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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."

  • Teacher's Toolbox

Student Outreach Events

 Professional Development Opportunities for ECU Faculty and Staff

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Former Dean Keeping Teacher Preparation in the Spotlight

On: 03 Sep 2015 19:21
Dr. Linda Patriarca, former dean of the College of Education and current Special Education professor may be on hiatus, but she is still making sure that East Carolina and the work done in the College for teacher preparation stays in the spotlight, as shown in the US News and World Report article “Colleges Struggle to […]

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Professional Development Opportunities for 2015-2016

On: 02 Sep 2015 12:00
The Office of Assessment and Accreditation’s professional development for the 2015-16 academic school year will have two different overarching themes for participants. The workshops will be presented in two different formats to better fit the schedules and preferred learning styles of those interested in attending.  Participants will have the opportunity to attend either a face-to-face […]

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COE Alumna and Current MAEd Student Named Pactolus Teacher of the Year

On: 31 Aug 2015 19:02
Melissa Zurawski was named Teacher of the Year at Pactolus School in Pitt County where she teaches fifth grade English Language Arts. She is in her fourth year of teaching and uses the principle, “Effort rather than ability leads to success,” to guide her work with students. She explains, “I want my students to understand that […]

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College of Education is Busting Myths about Teaching

On: 27 Aug 2015 15:10
On August 23, 2015, the College of Education helped welcome over 5,000 students at Pirate Palooza, the university’s largest annual welcome back celebration, held in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. . Pirate Palooza featured a variety of ECU traditions and activities where students had the chance to participate in athletic games, speak with vendors, enjoy food, and win […]

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The New Education Community of Scholars Get Acquainted and Settle In

On: 26 Aug 2015 21:12
One week ago today, the College of Education welcomed 31 new Teacher Education students to ECU and moved them into the newest residence hall on campus, Gateway Residence Hall. This group of students is our newest cohort of Education Living-Learning Community members, which consists of 12 Abernathy, Lane and Maynard Scholars and an additional 19 […]

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