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Peabody Pulse

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.

Kathleen Lane to give year’s inaugural Brown Bag Lunch talk on Wednesday

The inaugural Brown Bag Lunch event of the year on Wednesday will feature Kathleen Lane, professor of special education. Her talk is entitled “Developing comprehensive, integrated, three-tiered models of prevention: Strategic, collaborative external relationships.” The Brown Bag Lunch will be are held in Peabody 02, starting at noon. Light lunches will be provided for approximately 25 people at each of this year’s Brown Bag Lunch talks. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) and Metametrics, Inc.


Video profiles of Civil, Mojica available online

To introduce our new faculty members to the School of Education community, we’re posting short video profiles of them on the School’s YouTube channel. First up are Marta Civil, the Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education, and Assistant Professor Gemma Mojica. The Civil video is located here and the Mojica video here. You may view the videos and learn a bit about their research and teaching interests.


Lynne Vernon-Feagans wins grant, gives conference talk

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy and Professor of Psychology, has received a $745,000 grant from the Rural School and Community Trust to extend the Targeted Reading Intervention in schools in Hertford and Warren Counties. Also, she was an invited speaker at the Southeast Regional Rural Education Summit in July, which was organized by former Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee. The conference was held in Nashville Tennessee.


Leigh Hall appointed associate editor at journal

Leigh Hall, associate professor of literacy studies, has been appointed an associate editor of themes for the journal Reading and Writing Quarterly. The journal is published for those who work with students experiencing reading and writing difficulties, including university-based instructors and researchers, learning consultants, school psychologists, and teachers.


Marta Civil to give Brown Bag Lunch talk Oct. 5

Marta Civil, the Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education. Her talk, scheduled for Oct. 5, is entitled “Building on lessons learned from my work in Latino/a communities: Implications for next steps in research and outreach in mathematics education with non-dominant, marginalized communities.” Light lunches will be provided for approximately 25 people. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) and Metametrics, Inc. Bring a drink, and plan to attend!


SOE appears in news stories

School of Education faculty and staff appeared in the news media last week. Gregory Cizek, Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, was quoted in a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that looked at the role of companies hired to catch cheating on standardized tests. The story is available here. Emily Jack and Ph.D. candidate Jennifer Job were quoted in a story in the Daily Tar Heel regarding how teachers are teaching about 9-11 in schools today. The story is available here.


LEARN NC searching for executive director

LEARN NC is conducting a search for an executive director. The Executive Director will collaborate with the School of Education’s Director of Research and Professional Development for Outreach to provide vision, planning, and leadership, as well as manage all operations for LEARN NC. Please share with anyone who may be interested. More details are available here.


Master’s student Robyn Rowell featured in WRAL story

Robyn Rowell, a teacher at Barwell Road Elementary School in Raleigh and a student in the School’s master’s of education for experienced teachers program, is being featured in a report on WRAL airing this morning. The story is about the school’s participation in Wake County’s “Renaissance schools” program in which investments are being made in formerly low-performing schools. Rowell is shown throughout the report using a Smartboard and software she learned to use in her MEdX program. You may view the story by clicking on the video link on this page.


School Counseling alumnus William Evans featured in Graduate School publication

William Evans, (A.B.Ed. ’97, M.Ed. ’98, school counseling), is featured in the latest edition of the Graduate School’s alumni newsletter, Gradschool News. Evans gives credit to his graduate education at Carolina for enabling him to inspire the high school students he works with today. Read the story about Evans here.


REMINDER: Friday is deadline for proposals for SCALE conference

SCALE is seeking proposals for presentations during its annual Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference in November. The deadline for submission is Friday. You may submit a proposal here. SCALE is asking that presentations during this year's conference fall under one or more of the following strands: Research & Theory, Resources, Program Practice & Models. For more information about each of these strands and to see a complete list of suggested topics as well as descriptions of past presentations, please visit the SCALE website.


Recent publications

Following is a list of recent publications by School of Education faculty and graduate students:

Early Adolescent Peer Ecologies in Rural Communities: Bullying in Schools that Do and Do Not Have a Transition during the Middle Grades. By: Farmer, Thomas W.; Hamm, Jill V.; Leung, Man-Chi. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v40 n9 p1106-1117 Sep 2011. (EJ933398). Details here.

Revealing the invisible hand: The role of teachers in children's peer experiences. By: Farmer, Thomas W.; McAuliffe Lines, Meghan; Hamm, JillV.. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Sep2011, Vol. 32 Issue 5, p247-256, 10p; DOI: 10.1016/j.appdev.2011.04.006. Details here.

Teachers' attunement to students' peer group affiliations as a source of improved student experiences of the school social–affective context following the middle school transition. By: Hamm, JillV.; Farmer, Thomas W.; Dadisman, Kimberly; Gravelle, Maggie; Murray, Allen R.. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Sep2011, Vol. 32 Issue 5, p267-277, 11p; DOI: 10.1016/j.appdev.2010.06.003. Details here.

Interpersonal Competence Configurations, Attachment to Community, and Residential Aspirations of Rural Adolescents. By: Petrin, Robert A.; Farmer, Thomas W.; Meece, JudithL.. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v40 n9 p1091-1105 Sep 2011. (EJ933397). Details here.

Relationship of School Context to Rural Youth's Educational Achievement and Aspirations. By: Irvin, Matthew J.; Meece, JudithL.; Byun, Soo-yong. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v40 n9 p1225-1242 Sep 2011. (EJ933407). Details here.

Amendum, S. Vernon-Feagans, L. & Ginsberg, M. (2011). The effectiveness of a technologically facilitated classroom-based early reading intervention.  The Elementary School Journal, 112 (1,) 107-13.  DOI: 10.1086/660684.

Vernon-Feagans, L. & Ginsberg, M. ( 2011).  Teaching struggling readers in the classroom.  Better: Evidence-based Education, Autumn, 6-7.