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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.

Kelly Ryoo to describe use of technology in teaching science

At this week’s Research and Practice Lunch Series event on Wednesday, Kelly Ryoo, assistant professor of learning sciences, will present two research projects that explore how technology-enhanced instruction can improve diverse students’ science learning. The event will be at noon in Peabody 206. Light lunches will be provided for approximately 25 people at the talk. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) and Metametrics, Inc.


Andy Mink serves on panel to create educational programing at Colonial Williamsburg

Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, recently served as a member of the NexGen ETF Experts Focus Group hosted by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The mission of this group was to create vibrant new elementary/middle school programming that complements Colonial Williamsburg’s mission, uses best practices in broadcasting and e-learning, and balances technological change with the needs of educators and students nationwide.


Catherine Scott publishes paper

Catherine Scott, clinical assistant professor and coordinator of the UNC-BEST program, has published a paper in the Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research. The paper is entitled “An Investigation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Focused High Schools in the U.S.”


Eileen Parsons publishes book chapter

Eileen Parsons, associate professor of science education, was the lead author on a book chapter published in the book "Moving the Equity Agenda Forward: Equity Research, Practice, and Policy in Science Education." Parsons served as first author on the chapter titled "Conceptualizations of context in science education:  Implications for Equity." The chapter explicates a synthesized view of context as an interplay among past and present, and local and global by way of the views of two middle school science teachers, one African American and one white international from South Africa, who work with predominantly African American students. 


Catherine Marshall has book review published

Catherine Marshall, Robert Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, has had a book review published in the latest edition of Educational Administration Quarterly. The review is entitled “Expanding the Conversation: Collaboration, Complexities and the Missing Pieces.” In the review, Marshall and co-author Susan Wynn write about three books about women in educational leadership. An abstract and a link to the text is available here.


Doctoral students make presentations at NAEYC

School of Education doctoral students made presentations at the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s conference earlier this month in Atlanta. Kathryn Ohle, a fourth-year doctoral candidate, together with Joy Diamond, a second-year PhD student in Allied Health, presented "No Boundaries: Providing Web-Based Literacy Coaching for Early Childhood Educators." Ritsa Mallous and Hatice Dogan, both fourth-year doctoral candidates in the School of Education, presented their work with Harriet Able, associate professor of early childhood intervention and family support: "Wiping the Fog From Their Lenses: Evaluation of a Promising Model for Changing Preservice Teachers' Perspectives and Dispositions Toward Diversity.”


Counseling students make poster presentations at state conference

Several students in the school counseling program made poster presentations at the N.C. School Counseling Association’s annual conference earlier this month in Greensboro:

  • Molly Monroe, Ally Frosch and Kevin Duquette presented “Making Connections in a New School Environment,” which examined effects of elementary and middle school students’ transitions after being introduced to school and community resources to help them with a new school environment.
  • Ciera Nicholson and Carl Yiu presented on their project “Is Bigger REALLY Better: Counseling Obese Students,” which examined how school counselors can help support students struggling with weight issues.
  • Sara Predieri, Eve Vonchucherd and Bisset Lee presented on their project “Empowering the New Kid in Middle School and High School,” which examined how students can help transfer students build their confidence and practice skills.
  • Chancie Housholder, Kathryn Mauck and Maureen Kurz presented on “Taking a Stand Against Bullying at School and on the Internet: A Multi-Faceted Approach,” which described an approach and resources for school counselors and information for parents, all aimed at reducing bullying behaviors.


LEARN NC tweets K-12 component of American Chemical Society conference

LEARN NC and representatives from the UNC Chemistry Department co-sponsored a K-12 component of the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society conference earlier this month. Local pre-service and in-service teachers worked with graduate student Eldrin Deas to post tweets from the conference based on specific themes they focused on during the conference. Search Twitter for @learnnc and #SERMACS2012 to see an archive of the tweets from the day.


GSA hosting Winter Social on Dec. 7

The Graduate Student Association will hold a Winter Social on Friday, Dec. 7, for graduate students and their significant others. Food will be provided at this BYOB affair to be held at Anne Bryan’s home at 210 Hillcrest Circle. The party begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Dec. 1 to or on the SOE GSA Facebook page.


Books sought for ‘Book Fairy’ drive

The School of Education is once again helping with the “Book Fairy” book drive for pediatric cancer patients at UNC Hospitals. The drive is especially seeking English and Spanish-language board books and books featuring children and families of many cultures. You may donate books by placing them in the box in Suite 103 in front of Jodi Abatemarco’s desk.


GSA seeking proposals for SEAES 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


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School of Education Research and Practice Lunch Series: Kelly Ryoo
Peabody 02

Dec. 7
GSA Winter Social
6 p.m.
210 Hillcrest Circle

Dec. 14
SOE Faculty-Staff Holiday Party
5 p.m.
Briar Chapel Clubhouse

Dec. 16
Fall Commencement
2 p.m.
Dean Smith Center

Jan. 12
SEAES Conference