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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.

Welcome reception for Steve Bronack on Wednesday

Please stop by the LEARN NC office suite (012 Peabody) Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for sweet treats and to welcome Steve Bronack. Steve joins us as executive director of LEARN NC and a clinical associate faculty member. You can read more about Steve on the LEARN NC staff web page. We are delighted to have Steve as a colleague! I know he is excited to meet all of you and talk about ways we can work together.


Kathleen Lane presenting professional development series for K-12 educators

Kathleen Lane, professor of special education, will present a series of professional-development sessions for local K-12 educators during the spring. The five, once-a-month sessions – entitled “Project Screen and Support” – is offered at no charge to all K-12 teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and parents interested in learning more about proactive, systematic methods of looking for students who might require additional assistant to experience success in schools. The sessions will be held at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence on Seawell School Road. Sessions are held one Tuesday evening per month from 5 p.m. to 7 pm. More information is available here.


Dana Thompson Dorsey receives Junior Faculty Development Award

The University Committee on Faculty Research and Study Leaves has awarded Assistant Professor Dana Thompson Dorsey a Junior Faculty Development Award for research she plans to conduct during 2012. The $7,500 award will support Thompson Dorsey’s research on the attitudes of students in segregated schools, or predominantly one-race schools, in Halifax County. As part of the project, Thompson Dorsey will administer the Diversity Assessment Questionnaire, a survey created by the Civil Rights Project. The survey assesses student’s attitudes with regards to living and working with different racial/ethnic groups, democratic engagement, and school support for academic achievement. This will be the first time the survey has been used in rural schools.


Four doctoral students win Educational Leadership awards

Four doctoral candidates in the Educational Leadership program have won awards from the program. Deanene H. Deaton and Betsy Sutherland were selected as recipients of the Virginia Carter Gobbel Fellowship. Each fellowshipcarries an award of $4,000. Christine Fierro has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the William Self Award, which carries an award of $2,000. And, Derrick D. Jordan has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Patrick W. and Janet R. Carlton Award for Dissertation Research in Educational Leadership, which conveys an award of $500. More details about the four winners are here.


News & Observer publishes McDiarmid column

Just ahead of the holiday break, The News & Observer of Raleigh published an opinion column by Dean Bill McDiarmid that examined the relationship of poverty and schools’ performance. The column, published Dec. 14, examined data that describe a relationship between student poverty levels and schools’ performance. McDiarmid also discussed research that has found how stress, including that induced by poverty, can impact children’s capacity to develop thinking skills. The column concluded “The long-term health of our society dictates the need for a statewide and national conversation – grounded in solid research and our democratic ideals – about how we support our most vulnerable children.” The column is available on the N&O website here.


GSA hosting research symposium Jan. 21

The Graduate Student Association is hosting its 6th Bi-Annual School of Education GSA Research Symposium on Jan. 21. Students, faculty, alumni and educators are invited. The event, which will include a provided boxed lunch, is free. The symposium provides a forum for graduate students, professors, alumni, and current practitioners in the field of Education to share knowledge and experience in a collegial conference environment. Drawing inspiration from the School’s strategic plan, the theme of the 2012 Symposium is “Providing researchers, policy makers, and practitioners with conceptual and empirical work that helps improve learning opportunities in educational settings.” 

The symposium runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will be held in various classrooms. A registration table will be located in the Graduate Student Lounge on the second floor. To pre-register, go here. The first 25 people to register will receive free parking close to Peabody Hall.

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No Brown Bag Lunch in January

Note that there will be no SOE Brown Bag Lunch in January. A complete schedule of Brown Bags for the spring semester will be included in next week’s Peabody Pulse.


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Jan. 21
GSA Research Symposium
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Peabody Hall