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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.

Eileen Parsons, co-authors have chapter published in handbook

Eileen Parsons, associate professor of science education, and co-authors have published a chapter in the Second International Handbook of Science Education.  James Cooper, a student in the Culture, Curriculum and Change program, was one of the two co-authors of the chapter. The chapter is entitled Science Education Research Involving Blacks in the United Sates During 1997–2007: Synthesis, Critique and Recommendations. The chapter synthesized research from 1997-2007 that involved Black students. The synthesis examined and critiqued research with respect to science education reform in the U.S. and the overall status of U.S. Blacks in science education. The chapter concluded with a call precipitated by the small number of studies conducted for more research on Blacks in science education; for a research approach that makes visible and is responsive to the poor conditions in science education under which a large percentage of Blacks are educated; and for a call to design research that informs science education reform that addresses the needs of Black students.


Registration deadline Friday for ‘NSF Day’

Friday is the deadline for faculty members to register for “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. The School has some funds for registration fees. For more information, go here.


Language in mathematics teaching focus of Judit Moschkovich talk on Thursday

Judit Moschkovich, professor of mathematics education at the University of California at Santa Cruz, will visit Carolina and give a talk on Thursday 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 on Friday

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 Friday 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.


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Visiting scholar: Tracey Muir

The School of Education welcomes visiting scholar Tracey Muir, a lecturer in mathematics education at the University of Tasmania, Australia. She is sponsored by Marta Civil.


Youth violence prevention focus of School of Social Work talk

The School of Social Work is hosting a talk on Feb. 20 that will examine violence prevention efforts among adolescents. Al Farrell, professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, is the presenter. Drawing from findings from large-scale and qualitative studies on violence prevention programs for middle school students, Farrell reveals some of the individual and contextual factors that have reduced the relevance and effectiveness of interventions. The free talk will be held at noon in the School of Social Work Auditorium. To pre-register for the talk, go here.


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.


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.


World View seminars focus on Latin America, Africa

World View is offering seminars next month for educators interested in learning more about Latin America and Africa. The seminars are presented at the Friday Center and have a sliding scale of fees. “Latin America and North Carolina” will be presented March 27-28 and “Complexity and Vibrancy of Africa” will be presented March 28-29. For more information, go here.


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

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

Friday, 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