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School rises in US News rankings

The School of Education rose three places in the latest graduate school rankings by US News & World Report, rising to the 33rd position among the 357 schools of education included in the survey. The rankings, released last week, also ranked two SOE graduate programs as being among the best in the country: “Educational Administration and Supervision” at 15th and “Curriculum and Instruction” at a tie for 16th. More about the rankings may be found here. The rankings may be found here.

George Noblit book explores white resistance to school desegregation

George Noblit, the Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, has a new book out. “School Desegregation: Oral Histories toward Understanding the Effects of White Domination” was published by Sense Publishers. The book, edited by Noblit, seeks to inform the Millennial Generation about what school desegregation was actually about—the struggle over white domination in the United States. Standard textbooks tell of heroic efforts of African Americans to achieve civil rights but typically do not describe those who sought to deny those rights. These oral histories describe the white resistance to desegregation and how that resistance continues to influence educational policies today. Read more about the book here.

Anderson, Minshew win conference award – for second year in a row

A poster by Janice Anderson, assistant professor of science education, and doctoral student Lana Minshew won the Outstanding Poster Award at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Annual International Conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. The poster was entitled “Teacher Implementation of Co-Designed iPad Integrated Science Instruction.” It was the second year in a row that Anderson and Minshew won the Outstanding Poster Award at the SITE conference.

SOE Brown Bag talk Wednesday features Stanley Trent

Visiting professor Stanley Trent will give an SOE Brown Bag talk on Wednesday, talking about his research on prospective teachers from diverse backgrounds and their experiences at predominately white universities. Trent, a faculty member at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, will give his talk at noon in Peabody 02. His talk is entitled “’So I just, I wanna change that:’ A Prospective Teacher’s Understanding of Self and Teaching Diverse Learners.” In his study, Trent examined an African American’s decision to become a teacher and his perceptions of teaching students from diverse backgrounds. 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.

Talk on March 24 explores collaboration among educators, allied health professionals

The Center for Developmental Disabilities is hosting a talk and discussion on March 24 exploring the interdependence of educators and allied health professionals and communicating across disciplines to helps students. The talk – “The Missing Link: Collaboration between Allied Health Sciences and Education” – is being presented by Emily Kertcher of the center. In addition, specialists in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech language pathology will provide overviews of what occurs in each of their fields, including prominent principles of practice to facilitate future joint goal setting and intervention planning across disciplines. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to go until 8 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Parking is available at the center, located at 101 Renee Lynne Court in Carrboro. For more information, contact Rebecca Jordan at To register, click here.

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

Rud Turnbull and 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.

REMINDER: Doctoral students to give talk on queering a math class on March 26

The talk by doctoral students Summer Pennell and Bryan Fede -- "Math for a cause: Queering a middle school math class" – has been rescheduled for March 26. The talk – which has been rescheduled twice due to 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. A location will be announced.

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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: Stanley Trent
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

Tuesday, Mar. 24

The Missing Link: Collaboration between Allied Health Sciences and Education
6 p.m.
Center for Developmental Disabilities, 101 Renee Lynne Court in Carrboro

Wednesday, Mar. 25

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

Thursday, Mar. 26

Summer Pennell and Bryan Fede: “Math for a Cause: Queering a middle school math class”
Time and location to be announced

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