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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.

Lora Cohen-Vogel giving Brown Bag talk Wednesday

Lora Cohen-Vogel, the Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, will give the presentation at this month’s SAC Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday. Cohen-Vogel’s talk is entitled “Performance Data and Its Various (and Perverse?) Uses under Standards Based Accountability.” Light lunches will be provided for approximately 25 people. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) and Metametrics, Inc. Bring a drink, and plan to attend!

Cheryl Mason Bolick selected as Academic Leadership Fellow

Cheryl Mason Bolick, associate professor and director of research and professional development for outreach, has been selected as a 2012-2013 Academic Leadership Fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Eight Fellows are selected each year to engage in a series of activities to help them develop leadership skills, clarify their career commitments, build a leadership network within the campus and extend their contacts to other leaders beyond the university. The fellowship year includes training at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, seminars in which faculty discuss issues facing the University, opportunities to meet with senior leaders inside and outside the University and two retreats focused on career development, leadership skill assessment and creation of a personal vision. The selection committee seeks a diverse group of Fellows from all parts of the University. Those selected are judged to be among those who will benefit the most from participation and who have the most potential to contribute as academic leaders.

Dana Thompson Dorsey receives Junior Faculty Development Award

Assistant Professor Dana Thompson Dorsey has received a Junior Faculty Development award to conduct research in Halifax County schools during the 2012 calendar year. The $7,500 award will allow Thompson Dorsey to examine attitudes of students in predominantly one-race schools in Halifax County. She plans to administer a survey designed to assess students’ attitudes regarding living and working with different racial/ethnic groups, democratic engagement, and school support for academic achievement.

The Well: Julie Justice, Catherine Darrow reading project profiled

LEARN NC’s blog “The Well” today describes work done by Julie Justice, assistant professor of literacy, and Catherine Darrow project director for the Targeted Reading Intervention program at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. The two have been researching how early-career teachers make decisions about which pre-packaged curricula to purchase and use in their classrooms. The use of pre-packaged curricula and lesson plans has risen due to the structure of No Child Left Behind funding. The blog post includes tips for teachers that are derived from the Justice-Darrow research. The blog post is available here.

EPME hosts research forum

The Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation faculty hosted a cross-institutional research forum for faculty and students interested in psychological perspectives on schooling development and learning on Friday. More than 35 faculty and students from UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, N.C. State and UNC-Greensboro attended and shared information about their research.

Houck contributes chapter to new book

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy and Kenan Faculty Fellow, contributed a chapter to the new book “Integrating Schools in a Changing Society: New Policies and Legal Options for a Multiracial Generation.” In the book, published in November by The University of North Carolina Press, scholars in educational policy and related fields offer essays seeking to illuminate new ways for American public education to counter racial and socioeconomic inequality. Houck’s chapter is entitled “Resource Allocation Post-Parents Involved.” More information about the book is available here.

Alumna Cindy Thompson Rudolph wins state teaching award

Cindy Thompson Rudolph (B.S.S.T. '86, M.A.T. '87) has been awarded the N.C. Outstanding Biology Teacher Award by the National Association of Biology Teachers. The award was presented at the N.C. Science Teachers Association Conference in Greensboro in November. Rudolph also was recognized at the NABT Conference in October in Anaheim, Calif.  The award recognizes teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, inventiveness, initiative, and student-teacher relationships.

Alumnus Gerard Gioia profiled in APA publication

The work of alumnus Gerard Gioia (Ph.D. '84) was the subject of a profile on the website of the American Psychological Association. Gioia has been conducting research on the impact concussions have on children. The article describes who Gioia has conducted research on concussion's impact on kids' lives, including their academic performance. He has developed tools to help coaches, parents and others respond appropriately after an injury. And he has lobbied for state and federal legislation that would keep kids safe and help ensure their speedy recovery from concussion. The profile is available here.

School of Education taking part in UNC book drive

The School of Education is participating in a book drive for the Book Fairy, an organization that donates books to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at UNC Hospitals. The drive runs through Thursday. All new or gently-used books for ages one through mid-teen are welcome. The need is especially great for English and Spanish-language board books, the sturdy picture books made for young children. Books may be dropped off in the collection bin in the main lobby of Peabody Hall. For more information, contact Mellie Durrett-Johnson, durrettj (AT)

CCC doctoral students presenting papers Thursday

Please plan to join the first-year Culture, Curriculum and Chance doctoral students as they present their research papers on Thursday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in Room 02. The format for the session will be similar to a conference, with two sessions during which papers will be presented. Questions and discussion will occur between the two sessions. All faculty, students and staff are invited and urged to participate. Refreshments will be provided.

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Dec. 7
Brown Bag Lunch featuring Lora Cohen-Vogel
Peabody 02
Dec. 8
CCC doctoral student papers
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Room 02

Dec. 9
Faculty-staff Holiday Party
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
RSVP to Laurie Norman