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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 included in “public presence” ranking

Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, has been named among the top 120 education scholars in the 2012 Edu-Scholar Public Presence rankings. The rankings were published earlier this month by Education Week. The rating is designed to measure “a scholar’s footprint on the public debate.” According to Education Week, yhe scores draw about “40 percent on scholarly influence in terms of bodies of work and citation counts, 25 percent on book authorship and current book success, and about 35 percent on presence in new and old media.”


Lynda Stone publishes essay in education reader

Lynda Stone has had an essay published. The essay, entitled "Fear of Uncertainty, Control, and the Criminalizing of Youth," was published in Character and Moral Education: A Reader, edited by Joseph DeVitis and Tianlong Yu. Note that also in this volume is a reprinted essay of special interest for North Carolina, "Legislating Character: Moral Education in North Carolina's Public Schools" from School of Education alumnus Aaron Cooley.


The Well: Multicultural texts for transitional readers

This week’s post to The Well, LEARN NC’s blog, examines what researchers at the School of Information and Library Science have learned regarding the use of multicultural reading materials to help transitional readers. The post features the work of Sandra Hughes-Hassell, professor at the School of Information and Library Science. She and colleagues recently conducted a study that applied the perspective of “critical race theory” to traditional books used by transitional readers. Of the 556 books analyzed, 83.5 percent had at least one white main or secondary character while only 25.8 percent had at least one person of color as a main or secondary character. The blog post features ways in which educators can work to make more representative books available to students. The Well post is available here.


Students, faculty invited to biking event for children on Saturday

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join Trips For Kids-Triangle as it holds a biking excursion for at-risk students from Durham Public Schools at the Carolina North Trail system in Chapel Hill. Trips For Kids-Triangle is a local nonprofit started and run by Durham Public School educators and School of Education MSA student Andrea Hundredmark. The students are selected to participate with the program by their teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and school resource officers. Since its inception in 2008, Trips For Kids-Triangle has seen marked improvements in students’ attendance, academics, and attitudes. Durham Public Schools Superintendent Eric J. Becoats will attend Saturday’s event and the School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is helping organize it.  Anyone wishing to volunteer for the event is encouraged to notify Hundredmark at Andrea AT More information about Trips For Kids-Triangle is available here.


Scholar Berit Bjorkman visiting from Sweden

Berit Bjorkman is visiting Chapel Hill as a visiting scholar from the School of Health Sciences at Jonkoping University Sweden. She is here as a fellow in the Transatlantic Consortium on Global Education and Development Studies.


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Jan. 27
Alumni Council meeting
9 a.m.

Jan. 28
Recharge and Reconnect

Jan. 28
Triangle Trips for Kids event
Carolina North