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Rud and Ann Turnbull to give William C. Friday Distinguished Lecture Wednesday

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.

New book edited by Fen English published

A new book edited by Fen English – “The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management” – has been published. English, the R. Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, led the effort to create the 584-page book, which consists of 30 chapters covering a broad range of topics in school leadership and management. More than 40 authors from over a dozen major universities contributed to the book, including three others from the School of Education: Catherine Marshall, Eric Houck and Kathleen Brown. Former School of Education doctoral students also wrote with faculty: Matt Proto, Brad Walston, Dionne McLaughlin, Darlene Ruyan, Jeff Uhlenberg and Tawannah Allen. More information about the book is here.

Lora Cohen-Vogel elected to AERA division leadership

Lora Cohen-Vogel, the Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform, has been elected to serve a three-year term as vice president for the American Educational Research Association’s Division L: Educational Policy and Politics. The Division L vice president sits on the AERA Council, along with the president, other division vice-presidents, and six at-large members. The council is the legislative and policy body for the association. Cohen-Vogel will become vice president-elect at the council meeting during this year’s annual AERA meeting, and will serve in that role for one year before becoming vice president in April 2016.

Doctoral student Shelby Dawkins-Law awarded William Self Award

Shelby Dawkins-Law, a second-year student in the Ph.D. program in Policy, Leadership and School Improvement has been awarded the School of Education’s 2015 William Self Award for outstanding doctoral students in Educational Leadership or Policy. Dawkins-Law, who is also serving this year as president of Carolina’s Graduate and Professional Student Federation, got her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Carolina and has served in a variety of leadership positions in student governance. The award is named after William C. Self, dean of the School of Education from 1978 to 1982, after he had served as superintendent of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System from 1967 to 1972. Self had devoted his career to addressing issues of educational equity, and led Charlotte schools as the system implemented racial desegregation policies.

Gemma Mojica wins grant

Gemma Mojica, assistant professor of mathematics education, has been awarded a $290,000 grant to work with educators in Rockingham County to improve mathematics instruction. The grant is from NC QUEST, a UNC system initiative to distribute federal grant monies to projects designed to improve teacher and principal quality. Mojica’s project is entitled “Extending Elementary Teachers’ Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Fractions.” Mojica and Susan Friel recently presented at a national conference about the professional development model that will be used in the Rockingham County project.

Students leaving for four-week internships in Germany

Eleven School of Education students will leave Friday to spend four weeks in Hamburg, Germany. The students -- five M.A.T. students, one from Middle Grades, three from Elementary Education and two from Child Development and Family Studies – will work in internships at public bilingual schools. Sharon Palsha, Clinical Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and coordinator of CDFS, will be with the group during the first week and will explore early childhood institutions in Hamburg. Bjorn Hennings, director of international programs for the School, will be with the group for the duration of the visit. The students will also work with the German student teachers who were in Chapel Hill for internships in February and March. Also, they will participate with their German counterparts in three seminars run by Andreas Bonnet, a professor at the University of Hamburg who visited Chapel Hill in March.

Alumna Pat Richardson (A.B.Ed. ’58) honored as ‘Tar Heel of the Week’

Pat Richardson, who helped establish Wake Tech’s Individualized Learning Center in the 1970s, has been honored by The News & Observer newspaper, which named her its “Tar Heel of the Week.” Richardson was described by the March 8 profile as being an early adopter of the idea that adult students needed tutoring that treated them as individuals, rather than the standardized approach that was in use when she began working in the field. She trained generations of tutors and developed the college’s first programs for English language learners. She helped develop separate learning centers for math, writing and computer and study skills at Wake Tech’s campuses. Read the profile here.

Tuesday Talk 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: Doctoral students to give talk on queering a math class on Friday

The talk by doctoral students Summer Pennell and Bryan Fede -- "Math for a cause: Queering a middle school math class" – has been scheduled for Thursday. 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. The talk will be held at noon in the Student Union, Room 3206A.

Recent publications, presentations

Jeffrey Greene made the keynote presentation at the 2015 annual conference of the Librarians’ Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (LAUNC-CH) on March 13 at the Friday Center. The title of Greene’s presentation: – “Fostering Digital Literacy in the 21st Century.”

Gregory Cizek made two recent presentations. One presentation “Emerging research and practice in standard setting” was made on March 13 at an invited research colloquium, International Credentialing Associates, in Philadelphia. Cizek also made a presentation entitled “Four critical issues in educational assessment for North Carolina” on March 3 to N.C. Senate and House Education Committee members in Raleigh.

Soo-yong Byun, Matthew Irvin (Ph.D. ’06) and Judith Meece. “Rural/Nonrural Differences in College Attendance Patterns,” being published in Peabody Journal of Education, April online and May in print.

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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”
Student Union, Room 3206A

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