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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.

Senior Michelle Thompson named to Phi Beta Kappa

Michelle Thompson, an undergraduate student in the UNC-BEST (Biology) program, has been named to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. Thompson, a senior from Atlanta, was one of 144 students named to the nation’s oldest honorary society. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. Thompson is currently doing her student teaching and plans to attend graduate school at the University of Georgia beginning next year.


N.C. education policy changes subject of Tuesday panel discussion

Students in the Policy, Leadership and School Improvement program are hosting a panel discussion on Tuesday to examine education-related initiatives in the N.C. General Assembly. The event will be held at 4 p.m. in Room 02. Members of the School of Education faculty and graduate students and invited speakers will discuss the some of the legislation and the ways in which these proposals might change the education in North Carolina.


Author, researcher Bettina Love to give talks on Wednesday

Bettina Love, assistant professor at the University of Georgia and author of “Hip Hop's Li'l Sistas Speak,” will visit the School of Education on Wenesday. Her visit is sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Love has published articles on the topics of hip hop in education, queer youth, race and equity in education, and issues of politics and race.  Love is a former teacher whose research frequently takes her back into the classroom. Love will meet with graduate students at 1 p.m. in Room 10 and give a talk at 5:30 p.m. in Room 104.


Legislative initiatives focus of April 15 talk

School of Education faculty members, doctoral students and a representative from the group Public Schools First NC will participate in a panel discussion on April 15 regarding education initiatives being considered by the Legislature. Faculty members Eric Houck and Lora Cohen-Vogel and Natalie Bayer, a representative from Public Schools First NC, will participate. The event will take place April 15 at the CCEE from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 105-106. 


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N.C. Education Policy Awareness Panel
4 p.m.
Room 02

Bettina Love grad student chat
1 p.m.
Room 10

Bettina Love lecture
5:30 p.m.
Room 104

April 15
Education legislation talk
5:30 p.m.
CCEE, Room 105-106