SOE News


Former dean Don Stedman wins Purpose Prize

Former School of Education Dean Don Stedman has been awarded a 2010 Purpose Prize in recognition of his work during his retirement counseling schools on the best ways to engage seriously disabled students.

From the dean
Changing the narrative to support public schools

I recently had the pleasure of attending Cary Band Day. Twenty-three marching bands from all over the state competed for awards. The performances were a terrific display of students' discipline, talent, and teamwork. The precision of the drills and the quality of music attested to the many hours the students invested in the pursuit of perfection.

From the dean
SOE faculty helping answer pressing questions about assessment and student learning

Improving measures of student learning ranks as one of the most critical issues we face. Recognition that we don't yet have the types of measures we need to drive policy, curriculum, and teaching in the right direction comes from all quarters – including the White House.

William Self, former dean of Carolina's School of Education, dies at 90

William C. Self, dean of the School of Education from 1978 to 1982, died suddenly on Sept. 16 at his home in Wilmington, N.C. He was 90.

From the dean
Reflections on our 125th anniversary

In many ways, it's surprising that we are celebrating only the 125th anniversary of the School of Education.

Gail Weaver Bunn, Gerry House, William A. Shore, Zollie Stevenson, Jr. elected to Foundation Board

Four new directors have been elected to the Board of Directors of the School of Education Foundation, Inc.

John Coan Otts, Jr., acting dean of the School of Education from 1965-66, dies at 100

John Coan Otts, Jr., who served on the faculty of the School of Education from 1963-66 and was acting dean during the 1965-66 academic year, died at age 100 on June 12, 2010, in Black Mountain, N.C.   

From the dean
Preparing good educators takes more than a single village

Three different entities are responsible for preparing educators: arts and sciences departments, schools of education, and schools for children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (P-12 schools).

School of Education explores ways to support recent graduates as beginning teachers “recharge and reconnect”

The School of Education hosted a three-session seminar series this school year called “Recharge and Reconnect.” Recent graduates who are in their early years of teaching were invited to campus on three Saturdays – in November, February and April – to explore the kinds of successes and challenges they were facing in their work.

“Turning on the lights” for others gives them hope, Professor Emerita Carol Malloy tells School of Education graduates

Carol Malloy (Ph.D. ’95), who served on the faculty of the School of Education for 15 years until her retirement last summer, told graduates to “turn on the light” for others during her commencement address to the School of Education’s 307 graduates at the School’s commencement ceremony on May 9, 2010.

Former Dean Frank Brown to retire this summer

When Frank Brown arrived at Carolina in 1983 as the new dean of the School of Education, he became the first African American dean of a professional school with doctoral-level academic programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Giving back: The Chapman Graduate Fellowship supports doctoral students in literacy

Barbara and John Chapman thank the ships that carried them through graduate school and into successful careers.

School reform leader Phil Schlechty to deliver keynote address at School of Education’s 125th anniversary celebration

Phil Schlechty, a former faculty member and associate dean in the School of Education, will deliver the keynote address at the School’s 125th anniversary celebration, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. at the Carolina Inn.

From the dean
Preparing educators and researchers to think globally

Some years ago I was sitting with Albert Ulroan, an Alaska Native Elder, on the summer tundra under a clear, limitless blue sky near the edge of the Bering Sea.

Reaching out in a wider way: The Pittleman Fellowship funds special education research and study

Long-time friends of the School of Education Jimmy and Susan Pittleman of McLean, Virginia, have seen their gift to Carolina expand far beyond campus boundaries during this academic year.

New study abroad opportunities for education students

Beginning this summer, education students will have two new opportunities to study abroad.

Model United Nations Conference helps middle school students learn about global issues

The first ever Chapel Hill/Carrboro Model United Nations Middle School Conference was held on April 9 at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence, an off-campus facility of the School of Education.

School maintains high 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 15, 2010, by U.S. News & World Report.

LEARN NC offers tips for creating electronic teaching portfolios

As the spring term progresses in classrooms across North Carolina and the country, many educators are likely to be exploring options for the summer.

School of Education benefits from Kenan Trust gift to University to hire junior faculty

The School of Education has been designated as one of several beneficiaries of a $5.5 million gift to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

From the dean
The Common Core State Standards: A matter of equity

A couple of decades ago, I interviewed a Kentucky legislator from a very low-wealth district, even by rural Kentucky’s standards.

Education students benefit from named scholarships and fellowships

Thanks to the generosity of individuals, families and foundations who have established named fellowships and scholarships in the School of Education, some outstanding education students are selected each year to receive financial support as they pursue their studies.

Samuel Holton, professor emeritus of social foundations of education, dies March 17

Samuel Holton, professor emeritus of social foundations of education, died March 17, 2010, at age 87.

LEARN NC presents North Carolina’s first digital history textbook

In 2005, the LEARN NC staff began discussing the feasibility of creating a digital version of a traditional textbook devoted to a single subject for a particular K-12 grade level.

Nominate an educator for an alumni award

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

Searches under way for new practitioner position and other faculty positions

The School of Education invites applications for a practitioner faculty position and two other faculty positions.

Professor Emeritus Hunter Ballew, mathematics educator, dies at 78

Hunter Ballew, who served on the faculty of the School of Education from 1962-2003, died on March 11, 2010, at age 78.

North Carolina among finalists for Race to the Top competition

North Carolina’s Race to the Top proposal has advanced to the final round of competition for funds from the U.S. Department of Education.

From the dean: Our contributions to North Carolina schools

I’m often asked what the School of Education at Carolina is doing to help schools in North Carolina.

Save the date! 125th Anniversary Committee announces celebratory event Sept. 25, 2010

The year 2010 marks the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

School of Education graduate students gather to discuss their futures as educators at the Emergent Scholars Symposium

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association hosted the Fifth Annual Research Symposium on Jan. 29 in Peabody Hall.

NEA Foundation awards grant to support rural youth in high school mathematics

Three researchers at the School of Education have been awarded a grant from the NEA Foundation to support their work to bolster opportunities for rural youth seeking to meet high school graduation requirements in North Carolina.

School invites applications for new practitioner faculty position

The School of Education invites applications and nominations for a newly created faculty position for a P-12 Distinguished Educator.

Pre-College Program team builds robot, enters regional competition
JCPenney, Freelon Group are sponsors

Students in the Pre-College Program (PCP) in the School of Education are dreaming big in their latest endeavor – building a robot from start to finish that can successfully perform a specific task.

From the dean: Race to the Top

By the time you read this, Governor Perdue will have submitted North Carolina's Race to the Top proposal to the U.S. Department of Education.

Faculty members, doctoral student receive grants from Research Triangle Schools Partnership

The School of Education’s Research Triangle Schools Partnership (RTSP) has awarded grants to three faculty members and one doctoral student to support work in Orange County Schools.

MetaMetrics establishes fellowship at UNC School of Education

MetaMetrics®, an independent educational measurement and research organization in Durham, N.C., has made a $100,000 gift to the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to establish a fellowship in the doctoral program in Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation (EPME).

National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1-5, 2010

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated nationwide Feb. 1-5, 2010, to focus public attention on the contributions of professional school counselors in U.S. schools.