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Rebecca New wins $521,000 Spencer Foundation grant

Rebecca New, associate professor of early childhood education, has won a $521,000 four-year grant from the Spencer Foundation to conduct research into the acculturation of children in immigrant families. The project will be a longitudinal ethnographic study of Chinese and Mexican immigrant parents of young children. Among the topics examined, the study will explore cultural models of parenting and how they affect their children’s transitions into early childhood education settings. The project also involves Xue Rong, professor of social studies education; Marta Civil, the Frank A. Daniels distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education; and, Christina Gillanders of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

School counseling student Allie Perrotta wins statewide scholarship award

Allie Perrotta, a student in the M.Ed. school counseling program, has won a statewide scholarship competition sponsored by the N.C. School Counselor Association. Perrotta, who lives in Carrboro, was awarded the Future Professional School Counselor scholarship. Perrotta is a graduate of West Virginia University where she majored in psychology and was named to Phi Beta Kappa. She is completing her school counselor internship at Salem Middle School in Apex and plans to complete her master’s degree in August. Perrotta has also worked as a research assistant in the West Virginia University Adolescent Development Research Lab on surveys examining adolescent civic engagement. She previously was the recipient of the NCSCA’s Graduate Student Scholarship.

Suzanne Gulledge to moderate panel on African educational issues on Tuesday

School of Education faculty member Suzanne Gulledge will speak and moderate a panel on Tuesday entitled "Indigenous Knowledge: Pedagogical Possibilities for Education; Focus on East Africa." 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.

Linda Mason presents at Paris conference

Linda Mason, professor of special education, made a presentation at the at Writing Research Across Borders III conference at the University of Paris. The title of her presentation was “Improving Struggling Adolescents’ Quick Writing Performance.”

Info session planned for new ESL master’s specialty Thursday

The School of Education is holding an informational session on Thursday for prospective students interested in a new M.Ed. program specialty area in English as a Second Language. The new specialty area, which launches with its first cohort this summer, is designed for experienced teachers who want to earn master's level licensure, ESL K-12. Faculty member and cohort leader Claudia Cervantes-Soon will offer details about the new program during the informational session, which will be held at 5 p.m. in Room 212. More information about the program is available here.

Alumna Kim Hoke wins statewide award

Kim Hoke (A.B.Ed. ’71, M.Ed. ’76), who serves as executive director of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, has won the North Carolina School Public Relations Association’s top honor – the Barry Gaskins Service Award. The annual award recognizes a practicing or retired school public relations professional for outstanding leadership in school public relations and communications. In her previous position, Hoke worked for 22 years as the public information officer for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Prior to that she worked for ten years in Granville County Schools. The award is named for Barry Gaskins, who passed away unexpectedly in 2003 at the age of 49. During his 24-year career as the first and only public information officer for Pitt County Schools in Greenville, Gaskins gained a national reputation for his skill as a public relations professional and his ability to engage diverse publics in support of public education.

LEARN NC’s ‘The Well’ blog examines contributions to culture of professionalism

Many UNC faculty members attended the 2014 Emerging Issues Forum sponsored by the Institute for Emerging Issues. This year's forum was working towards an answer to the question: How do we train, retain, and support world-class teachers in every classroom to secure N.C.'s future competitiveness? Here on the campus of UNC, LEARN NC is working toward this goal in multiple ways. LEARN NC’s “The Well” blog focuses on how LEARN NC is working to support the teaching profession by contributing to a culture of professionalism around teachers. Find “The Well” here.

GSA holding brown bag workshop Wednesday

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 Wednesday. 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. Lunch will be provided.

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

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

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East Africa pedagogy panel discussion

Fed Ex Global Center

GSA Brown Bag Workshop

Peabody 02

M.Ed.X. in ESL info session

Peabody 212
5 p.m.

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