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Lynne Vernon-Feagans wins $5 million in new grants

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy, has been awarded more than $5 million in new research funding. The funding comes in two grants and a subcontract. The funding will allow Vernon-Feagans to extend the Family Life Project, following the participating children into early adolescence. This Family Life Project is a unique developmental study that includes a representative sample of every baby born to a mother who lived in one of six poor rural counties, oversampling for low-income and African-American families. The grants will examine immunological function in parents and children as they relate to stress and executive function. Another grant will also examine classroom quality and academic achievement during early adolescence.

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 how recent immigrant parents interpret their roles as parents. The project is aimed at uncovering details about immigrant family life and parents’ cultural models of early learning and development and how they might change in response to children’s transitions through school pre-K, kindergarten and primary school. Study participants will include Chinese and Mexican immigrant parents with young children. Participating in the work will be Xue Lan Rong, professor of social science education and sociology of education, and Marta Civil, the Frank A. Daniels Professor of Mathematics Education.

Education Minor students present capstone projects today

The Education Minor Research Symposium will be held today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in 206 Peabody Hall. The Symposium is held each semester so that students completing the minor may present the results of their projects. This semester the projects cover a wide range of topics, but all interesting and relevant to education today. Each presentation will take 10 minutes and presenters will be available for discussion after the presentations. Refreshments will be served.

Alumnus Brian Devore named Southern Region PE Teacher of the Year

Brian Devore (A.B.Ed. '89), who teaches and coaches at Mountain View Elementary School in Marietta, Ga., has been named the Southern District Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Devore will represent the 13-state Southern District, which includes states from Virginia to Texas, when he vies with five other district winners for the National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year honor at the AAHPERD annual conference in April. Devore received his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from UNC’s School of Education. He has taught at Mountain View Elementary School for five years.

Teaching Fellows host Tuesday talk on educational law

The UNC Teaching Fellows are hosting a North Carolina history education workshop on Tuesday in Peabody Hall. The guest presenter will be Nickolas Sojka, a lawyer who practices educational law. The talk begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in Peabody 215.

History education workshop planned for April 12

A workshop examining resources for the teaching of North Carolina history will be held on April 12 at Wilson Library. The workshop includes a keynote by Andy Mink of LEARN NC and presentations by historians and teachers. The free event will be held in the Pleasants Room, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and running until 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 919-357-4192 or email

‘The Well’ blog takes a look at the iPadagogy Project

“The Well,” the LEARN NC blog that examines educational research done here at Carolina, takes a look this week at iPadagogy, work being done by School of Education professors Janice Anderson and Julie Justice on how to integrate iPad technology into classroom practices. The two are leading a team of graduate students in examining teachers’ use of iPads. Read more here.

Education students head to Norway, Germany

Two groups of School of Education students are in Europe this week, where they will do student teaching in Hamburg, Germany and in Bergen, Norway. Thirteen students are in the Hamburg group, which is being led by Bjorn Hennings. Four students are in Bergen, in a trip led by Becky New. Students in the Germany cohort are Todd Andersen-Goldsworthy, Casey Bagaasen, Amy Carruthers, Jennifer Earnest, Maria Elizabeth Evans, Gabrielle Fernandez, Alicia Jones, Taylor Moore, Areale Smith, Kelly Elizabeth Tessitore, Leslie Hillman Welsh and Alice Xu. On the Bergen trip are Mary Couch, Julie Doran, Susanna Lambert and Meredith Pendry.

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Education Minor Research Symposium

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Peabody 206

7 p.m.

Peabody 215

April 12
N.C. History Education Workshop

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Pleasants Room, Wilson Library

April 24
Showing of the film "Stolen Education"

Varsity Theatre