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LEARN NC, launch new teaching tool

LEARN NC and have created a multimedia how-to guide that shows teachers how to use family history resources in their classrooms. The guide – “Family History in the Classroom” – was unveiled last week at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference in Boston. Faculty member Cheryl Mason Bolick and graduate students Tommy Ender and Jeff Nesbitt were among the presenters. The guide was developed by a team of middle school and high school teachers and media specialists coordinated by LEARN NC. The project was funded with a $199,000 grant from The guide is available for free on LEARN NC’s website here and on iTunes. It comes in a multimedia iBook format for display on Apple devices and as a PDF file. More about the project here.

Claudia Cervantes-Soon selected as AAHHE Faculty Fellow

Faculty member Claudia Cervantes-Soon has been selected as a 2015 Faculty Fellow by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. Each year, AAHHE selects ten fellows from a competitive pool of junior faculty across the nation to participate in the AAHHE national conference and the Faculty Fellows Program. The conference will be held in March in Frisco, Texas, featuring the theme “The Decade Ahead: Inquire, Innovate, Impact.” Fellows engage in a variety of activities during the conference. Fellows are selected based on demonstrated contributions to scholarship and demonstrated ability to contribute to the enhancement of Latina/os in higher education, among other criteria.

GSA holding winter social on Dec. 5

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association will hold a Winter Social on Dec. 5. Snacks will be provided; guests are invited to BYOB -- bring your own beverage. The party starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the home of Anne and Jamie Bryan, 210 Hillcrest Circle in Chapel Hill. Those attending are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for donation to the Toys for Tots program. Learn more about that here. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Lana Minshew -- – or Meghan Jones –

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

Catherine Marshall and doctoral students Mark Johnson and Ariel Tichnor-Wagner presented "North Carolina as a Critical Case of Regressive Education Policy: The Responses of Educators, Community Leaders, and Activist Coalitions” at the annual meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration last week in Washington, D.C.

Fen English, the R. Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, presented on Nov. 17 at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. He gave an all-university open lecture on “The Restoration of Emotion and Artistic Performance in Educational Leadership.” During his visit he also conducted interviews on the topic for a book he’s writing with an Australian colleague.

Rebecca New, associate professor of early childhood education, presented a paper entitled “DAP: Wanted, Dead or Alive” with Marianne Bloch at the Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education conference at Kent State University earlier this month. Also, in October New participated in a symposium on Epistemology, Cybernetics and Critical Pedagogy at an invitation-only symposium hosted by University of Colorado-Denver's School of Education.

Luis Urrieta Jr. (Ph.D. ’03), Lina Mendez, and doctoral student Esmerelda Rodríguez, (2014). “A moving target”: a critical race analysis of Latina/o faculty experiences, perspectives, and reflections on the tenure and promotion process, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

Policy and Leadership Studies doctoral student Shelby Dawkins-Law presented at the recent annual meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration in Washington, D.C. Her presentation was entitled “Public Charter Schools With Transportation: Increasing Access to Learning Opportunities for All Students.” She also made presented at the Center for the Study of the American South Southern Research Circle on Oct. 3. That presentation was entitled “Student Perspectives of Resegregation in North Carolina Public Schools.”

Grant Activity

Rebecca New, associate professor of early childhood education, received an invitation to submit a full proposal to the W.T. Grant Foundation, which was subsequently submitted earlier this month. The project is entitled “Teachers and Teaching Children of Immigrants: Cultural Models at Work in Early Childhood Classrooms.” New and Xue Rong, professor of social studies education, are co-principal investigators on the proposal. If funded, the study will focus on the beliefs and practices of the kindergarten and first-grade teachers of the same children whose Chinese and Mexican immigrant parents are participants in the on-going study of Cultural Models in Transition funded by the Spencer Foundation.

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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