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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.

New tours schools, gives talks in China, Taiwan

Rebecca New, associate professor of early childhood education, spent Fall Break touring schools and meeting educators in China and Taiwan. New visited East China Normal University in Shanghai, a school that has sent three visiting scholars to the School of Education, including two who are currently in Chapel Hill. There, she met with early childhood faculty and discussed issues and initiatives. She also visited two early childhood centers and gave a lecture to ECNU faculty and graduate students. In Taiwan, New visited National Hsinchu University of Education where she met the president, dean of the College of Education and faculty, and discussed possible collaborations and research initiatives. She also gave two keynote addresses at an international conference on early childhood education at the university. She also gave a lecture to faculty and graduate students in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Taijung University of Education.


The Well: Akos, Orthner CareerStart project profiled on LEARN NC blog

CareerStart, a counseling program designed to help middle schoolers make connections between their courses and preparation for careers, is profiled in this week’s LEARN NC blog “The Well: Carolina research for your classroom.” The profile examines work by Patrick Akos, associate professor of school counseling, and Dennis Orthner, a professor in the School of Social Work. More than 600 teachers in seven school districts in North Carolina are using CareerStart lessons with more than 30,000 students. The CareerStart lessons illustrate the application of the content in their core curricula to professions available in the students’ communities.


UNC BEST partners with LEARN NC to bring online learning modules to science teachers

On Thursday, Jennifer Coble and several UNC BEST students will be presenting a session titled “What do scientists do? Teaching Biology through explorations of research,” at the North Carolina Science Teachers Association Conference in Greensboro. UNC BEST students will present interactive websites designed to help teachers integrate current research into their lessons. The websites offer rich graphics, accessible explanations and lesson plans that help students learn about SCOS objectives through explorations of what scientists do. Science teachers from across the country will have ongoing access the interactive modules from the LEARN NC site. More details available here.


Gulledge and her use of Sakai profiled in ITS video

Suzanne Gulledge, clinical professor of middle grades education, has been profiled by ITS in a video that describes her experiences using Sakai for the first time, creating a fully online course that was taught during a summer session. View the video here.


LEARN NC search committee hosting presentations by director candidates

LEARN NC will hold on-campus interviews next week with candidates for executive director of the organization. Faculty, staff and students are welcomed and encouraged to attend the presentations. The search committee will solicit feedback, which will be sought through feedback forms that will be provided at each presentation. All presentations will be held in Room 212 and are expected to last one hour.

Presentation dates and times:
Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 17, 2 p.m.


LEARN NC’s Fall Interactive Conference today

LEARN NC will hold its 2011 Fall Interactive Conference for teachers today. 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 starts Tuesday

SCALE, the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education, is holding its annual Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference on Tuesday through Thursday. 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.


Hamm co-authors journal article on early mathematics education

Jill Hamm, associate professor of educational psychology, is a co-author on a paper published in the journal Theory Into Practice. The article is entitled “Engaging First Graders to Participate as Students of Mathematics.” The article documents how first-grade teachers implicitly communicate to students what counts as appropriate behaviors when engaging in mathematics learning and how those practices lay the foundation for students’ understanding of how they are expected to take part in learning mathematics. More details available here.


Crompton paper on QR codes accepted for publication

Ph.D. candidate Helen Crompton has had an article accepted for publication in the June edition of Learning & Leading with Technology, a teacher journal for the International Society for Technology in Education. The paper, entitled QR Codes Offer a New Dimension in Teaching and Learning, was co-authored with Jason LaFrance, an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University, and Mark van 't Hoof, who works at the Research Center for Educational Technology at Kent State University. Also, Crompton, School of Education Director of Communications Mike Hobbs and Jonathan Davis of Carolina’s International Student and Scholar Services office, presented at the Carolina Technology Consultant Fall Retreat last month on the topic of QR codes in the university setting.


Parsons, Peterson co-authors on paper on science learning

Eileen Parsons, associate professor of science education, and Ph.D. candidate Michael “Spike” Petersen are two of the co-authors on a paper published in the journal Research in Science and Technological Education. The article is entitled "High school students' implicit theories of what facilitates science learning." The study investigated high school students’ implicit theories about what helps them learn science. It found significant differences between male and female students regarding their implicit theories regarding what instructional strategies are helpful. The study suggests that addressing these differing implicit theories can enhance science instruction.


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)


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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. 14
LEARN NC executive director candidate presentation
10:30 a.m.
Peabody 212

Nov. 15
LEARN NC executive director candidate presentation
10:30 a.m.
Peabody 212

Nov. 15
SOE Community Thanksgiving Luncheon

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Peabody 02

Nov. 15
GSA Brown Bag: International Perspectives
Peabody 212

Nov. 17
LEARN NC executive director candidate presentation
2 p.m.
Peabody 212