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Jocelyn Glazier, students presenting Brown Bag talk Wednesday on global competency tool

Associate Professor Jocelyn Glazier and three students will present at an SOE Brown Bag talk on Wednesday on a tool designed to help teachers incorporate global awareness in their work. Presenting with Glazier are doctoral students Jessie Cain, Hillary Parkhouse and Ariel Tichnor-Wagner. The session will introduce people to the Globally Competent Teaching Continuum, a self-reflection tool developed by the team for teachers and teacher educators to use to both assess and develop their global competence and globally competent teaching practices. The discussion will begin at noon in Peabody 02. Light lunches will be provided for approximately 25 people at each of this year's Brown Bag talks. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. '77, Ph.D. '80) and Metametrics, Inc.

Rud and Ann Turnbull to give William C. Friday Distinguished Lecture on March 25

Dr. Rud Turnbull and Dr. Ann Turnbull – professors, researchers and advocates in the field of disabilities – will give the School of Education’s William C. Friday Distinguished Lecture on March 25. The Turnbulls, who started their careers at UNC-Chapel Hill, have worked in the field for more than four decades. Their talk is entitled “Families’ Contributions to Special Education: From Civil Rights to Ethical Communities.” Between the two of them, the Turnbulls have authored more than 40 books – including two leading textbooks – and more than 500 articles and chapters. The lecture – at The Carolina Inn – begins at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Laurie Norman and or 919-843-6979 by March 20.

Kelly Ryoo selected for NARST scholars award

Kelly Ryoo, assistant professor of learning sciences, has been selected by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) to receive the Jhumki Basu Equity Scholars Award. Each year, the NARST’s Equity and Ethics Committee offers the Jhumki Basu Scholars Award to support and nurture promising young scholars from underrepresented groups and recognizes their research efforts related to promoting equity in science teaching and learning. As a 2015 Basu Scholar, Ryoo will participate in the Equity and Ethics Pre-conference Workshop at this year’s NARST meeting in Chicago in March. She will present her research at the Jhumki Basu Scholars Symposium at the 2016 NARST conference in Baltimore.

Paper by doctoral student Mike Caprino wins Wyne Award

Ph.D. student Mike Caprino has been awarded the North Carolina Association for Research in Education’s 2014 Marvin Wyne Outstanding Student Paper Award for his paper entitled “The Implications of Teacher Motivation for Educational Administrators and Policymakers.” The award was presented at the annual meeting of the association, held earlier this month in Winston-Salem. The paper argues that teacher motivation and its role in how teachers teach have not received enough attention from researchers. The paper proposes a conceptual framework to provide directions for new research, as well as recommendations for educational policymakers and administrators. The award is named after Marvin Wyne, who was a professor of special education at Carolina for 20 years until his death in 1987.

Elections, LGBT educators’ employment protections focus of latest CEPSA newsletter

The policy impact of North Carolina elections and an examination of employment protections for LGBT educators are among the topics in the latest “edinsights” newsletter published by the Carolina Education Policy Student Association. The newsletter also features a profile of Ed.D student Jason Jowers, who recently was named North Carolina’s Assistant Principal of the Year. The newsletter is available as a PDF download here.

Doctoral students to give talk on queering a math class on Thursday

Doctoral students Summer Pennell and Bryan Fede will present a talk "Math for a cause: Queering a middle school math class" on Thursday. The talk – which was rescheduled to Thursday due to last week’s weather – will describe how they collaborated with a classroom teacher on a social justice math class in a local middle school last fall. The curriculum was developed using frameworks of queer pedagogy, critical literacy, and critical math which all value questioning, dialogue, and critical consciousness. The talk will be held at noon in Student Union 3205.

Recent publications, presentations

Jeanne Bissonnette and Katie Caprino. (2015). A Look at Ineffective and Effective Professional Development: Moving Toward Action Research. Mid-Atlantic Education Review, 2(1). Retrieved from

A poster by students Shuting Zheng, Lauren Turner-Brown, Kara Hume and Brian Boyd has been accepted for presentation at the International Meeting For Autism Research in May in Salt Lake City. The poster describes a study that explored eye-tracking paradigm for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. Zheng has been awarded a competitive travel award to attend the conference.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 25

SOE Brown Bag: Jocelyn Glazier and colleagues
Peabody 02

Kathleen Gallagher on international studies of drama education with urban youth
4 p.m.
Peabody 02

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
Peabody 02

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

Wednesday, Mar. 25

William C. Friday Distinguished Lecture: Rud and Ann Turnbull
4 p.m.
The Carolina Inn

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