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Suzanne Gulledge chosen for Academic Leadership Program

Suzanne Gulledge, clinical professor of teacher education and chair of the faculty at the School of Education, has been named a 2014-2015 Academic Leadership Program Fellow, an initiative of UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. The program is designed to help prepare and support current and emerging Carolina academic leaders. Gulledge was one of eight faculty members from across campus chosen for the 2014-15 cohort of the program. Fellows taking part in the yearlong program will engage in activities to help develop leadership skills, clarify career commitments and build a leadership support network within the campus and extend contacts with other leaders beyond the campus. Read more here.

Kathleen Brown invited to join N.C. education planning initiative

Kathleen Brown, professor of educational leadership, has been invited to join a task force that is developing a roadmap for education in North Carolina. The “North Carolina Education 2020 Vision” initiative is an effort coordinated by the nonprofit group BEST NC and RTI International. BEST NC is a coalition of business leaders interested in improving the state’s public education system. RTI International is a research institute based in Research Triangle Park. Brown has been asked to serve on the initiative’s Educational Leadership Working Group. A series of working groups are expected to meet during the next three months to inform the vision statement, which is expected to be released in January.

Graduate Programs Open House scheduled for Oct. 11

The School of Education will host its Graduate Programs Open House on Oct. 11, providing prospective graduate students an opportunity to learn about the school. The day-long event will include an overview of the school, an information fair featuring degree programs and student resources, sessions on applying to SOE graduate programs, a faculty research showcase and individual meetings with faculty members. Prospective students will also have opportunities to meet with current SOE graduate students. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs to around 5 p.m. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by using the form here.

Gregory Cizek takes on testing critics

Gregory Cizek, the Guy B. Phillips Distinguished Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, knocks criticisms of K-12 testing procedures in a column published in the New York Daily News. In the column, Cizek responds to criticisms of how testing standards are being set in New York, including those from education historian Diane Ravitch. The column 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 or 919-966-4138.

Lynne Vernon-Feagans to give Brown Bag talk Sept. 17

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy, will give an SOE Brown Bag talk on Sept. 17. The talk, entitled “Diverging Destinies in Rural America: Work, Family, and Early Child Development in the Family Life Project,” 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.

EdCamp NC planned for Sept. 27 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

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)

Educational Leadership, Ed.D.:

John Denning, a 2008 graduate, is senior program officer for U.S. Programs, Policy and Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Melissa Rasberry, A.B.Ed. 1998, M.S.A. 2003, Ed.D. 2007, is senior education consultant at the American Institutes for Research.

Nakia Hardy, M.S.A. 2004, Ed.D. 2010, is the executive director of teaching and learning for Baltimore City Public Schools.

Dionne V. McLaughlin, Ed.D. 2011, is an assistant professor in educational leadership at North Carolina Central University.

Master’s in School Administration

Jason Van Heukelum, M.S.A. 2002, is deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Cabarrus County Schools.

Elementary Education, 2014 graduates

Blair Allen is teaching at McDougle Middle School in Chapel Hill.

Laura Davis is teaching at Morris Grove Elementary School in Chapel Hill.

Savannah Ellenbergm is teaching at Rashkis Elementary School in Chapel Hill.

Amy Ivin is teaching at Oak Hall School in Gainesville, Florida.

Alice Langrall is teaching at Rashkis Elementary School in Chapel Hill.

Katelyn Robertson is teaching at Rashkis Elementary School in Chapel Hill.

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Sept. 10

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

Sept. 15

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Sam Odom
“Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255A/B

Sept. 17

SOE Brown Bag: Lynn Vernon-Feagans
Peabody 02

Sept. 29

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Sandy Hong
“Quality Rating and Improvement System Ratings and Child Outcomes: Using Simulation Studies to Validate QRIS Ratings”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Oct. 11

SOE Graduate Programs Open House
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Peabody Hall

Oct. 20

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Christina Kasprzak, Betsy Ayankoya, Pam Winton
“DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Oct. 22

SOE Brown Bag: Claudia Cervantes-Soon
Peabody 02

Nov. 8

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

Nov. 11

SOE Brown Bag: Sherick Hughes and doctoral students
"Recent Research from the Carter Qualitative Thought Laboratory"
Peabody 02

Nov. 12

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Allison Metz and Melissa Van Dyke
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Dec. 1

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: FPG Visiting Scholar Weiya Li (Zhejiang Normal University)
“Research on Intervention and Education for Children with Autism in China”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Dec. 15

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Kate Gallagher, Connie Wong, Leslie Fox and Jessica Page
“Toddlers and Families Together: Year 1”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B