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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 Brown, grad students Proto, Walston presenting at SOE Brown Bag on Wednesday

Kathleen Brown, professor of educational Lladership, will present with two of her educational leadership doctoral students – Matt Proto and Brad Walston – at Wednesday’s 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!


Tuesday’s GSA Brown Bag to map out graduate school milestones

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Anne Bryan will lead a brief overview of the major components of graduate school programming at the School of Education at a GSA Brown Bag on Tuesday. This meeting is designed to be useful to graduate students who wish to double-check their understanding of processes such as the dissertation, coursework requirements and comprehensive exams. The talk will be in Peabody 02 at noon.


Language in mathematics teaching focus of Moschkovich talk Feb. 16

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


Patricia Alexander to give guest lecture Feb. 17

Educational psychologist Patricia Alexander, a professor at the University of Maryland, will give a talk entitled “Reading into the future: The challenges of competent literacy for the 21st century.” The talk will be held on Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. at Peabody 104. Alexander, whose areas of expertise include literacy and reading, domain learning, and expertise, is a recipient of the Oscar S. Causey Award from the National Reading Conference and the Thorndike Award for Career Achievement in Educational Psychology from the American Psychological Association. She was a 2008 fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Before her main lecture, she will hold a talk for graduate students at 3 p.m. at Peabody 02.


Students produce suicide prevention video

Students in the school psychology program have produced a public service announcement video aimed at helping prevent teen suicides. The project was supported by a grant from the N.C. Department of Public Health's Youth Suicide Prevention Program. The video is being provided to television stations and movie theaters across the state as part of the state's "It's OK to ask" campaign. Jessica Keroack, a Pd.D. candidate in school psychology, was the coordinator of the project. Other school psychology students involved in the project were Anna Stagg, Sheena Berry and Genna Durante. They received help from students in the School of Journalism and from the Department of Dramatic Arts and Communication. The video is being made available for airing by television stations and in movie theatres around the state. The video is available here. A shorter version is here.


LEARN NC’s ‘The Well’ features community newspapers

LEARN NC’s blog “The Well” features Jock Lauterer, senior lecturer and director of the Carolina Community Media Project at UNC Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and his work with community newspapers. Lauterer has worked with small-town newspapers and with students who have created community newspapers. One such paper, The Durham Voice, is staffed by journalism students from UNC and N.C. Central University, as well as teenagers living in Northeast Central Durham. In ‘The Well,” Lauterer describes how newspaper work helps students and describes steps people can take to launch such projects. View The Well blog post here.


Faculty invited to attend ‘NSF Day’ on Feb. 28

School of Education faculty members are invited to attend “NSF Day,” an event designed to help faculty from universities in the Triangle area to network about potential collaborations. Representatives from seven NSF directorates, the Office of International Science and Engineering, and the Office of Integrative Activities will make presentations on their programs and also be available in breakout sessions for discussions of potential research proposals. The event will be held Feb. 28 at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those interested in attending must register by Feb. 17. A sign-up list will be circulated at this week’s SOE Brown Bag event on Wednesday. The School has some funds for registration fees. For more information, go here.


Claudia Cervantes-Soon has article accepted

Assistant Professor Claudia G. Cervantes-Soon has had an article accepted in a special issue of Equity and Excellence focused on Chicana/Latina Testimimonios, Methodologies, Pedagogies, and Political Urgency. The article is entitled "Testiminos of Life and Learning in the Borderlands: Subaltern Juárez Girls Speak" and describes the experiences of two high school girls coming of age in Cuidad Juárez, Mexico, a city considered one of the most violent in the world.


Leigh Hall has commentary published

Leigh Hall, associate professor of literacy studies, has had an invited commentary published in the February issue of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. The commentary is entitled “Rewriting identities: Creating spaces for students and teachers to challenge the norms of what it means to be a reader in school.”


Jeff Greene named journal associate editor

Jeff Greene, assistant professor of educational psychology, has been named as one of two new associate editors for the journal Metacognition & Learning. The journal, which was started in 2006, has grown in prominence under the leadership of the founding editor, Marcel Veenman. Greene says that he and the other new editors hope to continue Veenman’s work and build upon the journal's strong reputation as an outlet for interesting and generative research. He encourages others to peruse the journal, submit manuscripts and spread word about it. More information about the journal is available here.


EPME faculty, students publish articles

The following articles authored by faculty and students in the Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation program were published recently:

  • Educational Barriers of Rural Youth: Relation of Individual and Contextual Difference Variables. By: Irvin, Matthew J.; Byun, Soo-yong; Meece, Judith L.; Farmer, Thomas W.; Hutchins, Bryan C. Published in the Journal of Career Assessment this month. Details here.
  • Defining and distinguishing validity: Interpretations of score meaning and justifications of test use. By Cizek, Gregory J. Published in the Jan. 23 edition of Psychological Methods. Details here.


Save the date: Robert Pianta giving Friday Lecture March 29

Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, will present the William C. Friday Distinguished Lecture on March 29. The lecture, entitled “Improving Impacts of Classrooms: Professional Development and Classroom Observation,” will be given at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. The event starts at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow. Pianta is a former special education teacher whose research focuses on investigating the effects of schooling on children’s social and academic outcomes and on improving school and classroom experiences through teachers’ professional development. He has been a principal investigator on several major research and training grants and is also editor of the Journal of School Psychology. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Amelia Barksdale-Patterson (, 919-962-5579) by March 23.


Save the date: Pedro Noguera to give guest lecture March 29

Pedro Noguera, author and a professor in New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development, will give a talk on March 29 entitled “Race, Equity and the Unfulfilled Promise of American Education.” Noguera is the author The Trouble with Black Boys and Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and Education and Invisible No More: Understanding and Responding to the Disenfranchisement of Latino Males. He serves as executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and is a regular commentator on CNN, NPR, and other news outlets. The talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium.


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Feb. 7
GSA Brown Bag
Anne Bryan on graduate school milestones
Peabody 02

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.

Feb. 17
Patricia Alexander meets with graduate students
3 p.m.
Peabody 02

Feb. 17
Patricia Alexander lecture
5 p.m.
Peabody 104

Feb. 22
Faculty meeting
1:30 p.m.
Peabody 206

Feb. 28
NCSU’s McKimmon Center
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

March 29
Robert Pianta lecture
4 p.m.
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

March 29
Pedro Noguera lecture
6:30 p.m.
Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium