In the Media


Brainstorming doesn't work - Do this instead

Group brainstorming is not the best path to better ideas, Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, says in an article published by

Madness and the Muse

The debate over whether madness contributes to creativity continues, with Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, in the middle of it.

Testing my patience

Gregory Cizek, the Guy B. Phillips Distinguished Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, has taken on critics of K-12 testing in New York state in a column published in the New York Daily News.

What neuroscience has to say about the ‘tortured genius’

Following the suicide of comedian Robin Williams, many have wondered whether it’s true that “great art comes from great pain,” an idea that has long roots. The Huffington Post talked to neuroscientists and creativity experts – including Keith Sawyer, the School of Education’s Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations – to find out if there’s truth to the idea.

Research points to fathers’s role in children’s language development

Research by Lynne Vernon-Feagans into the leading role that fathers appear to play in the development of language by young children received much attention in the news media.

Column: On the right path with teacher pay

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, says North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposal for planned increases in teacher pay area step in the right direction.

Is the ‘common school’ ideal doomed in North Carolina?

Are the ideals behind our public school system withering?
Bill McDiarmid, dean of the School of Education, raises that question in a commentary published by

The 10 secrets of innovative offices

Some companies are more creative than others. What makes them so? Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, has been researching creativity for years, and has some answers.

UNC researcher wins grant for computer-based teaching tool

Work done by School of Education faculty member Kelly Ryoo to improve the teaching of science was profiled in a story by Time Warner Cable News. Ryoo recently won a $44,000 Spencer Foundation grant to extend research she has done on using computer-based animations, or dynamic visualizations, to teaching science topic to elementary school students.

What happens when the poor receive a stipend?

Findings from the Family Life Project, a large research study led by School of Education faculty member Lynne Vernon-Feagans, were cited by The New York Times in a story about the efficacy of supplementing the incomes of the poor.