, Dinner with the Deans has proved to be a valuable experience for all.


CED Students Honored at Multicultural Recognition Ceremony

On September 10, 2015, five of our amazing students from the College of Education were acknowledged during the Multicultural Recognition Ceremony, sponsored by the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity. The students, Bria Cofield, Andi Gibbs, Janay Graham, Briana Green, and Michael James, were inducted in to the NCSU Chapter of the W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society. Membership in the honor society offers the opportunity for highly-motivated students to continue the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois through networking opportunities, developing leadership skills, and providing service to the community. Congratulations to these students!

Passport to Success Program
  Visit to PAVE SE Raleigh Charter School


On October 16th, members of the Passport to Success Program had the opportunity to visit the PAVE Southeast Raleigh Charter School. During the visit, students met with the school principal, Mrs. Ariana Kanwit, to learn about the PAVE model and to observe teachers and students within kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Throughout the visit, Passport members were able to ask questions regarding teaching methods, student engagement, student achievement, and learning styles.

Seeing the Student Behind the Stereotype


 Program by Melissa Goto and Kristian Marlowe
with Guest Facilitator, Dr. Marc Grimmett

Passport to Success Program

On October 28th, Passport members Melissa Goto and Kristian Marlowe facilitated a discussion regarding stereotypes in the classroom. With Dr. Marc Grimmett serving as a guest facilitator, the presentation was designed to help pre-service teachers learn about the biases and stereotypes affecting K-12 students in the classroom. Attendees walked away with an awareness of these biases and stereotypes along with ways to increase their cultural competence as it relates to their roles as future teachers.

Welcome Tremaine Brittian

Director of Advising, College of Education
I am from Moncure, NC, a small town in Chatham County. As an army brat, I lived in Seattle, Washington, El Paso, Texas, and Mainz, Germany. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Management from NC State in 2003. I then worked as a Recruiter for the College of Textiles at NC State for two years. It was during this time that I further realized my passion for working with college students and helping them transition successfully into and through the University experience. Because of this passion, I went on to receive my Master of Education in Counselor Education at NC State in 2007. Since receiving my Masters Degree, I have been an Academic Advisor for the College of Education, Associate Director of Advising and Admissions for the College of Textiles, and now excited to be back with the College of Education as Director of Advising. I am an avid football fan, a foodie, enjoy working in my yard, and the daily adventures with my miniature schnauzer, Dabo. I know college can be a major transition with a range of experiences and opportunities and my joy is working with students to assist with challenging experiences and encouraging students to do everything possible to be their best self!

Language Immersion & Literacy in New York City: A Service Learning Experience

By: Rayven Casada
Junior, Mathematics Education
Brittany Morrison
Senior, Secondary Mathematics Education


This summer, we, along with other members of Passport to Success Program, were able to engage in a service learning experience in New York City which focused on language immersion and literacy. While in New York, we visited several schools, spoke with teachers, students, and administrators, and explored the diversity and culture of New York.

One school we visited was Stuyvesant High School. This school is very prestigious where students are essentially receiving a private school education for free. We also toured and spoke with administrators at PAVE Academy, a charter school located in the Red Hook District of Brooklyn, where the students are introduced to several opportunities to thrive in their educational experiences. Furthermore, we had a chance to talk with students at Newcomers High School, located in Queens, NY. This school only enrolls high school students that have recently moved to the United States from another country. We had a chance to talk to the students as they expressed some of the challenges adjusting to the United States culture while still attending school each day. We also visited PS 128 in Brooklyn, NY and had the opportunity to speak with teachers and administrators and to observe students in the classroom. This provided us with more opportunities to interface with students and learn about different teaching methods.

 Passport to Success provides students with many opportunities to engage with diverse cultures and enhance our 21st century teaching skills before we enter the classroom and begin teaching our own set of students. We are so very thankful for being able to engage in this enriching, domestic immersion experience. 



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