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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.

NCSER Commissioner Deborah Speece to visit School of Education

Deborah Speece (Ph.D. ’84), commissioner with the National Center for Special Education Research, will visit the School of Education on Nov. 2, meeting with faculty and graduate students to discuss funding and career opportunities with the Institute of Education Sciences. At a session to begin at 10 a.m., Speece will discuss IES grant programs, including initiatives from the IES’s National Center for Special Education Research and the National Center for Education Research. She will describe the history of and funding patterns for NCSER, as well as provide an overview of the application and review process. That talk will take place in Peabody Hall, Room 02. Speece will also hold an open session with doctoral students to discuss their post-graduation interests and early career opportunities at IES. That session will take begin at 2 p.m. in Peabody Hall, Room 212. More information about Speece is available here.


Funding for graduate student research topic of GSA Brown Bag on Tuesday

Securing external funding for graduate student research is the topic of the Graduate Student Association Brown Bag on Tuesday. Current graduate students who have had success winning funding for their research will talk about the processes for applying for support. The event will be held at noon in Peabody 02. Bring a lunch and join the discussion.


‘The Well’ takes a look at ‘Documenting the American South’

The latest installment of “The Well,” LEARN NC’s blog examining Carolina resources available for teachers, profiles “Documenting the American South.” The online digital publishing initiative provides access to texts, images and audio files related to Southern history, literature and culture. LEARN NC has worked with “DocSouth” to create lesson plans that explore various topics in Southern history and culture. Read more about the work here.


Ph.D. student Christopher Harrison, Lora Cohen-Vogel publish article

Doctoral student Christopher Harrison and Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, have co-authored an article that will appear in the next issue of the Peabody Journal of Education. The article is entitled “The Politics of Teacher Reform in Florida: Analyzing Causal Narratives Surrounding State Adoption of Performance-Based Evaluations, Performance Pay, and Tenure Elimination.” An abstract and full text are available here.


GSA turning Peabody pink on Thursday

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Graduate Student Association will be hosting "Turn Peabody Pink" day on Thursday. GSA is encouraging everyone to wear pink on Thursday to show their solidarity of support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 


GSA calling for runners, walkers to join Eve Carson 5k on Nov. 3

The Graduate Student Association is looking for runners and walkers to join them in the Eve Carson 5K on Saturday, November 3. GSA participants will meet at 8:15 a.m. near the registration area at South Building at Polk Place. Organizers are asking participatns to register individually and then discuss where to meet after the race to eat brunch together on Franklin Street. Respond to the Facebook SOE GSA event page or email if you're interested or have any questions. More information about the Eve Carson 5k is available 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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GSA Brown Bag: Securing External Funding
Peabody 02

GSA: Turning Peabody Pink

Oct. 31
School of Education Research and Practice Lunch Series

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

Nov. 2
Deborah Speece talk on IES grants
10 a.m.
Peabody 02

Deborah Speece session with doctoral students
2 p.m.
Peabody 212

Nov. 3
Eve Carson 5k
8:15 a.m.
Polk Place