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School hosting screening of ‘Stolen Education’ on Thursday.

The documentary film “Stolen Education” will be shown on Thursday, as part of the School of Education's Education Policy Colloquium Series. The event, which begins at noon at the Varsity Theater on Franklin Street, will include a panel discussion with Enrique Aleman. Free popcorn and a drink! A preview of “Stolen Education” is available on YouTube here.

Megan McCurley wins UNC staff Diversity Award

Megan McCurley, executive director for the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE), has won UNC’s staff Diversity Award. The award was in recognition of her work in a variety of programs. McCurley is an active member of the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative and the National Coalition for Literacy, as well as a mentor for the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate program, which promotes success among African-American and Latino students. She also is an interpreter for ESL programs in the local schools, where she assists during parent-teacher conferences. In addition, McCurley encourages her staff to participate in campus-based LGBTQ training and the N.C. Diversity and Inclusion conference. The awards are sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, part of the Division of Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement.

Linda Mason elected to Council for Exceptional Children leadership post

Linda Mason, professor of special education, has been elected to the office of vice-president, Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children. Mason will serve in a four-year sequence of offices: vice-president, president-elect, president, and past president. The Division for Learning Disabilities is an international professional organization consisting of teachers, psychologists, clinicians, administrators, higher education professionals, parents and others.

Gregory Cizek invited to present at Department of Psychology

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, has been invited to present at the Department of Psychology’s Spring Quantitative Psychology Methods Forum. Cizek will present at noon today a talk entitled “Modern Validity Theory: Consensus, Concerns, and a Course for the Future.”

Student documentary on education being shown Tuesday

Members of the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication will be premiering their documentary project "Fault Lines: Race, Class and Education in Durham, N.C." on Thursday. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Global FedEx Education Center. The film explores the multifaceted causes of educational failures. The screening will unveil the project website, which includes five video documentaries, graphics and a long piece narrative to help explore this complex issues.

Fede, Pennell presenting in LGBTQ Center speaker series on Thursday

School of Education graduate students Bryan Fede and Summer Pennell will make a presentation on Thursday 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 encouraged to bring their lunch.

Recent Publications

Educational Sorting and Residential Aspirations Among Rural High School Students: What Are the Contributions of Schools and Educators to Rural Brain Drain? Petrin, Robert; Schafft, Kai; Meece, Judith. American Educational Research Journal, 51: 294-326 (2014) DOI: 10.3102/000283121457493

Preparing for Adulthood: A Recent Examination of the Alignment of Rural Youth’s Future Educational and Vocational Aspirations. Meece, Judith; Hutchins, Bryan; Byun Soo-yong; Farmer, T.W.; Irvin, Matthew; Weiss, Margaret. Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 3 (2). (2013) DOI: 10.5539/jedp.v3n2p175. Click here for full text.

Presentations at the Council for Exceptional Children Expo

Philadelphia, April

Student Presentations:

Hop, Skip and Jump: How Does Physical Activity Affect Preschool Executive Functions?
Leslie Fox, Laura Kuhn, and Michael Willoughby

The Model Assessment Classroom for Students with Significant Communication and Motor Disabilities
Leslie Fox and New Voices Foundation

Fostering Social Connections Among Adolescents With Autism: Lessons From a Mixed-Methods Project
Eric Common, Jenny Redding Gustafson, Melissa Sreckovic, and Erik Carter

Falling through the Cracks: Challenges for Students with ASD in High School
Melissa Sreckovic, Anne Kirby, Susan Hedges, and Stephanie Pace

Faculty Presentations:

A Comprehensive Approach to Supporting Students with ASD in High School
Samuel Odom, Kara Hume, Jenny Redding Gustafson, Colleen Reutebuch, Kate Szidon, and David Test

Supporting Independence and Self-Management Skills in High School Students with ASD
Kara Hume and Suzanne Kucharczyk

Showcase (DADD) -- Separating Fact From Fiction: A Critical Analysis of Popular Autism Treatments
Amanda Boutot, Jason Travers, Matt Tincani, Russell Lang, Gardner Umbarger, and Kara Hume

Under-Representation in Gifted: Policies, Practices, and the Price We Pay
Mary Ruth Coleman and Donna Ford

Program Chair Featured Session: Exceptional Lives Exceptional Stories
Jennifer Diliberto, Mary Ruth Coleman, Marjorie Terhaar-Yonkers, and Kathryn Haselden

SRSD for Improving Quick Writing Performance of Struggling Adolescents: A Quasi-Experimental Study
Linda Mason, Richard Kubina, Doug Kostewicz, Anne Mong Cramer, and Shawn Datchuk

Faculty Workshops

Evidence-based Early Identification and Intervention Practices for Infants and Toddlers with ASD and Their Families, Samuel Odom

Student Awards

Graduate students Melissa Sreckovic, Susan Hedges, Stephanie Pace, and Anne Kirby were awarded the Council for Exceptional Children Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Herbert Prehm Student Presentation Award

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Showing of the film “Fault Lines: Race, Class and Education in Durham, NC”

6 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center

Showing of the film "Stolen Education"

Varsity Theatre

Fede & Pennell LGBTQ Center talk
Union 2422