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Proposal by Steve Knotek, students wins grant

A project proposed by Steve Knotek, associate professor of school psychology, and students Melissa Senior and Erica Fornaris have won a grant from the UNC system. The project will develop a prototype of a social emotional learning curriculum that can be used in residential life programs. The grant funding is from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided several states with funding to explore transformational change within state systems of higher education. The proposed project seeks to address three skills needed by vulnerable students: self-management, self-advocacy and self-determination. The project seeks to develop a curriculum and to explore the feasibility of deploying it across the UNC system.

Eric Houck cited in article about education spending

Which school districts are most effective in the way they spend their education funding? And what makes for more effective education spending? Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, weighed in on education spending for an article on the financial services website WalletHub. The article has a ranking of school districts by effectiveness. In the article, Houck lays out how residents can know whether their tax dollars are being used wisely. The article is here.

Fen English book is published

Fenwick English, the R. Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, is the co-author of a new book published by Sage Publications. The book, co-authored with Cheryl Bolton of Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom, is entitled “Bourdieu For Educators: Policy and Practice.” The book brings the work of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu into the arena of elementary and secondary educational reform and change, and offers policy, research, and practice discussions. The book challenges the standards movement in different countries, the current vision of effective management, and the open-market notion connecting pay to performance. The book lays out the bold educational agenda of Bourdieu by demonstrating that educational preparation must take into account larger socioeconomic-political realities in order for educational change and reform to make an impact.

EDX Open House draws prospective students

The faculty in the Masters of Education for Experienced Teachers program held an open house on Saturday that drew more than a dozen prospective students, all of whom stayed for the duration of the two hours of presentations. Faculty participating in the session were Harriet Able, Mollie Lloyd, Claudia Cervantes-Soon and Jennifer Diliberto.

UVa’s Stanley Trent serving as visiting scholar

Stanley Trent has arrived at the School of Education as a visiting scholar from the University of Virginia. Trent is an internationally known scholar on issues of disproportionality in Special Education and multicultural education for pre-service teachers. He has also served as an assistant dean at UVa. Please welcome him to Peabody. His UNC email address is Read more about Trent here.

Graduate student Summer Pennell participating in Ackland panel discussion

Ph.D. student Summer Pennell will be participating in a panel discussion on Wednesday as part of the Ackland Museum's "Digital Salon Series." The panel will discuss the role art museums can play in digital art history initiatives. The panel includes Peter Nisbet, the chief curator and interim director, and Scott Hankins, the Ackland’s registrar. It will be moderated by Caroline Culbert, the Ackland’s learning resources coordinator. Pennell was the Kress Education Fellow at the Ackland last summer. She will talk about how digital humanities and how art museums can serve as content providers for educators. More details are here.

German student teachers visiting Chapel Hill

A group of twelve German student teachers from Hamburg, Germany will visit Chapel Hill from Feb. 7 to March 7, and School of Education faculty are invited to have them visit their classes. The students will be placed in Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools where they will all teach English and a second subject. Their supervisor, Andreas Bonnet, will be here Feb. 28 to March 7, and give a graduate seminar on March 3 and a brown bag lecture on March 4. Eleven School of Education students are scheduled to go to Hamburg in March for their last month of student teaching. Faculty members who would like to have German students visit their classes should contact Bjorn Hennings.

Leigh Hall student blogging as part of their class

You can follow along some of the discussions in Leigh Hall’s “The Politics of Reading” course as her students write blog posts as part of their work. The class, which is part of the Minor in Education, has a blog that each student posts to once a week during the semester. The blog is here.

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Monday, Feb. 9

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Jessica Kinard
“Parent-Mediated Intervention for Spanish-Speaking Families of Young Children with ASD”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, Feb. 23

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Kirsten Kainz and John Sideris
“Designing Intervention Research, Discussing a Broader Framework for Study Power”
Sheryl-Mar South, 284

Wednesday, Feb. 25

SOE Brown Bag: Jocelyn Glazier and colleagues
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Monday, Mar. 2

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Melissa Van Dyke, Laura Louison, Ellen Nacik and Oscar Fleming
“Our Magic Bean:” Enabling Community-Level Early Childhood Successes”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, Mar. 16

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Laura Kuhn
“The Role of Language in the Development of Preschoolers’ Executive Functions”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Wednesday, Mar. 18

SOE Brown Bag: Bill McDiarmid and Katie Caprino
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Monday, Mar. 23

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Genna Durante
“Family-Centered Care as a Predictor of Early Intervention Outcomes for Ethnically Diverse Families”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, Apr. 27

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Ximena Franco
“Classroom Quality, Teacher-Child Interactions, and Child Outcomes in the Nuestros Ninos School Readiness Project”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, May 11

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Kara Hume, Lauren Turner Brown and Brian Boyd
“Training Community Providers to Support Families and Their Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, May 18

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Meghan Swanson
“The Neural Circuitry of Early Language Development in Human Infants”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B