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Grad Student Visitation, symposium, Alumni Awards dinner

Peabody Hall and The Carolina Inn were abuzz on Saturday as the School hosted its Graduate Student Visitation Day, a research symposium and the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner. More than 100 prospective graduate students had registered for the Visitation Day. The daylong “Symposium: Education for a New Era” brought faculty and alumni together to discuss a variety of topics. A Twitter stream captured some of the discussion, which can be viewed by searching for the hashtag #soenewera. The day was capped with the Alumni Awards Dinner, during which Jim Gallagher, former director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, was honored with the Peabody Award. Four alumni – Ben Matthews, Iris Weiss, Frank Comfort and John Bemis – also received awards.

Kelly Ryoo wins Spencer Foundation grant

Kelly Ryoo, assistant professor of learning sciences, has won a one-year, $44,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation to support her work on the effectiveness of using visualizations to teach science topics. The grant will be used to support a study titled “Visualizing Science to Support English Language Learners’ Science Learning in Linguistically Heterogeneous Mainstream Classrooms.” Ryoo studies the use of visualizations, similar to computer-based animations, which can be manipulated by students who are learning about scientific concepts. The method is designed to help students learn the concepts before mastering the scientific vocabulary associated with them. Ryoo’s Spencer-backed study will explore the effects of dynamic and static visualizations in web-based inquiry instruction on English Language Learners and non-ELLs’ science learning in mainstream classrooms.

Juan Carrillo named conference junior faculty fellow

Assistant Professor Juan Carrillo has been named a 2014 Junior Faculty Fellow of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. The fellowship provides Carrillo with funding to attend the AAHHE’s national conference, “America's Prosperity: The Academic Success of Hispanics," to be held in Costa Mesa, Calif., in March.

Faculty-staff Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday

The annual Thanksgiving lunch for School of Education faculty and staff will be held on Thursday. The event begins at 11:30 a.m., and will be held in Peabody 02. All food will be provided. Those planning to attend should have RSVPed to Laurie Norman.

CCEE hosts Model U.N. practice session for local high schoolers

Fifty-two high school students took part in the Fifth Annual “miniMUNCH” Model U.N. event Saturday at the CCEE, organized by Bjorn Hennings and chaired by members of the Carolina International Relations Association at UNC-CH. Students from Carrboro High, Chapel Hill High, East Chapel Hill High, and Leesville Road High School participated, debating the situation in Syria. MiniMUNCH is a one-day Model U.N. training conference that provides new members of local high school Model U.N. clubs the opportunity to practice in an informal setting and learn the procedures and rules that are in place at larger high school Model U.N. conferences at UNC and Duke.

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 (

Doctoral student Brooke Midkiff participates at ASHE conference

Doctoral student Brooke Midkiff presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education's annual conference last week. Brooke presented her research in a scholarly research session about the intersectionality of faculty identities. Brooke's research offered an exploration of women faculty's experiences and perceptions in higher education in regards to the effects of feminism.

Doctoral students have article accepted for publication

Doctoral students Justin Garwood, Nelson Brunsting and Leslie Fox have had their article – “Improving Reading Comprehension and Fluency Outcomes for Adolescents with Emotional-Behavioral Disorders: Recent Research Synthesized” – accepted for publication in the journal Remedial and Special Education. Garwood is a third-year student in the Early Childhood, Special Education and Literacy strand. Brunsting, also a third-year doctoral student, is in the Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation strand. Fox is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Early Childhood, Special Education and Literacy strand.

GSA holding Winter Social on Dec. 6

The School’s Graduate Student Association is holding a Winter Social for graduate students and their significant others on Dec. 6. The event will be held at Anne Bryan’s home (210 Hillcrest Circle). The GSA will provide food, with attendees encouraged to bring your favorite beverage. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Those planning to attend are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. RSVP by Dec. 2, either on the SOE GSA Facebook page, or by emailing Cheryl ( or Danielle (

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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Faculty-Staff Thanksgiving Lunch
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Dec. 6
GSA Winter Social

Anne Bryan's Home
6 p.m.

Jan. 11
GSA Symposium: The Changing Landscape of Education

Details TBA

Jan. 22
SOE Research Brown Bag: Keith Sawyer

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Feb. 19
SOE Research Brown Bag: Pat Ashley

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