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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.

Alumni Awards Luncheon honors five

More than 100 people attended the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon on Saturday at the Carolina Inn, where five people were honored by the School of Education. Faculty who during the past year have won national or university-wide awards or were elected to top leadership positions in their associations were also recognized.


Matt Sears (M.A.T. ’04), Excellence in Teaching Award. Named Durham Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year in 2008. In 2010 Matt became one of five North Carolina teachers selected as the inaugural recipients of the Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers.

Gus Martin (M.Ed. ’73, Ph.D. ’83), Distinguished Leadership Award. Retired high school principal and owner of Martin Education Associates. His firm continues to provide consulting services across the state and is highly regarded in education.

Karen Erickson (Ph.D. ’95), Alumni Achievement Award. Yoder Distinguished Professor in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine’s Department of Allied Health Sciences. One of the nation’s foremost researchers in literacy education.

Clarence York (A.B. ’49), Alumni Achievement Award. President of an international consulting firm that assists agencies that serve children and adults with disabilities. Former adjunct professor in our school.

Bill McNeal, the Peabody Award. Former Wake County superintendent and National Superintendent of the Year in 2004.

Faculty recognized:

Harriet Able, selected to join UNC’s Faculty Engaged Scholars Program.

Greg Cizek, elected president-elect of National Council on Measurement in Education.

Fen English, assumed presidency the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.

Jill Fitzgerald, inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame.

Dana Griffin, winner of a faculty development award from UNC’s Committee on Faculty Research and Study Leaves.

Leigh Hall, winner of the 2010 Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference.

Bobbie Lubker, elected president of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education.

Judith Meece, elected president-elect of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

Melissa Miller, winner of UNC’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction and Mentoring.

Eileen Parsons, awarded a fellowship by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to work at the National Science Foundation.

Rune Simeonsson, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association.

Doctoral student and school counseling program instructor Eric Sparks, named American School Counselor Association’s School Counseling Director of the Year.

Former Dean Don Stedman, winner of the 2010 Purpose Prize.

Lynda Stone, elected vice-president and president-elect of the American Educational Studies Association.

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, winner of UNC’s Bryan Public Service Award.

Jennifer Wooten, winner of an American Educational Research Association’ dissertation award.


Friel helps complete revision of Connected Mathematics; launches work on new edition

Susan Friel, professor of mathematics education, is one of the co-authors for the successful middle grades mathematics program, Connected Mathematics Program. The original development and a major revision for a second edition of the program were supported with funding from the National Science Foundation. A developmental research model that involved extensive field-testing has been employed; numerous research and evaluation reports and studies are available here.

With the introduction of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, a new revision for a third edition is in process. The authors have been redesigning the program, while keeping its intent and flavor, to reflect the CCSS mathematics content for grades 6-8. The redesign is being completed without outside funding. However, Friel said the commitment to a developmental research model that incorporates cyclic feedback from the field (limited in this case) to inform the “theory” the curriculum exemplifies is under way. Currently, the deadline for revisions is December 2012.


Lynda Stone elected association vice president

Lynda Stone, professor of philosophy of education and chair of Culture, Curriculum and Change, has been elected vice-president of the American Educational Studies Association. She will assume the presidency of the association in 2012. Stone also is serving until 2013 as a past president of the John Dewey Society.


Faculty working with N.C. DPI in project aimed at students with disabilities

Melissa Shaffer Miller along with Harriet Boone and Martinette Horner have been awarded a five-year partnership with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. The School of Education will be working with NCDPI's State Improvement Project. The purpose of the project is to improve the quality of instruction for students with disabilities through research-supported personnel development and on-site technical assistance for the public schools and university teacher education programs. The major focus of this partnership will be to provide personnel development and program support services to significantly improve the reading, writing, and mathematics performance and success of students with disabilities in North Carolina. 


Bobbie Lubker elected president of higher education retirees group

Bobbie Lubker, retired from the School of Education, is serving as president of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education, an international organization of retired faculty associations in the U.S. and Canada. AROHE advocates for, educates and serves retired faculty and staff in higher education, seeking to improve their quality of life and that of the community and institutions through creating new models of retirement. More information about AROHE is available at the organization’s website.


Rochelle Gutierrez to talk Oct. 3 about mathematics education

Rochelle GutiƩrrez, professor of curriculum and instruction and Latina/Latino studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will deliver a talk on Oct. 3 entitled "Desarrollando Nepantler@s: Rethinking the Knowledge Needed to Teach Mathematics." The talk will be held in the University Room in Hyde Hall, starting at 6 p.m.


Marta Civil to give Brown Bag Lunch talk Oct. 5

Marta Civil, the Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education, will give the Brown Bag Lunch talk on Oct. 5. Her talk 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!