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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.

Leigh Hall book wins award

A book by Leigh Hall, associate professor of literacy studies, has been selected for the Literacy Research Association’s Edward B. Fry Book Award. The book, "Empowering Struggling Readers: Practices for the Middle Grades," includes classroom-tested methods for engaging struggling middle grade readers. Co-authors are Leslie D. Burns of the University of Kentucky and Elizabeth Carr Edwards of Georgia Southern University. The award will be presented at the LRA’s annual conference in San Diego in November.


Leigh Hall publishes article

Leigh Hall, associate professor of literacy studies, has published an article in the September edition of the Journal of Literacy Research. The article, entitled “The Role of Reading Identities and Reading Abilities in Students’ Discussions About Texts and Comprehension Strategies,” describes a study that examined how sixth grade students’ discussions about texts and comprehension strategies looked similar and/or different based on their identities as readers and their reading levels. The study indicated that students who self-identified as high-performing readers talked about texts and strategies in ways that were different from students who self-identified as being average or low-performing readers. The differences remained regardless of students’ assessed reading levels. More information about the article is available here.


Bill Ware co-authors journal article

Bill Ware, professor of educational psychology, is a co-author on a paper published in Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics entitled “A Structural Equation Model Relating Physical Function, Pain, Impaired Mobility (IM), and Falls in Older Adults.” The article describes a study led by Boyi Dai at the Division of Physical Therapy in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Allied Health Sciences that examined the indicators that can be used in fall screening and prevention programs. Ware provided statistical analysis expertise to the study.


Eric Houck invited to present at Georgia event

Eric Houck, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy and Kenan Faculty Fellow, has been invited to make a presentation at the Fifth Annual State of Education in Georgia Conference. The conference is sponsored by the UGA College of Education. Houck’s presentation is entitled “Education as a “Growth” Industry: Implications of Student Growth Measures for Teacher Compensation Policy.”


LEARN NC launching Twitter chats

Starting this month, LEARN NC will be hosting monthly Twitter chats. You can find LEARN NC on Twitter @LEARNNC. The first chat will be Tuesday, September 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m. New executive director, Andy Mink, will lead the conversation. The chat will focus on creating authentic hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for teachers and students. Join the chat by using the hashtag #learnchat.


Doctoral student Kylon Middleton quoted in WTVD story

Doctoral student Kylon Middleton (M.S.A. ’09), principal of Overhills High School in Spring Lake, N.C., appeared in a story on local ABC affiliate WTVD about crowding in Harnett County schools. Middleton, who is in the educational leadership program, was interviewed in a story that looked at how the influx of families in the area due to the expansion of Fort Bragg is affecting schools. The story is available here.


GSA holding bake sale next week

The Graduate Student Association is organizing a bake sale to be held next week to raise money to support local charities. The GSA is seeking volunteers to bake items to be sold at the sale. Those interested are encouraged to contact GSA Service Chair Omar Simpson at The sale will be held in the graduate student lounge Monday through Thursday. Plan to stop by and purchase some treats to help local charities.


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Friday, Sept. 21
Alumni Council meeting
9 a.m.
Carolina Inn

Sept. 24-27
GSA Bake Sale
Graduate Student Lounge

Sept. 25
LEARN NC Twitter chat
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.