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School of Education

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 2:41pm
The William Carey University School of Education has been awarded a $90,000 grant for teacher quality improvement under Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
 
Title II grants, which are awarded in Mississippi by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning, focus on preparing, training and recruiting high-quality teachers and principals. Twelve grants were awarded in the state this year.
 
In order to be considered for the Title II grants, an institution had to partner with a local education agency (LEA), such as a school district, and submit a project adequately addressing the College and Career Readiness Standards by assisting teachers in adopting the new standards. Priority consideration was given to projects partnering with high-need LEAs in addressing the needs of teachers and in developing sustainable, intensive and high-quality professional development activities.
 
The WCU project is a Teacher Leader Institute partnering with school districts in Covington, Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Wayne counties, as well as Forrest County Agricultural High School and the Hattiesburg and Petal city districts. The Institute’s goal is to increase student achievement through instructional leadership. 
 
The Institute will meet from June 1-26 and will provide opportunities for participants to analyze data specific to their core subjects and schools in order to improve their instructional practices to the rigorous levels required by new state standards. Participants will also prepare targeted and ongoing professional development for their schools.
 
Twenty teachers from the partnering districts will attend the Institute as students in the university’s educational leadership program. Funds from the grant will be used to pay a stipend to the students as well as their tuition for the Institute.
 
“This is the first time we have been awarded such a grant, thanks to the hard work of the faculty, our assisting consultant and the support of Dr. Susan Lee at the State Institutions of Higher Learning,” said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the School of Education. “The grant is also renewable, so we are hopeful this will become an ongoing project.”
 
For more information on the School of Education and its programs, visit www.wmcarey.edu or contact Dr. Burnett at bburnett@wmcarey.edu.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 8:18am
The Center for Creative Scholars at William Carey University will host the Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! Creativity Exploration camp at the Thomas Business Building on the Hattiesburg campus from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 24.
 
Students in grades 2-6 are invited to attend the camp and explore their creative potential through activities in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The workshop will engage participants through critical thinking and problem solving with a creative arts emphasis.
 
The cost for the camp is $20, which includes tuition, lunch and instructional materials. Students may be nominated to attend the program by parents, teachers and peers or by self-nomination and should display strong characteristics of creative, academic, intellectual, artistic or leadership giftedness. Slots in the program are limited in order to provide small group interaction and individualized instruction.
 
For more information or to receive nomination materials, contact Dr. Christina Liverett, assistant professor of education, at (601) 318-6609 or by email at cliverett@wmcarey.edu.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 2:55pm
The Center for Creative Scholars at William Carey University will host the Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! Creativity Exploration camp at the Tradition campus in Biloxi from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 17.
 
Students in grades 2-6 are invited to attend the camp and explore their creative potential through activities in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The workshop will engage participants through critical thinking and problem solving with a creative arts emphasis.
 
The cost for the camp is $20, which includes tuition, lunch and instructional materials. Students may be nominated to attend the program by parents, teachers and peers or by self-nomination and should display strong characteristics of creative, academic, intellectual, artistic or leadership giftedness. Slots in the program are limited in order to provide small group interaction and individualized instruction.
 
For more information or to receive nomination materials, contact Dr. Christina Liverett, assistant professor of education, at (601) 318-6609 or by email at cliverett@wmcarey.edu.
Friday, December 19, 2014 - 1:52pm
The William Carey University School of Education will offer the doctor of education (Ed.D.) in educational leadership K-12 beginning in November 2015, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
 
The new degree will prepare candidates to become effective leaders in their school districts. The degree is offered primarily in an online format with 61 required course hours, including the dissertation.
 
The School of Education currently offers a specialist of education (Ed.S.) degree with a concentration on educational leadership that can lead directly into the new doctoral degree. In addition to the new doctorate, the School of Education offers an Ed.D. or doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in higher education administration, five Ed.S. concentrations, the master of education (M.Ed.) with 15 concentrations and numerous undergraduate education programs.
 
For more information on the new degree, contact Dr. Liesa Weaver, assistant professor of education and chair of educational leadership, at lweaver@wmcarey.edu. For more information about the School of Education, call (601) 316-6600 or visit www.wmcarey.edu.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:52am