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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.

Harriet Able completes Faculty Engaged Scholars program

Harriet Able, associate professor of early childhood intervention and family support, was recognized Friday at a luncheon held for the Carolina faculty members who make up the third cohort of the Faculty Engaged Scholars program. The Faculty Engaged Scholars program,an initiative of the Carolina Center for Public Service, seeks to advance faculty involvement in engaged scholarship. It works to recognize and reward faculty involved in engaged scholarship, create and sustain a community of engaged scholars from diverse perspectives, promote engaged scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill across disciplines, and to promote Carolina as an institution committed to and demonstrating strong university-community relationships.


GSA seeking proposals for SAES Conference

The Graduate Student Association of the School of Education is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at the 2013 Southeastern Association of Educational Studies Conference in January. The SEAES Conference will be held on Jan. 12, with the theme “Moving Education Forward: Connecting Research, Theory, Policy and Practice.” The SEAES Conference was created as a regional forum for the support, promotion and dissemination of research in educational studies. In keeping with this tradition, all individuals engaged in the study and research of education, regardless of specialty area, are invited to submit a proposal. Visit this page for the call for proposals and to register. Registration is free. For questions, send an email to


Susan Friel makes presentations at NCCTM conference

Susan Friel, professor of mathematics education, made two presentations at the N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in October in Greensboro. The sessions described changes in statistics content taught in grades six through eight due to North Carolina’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards. The sessions, which were well-attended by teachers seeking help adapting to Common Core expectations, also included instructional strategies for coving statistics concepts teachers are now expected to cover in grades six through eight.


Kathleen Brown making presentations

Kathleen Brown, professor of educational leadership, will be making two presentations in mid-November. Brown will give to 30 superintendents in Eastern Tennessee on Nov. 15 a presentation entitled "School and Teacher Leadership: Turnaround Intervention Strategies.” The event is part of the Regional Education Lab Appalachia funded through an IES grant with CNA Analysis and Solutions. On Nov. 17, Brown will make a presentation at the University Council for Educational Administration conference in Denver. The presentation, to be made with colleagues from N.C. State, UNC-Greensboro, and the Sandhills region is titled "Just Getting Started: Lessons from Race to the Top Funded School Leaders."


Suzanne Gulledge leads symposium, SOE undergrads participate

Suzanne Gulledge, clinical professor of teacher education, led the North Carolina Fall Symposium on Middle Level Education on Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.  Hosted by the Campbell University Law School and Carolina graduate Lorae Roukema, the event included discussions, seminars and visits to the museums of natural science and history. Leadership in Collegiate Middle Level Association strands at the symposium was provided by Carolina undergraduate students in the middle school program: Alexandra Chybolla, Margaret Zulick, Katie Cox and Allison Hartsell. As president of the North Carolina Professors of Middle Level Education, Gulledge led plenary and business sessions during the symposium, which highlighted topics related to “The Legacy, the Imperative and the Way Forward” for middle level education.


Barbara Wasik publishes chapters, article

Barbara H. Wasik, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, since the spring has published or has in press six chapters and one journal article:

  • The first chapter, with Beth Anne N. Feldman, a recent graduate of the school psychology doctoral program, is titled Parent Education and Early Literacy Development and appears in T. Shanahan and C. Lonigan’s book titled “Literacy in Preschool and Kindergarten Children: The National Early Literacy Panel and Beyond,” byGuilford Press.
  • Two chapters are with co-authors Adrienne Villagomez and Sheena Berry, doctoral students in school psychology. One is titled Home Visiting and Early Childhood Education in J. L.Roopnarine & J. Johnson (Eds) “Approaches to Early Childhood Education” (6th Edition), published by Pearson. The other is titled Home Visiting: Essential Guidelines for Home Visits and Engaging with Families to appear in C. Franklin, M. B. Harris, and P. Allen-Meares “School Social Work and Mental Health Workers Training and Resource Manual” (2ndedition), published by Oxford University Press.
  • A fourth chapter is with Villagomez and Berry as well as Clinical Assistant Professor Sandra Evarrs and is titled Visual Perception Programs in J.A.C.Hattie and M.M.Anderson (Eds.)International Handbook of Student Achievement,” published by Routledge. Two additional chapters appear in her edited volume, “Handbook of Family Literacy” (2nd Edition), published in 2012 by Routledge.
  • In addition, Wasik is a co-author on a Developmental Psychology article presenting results from the 30-year follow up of the Abecedarian Project, a longitudinal early intervention study of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Frances Campbell of FPG is the lead author on the article.


Julie Justice participates in SCALE conference panel

Julie Justice, assistant professor of lilteracy, participated in a panel discussion in this weekend’s Read.Write.Act Conference hosted by SCALE. Justice took part in the discussion titled “Adult, Community, and Higher Education.”


Sharon Palsha, alumna Susan Kingsley to make presentation

Sharon Palsha, clinical associate professor of early childhood education, and Susan Kingsley, former doctoral student who is now an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico, are scheduled to make a presentation at the Annual Teacher Education Conference on Thursday in Grand Rapids Mich. The title of their talk is “Pre-service Teachers' Leadership Skills Impact School Improvement.”


Ph.D. student Lara-Jeane Costa lead author on paper

Lara-Jeane Costa, a Ph.D. student in educational psychology, measurement and evaluation, has published a paper on which she is lead author. The paper – The Use of Curriculum-Based Measures in Yough At-Risk Writers: Measuring Change Over Time and Potential Moderators of Change – appears in the most recent edition of Exceptionality: A Special Education Journal. The abstract and full text are available here.


LEARN NC brings Walking Classroom to teachers

Teachers looking for ways to incorporate physical activity into content instruction can access ten of The Walking Classroom’s award-winning podcasts for free via LEARN NC. LEARN NC has partnered with The Walking Classroom program, an in-school obesity intervention that promotes health literacy and develops and supports lifelong fitness habits for all students while addressing different learning styles. LEARN NC and The Walking Classroom have published a sampler of 10 podcasts, along with standards-aligned accompanying lesson plans. The podcasts address a variety of topics including narrative poetry, famous scientists, and social justice movements. The Walking Classroom sampler is available here.


Sharon Palsha, Leslie Fox and Meredith Jones run in Carson 5k

Sharon Palsha, clinical associate professor of early childhood education, along with third-year doctoral student Leslie Fox and first-year doctoral student Meredith Jones ran in the 5th Annual Eve Carson Memorial 5K for Education on Saturday morning on the UNC campus. The event raised approximately $53,000 for education.


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

Jan. 12
SAES Conference