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GSA brown bag on Wednesday features conference proposals, presentations

The Graduate Student Association will host a GSA Brown Bag lunch on Wednesday at noon in Peabody 02 entitled “Conference Proposals and Presentations.” The event will provide students with advice and tips about writing and submitting conference proposals and presenting at conferences. Guest speakers will include Professor Sharon Derry, the Thomas James Distinguished Professor in Experiential Learning; Brian Rybarczyk, director of Graduate Student Academic & Professional Development; and Nelson Brunsting, an advanced doctoral student in the School of Education. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Mariah Smith ( or Joseph Hooper (

Education Minor students presenting capstone projects Thursday

Faculty, students and staff are invited as six students in the Minor in Education program present their capstone projects on Thursday. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Peabody 206..

Symposium, graduate student visitation day, Alumni Awards dinner planned for Nov. 16

The School of Education will host its annual Alumni Awards dinner in conjunction with a daylong research symposium exploring the topic "Education for a New Era" on Nov. 16. The School’s annual graduate student visitation day will also be held that day, with attendees invited to attend some symposium events. The symposium will feature School of Education faculty leading discussions exploring hot topics in education. The Alumni Awards event will honor four alumni, and James Gallagher, senior scientist emeritus and former director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, will be given the Peabody Award, the School's highest honor. RSVP for the symposium or Alumni Awards events by sending an email to Laurie Norman, Prospective graduate students interested in attending the visitation day should contact Derek Neverosky at

In the media: Keith Sawyer post earns ‘Essential Read’ listing by Psychology Today

A post by Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, about the efficacy of brain imaging has been listed as an “Essential Read” by Psychology Today. Sawyer’s post examines whether imaging is currently helpful in understanding processes within the brain. In his “Zig Zag” post on the Psychology Today website published last week, Sawyer takes a look at the current technology used in monitoring activity inside the brain and explores whether that technology is proving helpful in understanding brain functions. The post is based on an article Sawyer wrote for Creativity Research Journal in 2011. The post is available here.

Alumna Amy Rickard named Chapel Hill-Carrboro Principal of the Year

Amy Rickard (A.B.Ed. ’94, M.S.A. ’00), principal at Morris Grove Elementary School in Chapel Hill has been named the 2013 Principal of the Year by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Rickard has served as principal at Morris Grove since it opened in 2007. Rickard earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Carolina’s School of Education, where she has served on the Alumni Council.

Book by FPG’s Sharon Ritchie, doctoral students being published

A new book written by Sharon Ritchie of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and a group of School of Education doctoral students is about to be published. The book, "FirstSchool: Transforming PreK-3rd Grade for African American, Latino, and Low-Income Children,” describes the FirstSchool project, which focuses on development and learning for 3- to 8-year-olds, particularly among minorities and low-income children. The graduate students who co-authored the book are Laura Gutmann, Adam Holland and Sandra Garcia. A book reception is scheduled for Dec. 12 at 4:30 p.m. at the Carolina Club. RSVP for the event here.

Gregory Cizek provides keynote address at test fraud conference

Gregory Cizek, the Guy B. Phillips Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, recently gave the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Conference on Statistical Detection of Test Fraud held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The title of his presentation was “Three Eras of Cheating Detection: An Illustrated History and Critique of Policy and Practice.”

In UNC media: Faculty learn with Outward Bound

The Daily Tar Heel today includes a story about three School of Education faculty members who took part in an Outward Bound experience during Fall Break. Martinette Horner, Cheryl Mason Bolick and Julie Justice took part in an Outward Bound wilderness course developed for educators. The group spent four days in the North Carolina mountains, making their way through the area around Table Rock in the Linville Gorge. The DTH story is here.

Doctoral student Summer Pennell article on black cowboys published in newsletter

An article about black cowboys and their experiences in the West has been published in “Tar Heel News” a newsletter of the N.C. council for the Social Studies. The article, entitled “He doesn’t look like the Lone Ranger,” describes explores a little understood facet of life in the West during the late 1800s and early 1900s, when blacks worked as cowboys. The article promotes the use of the archive of the Mini Page weekly newspaper feature for children, and LEARN NC lesson plans drawn from it. The article is available here (PDF).

Andy Mink presents professional development session

Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, provided professional development training to 25 North Carolina teachers at the NCCAT “Survive and Succeed" Institute at the Ocracoke Island Center this weekend. Teachers were introduced to the LEARN NC resources that are useful in creating a hands-on classroom environment.

LEARN NC staffers present at Bridging the GAP Conference

LEARN NC's Lesley Richardson and TJ Wolfe presented at the Bridging the GAP conference in Raleigh on October 14. Bridging the GAP is an annual conference whose goal is to strengthen K-16 STEM education throughout North Carolina by bringing together educators, business leaders, government officials and others who play a role in STEM education to share ideas and resources. The conference is organized by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research.

Bytes & Bagels event Nov. 13 looks at tech integration in classrooms

The School of Education’s “Bytes & Bagels” series kicks off again Nov. 13 with a presentation by Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, on integrating technology into classrooms. Mink will share that teachers need to modify their instructional model in ways that support student-driven classrooms, then identify technology tools that support instructional goals in new and compelling ways. The session will be held Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 10 .m. in Room 212. Faculty, students and staff are invited. Coffee and bagels provided!

Geoffrey Canada, Stanley Druckenmiller to appear Nov. 13

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone, will appear with investor Stanley Druckenmiller at a Robertson Scholars event entitled ”Generational Theft: The Impact of the Federal Budget on Young Americans.” The event will be held at Memorial Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but those planning to attend are asked to reserve a seat by RSVPing here.

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GSA Brown Bag: Conference Presentation Skills

Peabody 02

Nov. 6
GSA Brown Bag: N.C. Education Policy Update

Peabody 206

Nov. 13
SOE Brown Bag: Steve Knotek

Peabody 02

Nov. 16
Graduate Student Visitation Day

9a.m. through 5p.m.
Peabody Hall

Nov. 16
SOE Symposium: 'Education for a New Era'

9a.m. - 4p.m.
Carolina Inn

Nov. 16
2013 Alumni Awards Dinner

Carolina Inn