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SOE hosting state summit on school counseling

State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson and other public education leaders are gathering in Chapel Hill on Tuesday to discuss the roles of school counselors and how schools can better prepare students for college and careers. The meeting, hosted by the School of Education at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence, is in response to a White House initiative aimed at strengthening school counseling. Atkinson and two dozen N.C. Department of Public Instruction staff members, three district administrators, school counselors and others involved in school counseling will participate in the meeting. The meeting follows up on national meetings in Washington, D.C., and San Diego that called upon states to come up with ways to strengthen school counseling efforts.

Doctoral student Alex Lowry selected by U.S. State Department to teach in Nepal

The U.S. Department of State has selected School of Education doctoral student Alex Lowry for a 10-month fellowship project conducting English teacher training in Nepal. Lowry is one of 165 U.S. citizens selected for the 2015-2016 English Language Fellow Program. Lowry, of Great Falls, Va., is pursuing a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. He has worked abroad before, teaching for six years in Korea, including at the Korea University in Seoul, and two years in Armenia teaching writing as an English Language Fellow. In Nepal, Lowry will teach at Tribhuvan University at its campus in the city of Pokhara. Lowry is blogging about his adventures and work in Nepal.

RSVP today for Saturday's Alumni Awards Dinner Oct. 3

RSVPs are due today for the School of Education’s annual Alumni Awards Dinner being held Saturday 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. More about the Alumni Awards Dinner may be found here.

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

Two School of Education alumnae to be honored at University Day on Oct. 12

Two alumnae from the School of Education will be among the four recipients of Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards when Carolina celebrates University Day on Oct. 12. University Day will mark the 222nd birthday of UNC-Chapel Hill. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. and be held in Memorial Hall. Among those being honored with Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards this year are Mona Carol Frederick (B.A.Ed. ’76) and Sarah Parker (B.A.Ed. ’69). Frederick is executive director of Vanderbilt University’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. Parker served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina for 13 years and as chief justice from 2006 until mandatory retirement in 2014. Also being honored is Betty Debnam Hunt, founder of “The Mini Page” newspaper insert for children. Hunt has collaborated with the School of Education to fund opportunities for graduate students to develop and publish lesson plans incorporating “Mini Page” content. Additional information about University Day can be found on the web 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.

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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
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Wednesday, Nov. 18

SOE Research Brown Bag: Eric Houck
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Saturday, Nov. 21

SOE Graduate Student Open House
9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
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Wednesday, Jan. 27

SOE Research Brown Bag
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Wednesday, Feb. 24

SOE Research Brown Bag
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Wednesday, Mar. 30

SOE Research Brown Bag
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