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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.

Thanksgiving lunch planned for Tuesday

The School of Education’s faculty-staff Thanksgiving lunch will be held Tuesday, starting at 11:30 a.m. in Peabody 02. Turkey and stuffing is being catered. Faculty members have been asked to bring a side dish. Let’s eat!


SOE staff meeting scheduled for today

The SOE staff meeting will be held today 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.


Noblit presented with Impact Award

George Noblit, Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, was presented with the Impact Award by Black Alumni of the UNC School of Education at the organization’s reunion during Homecoming Weekend. The award was given to Noblit to recognize his dedication toward recruiting, retaining, sponsoring and mentoring students of color. Paula Price, who is now an associate professor at Washington State University, attended the event to make the presentation. “Perhaps even more important than his prolific scholarship, George’s mentorship and support of many first generation and students of color at Carolina has been instrumental to our success at UNC and in our careers,” Price said. “He has taught me, through his example, what it means to be a scholar activist. His activism is not rooted in any desire for accolades or recognition. His activism and scholarship is rooted in trying to do what is right.”


Textbooks topic of panel discussion on Wednesday

Dean Bill McDiarmid, two school principals and two N.C. Department of Public Instruction officials will take part in a panel discussion on Wednesday 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.


GSA Brown Bag on Tuesday features international perspectives

The Graduate Student Association is hosting a brown bag discussion on Tuesday, featuring students from a variety of countries talking about their perspectives on educational issues. The event will be held in Room 212, beginning at noon.


The Well: Vernon-Feagans’s reading program featured

Lynne Vernon-Feagans’s Targeted Reading Intervention program is the feature this week of “The Well,” LEARN NC’s blog for educators. The TRI program is designed to help teachers, particularly those in rural areas, provide enhanced instruction to struggling readers. TRI has teachers working one-on-one with struggling readers while other students in the classroom are working at literacy centers, working independently, or receiving instruction from a teaching assistant. “The Well” post describes how TRI works, and has a link to where more information is available. The post is available 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 helps created new curriculum guide about N.C. American Indians

LEARN NC, in conjunction with UNC’s American Indian Center, has created a new curriculum guide for teachers about all eight tribes of American Indians in North Carolina. The guide, “Teaching About American Indians in North Carolina,” consists of culturally appropriate, tribally submitted information on the tribes. Resources include best practices for teaching about American Indians, suggestions for curriculum integration, community-submitted historic and contemporary visual resources and lesson plans. The curriculum guide may be found here.


Galassi, Akos publishing papers

John Galassi, professor of school counseling, and Patrick Akos, associate professor of school counseling, are co-authors of a paper that is in press with the journal Counselor Education and Supervision. The article is entitled “Preparing school counselors to promote academic development.” Akos also is co-author of another paper in press with the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Its title is “Increasing teachers’ use of career relevant instruction: A randomized control trial of CareerStart.”    


Parsons, Peterson co-author 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.


Crompton, Keane have paper accepted

Doctoral candidate Helen Crompton and Julie Keane a past doctoral student at the School have had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Interactive Online Learning. The paper is entitled “Implementation of a one-to-one iPod Touch program in a middle school.”


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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
Thanksgiving lunch
11:30 p.m.
Peabody 02

Nov. 15
GSA Brown Bag: International Perspectives
Peabody 212

Nov. 16
Textbooks panel discussion, Dean McDiarmid moderating
5 p.m.
Pleasants Assembly Room, Wilson Library

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