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As the coronavirus continues to strain every aspect of our lives, education forges ahead – if only virtually. As nearly the entire country has shuttered its schools, what are the implications of a nation going to class online? Learning, Design and Technology Professor Florence Martin joined a panel of experts on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks to […]

Drew Polly, a professor in the UNC Charlotte Cato College of Education, offers tips for parents and caregivers to support students learning from home. It is unclear when the region’s PK-12 schools will open again, but that doesn’t mean your student’s educational momentum has to stall. Here are a few suggestions on how to support […]

Florence Martin is a professor of Learning, Design and Technology at UNC Charlotte. She teaches fully online, has received Quality Matters Certification for six of her courses and won the Crystal Award from the Association of Educational Communications and Technology for outstanding multimedia-based distance education course. Here’s what she has to say about online teaching […]

The strong necessary measures to stem the spread of outbreaks like COVID-19 include the practice of “social distancing” and avoiding close contact with others, as well as large gatherings. While effective, this measure also brings challenges, particularly in the area of mental health. UNC Charlotte social work professor Sonyia Richardson discusses the impact of social […]

The halls of Reedy Creek Elementary buzzed with excitement earlier this year as volunteers from UNC Charlotte shared their love of reading with students. The new literacy initiative brought UNC Charlotte’s Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) and Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) honor societies together with Reedy Creek Elementary. What resulted was the first ever Love of […]

UNC Charlotte alumna Krystal Turner was recently named Outstanding Entry-Level Student by the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International (CSI). CSI promotes scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy and excellence in counseling. Turner’s selection for the award is based on “scholarship, extracurricular involvement, service to the chapter, and evidence of excellence and […]

The Learning, Design and Technology program, formerly Instructional Systems Technology, underwent a change in name to reflect current trends in the field and better represent the program’s focus. Offered through UNC Charlotte Distance Education, the Learning, Design and Technology program prepares graduates in three concentrations: school specialists, training and development and online teaching and learning. […]

The Cato College of Education is continuing to broaden its influence nationally with the selection of Dr. Tina Heafner as the newest President of the National Council for the Social Studies. The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) is a nationwide professional association committed to advocacy and ensuring all students receive a high-quality social […]

A new UNC Charlotte program is connecting experts at the university with school counselors in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to provide professional development in designing curriculum for critical classroom lessons. “The classroom lessons that school counselors lead are just as important as the content-focused lessons that teachers in their schools teach,” said professor Hilary Dack, co-creator […]

The Cato College of Education online master’s programs are ranked in the top 10 percent of programs nationally in the 2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The college checks in at 28th out of 309 total online graduate education programs nationwide, ascending a significant 50 spots in the rankings following a redesign of the […]

by: Ann Doss Helms Whenever the spotlight turns to struggling schools and failing students, there’s another question that bubbles up: How well are America’s teacher preparation programs doing their job? Listent to WFAE’s report on the Cato College of Education’s new approach to student teaching