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US News ranks four School programs among highest in their disciplines

Four School of Education programs were ranked among the best in their fields in graduate school rankings published last week by US News & World Report. Overall, the School of Education was ranked tied for 36th in the nation, up from 37th place last year.

The School's ranked specialty programs
Curriculum and Instruction12th
Education Administration and Supervision13th(tie)
Education Policy19th
Special Education16th

The School’s new Policy, Leadership and School Improvement Ph.D. specialization made the rankings in its second year of existence. Curriculum and instruction rose from last year’s 14th position. Education administration and supervision remained unchanged at 13th, while special education slipped from 13th place. The magazine released its rankings in its 2015 annual “Best Grad Schools” guide. For its report, US News surveyed 356 schools that grant doctoral degrees in education, with 256 schools responding to the survey.

Dean McDiarmid commentary: Is ‘common school’ ideal doomed in NC?

Dean Bill McDiarmid has contributed a commentary for the website RealClearEducation in which he surveys recent changes in educational policy in North Carolina. The column – available here – asks whether the ideals around a commitment to democracy-building public education are at risk.

GSA hosting talk today on getting the most out of attending conferences

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association will host a presentation by faculty members Catherine Marshall and Gregory Cizek on how to get the most out of attending research conferences. The event will take place today, at 1 p.m. in Peabody 206. Marshall and Cizek will discuss how to navigate conferences such as the American Educational Research Association’s upcoming conference in April. Both have years of experience attending and speaking at national and international conferences.

N.C. teacher quality focus of talk on Tuesday

Anita Brown-Graham, director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, will give a talk Tuesday about teacher quality issues in North Carolina. The event, free and open to the public, will be held at UNC’s School of Government, Knapp Sanders Building, Room 2402, starting at 4:30 p.m. A reception preceding the talk begins at 4 p.m. The talk is entitled “In Times With No Answers, Only Hard Choices: Teacher Quality in North Carolina.” Brown-Graham joined the Institute for Emerging Issues, based at N.C. State University, after serving for 13 years as a faculty member at the School of Government. She serves on the board of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center and as a trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. The talk is being presented by the Carolina Society for Future Leaders.

Juan Carrillo named UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2014 Chiron Award recipient

Assistant Professor Juan Carrillo has been named the 2014 recipient of the Chiron Award, an award bestowed by student groups at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to recognize excellence in teaching and devotion to students. A committee of undergraduate students representing a range of student groups selected Carrillo for the award. The committee said it chose Carrillo for his teaching excellence and his willingness to help students, both inside and outside the classroom. As part of the award, Carrillo will give a public lecture, which will be followed by a reception. The event is expected to take place in April. Also, a donation will be made to the charity of his choice.

Middle Grades program wins award

The School of Education’s baccalaureate Middle Grades Education program has won an award from the N.C. Association for Middle Level Education. The association awarded the program its 2014 Teacher Preparation Program to Watch Award for the state’s Central Region. The award is being presented on Tuesday, during the association’s annual conference in Greensboro. The award is intended to recognize the excellence of the program and the efforts of its faculty and graduates in advancing the aims of exemplary middle level education, the association said in announcing the award.

SOE Brown Bag on Wednesday to examine ‘flipped’ classrooms

“Flipped” classrooms will be the topic of a four-person panel discussion during Wednesday’s 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 and second-year Ph.D. student Helen Avis. 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.

CEPSA graduate students make presentation to local PTA

Graduate students John Wachen, Mark Johnson, Becca Merrill, and Jackson Olsen gave a presentation to the Mary Scroggs Elementary School PTA on Thursday, March 13th. They presented on the implementation and impact of the Common Core State Standards in North Carolina schools and discussed strategies for how the PTA can support the school. The presentation was part of the community outreach efforts of the Carolina Education Policy Student Association.

LEARN NC materials focus of Microsoft forum presentation in Spain

Curriculum and resources developed by LEARN NC were featured in a keynote presentation at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, Spain last week. Samantha Shires, a 7th grade social studies teacher at the Academy at Lincoln in Guilford County, made the March 11 presentation. The invitation-only event showcases global education initiatives and consists of professional development, networking, competition, awards, panel discussions, keynote speakers, and presentations of new innovative technologies for learning. More information about the conference is available here.

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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GSA Talk on Attending Conferences

Peabody 206

SOE Research Brown Bag: Flipped Classrooms

Peabody 02

Mar. 28
GSA Spring Formal

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