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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.

Catherine Marshall wins University’s Mary Turner Lane Award

Catherine Marshall, professor of educational leadership and policy, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Mary Turner Lane Award. The Mary Turner Lane Award is given annually by the Association for Women Faculty and Professionals to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of women on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The award was announced by Dean Bill McDiarmid at a gathering of the faculty and staff last week. Marshall, a long-time member of the Educational Leadership faculty, has written extensively on women’s issues in North Carolina, nationally, and internationally and is the author or editor of numerous books. The award is named to honor Mary Turner Lane, who was a professor in our School of Education, the founding director of the Curriculum in Women's Studies and the first recipient of the award. Marshall will be honored at the Association for Women Faculty and Professionals’ Spring Luncheon later this semester.


Steve Knotek wins Engaged Scholarship Award

Steve Knotek, associate professor of school psychology and early childhood education, has been named a recipient of a 2012 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award. The award recognizes UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and units for outstanding engaged scholarship through teaching, research and community partnerships. Knotek’s award recognizes his work in developing and maintaining the Madres para Ninos program, which serves Latina immigrant mothers and their preschool through second grade children. Knotek was announced to School of Education faculty and staff last Wednesday, then presented to him at UNC-Chapel Hill’s annual Public Service Awards ceremony later that day. Through Madres para Ninos, Knotek and his colleagues help Latino families understand and address the cultural differences with which they are confronted related to their children’s schools, helping Latina mothers become more fully engaged with their children’s schoolwork and their school communities.


GSA Brown Bag features Steve Bronack on Tuesday

The Graduate Student Association is sponsoring a GSA Brown Bag event on Tuesday that features Steve Bronack, executive director of LEARN NC. Bronack will give a talk entitled "New Worlds for Learning,” starting at noon in Peabody 02. This is a talk regarding the implications of social and immersive media for formal and informal education. Contact Seung Yu with questions seung.b.yu (AT)


Students doing student teaching in China

Eighteen students from the School of Education are spending the next three and a half weeks in China to conduct student teaching at Beijing Royal School. The group includes six seniors who are majoring in Child Development and Family Services or Elementary Education, eleven M.A.T. students and one Ph.D. student. They will work in the Beijing Royal Kindergarten or the school’s elementary school. The students are being accompanied by Sharon Palsha at the start of the period and Cathy Scott for the second portion.


Lynda Stone to serve as visiting scholar at Stanford

Lynda Stone, professor of philosophy of education, has been invited to serve as a visiting scholar in the department of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Policy Studies in the School of Education at Stanford University for the spring semester of 2013.


Jennifer Wooten elected co-chair of conference

Jennifer Wooten, clinical assistant professor, has been elected to serve as co-chair of the 2013 Conference of the International Society for Language Studies. The conference, which will focus on social justice, will be held June 13-15, 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more information on ISLS 2013, please see


First Carolina Literacy Institute called a success

School of Education faculty members and graduate students successfully completed the first Carolina Literacy Institute. The Institute, which started with a three-day intensive workshop last summer, also included two follow-up one-day sessions in the winter and spring, and two in-house school visits by Institute staff. Middle school teachers and administrators from Davie and Yadkin counties worked as collaborative teams to identify school needs and challenges related to literacy, obtain evidence-based strategies to help include disciplinary literacy into their classroom practices, and create and implement action plans to put school-wide literacy initiatives in place. Working in the Institute were faculty members Julie Justice, assistant professor of literacy; Mollie Lloyd, clinical assistant professor of literacy education; and Björn Hennings, director of the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence, along with graduate students Kate Allman, Aubrey Comperatore, Beth Cutrer, Bev Schieman and Meredith Sinclair and with the support of Dean Bill McDiarmid. The Institute was funded by the Reynolds American Foundation.


Project Screen and Support session draws 30 educators

The latest session in Professor of Special Education Kathleen Lane’s Project Screen and Support series drew 30 educators from many parts of North Carolina on March 27. The professional development sessions are being held once a month at no charge for K-12 teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and parents interested in learning more about proactive, systematic methods of looking for students who might require additional assistant to experience success in schools. At last week’s session, educators from eleven districts or agencies were in attendance. The sessions are held at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence on Seawell School Road. Two more sessions will be held this spring will be held on April 24 and May 1. More information is available here.


Time to sign up for graduate students’ end-of-year Bulls party

It's time for graduate students to sign up for the annual SOE end-of-year Bulls game and happy hour at Tyler's. Join fellow grad students on Friday, May 4th to celebrate the end of the semester with drinks, food and baseball. We will meet at Tyler's at 5:30 p.m. for appetizers and then head to the 7:05 pm. game. Come for happy hour, the game, or both. RSVP to agger (AT) to reserve a ticket or for more information. The first 24 to reserve will get a free terrace box ticket.


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GSA Brown Bag: Steve Bronack
Peabody 02

April 23
FPG Seminar Series: RACE Committee Presentation and Discussion
“The Lens of Race and Culture on our Work: Interpretation of Data and Dissemination of Findings”
Sheryl-Mar South, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms

April 25
Faculty meeting
1:30 p.m.
Peabody 206

April 30
FPG Seminar Series: Brian Boyd, Kara Hume and Sam Odom
“Comparison of Two Comprehensive Treatment Models for Preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”
Sheryl-Mar South, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms

May 7
FPG Seminar Series: Wendell Fortson
“Research and ethics: Multiple Perspectives”
Sheryl-Mar South, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms