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Special education faculty papers selected as ‘must reads’

Two of SOE’s special education faculty have had articles listed as “must reads” by the Council for Learning Disabilities Research Symposium. The CLD’s Research Committee hosted a “Must Read” session at its 35th Annual International Conference during which it discussed articles published between Aug. 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013. One article was selected in each of six areas relevant to learning disabilities research and practice. An article by Linda Mason, professor of special education, was selected in the “reading instruction” area. The article – “Teaching Students who Struggle with Learning to Think Before, While and After Reading: Effects of Self-Regulation Strategy Development Instruction” – was published in Reading and Writing Quarterly. An article co-authored by Sam Odom, professor and director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, was selected in the “research method” area. The article – entitled “Evidence-Based Practices and Implementation Science in Special Education” – was co-authored with Bryan Cook of the University of Hawaii and published in the journal Exceptional Children.

Alumnus Jason Jowers named N.C.’s Assistant Principal of the Year

Jason Jowers (M.S.A. ’11), assistant principal at Hillside High School in Durham, has been named the 2015 North Carolina Assistant Principal of the Year by the N.C. Association of Principals and Assistant Principals. Jowers will represent the state in the National Assistant Principal of the Year program. Jowers joined Durham Public Schools as a history teacher at Southern High School in 2007. He joined Hillside to direct its freshman Academy before becoming an assistant principal. More here.

Alumnus Ron Haskins writes New York Times column

Alumnus Ron Haskins (M.A.T. '70, Ph.D. '76), co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution, wrote an opinion column that was published by The New York Times. In the column, which was re-printed by The News & Observer and other papers around the country, Haskins argues that Republicans should carefully evaluate social programs before cutting their funding. Haskins received an Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Education in November. Haskins, who co-authored the new book “Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy,” gives examples of several social programs that have demonstrated their value and argues that results of programs should be carefully examined before funding reductions are imposed. The column is here.

SEAES calls for proposals for February conference; deadline Jan. 14

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

Graduate student Domonique Bulls selected for fellowship program

Doctoral student Domonique Bulls has been accepted into the Future Faculty Fellowship Program, an initiative of Carolina’s Center for Faculty Excellence. The Future Faculty Fellowship Program is a semester-long program that introduces graduate students to evidence-based teaching practices, helps them understand the roles and responsibilities of faculty members at different types of institutions and helps them reflect on their professional goals.

Eric Houck invited paper being published

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, presented an invited paper at the Russell Sage Foundation Journal Conference entitled The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 at Fifty and Beyond. The conference solicited nine papers from top scholars in the field of education policy to address pitfalls and potential within the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965. The papers will be revised and included in an upcoming edition of the Russell Sage Foundation Journal. Houck’s paper, coauthored with Elizabeth DeBray from the University of Georgia, was entitled "The Shift from Adequacy to Equity in Federal Education Policymaking: A Proposal for How ESEA Could Reshape the State Role in Education Finance.” It addressed a potential pathway for federal policymakers to ensure greater resource equity and increased educational opportunities through the ESEA. Bray blogged about the presentation. That blog post is available here.

Recent publications, presentations

Second-year doctoral student Terrell Morton has had a reflection on his family history published on the website of education scholar and activist Christine Sleeter. The article – “Lessons from My Grandfather” – describes Morton’s effort to learn more about his family history and why that became important to him. The article is available here.

A paper co-authored by Jennifer Diliberto, clinical associate professor of special education, was featured in TEACHING Exceptional Children in its "Special Issue: The Best of TEACHING Exceptional Children." Diliberto’s article was entitled “Six Tips for Successful IEP Meetings.”

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Monday, Jan. 15

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Desiree Murray
“A Review of Interventions for Self-Regulation Across Development: Findings and Discussion of Next Steps”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, Jan. 26

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Christina Kasprzak and Katy McCullough
“The ECTA System Framework for Building High-Quality early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Systems”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B