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Sherick Hughes to lead SOE Brown Bag discussion on qualitative work today

Sherick Hughes, associate professor, will lead a group of doctoral students in an SOE Brown Bag discussion entitled “Recent Research from the Carter Qualitative Thought Laboratory” today. The Brown Bag will begin at noon in Peabody 02. The presentation will include information about formation and history of the Carter Lab, and feature current research being done there. Information will be provided regarding the Qualitative Certificate Connection, resources, future research, and access procedures. 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.

Homeless, military-affiliated children topic of Tuesday discussion today

Students, faculty and staff are invited to join a presentation and discussion about schooling issues regarding homeless and military-affiliated children. The discussion is part of the EDUC 697 Minor in Education class. The class will meet today at 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Peabody 02. The discussion is intended to call attention to two student populations often overlooked in research and teacher preparation. Included will be a Skype conversation with Diana Bowman, director of the National Center for Homeless Education from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and a presentation at 10:20 a.m. to 11 a.m. featuring Navy Lt. Sid Gulledge, discussing issues related to education and the United States military as part of the UNC-CH Veteran’s Day commemoration.

Eileen Parsons to serve on panel discussing Wainstein report on Thursday

Eileen Parsons, associate professor of science education, will participate in a town hall discussion exploring topics around the Wainstein report and race. The discussion – entitled “The Black & Blue of Carolina: Post-Wainstein” – is being hosted by Carolina’s Black Student Movement and will be held Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room at the Stone Center. Other panelists will include Cricket Lane and Zach Selmon, both from UNC Athletics. The event was scheduled to coincide with the University's Black Alumni Reunion and related class reunions.

GSA Brown Bag on Wednesday exploring grad student funding

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is putting on a GSA Brown Bag session on Wednesday intended to help graduate students find funding for their studies and research. The session will include a presentation by the Graduate Funding Information Center. The session will begin at noon, in Peabody 02. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a laptop or tablet device. Refreshments will be served.

CEPSA co-sponsoring education policy careers event on Thursday

The Carolina Education Policy Student Association and the Young Education Professionals of the Triangle will co-host an event on Thursday for students and young professionals interested in education-policy related careers. The event “Exploring Careers in Education Policy” - will be held in Room 02, beginning at 4 p.m. The event will give attendees the chance to talk to influential early- and mid-career education policy professionals, including Karrie Dixon, vice president for academic and student success at the UNC system’s General Administration; Jason Langberg, attorney at Advocates for Children’s Services at N.C. Legal Aid; Eric Moore, fiscal analyst at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction; and Aarti Sharma, recruitment manager for Teach for America. The event is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any program or major. Light refreshments will be served.

Photos from Alumni Awards Dinner, BASE luncheon online

Photos from the School of Education’s Alumni Awards Dinner and the luncheon of the Black Alumni of the School of Education are available online. Photos from both events may be found on the School of Education’s Smugmug site: (Please note: Photos may be downloaded for free, without using Smugmug’s “Buy” button.)

Books being collected for pediatric patients

The School of Education is participating in a book drive, collecting new or gently used books for pediatric cancer patients at UNC Hospitals. The collection box is located inside the Student Affairs suite. Books will be collected until Dec. 4.

SEAES calls for proposals for February conference

Students and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the 18th Annual Southeastern Association of Educational Studies conference being held in February. The conference – entitled “Be the Messenger: Advocating for Change in the Field of Education” – will be held on Feb. 7 at the School of Education. Organizers are seeking proposals for posters, paper presentations and panel discussions. Proposals are welcome from teachers, students – including undergraduate students – community members and others who are interested in educational topics. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 5. Submit Proposals, comments, and questions to

GSA seeking applications for conference participation awards

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is encouraging graduate students to apply for Conference Participation Awards. The awards are available to help School of Education graduate students with some of the costs necessary to attend a regional, national, or international academic conference or professional society meeting to present a paper or poster session of the students’ original research/scholarship. Students must be enrolled in a School of Education graduate degree program to apply. Preference will be given to students who are presenting their research, but students attending conferences are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for fall semester travel is Nov. 12. More information can be found at:

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Recent publications, presentations

Claudia Cervantes-Soon. “The U.S.-Mexico Border-crossing Chicana Researcher: Theory in the Flesh and the Politics of Identity in Critical Ethnography,” published in a special issue on (Re)envisioning Chicana/Latina Feminist Methodologies in the Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies.

Keith Sawyer provided the keynote lecture at the national conference of The College Music Society in St. Louis on Oct. 31. Sawyer’s lecture was entitled “Group Creativity: Musical Performance and Collaboration.”

Doctoral students Tommy Ender and Emily Freeman presented their working paper "Am I really gifted? The impact of being gifted on minority students" at the AESA/IAIE joint conference in Toronto. The AESA/IAIE joint conference took place from Oct. 30-Nov. 2.

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Tuesday, Nov. 11

SOE Brown Bag: Sherick Hughes and doctoral students
"Recent Research from the Carter Qualitative Thought Laboratory"
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Nov. 12

GSA Brown Bag: How to Obtain Fundings
Peabody 02

Thursday, Nov. 13

Exploring Careers in Education Policy
Co-sponsored by CEPSA & Young Education Professionals (YEP)
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Peabody 02

Monday, 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

Monday, 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