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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.

Wednesday Brown Bag features Chancellor Thorp, Goldstein

Chancellor Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein, University Entrepreneur in Residence and a Professor of the Practice in the Economics, will be our guests for Wednesday’s SOE Brown Bag Lunch. Thorp and Goldstein will discuss entrepreneurship and innovation, the subject of their book, Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Century. Light lunches will be provided for approximately 25 people. The lunches are made possible through the support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) and Metametrics, Inc.


Lane presenting webinar Thursday on writing grant proposals

Kathleen Lane, professor of special education, will present on Thursday a Council for Exceptional Children webinar on writing grant proposals. The webinar will discuss essential tasks to complete prior to writing a grant, during the grant writing process, and after submitting the proposal. It also will explore the collaborative nature of grant writing, beginning with research questions tied to a clearly defined research agenda. The webinar starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 5:15 p.m. The cost for non-CEC members is $114. For more information or to register, go here.


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.


SCALE’s annual Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference next week

SCALE, the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education, is holding its annual Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference on Nov. 8-10. The conference schedule features a wide range of presentations on literacy topics and training for doing literacy work. More information, including links for registering, are available on the SCALE website.


Mojica’s work on ‘learning trajectories’ examined in today’s ‘The Well’

Gemma Mojica, assistant professor of mathematics education, has been working on how “learning trajectories” can be used by teachers to help their students. In today’s edition of LEARN NC’s blog “The Well: Carolina research for your classroom,” Mojica’s work is profiled, along with tips that can be put to use by teachers. Mojica says that using learning trajectories in the classroom focuses the teaching on the learning process rather than the product, giving teachers insight into their students’ progression. That helps teachers identify what each student needs to make progress along the learning trajectory. The blog article is available here.


Miller’s work on social skill instruction profiled in ‘The Well’

Work by Melissa Miller, assistant professor of special education, was profiled in last week’s installment of LEARN NC’s blog “The Well: Carolina research for your classroom. The article explores the benefits of including social skills instruction in classrooms and includes 20 tips for how to do so. The article is available here.


Leigh Hall book positively reviewed by journal

A book co-authored by Leigh Hall, associate professor of literacy studies, has been positively reviewed by the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Of the book, Empowering Struggling Readers, the reviewer said: "Each chapter is richly informative and well documented and describes how traditional approaches have inhibited struggling students from learning while providing vignettes of innovative ways to draw students into being more active participants.... While there is much work to be done, this book sets the groundwork in initiating a classroom climate where everyone is seen as capable of becoming a better reader." The full review is available online here.


GSA Brown Bags feature data security, international perspectives

The Graduate Student Association has scheduled two Brown Bag Events for November. On Thursday at noon in Peabody 02, the topic will be the School of Education’s “Secure Data Room.” The School recently was approved by the National Center for Educational Statistics to operate a Secure Data Room, which provides a secure place for those who want to do research with large, restricted-use data sets. Professor Judith Meece is the principal project officer. She and Beth Bader, a Culture, Curriculum and Change doctoral student, will present information about the variety of data sets available for free and about use of the Secure Data Room. Interested students should attend the Brown Bag or contact Beth Bader, bbader (AT)

Another GSA Brown Bag Event on Nov. 15 will feature a forum discussing international perspectives in education. The meeting will feature some of the SOE’s international graduate students who represent Turkey, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Australia, Japan and Korea. The discussion will begin at noon in Room 212. For information, contact Hyeyoung Hwang, hyhwang (AT)


SOE staff meeting scheduled for Nov. 14

The SOE staff meeting has been rescheduled to Nov. 14, in Room 02, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meeting will include a presentation on computer security practices and cover other School-related agenda. Pizza will be served for lunch. Staff members please to attend.


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 suggestions or questions, jtb1005 (AT)


GSA preparing call for proposals for Research Symposium

The Graduate Student Association is preparing a call for proposals for the GSA Research Symposium planned for January. The symposium will feature SOE graduate student work geared towards researchers and practitioners. For more information, contact a GSA representative.


SEAES Conference seeing graduate students’ proposals

Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals and plan to attend the 16th annual Southeastern Association of Educational Studies conference on Feb. 24-25. The conference will be hosted by the University of South Carolina’s College of Education and the Department of Educational Studies Graduate Student Organization. The UNC School of Education hosts the conference every other year. For more information, contact a GSA representative.


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Nov. 2
SAC Brown Bag Lunch
Chancellor Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein on entrepreneurship and innovation
Peabody 02

Nov. 2
SOE Faculty meeting
1:30 p.m.
Room 206

Nov. 3
GSA Brown Bag: Secure Data Room
Peabody 02

Nov. 7
LEARN NC 2011 Fall Interactive Conference
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nov. 8-10
SCALE’s Read.Write.Act Conference

Nov. 14
SOE staff meeting
10:30 a.m.
Peabody 02

Nov. 15
GSA Brown Bag: International Perspectives
Peabody 212