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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.

Gregory Cizek invited to present at NCES symposium

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, has been invited to present at a Testing Integrity Symposium sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics. The symposium will examine irregularities in academic testing, exploring ways to detect and to prevent them. Cizek will participate in a panel regarding prevention of academic testing irregularities. The symposium is taking place on February 28 in Washington, D.C.


FPG study profiled by Time magazine

A study led by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and in which Lynn Vernon-Feagans, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy, was involved, has been profiled by Time magazine. The magazine looked at the Abecedarian project, which has studied the impact of early childhood education on low-income children at risk of developmental delays or academic failure. The magazine cites an article published last month in Developmental Psychology that demonstrates that children who received high-quality child care during the 1970s are reaping benefits 30 years later. The Time story quotes Elizabeth Pungello, a developmental psychologist at FPG and co-author of the Developmental Psychology article. Vernon-Feagans was involved in the study as the children were making their transition to school, and assessed their language and literacy development through second grade. The Time article is here.


Palsha, Ohle present at AACTE annual meeting

Sharon Palsha, clinical assistant professor of early childhood education, presented with Kathryn Ohle, a third-year doctoral student, at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) 64th Annual meeting in Chicago. The presentation, made Friday, was entitled “Using Social Networking Sites to Support New Teachers.” The presentation shared their work during the past two years using Ning, a closed social network site, with both pre-service and in-service teachers to support them as they develop skills and knowledge to become teachers and to support their work during their first year of teaching.  The two planned to share findings to inform university faculty members in the use of social networking sites as instructional tools, facilitation devices, and to increase peer interactions, as well as how to use social networking sites to create support systems for teachers during their first year of teaching.


Alumna Stacy Otto (M.A. ’99, Ph.D. ’00) wins AERA award

Stacy Otto (M.A. ’99, Ph.D. ’00), a faculty member in the College of Education at Illinois State University, has been named the 2012 winner of the American Educational Research Association’s  Social Justice Teaching Award in Educational Administration. Otto will be given the award at AERA’s annual meeting in Vancouver in April. The award is given by the AERA’s Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group, which was founded by Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Catherine Marshall.


Youth violence prevention focus of School of Social Work talk today

The School of Social Work is hosting a talk today 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.


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Wednesday, 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