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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.

Video available of Domonique Garland’s presidential introduction

Video is now available of senior education major Domonique Garland’s introduction of President Barack Obama. Garland was invited to introduce the president when he appeared at Carmichael Arena last Tuesday. In addition to meeting, Obama, Garland also was interviewed live on CNN after the president’s appearance. You can view Garland’s presidential introduction speech here, the CNN interview here, and a WGHP story about Garland’s experience here.


Alumnus Steve Brooks named N&O ‘Tar Heel of the Week’

Steve Brooks (AB ’71, M.A. (History) ’74, Ed.D. ’86), executive director of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, was profiled by The News & Observer on Sunday as the newspaper’s “Tar Heel of the Week.” Brooks was described in the story as helping guide state and national policy regarding college affordability. “Steve Brooks has done more to secure affordable access to first-rate college opportunities for North Carolina students and families than those students will ever know,” Molly Broad, former UNC system president and president at the American Council on Education, told the newspaper. The profile is available here.


From The Well: Amy Lerner shares perspectives on refugee youth

LEARN NC’s blog “The Well” has a new podcast featuring Amy Lerner, a second-year Ph.D. student in the Early Childhood, Special Education, and Literacy program. Lerner has been working on a project to explore what school personnel have learned working with students of Burmese refugee families. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system has a substantial population of Burmese refugees. Lerner has held focus groups with teachers and others to discern what they have learned working with these students. Lerner is creating this summer a resource guide intended to help teachers address the challenges working Burmese students. The podcast is available here.


Leigh Hall invited to give IRA talk about Cuba

Leigh Hall, Associate Professor of Literacy Studies, has been invited to give a talk at the International Reading Association's annual conference on May 1 in Chicago about her trip to Cuba last October. The session is called “Social and cultural practices influencing literacy learning in Cuba.”


Doctoral candidate Kay Ringer accepted to fellowship program

Kay Ringer, a doctoral candidate in the Culture, Curriculum and Change program, has been accepted to the May 2012 Future Faculty Fellowship Program through the UNC Center for Faculty Excellence. The session will take place from May 7-11. 


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Sheryl-Mar South, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms

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FPG Seminar Series: Wendell Fortson
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Sheryl-Mar South, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms

May 12
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SOE Commencement