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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.

SOE Commencement on Saturday

The School of Education will hold its annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, graduating 331 students. Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser will be the featured speaker. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center.


School co-hosting technology in education conference Tuesday

The School of Education and Microsoft are co-hosting a conference on Tuesday that will bring nearly 100 educators together to talk about ways to better integrate technology into classroom teaching. The Teacher Education Initiative event is part of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Program, a ten-year, $500 million global initiative that supports educators’ use of technology in K-12 schools. Faculty members from schools of education across North Carolina will take part in the event. Cheryl Mason Bolick is the School’s point person on organizing the meeting.


Lora Cohen-Vogel wins $1.25 million grant

Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, has been awarded $1.25 million to continue her work with the National Center for Scaling up Effective Schools through 2015. The project is working to collaborate with district and school leaders on the design and implementation of a process to support the sharing of effective practices between higher and lower performing high schools.


Lynne Vernon-Feagans, colleagues publish paper on TRI

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy, and several colleagues have published a new paper on the Targeted Reading Intervention program. The paper – entitled “The Targeted Reading Intervention (TRI): A Coaching Model to help Classroom Teachers with their Struggling Readers,” was published in Learning Disability Quarterly.  Co-authors were Research Associate Professor Kirsten Kainz; Steve Amendum (Ph.D. ’08), an assistant professor of literacy education at N.C. State University; research assistant professor Marnie Ginsberg; T. Wood; and doctoral student Amanda Bock.


Eric Houck joining NEFC fellow program

Eric Houck, associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, has been named to this year’s class of National Education Finance Conference Distinguished Research and Practice Fellows.  The event took place at the NEFC meeting in San Antonio last week.


Corliss Brown accepted to fellowship program

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

May 12
SOE Commencement
1:30 p.m.
Dean Smith Center