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STEM education in rural settings topic of talk today

An effort in the state of Maine to promote STEM education in remote rural areas will be the topic of a talk today. Jan Mokros, co-director of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, will discuss the approach taken by a team she leads to work with families and rural youth. The talk begins at 11 a.m. in Peabody 08. A light lunch will be provided at noon for about 20 people. The talk is being hosted by the ISLES (Informal Sciences Learning Experiences) for Rural Youth Project, which involves faculty members Marta Civil, Sharon Derry, Janice Anderson and Judith Meece.

CEPSA policy panel discussion today

The Carolina Education Policy Student Association will host its second annual CEPSA Spring Policy Panel today. This year's topic: Policy in Action: What Really Happens When Education Policy Meets the Classroom. The panel will focus on two hot topics in education policy in North Carolina: elimination of teacher "tenure" and the Read to Achieve initiative. Panel speakers include Rodney Ellis, president of NCAE; Nancy Routh, Guilford County Board of Education; and Barbara Zwadyk, Chatham County Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. The event, which begins at 4 p.m. in Peabody 104, is open to all.

Juan Carrillo to give Chrion Award lecture on Wednesday

Faculty member Juan Carrillo will give a lecture on Wednesday in conjunction with him being named the 2014 Chiron Award winner at UNC-Chapel Hill. As the recipient of the award, Carrillo will give the lecture he’s always wanted to give. His talk is entitled “What is Your Banda: Finding Your Sound in the Uncomfortable.” The talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. and be held in Gerrard Hall. More information is here.

Sharon Palsha named Outstanding Faculty UNC Advisor

Sharon Palsha, clinical associated professor of early childhood education, has been named the Outstanding Faculty UNC Advisor by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. The award was presented at the office’s Community Involvement Excellence Banquet on Thursday. Palsha was named “Outstanding Faculty UNC Advisor Award” for all chapters on campus. She has served as the academic excellence advisor for the Phi Mu sorority for the past three years. Palsha has worked with the chapter to set high academic goals and to put strategies in place to obtain those goals. The work she and the chapter did together was also recognized at this event in which Phi Mu received the award for “Achieving a GPA Above the GPA for All-Women” at UNC.

Graduate students Ashley Boyd, Amy Senta win AERA award

School of Education graduate students Ashley Boyd and Amy Senta won an award at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association for a paper they wrote together. Boyd and Senta won the Graduate Student Research Excellence Award from the AERA’s Media, Culture and Curriculum special interest group. The AERA conference was held earlier this month in Philadelphia. The paper is entitled “Toward Structural Attribution: Using Dètournement with Preservice Teachers to Challenge the Teacher Savior Myth.” More details about the award are available here.

Doctoral student Justin Garwood wins fellowship

Justin Garwood, a third-year Ph.D. student in the early childhood, special education, and literacy specialization area, has been awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from Carolina’s Graduate School. Garwood, who is doing research on classroom management techniques, will receive a $16,000 stipend to use during the 2014-15 academic year. The award is designed to allow recipients to devote full-time effort to completing their dissertations.

Alumnus Michael Ortiz given UNC-Chapel Hill Latina/o Alumnus Award

Michael Ortiz (Ph.D. ’81), president of California State Polytechnic University, has been awarded the 2014 Latina/o Alumnus Award from the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative. The award was presented to Ortiz at the Fifth Annual Latina/o Alumni Reunion dinner on April 4. Ortiz received his Ph.D. in early childhood special education from UNC’s School of Education. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of New Mexico. He has been president of Cal Poly Pomona since 2003.

Lynne Vernon-Feagans making presentations

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy, has been making presentations across the country. She served as the keynote speaker at the third biennial Children, Youth and Families Summit on Research in Early Childhood on April 10 at in Lincoln, Neb. Sponsors of the summit were the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools, the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and First Five Nebraska at the University of Nebraska. She and graduate student Beth Cutrer are presenting at the Blueprints Conference in Denver Colorado on Wednesday. The conference highlights researched-based programs that have been endorsed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Targeted Reading Intervention, developed by Vernon-Feagans, is one of those programs. The title of the symposium workshop is “The Targeted Reading Intervention: A Cost Effective Classroom Teacher Tool to Prevent Reading Failure in Struggling Readers in Early Elementary School.”

Fede, Pennell presenting in LGBTQ Center speaker series

School of Education graduate students Bryan Fede and Summer Pennell will make a presentation later this month as part of the Graduate Speaker Series sponsored by UNC’s LGBTQ Center. The Graduate Speaker Series is intended to share the work of graduate and professional students conducting research related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Fede and Pennell will make a presentation entitled "Queering Math Class: Critical Math and Queer Pedagogy in Middle School" on April 24 at noon in the Student Union, Room 2422. The presentation will discuss how critical math and queer pedagogy can be used together in a math curriculum, and in particular how Fede and Pennell are conceptualizing combining these frameworks in a middle school classroom. They will also discuss how this can enable teachers to incorporate social justice in math instruction. The Graduate Speaker Series, which is co-sponsored by the Graduate & Professional Student Federation, The Graduate School, and the Program in Sexuality Studies, is open to all. Attendees are encourage to bring their lunch.

Kelly Ryoo co-author of paper published in Science

Kelly Ryoo, assistant professor of learning sciences, is a co-author of a paper that has been published in the journal Science. The paper – entitled "Computer-Guided Inquiry to Improve Science Learning" – examines tech-based tools that can be used to more fully engage students in STEM courses. The paper looks at new algorithms that allow automatic scoring of student essays and drawings and to offer personalized advice to students. The paper is available here.

Other Recent Publications


Jeffery Greene, associate professor of learning science, and doctoral students Seung Yu and Dana Copeland have had their paper entitled “Measuring critical components of digital literacy and their relationships” published in the journal Computers & Education. The abstract and article are available here.

Doctoral students Melissa A. Sreckovic and Susan Hedges contributed to a special issue of the journal Remedial and Special Education that focused on autism, adolescence and high school. Other contributors included several investigators at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, including Sam Odom and Kara Hume.

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TODAY
Jan Mokros Talk: Connection Rural Youth to STEM Experiences

11 a.m.
Peabody 08

TODAY
CESPA Spring Policy Panel

4 p.m.
Peabody 104

Wednesday
Juan Carrillo: What is your Banda?

5:30 p.m.
Gerrard Hall

April 24
Showing of the film "Stolen Education"

Noon
Varsity Theatre

Fede & Pennell LGBTQ Center talk
Noon
Union 2422