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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.

Michael McLendon speaking today at noon in Hussman Colloquium Series

The School of Education launches the Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series today at noon with a talk by Michael McLendon, professor and associate dean at Southern Methodist University. McLendon’s talk is entitled “Politics, Public Policy and Postsecondary Education: Observations on the Methods of an Emerging Field.” Coordinated by Lora Cohen-Vogel, the Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series is focused this year on methods of education policy research. While the series is designed with graduate students and emerging scholars in mind, the entire SOE community is welcome to bring a lunch and attend. The event will be held in Room 02, starting at noon.


Kathleen Brown makes presentations

Kathleen Brown, professor of educational leadership, is making several presentations this month. On Jan. 8, she presented at the 10th Annual North Carolina Legislators Retreat in Pinehurst, an event hosted by the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy. Brown led the session titled "Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders." Brown is scheduled to present today a session titled "Educators Confronting the Injustices of Racism, Classism, and Bullying in Schools" to the Duke University Educational Program. Then, on Jan. 28, she will present to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction regarding progress of the state's three Race-to-the-Top-funded regional leadership academies: Northeast Leadership Academy, Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy, and Sandhills Leadership Academy.


‘Bytes and Bagels’ event on Jan. 23 to showcase use of tech tools

The SOE Technology Advisory Council will host the first “Bytes and Bagels” on Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to 10 am in Peabody Room 02. “Bytes and Bagels” is your opportunity to gather with other members of the School of Education community to engage in informal conversation about using technology in teaching and research. The Dean’s office will provide bagels and coffee for faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduates to share and discuss the work we are all doing around technology. Come have some breakfast, and join the conversation! And, mark your calendars for upcoming “Bytes and Bagels” events on Feb. 20, March 27 and April 24.


‘Reconnect and Recharge’ session planned for Jan. 26

The second session of the 2012-2013 “Reconnect and Recharge” program will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the CCEE. The “Reconnect and Recharge” events are for teachers with one to five years of teaching experience, and are designed to help participants identify ways to address issues they have encountered in their work. As part of the program this year, organizers are inviting School of Education faculty to join the event during its lunch break to engage in informal conversations with former students and to continue to support our in-service teachers. Faculty who want to attend are asked to RSVP to Ashley Boyd at ashlboyd (AT) Lunch will be from 11:45-12:15 in the science lab at the CCEE. Other Reconnect and Recharge sessions will be held on March 9 and May 4.


Gregory Cizek cited in Washington Post article on school cheating

Gregory Cizek, the Guy B. Phillips Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, was cited in an article by Washington Post education writer Jay Mathews concerning alleged cheating on standardized tests in the District of Columbia school system. The article described the criticism received by a principal who reported cheating at her school. The article is available here.


TIP: Technology in Peabody

Use your iPad to control your computer screen with Splashtop Whiteboard
Teachers who want to walk around the classroom while also controlling their computer screen – and any whiteboard connected to it – can do so using an iPad equipped with the Splashtop Whiteboard app. Splashtop Whiteboard has additional features, such as a tab for a pop-up keyboard and an annotation tab so you can use different tools to draw over the screen. It has templates so you can have a Venn diagram or a blank screen to use the annotation tools to write on it. Check it out at
--TIP submitted by Helen Crompton


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Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series: Michael McLendon
Peabody 02

Jan. 23
Bytes and Bagels
9 a.m.
Peabody 02

Jan. 26
Reconnect and Recharge lunch
11:45 a.m.
(Faculty RSVP to Ashley Boyd)