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Knotek to give SOE Research Brown Bag talk on Wednesday

Steve Knotek, associate professor of school psychology, will give the SOE Research Brown Bag talk entitled "Developing Consultation and Skills: ESL and Regular Classroom Teachers Working Together." The talk begins at noon, and will be held in Peabody 02. 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.

Symposium, graduate student visitation day, Alumni Awards dinner Saturday

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

Bytes & Bagels event Wednesday 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 from 9 a.m. to 10 .m. in Room 212. Faculty, students and staff are invited. Coffee and bagels provided!

Five School of Education faculty books included in Bull’s Head newsletter

Five books by School of Education faculty members are included in this semester’s “UNC Faculty Titles” newsletter put out by the Bull’s Head Bookshop last week. Included in the newsletter, which touts books by faculty members from across the UNC campus, are

  • Sherick Hughes: “Autoethnography: Process, Product and Possibility for Education Research in the Social Sciences,” published by SAGE.

  • George Noblit: “Culturally Relevant Arts Education for Social Justice: A Way Out of No Way,” published by Routledge.

  • Xue Lan Rong: “Educating Asian Americans: Achievement, Schooling, and Identities,” published by Information Age Publishing.

  • Keith Sawyer: “Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity,” published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley.

  • William Ware: “Introductory Statistics: A Conceptual Approach Using R,” published by Routledge.

Geoffrey Canada, Stanley Druckenmiller to appear Wednesday

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.

LEARN NC working with ChronoZoom

Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, provides an overview of how LEARN NC is putting ChronoZoom to work in a new post on “The Well” blog. ChronoZoom, a product developed by Microsoft, is an online tool designed to help teach history, allowing users to “zoom in” to deeper levels of an historical timeline. LEARN NC is working with historians and teachers to develop curricula using ChronoZoom. Read more about the work here.

Doctoral student Brooke Midkiff participates at UCEA conference

Doctoral student Brooke Midkiff presented at the University Council for Educational Administration’s annual conference. Midkiff participated in a symposium chaired by Robert Crowson of Vanderbilt University entitled “The New Politics of Local Schooling,” and shared her work with Lora Cohen-Vogel on "Understanding Federal Involvement in Education From the Perspective of Local Conditions and Traditions," with a focus on extended instruction as a local response to federal mandates.

GSA holding food drive

Join the School of Education’s Graduate Student Association and help families in need by donating canned goods and boxed foods. The food drive will take place from Monday, Nov. 18 to Friday, Nov. 22. A donation box will be placed outside of the graduate student lounge on the second floor. All items will be donated to the Inter-Faith Council of Chapel Hill. If you have any questions please contact Domonique Bulls (

LEARN NC staffers present at World View Event

LEARN NC's Lesley Richardson, TJ Wolfe, Kimberly Hirsh, Summer Pennell and Helen Avis presented and participated in the World View K-12 Global Education Symposium 2013: Population and Global Migration. This symposium offered general and concurrent sessions examining the world’s most pressing challenges and resources for integrating global themes across the curriculum. The symposium was held October 23-24 at the Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill. The event was organized by World View, a program established in 1998 by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to help K-12 schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges prepare students to succeed in an interconnected, diverse, and multicultural world.

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

LEARN NC’s ‘Instructify’ takes a look at ‘PhET’ science-teaching tool

“Instructify,” LEARN NC’s blog that looks at tech tools for teachers, examines PhET, which enables students to interact with simulated sciences experiments. Each simulation is designed by a team made up of a software developer, scientist, teacher and students. Read more about PhET at the “Instructify” blog here.

Faculty publish papers, chapters

Among recent publications by School of Education faculty:

Lynne Vernon-Feagans was among the authors of the chapter “Recruitment of the Family Life Project Sample,” published in “Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.” The abstract is available here.

Catherine Marshall is one of the authors of the article “Social Justice Competencies and Career Development Practices” in the Canadian Journal of Counseling and Psychotherapy. The abstract is available here.

Patrick Akos and doctoral student Bryan Hutchins co-authored the article “Rural High School Youth’s Access to and Use of School-to-Work Programs,” appearing in Career Development Quarterly. The abstract is here.

Sherick Hughes was a co-author of the article “Critical Race Pedagogy 2.0: Lessons from Derrick Bell,” appearing in the journal Race, Ethnicity & Education. The abstract is here.

Sherick Hughes and George Noblit were among the co-authors of the article “Derrick Bell’s Post-Brown Moves Toward Critical Race Theory” in the journal Race, Ethnicity & Education. The abstract is here. Hughes also provided the introduction to the special issue of the journal, which honored Bell’s contributions to critical race theory.

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SOE Brown Bag: Steve Knotek
Peabody 02

Graduate Student Visitation Day

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

SOE Symposium: 'Education for a New Era'

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

2013 Alumni Awards Dinner

Carolina Inn

Jan. 11
GSA Symposium: The Changing Landscape of Education

Details TBA