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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.

Alumna Nicole Pfleger (M.Ed. ’06) named National School Counselor of the Year

Nicole Pfleger (M.Ed. ’06) has been named National School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association. Pfleger, who works at Nickajack Elementary School in her native Smyrna, Ga., learned of the award Thursday during a surprise school assembly at her school. Pfleger was among more than 400 nominees for the award, which is the highest national honor for school counselors. In conjunction with National Counseling Week in February, Pfleger will visit Washington, D.C., with five other national finalists, representing ASCA in meetings with members of Congress. She’ll tour the nation's capital and attend an awards gala at Union Station. More about Pfleger’s award and the School of Education’s school counseling program is available here.

Carolina Slate and Honor Roll available online

The Fall 2011 edition of the Carolina Slate newsletter and this year’s Honor Roll of Donors have been published and are available online. The Carolina Slate includes articles about the winners of this year’s Alumni Awards, short profiles of new faculty members, Bill Ware being named to the McMichael Term Professorship, a column from Dean McDiarmid, a profile of LEARN NC’s effort to align its lesson plans to new teaching standards, and more. The Carolina Slate is available here. The Honor Roll of Donors is available here.

Dana Griffin project wins $10,000 in University support

Dana Griffin, assistant professor of school counseling, has won $10,000 in support for her project titled “Supporting and Educating Latina Mothers.” The support comes in the form of $5,000 in support from the University Research Council and a $5,000 James Moeser Award for Distinguished Research.

Claudia Cervantes-Soon receives University grant

Assistant Professor Claudia Cervantes-Soon has received an University Research Council grant in the amount of $4,990 for a project titled, Proyecto PUENTES: Building Bridges between Home and School in Lanugage, Literacy, and Mathematics. The purpose of the grant is to investigate culturally situated language, literacy, and mathematics practices utlized at home and in the community by Latino/a families. This research will provide information to assist schools provide culturally relevant and effective instruction in language, literacy and mathematics.

Student Cassandra Richards Davis appearing on WUNC-FM

Cassandra Richards Davis, a third-year Ph.D. student in Culture, Curriculum and Change and a dropout prevention specialist at Communities in Schools in Durham, will be a guest on WUNC-FM’s “The State of Things” on Wednesday. The topic of the program will be school dropouts and interventions. The program airs at noon.

UNC contingent takes part in Literacy Research Association conference

Two School of Education faculty members, two School retirees and six Ph.D. candidates took part in this year’s annual Literacy Research Association’s annual conference in Jacksonville, Fla. Members of the Carolina contingent took part in numerous presentations and discussions during the conference. Attending were faculty members Julie Justice and Leigh Hall and retired faculty members Jim Cunningham and Jill Fitzgerald. Participating doctoral students were Jonathan Bartels, Katheryn Ohle, Jackie Relyea-Kim, Sandra Garcia, Jennifer Job, Charna d'Ardenne, Alison turner, Kate Allman and Elizabeth Cutrer.

Lynda Stone presents at German conference

Lynda Stone, professor of philosophy of education, presented an opening keynote address at the Institutional Spaces of Educational Research conference in Nuremburg, Germany last month. Her address was entitled “Institutional Places and Practices: ‘Lessons’ for Society and School from American Harold Lasswell and an Innovation in Research on Democracy.” The annual conference is sponsored by a Belgium-based organization called Research Community, Philosophy and History of the Discipline of Education. Stone is one of four American members of the organization.

Leigh Hall publishes journal article

Leigh Hall, associate professor of literacy studies, has published an article in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy come out today. The article is entitled “How Popular Culture Texts Inform and Shape Students’ Discussions of Social Studies Texts.”  In it, Hall examines how 6th-grade students used pop culture texts to inform their understandings about social studies texts and shape their discussions of it. An abstract and links to the article are available here.

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