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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.

LEARN NC holding annual conference Nov. 7

LEARN NC will hold its 2011 Fall Interactive Conference for teachers on Nov. 7. The conference, which will stream from Peabody Hall, will feature presenters exploring topics such as how to reach struggling readers, teaching about North Carolina American Indians, modeling-based science instruction, and the state’s adoption of new curriculum standards and professional teaching standards. The conference consists of eight sessions, starting at 11 a.m. and running until 5 p.m. Online attendance is free. For more information and to register, go here.


“Mitchell 20” screening, panel discussion Wednesday

The School of Education, the Center for Teaching Quality and the NCAE are co-sponsoring a showing on Wednesday 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.


Staff meeting rescheduled for Nov. 7

The SOE staff meeting has been rescheduled to Nov. 7, in Room 02, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At the meeting, Stan Waddell of ITS Security will deliver a presentation on computer security practices. The meeting will also cover other School-related agenda, and pizza will be served for lunch. Staff members please to attend.


SOE student/faculty fall picnic scheduled for Sunday

The School of Education fall picnic for students and faculty will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30. The picnic will be at Southern Community Park and will start at 2 p.m. More details to come!


Bolick, Anderson and Hall talking tech at Microsoft

Cheryl Bolick, Janice Anderson and Leigh Hall are attending a workshop this week at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington to help the company explore how its tech products such as the Xbox and Xbox Kinect may be used in classrooms. The “Teacher Education Initiative” is being held to design a workshop that will be used to show school of education faculty members how to use technology and teach the use of technology to preservice teachers.


De la Varre, alumni publish journal article

Doctoral student Claire de la Varre and School alumni Julie Keane and Matt Irvin, have published an article that will appear in the next edition of the Journal of Distance Education. The article is entitled “Dual perspectives on the contribution of on-site facilitators to teaching presence in a blended learning environment.”


Textbooks topic of Nov. 16 panel discussion

Dean Bill McDiarmid, two school principals and two N.C. Department of Public Instruction officials will take part in a panel discussion on Nov. 16 regarding the history of textbooks. The discussion will be held in conjunction with an exhibit entitled “Curriculum and Controversy: Two Centuries of Textbooks in North Carolina” at Wilson Library. The event will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room. McDiarmid will moderate the discussion.


LEARN NC seeking article proposals

LEARN NC is seeking article proposals on a variety of topics for practicing P-12 educators. Proposals on all topics will be considered, but topics of particular interest include the Common Core State Standards, best practices in effective technology integration, differentiated instruction, and closing the achievement gap. Proposals should address demonstrated needs in P-12 education using current research and offer concrete strategies or practices that teachers can implement in their classrooms.  Please contact Jonathan Bartels with questions,


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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
Peabody 02

Nov. 7
SOE staff meeting
10 a.m.
Peabody 02