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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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 Professional Development Opportunities for ECU Faculty and Staff

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Educators Gather to Gain Super Teaching Powers

On: 13 Apr 2015 23:31
On March 31, 2015, 220 clinical teachers, university supervisors, faculty and staff gathered for the 2015 Spring Clinical Teachers’ Conference at the Greenville Hilton sponsored by East Carolina University’s College of Education and the Latham Clinical Schools Network. The theme for the conference was iTeach: What’s Your Superpower? and included a keynote address by Ms. […]

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Dr. Grant Hayes

Dr. Grant Hayes Named New Dean of the College of Education

On: 13 Apr 2015 21:15
Dr. Grant Hayes has been named dean and distinguished professor of the College of Education at East Carolina University. Hayes is professor of counselor education and interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he has held numerous leadership positions since 1998. He will join ECU, […]

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Pirate Alumni Recognized as Pitt County Beginning Teachers of the Year

On: 06 Apr 2015 22:02
James Ford, the NC Teacher of the Year, spoke to about 200 Pitt County Schools beginning teachers (teachers in their first three years) at the Beginning Teacher Rally on March 17th. For the first time, each school in the county recognized a Beginning Teacher of the Year. We would like to recognize the Pirates and […]

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From the TRC: SMART Board Workshops

On: 02 Apr 2015 21:51
It’s Thursday, and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. This week, it’s our upcoming SMART Board workshops. Over the next two weeks, the Teaching Resources Center (TRC) is offering two separate workshops covering the basic functions of […]

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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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