Signature Programs

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DreamKeepers Living and Learning Community

The DreamKeepers Living and Learning Community is designed for first-year new students at North Carolina A&T State University who declare a major in education (i.e., elementary education, secondary education, childhood education).  Only 30 students are selected to participate in this program each academic year.  The DreamKeepers Living and Learning Community provides a structured academic, social, and professional experience for new students entering the campus as prospective teacher education candidates.  The Living and Learning Community creates a space for these students to actively engage in learning together and from each other while residing in a common residence hall.  The structure of the Living and Learning Community encourages relationship building, service learning, and personal and intellectual growth.  During the first academic year, participants in the DreamKeepers program enroll in the same section of several courses; additionally, students participate in leadership development activities sponsored by the Office of Student Development.

Program Contact: Dr. Anthony Graham, Associate Professor, Department of Educator Preparation, 270 Proctor Hall, (336) 334-7848, agraham@ncat.edu

Emergent Educational Leaders Seminar Series

During the spring 2011 semester, several faculty and staff members within the Department of Educator Preparation worked diligently to implement the Emergent Educational Leadership Seminar Series.   The purpose of the seminar series, which is intended for candidates who are pursuing initial teaching certification in any content area, is to raise candidates’ awareness of issues germane to the teaching profession, especially as it relates to sociocultural and sociopolitical matters emerging in our 21st Century public schools.  To accomplish this purpose, the seminar series has three distinct goals: (1) to increase candidate knowledge of critical issues K-12 classroom teachers encounter in public school contexts, (2) to enhance the social capital of candidates and their access to physical and human resources, and (3) to forge relationships between candidates, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders.

Program Contact: Dr. Ereka Williams, Department of Educator Preparation, 270 Proctor Hall, (336) 334-7848, ewilliam@ncat.edu

On Common Ground Conference

Each spring semester, the Department of Educator Preparation hosts the “On Common Ground Conference” that focuses on current issues occurring in our public schools.  This conference is a deliberate attempt to bring together parents of K-12 students, teachers and administrators from K-12 schools, faculty from institutions of higher education, and teacher education candidates to engage in critical discourse and collaborative conversations to address these pressing issues.  Generally, this conference is free of charge for participants.

Program Contact: Dr. Ereka Williams, Associate Professor, Department of Educator Preparation, 270 Proctor Hall, (336) 334-7848, ewilliam@ncat.edu