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American Education Week 2018

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November 12, 2018 - November 16, 2018

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American Education Week 2018

The NC State College of Education will hold over 20 events the week of Nov. 12-16 to celebrate American Education Week.

See the schedule of activities below.

Throughout the Week


As part of American Education Week, the NC State College of Education has launched a new movement to celebrate educators and the profession of education: #ThankAnEducator. There are three ways to #ThankAnEducator, receive a complimentary T-shirt and to have the chance to be featured in a college-wide video project.
Join the #ThankAnEducator movement

M&Ms in METRC: Manipulative Making and Candy!

When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: METRC
Description: Hands-on learning engages students and teachers. Discover new methods of hands-on learning while enjoying a sweet treat. Design and make manipulatives for your future classroom! Download pre-made designs for your favorite subject and put your own twist on them with a few quick edits. #WhyIChoseEducation

#JustRead: Be Inspired by Books

Sponsor: METRC
Description: Get a book from our American Education Week displays and share it with the world on Instagram or Twitter #WhyIChoseEducation @NCStateCEDMETRC and your choice #BookFace #Shelfies #Reading #JustRead #WeNeedDiverseBooks #bookstagram – At the end of the week we will have a prize drawing from those who have posted to Instagram or Twitter.

Monday, Nov. 12

Donuts & Coffee

Sponsor: North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) 
8-11 a.m.
Location: Poe South Atrium
Sponsor: NCCTM
Description: NCCTM will be selling donuts and coffee to help fund materials for teachers that have been affected by Hurricane Florence.

Thank an Educator Table

Sponsor: Passport to Success
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Poe South Atrium
Sponsor: Passport to Success
Description: Please join the Passport to Success Program to make thank you cards for the educators in the College of Education who have made a significant impact on your college career and within your life. Passport members will hand deliver each card to their respective departments. Let’s give thanks to those professors, administrators and support professionals who have made the College of Education a great place to be!

Senior Lunch Bunch

Sponsor: College of Education Development Office
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Poe South Atrium
Who: NC State College of Education Seniors
Description: The College of Education Development Office will provide free lunch for College of Education seniors to promote student philanthropy.

Racial Microaggression Experiences of Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: Poe Hall, Room 512
Who: Whitney McCoy, Ph.D. Student, Educational Psychology
Description: Many African-American college students experience racial microaggressions while attending Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and often view such campuses as negative, hostile and not culturally affirming. The purpose of this research study was to better understand the experiences and coping mechanisms of collegiate students at PWIs. Using a critical race theory framework and counterstories, the study’s findings help illustrate the pervasiveness of racism within higher education and highlight the ways in which African-Americans maintain their psychological health in the face of race-related stress. Participants will engage in a conversation on how they can assist students of color as they navigate racial microaggressions in this environment.

Jose and Mr. Ramos: A Discussion about the Impact of a Teacher on a Student’s Life

Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Poe Hall, Room 512
Who: Passport to Success scholars
Description: An opportunity to watch the short film and discuss how our own relationships with our teachers (past and present) helped to shape why we decided to become teachers and the importance of building relationships; also discuss obstacles that students face and how teachers do help to support them.

Engaging Students in Political Discussions

Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Location: Park Shops 200
Presenter: Dr. Paula McAvoy, Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education
Description: One purpose of education is to prepare young people for democratic life. To do this well, schools need to teach young people how to participate in public decision-making about the issues of the day. Yet, teachers often hesitate to engage students in discussions of current issues because they are not sure how students (and parents) will respond. These fears can be alleviated if teachers know how to structure discussion. In this session, Paula McAvoy will model how to use the Structured Academic Controversy format to engage participants in the question: What should happen to Confederate monuments? Participants will have access to the materials for use in their own classrooms.

Free Film Screening — Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope!

Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Poe Hall, Room 218
Presenter: Dr. Yevonne Brannon, Director, Urban Affairs & Community Service, NC State
Description: Public Schools First NC, the Wake County Council PTA and the Wake NCAE are partnering to conduct an informational campaign to promote the award-winning, must-see 60-minute film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope! The documentary examines how abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) affect children’s development & health outcomes in adulthood. Research shows ACEs are common, they affect all income levels, and their impact on health and well-being is significant. “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Foster Advocacy, Communication, Empowerment, and Supports for African American Families of Children with Autism (FACES) Project

Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Poe Hall, Room 120
Who: Dr. Jamie Pearson, Assistant Professor of Special Education; Amanda Traficante, Doctoral Candidate, School Psychology; and FACES Research Team
Description: The Fostering Advocacy, Communication, Empowerment, and Support (FACES) Team works to support underserved families with children with autism. More specifically, The FACES team is working to identify the needs of African American parents of children with autism to develop programming that will assist these families when supporting their children. Join us if you would like to learn more about the FACES team, the goals of the team, and the work that we plan to do in the community. We are excited to share our work and discuss how the team collaborates with people in both education and psychology!

Reflections from the New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute in Kitale, Kenya

Time: Noon-1:15pm
Location: Poe Hall, Room 120
Presenters: Drs. Hiller A. Spires, Michelle Falter, DeLeon Gray and Shea Kerkhoff
Special Guest: Peter Wanyonyi, Director of Hope Education Centre, Kenya
Description: The panel will discuss their summer experience conducting the New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute (NLI) in Kitale, Kenya with 60 teachers affiliated with the Hope Education Centre. The purpose of the trip was to support teachers in learning how to use technology in their classrooms and conduct inquiry-based teaching. The Kenyan government has created a policy that all schools must increase technology usage but resources are scarce in many of the rural areas. The team also conducted a day-camp for 350 children who came from the surrounding villages. The director of the Hope Education Centre, Peter Wanyonyi, will be joining the panel to share the impact of the NLI on the community. A light lunch will be served at the beginning of the event.

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Coffee with the Dean

Sponsor: Graduate Student Advisory Board
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Poe Hall, Graduate Lounge
Who: This event is for graduate students only.
Description: College of Education graduate students are invited to engage in stimulating discussion regarding the graduate student experience, the future of education, and the progression and evolution of graduate education within the College of Education. Graduate student participants will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue while enjoying artisan coffee with Dean Mary Ann Danowitz.


Social Justice in Our Communities Symposium

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Burns Auditorium, Kamphoefner Hall
Description: This symposium is an event that provides the NC State community with the opportunity to engage in critical conversations centered around the themes of the common read, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin and J. Luke Shaefer. At the symposium, attendees will engage in a panel discussion with local community leaders, faculty members, and administrators who will share their professional experiences and discuss how students can take action to advocate against injustices that occur in our society.

  • Guest panelists:
    • Dr. Sarah Bowen, Associate Professor of Sociology, NC State
    • Vonda Kai Martin Jenkins, Principal, Walnut Creek Elementary
    • Ana Pardo, Policy Advocate, Workers’ Rights Project
    • Sarah Wright, Academic Coach & Pack Promise Coordinator, TRIO Student Support Services, NC State

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Sub Stop Fundraiser

Sponsor: Multicultural Young Educators Network (MYEN)
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Poe Hall, South Atrium
Description: MYEN will be making sub sandwiches for a fundraiser. All are welcome to purchase lunch to help support initiatives for our organization.

Why We Choose to Teach Science: Engaging Discrepant Events!

Sponsor: NC State Student Chapter, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
 Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Poe Hall, Room 120
Description: Students from the Student Chapter of NSTA will host an event showcasing several science demonstrations and will discuss why they want to teach science.

Developing and Implementing Innovative Supports for Readers Who Struggle

Sponsor: The Literacy Space
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Poe Hall, Room 512
Presenters: Dr. Jill Jones, Teaching Assistant Professor; Nermin Vehabovic, Ph.D. candidate
Description: In this panel discussion, we describe the evidence-based methods we use in the afters-chool tutoring program offered for elementary children at the Literacy Space. We also discuss some of the current sticking points and complex questions related to reading intervention that inform our work with children and teachers.

Exciting Educational Scholarship Opportunities in Rural NC

Sponsor: TIP Teaching Scholars Program
5-6:30 p.m.
Location: Tompkins Hall 0G118
Sponsor: TIP Teaching Scholars Program
Description: The College of Education has partnered with The Innovation Project to bring a $10,000 post-graduation scholarship to eligible juniors who are interested in making an impact in one of four North Carolina districts facing teacher shortages. Join us to meet with district leaders and learn more about how you can apply to become a TIP Teaching Scholar. This program is worth 1 PGU credit.

Thursday, Nov. 15

Continental Breakfast

Sponsor: Education Council
9-10:30 a.m.
Location: Poe Hall, South Atrium
Description: Please join the Education Council for a free continental breakfast in the Poe South Atrium in recognition of American Education Week!

Thank an Educator Table

Sponsor: Passport to Success
9-10:30 a.m.
Location: Poe Hall, South Atrium
Description: Please join the Passport to Success Program to make thank you cards for the educators in the College of Education who have made a significant impact on your college career and within your life. Passport members will hand deliver each card to their respective departments. Let’s give thanks to those professors, administrators, and support professionals who have made the College of Education a great place to be!

Reflections from the Project-Based Inquiry (PBI) Global Student Summit in Suzhou, China

Time: 1-2 p.m.
Location: Poe Hall, Room 512
Presenters: Dr. Hiller A. Spires and David Schwenker, principal of Wake STEM Early College High School
Students: David Tutunzhiu, Amanda Duran, Nathan Ress and Kyanah Hughes
Description: Presenters will introduce the university-school partnership among NC State University, Wake STEM Early College High School and Suzhou North America High School with an emphasis on the recent PBI Global Student Summit held in Suzhou, China. The panel will reflect on their experiences collaborating on student development and leadership, and overcoming challenges inherent with complex educational partnerships.

The 3 Cs: Circuits, Classrooms, and Creativity

Time: 3-5:30 p.m.
Location: METRC
Sponsor: METRC
Description: Be inspired by creativity in our MakerSpace and join us in creating signs for your future classrooms. Materials and inspirational quotes will be provided to get you on your way. Bring a friend and remember #WhyIChoseEducation.

Teacher Education and Social Justice: Dr. Kevin Kumashiro

(Reception immediately following)

Sponsor: Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences Speaker Series
6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Park Shops, Room 201
Description: Sponsored by the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences Speaker Series, Dr. Kumashiro will be talking about movement building for equity and social justice in education. Kumashiro is an internationally recognized expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation and educational equity and social justice, with a wide-ranging list of accomplishments and awards as a scholar, educator, leader and advocate. The event is open to the public.

RSVP by Nov. 8

Friday, Nov. 16

Empowering Individuals Through Improving Their Financial Literacy

Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Poe Hall, Room 512
Presenters: Mian (Helen) Wu, Ph.D. Student, Higher Education program
Description: This workshop will engage the audience to reflect upon their financial identity processing styles and their conversations about money in both their personal life and professional career as educators for others. As financial literacy is critical for an individual to achieve financial well-being, what is financial literacy, how do we develop financial capability, and what are the roles of parents, peers and schools in the developmental process of an individual’s financial literacy? How do financial well-being and self-efficacy relate to a student’s emotional well-being, physical well-being, relational well-being and holistic well-being? I hope this presentation and discussion will help us to have a better understanding of the many forces shaping today’s young adults’ financial literacy and how we can address these challenges. 

Movie Night: School of Rock

Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Poe Hall, Room 512
Sponsor: Teaching Fellows at NC State
Description: The Teaching Fellows program will host a movie night with the film School of Rock starring Jack Black. This movie highlights how teachers aid in the development of students and how teachers should stand up for their students in a fun and musical way. Open to all!




November 12, 2018


November 16, 2018

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