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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.

School of Education represented at AERA

A large contingent of School of Education faculty and students are attending the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Forty-seven people who list affiliations with UNC-Chapel Hill were scheduled to make presentations during the meeting. The AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education.


Ph.D. student Brooke Maxfield selected as Gates Summer Fellow

Doctoral student Brooke Maxfield has been selected as a Bill and Melinda Gates Summer Fellow. Maxfield is a third-year year student in the Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation program and a first-year student in the Ed.S. School Leadership program. She was one of 10 students from around the country selected for the program. Maxfield was invited to apply for the program as an alumna of the Education Pioneers program and after completing an extensive interview process. The fellowship, based in Seattle, will focus on evaluation and support of the College-Ready Education program sponsored by the foundation in many states.


Harriet Able elected to Faculty Council, Suzanne Gulledge to Faculty Assembly delegation

Harriet Able, associate professor of Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support, has been elected to represent the School of Education on the University’s Faculty Council. Suzanne Gulledge, clinical professor of Middle Grades Education, has been elected to the University’s delegation to the UNC systemwide Faculty Assembly. The elections were concluded last week. Across the campus, the School of Education had the second-highest turnout among eligible faculty voters, with 78.2 percent casting ballots.


Eric Houck presents at Georgia educators’ meeting

Eric Houck, associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy and Kenan Faculty Fellow, facilitated a discussion at a meeting of a group of Georgia school district superintendents last week. Houck was invited to participate in the event and facilitate a discussion regarding teacher compensation models. The meeting of the Education Solutions Group in Athens, Ga., was attended by superintendents from Georgia’s largest school districts, representing more than 40 percent of the state’s student population. The meeting was hosted by the University of Georgia College of Education, which has begun hosting quarterly meetings of school district superintendents who are members of the Education Solutions Group.


Faculty invited to lunch at May 4 Reconnect and Recharge session

The final session of the 2012-2013 Reconnect and Recharge program for alumni will be held on Saturday, May 4, at the CCEE. School of Education faculty are invited to join the session during its lunch break to engage in informal conversations with former students and to continue to support our in service teachers, counselors and administrators. Faculty wishing to attend are asked to let Ashley Boyd know (ashlboyd(AT) by Wednesday at 5 p.m. Lunch will be from 11:45-12:15 in the science lab at the CCEE.


GSA elects new officers

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association has elected new officers for the 2013-14 school year:

President-Elect: Daphne Mills

Treasurer: Brendan Hendrick

Secretary: Matt Miller

Communications Chair: Tara Anderson

Social Chairs: Danielle Allen, Cheryl Varghese

Service Chair: Domonique Bulls

Brown Bag Chairs: Mariah Smith, Joseph Hooper

GPSF Senator: Shelby Dawkins-Law


Commencement info available online

The School of Education’s Commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 11, in the Dean E. Smith Center. The event is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., with lineup of students to begin at 12:45 p.m. More details about Commencement are available on the School’s website, here.


GSA hosting Durham Bulls game May 9

The Graduate Student Association invites students to celebrate the end of the school year at the Durham Bulls game May 9. The Bulls take on Syracuse at 7 p.m. GSA will have three terrace boxes, which seat up to 36 people, so please RSVP early to reserve your spot. Significant others and children are welcome. Please RSVP on the SOE GSA Facebook page or to


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Recharge and Reconnect

May 9
GSA Durham Bulls outing

May 11
1:30 p.m.