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Cato, 100, received an honorary doctorate in 2002 and was a longtime advocate for education.  For his dedication to the University, UNC Charlotte remembers Charlotte business leader and philanthropist Wayland H. Cato Jr., who passed away on Saturday, Nov. 4,  Personally and professionally, Cato endowed a number of scholarship programs at the University, including the […]

Community mental health and school safety were in focus at the Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City this month as Cato College of Education Dean Malcolm Butler and other leaders met with U.S. Senator Thom Tillis to discuss implementing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA). Butler joined Tillis, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools […]

by: Ann Doss Helms, Brianna Atkinson For years, North Carolina’s quest to improve reading skills focused on the kids who were falling behind. In 2021, attention shifted to the teachers who couldn’t increase reading proficiency, with the General Assembly providing more than $90 million to retrain elementary school teachers. But what about the schools that […]

UNC Charlotte counseling professor Dania Fakhro remembers her neighbors in Syria wearing the keys to the homes they had been forced to flee around their necks. They were people displaced by conflict with roots common to the ongoing Israel-Hamas war that today leaves buildings in rubble and thousands dead. Born and raised in Syria, Fakhro […]

by: Ann Doss Helms, WFAE Renaissance West STEAM Academy opened in west Charlotte in 2017 with high hopes and massive community support. It’s the centerpiece of a project that replaced the dilapidated Boulevard Homes public housing project, surrounded by subsidized housing, child care, a senior center and other support systems. But until Dwight Thompson took […]

The Association of Counseling Education and Supervision has recognized the UNC Charlotte counseling master’s program with the Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award for its excellence in standards and innovation. The national award is given to one master’s and one doctoral program annually. The UNC Charlotte counseling doctoral program received the award in 2021.  “We […]

Early childhood educators across the country responded with empathy and creativity to support children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now three leaders in the field are being recognized for their efforts with the B. H. Rowland Foundation Award for Excellence. The foundation is the brainchild of special education doctoral student Amanda Vestal, who created […]

Cato College of Education clinical professor Misty Hathcock has been honored with the 2023 Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Preparation Award by the North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NCACTE).  Hathcock is the Director of Alumni Engagement and New Teacher Support Program at UNC Charlotte and has a deep educational background as a five-time […]

Cato College of Education Dean Malcolm Butler is among five members of UNC Charlotte’s faculty or staff named to Who’s Who in Black Charlotte. An entity of Real Times Media, Who’s Who in Black Charlotte documents the positive achievements of Black Charlotteans who are making outstanding contributions to the communities and organizations they serve.  “The […]

by: Galo BairdPhotos: HOLA News | Norsan MediaTranslated from original article The 21-year-old was born in Charlotte, but her parents are from Acámbaro, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. What Andrea Guerrero never imagined was that after having studied at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) it would lead her to be part of its staff, starting her first […]

Master of School Administration graduate Chris Myers is Cabarrus County Schools Principal of the Year. Chris Myers, principal at Northwest Cabarrus High School, has been named the 2023-24 Cabarrus County Schools Principal of the Year. The principal of the year program is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Wells Fargo. Superintendent […]

How do we address issues of equity and opportunity in growing career fields? How can we help students bounce back from learning gaps resulting from the pandemic? Those are just a few of the questions that UNC Charlotte faculty members will work to answer as part of the fifth cohort of the Gambrell Faculty Fellows. […]

UNC Charlotte has named the building that houses the Cato College of Education Mebane Hall in honor of a transformative endowment of up to $23 million from the Mebane Foundation to support early literacy. The gift will establish the Mebane Early Literacy Center and allow the University to greatly expand its efforts as a leader in reading instruction in […]

“I believe the best teacher educators are those who innovate, reflect on their practice, consider ways to collaborate with others and inspire other teachers to see possibilities within their own classrooms,” Good said.

The Cato College of Education faculty have been productive in research and creative discovery. Collectively, they have produced 161 journal articles, 57 book chapters, 11 books, 16 technical reports and 23 additional publications over the past year. The Department of Special Education and Child Development was the highest grant-receiving department at the university. The faculty […]

Dean Emerita Mary Lynne Calhoun passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 21, 2023. Calhoun retired from UNC Charlotte in 2013 after 31 years of service as a member of the faculty and a leader in the Cato College of Education. She arrived at UNC Charlotte in 1982 as an assistant professor of special education before […]

Education alumna Fatima Sail has been named New Hanover County Schools Teacher of the Year. Hear her story as told by her school district. Fatima Sail is effervescent, but don’t let the ear-to-ear grin, encouraging words, and springing thumbs up fool you: She’s a fighter. Growing up with four older brothers in a little village […]

By: Sonja Barisic Photos by: Ryan Honeyman & Kat Lawrence Straun Alexander was in a classroom chatting with other aspiring principals when he received a tap on the shoulder. A parent needed to see him right away, he was told. Waiting for Alexander in another room was a parent, angry because her son was suspended […]