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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.

Carol Malloy to receive lifetime achievement award

Carol Malloy, a retired member of the School of Education faculty, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics for her service to the field of mathematics education. Malloy will be given the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics Education during at the NCTM’s annual conference in April in Denver, Colorado. Malloy retired from the School of Education in 2009 after a 15-year career at Carolina, teaching secondary mathematics methods courses in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, curriculum and foundations courses for graduate students and mathematics for middle and elementary pre-service students. Malloy earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education in 1994.


Catherine Marshall gives AWFP’s annual Spring talk today

Catherine Marshall, professor of educational leadership and policy and this year’s winner of UNC’s Mary Turner Lane Award, will give a talk today entitled “Will Women Leaders Ask New Questions About Education?” Marshall’s talk is the Association of Women Faculty and Professionals’ annual Spring Speaker event. It begins at 4 p.m. in Toy Lounge on the fourth floor of Dey Hall. The talk is sponsored by the AWFP, but is open to anyone who sends in an RSVP via the AWFP website.


Graduate student Jennifer Job giving talk today at FPG

Jennifer Job, a Ph.D. student in the Culture, Curriculum and Change program, will give a talk today at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Job, one of the 2012 James J. Gallagher Dissertation Award winners, will present “The Role of Curriculum in Encouraging Student Critical Thinking about Political Trauma.” The bag lunch event begins at noon in the 2nd floor conference room of Sheryl-Mar South.


Scottish prof to give ‘Research and Practice Series’ brown bag talk on Tuesday

Beth Dickson, deputy head of the School of Education at the University of Glasgow, will give the “Research and Practice Series” brown bag talk on Tuesday at noon in Room 02. 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. 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.


Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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.


Judith Meece hosting funding talks

Judith Meece, professor of educational psychology, will host some discussions aimed at assisting other faculty in pursuing external research funding. A discussion about grant opportunities with the Institute of Education Sciences will be held on Wednesday, from noon until 1:15 p.m. in 101C. Another discussion regarding National Science Foundation funding opportunities will be held on April 3, also at noon in Room 101C. Sharon Derry and Marta Civil will be facilitating that discussion.


GSA hosting brown bag on Wednesday 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.


Group including Bolick, Mink makes digital textbook presentation

A group from the School of Education made a presentation to the N.C. Council for the Social Studies in Greensboro last week about digital history textbooks. The group was made up of Cheryl Mason Bolick, associate professor and director of research and professional development for outreach; Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC; alumnus Trey Adcock, who obtained his Ph.D. in the Culture, Curriculum and Change program in 2012; and, Jamie Lathan, a current CCC student. The presentation made by the group was entitled “To be or not to be digital: A critical examination of seven digital history textbooks for social studies educators.”


Catherine Marshall paper examines how policies have affected women in education

Catherine Marshall and a co-author have had an article published that examines how policy trends in the past few decades have negatively affected women educators. The article, with Michelle Young as co-author, was published in the International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice and entitled “Policy inroads undermining women in education.” In the article, Marshall and Young tracked and analyzed a set of recent policies to see how they affected the interests of women educators. The paper concludes that trends in education and social policy are increasingly undermining women’s power, pay, status and chances to speak their voices and also the viability of feminist critical policy analysis. The article is available here.


Mink elected to state social studies board

Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, was elected as a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the North Carolina Council for Social Studies at the annual NCCSS conference in Greensboro. Mink will represent and serve social studies education across the state during his three-year term.


LEARN NC’s ‘The Well’ looks at Jim Trier’s use of films

LEARN NC’s blog “The Well” has taken a look at how Associate Professor Jim Trier teaches how to use films as texts in the classroom. Trier, in his course Critical Social Theory and the Media, includes film in his introduction to cultural studies. “The Well” takes a look at how Trier suggests preservice teachers can incorporate film as ways to engage their students in analyzing film. The post is available here.


Master’s student Shelby Dawkins-Law lands internship

Shelby Dawkins-Law, a second-year master’s student in the Culture, Curriculum and Change program, will be serving in an internship with the Washington, D.C.-based Black Alliance for Educational Options. The Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase access to high-quality educational options for black children by actively supporting parental choice policies and programs that empower low-income and working class black families. Dawkins-Law, who is from Washington, will be working as the resource development intern, assisting with drafting proposals, cultivating existing funding relationships, strategic planning, and disseminating information about the current work and accomplishments of the organization. She plans to apply knowledge gained from research for her master’s thesis on re-segregation in charter schools. 


British historian to talk on March 20 about state of history scholarship, education

LEARN NC will host a talk on March 20 by British historian Ben Walsh who will examine the state of history scholarship and education in the digital age. Walsh, who is the deputy president of the Historical Association of the United Kingdom, has been heavily involved in the development of the new history curriculum in England. Walsh has a longstanding interest in the use of technology in history teaching and the ways in which scholars and teachers make use of it to affect learning. The main focus of his research is to study how students feel about the relevance of history to them and which approaches motivate them in the history classroom. School of Education faculty and graduate students with an interest in his work are invited. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and will be held at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence in Room C100. Registration is encouraged: Also, Walsh also will be participating in a TwitterChat hosted by LEARN NC from 11 a.m. to noon: #LEARNchat.


TIP: Technology in Peabody

Use ‘GoAnimate’ to make short animated videos
Teachers looking for a new way to engage their students can have them make short animated videos with GoAnimate, an online tool that provides a fun, animated alternative to traditional video projects. GoAnimate provides the characters, settings, and basic movements needed to create a short animated video. In the GoAnimate interface, the user creates individual frames to sequence the actions. Characters can talk, gesture, run, and even dance. In the classroom GoAnimate could be great for students presenting role playing activities, presenting a historical event or literary scene, creating a public service announcement, and much more.

--TIP from LEARN NC’s ‘Instructify’ blog. Submit your TIP to Mike Hobbs, michael_hobbs(AT)


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Jennifer Job presentation
Sheryl-Mar South, 2nd floor conference room

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

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

GSA brown bag on literature reviews
Room 10

Judith Meece hosting IES Funding Discussion
Room 101C

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

April 3
NSF funding sources discussion
Room 101C

April 8
GSA bowling
8 p.m.
Mardi Gras