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Alumna Paula Myrick Short wins Master Professor Award

Paula Myrick Short (M.Ed. '70, Ph.D. '83), has been awarded the Master Professor Award by the University Council for Educational Administration. Short is senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Houston and senior vice chancellor for the University of Houston System. The award goes to professors who meet many criteria such as having a sustained record as outstanding teachers and having a record of promoting educational innovation in the classroom. Short was recently appointed as provost at UH, following a decade-long tenure as vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents. She also has served as associate vice president for academic affairs for the University of Missouri System and department head of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Details about Short and her award are here.

Alumnus Brian Devore named Georgia’s Elementary PE Teacher of the Year

Brian Devore (A.B.Ed. '89), who teaches and coaches at Mountain View Elementary School in Marietta, Ga., has been named Georgia's 2013 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. The award was given by the Georgia chapter of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at the group’s annual meeting in October. Additionally, Devore was also the recipient of the 2013 Georgia AHPERD Honor Award for outstanding contributions to the organization, which he has served as president. It is the highest honor given by Georgia AHPERD. Devore blogs about his work here.

Dec. 12 reception planned to celebrate ‘FirstSchool’ book

A reception will be held on Dec. 12 to celebrate the publication of a new book about the FirstSchool project. The book – "FirstSchool: Transforming PreK-3rd Grade for African American, Latino, and Low-Income Children" – was edited by Sharon Ritchie of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, with co-editor Laura Gutmann, a School of Education doctoral student. Others contributing to the book were graduate students Adam Holland ('13) and Sandra Garcia. The reception will be held at the Carolina Club, beginning at 4:30 p.m. People planning to attend may RSVP here.

Faculty-staff holiday party set for Dec. 13

The School of Education’s faculty-staff holiday party will be held on Friday, Dec. 13. The party will be held in the Upper Club of the Blue Zone in the east end of Kenan Stadium. It starts at 4:30 p.m. and will be catered by Rocky Top Catering. Parking will be plentiful on Stadium Drive or in the Ram’s Head deck. Please RSVP to Laurie Norman,, by Dec. 6.

Dec. 2 deadline for graduate student proposals 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

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 (

‘The Well’ post describes curriculum materials addressing poverty

“The Well,” a blog hosted by LEARN NC, has a new post that describes the work of Brian McDonald, a teacher at Jordan High School in Durham who has worked with the UNC Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity to design curriculum materials focusing on poverty in America. The curriculum is divided into six units: the American Dream, the Great Depression, the War on Poverty, measuring poverty, financial literacy, and special populations. Each unit includes a PowerPoint, a list of terms and concepts, readings, and other suggested resources such as websites, video clips, books and films. The curriculum is available for all teachers on the Center’s website.

Free yoga classes offered to faculty, staff and students

Franklin Street Yoga is offering free classes for School of Education faculty, staff and students during the week of Dec. 2-8. More information about the studio and class schedules can be found:

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Dec. 6
GSA Winter Social

Anne Bryan's Home
6 p.m.

Dec. 12
FirstSchool Book Reception

Carolina Club

Dec. 13
SOE Faculty-Staff Holiday Party

Kenan Stadium Blue Zone

Jan. 11
GSA Symposium: The Changing Landscape of Education

Details TBA

Graduate student recruitment event
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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