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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.

LEARN NC publishes online election guide

LEARN NC has published an online resource designed to help teachers explain the upcoming elections to their students. The guide provides an extensive list of online resources describing candidates and parties, campaign issues, and election law. The guide is available here.


Jill Hamm wins $529,000 grant

Jill Hamm, associate professor of educational psychology, has won a $529,000 four-year grant from the William T. Grant Foundation for a project to evaluate whether a professional development program can improve the effectiveness of teacher networks. The project is entitled Project NTACT - Networks of Teachers Affect Children in Transition. The project will evaluate an existing intervention program called Supporting early Adolescents Learning and Social Success (SEALS), funded by IES, which provides teachers with evidence-based strategies to grow engaging and supportive learning environments. Teams of teachers will receive consultation in implementing the SEALS strategies. The study will measure whether team and other teacher networks facilitate or constrain changes in classroom practices. Project NTACT will include approximately 475 teachers and 5,000 sixth-grade students from 28 middle schools in the Southeast. Soo-yong Byun of Pennsylvania State University is co-principal investigator on the project.


Patrick Akos invited to join panel at school counseling summit

Patrick Akos, professor of school counseling, has been invited to take part in a first annual School Counseling Summit at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. The summit intends to bring together practitioners, academicians and students for exchanges about topics related to school counseling. Akos was invited to serve as a participant during the summit’s panel discussion, and was asked to share ways in which he promotes social justice in his work. The event takes place on Nov. 7.


Eric Houck interviewed for Salisbury Post profile of alternative school

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, was interviewed for a story in the Salisbury Post that examined the operation of an alternative school in Rowan County. The story looked at Henderson Independent High School, examining falling enrollment at a time when county spending on the school has been rising. Houck told the newspaper that alternative schools often require higher levels of spending. "The question becomes how much more is being spent and how effective is the alternative school operation," he told the Post. The story is available here. Houck was also quoted in a subsequent Post editorial on the topic, available here.


Endeavors magazine profiles project involving Cheryl Mason Bolick

Endeavors, Carolina’s online magazine describing Tar Heel research and creative work, features this month “Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina,” an online resource to which Associate Professor Cheryl Mason Bolick contributed. “Driving Through Time” is an extensive online interactive resource describing the history and construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Bolick developed lesson plans and educational resources for the project, using the primary source materials included in the project. “Driving Through Time” is available here. The Endeavors article is here.


Doctoral student Danielle Allen wins Graduate School fellowship

Danielle Allen, a first-year student in Policy, Leadership and School Improvement, has been awarded a highly competitive Carolina fellowship. The Graduate School Doctoral Merit Assistantship will enable Allen to work with Professor Lora Cohen-Vogel on research to bring to scale practices that have demonstrated effectiveness with traditionally underperforming high school students.


Doctoral student Kendra Woods wins scholarship

Kendra Woods, a doctoral student in educational leadership, has been named a Barbara Jackson Scholar by the University Council for Educational Administration. For the next two years as a Jackson Scholar, Woods will be provided mentoring and an opportunity to attend UCEA events centered around the organization’s annual convention in Denver in October.


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