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Claire Baker wins AERA early career award

Assistant Professor Claire Baker has been honored by the American Educational Research Association with the AERA Early Research Career Award from Early Education and Child Development special interest group. Baker, who joined the School of Education as a faculty member this year, focuses her research on the impact of family involvement in children’s education. She also examines cultural socialization in relation to child development in ethnic minority families.

Graduate student recruitment event Saturday

The School of Education will host a graduate student recruitment event on Saturday, in conjunction with the Graduate Student Association’s Research Symposium. The recruitment event begins with check-in in the lobby starting at 8:30 a.m. and a 9:30 a.m. welcome and opening remarks, followed by other informational presentations in Room 104. Attendees are invited to meet with individual faculty members starting at 10:30 a.m., followed by a wrap-up Q&A session in Room 104 at 11:30 a.m.

GSA hosting research symposium on Saturday

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is hosting its 7th Biennial Graduate Student Research Symposium on Saturday. The event, which begins at noon in Peabody Hall, has the theme “The Changing Landscape of Education.” Registration begins in the lobby immediately following the recruitment event being held in the morning. Sessions through the day will examine the home-school relationship, literacy and social issues, and teacher practices. A social will be held at Top of the Hill restaurant following the symposium. For more information, please email Daphne Mills at

Doctoral student Shelby Dawkins-Law to lead Carolina graduate students

Shelby Dawkins-Law, a first-year doctoral student in policy, leadership and school improvement, will be Carolina’s next president of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation. Dawkins-Law is running unopposed for the position. Dawkins-Law is profiled in today’s Daily Tar Heel. In the story, Dawkins-Law describes her deep experience with Carolina, extending back to her undergraduate career here and including service positions in a wide variety of efforts. The profile is available here.

Education writer Ted Fiske to give Hussman talk Feb. 12

Ted Fiske, a former education editor for The New York Times and a widely published writer and editor on education, will give a talk on Feb. 12 at the School of Education as part of the Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series. Fiske’s talk, entitled “Getting the Word Out: Using Your Research to Craft Opinion-Editorials,” will begin at noon in Peabody 02. Fiske is the author of the best-selling “The Fiske Guide to Colleges” and many other books on college admissions. He and his wife, Helen Ladd, a professor of public policy at Duke University, have worked together on a variety of publications regarding education, including examinations of education reform efforts in South Africa and co-editing “Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy,” the official handbook of the American Education Finance Association. Fiske has received numerous awards for education reporting. Those planning to attend are invited to bring their lunches.

Feb. 19 SOE Research Brown Bag features Pat Ashley

Pat Ashley, director of district and school transformation at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, will present at the Feb. 19 SOE Research Brown Bag. Ashley’s talk is entitled “Lessons Learned from Improving Low-Performing Schools in North Carolina.” Ashley leads a team in a turnaround program that works to improve performance of struggling schools. In 2013, Ashley was named by the Public School Forum of N.C. as the winner of its Jay Robinson Leadership Award for Exemplary Educator for her impact on K-12 education across the state. The discussion will begin at noon in Peabody 02. 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.

Gregory Cizek to give keynote at S.C. AERA conference

Gregory Cizek, the Guy B. Phillips Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, has been selected to provide the keynote address on Friday at the 25th annual meeting of the South Carolina Educators for the Practical Use of Research, the state affiliate of the American Educational Research Association. Cizek’s address will be entitled “Assessment Consorti-yum! A Menu of Measurement Mysteries.”

Leigh Hall invited to join Open Access Task Force

Leigh Hall, associate professor of literacy studies, has been invited by Faculty Chair Jan Boxill to serve on a new campuswide Open Access Task Force to make recommendations on campus policies around open-access scholarly publishing. The panel will consider implications of open-access publishing on the changing landscape of academic publishing and formulate recommendations to be presented to Faculty Council.

Andy Mink named to history group’s ‘distinguished lecturer’ program

Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, has been named as a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians for the 2014-17 term. The OAH program serves as a speakers’ bureau dedicated to American history. The OAH has administered the program since 1981, making it one of the longest running and most successful efforts of its kind among scholarly associations.

March 19 SOE Brown Bag to examine ‘flipped’ classrooms

“Flipped” classrooms will be the topic of a three-person panel discussion during the March 19 SOE Research Brown Bag. The event, entitled “Experiments with Flipped Classrooms in Professional Education,” will feature School of Education faculty members Linda Mason and Catherine Scott, joined by Jaclyn McLaughlin of the School of Pharmacy. The discussion will begin at noon in Peabody 02. 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.

GSA hosting first annual Spring Formal March 28

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association will host its first annual Spring Formal, "An Evening Under the Stars," on Friday, March 28. The event, which runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. will be held in The Great Room, located at Top of the Hill on Franklin Street. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information, contact GSA Social Chairs Cheryl Varghese at or and Danielle Allen at

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Graduate student recruitment event

9:30 a.m. to noon
Peabody Hall

GSA Symposium: The Changing Landscape of Education
Peabody Hall

Feb. 12
Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series: Ted Fiske

Peabody 02

Feb. 19
SOE Research Brown Bag: Pat Ashley

Peabody 02

Mar. 5
Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series: Judith Rizzo

Peabody 02

Mar. 19
SOE Research Brown Bag: Flipped Classrooms

Peabody 02

Mar. 28
GSA Spring Formal

7 p.m.
The Great Room at Top of the Hill