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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.

Project involving Steve Knotek  wins $1.4 million grant

A project in which Steve Knotek, associate professor of school psychology and early childhood education, is co-principal investigator has won a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences. The project is built in part on Knotek’s “Madres para NiƱos” project in which he and colleagues work with Latina mothers to help them become more involved with their children’s schooling. The principal investigator on the project is Leslie Babinski, a research scientist at Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Policy. Steve Amendum (Ph.D. ’08) an assistant professor of literacy education at N.C. State University, is another co-PI on the project. The project will be aimed at supporting the development of a comprehensive teacher professional development program aimed at increasing classroom teachers’ skills in working with Latino English Learner students and their families. More details are available here.


Ph.D. student Marta McCabe awarded Royster Society fellowship

Ph.D. student Marta McCabe has won a $20,000 fellowship and membership in the Royster Society of Fellows for the 2012-2013 academic year. Membership in the Society is the highest honor awarded by Carolina’s Graduate School to graduate students. The Graduate School said in its award letter: “This is a highly competitive fellowship, so your award represents our significant confidence in your exceptional scholarship, leadership abilities, and your capability for contributing to the Royster Society of Fellows.” The fellowship, which includes an additional $1,000 travel award to present findings at professional meetings and conferences, is meant to support her during completion of her dissertation.


Jeffrey Green chosen for IES training session

After a competitive application process, Jeffrey Green, assistant professor of educational psychology, has been selected to attend the Institute of Education Sciences Summer Research Training Institute session on cluster randomized trials. The training institute will be held at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in July.


Steve Bronack TEDx talk available online

The talk given by Steve Bronack, executive director of LEARN NC, at the March 30 TEDx event in Greenville, S.C., is now available online. In his talk, entitled "New Worlds on Learning," Bronack highlighted the use of virtual worlds in education focusing in particular on SimHub, a technology center located in Greenville where faculty and students studied ways to use immersive technologies, and the virtual 3-D world of Second Life. The talk is available here.


Gregory Cizek interviewed for Miami Herald

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, was interviewed for a story that appeared in the Miami Herald on Saturday examining the security of standardized tests used in Florida public schools. In the story, Cizek said that administering the test over several days makes it easier for students to cheat on the test. The story is available here.


Alumna Karen Galassi-Ferrer (M.A.T. ’04) receives world language teaching award

Alumna Karen Galassi-Ferrer (M.A.T. ’04), a Spanish teacher at East Chapel Hill High School, has been named this year's recipient of the Elmo's Diner Award for Excellence in Teaching World Language. Galassi-Ferrer, daughter of School of Education Professor of School Counseling John Galassi, will be recognized at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School System’s Recognition Banquet on May 11. Galassi-Ferrer has been her high school’s teacher of the year, the district's Honor Teacher and holds National Board Certification. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with Phi Beta Kappa honors.


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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

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