SOE News

2009

From the dean: Making an impact on schools

Some of you may have read my recent column in our online Carolina Slate responding to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s critique of ed schools.

From the dean: Are ed schools really the problem?

Later this week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver a speech highly critical of schools of education.

Congressman David Price urges Upward Bound high school students to pursue lifelong learning

Congressman David Price told his educational story to 160 high school students from across the state who had gathered on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for an Academic Symposium and College Fair on Sept. 26, 2009.

Middle Grades programs at UNC, N.C. Central and Duke collaborate to recognize the Month of the Young Adolescent
Service learning and partnerships are focus

In recognition of the Month of the Young Adolescent, the Middle Grades programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University and the Program in Education at Duke University co-sponsored a symposium on “Service Learning and Partnerships” Oct. 1-2, 2009, in Chapel Hill and Durham.

Scholars celebrate John Dewey’s 150th birthday

Sixty educators from around the United States gathered on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Sept. 24-25, 2009, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of noted American philosopher of the last century, John Dewey.

New teaching approach helps K-1 readers

A funny thing happened when researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill set out to help children who were having trouble learning to read.

From the dean: Working with rural schools

Improving education for students in rural North Carolina is a major challenge facing us.

Welcoming children from other cultures to American classrooms: Resources and a workshop recap

Many teachers face the challenge of welcoming children from other cultures into their classrooms and making the classrooms work for everyone.  

Gary Shaffer, head of school social work, dies Sept. 4

Gary Shaffer, who joined UNC’s School of Social Work in 1986, died on Sept. 4 at age 62.

Catherine Scott, new coordinator of UNC-BEST

Catherine Scott, a former high school mathematics teacher and Emmy-award winning director of the NASA eClips™ program, has joined the School of Education faculty as the new coordinator of the UNC-BEST program.

Students begin new academic year at School of Education

More than 60 new graduate students gathered for orientation in Peabody Hall on Aug. 24, 2009, as the School of Education and its faculty opened the 2009-2010 academic year. 

John Otts, former acting dean, celebrates his 100th birthday

John Otts, who was acting dean of the School of Education from 1965-66, became a centenarian Aug. 14, 2009.

Dean McDiarmid joins Obama cabinet members and U.S. representatives at Hamlet town hall meeting on rural education

Bill McDiarmid, School of Education dean, joined other invited guests for an hour-and-a-half Town Hall meeting with U.S. Secretaries Arne Duncan (Education) and Tom Vilsack (Agriculture), as well as U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, Monday, Aug. 17 at Richmond Community College in Hamlet, N.C.

Mary Turner Lane, champion of women students, faculty and staff at Carolina, dies at 90

Associate Professor Emerita Mary Turner Lane, who served on the School of Education faculty for 22 years and later became the first director of the Curriculum in Women's Studies at Carolina, died June 24 in Chapel Hill at age 90.

Full accreditation granted by NCATE

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has announced that the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received full continuing accreditation, at both the initial teacher preparation and the advanced preparation levels.

Bob Eaves, Luther Hodges, Tom Lambeth join Foundation Board

Three new members have been elected to the Board of Directors of the School of Education Foundation.

Education students, faculty explore “research to practice” at fourth annual research symposium
Judith Meece, Melissa Miller, George Noblit receive awards for teaching, service

Approximately sixty education students and faculty participated in the School’s fourth annual research symposium April 24, 2009, at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union on the UNC campus.

William R. McNeal urges graduates to validate, serve others at School of Education commencement

Former National Superintendent of the Year William R. McNeal addressed the graduating class at the School of Education’s commencement ceremony on May 10, 2009.

UNC-BEST graduates inaugural class of science teachers

The first eight students to complete the new UNC-BEST program graduated at UNC-Chapel Hill’s commencement, Sunday, May 10.

315 students to graduate from the School of Education

Former National Superintendent of the Year William R. McNeal will address the graduating class at the School of Education’s commencement ceremony on May 10, 2009.

School maintains high national ranking

The School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill has maintained its position as one of the top schools of education in America, according to rankings released on April 23, 2009, by U.S. News & World Report.

School of Education scholarship donor and recipient provide inspiration at Carolina’s annual celebration

School of Education scholarship donor, Robert W. Eaves, Jr. (B.S.B.A. ’58), and recipient, Joshua Rudisill, a student in the teacher education program, were the featured speakers at the University’s annual Undergraduate Scholarship Dinner at the Carolina Inn on April 14, 2009.

Carolina Center for Educational Excellence opens new opportunities for educators

Ten years ago, the leaders of the School of Education and officials of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools began to dream about creating an “educational park” in Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

Scholarships and fellowships benefit School of Education students

Outstanding students at the School of Education benefit from the generosity of individuals, families and foundations who have established graduate and undergraduate fellowships and scholarships in our School.

Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education receives APPLES Service-Learning Award

The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) has been selected to receive this year’s Service-Learning Award from the University’s APPLES program.

Pre-College Program motivates students to pursue majors and careers in mathematics and science

Since its establishment in 1986, the Pre-College Program (PCP) in the School of Education has worked to increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared to pursue careers in mathematics, science, engineering and technology and to promote mathematical and scientific literacy among all students.

Center for Mathematics and Science Education dedicated to strengthening teaching, learning, schools

Thirty years ago, state officials in North Carolina became concerned that inadequate education in science and mathematics was hampering the state's efforts to flourish and expand its economy.

School of Education invites nominations for alumni awards

The School of Education is currently seeking nominations for our annual alumni awards.

Kathleen McCartney, Harvard dean of education, on campus to deliver William C. Friday Distinguished Lecture, converse, consult

Kathleen McCartney, dean of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development, delivered the fifth annual William C. Friday Distinguished Lecture on the UNC campus Feb. 19, 2009.

School counselors: Advising and supporting students with diverse needs

The UNC School of Education is home to nine different master’s degree programs, including the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling, which is ranked in the top 20 school counseling programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

LEARN NC launches digital textbook of Mandarin Chinese

Many Americans know China for its Great Wall, built centuries ago to ward off foreign invaders.

School of Education partners to advance Student U.
Empowering middle school students, engaging college students

The School of Education is stepping up to help an academic enrichment program in the Durham community flourish and achieve its mission.

Inaugural Harvey Award to fund UNC project making N.C. history come alive on the web
School of Education is part of the project team

A web-based digital history project will be the inaugural beneficiary of funding from the C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dean McDiarmid at the helm

A few weeks after arriving on campus as the 12th dean of the School of Education, Bill McDiarmid talked with The Carolina Slate Online about his return to Carolina, his vision for the School and his goals as the new dean.

John Plummer, new assistant dean for administration and finance

Bringing extensive experience in business, planning, administration and higher education, John Plummer has joined the School of Education as assistant dean for administration and finance.

Matching funds for online teacher training

This spring, LEARN NC will help schools pay for teacher training.