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SOE Brown Bag on Wednesday to feature Gregory Cizek

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, will present this year’s first SOE Brown Bag talk on Wednesday. Cizek’s talk is entitled “The Concept of Validity in a Comprehensive Model of Defensible Testing Practice.” The presentation will offer a brief summary of current validity theory, demonstrates a critical flaw in the current conceptualization of validity, and provides a framework that both accommodates and differentiates validation of test score inferences and justification of test use in a comprehensive model of defensible testing practice. The talk begins at 12:30 p.m. in Peabody 02. Light lunches will be provided by the School of Education Foundation.

School of Education Alumni Awards Dinner Oct. 3

The School of Education’s annual Alumni Awards Dinner will be held Oct. 3 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. The school will honor alumni Cynthia Demetriou (Ph.D. ’13), Fred Crouch (M.A.T. ’71), Michael Ortiz (Ph.D. ’81), Lisa Chapman (Ed.D. ’07), Tracy Weeks (A.B.Ed. ’95). The Peabody Award, the School’s highest honor will be awarded to Dudley Flood and posthumously to Gene Causby. RSVP to Laurie Norman by Friday.

RSVPs due for Dr. Carol Malloy Research Symposium being held Oct. 10

The Dr. Carol Malloy Research Symposium is being held Saturday, Oct. 10, and RSVPs are due to Laurie Norman. The daylong event will be held at the Rizzo Conference Center in Meadowmont, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The symposium will include a keynote address by Robert Berry, three paper sessions, a luncheon and a panel session, concluding with a reception at which Dean Bill McDiarmid and deans emeriti Don Stedman and Madeleine Grumet will speak. RSVP by emailing Laurie at

Graduate Programs Open House scheduled for Nov. 21

The School of Education will host its Graduate Programs Open House on Saturday, Nov. 21, providing prospective graduate students an opportunity to learn about the school. The day-long event will include an overview of the school, an information fair featuring degree programs and student resources, sessions on applying to SOE graduate programs, a faculty research showcase and individual meetings with faculty members. Prospective students will also have opportunities to meet with current SOE graduate students.

Publications and presentations

Linda Mason and graduate students Shuting Zheng and Abby Ampuja will give a presentation entitled "Improving Reading Comprehension and Writing Using SRSD" at the 37th Annual Conference for Learning Disabilities in Las Vegas in October.

Rebecca New presented a paper based on our "Immigrant Parents ofYoung Children -- Cultural Models in Transition" at the European Early Childhood Education Research Association annual conference held in Barcelona Spain.

Rebecca New also has published a chapter “21st Century Early Childhood Teacher Education: New Frames for a Changing Landscape” in the newly published “Handbook of Early Childhood Teacher Education.” Pam Winton and Sharon Ritchie of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute also contributed chapters to the handbook.

Thurston “Thad” Domina is the lead author of a brief entitled” Professional Sense-Makers: Instructional Specialists in Contemporary Schooling,” published in the journal Educational Researcher. The brief documents the expansion of instructional specialist staffing in U.S. public school districts. More here.

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Wednesday, Sept. 16

SOE Research Brown Bag: Greg Cizek
Peabody 02

Saturday, Oct. 3

SOE Alumni Awards Dinner
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Saturday, Oct. 10

Carol Malloy Research Symposium
Rizzo Center

Wednesday, Oct. 21

SOE Research Brown Bag: Leigh Hall
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Nov. 18

SOE Research Brown Bag: Eric Houck
Peabody 02

Saturday, Nov. 21

SOE Graduate Student Open House
9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Peabody Hall

Wednesday, Jan. 27

SOE Research Brown Bag
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Feb. 24

SOE Research Brown Bag
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Mar. 30

SOE Research Brown Bag
Peabody 02