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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.

Lora Cohen-Vogel included in “public presence” rankings

Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, is once again included in the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence rankings. The rankings are intended to gauge the public impact that education scholars had in 2012 with their academic work and with their activity in deliberations over education policy. Cohen-Vogel was ranked at No. 150. More details, including the full list, are available here.


Faculty invited to learn more about SOE international activities on Wednesday

Faculty members are invited to learn more about the School of Education’s international activities at a presentation by Dean McDiarmid and Bjorn Hennings on Wednesday. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in Peabody 02. The meeting will provide updates on their recent trip to China (Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Beijing) and other international projects and plans in the works with Singapore, Thailand, Ecuador, Germany, Norway, Scotland and other locales.


‘Bytes and Bagels’ event on Wednesday to showcase use of tech tools

The SOE Technology Advisory Council will host the first “Bytes and Bagels” on Wednesday 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.


Lora Cohen-Vogel, Eric Houck present at N.C. School Board Association meeting

Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, and Eric Houck, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy and Kenan Faculty Fellow, made a presentation last week to the N.C. School Board Association. The two spoke with board members from across the state about teacher evaluation models in the context of North Carolina's recent legislation allowing school districts to experiment with pay policies based on teacher performance. Cohen-Vogel and Houck stressed the importance of combining multiple measures in teacher evaluation, and summarized the research about the reliability and validity of value-added modeling and its use for paying teachers. They also provided board members with suggestions for addressing some weaknesses in the value-added modeling approach and for talking with state policymakers and teacher representatives as they move forward with their designs.


Andy Mink presents at meeting

Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, was one of the keynote speakers at the 2013 College and University Faculty Association (CUFA) meeting of the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) in Raleigh this past Saturday.


‘Reconnect and Recharge’ session planned for Saturday

The second session of the 2012-2013 “Reconnect and Recharge” program will be held on Saturday 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.


Claire Baker to present at lunch talk on Jan. 30

Claire Baker, a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Education, will present in the next of the Research and Practice Lunch Series presentation on Jan. 30. Baker’s talk will be entitled “Minority school segregation and student achievement: The mediating role of family literacy involvement.” The event begins at noon in Peabody 02. Light lunches will be provided for approximately 25 people. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) and Metametrics, Inc.


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Bytes and Bagels
9 a.m.
Peabody 02

Faculty info session on SOE international activities
1:30 p.m.
Peabody 02

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

Jan. 30
SOE Research and Practice Lunch Series: Claire Baker
Peabody 02