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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.

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

The SOE Technology Advisory Council will host its second “Bytes and Bagels” on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 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. Wednesday’s get-together will include a brief demonstration of “Nearpod,” a mobile learning platform designed to synchronize iPads, other mobile devices and computers. Attendees are invited to bring their iPad, iPhone, Android devices for the demonstration. 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 March 27 and April 24.


UPenn researcher to give talk Friday on using controlled trials in teacher preparation

Laura Desimone, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, will give a talk on Friday as part of the Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series. Desimone’s talk is entitled “What have we learned about teacher learning? Findings and Methodological Challenges in Conducting Randomized Control Trials in Educational Effectiveness Research.” The talk, which will begin at noon in Room 02, is co-hosted by the School of Education and the Carolina Institute for Public Policy. Plan to bring a lunch and join the conversation.


LEARN NC topic of Feb. 27 ‘Research and Practice Series’ brown bag

The work of LEARN NC will be the topic of the next “Research and Practice Series” brown bag lunch on Feb. 27. The talk, entitled “LEARN NC: Advancing Teaching and Learning from the Inside Out,” will start at noon in Room 02. LEARN NC works to advance teaching and learning by connecting the university world of research and scholarship with practitioners and students. Digital collections and publications provide a rich array of classroom-ready materials while online courses provide training and content to teachers for CEU credit. The presentation will highlight the ways in which LEARN NC is providing UNC faculty and organizations a project-based laboratory to address the urgent and unmet needs of educators of all levels. Plan to join the conversation with LEARN about how School of Education faculty and graduate students can engage with LEARN NC initiatives. Light lunches will be provided for approximately 25 people at the event. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) and Metametrics, Inc.


Book co-edited by George Noblit published

George Noblit, Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, is a co-editor of a newly published book: “Culturally Relevant Arts Education for Social Justice: A Way Out of No Way.” The book published by Routledge, explores and illuminates teaching of the arts as a way to advance social justice education and offers a set of demonstrations showing how this type of teaching works in action. More details about the book are here.


Kathleen Brown making Race-to-the-Top presentation

Kathleen Brown, professor of educational leadership, will make a presentation on March 6 to the State Board of Education regarding the progress of the N.C. Regional Leadership Academies. Brown’s talk will examine the RLA initiative, which is part of the state’s Race-to-the-Top efforts. The RLA initiative is working to increase the number of principals qualified to lead transformational change in low-performing, high-need schools in both rural and urban areas. Three academies have been established with the goal of preparing approximately 185 “turnaround principals” over three years.


Sherick Hughes to direct new qualitative ‘thought lab’

Associate Professor Sherick Hughes has received a $20,000 donation to create a new Interpretive Research Suite and Carter Qualitative Thought Lab, which will be house in Room 011. The funds will be used to purchase state-of-the-art hardware and software to support training, education and research involving interpretive research and qualitative thought.


Juan Carrillo has papers accepted, makes presentation

Assistant Professor Juan Carrillo has had two papers accepted for publication. “The Unhomely in Academic Success: Latino Males Navigating the Ghetto Nerd Borderlands,” has been accepted for inclusion in the Fall 2013 issue of Culture, Society and Masculinities. The paper “I Always Knew I was Gifted: Mexican Origin Ghetto Nerds and the Mestizaje of M.I. Theory” will be included in an upcoming issue of the Berkeley Review of Education. Also, Carrillo made a presentation at the Abriendo Brecha/Opening a Path X Activism: Scholarship, Justice conference earlier this month at the University of Texas at Austin. He served on a panel discussing immigration policy.


GSA organizing service opportunity for Feb. 26

Members of the Graduate Student Association are organizing a service opportunity for Feb. 26 in which members will help TableNC, a local nonprofit that seeks to put healthy food in the hands of children with their Weekend Backpack program. The GSA will be working with their food monitoring team, which will consist of creating the “menu” of food to be delivered for the week; assessing and shelving food supplies and making recommendations of "most needed" items. The work will begin at 5:30 p.m. that day and end at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in joining please email Omar Simpson, GSA service chair (simpsono(AT) by Feb. 22. 


Scottish prof to give March 5 ‘Research and Practice Series’ brown bag talk

Beth Dickson, deputy head of the School of Education at the University of Glasgow, will give the March 5 “Research and Practice Series” brown bag talk. Dickson’s topic with be “The end of ‘sink or swim?’ Clinical approaches to teacher preparation in the early phase.” Dickson will describe work at Glasgow to develop new approaches to teacher preparation in the early part of their careers. Those approaches include school-based seminars, learning rounds that include peer observation with facilitated expert conversation and joint assessment. The talk will begin at noon in Room 02. Light lunches will be provided for approximately 25 people at the event. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) and Metametrics, Inc.


LEARN NC provides support for Ferris presentation

LEARN NC partnered with the Friday Center to provide social media support for the recent talk “An Evening with Bill Ferris”on Friday. Ferris's book titled "Give My Poor Heart Ease" documents his work as a folklorist exploring the voices and roots of Mississippi blues in the 1960s and 1970s.  LEARN NC Executive Director Andy Mink introduced the concept of TwitterChat to the full-house audience, and LEARN NC graduate student Eldrin Deas served as a moderator of the event by facilitating questions and comments on Twitter.  


TIP: Technology in Peabody

Use ‘TechTerms’ to cut techno-confusion
When you run into an unfamiliar technology term, don’t let it stop you. There’s an online dictionary devoted to explaining it. “TechTerms” is dedicated to the language associated with computers and technology. Nearly every definition is paired with a real-world example of the term’s usage to help provide clarity.
--TIP from LEARN NC’s ‘Instructify’ blog. Submit your TIP to Mike Hobbs, michael_hobbs(AT)


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Bytes and Bagels tech talk
9 a.m.
Room 02

Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series: Laura Desimone
Room 02

Feb. 26
GSA service opportunity
5:30 p.m.

March 5
Research and Practice Series brown bag: Beth Dickson 
Room 02

March 20
British historian Ben Walsh on state of history scholarship, education
9 a.m.
CCEE, Room C100