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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.

Fire alarm testing today

UNC officials will be testing the fire alarm system in Peabody Hall today. You are asked to evacuate the building only if the alarm system sounds for longer than seven minutes.


LEARN NC topic of Wednesday’s ‘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 Wednesday. 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.


GSA organizing service opportunity tomorrow for TableNC

Members of the Graduate Student Association are organizing a service opportunity tomorrow 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. and end at 7:30 p.m. People interested in helping were asked to contact Omar Simpson, GSA service chair, (simpsono(AT) 


Film ‘Stand and Deliver’ shown today

The film “Stand and Deliver,” which chronicles the efforts of a math teacher in east Los Angeles, will be shown this afternoon at 4 p.m. in Room 104. The showing is hosted by the UNC Teaching Fellows.


Ryoo selected for AERA mentoring program

Kihyun "Kelly" Ryoo, assistant professor of learning sciences, has been selected to participate in the American Educational Research Association’s Division C New Faculty Mentoring Program. Participants arrive a day before the start of the AERA conference in April. The program connects junior faculty with distinguished scholars to learn more about achieving success as a professor.


Eric Houck joins journal editorial board

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy and Kenan Faculty Fellow, has joined the editorial board of the journal Education Law and Policy Review. Houck is a charter member of the new journal’s editorial board. The journal is an open-access, peer-reviewed publication of the Education Law Consortium in Athens, Ga. More information about the journal is available here


Juan Carrillo giving talk at Duke on Thursday

Assistant Professor Juan Carrillo will give a talk at Duke University entitled “I Can’t Sell Out: Mexican-Origin Scholarship Boys and the Politics of ‘Home.’” Carrillo is the son of Mexican immigrants and a native of the barrios of south Los Angeles. The talk will begin at noon in Friedl Hall, Room 225. For more information, contact jason.mendez(AT)


LEARN NC newsletter available online

LEARN NC’s update newsletter, describing recent organization activities, is available online. The newsletter features descriptions of recent published work and a link to enroll in LEARN NC’s spring schedule of online professional development courses. The newsletter is available here.


Mink, Hirsh provide training at Ocracoke

Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, and Kimberly Hirsh, LEARN NC’s managing editor, provided professional development training to 20 North Carolina teachers at the NCCAT Mountains to Sea Institute at the Ocracoke Island Center last week. Teachers were introduced to the LEARN NC resources that can be put to use in their classrooms.


Andy Mink invited to present in University of West Indies workshop

Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, has been invited to lead a two-day interactive workshop in April on participatory GIS technology as part of a University of West Indies workshop. The university is organizing a series of expert panels and workshops through the academic calendar to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Mink will also focus on the ways to integrate geo-historical inquiry and primary documents into curricula, teaching and learning.  He will receive funding for the workshop from the Virginia Geographic Alliance at Virginia Tech.


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.


March 6 talk examines readiness of black male student-athletes

Paul Harris, an assistant professor in the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, will give a guest brown bag talk on March 6 entitled “Promoting the College Readiness of Black Male Student-Athletes.” The talk, which begins at noon in Room 02, is sponsored by the School Counseling program. Harris’s research interests include issues related to equity, access, and educational justice. Specifically, he explores the ways through which school counselors can facilitate educational success in black males, particularly those participating in sports. He will briefly discuss the historic relevance of sports in the lives of black males, share preliminary results from a current study focusing on how to facilitate the educational development of this group at the high school level, and explore the implications for educators, particularly school counselors. Plan to bring your lunch and join the conversation.


GSA hosting March 6 brown bag to discuss literature reviews

The Graduate Student Association will host a brown bag discussion on March 6 at noon to go over organizing, synthesizing and composing literature reviews. The event will be held in Room 10.


TIP: Technology in Peabody

Make online slideshows with Photo Peach
Photo Peach is a quick and easy online slideshow creator. The website’s minimal design makes for an easy to use and intuitive interface. Slideshows can be shared via link or embedded. There is a paid option that enables teachers to create private student accounts and allows for more customization.
--TIP from LEARN NC’s ‘Instructify’ blog. Submit your TIP to Mike Hobbs, michael_hobbs(AT)


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‘Stand and Deliver’
4 p.m.
Room 104

GSA service opportunity
5:30 p.m.

‘Research and Practice Series’ brown bag: LEARN NC
Peabody 02

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

March 6
Brown bag with Paul Harris on black male student-athletes
Room 02

March 6
GSA brown bag on literature reviews
Room 10

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

April 3
NSF funding sources discussion
Location: TBA