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The College of Education at East Carolina University recognizes the unique strengths and needs of rural educators and administrators in eastern North Carolina. To assist rural educators with the challenges they face in today's twenty-first century schools, the Rural Education Institute within the Office of Professional Development is committed to partnering with the public schools in eastern North Carolina for the purposes of rural education research, staff development, and student outreach.

Rural Education Institute

  • To serve as the College of Education’s central dissemination point for continuing education opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers and administrators at the local, state, regional, national, and international level
    • Provide electronic information portal for staff development and CEU-bearing opportunities from ECU
    • Approve CEUs for teacher education opportunities across the ECU campus
    • Share continuing education opportunities with the SE Alliance and NE RESA
    • Support the LCSN’s Annual Clinical Teacher Conference
    • Host Graduate Research Seminar with a rural education focus
  • To disseminate to public school and university partners in eastern North Carolina information about outreach and student programs offered through East Carolina University
    • Host Legislator’s School for Youth Leadership Development
    • Facilitate Teacher Cadet and Future Teachers of America partnerships
    • Facilitate GEAR UP programs
    • Facilitate Why Teach? programs
    • Provide educational experiences and opportunities which might not otherwise be available to students in rural eastern North Carolina
  • To connect faculty and graduate students with the Latham Clinical Schools Network for the purpose of research and to link faculty expertise and university resources with public school partners
    • Invite faculty seeking research opportunities to address the LCSN Advisory Board
    • Create a directory of COE faculty expertise
    • Create a directory of staff development coordinators in the LCSN
    • Hold quarterly meetings with staff development coordinators from LCSN member systems
    • Maintain NCDPI reports for COE faculty and graduate students seeking school districts with specific characteristics
  • To utilize the REI Outreach Grants to provide funding for doctoral students in the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and proposed Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction programs, to conduct research in rural areas, and to support university and public school partnerships for the purpose of research
    • Provide funding opportunities for doctoral students in Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and proposed Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction programs for dissertation and other research projects in rural eastern North Carolina
    • Encourage COE faculty to seek rural public school partners for research
  • To collect data regarding CEU bearing activities to ensure high quality programming focused on the needs and issues faced by rural educators
    • Maintain a database of service/outreach conducted in the LCSN
    • Facilitate the feedback/evaluation of OPD/REI program
  • To increase the visibility, reputation, and impact of the College of Education with regard to professional development and research focused on the issue
    • Maintain the Office of Professional Development/Rural Education Institute website
    • Distribute OPD/REI materials to LCSN
    • Distribute Legislator’s School for Youth Leadership Development information
    • Attend SE Alliance and NE RESA meetings as the ECU College of Education representative

 Latham Clinical Schools Network for Professional Development Page


Professional Development Workshops

  • Spring 2015 Clinical Teacher Conference - March 31, 2015

    The theme for this event that hosts our current Senior 2 clinical teachers is iTeach: What's Your Superpower? Our goal is to honor our Superheroes in the Field by providing them with professional development sessions that will enhance their "super-teacher powers."

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Student Outreach Events

 Professional Development Opportunities for ECU Faculty and Staff

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2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase

On: 16 Mar 2015 20:01
The COE Research Committee is proud to announce the 2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase.  Please plan to attend and participate in this event on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00-6:00PM in Mendenhall 244. Date:  Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Time:  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Location:  Mendenhall room 244 Presenters and Research Studies: […]

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ESA Scholarships Available for Special Education Majors

On: 06 Mar 2015 21:20
The North Carolina Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Scholarship Board will continue to offer their Scholarship for students and teachers who are pursuing a degree or certification in Special Education in 2015. The scholarship has been available since 1956 and is targeted to individuals training for work with exceptional children and has ranged from $500 […]

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Dr. Christy Rhodes Receives Promoting Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grant

On: 05 Mar 2015 16:01
Drs. Christy Rhodes and Sheresa Blanchard are recipients of the “Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Curriculum” Mini-Grants. The selected proposals are going to tackle different aspects of diversity in the classrooms of ECU and in eastern North Carolina. Dr. Christy Rhodes, assistant professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions, submitted a proposal with Drs. […]

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College of Education Students Honored for Academic Excellence

On: 26 Feb 2015 18:48
On February 20, 2015, fifty-two East Carolina University freshmen and full time transfer students with an intended Teacher Education major were honored during the College of Education ECU EXCELS event. This event was a part of the annual ECU EXCELS program that recognizes students who are first time, full-time freshman or transfer students who earned […]

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From the TRC: TeachingBooks.net

On: 26 Feb 2015 14:51
It’s Thursday, and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource the Teaching Resources Center in Joyner Library has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. This week, it’s TeachingBooks.net. Short of inviting an author to speak on campus it can be difficult for children and young adults to feel […]

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