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SOE Brown Bag talks lined up for September, October

The SOE Brown Bag series kicks off its 2014-15 lineup with talks by Lynne Vernon-Feagans and Claudia Cervantes-Soon. Vernon-Feagans will give a talk on Sept. 17 entitled “Diverging Destinies in Rural America: Work, Family, and Early Child Development in the Family Life Project. Cervantes-Soon will give her talk on Oct. 22. It’s entitled "Interrupting the Silence of Latin@ Students in Dual Language Education." The talks will begin at noon in Peabody 02. Light lunches will be provided for about 25 people. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) and Metametrics, Inc.

Kathleen Brown appointed to School Leadership Research Alliance

Kathleen M. Brown, professor of educational leadership and policy, was appointed to the School Leadership Research Alliance in North Carolina. It is an alliance of researchers and policymakers sponsored by the Regional Education Lab-Southeast committed to the study and development of effective educational leaders in the state.

SOE grad students launch online global competency education tool

Graduate students Jessie Montana Cain, Hillary Parkhouse, and Ariel Tichnor-Wagner, working with Associate Professor Jocelyn Glazier, have launched a website to be used to help teachers and teacher educators better understand what globally competent teaching looks like in practice. With funding from the Longview Foundation, The Globally Competent Teaching Continuum (GCTC) was launched this summer. Through a partnership with LEARN NC and World View, this website includes a free self-reflection tool to help teachers and teacher educators better understand what globally competent teaching looks like in practice. It includes descriptions, lesson plans, and videos that illustrate the 12 elements of globally competent educators – including dispositions, knowledge, and skills. The tool can be found at http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/global-continuum/. Parkhouse published a blog article about the tool on the Global Teacher Education website, describing how the team developed the GCTC, what they learned about globally competent teaching in the process, and how teacher educators might use the tool. That article is here.

Education landscape focus of Sept. 10 talk

David Cooper, professor of education at Elon University, will explore issues of teacher supply and demand, university teacher-preparation programs, evaluation of teacher effectiveness and family engagement in teacher preparation and evaluation in a Sept. 10 talk. The talk, entitled “The Education of Teachers,” will be hosted by the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, 101 Renee Lynne Court in Carrboro. Those planning to attend should RSVP to Debbie Reinhartsen at Debbie.Reinhartsen@cidd.unc.edu or 919-966-4138.

Lora Cohen-Vogel work described on PACE website

Work by Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, is described in an article published by the Policy Analysis for California Education. The article by Cohen-Vogel and colleague La’Tara Osborne-Lampkin of Florida State University, describes their work on performance-based accountability. PACE is an independent, non-partisan research center based at Stanford University, the University of California – Berkeley, and the University of Southern California. The article is available here.

Student-led nonprofit seeks interns

Village of Wisdom, a nonprofit group founded by graduate student Will Jackson, is seeking interns to help the group’s work in Durham. Interns will work to facilitate meetings with parents in which they will receive support in helping their sons navigate school. The Parent Engagement Interns will engage in research and evaluation activities. Ideal candidates will likely be late stage undergraduate students or those at the earlier phases of their graduate student careers. Interested students should email Jackson at wpjackson@villageofwisdom.org with a resume and a brief letter of interest (no longer than one page).

More summer activities

Sharon Derry, Thomas James Distinguished Professor in Experiential Learning, gave two presentations. She delivered a talk entitled “Cyberinfrastructure for design-based research: Toward a community of practice for learning scientists” at a symposium presented at International Conference of the Learning Sciences in Boulder, Colorado. At the same event, she also helped present “Adventures in argument: Training in argumentation influences student resource use in collaborative meaning making.” Both will appear in proceedings volumes.

Leigh Hall performed consulting work on a MOOC put together by the New Literacies Collaborative at N.C. State. The title is Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning. The course may be found here.

Grant Activity

Following are some of the recent grant activities of SOE faculty.

Sharon Derry helped secure a National Science Foundation three-year grant of approximately $3 million that will seek to develop innovative middle-school science curriculum for implementation in high-needs mostly rural schools in North Carolina, Alabama and Wisconsin. Derry is co-principal investigator and Janice Anderson is senior researcher. Grant title: Bio-Sphere: Fostering Deep Learning of Complex Biology for Building Next Generations’ Scientists.

Lora Cohen-Vogel is the principal investigator on a $4 million proposal to the Institute of Education Sciences for a pre-doctoral Interdisciplinary Training Grant: Program in Educational Research for Continuous Improvement (PERCI). The proposal is a partnership between the SOE and Gillings School of Public Health. Kirsten Kainz of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and the School of Education and Alice Ammerman of the Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-principal investigators. PERCI faculty also include Kathleen Brown, Sharon Derry, Jill Hamm, Jeff Greene, Judith Meece and Lynne Vernon-Feagans from the School of Education and Bryan Weiner and Susan Ennett from the Gillings School.

Kirsten Kainz and Lora Cohen-Vogel are co-principal investigators on a proposal to the Institute of Education Sciences for a National Research and Development Center on Research Use in Education. The proposal with the University of Texas at Austin for $5 million would work to study and improve the bridge between research production and utilization. The principal investigator, Mark Dynarski, formerly the vice president of Mathematica, was part of the senior team that designed standards, wrote reports, and created practice guides for the What Works Clearinghouse.

Jeff Greene is the co-principal investigator of Integrating Quality Talk Professional Development to Enhance Professional Vision and Leadership for STEM Teachers in High-Need Schools, a National Science Foundation Discovery Research K-12 Grant for $2.1 million. The principal investigator is P. Karen Murphy of Penn State.

Jeff Greene is the co-principal investigator of Quality Talk: Developing Students’ Discourse to Promote Critical-Analytic Thinking, Epistemic Cognition, and High-Level Comprehension, awarded a $1.2 million in funding from the Institute of Education Sciences Education Research Grant Program, Cognition and Student Learning Development and Innovation Grant. The principal investigator is P. Karen Murphy of Penn State.

Rebecca New and Xue Rong as co-principal investigators submitted a Letter of Inquiry to the W.T. Grant Foundation in August about a potential proposal on “Cultural Models at Work: Teachers of Immigrant Children in Early Childhood Classrooms.” If invited to submit a full proposal, and if funded, this study would run parallel with the ongoing study funded by the Spencer Foundation on “Cultural Models of Immigrant Parents.”

Where are they now?

Following are some updates on where some of our recent graduates have gotten jobs. For future editions of the Peabody Pulse, please send short notes about others to Michael_hobbs(AT)unc.edu.

Educational Leadership, Ed.D.:

Jerry Buckner, a 2013 graduate, is the Response to Intervention Coordinator of a high school in Pakistan.

Derrick Jordan, a 2013 graduate, is superintendent of schools in Chatham County.

Mia Murphy, a 2013 graduate, works in the office of Virtual Education in the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

Larry Savage, a 2011 graduate, is an elementary principal in Chatham County.

Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation, Ph.D.:

Lara-Jeane C. Costa, a 2014 graduate, is a research specialist and project director of the Middle School Writing Project at the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the UNC-CH School of Medicine.

Child Development and Family Studies:

Chemaria Beatty, a 2014 graduate, is teaching kindergarten in Charlotte.

Sarah Collins, a 2014 graduate, is teaching first grade at Rolesville Elementary School in Wake County.

Mary Couch, a 2014 graduate, is teaching first grade at Partnership Elementary School in Wake County.

Alli Engel, a 2014 graduate, is teaching pre-kindergarten at Little School in Durham. Hannah Larson Goodnight, a 2014 graduate, is teaching kindergarten at Eastway Elementary in Durham.

Sojung Ko, a 2014 graduate, is teaching kindergarten at Scroggs Elementary School in Chapel Hill.

Alisha Long, a 2014 graduate, is teaching first grade in Cherokee, N.C.

Kimberleigh Lowery, a 2014 graduate, is teaching pre-kindergarten at Summersill Elementary School in Jacksonville, N.C.

Meredith Pendry, a 2014 graduate, is teaching 3-year-olds at Salem Montessori School in Winston-Salem.

Chelsea Robinette, a 2014 graduate, is teaching kindergarten at Seawell Elementary School in Chapel Hill.

Anna Zehr, a 2014 graduate, is teaching pre-kindergarten at Little School in Durham.

Elementary Education:

Laura Davis, a 2014 graduate, is teaching at Morris Grove Elementary in Chapel Hill.

Julie Doran, a 2014 graduate, is teaching a 1-2 combo class at the Expedition School in Hillsborough.

Shelby Dotson, a 2014 graduate, is teaching 5th grade at Carrboro Elementary.

Shelby Goerne, a 2014 graduate, is teaching at Scroggs Elementary in Chapel Hill.

Megan Lavalley, a 2014 graduate, is teaching at Uplift Mighty Preparatory in Fort Worth, Texas.

Taylor Morris, a 2014 graduate, is teaching at Morris Grove Elementary in Chapel Hill.

Jamie Packer, a 2014 graduate, is teaching at Devonshire Elementary in Charlotte.

Luis Rios, a 2014 graduate, is a 1st grade ESL teacher at New Hope Elementary in Hillsborough.

Sarah Santiago, a 2014 graduate, is teaching 2nd grade at Cardinal Charter Academy in Cary.

Birth-Kindergarten License Only:

Jill Greeson, a 2014 graduate, is teaching third grade at Estes Hills Elementary School in Chapel Hill.

Susanna Lambert, a 2014 graduate, is teaching pre-K/kindergarten at Watts Elementary School in Durham.

EdCamp NC planned for next month at N.C. State

A gathering called “EdCamp NC” will offer educators an opportunity to get together and discuss topics of their choosing. The event will be held at N.C. State University on Sept. 27. This “unconference" allows educators to gather and collaboratively set their own agenda and priorities for learning. There are no keynotes, no pre-planned sessions, and no lectures. For more information visit www.edcampnc.org.

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Events

Sept. 10

David Cooper: “The Education of Teachers”
7 p.m.
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
101 Renee Lynne Court, Carrboro

Sept. 17

SOE Brown Bag: Lynn Vernon-Feagans
Noon
Peabody 02

Oct. 22

SOE Brown Bag: Claudia Cervantes-Soon
Noon
Peabody 02

Nov. 8

SCALE 25th Anniversary Celebration
5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.
N.C. Botanical Gardens