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Lora Cohen-Vogel listed in newest Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

Lora Cohen-Vogel, the Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, has been named again to the 2014 edition of the “Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.” The rankings are completed by Frederick M. Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. The intent of the list is to rank the 200 scholars who have had the biggest impact on public discussion of education. Cohen-Vogel was ranked No. 185. The full list is available here.

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.

Kathleen Brown presenting to N.C. DPI today

Kathleen Brown, professor of educational leadership, is presenting a report today on North Carolina Regional Leadership Academies to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The report is part of the work of the Race-to-the-Top Evaluation Team of which Brown is a member. The report will describe the findings of the second year of activities for the academies, such as recruitment, selection, training and placements for cohorts one through three.

Colloquium series to explore leveraging policy research

The School of Education’s second annual Education Policy Colloquium Series kicks off later this month, offering three talks aimed at exploring how educational researchers can leverage their findings in advocacy work. The first talk, on Jan. 22, features Chris Swanson of Education Week who will give a talk entitled “Putting Educational Research in the Hands of the Media, the Public and Decision-Makers.” Swanson’s talk will begin at 9:30 a.m. and be held in Room 02. Other speakers will be Ted Fiske, a former New York Times reporter who focused on education issues, on Feb. 12, and Judith Rizzo of the Hunt Institute on March 5. Both those talks will begin at noon.

New publications

Kelly Ryoo has a new paper -- “Designing guidance for interpreting dynamic visualizations: Generating versus reading explanations” – published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching. The study explores which forms of guidance, generating explanations or reading explanations, can best support middle school students’ learning with dynamic visualizations. The results of this study show that both reading and generating explanations helped students interpret the visualization, but generating explanations was more beneficial. The article is available here.

Juan Carrillo has a new publication – “The Unhomely in Academic Success: Latino Males Navigating the Ghetto Nerd Borderlands” – in the journal Culture, Society & Masculinities. The article analyzes Mexican-origin “scholarship boys” and their identities and coping strategies as they work to achieve academic success. The article is available here.

SOE group visits Thailand

Two School of Education faculty members and four graduate students visited Thailand, invited to participate in a conference and workshop entitled "International Conference New Directions for Research and Evaluation." George Noblit and Rita O’Sullivan were joined by students Summer Pennell, Johnavae Campbell, Jessie Caine and Hillary Parkhouse on the trip. Noblit’s workshop was called "Meta-Ethnography Workshop" and O’Sullivan’s was a collaborative evaluation workshop.

Graduate student recruitment event, symposium planned for Feb. 8

The School of Education will host a graduate student recruitment event on Feb. 8, coinciding with the Graduate Student Association’s Research Symposium. The recruitment event’s welcome from the dean is at 9:30 a.m., followed by meetings with faculty members and advisors, then sessions on SOE academic programs and research and teaching opportunities. The GSA Student Research Symposium begins at noon.

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Jan. 22
Education Policy Colloquium Series: Chris Swanson

Peabody 02
9:30 a.m.
SOE Research Brown Bag: Keith Sawyer
Peabody 02
Noon

Feb 8.
Graduate student recruitment event

9:30 a.m. to noon
Peabody Hall

GSA Symposium: The Changing Landscape of Education
Noon
Peabody Hall

Feb. 19
SOE Research Brown Bag: Pat Ashley

Peabody 02
Noon