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Thursday, September 26, 2013

UNCP’s School of Education gets Ready for Success grant

A grant from a consortium that includes the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded UNC Pembroke’s School of Education a $9,000 Ready for Success grant to enhance professional development in the region.  

Zoe Locklear

Zoe Locklear

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A partnership between the community colleges, UNC institutions, DPI, and the N.C. Independent and Private Colleges and Universities, the Ready for Success program announced grantees for a series of mini-grants.Other recipients are Appalachian State, UNC Greensboro, Wake Forest, UNC Wilmington, NC State and Western Carolina.

Dr. Zoe Locklear, dean of UNCP’s School of Education, thanked faculty members, Drs. Emily Long, Cynthia Miecznikowski, and Olivia Oxendine, for their work on winning the grant.

“This was a highly competitive process so without doubt, their proposal was one of merit and distinction,” Dr. Locklear said. “This project will provide high quality, relevant, regionally-based professional development to positively impact teacher and student performance.

“The UNCP Teacher Education Program has a remarkable record of service to the public schools throughout the region and state, so this initiative will continue to support our outreach,” she said.

The program aims to inform educators about the impact of the state’s adoption of more rigorous and globally competitive, North Carolina learning standards. 

Support for Ready for Success is provided by the Lumina Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For more information about UNCP’s School of Education, please contact 910.521.6539 or email

For information about NC Ready for Success, please contact 919.807.7099 or email

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