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Talk today at Center for Developmental Science focuses on cognitive development

Jennifer Coffman of the Center for Developmental Science and psychology professor Peter Ornstein will speak today at the Center for Developmental Science in a talk entitled "Studying Cognitive Development in the Classroom: From Observation to Intervention.” The talk is part of the Carolina Consortium on Human Development’s speaker series entitled “Research at the Intersection of Developmental Science and Education.” The talk, which begins at 2 p.m., will be held in the lower-level classroom at the Center for Developmental Science, which is in the same building as Top of the Hill. Relevant readings and the schedule for upcoming talks in the series are on the consortium website here.

LEARN NC offers new courses, resources

LEARN NC has published its September newsletter, with links to new online courses and other resources for educators. The newsletter – available here – lists Carolina Online Teacher program courses as well as a number of LEARN’s other regular courses. Those include courses on the arts, mathematics, cyberbullying, differentiation, technology, flipping the classroom, reading, writing, STEM, and more. All of LEARN NC’s courses have been peer-reviewed and reviewed by UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education faculty.

CEPSA newsletter explores education policy topics

The Fall 2014 edition of “Edinsights,” the newsletter of the Carolina Education Policy Student Association, is out, with articles exploring several North Carolina education policy topics. The newsletter describes the policy panel discussion hosted by CEPSA in the spring, and recaps the News & Observer opinion page column published over the summer written by faculty member Eric Houck and graduate student Allison Rose Socol. The newsletter also lists events being planned by CEPSA. The newsletter is attached to this email in PDF form, and is available here.

EdCamp NC planned for Saturday 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 Saturday. 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

Dean McDiarmid, Borman represent SOE at Washington event

Dean Bill McDiarmid and Wendy Borman, assistant dean for development, represented the School of Education at a reception in Washington, D.C. entitled “Ideas to Impact: Is Social innovation the future of Higher Education.” The event, co-sponsored by the School, Campus Y, Kenan-Flagler Business School, the School of Social Work and Student Affairs, brought together Carolina supporters to talk about innovative programs being pursued by the participating units. Speakers included radio talk show host Thom Hartman and Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Eileen Parsons appointed to editing position at Science Education

Eileen Parsons, associate professor of science education, has been appointed co-editor of the science education policy section of Science Education, one of the two top research journals in science education.

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.

Keith Sawyer cited in Chronicle of Higher Education story

Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, is cited in a Chronicle of Higher Education story that explores whether mental illness contributes to creativity. The article recounts a presentation at the Aspen Ideas Festival during the summer in which scientist Nancy Andreasen argues mental illness does spark creativity. Sawyer disputes the notion – and is perhaps even apoplectic at the notion, the article author says. Read for yourself here.

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.

GSA hosting football party Oct. 11 for Notre Dame game

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association will host a football viewing party for the Notre Dame game on Oct. 11. The party will be held in the back room at Fitzgerald's Irish Pub on Franklin Street. The social starts at 3 p.m., and kick-off at 3:30 p.m. Fitzgerald's will provide free appetizers. All graduate students and their guests are welcome, as are prospective students attending the School of Education Open House on that day.

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

Brad Walston (M.S.A. ’10, Ed.D. ’12) is principal of Providence Grove High School in Randolph County.

Leslie Taylor (A.B.Ed. ’97, M.S.A. ’10) has been appointed principal for Wiley Elementary School in Wake County.

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CCHD Series
"Studying Cognitive Development in the Classroom: From Observation to Intervention”
2 p.m.
Center for Developmental Science, lower-level classroom

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

GSA Football Viewing Party
3 p.m.
Fitzgerald's Irish Pub

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