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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.

Graduate student orientation, back-to-school social today

The School of Education will host its annual Graduate Student Orientation today at 3 p.m. in Peabody 104. All new graduate students are encouraged to attend. Introductions of staff and faculty, student resources and program area breakout sessions will be included. Following orientation, the SOE Graduate Student Association will host a Back-to-School social at Top of the Hill restaurant at the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The GSA is springing for appetizers.


LEARN NC welcomes new team members

Three new employees have joined the LEARN NC team: Andy Mink, Kimberly Hirsh and Rebecca Plummer. Mink joins LEARN NC later this month as the organization’s new executive director. He joins LEARN after working for 11 years as the director of outreach and education for the Virginia Center for Digital History and Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He designs and leads professional development programs for K-12 and university educators that focus on hands-on instructional models. Andy and his wife Kim and two children (Claire, 12 and Jackson, 9) are excited to join the UNC community!

Kimberly is LEARN NC’s new managing editor. She comes from Granville County where she was a school librarian for two middle schools last year. She has also been a high school Latin teacher in Wake County, Chapel Hill and Wilkes County. She has previous experience at LEARN NC, having served as a graduate assistant there while studying for her master’s degree at the School of Information and Library Science.

Rebecca is LEARN NC’s new instructional designer. She comes to LEARN NC from the Washington, D.C. area where she worked as a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton as an instructional systems designer for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency College. She played a primary role in converting legacy, classroom-focused/instructor-led courses into web-based training modules. Previously she worked in the Virginia public schools as a lead teacher and curriculum writer for the English as a Second Language Program, and as a developer for the countywide Virtual High School.  Rebecca holds a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction and a master’s of education in integration of technology from George Mason University, and a B.A. in political science from N.C. State University. Please welcome our new colleagues to Peabody Hall!

More details are available in LEARN NC's monthly email newsletter.


New book co-edited by Kathleen Brown published

Kathleen Brown, professor of educational leadership, is co-editor of a new book – Juggling Flaming Chainsaws: Academics in Educational Leadership Try to Balance Work and Family. The book is the first in a new series with Information Age Publishing on the challenges of managing academic work and other life. Brown contributed a chapter to the book, as did Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy. More details about the book are available here.


Judith Meece, colleagues publish articles

Judith Meece, professor of educational psychology, and colleagues of the National Research Center of Rural Education Support (NRCRES) have recently published articles on the postsecondary transition and attainment of rural youth. The first article, Rural-Nonrural Disparities in Postsecondary Educational Attainment Revisited, was published in the June edition of the American Educational Research Journal. An online version can be found here. The second article, Predictors of Bachelor's Degree Completion among Rural Students at Four-Year Institutions, was published in the Review of Higher Education. A copy of the article can be found here. A third article, The Role of Social Capital in Educational Aspirations of Rural Youth, was published in Rural Sociology. It may be found here. Co-authors were Soo-yong Byun, former postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Developmental Science, Matthew J. Irvin (Ph.D. '06), former research scientist at the Center for Developmental Science, and Bryan C. Hutchins, doctoral student in educational psychology, measurement, and evaluation. The research was supported by a grant from the Institute of Educational Sciences to the NRCRES at UNC-CH.


Eric Houck, co-author publish article

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, was the lead author on an article entitled Resource and Output Equity as a Mechanism for Assessing Educational Opportunity in Korean Middle School Education, published in the latest edition of the Journal of Education Finance. The article examines levels of input, throughput and outcome equity in the Korean public education system while contributing greater clarity to the relationships between inputs and outcomes in school finance systems. 


Gregory Cizek quoted by Washington Post

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, was quoted by Washington Post education writer Jay Mathews in a report about an investigation in testing irregularities in District of Columbia schools. The investigation found no reason to believe that anyone other than students changed answers on students’ test sheets, despite a large volume of erasures that changed incorrect answers to correct ones at dozens of D.C. schools. The column is available here.


Akos, colleagues present at conference

Patrick Akos, coordinator of the school counseling program, made a presentation – “Elementary School Transitions” – with Amber McGuire ’12 and Nicole Pfleger (M.Ed. ’06) at the American School Counselor Association national conference in Minneapolis.


Leigh Hall helps manage latest edition of Reading & Writing Quarterly

Leigh Hall, associate professor of literacy studies, and colleague Susan Piazza of Western Michigan University co-edited a themed edition of the journal Reading & Writing Quarterly. Hall and Piazza proposed the idea of an edition with the theme "Creating Inclusive Learning Environments for Struggling Readers." The two collected manuscripts and helped edit and shepherd them through the review process. Hall volunteered to have her article intended for the edition held for publication in an upcoming edition of the journal.


Sherick Hughes receives honor, publishes articles, chapter

Associate Professor Sherick Hughes, who has just joined the School of Education, has been honored by the Maryland Institute for Minority Achievement and Urban Education for his research, teaching and service. Also, he has published several items recently. He was the lead author of an article to be published in the July/August edition of Educational Researcher. He also published a book chapter – Engaging Co-Reflexive Critical Dialogues: Toward informing collaborative methods when entering and leaving the "field" – in Critical Stories: Pedagogies and methodologies of inclusion, collaboration & voice, edited by Kristen Luschen and Judith Flores Carmona and published by Peter Lang Publishers. He also is leading a special issue of the journal Race, Ethnicity and Education to be published in 2013.


Julie Justice makes presentation at School of Nursing

Julie Justice, assistant professor of literacy, made a faculty development presentation – Assigning and Assessing Group Work: Issues, Challenges and Strategies for Success – at the School of Nursing earlier this month. The talk examined ways to assign and assess group work effectively, avoid pitfalls and position your assignments so that students learn and succeed.  


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Graduate Student Orientation
3 p.m.
Peabody 104

GSA back-to-school social
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Top of the Hill

Tuesday, Aug. 21
First day of classes!
8 a.m.