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FPG offering statistical methods workshop on Tuesday

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 Tuesday at the institute in the Sheryl-Mar South Building in Carrboro. For more information and to register, visit

GSA hosting brown bag discussion Wednesday on graduate school milestones

The Graduate Student Association will host a brown bag event on Wednesday at which Anne Bryan, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for the School of Education, will explain the milestones in a graduate student's career at the School. The event will begin at noon in Peabody 02. Food will be served and all attendees will have the opportunity to enter a raffle.

Judith Meece presenting Oct. 3 webinar on rural youth transitions

Judith Meece, professor of educational psychology, will discuss the challenges and successes that rural schools and communities have experience in helping students make the transition to college, careers and adult life in a webinar scheduled for Oct. 3. Meece will present findings from her Rural High School Aspirations Study. Also, two assistant superintendents from rural school districts in the Southwest will share their successes and challenges in helping rural youth transition to college and careers. The webinar is free and open to the public. It is being presented by the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest at SEDL, an Austin, Texas-based organization that works to disseminate knowledge about educational research findings. More information and a registration link are available here.

Steve Knotek, Rune Simeonsson publish chapters in book

Steve Knotek, associate professor of school psychology, and learning sciences and psychological studies, and Rune Simeonsson, professor of school psychology and early childhood education, have each published a chapter in the "Handbook of Response to Intervention in Early Childhood." Both had students as co-authors. Knotek's chapter, co-authored with Carly Hoffend and Kristina Ten Haagen, was entitled "Using Consultation to Support the Implementation of Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Settings." Simeonsson's chapter, co-authored with Yi Pan, is entitled "Prevention: A Public Health Framework." More information about the book may be found here.

Kelley Dull Ponder (M.Ed. '02) wins school's Teacher of Year honor

Kelley Dull Ponder (M.Ed. '02), a school counselor at Croswell Elementary School in Easley, S.C., has been honored with the school's Teacher of the Year award. Ponder was nominated by teachers at the school, as there is no counselor of the year award. With the award, Ponder became a finalist for the Teacher of the Year honor in the School District of Pickens County. In 2008, Ponder was a semi-finalist for National Counselor of the Year.

John Claude Bemis (A.B.Ed. '95, M.Ed. '03) shares tips on writing for children

Children's book author John Claude Bemis (A.B.Ed. '95, M.Ed. '03) was one of the guests on WUNC-FM's "The State of Things" program, exploring what makes for popular children's literature. Bemis, who taught elementary school for 13 years and lives in Hillsborough, is the author of the "The Prince Who Fell From the Sky" and "The Clockwork Dark Trilogy." He is serving as the first Piedmont Laureate for Children's Literature. The interview is available here.

Oct. 7 talk by author Michael Wenger to explore bias issues

Michael Wenger, the author of "My Black Family, My White Privilege: A White Man's journey Through the Nation's Racial Minefield," will give a talk on Oct. 7. The visit is co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies and Literacies program and the Frank Porter Graham Race, Ethnicity and Culture (RACE) Committee. Wenger served as deputy director for outreach and program development for President Clinton's Initiative on Race. His personal story includes that he grew up in a working-class Jewish family from New York City and married an African-American woman from rural North Carolina. In his presentation, Wenger helps people explore the bias that people of color confront every day in the U.S. The talk will be held in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Culture and Black History, in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room. The talk begins at 3 p.m.

UNC media mentions: Minor in Education, TRI in The Daily Tar Heel

The Daily Tar Heel took a look at the Minor in Education in its Sept. 18 edition, saying the minor is "flourishing." "After only two years, the education minor has exceeded the long-term expectations of leaders of the UNC School of Education," the newspaper said. In its third year, the minor already has more than 100 students enrolled, which was the enrollment target for fourth of fifth year, George Noblit, coordinator of the minor, told the paper. The article is available here.

The Daily Tar Heel also described the Targeted Reading Intervention developed by a team led by Lynne Vernon-Feagans, the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy. The DTH's article, entitled "Education students coaching rural teachers via webcam," described in its online edition today how the TRI program works and how it has been deployed in Hertford, Wayne and Warren counties during the past three years. The story quotes Vanessa Jeter of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction saying that TRI has led to improved reading scores in classrooms involved in the program. The article is available here.

School of Education gives rousing welcome to Chancellor Folt, Provost Dean

Want to see how the School of Education greets its new chancellor and provost when they come for their first visit? Check out the video on the School's Facebook page, here. The two visited the School for two hours on Friday, receiving an orientation to the School's work from faculty and graduate students.

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

  • Matthew Irvin (2006) is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina.
  • Brett Jones (1997) is a professor at Virginia Tech University.
  • Tamara Nimkoff (2005) is a research analyst at Westat in Durham.
  • Gitanijali Saluga (1999) is a research fellow at the National Institutes of Child Health & Human Development.
  • Julie Schrock (2000) is an associate professor at Meredith College in Raleigh.
  • Deborah Speece (1984) is associate dean of research and faculty development at Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Carl Swartz (1987) is executive director of learning science and technology at MetaMetrics, Inc. in Durham.
  • Lynn Williford (1992) is assistant provost at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Noreen Yazejian (1998) is a research investigator at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

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Statistical methods workshop

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

LEARN NC webinar on K-5 Common Core math

3:30 p.m.

Oct. 3
Judith Meece webinar: Aspirations of Rural Youth

2:15 p.m.

Oct. 7
Author talk: Michael Wenger

3 p.m.
Stone Center, Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

Oct. 23
SOE Brown Bag: Sam Odom

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Nov. 13
SOE Brown Bag: Steve Knotek

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