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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.

Kathleen Lane publishes new book

Kathleen Lane, professor of special education, has had a new book published: “Systematic Screenings of Behavior to Support Instruction: From Preschool to High School.” In the book, published by Guilford Press, Lane and her co-authors show how systematic screenings of behavior — used in conjunction with academic data — can enhance teachers' ability to teach and support all students within a response-to-intervention framework. The book reviews screening measures and explains how to administer, score, and interpret them. It also contains guidance for practitioners evaluating their schools' needs and resources and making sound choices about which tools to adopt. More information about the book is available here.


Lora Cohen-Vogel publishes article in Educational Policy

Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform has had an article published in Educational Policy entitled “Federal solutions to school fiscal crises: Lessons from Nixon’s failed national sales tax for education.” With two graduate students as her co-authors, Cohen-Vogel documents the development and ultimate undoing of what became known as the national sales tax plan for education, a Nixon administration proposal to replace local property taxes with a federal value-added tax to finance public schools.


Lynne Vernon-Feagans, colleagues making presentations

Lynne Vernon-Feagans will be taking part in four upcoming presentations about her research. Later this week, she will take part in two presentations at the Pacific Coast Research Conference in Coronado, California. She’ll make one presentation entitled “Face to Face versus Webcam Coaching to Help Classroom Teachers Provide Effective Instruction for Struggling Readers.” She’ll make another presentation with colleagues Catherine Darrow, Amy Hedrick, Justin Garwood and Ariel Tichnor. Vernon-Feagans will also take part in a presentation with graduate student Mary Bratsch at the SRCD Themed meeting on Positive Development of Minority Children in Tampa, Florida.


Juan Carrillo, Claudia Cervantes-Soon invited to make presentation

Assistant professors Juan Carrillo and Claudia Cervantes-Soon have been invited to present their research at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in November in San Francisco. Their presentation is entitled “Healing Border Crossers(ings): Nurturing Xicana Sacred Spaces as Decolonizing Practice.” Also, Carrillo made a presentation on his work with Latino males at the Forum on Minority Male Student Success held at the Carolina Inn on Friday.


Kathleen Brown, grad students Proto, Walston presenting at Feb. 8 Brown Bag

Kathleen Brown, Professor of Educational Leadership, will present with two of her educational leadership doctoral students – Matt Proto and Brad Walston – at the Feb. 8 Brown Bag session. The title of the session is "Turning Around North Carolina's Lowest-Achieving Schools (2006-2010): Using RttT Funds to Document DPI's Interventions Past, Present, and Future!" The event starts at noon, and will be held in Peabody 02. 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!


Language in mathematics teaching focus of Moschkovich talk

Judit Moschkovich, professor of mathematics education at the University of California at Santa Cruz, will visit Carolina and give a talk on Feb. 16 entitled “Beyond Words: Language(s) and Learning Mathematics.” The talk will be held at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center at 4 p.m., followed by a reception. The talk is sponsored by the School of Education and the UNC Program in Latina/o Studies. The reception is free, but please RSVP to Laurie Norman, 843-6979 or


Doctoral students make presentation to Chatham school officials

Six Educational Leadership doctoral students last week presented Chatham County schools officials a report describing a method to conduct evaluations of teacher effectiveness. The presentation, made to members of the Chatham County School Board, the superintendent of Chatham County Schools, and other top administrators from the school district, examined trends in evaluation of teacher effectiveness. The presentation also included a description of the McREL Teacher Evaluation System. The students making the presentation were Jerry Buckner, Courtnee Cox, Tim Lancaster, Kylon Middleton, Matt Proto and Brad Walston.


Daniel Huff conducts choral festival

Clinical Associate Professor Daniel Huff recently co-conducted the 8th All-Carolina Invitational Male Choral Festival. The event, held Jan. 14, featured 151 high school singers from 21 schools across North Carolina.  The UNC Men’s Glee Club, which Huff conducts, recently completed a tour in which it sang six concerts for audiences in North Carolina and Georgia.


Alumnus Mikey Truzy (M.A.T. ’05) featured on Ellen Degeneres Show

Mikey Truzy (M.A.T. ’05), a music teacher at Eastway Elementary School in Durham, was included in a story about his school that was broadcast on the Ellen Degeneres Show. The Degeneres Show profiled the school as a “Deserving School,” which was then awarded $100,000 by Target. The profile may be seen here.


Middle Grades major Abby Poeske talks about South Africa experience

Abby Poeske, a junior majoring in Middle Grades Education, has narrated a slideshow of photos available on the School of Education website describing the semester she spent in South Africa. Poeske spent the semester with 11 other Carolina students in the Burch Honors Program. Nine of the students participated in an education track that included a service-learning course led by Suzanne Gulledge, clinical professor of middle grades education. Those students regularly communicated with students at McDougle Middle School in Carrboro, sharing their experiences and collecting information for seventh graders who were studying Africa as part of their standard course of study.


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Feb. 8
SOE Brown Bag
Kathleen Brown and colleagues
Peabody 02

Feb. 16
Judit Moschkovich mathematics presentation
George Watts Hill Alumni Center
4 p.m.