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Inc. magazine features Keith Sawyer book; Sawyer participates in Canada project

A recently published book by Keith Sawyer, Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, was the focus of an article on Sawyer's book, "Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity," offers tips on how to cultivate your creative potential. The article, "25 Ways to Be More Creative," described some of the tips in Sawyer's book. The article is available here. Meanwhile, Sawyer recently returned from a trip to the University of Guelph in Canada where he is a member of a new research center called International Institute for Critical Studies of Improvisation. The center is funded with a $2.6 million grant from the Canadian government to study improvisation throughout society. Sawyer's participation is to focus on the improvisational nature of teaching and learning.

Jeff Greene to present at Sept. 18 SOE Research Brown Bag

Jeff Greene will give the inaugural SOE Research Brown Bag talk of the year on Sept. 18. His topic: "Learning Styles, Multiple Intelligences, and Multitasking: Persistent Myths and Misunderstandings in Education." The session will be held in Peabody 02 at noon. Light lunches will be provided for approximately 25 people at each of this year's Brown Bag talks. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. '77, Ph.D. '80) and Metametrics, Inc.

Registration open for SCALE's 21st annual Read.Write.Act Conference

Registration has opened for the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education's annual Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference. The event seeks to connect college students at campus-based literacy groups, program administrators, higher education faculty, and nonprofit professionals from around the country with content specialists, community-based literacy organizations and other leaders in literacy. The Read.Write.Act. The conference is now in its 21st year. This is the sixth year of it being an online conference. The full conference schedule is available here: More details and a registration link are available here.

Parsons paper published

Eileen Parsons, associate professor of science education, has had a paper published. The paper, co-authored with three others, is entitled "An Examination of Black Science Teacher Educator's Experiences with Multicultural Education, Equity, and Social Justice." It's been published online by the Journal of Science Teacher Education, with a print version upcoming. The abstract and a link to the full article are available 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

Educational Leadership, Ed.D:
  • Jerry Buckner, who was hooded in May, is now the coordinator of student support services and school psychologist at the American International School in Dhaka, Bangladesh, an international school of 740 students, pre-K-12. It serves children of more than 40 nationalities whose parents are working in non-governmental organizations, embassies and other international agencies.
  • Derrick Jordan, who also was hooded in May, is now the interim superintendent of Chatham County Schools.
Master's in School Counseling:
  • Sarah Black, school counselor, Fuller Elementary School in Wake County.
  • Kevin Duquette, school counselor, Shepard Middle School in Durham.
  • Barbie Garayua-Tudryn, school counselor, FPG Elementary School, Chapel Hill.
  • McKinley Kane, teacher, Westminster Elementary School in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Kathryn Mauck, school counselor, Beacon Cove Intermediate School in Jupiter, Fla.
  • Maureen Shields, school counselor, Apex High School in Wake County.
  • Eve Vongchucherd, school counselor, Pheonix Academy High School in Chapel Hill.
  • Xiaoying Zhan, counselor, Roosevelt International Academy in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Sept. 18
SOE Brown Bag: Jeff Greene

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Sept. 24
Statistical methods workshop

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

Oct. 23
SOE Brown Bag: Sam Odom

Peabody 02

Nov. 13
SOE Brown Bag: Steve Knotek

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