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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.

Four School of Education programs ranked highly by US News

Four School of Education programs were ranked among the top 16 in their fields in graduate school rankings published by US News & World Report.
The Schools’ ranked specialty programs:
Curriculum and Instruction, 14th
Education Administration and Supervision, 13th
Elementary Teacher Education, tie for 16th
Special Education, 13th
The magazine released its rankings last week in its annual “Best Grad Schools” guide. The magazine ranked the School of Education at 37th overall, down from 34th last year, among the 278 schools that grant doctoral degrees in education.


FPG hosting Souto-Manning book talk today

The Frank Porter Graham RACE committee is hosting a book talk today with Mariana Souto-Manning, author of “Multicultural Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom: Approaches, Strategies, and Tools, Preschool-2nd Grade.” Souto-Manning is associate professor in the Department of Curriculum & Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. The event will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Carolina Club.


Carol Malloy to receive lifetime achievement award

Carol Malloy (Ph.D. ’94), 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. 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. 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 lives in Wilmington with her husband, William, who is also a retired member of the School of Education faculty. More details are available here.


Jill Fitzgerald selected as 2013 AERA Fellow

Jill Fitzgerald, retired professor of literacy at the School of Education, has been selected as a 2013 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, an honor given to top educational researchers. AERA selected 23 scholars as 2013 AERA Fellows. Those selected are being recognized for their exceptional scientific or scholarly contributions to education research or significant contributions to the field through the development of research opportunities and settings. The new Fellows will be inducted on April 28 during the AERA’s annual meeting in San Francisco. More details are available here.


Funding opportunity discussion being held Wednesday

Judith Meece, professor of educational psychology, is organizing some discussions aimed at assisting other faculty in pursuing external research funding. On Wednesday, Lora Cohen-Vogel will lead a discussion about a new initiative at the Carnegie Foundation regarding improvement sciences. The talk will be 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.


Eric Houck to take part in ‘Constitution Tales’

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy and Kenan Faculty Fellow, will play a role in the performance of “Constitution Tales” at the N.C. Association of Educators on Thursday. “Constitution Tales” is a presentation that examines this history of the Constitution. The event is being organized by Ann McColl, who has served as an adjunct professor in Educational Leadership. More information about the event is available here.


British historian to talk Wednesday about state of history scholarship, education

LEARN NC will host a talk on Wednesday 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.


Ware makes presentation on R statistical programming language

Bill Ware, professor of educational psychology, recently made a three-hour pre-session on the statistical programming language R at the annual meeting of the N.C. Association for Research in Education in Wilmington. The session was attended by faculty members from several different universities, staff from local school systems and NCDPI, and a representative from MetaMetrics. Ware is the author of the recently published textbook “Introductory Statistics: A Conceptual Approach Using R.”  


CCEE hosts Model U.N. conference

The Center for Educational Excellence hosted the Fourth Annual Middle Schools Model United Nations conference on Friday. Students from Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s four middle schools took part in the day-long event. In the conference, students play roles as delegates representing U.N. member states and debate an issue in today’s news. Photos from Friday’s event are on the School of Education’s Facebook, here.


Doctoral student La Serna, alumna Croasmun (Ed.D. ’07) named principals

Two members of the School of Education community – doctoral student Jillian La Serna and Janice Croasmun (Ed.D. ’07) have been hired to serve as principals at Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools. La Serna will take over at Carrboro Elementary and Croasmun at Rashkis Elementary. La Serna is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership, the program in which Croasmun received her doctorate.


Akos, students visit lawmakers on school counselors’ ‘legislative day’

Patrick Akos, coordinator of the school counseling program, and students from the program went to Raleigh on Thursday to meet with legislators as part of the N.C. School Counselors Association’s “legislative day.”Akos and the students met with several legislators from Orange and Durham counties and with Rep. Craig Horn of Union County, who serves as chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. Students taking part were Chancie Housholder, Keven Duquette, Maureen Kurz and Molly Monroe. Counselors and students asked legislators to support initiatives to preserve counselor positions, protect time spent on serving students, reduce student-to-counselor ratios and increase counselor pay.


Latino educational disparities topic of March 25 talk

Pedro Portes, executive director of the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education at the University of Georgia, will give a talk and take part in a discussion regarding Latino educational disparities on March 25. Portes’s talk, entitled “Organizing Initiatives for Countering Structured Latino Educational Disparities: CLASE & Praxis,” will be begin at 9 a.m. in Room 02 of Peabody Hall. Following the presentation, Portes will take part in a discussion regarding Latina/o education issues with Spencer Salas, an assistant professor in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education at UNC-Charlotte.


GSA hosting brown bag on handling stress

The Graduate Student Association will hold a brown bag on handling stress Brown Bag on April 3. Clinical Psychologist IIana Karakeur and Kevin Shepard from UNC's Counseling and Psychological Services unit will speak with students on the topic of handling stress. Desserts will be provided. The event will be held in Peabody 02 at noon.


GSA hosting bowling outing on April 4

The Graduate Student Association invites students to go bowling at Mardi Gras Bowling on April 4. The GSA is covering the cost of the lanes. All you need to rent are your shoes. The bowling begins at 8 p.m. at the bowling alley located at 6118 Farrington Road, at the intersection of N.C. 54, near the I-40 interchange. Anyone interested should email Mandy Bean at akbean(AT) by April 1.


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Souto-Manning book talk
3:30 p.m.
Carolina Club

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

Carnegie funding discussion
Room 101C

March 25
Pedro Portes on educational disparities
9 a.m.
Peabody 02

April 3
NSF funding sources discussion
Room 101C

GSA brown bag on stress
Peabody 02

April 4
GSA bowling
8 p.m.
Mardi Gras