SOE News

2006

Harriet Boone receives grant to develop program to produce culturally-responsive child practitioners

Harriet Boone, associate professor of early childhood intervention and family support, recently received an $800,000 grant to develop and implement a specialized master's program of study to prepare students to meet the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse young children and their families in early childhood and elementary school settings.

School Counseling named 2006 Outstanding Counselor Education Program

The School Counseling, M.Ed., program at the School of Education recently received recognition when it was named the 2006 Outstanding Counselor Education Program by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES).

Björn Hennings new director of Carolina Center for Educational Excellence

Björn Hennings has been appointed director of the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence, effective Oct.1, 2006.

History workshop returns, offers professional development for students and teachers

Nearly 40 teachers, students and professors assembled for the workshop, “Teaching United States History in a Global Perspective” on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Dey Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Don de Leaumont elected to University Employee Forum

Don de Leaumont, a computer technician with the School of Education’s Information Technology Services team, has been elected a delegate to the UNC-Chapel Hill Employee Forum.

SCALE receives funding for new service-learning program

The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) at the School of Education was recently awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from Learn & Serve America.

Gov. Easley taps School of Education to examine high schools statewide

Gov. Mike Easley has announced that the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education will work with the State Board of Education and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction in a statewide effort to conduct performance audits of high schools in all 115 school districts.

Researchers work with rural educators across the nation

School of Education researchers involved in federally funded collaborations with rural schools have learned that teachers there are the projects’ best friends.

Teachers talk policy

“Effective leadership . . . smaller schools . . . more time for teachers to think and plan . . . opportunities for experienced teachers to help their schools and other teachers . . .”

Henry Frierson moderates panel at national conference on access to higher education

In a ballroom filled with more than 150 leaders from universities across the country, diversity was an appropriate theme for the first panel discussion of a four-day conference.

Regina Cortina discusses immigrants in schools with WUNC

Regina Cortina, associate professor of comparative and international education, was featured in “The State of Things,” a live program on North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC).

UNC-Chapel Hill appoints new director for FPG Child Development Institute

Dr. Samuel L. Odom, the Edward and Mary Lou Otting Professor and coordinator of the special education program at Indiana University, has been named director of the Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

LEARN NC partners with DPI to offer free online courses for NC teachers

LEARN NC has partnered with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to offer North Carolina teachers free online professional development courses.

Joseph Green new director of Upward Bound

Joseph Green has been named director of Upward Bound, as of July 1, 2006.

UNC project boosts personal stories of history

The individual stories of more than 500 Southerners, describing their personal experiences of history, will be heard around the world, thanks to a federal grant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dean James, Gregory Cizek featured in public radio series on high schools

Dean Thomas James and Dr. Gregory Cizek were featured in a public radio series, “North Carolina Voices: Studying High School.”

Donald Bailey to join RTI International

After more than 26 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Donald Bailey, Kenan professor and director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, has announced his plans to retire from the University, effective July 1, 2006.

Smallwood Foundation continues support for women in educational leadership

The Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation, a family foundation based in Fort Worth, Texas, has announced a gift of $50,000 to the School of Education for 2006-07.

Foundation Board adds new members

Dean Thomas James has announced the appointment of five new members of the School of Education’s Foundation Board. The group met in Chapel Hill on April 27, 2006.

Barnett Berry imagines the future of university-based teacher education

Critiques of traditional, university-based teacher education are abundant.

Alejandro Portes advocates enlightened programs for immigrants

“One out of every five people in the United States today is an immigrant or the child of an immigrant,” Alejandro Portes told an audience of 200 students and educators on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus April 18, 2006.

Spencer Foundation supports study of mathematics learning

A $300,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation will enable three School of Education faculty members ─ Jill Hamm, Carol Malloy and Judith Meece ─ to investigate students’ development as mathematics learners as they transition from middle school into high school mathematics.

School ranked 29th in U.S. News & World Report

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education has maintained its position among the top schools of education in America according to rankings released on March 31, 2006, by U.S. News & World Report.

Gary Henry named distinguished visiting professor

Gary T. Henry, a professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, will join the School of Education faculty on July 1 as the William Neil Reynolds Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Science education initiative at Peck Elementary exemplifies School of Education’s work with schools

Chancellor James Moeser visited the Clara J. Peck Elementary School in Greensboro, N.C., to observe ongoing collaborative work between the University and the elementary school and to explore future possibilities.

Yan Zhang, visiting scholar, studies educational policy

Yan Zhang, founder and vice-president of Yan An University in Xi An, China, has joined the School of Education faculty as a visiting scholar from February 2006 through January 2007.

William Sanders describes value-added assessment for measuring student progress

Speaking to a capacity crowd at the School of Education, William Sanders described his work over the last 20 years developing a methodology to measure the influence of school systems, schools and teachers on the academic progress of students.

Second Carolina Seminar on School Improvement: meeting the challenges of the mathematics and science teacher shortage in North Carolina

Building on the First Carolina Seminar on School Improvement held in December, 20 educators and policymakers assembled in Chapel Hill on March 10, 2006, to develop some approaches to address the shortage of mathematics and science teachers in North Carolina.

United Parcel Service funds training of literacy leaders through SCALE

The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) has established a program to improve literacy programs across North Carolina, with support from a $138,000 grant from the United Parcel Service Foundation.

New resources for teachers, parents of Latino students

North Carolina is among the states experiencing the highest growth rate of the expanding Latino population in the United States.

Seventh annual “Let’s Talk R.A.C.E. Conference” features hip hop musician

If a student carried around a notebook full of poetry and worked on it until each word was perfect, it might be expected that the student was the star of his or her Language Arts class.

Eugenie Samier promotes integration of humanities into training of educational leaders

Professor Eugenie Samier of Canada’s Simon Fraser University addressed School of Education faculty and students on Thursday, Feb. 2 on the need to integrate the humanities into the training of educational leaders.

William Tate proposes action to improve attainment in mathematics and science

William Tate, the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, outlined “A Contract for Excellence in Scientific Education.” 

School of Education launches redesigned website

After more than a year of planning, analysis and technical work, the School of Education launched its newly-designed website on Jan. 23, 2006.

Faye Coleman killed in automobile accident

Faye Coleman, program assistant in the School of Education, was hit by a drunk driver in Hillsborough, N.C. on Jan. 21.  She died at the scene of the accident.

Seminars begun for faculty and students, James Marshall leads inaugural series on Michel Foucault

James Marshall, emeritus professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, is leading a three-part seminar in January for School of Education faculty and students on Michel Foucault.

Jocelyn Glazier joins faculty

Jocelyn Anne Glazier has joined the faculty of the School of Education as an assistant professor of teacher education.