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Houck co-authors paper examining effects of resegregation in Wake, Charlotte schools

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, is co-author of the article "The Life and Death of Desegregation Policy in Wake County Public School System and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools," appearing in the September edition of the journal Education and Urban Society. In the article, Houck and co-author Sheneka Williams of the University of Georgia, examine the changes in resegregation in the two school systems and how they have affected educational outcomes. The article appears in an edition of the journal edited by Assistant Professor Dana Thompson Dorsey. The text of Houck's article is available here.

Other recent publications:

Able, H., Ghulamini, H., Mallous, R., and Glazier, J. (in press). Service learning: A promising strategy for connecting future teachers to the lives of diverse children and their families. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.

Hooper, S., Costa, L. C., McBee, M., Anderson, K., Yerby, D., Childress, A., & Knuth, S. (2013). A written language intervention for at-risk second grade students: a randomized controlled trial of the process assessment of the learner lesson plans in a tier 2 response-to-intervention (RtI) model. Annuals of Dyslexia, 63(1), 44-64.

Marshall provides keynote at Swiss conference

Catherine Marshall, professor of educational leadership and policy, was the invited keynote speaker at a conference at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland in June. Marshall spoke on "Education Policy from a Feminist Perspective" during the conference on Democracy, Curriculum, and Gender Equity. European participants seemed particularly interested in hearing about trends in U.S. policy, how those trends failed to address many gender-related questions, and then in hearing of ways to re-frame policy questions.

Rong's book reviewed in Harvard Educational Review

A book co-edited by Xue Rong, professor of social studies education, was the subject of a positive review in Harvard Educational Review. Rong's book, "Asian American Education - Identities, Racial Issues, and Languages," serves as "a collection of empirical research on the educational experiences of Asian Americans that paints a richer and more complex story and challenges common perceptions," the review says. Rong's co-editor was Russell Endo of the University of Colorado. The review is online here.

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

Where are they now?

Following are some updates on where some of our recent graduates have gotten jobs. For future editions of the Peabody Pulse, please send short notes about others to

Culture, Curriculum and Change, Ph.D.:
  • Jonathan Bartels, a 2013 graduate, is an assistant professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
  • Jamie Lathan, a 2013 graduate, is dean of distance learning at the N.C. School for Science and Math in Durham.
  • Jessica Powell, a 2013 graduate, is an assistant professor at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, N.Y.
  • Kay Ringer, a summer 2013 graduate, is an assistant professor in the Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education Department at East Carolina University.
  • Lara Willox, a 2011 graduate of the program, has been named director of the school improvement doctoral program at the University of West Georgia.
Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation, Ph.D.:
  • Samantha Burg is a research associate, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
  • Heather Koons is a senior researcher, MetaMetrics, Durham.
  • Jane Robertson is a professor of practice in the Department of Statistics, Virginia Tech.
  • Sharyn Rosenberg is associate director for psychometrics, National Assessment Governing Board, Washington, D.C.
  • Adrienne Sgammato is a psychometrician, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, N.J.
Educational Leadership, Ed.D:
  • Marguerita Best is director of the Gateway to College program, Durham Technical Community College.
  • Matt Proto '12 recently accepted a new position at Stanford University as assistant dean of admission for marketing and communications.
Master of Arts in School Administration:
  • Rebecca E. Arroyo, who completed the M.S.A. program in May, is assistant principal, Haliwa Saponi Tribal School in Hollister, N.C.
  • Stephanie Covill is assistant principal at Githens Middle School in Durham.
  • Caroline Fletcher completed the M.S.A. program as a N.C. Principal Fellow and is now assistant principal at West Lake Elementary in Apex.
  • Rob Frescoln is assistant principal at Grey Culbreth Middle School in Chapel Hill.
  • David Gaudet is assistant principal at Davis Drive Middle School in Wake County.
  • Wendy Menachery is assistant principal at Hilburn Academy in Wake County.
  • Michael Sasscer recently graduated as a Principal Fellow and is now the assistant principal of Smith Elementary School in the Alamance-Burlington School System.
  • Xavier R. King is assistant principal at Middle Creek High School in Cary.
Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation, M.A.:
  • Jennifer Beimers is a psychometrician, Pearson, Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Elizabeth Greive is a research associate and instructor, N.C. State University, Raleigh.
Elementary Education:
  • Alex Alfarro, Efland Cheeks Elementary, Efland, N.C.
  • Omar Currie, Efland Cheeks Elementary, Efland, N.C.
  • Katie Fischetti, Quest Academy, Raleigh.
  • Hank Samuels, Burton Magnet Elementary School, Durham.
  • Morgan Smith, Cameron Park Elementary, Hillsborough.
  • Mina Trigonis, Morris Grove Elementary, Chapel Hill.
Child Development and Family Studies:
  • Shantale Jacobs, Hillsborough Elementary, Hillsborough.

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Sept. 24
Statistical methods workshop

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FPG Child Development Institute