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Lynne Vernon-Feagans to give Brown Bag talk Wednesday

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy, will give an SOE Brown Bag talk on wednesday. 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.

Sherick Hughes profiled by University Gazette

In a package keyed to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision, the University Gazette profiled Associate Professor Sherick Hughes. The profile looked at Hughes’ background growing up in northeastern North Carolina and the path he took to becoming at faculty member at Carolina. The story examines the work Hughes is doing to explore implicit racial bias and how it affects educational environments. The package also included vignettes of other UNC faculty – including SOE’s Dana Thompson Dorsey – and their views regarding resegregation in public schools.

CEPSA hosting ‘Policy and Pints’ get-together on Thursday

The Carolina Education Policy Student Association will host its kick-off event, “Policy and Pints,” on Thursday. “Policy and Pints” will be an opportunity for students interested in education policy to meet and learn more about CEPSA. The event will be held at R&R Grill, at 137 East Franklin Street, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm.

Students invited to apply for scholarships; deadline Friday

School of Education students are invited to apply for scholarships awarded by the School. Friday is the application deadline. Students wishing to apply for scholarships need to have already submitted a FAFSA aid form for this academic year. Students applying for need-based aid must have current unmet need according to the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. For academic scholarships, students must be in good standing and have at least a 3.5 GPA. For application details, see the email sent last week by Anne Bryan.

Cervantes-Soon hosting conversation hour on supporting English learners

Claudia Cervantes-Soon will host an SOE coffee conversation hour to talk about ways to support English language learners and international students in the School’s global initiatives. The informal get-together is planned for Oct. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in Room 02. All SOE faculty and teaching assistants are invited. Coffee and bagels will be provided for 15 people.

Graduate student Elena Ashburn profiled

School of Education doctoral student Elena Ashburn (M.S.A. ’12) is a fast-rising, driven school administrator, says a profile of Ashburn published in the Garner-Cleveland Record. Ashburn has been named to become the new principal at East Garner Magnet Middle School. Ashburn previously worked as an assistant principal at Fuquay-Varina High School. Ashburn worked with Teach for America, teaching at Southern Durham High School. She got her Master’s in School Administration from UNC’s School of Education in 2012. She’s now pursuing a doctoral in educational leadership. Read the profile of Ashburn here.

Gulledge giving talk to School of Nursing faculty today

Suzanne Gulledge, clinical professor of teacher education and chair of the faculty at the School of Education, will speak today to School of Nursing faculty as part of a faculty professional development series. Gulledge’s topic: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Students in Supervision. Discussion will follow about how faculty can intervene with challenging students, those who are not performing at the level expected.

Cohen-Vogel presents at Washington conference

Lora Cohen-Vogel, the Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, spoke on an invited panel at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Cohen-Vogel presented with Anthony Bryk, Catherine Snow, and Bill Penuel on the panel topic “Improving Teacher Effectiveness: Design-Based Implementation Research.”

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.

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 Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation

Karyl Askew, Ph.D. ’13, is working as an evaluation associate at The Evaluation Group in Columbia, S.C.

Cynthia Demetriou, Ph.D. ’14, is director of retention in the Office of Undergraduate Education at UNC-CH.

Belinda Locke, Ph.D. ’14, is coordinator of assessment and strategic planning in the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Office at UNC-CH.

Master’s in School Administration

Elena Ashburn, M.S.A. ’12 is assistant principal at Fuquay-Varina High School and has been promoted to principal at East Garner Magnet Middle School.

Karen Galassi-Ferrer, M.S.A. ’14, is assistant principal at Morris Grove Elementary School in Chapel Hill.

Lauren Acome, M.S.A. ’14, is assistant principal at Cedar Ridge High School in Orange County.

Richard Secor, M.S.A. ’14, is assistant principal at Greenwood Elementary School in Sanford, N.C.

Alison Cleveland, M.S.A. ’14, is assistant principal at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh.

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


SOE Brown Bag: Lynn Vernon-Feagans
Peabody 02


BSM ‘Meet Your Professor:’ Dana Thompson Dorsey
5:30 p.m.
Upendo Lounge, SASB North

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
"Interrupting the Silence of Latin@ Students in Dual Language Education"
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