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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.

Legislative initiatives focus of talk at CCEE today

School of Education faculty members, doctoral students and a representative from the group Public Schools First NC will participate in a panel discussion on this afternoon 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 at the CCEE from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 105-106. 


‘Bytes and Bagels’ meeting on Wednesday

The School’s next “Bytes and Bagels” get-together to talk about the use of technology in our work will be held Wednesday morning. Wednesday’s meeting will focus on the use of social media. Participants are invited to talk about their experiences with social media in their work, including instructional uses, professional development and communications. The get-together will be at 9 a.m. in Room 206. Bagels and cream cheese will be served!


Harriet Able awarded service learning grant

Harriet Able, associate professor of Early Childhood Intervention, has been awarded a University service-learning grant. The grant funds her “Families, Schools and Communities” course that she developed and teaches for the Elementary Education and Child Development and Family Studies programs.


Lora Cohen-Vogel named CIPP fellow

Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, has been named a fellow of the Carolina Institute for Public Policy (CIPP) at UNC. The mission of the institute is to provide an environment within which top scholars in fields such as education policy, economic development policy, health policy, public finance, and environmental policy can thrive, producing top quality research and engaging with the public, policymakers, journalists and other scholars on significant policy issues.


LEARN NC profiled by News14

LEARN NC was the subject of a story by the local cable television news channel News14. The story, which appeared on April 8, took a look at LEARN NC’s work in publishing lesson plans for teachers. The report included interviews with LEARN NC staff and with Carmen Castanet, a School of Education alumna and teacher at Carrboro Elementary School who uses LEARN NC materials in her work. The story is available here.


Xue Lan Rong co-edits book, has paper published, gives interview

Xue Lan Rong, professor of social studies education, is co-editor of a new book published by Information Age Publishing. The book, entitled “Educating Asian Americans Achievement, Schooling, and Identities,” was edited with Russell Endo of the University of Colorado. Rong also has had a paper published. The article, “Advocacy-Orientated Teacher Education in New Gateway States,” was published by Teacher Education and Practice. Rong also provided an interview for the Chinese edition of The Wall Street Journal for an article headlined “What kind of Chinese students are good for studying oversea in U.S. high school?” It was published March 28. For those who read Mandarin, the article is available here.


Cohen-Vogel, Houck have chapter published

Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, and Eric Houck, associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy and Kenan Faculty Fellow, have had a chapter published in a book out this month by Harvard Education Press. The chapter, “New data, old patterns: The role of test scores in student assignment,” was published in the book “The Infrastructure of Accountability:  Data Use and the Transformation of American Education.”


Cohen-Vogel, co-authors have article published in Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, and two co-authors are having an article published in the premiere policy journal of the American Educational Research Association. The article, “Seniority Provisions in Collective Bargaining Agreements and the ‘Teacher Quality Gap,’” is being published in the journal Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Cohen-Vogel’s co-authors are Li Feng of Texas State University-San Marcos and La’Tara Osborne-Lampkin Florida State University. Also, Cohen-Vogel, with her former student Meghan Hauptli, has had “The Federal Role in Adolescent Literacy from Johnson through Obama: A Policy Regimes Analysis” published in the American Journal of Education.

Juan Carrillo writing blog about school experiences of Latino males

Assistant Professor Juan Carrillo is blogging about one of his areas of specialty: the experiences of Latino males in U.S. classrooms. The blog covers policy, promising practices, socio-cultural and political context of Latino male identity production. It also is meant to serve as a space for disseminating relevant information on Latino males to a broad audience, including K-12 schools, community groups, policy makers, and other interested stakeholders. The blog may be found here.


Students Fox, Sreckivic and Common present at conference

School of Education doctoral students Leslie Fox and Melissa Sreckivic and Master’s student Eric Common with the ECSEL program presented at the Council for Exceptional Children annual conference earlier this month in San Antonio, Texas. Fox’s lecture, titled "On Their Own: Supporting Independence in Adolescents with ASD Using Work Systems," was based on a research project conducted last year with Kara Hume at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Sreckivic presented her research in a poster titled  “Bullseye on Bullying:  Exploring the Prevalence of Victimization among Youth and Adolescents with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.” Common presented his poster “Teacher Expectations for Student Performance:  Over Thirty Years of Lessons Learned” and co-presented “Identifying and Supporting Elementary and Middle School Students with Behavior Disorders,” each developed out of his work last year with Kathleen Lane.


Senior Michael Baker blogging about China student teaching

Michael Baker, a senior in the UNC-BEST program, is blogging about his experience working as a student teacher in China. Baker is part of a group of students that is doing four weeks of student teaching at Beijing Royal School. The blog is located here.


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

Bytes and Bagels
9 a.m.
Room 206