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Project stemming from doctoral student’s dissertation wins $3 million grant

UNC-Chapel Hill was one of 24 universities nationwide to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education through its new First in the World grant competition. The funding goes to “The Finish Line Project” which was derived from research and the dissertation work of Cynthia Demetriou, who in August completed her doctoral work in educational psychology, measurement and evaluation. Demetriou is director of undergraduate retention for the College of Arts and Sciences. Carolina’s Office of Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences will receive the funding over four years to for the project, which is a program for first-generation college students — as well as rural, transfer and historically underserved students — that includes curricular innovations, outreach and support, and pathways for timely and affordable degree completion. Demetriou will serve as executive director of the project. Abigail Panter, senior associate dean for undergraduate education in the College and a professor of psychology, is the project’s principal investigator. Judith Meece, the McMichael Professor of Education, will serve as lead researcher of a project study to improve the college success of Carolina students from rural communities. Read more about the project here.

CCHD talk today looks at adolescents’ social experiences

DeLeon Gray of North Carolina State University will speak today at the Center for Developmental Science as part of the Carolina Consortium on Human Development’s speaker series. Gray’s talk – entitled “Using social psychological perspectives to understand adolescents' social experiences in achievement contexts" – will begin at 2 p.m. It will be held in the lower level classroom of 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.

Eileen Parsons has chapter in newly released book

Eileen Parsons, associate professor of science education, has a chapter in the newly released second edition of the “Handbook of Research in Science Education.” The book was released by Taylor and Francis in honor of Sandra Abell, a scholar who made strides for women in science education research and who lost her battle with cancer. The handbook, edited by Norm Lederman and Abell, features chapters written by renowned researchers and scholars in science education. Parsons' chapter is titled "Unpacking and Critically Synthesizing the Literature on Race and Ethnicity in Science Education.”

Graduate Programs Open House scheduled for Saturday

The School of Education will host its Graduate Programs Open House on Saturday, 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 Saturday for Notre Dame game

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association will host a football viewing party for the Notre Dame game on Saturday. 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.

SOE Facebook: See the photo that has gotten 3,000 views!

School of Education alumnus and donor Frank Comfort (M.A.T. ’69) dropped by Carolina last week, and met for lunch with Assistant Dean Wendy Borman and Danielle Moloney, the student who received this year’s Comfort Scholarship. Comfort’s and Moloney’s smiles have now been seen by 3,000 people on Facebook, with friends and colleagues of Comfort’s wishing him well and thanking him for the support he has given them, and to others. Moloney is a senior in elementary education. Comfort has provided gifts to the School that support students during their year of student teaching. This is the 15th straight year a student has received a Comfort Scholarship. See Comfort and Moloney on the School’s Facebook here. (Want more SOE photos? Follow our new Instagram! See us at uncschoolofed)

WorldView Fall Symposium explores introducing global topics into K-12 classrooms

WorldView, a UNC public service arm that helps educators incorporate global education into their teaching, will host its annual Fall Symposium on Oct. 22-23 at the Friday Center. The day-and-a-half event will feature more than 30 sessions for teachers at every K-12 grade level. Registration is required. More information is available here.

Recent Publications

Kelly Ryoo has had two papers published

"Teaching Science through the Language of Students in Technology-Enhanced Instruction" in the Journal of Science Education and Technology. The abstract and article are available here.

A short piece titled "Blogs for Learning" was published in the Encyclopedia of Science Education with a doctoral student at the University of California at Berkeley. The paper is available here.

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CCHD Series: “Using social psychological perspectives to understand adolescents' social experiences in achievement contexts"
2 p.m.
Center for Developmental Science, lower-level classroom

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. 21

Election Brown Bag: Hosted by the Carolina Education Student Policy Association (CESPA)
11 am
Peabody 02

Oct. 22

SOE Brown Bag: Claudia Cervantes-Soon
"Interrupting the Silence of Latin@ Students in Dual Language Education"
Peabody 02

Oct. 22-23

WorldView Fall Symposium
Friday Center

Nov. 1

Black Alumni of the School of Education Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Carolina Inn

Nov. 1

Annual Alumni Awards Dinner
6:30 p.m.
Carolina Inn

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