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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.

Kathleen Brown appointed to steering committee

Kathleen Brown, professor of educational leadership, has been appointed to the steering committee for the Research Community of Practice of the National Training Laboratories Institute. The NTL Institute, based in Arlington, Virginia, provides training and learning to people and organizations around the world.


Sharon Palsha invited to make presentation

Sharon Palsha, clinical associate professor of early childhood education, has been invited to make a presentation at a pre-conference workshop at the 28th Annual International Division of Early Childhood Conference in Minneapolis. Presenting with Palsha will be Pam Winton, Dale Epstein and Chih-ing Lim, all scientists/investigators at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. The focus of the workshop will be Dialogic Reading and how this module has been embedded within existing coursework with the early childhood students at UNC. DEC is a Division of the Council of Exceptional Children organization. The pre-conference workshop will be held Oct. 28.


Julie Justice participates in ‘State of the Kids’ webcast

Julie Justice, assistant professor of literacy, participated in Highlights magazine’s national “State of the Kids” webcast that explored results of the magazine’s annual survey that explores what children have to say about reading and issues in the news. The Highlights “State of the Kid” survey results are available here. An interactive guide that allows you to answer six of the survey questions and to see children-respondents’ answers is available here.


On LEARN NC’s ‘The Well’ George Noblit describes using gaming to teach social justice

George Noblit, the Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, discusses on LEARN NC’s “The Well” blog how he is using computer gaming to teach concepts of social justice. In his course Social Justice in Education, Noblit uses an application called Scratch that allows students to easily create interactive stories, animations and games to explore the role of social justice in education. The students also learn how to use Scratch to teach specific content in P-12 curricula. More details are available on “The Well” here.


Register for SCALE’s annual Read.Write.Act Conference

SCALE, the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education, is looking for your participation in its Fourth Annual Virtual Read.Write.Act Conference, Nov. 1-3. The theme this year: “Literacy as a National Priority.” The conference this year will include two days of online conference on Thursday and Friday, followed on Saturday by a local event that includes two panel discussions and a networking lunch. The discussions are aimed at addressing how students and community members can help to make literacy a national priority. The full agenda for the conference is available here. More information, including a registration link, is available here.


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Oct. 31
School of Education Research and Practice Lunch Series

Nov. 1-3
SCALE’s “Read.Write.Act Conference”
Details here