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LEARN NC joins in family history project

LEARN NC and the School of Education have entered a partnership with to create an inquiry-based approach to using family history in the middle and secondary grades classroom. The project will design lesson plans and teaching materials based on genealogical resources available through The project is supported by an award of $199,000 from In the project, which will also include the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative, professional educators will be given the opportunity to immerse in the suite of databases with UNC scholars and education experts, with the purpose of understanding the contextual questions that family history can answer. The project’s goal is to have teaching materials available for free download by fall.

LEARN NC holding iAuthor workshop on Tuesday

LEARN NC will be hosting a hands-on workshop titled Creating Digital Textbooks with iAuthor on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Apple instructional consultant Cathleen Richardson will lead the sessions and focus on the concept and utility of iBooks and the way in which content can be shared through the iTunesU system. iPads will be provided for use in this workshop. To register, please go here.

Gregory Cizek presenting workshop for Graduate School

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, will present a workshop for the UNC Graduate School’s Leadership Development Scholars Program on Tuesday. The topic will be “Assessment Strategies for Evaluating Instructional Interventions.” The audience is graduate students at Carolina who are serving as course instructors and who have been selected to refine their instructional and assessment skills relative to instructional innovations they have proposed for inclusion in their courses.

Doctoral student Christopher Harrison named to seminar

Christopher Harrison, a Ph.D. student in Policy, Leadership and School Improvement, has been awarded a seat at this year's David L. Clark Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy. The seminar brings together emerging educational administration and policy scholars and noted researchers for two days of presentations, generative discussion, and professional growth. The event will be held in April prior to the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia. Acceptance to the seminar is competitive, with about 40 chosen from more than 100 nominees.

Graduate student Mike Caprino’s mentoring work showcased

Graduate student Mike Caprino’s service as a mentor to an undergraduate student is showcased in a story by the UNC Graduate School. Caprino is a Ph.D. student in educational psychology and Royster Scholar who has taken part in a program to mentor Carolina Covenant students who are considering graduate school. Norman, a senior who is double-majoring in psychology and communication studies, is in the process of applying to several graduate schools. In an audio accompanying the story, Norman and Caprino talk about how the mentoring program has worked for them. The story is available here. The audio link is at the bottom of the story.

Andy Mink named to history council board

Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, has been asked to serve on the Board of Trustees for the National Council of History Education. His term begins this month. The National Council of History Education works to bring together historians, teachers, university faculty and others to ensure excellence in the teaching of history in schools. Among its activities, the council holds workshops for teachers, hosts an annual conference and advocates for providing professional development for teachers.

Honors students successfully defend theses

Julie Doran, Elementary Education: “An Exploration of Out of School Time Programs Designed for Low-Income Elementary Students in the United States.” Advisor: Dana Griffin. Readers: Sharon Palsha, Mandy Bean and Ariel Tichnor-Wagner.

Hannah Larson Goodnight, Early Childhood, Child Development and Family Studies: “Examining the Link between Receptive and Expressive Language Delay and its Effects on Externalized Behaviors in Young Children, Highlighting Strategies Teachers and Schools Can Implement to Promote Social Emotional Competence through Self-Regulation.” Advisor: Sandra Evarrs. Readers: Sharon Palsha, Hatice Ghulamani and Ariel Tichnor-Wagner.

Alecia Johnson, Middle Grades: “Post Secondary Aspirations of Rural versus Non-Rural First Generation High School Students.” Advisor: Judith Meece. Readers: Cathy Scott, Sharon Palsha, and Ariel Tichnor-Wagner. Johnson also presented the results of her study to the university’s First Generation College Student Committee.

Alumna Rebecca Pretzel (Ph.D. ’92) named institute associate director

Rebecca Edmondson Pretzel (Ph.D. ’92) has been named associate director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. CIDD provides services, research, and training relevant to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Pretzel is a psychologist and associate professor of psychiatry who has worked with many N.C. service agencies to raise the level of care for people with developmental disabilities and for services to support their families. She had been serving as Act Early Ambassador in North Carolina, a program directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed to improve early identification of young children with or at risk for developmental delays. She replaces Stephen Hooper, who was appointed chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences at UNC.

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