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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.

Jim Cunningham to be inducted into Reading Hall of Fame

Jim Cunningham, professor emeritus of literacy studies, will be inducted into the International Reading Association’s Reading Hall of Fame in May. Cunningham, who worked at the School of Education for 28 years before retiring in 2003, will be honored at the IRA’s annual meeting in Chicago. Cunningham has remained involved in literacy research, having had several notable articles published, including in Reading Research Quarterly, and has been active in service activities and speaking at national conferences.


Lora Cohen-Vogel presents at Infrastructure of Accountability conference

Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, presented her work on data-driven decision making in schools before an audience of policymakers, district leaders, and researchers at the Infrastructure of Accountability conference at Florida State University last week. She spoke on recent findings about the use of performance data in student assignment. That work, compiled in a paper called “Spreading the Wealth:  How Principals Use Data to Populate Classrooms,” will appear in a book later this year by Harvard Education Press.


Leigh Hall to provide keynote at Canadian conference

Leigh Hall, associate professor of literacy studies, will provide the keynote address at the annual conference of the Manitoba Reading Association in March. The conference will be held in Winnipeg.


Doctoral student Amy Lerner receives $61,500 grant from REED Foundation

Amy Lerner, a second-year Ph.D. student in the early childhood, special education and literacy program, has received the REED Foundation’s Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund grant in the amount of $61,500 for a project titled “Toward Successful Integration: School Personnel’s Perspectives on Refugee Youth.” The purpose of this grant is to gain an understanding of educational resettlement challenges from the perspectives of professionals who work closely with refugee students and determine what additional information/education school personnel need to work effectively with refugee children. This project builds off of Lerner’s current Research Triangle Schools Partnership doctoral seed grant, expanding data collection to the Washington, D.C., area over the next year and a half.


Graduate students invited to Wednesday reception

Dean Bill McDiarmid will join graduate students for hors d'oeuvres and informal conversation in Peabody 02 on Wednesday. The event will be from 5-7 p.m. Students planning to attend are asked to RSVP to


SAVE THE DATE: Luis Moll to give talk March 22

Luis Moll, professor in the Department of Language, Reading and Culture in the College of Education at the University of Arizona, will present a lecture "Only Life Educates: Mobilizing Cultural Resources for Teaching and Learning." The talk will be at 7 p.m. in Peabody 104. In his presentation, Moll discusses ideas about how to take advantage of a wealth of knowledge and other resources that exist in local households and communities to shape a pedagogy that both connects to students' experiences and engages them academically. The talk will be preceded by a reception starting at 6 p.m. in Peabody 02.


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

Feb. 29
Graduate student reception with Dean McDiarmid
5 p.m.
Peabody 02

March 12
FPG Seminar: Kathleen Lane
“Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Comprehensive, Integrated, Three-Tiered (CI3T) Models of Prevention: A Focus on Systematic Screening”
Sheryl-Mar South, 2nd Floor conference rooms

March 22
Luis Moll lecture: Only Life Educates: Mobilizing Cultural Resources for Teaching and Learning
7 p.m.
Peabody 104

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