News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:15:41 -0400 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:15:41 -0400 1800 Teets receives R.R. Turner Spirit of the College Award <p><span style="font-size: small;">Carson-Newman College honored longtime professor Dr. Sharon Teets during Alumni Awards festivities Thursday, March 29.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Teets has worked at Carson-Newman some 30 years beyond what she initially expected. She began in 1980 as director of the College&rsquo;s Child Development Laboratory. She said she thought she would work there for a couple of years and move on to another institution.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;Having risen through C-N&rsquo;s ranks from her early days in the CDL, joining the School of Education long before it was a School and by demonstrating throughout her tenure how to be a great teacher by being a great teacher, Sharon Teets is Carson-Newman,&rdquo; championed Mark Brown, director of News and Media Relations.<strong></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Beyond fulfilling her duties as a faculty member and administrator, the professor, along with her husband, Scott, regularly attends evening events to support her students and colleagues as an active member of the Carson-Newman family. The couple chose New York as their destination to celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary because several music students had auditioned and were selected for a Carnegie Hall performance.<strong></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Dr. Kim Hawkins says her colleague&rsquo;s regard for and interest in others is constant. She noted a recent exchange with a commuter student whose car had broken down that morning. &ldquo;She said that she knew Sharon would have helped her so that who she had been trying to find.&rdquo;<strong></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Hawkins says Teets has assisted her in recent years during the pursuit of a doctorate. &ldquo;Sharon&rsquo;s helped me develop as a faculty member and scholar. She helped me select a topic for my dissertation, read multiple drafts of various chapters, and volunteered to help with data collection. Like the student with the broken down car, I know that Sharon Teets will help me whenever I call.&rdquo;<strong></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Vice President for Student Affairs Ross Brummett said that Teets &ldquo;embodies a Ministry of Presence&hellip; I have known her on more than one Saturday to be on campus in the morning, in Knoxville in the afternoon, and back on campus at night, all for C-N events.&rdquo;<strong></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">The honor &ldquo;overwhelmed and humbled&rdquo; the woman who, as of this year, has spent half of her life teaching at Carson-Newman.<strong></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;I am filled with gratitude for being able to work in a place that reminds me so very clearly on a daily basis what it means to be Christian,&rdquo; effused Teets. &ldquo;The environments in which we spend our time; the people with whom we interact &ndash; shape us in that that we cannot understand. So, if I, in any way, represent the R.R. Turner Sprit of the College it is because I reflect, I reflect the way I have been treated by students, alums, faculty and staff &ndash; everyone here at Carson-Newman. It is your spirit of love, respect, faith and intellectual curiosity that have nourished and shaped me. My prayer for each of you is that you to will be so nourished.&rdquo;<strong></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Sharon and Scott reside in Jefferson City and are active members of Knoxville&rsquo;s St. James Episcopal Church</span></p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 15:15:22 -0400 School of Education Partners with Georgia School for Literacy Collaborative <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; vertical-align: middle; margin-right: auto;" src="libraries/tiny_mce/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/Education_undergraduate/Dalton_trip_Spring_2012.jpg" alt="Dalton trip" width="320" height="214" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Carson-Newman School of Education professors Kim Hawkins and Dr. Karen Milligan have established something of a lab setting with a middle school in Dalton, Georgia. The success of a fall trip has fostered plans for a two-day return in March.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Dalton Middle School serves a diverse student population of more than 1600 students under one roof. The C-N professors say Dalton Middle, the city school system&rsquo;s lone institution for Grade 6-8, breaks the stereotype that the best education is delivered on a small scale.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">Brian Suits, a1982 C-N graduate and founding principal of DMS, invited Milligan and Hawkins to bring their students to examine the school&rsquo;s Literacy Collaborative program as well how to effectively manage a middle grades institution larger than many county high schools. to eighth-grade students features a level of diversity most C-N student teachers never encounter; Hispanic students make up 69 percent of the student body. The middle school produces high standardized test scores (competency test scores in all subjects are at 90% or better) and seems to model community spirit and good citizenship, according to the Carson-Newman guests.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;When Brian invited us to come, we jumped on the opportunity,&rdquo; said Hawkins a reading specialist. &ldquo;Brian attributes much of his school&rsquo;s success to their buy-in of the Literacy Collaborative and we wanted our students to see it in action.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">According to the Literacy Collaborative&rsquo;s website, the program is a &ldquo;comprehensive school improvement project designed to improve the reading and writing achievement of students in pre-K through 8th grade.&rdquo; According to Hawkins, students read some teacher-selected materials, but are afford the great latitude in reading books of their own choosing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;The philosophy behind this framework requires a great deal of trust on the teacher&rsquo;s part. They have to trust that students can and will take control on their learning. Of course the teachers are there to guide and gently nudge those students who need to be nudged,&rdquo; said Hawkins.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">C-N senior Caitie Beeler, one of 12 students on the fall trip, said one of the most significant things that she noticed about Dalton Middle was the level of respect that teachers afforded their students. The students, she noted, were treated like young adults and not children who had to worry about getting in trouble for chewing gum or eating in class.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;That&rsquo;s where everything starts,&rdquo; Beeler observed. &ldquo;If you set high expectations for your students and hold them to those expectations they will do better in the content areas.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">Suits and his teachers told the C-N visitors that, under the LC framework, students are reading more. Their writing assignments focus on the books they read and, since they choose the books, the writing is more meaningful to the students and consistently better.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">Kim Hawkins deemed the Dalton Middle School experience &ldquo;amazing,&rdquo; adding, &ldquo;It reminded me of the old saying, &lsquo;Kids are people too.&rsquo; The students are expected to behave and conduct themselves appropriately, and they just do. It's really quite unbelievable until you see it.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">Milligan said the initial visit was a &ldquo;good learning experience&rdquo; that has helped with planning the second foray to Dalton.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;It was good for those students and good for us in terms of advanced planning. We expect to take students from three classes and give them more time to observe and participate. This is not only an opportunity to see a large, diverse school that runs like a well-oiled machine while providing excellent student development on a personal level. </span></p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 14:04:45 -0500 TESL Students Published! <p>Current students Lindsay Marshall and Abby Swanger and 2011 graduate Derek Voiles published a paper entitled "The Use of Promethean/Smart Boards for ESL Instruction" in the TNTESOL newsletter.&nbsp; Click on the link and scroll down to page 13 to read the article.</p> <p><a href="'11.pdf">'11.pdf</a></p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 13:58:14 -0500 Dr. Emma Cody-Mitchell presents paper at TAAT <p><strong>Dr. Emma Cody-Mitchell</strong>, Associate Professor of Education, along with <strong>Dr. Sandy Long</strong>, Associate Professor of Education, presented a paper entitled, "iPad Productivity Apps," at the Tennessee Association on Assistive Technology meeting in Murfreesboro December 8-10.&nbsp; This presentation was based on the work Dr. Long and Dr. Cody-Mitchell have completed as a part of a grant to provide training, in collaboration with local P-12 educators, for the use of assistive technology with special needs students.</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 14:01:17 -0500 Dr. Sandy Long presents paper at TRA <p><strong>Dr. Sandy Long, </strong>Associate Professor of Education, presented a paper entitled "Using Assistive Technology to Teach Literacy" with graduate student Andrew Bennett at the Tennessee Reading Association meetings in Murfreesboro December 5-7.</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 14:03:29 -0500 Professor Kim Hawkins conducted poster session presentation at TRA <p><strong>Professor Kim Hawkins, </strong>Instructor of Education, along with one of our graduate students, Hannah Hodges Lane, conducted a poster session presentation in Murfreesboro at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Reading Association entitled &ldquo;Retrospective Self-Analysis:&nbsp; A Key Component to Motivating High School Juniors and Improving Writing Scores.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 14:05:13 -0500 Dr. Karen Milligan Contributes Chapter to Book! <p><strong>Dr. Karen Milligan</strong>, Associate Professor of Education, was asked to contribute a chapter, entitled Using Technology to Support Team-Based Learning,&rdquo; in a recently released book published by Stylus Publishers, Team-Based Learning in the Social Sciences and the Humanities.&nbsp; The book is available at:</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 14:11:34 -0500 Dr. P. Mark Taylor presents paper at Baylor Symposium <p><strong>Dr. P. Mark Taylor</strong><strong>, Associate Professor of Education,</strong> presented a paper entitled, &ldquo;Is Wisdom Constructed?&nbsp; We Soon Shall Know:&nbsp; What to Expect of College Students in the Year 2020,&rdquo; at the&nbsp;<strong>2011 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture:&nbsp; Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century, on October 28, 2011, in Waco, Texas.</strong></p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 14:14:04 -0500 Dr. Sharon Teets presents paper at TRA <p><strong>Dr. Sharon Teets, </strong>School of<strong> </strong>Education Dean and Professor of Education<strong>,</strong> along with Honors Student Jessica Laws, presented a paper at the Tennessee Reading Association Conference in Murfreesboro, on December 8, 2011, entitled, &ldquo;Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement:&nbsp; Using Books to Accomplish Both!&rdquo;</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 14:15:57 -0500