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GSA hosting coffee break today

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is hosting a GSA Coffee Break today. Stop by the Graduate Student Lounge for free coffee and doughnuts from 11 a.m. to 1 pm.

School hosting 2014 Alumni Awards Dinner on Nov. 1

The School of Education will host the 2014 Alumni Awards Dinner on Nov. 1, during which six Carolina alumni will be honored for their work, achievements and contributions to the School of Education. Tom Lambeth, who served as executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for 23 years and has been a longtime supporter of the School of Education, will receive the Peabody Award, the School’s highest honor. The event will be held at the Carolina Inn. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Oct. 24 by sending an email to Laurie Norman,, or calling 919-843-6979.

Black Alumni of the School of Education hosting luncheon Nov. 1

The Black Alumni of the School of Education – BASE – will hold its annual “Coming Home: BASE Celebration” luncheon on Nov. 1. At the event, former School of Education faculty member Bill Malloy will be presented with the 2014 Impact Award. BASE members will also award their first BASE Fellowship, a $1,000 scholarship that will be given to Nitasha Clark, who works as a graduate research assistant with the First School Project at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. The luncheon will begin at noon and will be held at the Carolina Inn. Those wishing to attend the BASE Luncheon are asked to RSVP by Oct. 24 by sending an email to Laurie Norman,, or calling 919-843-6979.

Alumna Dhedra Lassiter named Wake County Principal of the Year

Dhedra Lassiter (A.B.Ed. ’89), principal at Rolesville Middle School, has been named the 2014-15 Principal of the Year in Wake County. Lassiter began her career in education in 1993 as a teacher at Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School, then worked in the county system office in human resources before becoming assistant principal and then principal at Heritage Middle School. She was named to be the first principal at Rolesville Middle School when it opened in 2012. A News & Observer article about Lassiter is here. cites Keith Sawyer on brainstorming’s failure

Despite its popularity, group brainstorming doesn’t work. That’s the conclusion of a article published Oct. 9 that relies heavily on a book written by Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations. Sawyer recounts in his book “Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration” an experiment in which students were put into groups or left to their own devices to solve puzzles. It turns out that the students who worked alone found twice as many solutions as the groups did. Plus, the solo problem solvers’ solutions were judged more “feasible” and “effective” by judges. In his book, Sawyer says brainstorming remains popular because it carries the illusion of being effective. Members of brainstorming groups report enjoying high-energy conversation and laughter, causing people to see the activity as being more effective than it really is, Sawyer says. Read the article here.

GSA selling School of Education T shirts

The Graduate Student Association has a limited number of short-sleeved School of Education T-shirts available for purchase. The shirts will be on sale for $10 each in the Graduate Student Lounge today (10/13) and tomorrow. GSA will be placing an order for additional shirts in the upcoming weeks. Those interested are asked to complete a survey by Friday to provide feedback on the design. The survey is here.

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

An investigation of the role of contingent metacognitive behavior in self-regulated learning. Tuysuzoglu, Banu Binbasaran; Greene, Jeffrey Alan. Metacognition and Learning, Oct 2014.

Teaching science through the language of students in technology-enhanced instruction. Ryoo, Kihyun; Journal of Science Education and Technology, Sep 2014.

Early childhood professor Sharon Palsha and doctoral student Meredith Jones attended the 30th Annual International Division of Early Childhood Conference in St. Louis last week where they conducted a pre-conference workshop entitled “Project-Based Learning Benefits ALL children and their Teachers.” The workshop was attended by special educators from across the U.S., in addition to some professionals from China. Additionally, Palsha presented a two-hour session entitled “Learning from Reggio Emilia’s Approach to Inclusion.” Harriet Able and some of doctoral students also presented at the conference.

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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
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Oct. 22

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