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New Master’s of Education in ESL being launched

The School of Education is launching a new Master’s of Education in English as a Second Language. The new program, launching in the summer, will have a strong emphasis on research-based, additive pedagogical practices, academic excellence, and social justice education. The program is intended for practicing teachers interested in furthering their knowledge and skills to support culturally and linguistically diverse students' English language development and academic success. Teachers who successfully complete the program requirements can earn an M.Ed. and the recommendation for master’s level licensure, ESL K-12. The new MEdX in ESL program is accepting applications for admission for the 2014-2016 cohort. Information on the program can be found on the School of Education website here.

LEARN NC participation in ChronoZoom project profiled in video

LEARN NC’s work with Microsoft and its ChronoZoom tool is profiled in a video produced by Microsoft Research. ChronoZoom is an online tool designed to help teach history, allowing users to “zoom in” to deeper levels of an historical timeline. The video, available here, shows how LEARN NC is working with historians and teachers in Greensboro and St. Louis to develop curricula using ChronoZoom. The work has been presented at the National Council of Social Studies Annual Conference, with other workshops scheduled for the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in January and the National Council of History Education in March.

Kelly Ryoo receives award to support her research

Kelly Ryoo, assistant professor of learning sciences, has received a Junior Faculty Development Award. The $7,250 award, given by the UNC Committee on Faculty Research and Study Leaves, will go to support Ryoo’s research.

Eric Houck commentary on teacher talent allocation published

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, has had a commentary published in the Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform. The article is entitled "Comment on Brent Beal's and Heather Olson Beal's “Rethinking the Market Metaphor: School Choice, the Common Good, and the National Football League." The commentary, and the article to which it refers, consider how teacher talent should be deployed among schools, and whether incentives should be used to entice high-performing teachers to work in struggling schools. Houck’s commentary is available here.

Keith Sawyer delivers keynote

Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in Boston on Dec. 4. The title of Sawyer’s address was “Educating for Creativity.”

Lynne Vernon-Feagans participates in panel discussion

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, the William C. Friday distinguished Professor of Early childhood, Intervention and Literacy, took part in a panel discussion at a conference co-hosted by the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity and the UNC Program on Public Life at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The conference – entitled "Poverty, Partnerships and the Public Good: A Call for Engagement by North Carolina Institutions" – was held on Nov. 25. The event was a day-long convening to discuss the challenges faced by low-income North Carolinians and the opportunities for public and private institutions to address those challenges.

Team wins grant to develop global competency tool

A team of graduate students – Jessie Cain, Hillary Parkhouse and Ariel Tichnor-Wagner – along with Associate Professor Jocelyn Glazier have been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Longview Foundation. The funds will be used to validate the Globally Competent Teaching rubric that was developed by the team and to partner with LEARN NC and World View to create a web-based user guide to accompany the rubric that will be available in the upcoming year. The goal of the rubric is to be used as a tool for personal growth for teachers and the web-based user guide is intended to facilitate the development of global competence.

LEARN NC co-hosting digital story-telling workshop

LEARN NC and the Center for Digital Storytelling are co-hosting a iPad Digital Storytelling Workshop March 27-29. The workshop will focus on the strategies and technologies of creating a digital narrative with a special emphasis on classroom application. The workshop will help participants create powerful first-person narratives using the audio and visual digital capabilities of the iPad. More information is available here.

Reception planned Thursday to celebrate ‘FirstSchool’ book

A reception will be held on Thursday 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 Friday

The School of Education’s faculty-staff holiday party will be held on Friday. 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. Those planning to attend should have already RSVPed to Laurie Norman by now.

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Thursday
FirstSchool Book Reception

Carolina Club
4:30p.m.

Friday
SOE Faculty-Staff Holiday Party

Kenan Stadium Blue Zone
4:30p.m.

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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Noon

Feb. 19
SOE Research Brown Bag: Pat Ashley

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Noon