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Faculty adopt revised mission statement, strategic directions

The faculty of the School of Education have adopted a new mission statement and a new set of strategic directions to guide decisions about priorities and choices about upcoming opportunities. The documents were approved by the Faculty Executive Committee last week after a series of discussions among faculty. More details, including text of the two documents, are available here.

Dean search ad, ‘leadership profile’ posted

Recruitment for the next dean of the School of Education has begun in earnest, with the posting last week of an advertisement and a “leadership profile” describing the position and the School. The leadership profile is available as a PDF here. The ad is available on the site of the Witt/Kieffer search firm, which is assisting in the recruitment, here. Inquiries, nominations and applications should be directed via e-mail to the University’s consultants, Lucy A. Leske, Charlene Aguilar, and Jean Dowdall, Ph.D., at

RSVPs due TODAY for Dr. Carol Malloy Research Symposium held Saturday

The Dr. Carol Malloy Research Symposium is being held Saturday 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

Doctoral student John Wachen chosen for Emerging Leaders fellowship

John Wachen, doctoral student in the Policy, Leadership and School Improvement program, has been selected as an Emerging Leaders in Science and Society fellow for 2016. ELISS is a one-year, extracurricular leadership program for graduate and professional students in all fields. It is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. ELISS fellows collaborate with cross-campus teams of students and mentors to aggregate information across communities to better illuminate the causes of and potential solutions to complex challenges in society. Fellows come from UNC, the University of Pennsylvania, Purdue, Stanford, the University of Washington, Duke and the University of California - Irvine. More information about ELISS can be found here.

In the Media: Erik Houck in Q&A with WalletHub

WalletHub, an online financial products information service, interviewed Erik Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, for a piece in which states were ranked according to which were best or worse for teachers. The article, which was widely shared in social media last week, included Q&As with several educational policy experts. Houck discussed the issues teachers face today, what states need to do to attract and retain teachers, and more. The article is here.

In the Media: Jeff Greene work cited in Education Week article

Jeff Greene, associate professor of learning science and psychological studies, was cited in an Education Week article discussing whether teachers are prepared for eliciting from their students the deeper responses expected by Common Core standards. Greene is collaborating with scholars at Pennsylvania State University to study how a model of classroom discussion called Quality Talk affects 4th and 5th grade students’ ability to engage in discussion about narrative and informational texts. Research from the previous two years of the project has shown that students’ high-level comprehension increases over the course of the intervention. This year Greene and principle investigator Karen Murphy are studying the effects of Quality Talk using a quasi-experimental design. The work is briefly described in the EdWeek article, here.

Education research topic of Oct. 20 GSA brown bag talk

The Graduate Student Association will host its second GSA Brown Bag event of the year on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The subject: “Hot Topics in Education Research.” The talk begins at noon in Peabody 02.

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

‘Reconnect and Recharge’ sessions launch later this month

Recent graduates of the teacher preparation, counseling and administration programs are invited to participate in an ongoing discussion series called “Reconnect and Recharge.” The sessions will take place in Chapel Hill on four Saturdays: Oct. 31, Jan. 23, March 12, and May 14 at the CCEE from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As a thank you for your participation, a $50 stipend per session will be given. Space is limited. Please notify organizers of your interest in attending by Oct. 12 by emailing Sarah Bausell 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

Doctoral student Lana Minshew and Janice Anderson and have had their article “Teacher Self-efficacy in 1:1 iPad Integration in Middle School Science and Math Classrooms” published in the journal Contemporary Issues in Technology and Science Teacher Education. The article is available here.

Brittany Murray, a doctoral student in the Policy, Leadership and School Improvement Ph.D. strand, is one of the authors of an 87-page report “Making Good on a Promise,” published by the Urban Institute. The report describes efforts by a group called the D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative to end the cycle of inter-generational poverty in the Kenilworth-Parkside community in Northeast Washington, D.C. report describes the community, the work of DCPNI and its partners, and signs that progress is being made to improve the life chances of residents in Kenilworth-Parkside. The report is available here.

Kathleen Brown has had the article Preparing turnaround principals via race-to-the-top initiative: Lessons learned from regional leadership academies published in the Journal of Education and Practice, 6, (26), pp. 62-86.

Lora Cohen-Vogel, with three colleagues at Florida State University, has had “Understanding Effective High Schools: Evidence for Personalization for Academic and Social Emotional Learning” published this month in the American Educational Research Journal.

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Saturday, Oct. 10

Carol Malloy Research Symposium
Rizzo Center

Tuesday, Oct. 20

GSA Brown Bag: Hot Topics in Education Research
Peabody 02

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