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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 Twitter chat today features Juan Carrillo

LEARN NC’s second monthly Twitter chat being held today will feature Assistant Professor Juan Carrillo. The event will take place from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m., focusing on Carrillo’s work, Portraits of Mexican-Origin Scholarship Boys, and “making-it,” intellectual masculinities, the gender gap in education, and the strategies used by Latino “ghetto nerds” to succeed academically all while affirming a hybrid cultural identity. You can join the chat on Twitter by using the hashtag #learnchat.


NCSER Commissioner Deborah Speece to visit School of Education on Friday

On Friday, Deborah Speece (Ph.D. ’84), commissioner with the National Center for Special Education Research, will visit the School of Education, 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.


Event on Tuesday to examine education issues in presidential election

The education proposals of President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney will be the topic of a discussion on Tuesday. The event, “Our Generation, Our Nation, Our Education, Our Conversation,” will include guest speakers Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform; Eric Houck, associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy; Assistant Professor Dana Thompson-Dorsey; and, Rep. Hugh Blackwell, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. The event, co-hosted by LEARN NC, will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Peabody 206. People planning to attend are being asked to register here.


Patrick Akos makes keynote, to serve on panel

Professor Patrick Akos, chair of the school counseling program, provided the keynote at the fall conference of the North Carolina Career Development Association last week and will be a panel discussant at the first annual School Counseling Summit at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education next week. Akos’s keynote at the NCCDA conference was titled “Applying Career Construction: Understanding Diverse Client Narratives in Career Development.” The theme of the conference at UVa is “School Counseling for Social Justice.”


LEARN NC publishes guide to using Mini Page to teach about elections

LEARN NC is helping teachers who are looking for ways to engage their students on issues around the upcoming elections by using a new way to use an old favorite classroom resource: The Mini Page. LEARN NC has published an online guide to help teachers use the Mini Page Archive to teach election history and process. The guide shows how to use Mini Page articles to introduce students to the two-party system, explain the workings of the Electoral College, suggestions on how to hold your own classroom election, and more. The guide includes links to the relevant Mini Page articles. The guide is available here.


GSA calling for runners, walkers to join Eve Carson 5k on Saturday

The Graduate Student Association is looking for runners and walkers to join them in the Eve Carson 5K on Saturday. GSA participants will meet at 8:15 a.m. near the registration area at South Building at Polk Place. Organizers are asking participants 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.


SCALE’s annual Read.Write.Act Conference being held this week

SCALE, the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education, is looking for your participation in its Fourth Annual Virtual Read.Write.Act Conference being held this week. 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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LEARN NC dominating Carolina’s iTunesU channel

Take a look at UNC-Chapel Hills iTunesU channel, and you’ll see that LEARN NC is dominating the list of the channel’s top downloads. LEARN NC has been making available podcasts available on iTunesU, a service that provides educational recordings to the public. Of the top eight downloads on UNC’s iTunesU channel, four of them are from LEARN NC.


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Panel Discussion: “Our Generation, Our Nation, Our Education, Our Conversation”
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Peabody 206

SCALE’s “Read.Write.Act Conference”
Details here

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

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

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

Nov. 28
School of Education Research and Practice Lunch Series: Kelly Ryoo