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Kathleen Brown, Judith Meece accepted into Frank Porter Graham Honor Society

Kathleen Brown, professor of educational leadership, and Judith Meece, professor of educational psychology, have been accepted as members of the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society. The Frank Porter Graham Honor Society recognizes outstanding service provided to the University and community by graduate and professional students and faculty, staff and friends who have made significant contributions to the development of graduate and professional student education at Carolina. An induction ceremony will be held April 23.

Fen English subject of ‘Three Questions’ profile

Fen English, the R. Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at the School of Education, is the subject of a “Three Questions” profile on the School of Education website. English is the editor of the newly published “SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management.” The book covers a broad range of topics in school leadership and management. The profile takes a look at what English learned through putting together the book. Find the profile here.

Dana Thompson Dorsey wins Spencer Foundation grant

Dana Thompson Dorsey, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, has been awarded a $50,000 grant through the Small Grant Program of the Spencer Foundation. The award will fund a study entitled “Place, Space, and Race: Discovering the Dimensions of Rural and Racial Identities of Adolescents in Segregated High Schools.” The study builds on an earlier study conducted in segregated high schools in Halifax County. The goal of this particular study is to identify and examine the dimensions of rural and racial identities of students attending racially segregated and geographically isolated high schools in rural environments in Alabama, as well as how the students’ experiences may inform educational choices and aspirations.

Law professor Gene Nichol to speak April 6

Gene Nichol, the Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, will give a brown bag talk entitled "Poverty, Civil Rights and Education. A reception will follow the talk. The event is sponsored by the School of Education's Graduate Student Association.

Memory researcher Joel Levin to give talk April 15

Prominent memory researcher and methodologist Joel Levin of the University of Arizona will visit the School of Education to give a talk on single case design on April 15. The talk – entitled “Single-Case Intervention Research: Recent Efforts to Elevate Its Low Scientific Status” – will be held at 4 p.m. in Peabody 02.

Student group hosts literacy events

Project Literacy, a committee of the Campus Y, is holding an advocacy theme week called “One Week of Literacy” beginning next Monday. The week will feature an event each day centered around the theme of literacy. By hosting these events, we hope to spread awareness about the problems of illiteracy in our community and address how to best combat them. Please contact with any questions.

The events for O.W.L. include:

Monday, April 6 - Financial Literacy Seminar
What: Joe Polich of UNC Law will be giving a talk on financial literacy that will cover important topics such as credit scores, loans, and budgeting from a practical perspective.
When: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Murray G202

Tuesday, April 7 - Literacy Panel
What: Panelists Mr. Clay Thorp, Dr. Christy Stanley, and Dr. Willis Brooks will discuss questions related to the current status of literacy in Orange County and the best ways to help address illiteracy in a community.
When: 7-8 p.m.
Where: Peabody 204

Wednesday, April 8 - Harry Potter Trivia Night
What: Teams will compete to demonstrate their knowledge of the Harry Potter series and attempt to win the House Cup!
When: 7:00-8:30 p.m. (check-in and snacks from 7:00-7:30; competition starts at 7:30)
Where: Wilson Library Grand Reading Room (check-in and snacks in the lobby)

Thursday, April 9 - Literacy on the Lawn
What: A variety of individuals of UNC’s campus will read selections from their favorite books, poems, plays, or speeches and explain the importance of literacy from a personal perspective.
When: 12-1 p.m.
Where: the steps of South Building

Recent publications, presentations

Kelly Ryoo, assistant professor of learning sciences, and colleagues have published a new paper entitled "Measuring knowledge integration learning of energy topics: A two-year longitudinal study" in the International Journal of Science Education. The abstract and article are available here.

Alumna Mary Faith Mount Cors (Ph.D. ’10) co-authored a paper about the dual language movement that has been published in Current Issues in Comparative Education, published by Teachers College at Columbia University. The paper draws on a collaboration that began when Mount Cors was a doctoral student at the School of Education.

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Monday, Apr. 6

GSA Brown Bag: Gene Nichol on 'Povery, Civil Rights and Education"
6 p.m.
Peabody 104

Wednesday, Apr. 15

Joel Levin on Single-Case Intervention Research
4 p.m.
Peabody 02

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