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Lynne Vernon-Feagans presenting CDS talk today

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy, will speak at the Center for Developmental Science today. Her talk – entitled "Diverging and converging destinies of rural children: Families, classrooms, and early language and literacy" – will begin at 2 p.m. The talk – part of the Carolina Consortium on Human Development speaker series – will be held in the center’s lower-level classroom. Relevant readings are posted on the consortium website:

Faculty-staff Thanksgiving lunch planned for Tuesday

The School of Education’s faculty-staff Thanksgiving lunch will be held Tuesday, starting at 11 a.m. in Peabody 02. The meal will be catered by Marcel, the vendor who fed us last year. Those planning to attend should have RSVPed to Patricia Ayers.

Keith Sawyer has second edition of book published; ‘Zig Zag’ published in China

Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, has had a second edition of one of his books published. “The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences” was published by Cambridge University Press. Sawyer served as editor of the book, which provides an introduction to learning sciences. Contributors address best ways to write textbooks, design educational software, prepare effective teachers, organize classrooms and use online resources to enhance student learning. Details about the book are available on Sawyer’s blog, here. In addition, Sawyer’s newest book, “Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity,” has been translated and published in China. See the cover on Sawyer’s blog, here.

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

Recent publications, presentations

Hedges, S. H., Kirby, A. V., Sreckovic, M. A., Kucharczyk, S., Hume, K., & Pace, S. (2014). “Falling through the Cracks”: Challenges for High School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The High School Journal, 98(1), 64–82. doi:10.1353/hsj.2014.0014

Ph.D. candidate Keren Dalyot will present on Wednesday at the World Education Research Association Focal Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland. The title of her paper is “Bridging the Gap Between International Goals and National Realities: Rethinking Gender Equality Policies in Post Conflict Countries.”

The following presentations will be made by Policy and Leadership Studies students at the annual meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration this week in Washington, D.C.:

Helen Avis and Mark Johnson: “The school to prison pipeline: A critical analysis of Zero Tolerance and Juvenile Justice.”

Danielle Allen: “Further Dismantling of Brown? An Analysis of School Choice Policy Adoption in North Carolina.”

Danielle Allen and Ariel Tichnor-Wagner: “Leading with Care: Promising Caring Practices in Urban High Schools.”

Christopher Harrison, with Lora Cohen-Vogel and co-presenters from Florida State University and Vanderbilt: “Effective High Schools: Insights from the National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools.”

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CCHD series: Lynne Vernon-Feagans

2 p.m.
Center for Developmental Science, lower-level classroom

Tuesday, Nov. 18
Faculty-staff Thanksgiving lunch

11 a.m. to 1 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