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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.

Six School programs ranked in Top 20

US News & World Report has issued its annual rankings of graduate programs, and ranked six School of Education programs in the Top 20 in their disciplines.
Those programs:

  • Education Administration and Supervision: 13th
  • Student Counseling and Personnel Services: 13th (tie)
  • Curriculum and Instruction: 16th
  • Educational Psychology: 19th
  • Secondary Teacher Education: 17th (tie)
  • Special Education: 12th

The School’s overall rank in the magazine’s list was 34th, down from the 29th position in last year’s ranking. This year’s overall ranking appeared to have been affected by a reduced amount of external funding, which was due largely to the completion of two large research projects.


Luis Moll to give talk on Thursday

Luis Moll, professor in the Department of Language, Reading and Culture in the College of Education at the University of Arizona, will present on Thursday 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.


Cohen-Vogel, Harrison make presentation

Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform and Christopher Harrison, a Ph.D. student in Culture, Curriculum and Change, presented “Systematic Use of Data in Schools:  Evidence from the National Center for Scaling up Effective Schools” last week at the annual  conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy in Boston.


Alumna Ami Parker wins guidance counseling award

Ami Parker (A.B.Ed. '93, M.Ed. '94), a guidance counselor at Highland School of Technology in Gaston County, has been named the 2012 winner of the Ella Stephens Barrett Award from the North Carolina Counseling Association. Parker, who has worked for Gaston County Schools for 17 years, was given the award at the NCCA’s annual banquet in February. The award recognizes a NCCA member who has displayed leadership to improve and enhance the counseling profession. Parker has served as president of the NCCA. During her presidency, she worked to bring workshops on ethics to the NCCA members, which include counselors for education, mental health and other areas. More details about Parker’s award are available in this Gaston Gazette story here.


Alumna Silvia C. Bettez publishes book

Silvia Bettez, who received her Ph.D. from the School of Education, has had a book published: “But Don’t Call Me White: Mixed Race Women Exposing Nuances of Privilege and Oppression Politics.” Bettez teaches at UNC-Greensboro.


Alumna Nicole Pfleger profiled by American School Counselors Association

Nicole Pfleger (M.Ed. '06), the ASCA's national School Counselor of the Year, is the subject of an extensive profile on the ASCA website. In the story, Pfleger, who works at Nickajack Elementary School in Smryna, Ga., describes how her preparation at the School of Education helped her gain success in her work. The profile is available here.


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

March 28
SOE Faculty meeting
1:30 p.m.
Peabody 206

March 29
First School meeting
Carolina Inn

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