SOE News

Peabody Pulse

Jill Hamm gives talk today in CDS series

Jill Hamm, associate professor of educational psychology, will speak today at the Center for Developmental Science. The talk – entitled “Bridging Education and Developmental Science Perspectives to Understand Teachers' Influence on Peer Cultures” – is part of the Carolina Consortium on Human Development’s speaker series. Hamm’s talk begins at 2 p.m. and will be in the lower-level classroom at the Center for Developmental Science, which is in the same building as Top of the Hill. Relevant readings are posted on the consortium website:

Alumna Muriel Summers wins award

Muriel Summers (A.B.Ed. ’79), principal at Combs Elementary School in Raleigh, has been awarded the Friday Medal, given by the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, considered one of the highest honors for North Carolina educators. Summers was cited for creating the first leadership elementary school in the nation at Combs, a program that is centered on Franklin Covey’s “7 Habits” program. Combs was named the top magnet school in the nation earlier this year by Magnet Schools of America. Summers has been principal at the school since 1998, and has worked in education for 33 years.

GSA holding winter social on Friday

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association will hold a Winter Social on Friday. 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 –

Book drive ending Thursday

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

Be the first to know! 'Like' us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

Want to be among the in-the-know SOE crowd? Click “Like” on the School’s Facebook page and you’ll get the latest dope straight in your news feed. Join the SOE Facebook here. And, we now have an Instagram. Follow us at

Got news?

Have you got news to share? A new paper published? Make a conference presentation? Win a grant? Do you know of an upcoming SOE event of interest to others? A shoutout, about yourself or someone you know? Send your news to Mike Hobbs at



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


CDS Series: Jill Hamm
Center for Developmental Science, lower-level classroom

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