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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.

Cadie Blalock retires after 28 years of service to School of Education

Cadie Blalock, a 28-year member of the staff of the School of Education, has retired. Blalock worked in various units, including Student Services, the Center for Mathematics and Science Education and most recently as assistant to the chair in the Professional, Leadership and Practice division as well as support for the Elementary, CDFS, and Teaching Fellows programs. She says she looks forward to spending more time in family activities and pursuing her hobbies of crocheting and genealogy. A short profile is on the School’s website, here.


Latino educational disparities topic of Pedro Portes talk today

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 today. 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.


Education Job Fair being held Tuesday

The annual Education Job Fair, for students seeking jobs in the education field, will take place on Tuesday, from 9 to Noon in the Great Hall of the Student Union. All students are welcome, but seniors are especially encouraged to attend. Please attend dressed to impress with copies of your resume as some students will leave the fair with interviews.


Music researcher Bruce Carter to give brown bag talk Tuesday at 12:30

Bruce Carter, a music composer and researcher, will give a talk Tuesday about his research of gay undergraduates at historically black universities participating in marching bands. The talk is based on a recently published paper entitled “Nothing Better or Worse Than Being Black, Gay, and in the Band.” The talk will begin at 12:30 in Peabody 02. Light lunches will be provided for about 25 people. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) and Metametrics, Inc.


Fen English to present on his international scholarship at Wednesday brown bag

Fen English, R. Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, will present at Wednesday’s Research and Practice Brown Bag about his international scholarship. The event is at Noon in Peabody 02. English’s presentation will span several areas. He will discuss his work with colleagues that resulted in a special issue in the journal Interchange concerning the threat of neoliberalism, and his collaboration with a group of “educational leaders without borders” that will be holding a second meeting at the upcoming AERA meeting. He’ll also discuss his work on “leadership connoisseurship” in Australia which has resulted in two publications, one in The International Journal of Leadership and the other in an Estonian journal. And, he’ll talk about his work in the United Kingdom on administrative decision making and a book on the work of Pierre Bourdieu. Light lunches will be provided for about 25 people. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) and Metametrics, Inc.


Graduate student Eldrin Deas co-authors paper; interviews Wynton Marsalis

Ph.D. candidate Eldrin Deas has co-authored an article that was published in the March/April edition of Poverty & Race. Deas’s article is entitled “Community-Based Accountability: Best Practices for School Officials.” The article begins on page 9 here. He also recently scored an interview with musician Wynton Marsalis, resulting in a post on LEARN NC’s blog “The Well.” That piece is available here.


Andy Mink, Danielle Parker present at middle school conference

Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, and Danielle Parker, a Ph.D. candidate in Culture, Curriculum and Change and a research assistant at LEARN NC, led a session at the North Carolina Middle School Association Annual Conference in Greensboro on March 18. Their session was entitled “More than Facebook: Social Media on the Social Studies Classroom.”


Jean DeSaix (Ph.D. ’78) profiled as fixed-term faculty leader

Alumna Jean DeSaix (Ph.D. ’78), a master lecturer in Carolina’s Biology Department, is one of three women profiled in the latest University Gazette in a story about fixed-term faculty leaders at the University. DeSaix, who got her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, was one of the three who formed the Fixed-Term Faculty Association in the late 1980s. At the time, fixed-term faculty made up 40 percent of instructors on campus, but had no formal representation and weren’t eligible for teaching awards. The association has worked since to raise the standing of fixed-term faculty on campus. The article is available here.


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 Thursday, 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.


TIP: Technology in Peabody

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

Education Job Fair
9 a.m. to Noon
Great Hall of the Student Union

Bruce Carter talk
12:30 p.m.
Peabody 02

Brown Bag: Fen English
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

April 17
Bytes and Bagels
9 a.m.
Room 206