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Graduate Student Orientation, social today

The School of Education will host its Graduate Student Orientation on today at 3 p.m. in Peabody 104. The event will include introductions of faculty and staff, program-based breakout sessions and a social hosted by the Graduate Student Association. A social to welcome students will be help immediately following Orientation. The social will start at approximately 6 p.m. at the Top of the Hill, located at the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets.

Welcome to new faculty: Baker, Mason and Sawyer

The 2013-14 academic year launches with three new members of the faculty: Claire Baker, Linda Mason and Keith Sawyer. Baker, who obtained her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Virginia, served as a post-doctoral fellow during the past year at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute working with the Family Life Project and at Duke. Mason comes to Carolina from Penn State University where she was an associate professor of special education. She obtained her Ph.D. in special education/learning disabilities from the University of Maryland. Sawyer joins the School as the Morgan Professor of Educational Innovation. He has been at Washington University since 1996 after obtaining his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago. His undergraduate degree, in computer science, was from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Faculty-staff picnic being held Friday

The 3rd Annual Peabody Picnic for faculty, staff, teaching assistants and research assistants will be held Friday, starting at noon at the Briar Chapel Clubhouse. Significant others and children are invited and food will be served. George Noblit and Friends will provide musical entertainment. The clubhouse is located at 16 Windy Knoll Circle in the Briar Chapel neighborhood off U.S. 15-501, six miles south of Chapel Hill. If you have not done so already, please RSVP today to Laurie Norman -

Dean McDiarmid attends conference, meeting, wins grant

Bill McDiarmid attended the annual KIPP Schools conference in Las Vegas with Wendy Borman and Taffye Clayton, vice provost for diversity and multicultural affairs and an adjunct faculty member in Leadership and Policy. UNC has a memorandum of understanding with the Gaston KIPP school. Subsequently, as a member of the national advisory board for the edTPA, McDiarmid participated in a meeting of teachers, teacher educators and policymakers in Palo Alto, Calif., to set the cut score for the edTPA. He also received a $25,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to supplement a grant he had received earlier from the Gates Foundation. With the assistance of doctoral student Katie Caprino, McDiarmid is collecting data as a basis for a monograph on "Lessons Learned from Teacher for a New Era." The Carnegie grant will enable him to convene a meeting of leaders from the TNE sites this fall to review his manuscript and make recommendations for future funding of teacher education projects.

Jeff Greene projects win $3.2 million in grant support

Two projects in which Associate Professor Jeff Greene is serving as co-principal investigator have won a total of $3.2 million in funding. The National Science Foundation awarded a $2 million Discovery Research K-12 Grant for a project entitled "Integrating Quality Talk Professional Development to Enhance Professional Vision and Leadership for STEM Teachers in High-Need Schools." Also, a project entitled "Quality Talk: Developing Students' Discourse to Promote Critical-Analytic Thinking, Epistemic Cognition, and High-Level Comprehension" won a $1.2 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences. The principal investigator on both projects is P. Karen Murphy of Penn State University.

Friel, Horner establish project with New Hope Elementary School

Susan Friel, professor of mathematics education, and Martinette Horner, the School of Education's Distinguished P-12 Educator, have established a project with New Hope Elementary School in which teachers, student teachers and School of Education faculty will work to deepen participants' content knowledge and instructional practice in literacy and mathematics centered on changes brought about by adoption of the Common Core State Standards. Seven student teachers will take part in the project, which is expected to go beyond the standard student and cooperating teacher placement requirements. The student teachers and cooperating teachers will participate in book study together, and take part in professional development work centered on mathematics instruction.

Grumet delivers keynote at Society for Educating Women conference

Madeline Grumet, professor of education, delivered the keynote address at the annual conference of the Society for Educating Women in July in St. Louis. The title of the talk was "Educated and Educating Women: The Reproduction of Smothering." The Society for Educating Women works to broaden, deepen, and more extensively share specialized knowledge, thought, and ongoing scholarship on women, gender and education.

US News & World Report shares Akos's tips for new high school students

Patrick Akos, professor of school counseling and educational leadership, was quoted in a US News & World Report story on its High School Notes blog entitled "3 Tips to Help Your Teen Transition to High School." Akos told the magazine that parents should expect a transition period for their child, and provided suggestions for helping make the move to high school. The story is available here.

English honored by National Council of Professors of Educational Administration

Fen English, the R. Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, has been honored by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration with its "Living Legend Award." English was honored at a banquet during the NCPEA's annual summer conference in New York City on Aug. 7. The NCPEA is the oldest professional organization of higher education faculty in educational administration in the country. English recently served as president of the organization, in a one-year term that ended August 2012. The Living Legend Award is given to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of educational administration. In his acceptance talk, English summarized his latest book "Educational Leadership in the Age of Greed," which explores what English describes as a 30-year-long concerted assault on public education. The book was published by NCPEA.

Cohen-Vogel article attracts attention among policymakers

An article by Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, published in the September issue of AERA's Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis has attracted attention from Washington think tanks and policymakers. The article, "Seniority Provisions in Collective Bargaining Agreements and the 'Teacher Quality Gap,'" finds that schools located in districts with bargaining rules that give senior teachers preference for transfers and leaves employ, on average, lower quality teachers. However, there is little in the study that suggests that the variation in teacher quality between more and less disadvantaged schools is explained by the determinativeness of union contract rules.

Cohen-Vogel hosts meeting to examine 'double-dosing'

With support from her work with the Southeast Regional Education Lab, Lora Cohen-Vogel, with the Carolina Institute for Public Policy, hosted math specialists from around North Carolina for a full-day meeting earlier this month at UNC's Center for School Leadership. The meeting brought researchers and practitioners together to discuss "double-dosing" in North Carolina. Double- dosing refers to a practice wherein students - particularly those who are struggling to perform on the state tests - receive an extra period (or more) of mathematics or reading during the school day in lieu of an elective or another subject. Early evidence from the project suggests that double-dosing is becoming prevalent in the state, particularly in high schools where as many as 30 percent of students may be receiving a double-dose of math alone.

Wooten elected director for International Society for Language Studies

Jennifer Wooten, clinical assistant professor of foreign language education, has been elected as a director-at-large for the International Society for Language Studies for a term running until 2016. She was also chosen to again co-chair the organization's biennial conference in June 2015, following the success of ISLS 2013 in June in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Leigh Hall joins IRA editorial board

Leigh Hall, associate professor of literacy studies, has been appointed to the International Reading Association's Editorial Review Board for Books.

LEARN NC wins contracts, pursues other projects

LEARN NC has won a $357,000 contract from the American Battle Memorial Commission to create and implement a blended professional development program for teachers with a focus on the World War I cemetery in Verdun, France. The project will be completed in conjunction with commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the war. The Transatlantic Teacher Scholars Program will immerse a blended cohort of middle and secondary level history teachers from North Carolina and Virginia in a joint study of the global perspectives of the World War I era. The project will focus specifically on the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Verdun. The participants will work with historians and other experts and rely upon historical sources from the Library of Congress to create online teaching kits that will be made available to teachers across the country.

Also, LEARN NC has been awarded a $47,000 contract by the Microsoft Corp. to create a set of interactive teaching resources to support their new online tool called ChronoZoom. As a visualization tool, CZ allows students to see big history - that is, the complete sequence of time itself - and the scale role of humanity in that timeline. By zooming down to specific topics, teachers are able to ask critical questions within the context of time and place. Showcase curriculum models will focus on topics of historical thinking, World War I and First Encounters.

Other LEARN NC activities:

  • LEARN NC was well-represented at the annual Dare 2 Learn Technology Conference hosted by Dare County Schools in June. Andy Mink, director of LEARN NC, presented eight sessions titled "Using Digital Textbooks to Create a Hands-on Classroom." Lesley Richardson and T.J. Wolfe presented eight sessions titled "STEM Resources in the Common Core Classroom." Kimberly Hirsh and Cristin Montabalano presented eight sessions titled "Math and the Common Core."
  • Staff members Mike Bamford and John Smith participated in seven-day educator courses with the N.C. Outward Bound School. LEARN NC works with NCOBS to support their work with educators through blended professional development.
  • Lesley Richardson completed a week-long internship at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. In June. She worked with teachers from across the country on how to organize and use materials from the Library of Congress collection, including ways in which LEARN NC has partnered with the library.
  • LEARN NC has been invited by Apple to join the company's "Beyond Campus" online professional development community.
  • LEARN NC has partnered with the Ocracoke Alive Foundation to develop a series of hands-on, interdisciplinary curriculum on the unique environmental and human history of the island. Using the 42-foot skipjack Wilma Lee as the classroom, LEARN NC is leading a team of assembled educators from public school divisions, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Kenan Fellows Program, and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.
  • LEARN NC has been awarded a gift to design a new collection of Best Practices in Literature and Literacy Instruction for publication. A cohort of eight in-service ELA teachers will create multi- media articles that connect their best practices with technology and student learning.
  • LEARN NC has been awarded a gift to develop curriculum and online course support for the Mini Page Digital Archive. The online course will class-source a new collection of best practices, culminating with a Teachers Institute in summer 2014.
  • LEARN NC has partnered with two funded proposals to the National Endowment of the Humanities, including the Digital Humanities Implementation Grant with a proposal titled "Serious Sims: Transforming Gaming in the Digital Humanities (Partnership with Hope College) and the Teacher Institute Grant with a proposal titled Beyond the Trail of Tears: A View From the Cherokee Homeland (partnership with NCCAT)."
  • LEARN NC representatives presented at several state and regional conferences over the summer, including:
    • Literocity! Conference with Pike County Public Schools, Indianapolis, IN (Andy Mink)
    • Pitt County Tech Fest, Greenville, NC (Lesley Richardson, Kimberly Hirsh, TJ Wolfe)
    • Dare County Technology Conference, Nags Head, NC (Richardson, Wolfe, Hirsh, Mink)
    • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Beaufort County Schools (Hirsh)
    • Kenan Fellows Program (Wolfe)
    • Colonial Williamsburg (Wolfe, Mink)
  • LEARN NC upgraded from Moodle 1.9 to Moodle 2.5 during the summer, resulting in much better effectiveness and utility in the portfolio of online courses.

Agger wins summer research fellowship

Charlotte Agger, a third-year doctoral student in Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation, was awarded a Summer Research Fellowship by the UNC Graduate School. This award is designed to support graduate students as they embark upon their dissertation research. Agger planned to use the fellowship to investigate several social and psychological factors, such as parental expectations, that influence gender-related achievement patterns in literacy.

FPG offering statistical methods workshop on Sept. 24

The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is holding a workshop for faculty, graduate students, researchers and others who want to learn more about statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data. The workshop will be held Sept. 24 at the institute in the Sheryl-Mar South Building in Carrboro. For more information and to register, visit

Faculty publish books, book chapters, articles

Kathleen Brown, professor of educational leadership, and Kerry Chisnall, a recent Ed.D. graduate working as principal of East Cary Middle School in Wake County, recently published a book chapter in the book "Middle Grades Curriculum Voices and Visions of the Self-Enhancing School." The title of their chapter is "From External Control to Self-Direction."

Assistant Professor Dana Thompson Dorsey is having her article, "Segregation 2.0: The new generation of school segregation in the 21st century," published as part of a special issue on School Re-segregation in the journal Education and Urban Society. Thompson Dorsey served as guest editor for the special issue of the journal, which will appear in September.

Assistant Professor Dana Thompson Dorsey's article "Growing C-D-R (Cedar): Working the intersections of interest convergence and whiteness as property in the affirmative action legal debate," co-authored with Terah T. Venzant Chambers was published online in the journal Race Ethnicity and Education. It will appear in hard copy in the coming months.

Jill Hamm, associate professor of educational psychology, and doctoral student Charlotte Agger, were among the authors of the article "Promotive peer contexts of schooling adjustment for rural African American early adolescents" published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Patrick Akos, professor of school counseling and educational leadership, and colleagues recently published articles about their CareerStart work in two AERA journals:

Woolley, M. E., Rose, R. A., Orthner, D. K., Akos, P. A., & Jones-Sanpei, H. (in press). Advancing academic achievement through career relevance in the middle grades: A longitudinal evaluation of CareerStart in the journal American Education Research Journal.

Rose, R., Woolley, M., Orthner, D., Akos, P., & Jones-Sanpei, H. (2012). Increasing teachers use of career relevant instruction: A randomized control trial of CareerStart in the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Cizek, G. J., Germuth, A. A., & Schmid, L. A. (2013). A checklist for evaluating K-12 assessment programs. Kalamazoo: The Evaluation Center, Western Michigan University. Full text in PDF form available here.

The postsecondary educational plans of rural youth with disabilities and their nondisabled peers. Weiss, Margaret P., Hutchins, Bryan C., Meece, Judith L.; Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals. Abstract available here.

Enhancing Peer Cultures of Academic Effort and Achievement in Early Adolescence: Promotive Effects of the SEALS Intervention. Hamm, Jill V.; Farmer, Thomas W.; Lambert, Kerrylin; Gravelle, Maggie. In Developmental Psychology, May 6, 2013. Abstract available here.

Greene, J. A., Dellinger, K., Binbasaran Tuysuzoglu, B., & Costa, L. (2013). A two-tiered approach to analyzing self-regulated learning process data to inform the design of hypermedia learning environments. In R. Azevedo & V. Aleven (Eds.), International Handbook of Metacognition and Learning Technologies (pp. 117-128).

Conceptual Foundations and Components of a Contextual Intervention to Promote Student Engagement During Early Adolescence: The Supporting Early Adolescent Learning and Social Success (SEALS) Model. By: Farmer, Thomas W.; Hamm, Jill V.; Lane, Kathleen L.; Lee, David; Sutherland, Kevin S.; Hall, Cristin M.; Murray, Robert A. Journal of Educational & Psychological Consultation. Apr-Jun2013, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p115-139. 25p. Details here.

Predictors of Bachelor's Degree Completion among Rural Students at Four-Year Institutions. By: Byun, Soo-yong; Irvin, Matthew J.; Meece, Judith L.. Review of Higher Education. Available here.

Comparative efficacy of leap, TEACCH and non-model-specific special education programs for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders. Boyd, Brian A. Hume, Kara McBee, Matthew T. Alessandri, Michael Gutierrez, Anibal Johnson, LeAnne Sperry, Laurie; Odom, Samuel L. ; Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Details here.

Brief report: Concurrent validity of autism symptom severity measures. Reszka, Stephanie S. Boyd, Brian A. McBee, Matthew Hume, Kara A., Odom, Samuel L.; Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Jun 27, 2013. Details here.

Young Athletes Program: Impact on Motor Development. By: Favazza, Paddy C.; Siperstein, Gary N.; Zeisel, Susan A.; Odom, Samuel L.; Sideris, John H.; Moskowitz, Andrew L. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. Details here.

Leading With Data: Evidence From the National Center on Scaling up Effective Schools. By: Cohen-Vogel, Lora; Harrison, Christopher. Leadership & Policy in Schools. Apr-Jun2013, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p122-145. Details here.

Vocabulary learning in Head Start: Nature and extent of classroom instruction and its contributions to children's learning. By: Hindman, Annemarie H.; Wasik, Barbara A. Journal of School Psychology. Jun2013, Vol. 51 Issue 3, p387-405. Details here.

Portugal's special education law: Implementing the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health in policy and practice. Sanches-Ferreira, Manuela; Simeonsson, Rune J.; Silveira-Maia, Monica; Alves, Silvia; Tavares, Ana; Pinheiro, Sara ; Disability and Rehabilitation: An International, Multidisciplinary Journal, Vol 35(10), May, 2013. Details here.

Development of student-teacher relationships in rural early elementary classrooms. By: Gallagher, Kathleen Cranley; Kainz, Kirsten; Vernon-Feagans, Lynne; White, Kelley Mayer. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Sep2013, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p520-528. Details here.

Introducing Noddings and the Symposium. By: Stone, Lynda. Educational Philosophy & Theory. May2013, Vol. 45 Issue 5, p482-487. Details here.

Promotive Peer Contexts of Academic and Social Adjustment Among Rural African American Early Adolescent Boys. By: Hamm, Jill V.; Lambert, Kerrylin; Agger, Charlotte A.; Farmer, Thomas W. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Apr2013, Vol. 83 Issue 2pt3, p278-288. Details here.

Using the Scientific Method to Guide Learning: An Integrated Approach to Early Childhood Curriculum. By: Gerde, Hope; Schachter, Rachel; Wasik, Barbara. Early Childhood Education Journal. Sep2013, Vol. 41 Issue 5, p315-323. Details here.

Nonstandard Maternal Work Schedules: Implications for African American Children's Early Language Outcomes. By: Odom, Erika C.; Vernon-Feagans, Lynne; Crouter, Ann C.. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, v28 n2 p379-387 2013. Details here.

The Affordance of Blogging on Establishing Communities of Practice in a Pre-Service Elementary Teacher Education Program. By: Justice, Julie; Anderson, Janice; Nichols, Kathleen. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v21 n1 p49-88 Jan 2013. Details here.

Hall, L.A., Burns, L.D., & Greene, H.T. (2013). Creating inclusive spaces for struggling readers. In E.T. Ortlieb & E.H. Cheeck (Eds.), School-based Interventions for Struggling Readers K-8, Volume III (pp. 219-240). Emerald Books. This book chapter was co-authored with Leslie Burns (of the University of Kentucky and and Heather Taxis Greene, an MEDX graduate.

Presentation: Leigh Hall. Moving beyond the margins: Using language to shift and maintain academic literacy positions. Paper presented at the International Society for Language Studies Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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