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Xue Lan Rong named to journal editorial board

Xue Lan Rong, professor of social studies education, has been invited to serve on the editorial board of the American Educational Research Journal. Rong’s research interests explore the topics of generation, race and ethnicity, national origins, gender, social class, and educational attainment and achievement of immigrant children. She is a first-generation immigrant whose native language is Chinese. She has worked as a classroom teacher, with more than 25 years of teaching experience in public schools in the U.S. and China. The American Educational Research Journal publishes original empirical and theoretical studies and analyses in education that constitute significant contributions to the understanding and/or improvement of educational processes and outcomes. It’s ranked third in impact among educational research journals.

Education policy leader Judith Rizzo to give talk on Wednesday

Judith Rizzo, executive director and chief executive officer of the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, will give a talk on March 5 entitled “Building and Sustaining an Advocacy Coalition: The Story of the Common Core and the Use of Research Evidence in It.” The talk, which is part of the Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series, begins at noon in Peabody 02. Those planning to attend are invited to bring their lunches. Rizzo has worked as a teacher and in various school system administrative positions in Boston and New York City. Under Rizzo’s leadership, the Hunt Institute has become a national resource for political, business and education leadership, providing support for leaders seeking to drive education reform.

GSA holding brown bag talk on IRB processes on Wednesday

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association will host a brown bag event on Wednesday at noon in Peabody 212 entitled “Navigating the IRB Process.” This event will provide doctoral students with an understanding of how to address questions related to recruitment, consent/assent/parent permission, clearance from schools, secondary data analysis, and complicated role relations. The featured presenter will be Barbara Davis Goldman of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Light refreshments will be provided.

Ph.D. student Shelby Eden Dawkins-Law wins UNC system fellowship

Shelby Eden Dawkins-Law, a first-year student in the Policy, Leadership and School Improvement strand of the Ph.D. program, has won the UNC General Administration Education Policy Fellowship for 2014-2015. Established in 2013, the program takes fellows from UNC and N.C. State with interest in higher education policy and governance. Fellows will work on current policy topics, including, for example, financial aid; student debt; transfer articulation, teacher certification and other professional licensure reporting, FERPA and other data privacy-related research.

Ph.D. student Danielle Allen wins AERA travel award

Danielle Allen, a second-year student in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement PhD strand, has been awarded a $500 Division L Travel Award for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. The Division received 140+ applications and made only 10 awards. With Ariel Tichnor-Wagner, another PLS student, she will present “Accountable for Caring: Cultivating Teachers Who Care in Urban High Schools.”

CCEE hosting Model U.N. conference

The Carolina Center for Educational Excellence, an outreach unit of the School of Education, will host 120 students from four middle schools in the fifth annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Model United Nations Middle School Conference on March 14. The students, from four Chapel Hill-Carrboro middle schools, will debate recent developments in Egypt. The event is organized by Bjorn Hennings, director of the CCEE. More details about the event are available here.

CEPSA gains university recognition

The Carolina Education Policy Association has gained official recognition as a student organization by the university. CEPSA, founded by doctoral students in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement program, has the mission of spreading awareness of and sparking discussion about current education policy issues in North Carolina and beyond. CEPSA works to achieve this goal through newsletters, presentations, panels, and social media. The organization in open to all students; the next meeting will be held March 24 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Ariel Tichnor-Wagner at

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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Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series: Judith Rizzo

Peabody 02

GSA Brown Bag: Navigating the IRB Process
Peabody 212

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