SOE News

2011

Photo gallery: Chancellor Thorp visits Peabody for lunchtime talk

N&O publishes Dean McDiarmid column on poverty, schools

Dean Bill McDiarmid brings to public discussion the impact of poverty on student learning outcomes in a guest column in the Dec. 14 edition of The News & Observer of Raleigh.

Peabody Pulse for December 12, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2010-2011 Honor Roll of Donors online

At this time of year, we take an opportunity to thank our donors who provide critical philanthropic support to the School of Education.

Peabody Pulse for December 5, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cizek shows NBC news magazine 'Rock Center' how Atlanta cheating scandal was uncovered

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, was interviewed by longtime television news anchorman and reporter Harry Smith for a story on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" in which Cizek described how cheating on school tests in Atlanta Public Schools was uncovered.

'Reconnect and Recharge' kicks off 2011-12 series

The School of Education launched its third year of its "Recharge and Reconnect" sessions, a series of get-togethers of recent graduates to share – and to learn from – each others' classroom experiences.

From the dean: Should we model our schools on those in Asia?

Stories abound on how the U.S. is losing its international competitiveness because we aren't graduating enough engineers and scientists – particularly when compared to India and China. For those of us who've been around for a while, we hear echoes of the near panic that followed the 1957 launch of the "Sputnik" satellite by the Soviet Union.

Peabody Pulse for November 28, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ware named first McMichael Professor

William B. Ware, professor of educational psychology and professor of social work, has been named the inaugural recipient of the McMichael Term Professorship.

Peabody Pulse for November 14, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

LEARN NC helps create new curriculum guide about N.C.'s American Indians

A new online curriculum guide for K-12 teachers, "Teaching About American Indians in North Carolina," has been created at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Peabody Pulse for November 7, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

New course open to all undergraduates; counts toward new Minor in Education

A new course is being offered to all UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates in Spring 2012 that will count toward completion of a new Minor in Education. The course, entitled "Schools, Societies, and Issues in Education Practice and Policy: Past and Present," will be taught by Lynda Stone, professor of philosophy of education.

Peabody Pulse for October 31, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

LEARN NC holding Nov. 7 conference, launches new blog for teachers

LEARN NC, which works to help classroom teachers with professional development and lesson plans and other teaching materials, is holding its 2011 Fall Interactive Conference on Nov. 7.

From the dean
Gearing up to help Latino students succeed

North Carolina educators and schools need help working successfully with Latino students and their families. We're doing something about that at the School of Education.

Peabody Pulse for October 24, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Peabody Pulse for October 17, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Call for GAs for Reconnect and Recharge

Graduate students needed as facilitators and note takers at Reconnect and Recharge, UNC School of Education's program for in-service teachers who are alumni of our teacher education programs.

Peabody Pulse for October 10, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Carolina Teaching Fellows Reunion planned for Oct. 28-29

The School of Education is hosting a reunion for our first-ever Teaching Fellows Alumni Reunion during Carolina's Homecoming on Oct. 28-29.

Black Alumni Reunion planned for Oct. 28-29

The School of Education is hosting a Black Alumni Reunion on Homecoming weekend, Oct. 28-29. The event will include opportunities to mingle with fellow alumni and to hear remarks from Dean Bill McDiarmid. Also, the School of Education's Black Alumni Committee will present its second Impact Award.

Peabody Pulse for October 3, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2011 Commencement Address - Leading Across an Unknown Landscape

Gerry House (Ed.D. '88), president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Student Achievement in New York, presented the commencement address for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education on May 7, 2011.

Peabody Pulse for September 26, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Peabody Pulse for September 19, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

From the dean
In reforming schools, let's rely on evidence, not ideology

Good research is being done in some schools of education regarding how to improve learning. We need to do a better job of letting policymakers know about that research.

A bite out of education: NC cuts in education cause concern among teaching majors

The newspaper takes a look at the state of hiring of education majors. Carolina education majors consistently enjoy success in finding jobs.

School of Education honoring five at 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon

The School of Education and its Alumni Council will hold its 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 24. Five people will receive awards.

Carol Dement Weeks (A.B.Ed. '67) named 'Tar Heel of the Week'

Carol Dement Weeks (A.B.Ed. '67), who after a 17-year teaching career has led development of the Boys & Girls Club in Zebulon, has been named "Tar Heel of the Week" by The News & Observer of Raleigh.

Enrique Murillo (Ph.D. '99) participating in 'Education Nation' summit

Enrique Murillo (Ph.D. '99), a professor of education at California State University at Bernardino, will participate in NBC News' "Education Nation" Summit during the week of Sept. 25.

Trey Adcock awarded Sequoyah Dissertation Fellowship

Trey Adcock, a Ph.D. candidate in the Culture, Curriculum and Change program, has been awarded the Sequoyah Dissertation Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year.

Eric Sparks named national School Counseling Director of the Year

Eric Sparks, who is in the School's educational leadership doctoral program, has been named School Counseling Director of the Year by the American School Counselor Association.

Peabody Pulse for September 12, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Peabody Pulse for September 6, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Meece, Horner project wins Community-Campus Partnership grant

School of Education faculty members Judith Meece and Martinette Horner have been awarded a $9,400 grant from UNC-Chapel Hill's Community-Campus Partnership to conduct an analysis of school drop-out events in Caswell County and to work with Caswell County Schools Superintendent Douglas Barker to design a retention program.

Peabody Pulse for August 29, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Eileen Parsons awarded fellowship

Eileen R. Carlton Parsons, associate professor of science education, has been awarded a fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science to work at the National Science Foundation during this academic year.

Fenwick English assumes presidency of national association

Fen English, Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, has assumed the presidency of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.

Judith Meece elected to American Psychological Association division leadership

Judith Meece, professor of educational psychology, has been elected to a three-year term as a member of the Executive Committee of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

Gregory Cizek elected to NCME leadership

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, has assumed the vice presidency of the National Council on Measurement in Education, a position in which he will serve until April 2012 when he becomes president of the group.

Peabody Pulse for August 22, 2011

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rune Simeonsson to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Rune Simeonsson, professor of school psychology and early childhood education, will be honored this fall with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association.

Six retiring from School of Education

Six members of the School of Education’s faculty are retiring this year: Barbara Day, Jill Fitzgerald, Wally Hannum, Russ Rowlett, Pat Shane and Rhonda Wilkerson.

Barbara Day (2004 Ph.d.): Leader and Learner

Barbara Day was born into a family of educators – teachers, principals and superintendents – and she carried on her family's tradition with a four-decade long career dedicated to the field of education.

Fitzgerald retiring after long career of leadership

When Jill Fitzgerald sought a reset for her career, she went back to school – all the way back to first grade!

Hannum leaving School after 32 years focused on technology education

Wallace "Wally" Hannum, an associate professor of educational psychology, is retiring from the School of Education, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1979.

Russ Rowlett: Quiet Champion of Mathematics Education

Russ Rowlett began his academic career as a mathematics professor, then made the transition to an educator who shared his love of mathematics with both teachers in training and those in the classroom who aspired to pass his enthusiasm for math on to their students.

Pat Shane: Sharing the Wonders of Science

Pat Shane is a lifelong learner and teacher, with three degrees from Indiana University in her home state and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with concentrations in science and reading, which she earned from UNC in 1987.

Rhonda Wilkerson: Creative, Caring and a Communicator

Rhonda Wilkerson's office in Peabody Hall feels like a home a way from home, reflecting her lively interest in the arts, with everything from colorful mobiles suspended from the ceiling to part of her collection of African masks displayed on the walls.

From the dean
Schools, child advocacy, and our democracy

Recently I participated in a panel discussion following a showing of the film "Waiting for Superman." The film is deeply moving. Only a heart of granite would remain unmoved by the plight of the children and caretakers as they learn they would not get into their schools of choice.

From the dean
Why research matters at a time like this

When most people think of schools of education, they think of educator preparation. And for most schools of education, educator preparation is the primary mission.

Lynne Vernon-Feagans wins University service award

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy, has been named a winner of the University's 2011 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award.

A letter from the dean

Dear faculty and staff: I write to share with you information about reorganization in the School of Education.

Melissa Miller wins University teaching award

Melissa Miller, assistant professor of special education and coordinator of the special education-general curriculum program, has won a Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction and Mentoring.

From the dean
Focusing our outreach

The School of Education has a long history of outreach – helping educators, school leaders and students build stronger learning communities.

School of Education offering new elementary mathematics licensure program

The UNC School of Education has become one of the first teacher preparation programs in the state to offer experienced elementary school teachers the opportunity to receive an elementary mathematics add-on license.

SOE, Outward Bound offer new master's program

UNC's School of Education and the North Carolina Outward Bound School are offering experienced social studies teachers in grades 6-12 an innovative master's degree program.

Jill Fitzgerald to be inducted into Reading Hall of Fame

Jill Fitzgerald, professor of literacy, will be honored at the International Reading Association annual conference in May by being inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame.