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SOE Research Brown Bag features Pat Ashley on Wednesday

Pat Ashley, director of district and school transformation at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, will present at Wednesday’s 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.

In the media: Julie Justice interviewed by DTH on reading initiative

Faculty member Julie Justice, in an interview in the Daily Tar Heel’s Friday edition, said North Carolina needs to invest more in teachers if it intends to improve education. The interview explored the state’s new “Read to Achieve” law. Justice shared her concern that the high-stakes testing required by the law may hamper the learning of some students. The article is available here.

Graduate students publish new edition of policy newsletter

The Carolina Education Policy Student Association has published a new edition of “edInsights,” a newsletter that examines a variety of educational policy issues. The newsletter is attached to this email.

Suzanne Gulledge to moderate Feb. 25 panel on African educational issues

School of Education faculty member Suzanne Gulledge will speak and moderate a panel entitled "Indigenous Knowledge: Pedagogical Possibilities for Education; Focus on East Africa" on Feb. 25. The event, at the Fed Ex Global Center starting at 2:15 p.m., will include Gulledge discussing her work in Tanzania and the topic of indigenous knowledge in global outreach and service projects. Joining her will be Barbara Anderson, associate director of UNC’s African Studies Center; Wendy Ewald, director of LTP International in New York; Esther Lisanza, a faculty member in African, African American Diaspora Studies; and Shaibu Pelle, director of LTP Tanzania. The event is free and open to the public.

GSA holding brown bag workshop Feb. 26

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association will hold a Brown Bag Workshop entitled "Finding your Academic Voice and Developing it into a Research Agenda" on Feb. 26. The workshop will be presented by faculty member Dana Thompson Dorsey and Lisa Bass of N.C. State University. Among the topics to be discussed: The importance of developing a research agenda as early as possible; developing research strands; and turning papers into publications. The event begins at noon and will be held in Peabody 02. Participants should come prepared to discuss their research interests.

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 cvarghes@live.unc.edu or and Danielle Allen at djallen@live.unc.edu

SCALE putting together team for the Great Human Race

SCALE is seeing volunteers and donors to support its team in the Great Human Race, an event taking place in Durham on March 29. Team members may walk or run in the 5K or 10K race. To register for the team or donate to the cause, go to http://tinyurl.com/scaleghr.

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Wednesday
SOE Research Brown Bag: Pat Ashley

Peabody 02
Noon

Feb. 25
East Africa pedagogy panel discussion

2:15p.m.
Fed Ex Global Center

Feb. 26
GSA Brown Bag Workshop

Peabody 02
Noon

Mar. 5
Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series: Judith Rizzo

Peabody 02
Noon

Mar. 19
SOE Research Brown Bag: Flipped Classrooms

Peabody 02
Noon

Mar. 28
GSA Spring Formal

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