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Alumna Amy Rickard named regional principal of the year

Amy Rickard (A.B.Ed. '94, M.S.A. '00), principal of Morris Grove Elementary School in Chapel Hill, has been named the 2014 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for the Piedmont Triad/Central Region. Rickard joins seven other regional principals of the year to compete for the 2014 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year title. Rickard has been with the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools district since 1999 and has served as principal of Morris Grove Elementary since it opened in 2007. Rickard serves on the School of Education’s Alumni Council.

Hussman Colloquium Series hosts Christopher Swanson on Wednesday

Christopher Swanson, vice president of research and development for Editorial Projects in Education, the publisher of Education Week, will speak on Wednesday as part of the Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series. Swanson’s talk is entitled “Putting Research in the Hands of the Media, the Public and Decision-Makers.” The talk will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Peabody 02. Coffee and pastries will be provided. Swanson previously held positions as the director of the EPE Research Center, a division of the Editorial Projects in Education, and as a senior research associate at the Urban Institute. He has served on advisory panels for groups such as the National Governors Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Alliance for Excellent Education, and has been called on by the Department of Education and the Government Accountability Office to advise on issues related to graduation rates. More information about this year’s Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series is available here.

Keith Sawyer to give SOE Brown Bag talk Wednesday

Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, will give an SOE Brown Bag talk on Wednesday. The talk will begin at noon in Peabody 02. Sawyer, who joined the School of Education faculty this year, is an author and researcher who studies creativity, innovation and learning, with a focus on collaborating groups and teams. Light lunches will be provided for approximately 25 people at each of this year's Brown Bag talks. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. '77, Ph.D. '80) and Metametrics, Inc.

LEARN NC’s ‘The Well’ features project examining turnaround schools

“The Well,” LEARN NC’s blog about Carolina education research, has taken a look at a recent study in which Kathleen Brown, professor of education leadership, took part. As the ‘Well’ post describes, according to the 2013 N.C. Department of Public Instruction accountability reports, 28 percent of North Carolina’s schools did not meet expected growth. In their recent study, Matt Proto, Brown, and Brad Walston identified attributes of elementary schools successfully reformed using one of North Carolina’s four models for turning around failing schools: turnaround, restart, school closure, and transformation. The post is available here.

Doctoral student Shelby Dawkins-Law project published by N.C. DPI

A research project conducted by doctoral student Shelby Dawkins-Law for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has been published by the department on its website. Dawkins-Law served as a research intern at DPI this past summer, working with the Office of Charter Schools and the Department of Transportation. The project, entitled “Public Charter Schools with Transportation: Increasing Access to Learning Opportunities for All Students," was a survey of 50/107 schools about their transportation plans as well as interviews of personnel at charter schools that have buses. The major finding of the study was that low-income student enrollment is 20.21 percentage points below average in charter schools overall compared to traditional public schools. Dawkins-Law presented the findings to the State Board of Education and at the annual DPI Financial Business Services Conference. The study is available here.

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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Wednesday
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. 12
Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series: Ted Fiske

Peabody 02
Noon

Feb. 19
SOE Research Brown Bag: Pat Ashley

Peabody 02
Noon

Mar. 5
Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series: Judith Rizzo

Peabody 02
Noon