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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.

Lora Cohen-Vogel project launches second phase

The National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools, which Professor Lora Cohen-Vogel helps lead, has launched its newest phase of work with high schools in the nation’s sixth largest school district, Broward County Public Schools. The center, a $13.6 million, five-year research and development study funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute on Education Sciences, is seeking to identify what makes some large, urban high schools, such as those in Broward County, particularly effective at reaching racial minorities, low-income students, and English Language Learners. Cohen-Vogel, the Robena and Walter E. Hussman Jr. Professor of Policy and Education Reform, is associate director of the center and co-principal investigator. More details about the project are available here, including links to a report co-authored by Cohen-Vogel that describes the findings from the project’s first phase.


Doctoral student Kathleen Day blogs on retention for Psychology Today

Kathleen Day, a doctoral student in Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation, is the author of a featured blog post on the website of Psychology Today. Day writes about retention practices in which struggling students are held back to repeat a grade level. She writes that many studies have suggested that retaining students negatively affects their development. She calls for more research on the issue and a serious conversation between researchers, educators and policy makers regarding retention practices. The blog post may be found here.


Hughes, Ryoo introductory videos online

Brief introductory profiles of Associate Professor Sherick Hughes and Kelly Ryoo, assistant professor of learning sciences, are available on the School of Education’s YouTube channel. In their profiles, each briefly describes their research. Hughes’s video is here, while Ryoo’s is here.


LEARN NC’s ‘Instructify’ blog is back

“Instructify,” the LEARN NC blog that looks at tech tools for teachers, is back in operation. “Instructify” provides educators with practical, time-saving classroom ideas and cutting edge methods of instruction. The blog also includes an extensive archive of past posts. The blog is online here.


New student profile describes doctoral Amy Lerner’s project

A new student profile has been published to the School’s website in which Ph.D. student Amy Lerner describes her research project, which is aimed at helping teachers learn what they need to know to help refugee students, primarily those from Burma. During the past summer, Lerner developed and published the guide called “Educating the Refugee Child: A Resource Guide for Teachers.”  Printed copies were distributed to several elementary schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district in time for the start of classes this fall. In the Spotlight video interview, Lerner describe her work and why her experience at the School of Education has been important to her. The interview is viewable on this page.


GSA hosting Brown Bag on graduate student milestones Wednesday

Director of Student Affairs Anne Bryan will lead a brief overview of the major components of graduate school programming at the School of Education during a GSA Brown Bag on Wednesday at noon. This meeting will be useful to graduate students who wish to double-check their understanding of processes such as the dissertation, coursework requirements and comprehensive exams.  Come with questions and your lunch. The event will be held in the Graduate Student Lounge, Room 202.


GSA organizing happy hour get-togethers; first event Wednesday

The School of Education’s Graduate Students Association is organizing a monthly happy hour get-together to bring together students, staff and faculty in a casual atmosphere. The happy hours will be held on the first Wednesday of every month, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The first event will be this Wednesday, at Top of the Hill. 


LEARN NC’s ‘The Well’ blog tries out augmented reality

The team at LEARN NC recently took some “augmented reality” technology for a test, exploring McCorkle Place using a software package called FreshAiR and describing the results on the “The Well” blog. FreshAiR-enabled smartphones vibrate when they are in an area that has content available regarding the site. The blog post describes how FreshAiR offered a photo of Davie Poplar as it appeared in 1900, for example. The application also had details about controversies involving the Silent Sam statue and the Unsung Founders Memorial.  More details are available at “The Well” here.


Alumnus Charles Coble (M.A.T. '66, Ed.D. '71) to be honored by ECU

Charles Coble (M.A.T. ’66, Ed.D. ’71) will be presented with an Honorary Alumni Award by East Carolina University on Oct. 12. Coble, who began his career as a high school science teacher, is a national education expert and author who served as dean of education at ECU for 13 years, from 1983 to 1996. More details about Coble are available here.


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GSA Brown bag: Anne Bryan on graduate student milestones
Graduate Student Lounge

GSA Happy Hour
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Top of the Hill