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Carnegie Foundation VP kicks off CCHD speaker series TODAY

Paul LeMahieu, senior vice president for programs and administration at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, speaks today, kicking off this fall’s Carolina Consortium on Human Development Proseminar Series. LeMahieu, who also serves as a graduate faculty member in the College of Education at the University of Hawai'i – Mānoa, will speak at 2 p.m. at the Center for Developmental Science, in the lower level classroom. LeMahieu’s research focus includes analytics that support the improvement of practice, educational assessment and accountability as well as the professional development and policy environments that support classroom learning. His talk is titled: "Networked Improvement Communities: Helping America's Schools get Better at Getting Better." His talk launches a series that has the theme "Research at the Intersection of Developmental Science and Education." The entire schedule can be seen here: SOE faculty members Jill Hamm, Lora Cohen-Vogel and Judith Meece participated in putting together the series.

Education landscape focus of Wednesday 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 talk on Wednesday. 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.

Marshall, grad students Johnson and Tichnor-Wagner chosen as editors of yearbook

Catherine Marshall, Robert Wendell Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, along with graduate students Mark Johnson and Ariel Tichnor-Wagner have been selected as the editors of the Politics of Education Association 2017 Yearbook. The yearbook, which will be published as a special issue of the Peabody Journal of Education, is titled "The Politics of New Policy Network Governance and Counter-Networks: Actions and Reactions in State Education Policy Arenas." The authors chosen to write chapters for this publication include several renowned scholars from across the United States. Johnson and Tichnor-Wagner are students in the Policy, Leadership and School Improvement strand of the School of Education's Ph.D. program.

Palsha, graduates presenting at NCaeyc conference

Sharon Palsha, clinical associate professor of early childhood education, and two recent Early Childhood graduates will be co-presenting on Friday at the 2014 North Carolina Association for the Education for Young Children (NCaeyc) 61st Annual Conference. The first presentation, “A Study of Bridges: Project Based Learning Benefits ALL Children and their Families,” shares the work that Hannah Goodnight, currently a kindergarten teacher at Eastway Elementary in Durham, implemented with her kindergarten students during student teaching last spring. The second presentation, “A Study of the Human Body: Meeting Common Core Standards and 21st Century Skills in an Authentic Way,” will share the work of Jill Greeson and her children during student teaching. Greeson is teaching a kindergarten/1st grade classroom at Carrboro Elementary School, a school that has recently adopted a Project-Based Learning curriculum.

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.

Faculty members cited in news media

Gregory Cizek, the Guy B. Phillips Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, was cited in an Education Week article entitled “Big Year Looms for Common-Core Testing.” The article is here.

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, was quoted in a Charlotte Observer article published Friday entitled “Education Rising in Senate Race.” The article is available here.

Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovation, was cited in the online Huffington Post in an article entitled “What Neuroscience Has to Say About The ‘Tortured Genius.” The article is available here.

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.

Juan Carrillo invited to present at conference

Juan Carrillo has been invited to co-present alongside leading scholars on Latino males research in education at the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education conference in March. Carrillo will present with Victor Saenz and Luis Ponjuan. The title of their talk: “Re-conceptualizing the Latino Male Educational Imperative: A journey through the dimensions of data, policy, critical inquiry, and practice.”

Graduate students participating in racial equity training course

Graduate students Domonique Bulls, Jessie Montana Cain, Bud Harrelson and Cristin Montalbano are participating in Leading for Racial Equity (SPHG 690), the first course of its kind at UNC. In this course, participants are challenged to move beyond interpersonal relationships and explore structural racism while preparing to address the challenges of racial, ethnic, and tribal equity at the systemic level. The School of Education is represented among the course’s 12 graduate programs and community members. The course is led by a diverse array of UNC faculty in partnership with Racial Equity Institute, a leading anti-racism training organization. For more information: visit

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)

Master’s in School Counseling, 2014 graduates

Samantha Arzon is working at Westview K-8 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Jessica Benninger is working at Highland Elementary School in Alamance-Burlington Schools.

Jessica Cockroft is working at Stacy Middle School in Milford, Mass.

Sarah Davis is working at Niwot High School in Boulder, Colo.

Linwaun Fulton is working at Vernon Malone College and Career Academy in Raleigh.

Katherine Henderson is working at Bunn Middle School in Franklin County.

Elise Kechele is working at Orange High School in Hillsborough.

Deziree Martin is working at Central Cabarrus High School in Concord, N.C.

Devon McCarthy is working at T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville.

Marian Oliver is working at Holly Grove Middle School in Holly Springs, N.C.

Allie Perrotta is working at Mendham Township Middle School in Mendham, N.J.

Pamela Postage is working at Northern High School in Durham.

Anne Ruoff is working at Laurel Park Elementary School in Cary.

Allison Saviello is working at Cleveland High School in Clayton, N.C.

Amy Schreiber is working at Chicago Bulls College Prep in Chicago.

Stephanie Sherer is working at Weddington High School near Charlotte.

Graham Smith is working at Durham School of the Arts Middle School.

Kyle Taperek is working at The Hawbridge School in Saxapahaw.

Child Development and Family Studies

Courtney Alascio, a 2014 graduate, is teaching at Primrose School of West Cary as a lead preschool teacher.

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CCHD Proseminar Series: Paul LeMahieu
"Networked Improvement Communities: Helping America's Schools get Better at Getting Better"
2 p.m.
Center for Developmental Science, lower level classroom


SOE Faculty Meeting
1:30 p.m.
Peabody 206


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