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GSA/CEPSA brown bag on Wednesday features education policy

The Graduate Student Association and the Carolina Education Policy Student Association will host a GSA Brown Bag talk on Wednesday entitled “Everything You Wanted to Know About North Carolina Education Policy (But Were Afraid to Ask).” The event will be held at noon in Peabody 206. Light refreshments will be offered, and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

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

Dean McDiarmid appointed to College Board panel

Dean Bill McDiarmid has been appointed by Chancellor Carol Folt to represent UNC-Chapel Hill on the College Board’s Academic Assembly Council. The council advises the College Board’s trustees and president on issues related to providing universal access to high standards of learning. Among other topics, the assembly addresses issues related to curriculum, assessment, the governance structure of schools and sustained professional development.

Sharon Palsha participating at Italian meeting examining Reggio Emilia approaches

Sharon Palsha, clinical associate professor of early childhood, is traveling to Italy this week where she will participate in a study group examining the Reggio Emilia approach to preschool. Palsha has a special interest in Reggio Emilia's world-renowned preschool's approach to including children with disabilities, or “special rights” as they are called in Reggio Emilia. Palsha’s book chapter on the topic "An Outstanding Education for ALL Children: Learning from Reggio’s Approach to Inclusion," was published in “Teaching and Learning: Collaborative Exploration of the Reggio Emilia Approach.” She also contributed to the chapter "Children with "Special Rights" in the Schools and Centers of Reggio Emilia" in the book “The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education.”

Doctoral students Nelson Brunsting, Melissa Sreckovic present at conference

Doctoral students Nelson Brunsting, Melissa Sreckovic presented at 37th Annual TECBD Conference on Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth in Tempe, Ariz. late last month. They presented a paper titled, “Special Education Teacher Burnout: What we Know and What we Need to Know Next” with Kathleen Lane. Sreckovic and Brunsting also presented a paper titled, “Targeting Peer Victimization and Students with ASD: Risk Factors, Prevalence, and Prevention” with former master’s student Eric Common.

Student Profile: Jillian Froelick took a life-changing journey

Jillian Froelick, a junior double majoring in sociology and child development and family studies, is the subject of a new student profile on the School’s website. Froelick is a Robertson Scholar who fell in love with teaching while working in an orphanage and a special needs classroom in Tanzania during a gap year before starting at Carolina. Froelick said she found that every day she could make a difference in a child’s life by teaching. As a Robertson Scholar, Froelick has special access to classes at Duke, where she plans to complete a certificate program in child policy research. Read the profile of Froelick here.

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.

In UNC media: Joseph Shelley profiled in ‘Meet a Tar Heel’ feature

Elementary education major Joseph Shelley ’14 is the subject of a “Meet a Tar Heel” feature on the Carolina website. The story examines the unusual path Shelley took to teaching, describing that he was home-schooled for much of his education. At the School of Education Shelley discovered a love for teaching and looks forward to a career in which he inspires a love of learning among his students. Read the feature, which first appeared on the School of Education’s website, here.

GSA calls for graduate student papers for January symposium

The Graduate Student Association is calling for papers to be presented at the seventh biennial School of Education Research Symposium. The event, titled “The Changing Landscape of Education: Research, Policy and Practice,” will take place on Jan. 11. The event will be coordinated by and feature presentations by School of Education graduate students. Organizers are encouraging all graduate students to participate and to share their current or recent research. Proposals should include an abstract of 150-300 words, proposed title, and brief author self-introduction. The deadline for proposals is Dec. 2. For more information or to submit a proposal, please email

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GSA Brown Bag: NC 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

Jan. 11
GSA Symposium: The Changing Landscape of Education

Details TBA