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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.

Leigh Hall blogging as part of Engaged Scholar work

Leigh Hall, associate professor of literacy studies, will be writing a blog for the next two years as part of her work as a UNC Engaged Scholar. The blog will document the development of Hall’s engaged scholar project. The blog is done through the International Reading Association's Engage network, however it is open to public. Here’s a recent post.


Leigh Hall publishes article, invited to make presentation

Leigh Hall, associate professor of literacy studies, has published a journal article. The article, Moving Out of Silence: Helping Struggling Readers Find Their Voices in Text-Based Discussions, was published in Reading & Writing Quarterly. Also, Hall has been invited to give an online talk in a doctoral course at the University of Georgia, "Popular Culture in Literacy Classrooms." The talk will center on an article she published in December – How Popular Culture Texts Inform and Shape Students’ Discussions of Social Studies Texts – in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.


Lynne Vernon-Feagans, students and alumni publish papers

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy, and several of her students have recently completed a number of publications:

  • Vernon-Feagans was lead author and Mary Bratsch a co-author on the chapter Children Living in Rural Poverty: The Role of Chaos in Early Development, which appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Child Development, published by Oxford University Press. Bratsch has just completed her Ph.D. at the School of Education.
  • Vernon-Feagans was lead author of the chapter Why Non-Maternal Childcare Can Be Good for Children and Families: Research and Policy Implications, appearing in Contemporary Debates in Child Development and Education, published by Routledge.
  • Vernon-Feagans was lead author of the article The Targeted Reading Intervention (TRI): A Coaching Model to help Classroom Teachers with their Struggling Readers, which appeared in Learning Disability Quarterly. Co-authors were doctoral students Tim Wood and Amanda Bock, and School of Education Ph.D. graduates Steve Amendum, Marnie Ginsberg and Kirsten Kainz.
  • Vernon-Feagans was lead author of the article Chaos, poverty, and parenting: Predictors of early language development, published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly.
  • She was a co-author of the article Modeling Family Economic Conditions and Young Children’s Development in Rural United States: Implications for Poverty Research, appearing in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues.  Lead author was Kirsten Kainz, who works at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.


Doctoral student Amy Lerner completes handbook on refugees

Amy Lerner, a Ph.D. student in the early childhood, special education and literacy program, has completed a project as part of a community engagement fellowship from the Carolina Center for Public Service. During the summer she developed and published a resource guide for school personnel who work with refugee students. Printed copies of the guide were distributed to several schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district last month in time for the start of classes. The Center for Public service also has made it available on its website. The guide may be found at the bottom of this page after the description of the project.


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Faculty-staff picnic
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Briar Chapel Club House

Sept. 15
Alumni Awards Luncheon
10:30 a.m.
Carolina Inn
RSVP to Laurie Norman