Research and Event News and Notes

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 […]

Celebration of Life: Dean Emerita Mary Lynne Calhoun

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 […]

Alumna Named New Hanover County Schools Teacher of the Year

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 […]

Guiding Principals: Preparing School Leaders to Make a Positive Impact

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 […]

UNC Charlotte to help carry on Mebane Foundation legacy through historic gift

The UNC Charlotte Cato College of Education, a leader in literacy instruction and research, has been selected by the Mebane Foundation to help continue its legacy of supporting innovation in literacy education in North Carolina and beyond through a five-year grant and potential endowment of up to $23 million. The decision follows a competitive statewide […]

Professor Ryan Miller Earns Bonnie E. Cone Early-Career Professorship in Teaching

The Office of Academic Affairs recognized faculty and an academic unit for exemplary work in the areas of teaching, advising and civic engagement at the annual Provost’s Awards Reception. Winners of this year’s Provost’s Awards are Carlos Cruz, associate professor of theater and program director of the Master of Fine Arts in community-centered practice; Ryan […]

Alumnus Named North Carolina Community College System President

North Carolina’s community college board has elevated UNC Charlotte Cato College of Education alumnus and Wilkes Community College President Jeff Cox to be the next top executive over its 58 colleges, amid staffing vacancies and legislative efforts to overhaul the governance of one of the country’s largest such systems. Read more

Teachers in Training Share Love of Reading with Elementary Students at Annual Event

The UNC Charlotte Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) Honor Society partner each year to share their love of reading with Niner University Elementary (NUE). Through a national PKP-funded grant, the Love of Reading project includes three components: a book and supply drive, a read-in, and community book boxes. “The […]

Alumnus Darrin Hartness is All About Relations

by: Mebane Rash, founding CEO and editor-in-chief, EducationNC Darrin Hartness has always been an educator. He has served as a vocational teacher, principal, chief technology officer, assistant superintendent, superintendent, and is now president of Davidson-Davie Community College. Regardless of his role, he told us, “It’s really all about relationships.” Read more

Perspective: What I Wish I’d Known About Community College Transfer

Professor Mark D’Amico offered perspective on the community college transfer process for EdNC. I started my career in the mid-1990s as an admissions staff member and met with many individual students (walk-ins, as we called them) about how to gain admission. The university was focused on transfer with a high proportion of first-generation college students, […]