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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 launches ‘The Well’

LEARN NC has launched a new blog called “The Well: Carolina research for your classroom. The blog will feature stories describing findings by UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, including those in the School of Education, and how those findings may be used by P-12 teachers in their classrooms. The inaugural two blog posts featured work by Janice Anderson and Leigh Hall. Find The Well at the LEARN NC website. To participate by having your work showcased in the blog, contact either Cheryl Mason Bolick or Emily Jack.


Able, Gallagher win $1 million grant

Harriet Able, associate professor of Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support, and Kate Gallagher, director of the Frank Porter Graham child care program, have been awarded a five-year personnel development grant worth $1,064,000 from the U.S. Department of Education. The project is entitled, "Teacher Leaders in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education: Focus on Socioculturally Diverse Children and Families Experiencing Poverty." The grant will provide full tuition and stipend support for 32 students in the Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support strand of the M.Ed.X program to obtain their master’s degree and B-K teacher licensure with research and professional development outreach activities in rural schools and communities. 


School co-sponsoring showing of documentary “Mitchell 20”

The School of Education, the Center for Teaching Quality and the NCAE are co-sponsoring an Oct. 26 showing of the documentary “Mitchell 20,” which describes efforts by the teachers of a school in Phoenix to improve their teaching based on the National Board Certified Teacher process. The documentary will be preceded by a reception and followed by a panel discussion. The event will be held at Varsity Theatre and begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but space is limited. Get a ticket online here.


EPME faculty, students author APA handbook chapters

Several faculty and students in Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation have contributed chapters to the American Psychological Association Educational Psychology Handbook.

The chapters and authors:

  • “Projecting Educational Psychology's Future From Its Past and Present: A Trend Analysis,” co-authored by Patricia A. Alexander, P. Karen Murphy, and Jeffrey A. Greene.
  • “Gender, Motivation, and Educational Attainment,” co-authored by Judith L. Meece and Karyl J. S. Askew.
  • In addition, Kathleen Lane was a co-author of the chapter “An Integrated, Comprehensive Three-Tier Model to Meet Students' Academic, Behavioral, and Social Needs.”


Marshall participates in women’s leadership conference in Greece

Catherine Marshall, professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, participated in September with 40 other international scholars and activists in a "Women Leading Education" conference in Volos, Greece. Marshall presented a paper called "College Women's Interpretations of Sexual Harassment: What We Know, What Can be Done,” which was co-authored by two CCC graduate students, Stephanie Galloway and Keren Dalyot, and based on a continuing research project. Stemming from the conference, Marshall is leading efforts to seek funding to provide seed grants for curricula, training, professional development, and activism for leadership by women and girls working thorough education systems. Plans are beginning for the next WLE conference, which may be held in Ghana.


Education Pioneers now accepting applications from graduate students

Education Pioneers, a 10-week summer fellowship program for graduate students, is taking applications for its 2012 cohort. Education Pioneers provides a $7,000 stipend and holds a variety of workshops and events that explore issues of educational reform. Fellows are based in seven locations: Boston, Washington, D.C., Houston, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City. Education Pioneers also assists fellows after their summer experience with additional workshops and job placement assistances. Application information and other details are available here. The priority application deadline is Dec. 15.

Several UNC School of Education graduate students have participated and are willing to answer questions about their experience with the program. They are

Third-year Ph.D. students:
Corliss Brown, 2010, Washington, D.C. (
Laura Gutmann, 2010, Washington, D.C. (
Billye Rhodes, 2010, Chicago (
Jamie Lathan, 2011, New York (

Second year Ph.D. students:
Jessie Montana Cain, 2011, New York (
Leslie Fox, 2011, Washington, D.C. (
Brooke Maxfield, 2011, Washington, D.C. (


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Oct. 26
‘Mitchell 20’ documentary
6 p.m.
Varsity Theatre

Nov. 2
SAC Brown Bag Lunch
Chancellor Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein on entrepreneurship and innovation
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