English Education Graduates Publish in Education Journals

Four English education graduates have published their action research projects or other scholarly works in state, national, and international journals in the past year. All four articles were co-authored by Dr. Alan Brown.

Matt Koval published his action research in STEM Journal, an international journal that focuses on teaching English through media. The title of his article is “Approaching Narrative Text with a Film Director’s Mindset: Producing Real and Imagined Scenes in the Secondary English Classroom.”

Beau Burns published his action research in Florida English Journal, a state journal sponsored by the Florida Council of Teachers of English. The title of his article is “Mining for Gold on the Silver Screen: Using Film to Develop Active Literacy Skills.”

Kate Youngblood worked with Dr. Alan Brown and Dr. Joan Mitchell on a collaborative article published in SIGNAL Journal, a national journal sponsored by the International Reading Association’s Special Interest Group: Network on Adolescent Literature. The title of their article is “‘Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?’: Fighting for Students’ Right to Read.”

Most recently, Christina McClain published her action research in Meridian Journal, an electronic journal dedicated to research and practice of Information and Communication Technology in Kindergarten through 12th grade. The title of her article is “Characterization Personified: Using Edmodo to Strengthen Student Interaction with Literature” and was co-authored by Dr. Geoff Price.

Lindsay Schneider wins NCETA Outstanding Student Teacher Award

Lindsay Schneider, a 2015 graduate of the Wake Forest Master Teacher Fellows Program, will be honored on the weekend of October 3rd as the recipient of the Outstanding Student Teacher Award fromHead shot of alum Lindsay Schneider the North Carolina English Teachers Association (NCETA).
Lindsay student taught at R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem under cooperating teachers Heather Wiley and Stephanie Walters and university supervisor Alan Brown. She is now teaching at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina.
NCETA presents the Outstanding Student Teacher Award each year in honor of Professor Collett Dilworth, a long-time teacher educator and founding member of NCETA.  The award is based on an application that includes short answer responses from candidates, reference letters from university supervisors and cooperating teachers, and a videotaped teaching performance. NCETA supports and encourages best practices in the teaching of English and hopes each award recipient will go on to lead a full and rewarding teaching career.

2015 Emerging Teacher Leaders Network Conference Supports Novice Teachers


The Department of Education hosted its 12th annual Emerging Teacher Leaders

Network (ETLN) conference on January 16-17, 2015 on the campus of Wake Forest University.

Teacher education graduates in their first three years of teaching returned to Wake Forest to celebrate their accomplishments, visit with peers and instructors, and consider new ideas to support their classroom teaching and school leadership.

The conference opened on Friday evening in Benson Center with a reception and dinner with department faculty and the 2013/2014 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Karyn Dickerson, who spoke on the topic of teacher leadership.

On Saturday morning, recent graduates mingled with faculty members as well as current undergraduate and graduate students in Tribble Hall. For the second year in a row, current Wake Forest teacher education students were invited to attend and participate in sessions during the Saturday portion of ETLN.

Throughout the day, conference attendees enjoyed a vast array of professional development opportunities that began with an interactive panel session featuring mid-career teacher-leaders from various educational levels and content areas.

The content area methods session is always one of the most anticipated sessions for returning students, and this year was no different. During the session, recent graduates reconnected with content area peers and instructors while engaging in content specific discussions with current students about the successes and challenges of novice teaching.

The final two sessions of the day included breakout sessions on topics such as writing conference proposals, managing the classroom, teaching diverse learners, finding classroom funding, utilizing new technologies, and career advancement in education. To end the day, attendees returned to Tribble B216 for closing remarks and door prizes.

Thanks to everyone who made ETLN 2015 so memorable. To learn more about ETLN, please visit the conference web site for more details and photos: http://go.wfu.edu/etln.

2015 ETLN Photo Gallery

The 2016 ETLN conference will take place on January 15-16, 2016 at Wake Forest University.

Alumni Receive Professional Development Support Funds for 2015

The Beginning Teacher Professional Development Support Fund provides professional development grants to first year teachers who completed the Teacher Education Program at Wake Forest University.  Funds assist with Books, Conferences, Field Trips, Speakers, Teaching Supplies, Technology, Webinars and Workshops.   This year’s award recipients were: Katherine Hall (K-12 Spanish), Jennifer Mastin (Secondary Math), Julie Ross (K-12 Spanish), and Kate Youngblood (Secondary English).

English Education Graduate Students Present at NCTE 2014

WFU English Department faculty, current students and alumni at NCTE conference supper.

Six English education graduate students—Robby Ciarrocca, Quentin Collie, Rachel Koval, Stephen Langford, Julia Means, and Lindsay Schneider—and two English department graduate students—Bailey Pittenger and Laure Parkinson—presented their multigenre inquiry projects at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) on November 22 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Current professors and instructors, including Dr. Alan Brown, Dr. Joe Milner, and Dr. Joan Mitchell, organized and presented at various sessions, several of which also included the work of recent alumni, including Tiffany Newsome, Jordan Daniels, Kate Youngblood, Erika Bunpermkoon, and Matt Koval.

Current and former students and instructors, WSFCS teachers, and friends of the program gathered on Saturday evening, November 22, for the annual WFU reunion. Thanks to everyone who attended.

WFU English Department faculty, current students and alumni at NCTE conference supper.
WFU Education Department faculty, current students and alumni at NCTE conference supper.
English education faculty and graduate students (from left to right): Dr. Alan Brown, Stephen Langford, Lindsay Schneider, Julia Means, Dr. Joan Mitchell, Rachel Koval, Quentin Collie, and Robby Ciarrocca.
English education faculty and graduate students (from left to right): Dr. Alan Brown, Stephen Langford, Lindsay Schneider, Julia Means, Dr. Joan Mitchell, Rachel Koval, Quentin Collie, and Robby Ciarrocca.