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Faculty, staff invited to University Day celebration today

Faculty and staff are invited to take part in University Day celebrations this morning in Memorial Hall. The lineup, which will be by school this year, begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Old Well, with the event beginning at 11 a.m.

Two SOE alumnae will be among the four recipients of Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards. 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

Doctoral student Danielle Allen awarded fellowship

Danielle Allen, a doctoral student in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement Program, has been awarded a 2015 Policy Advisor Fellowship, where she will serve as a policy advisor to the chair of the North Carolina Charter School Advisory Council. The fellowship was awarded by Leadership for Educational Equity, a nonprofit that works to help Teach For America members and alumni engage in educational equity efforts. Fellows are matched with senior policy leaders based on their interests and growing expertise. The purpose of the fellowship is to enhance fellows' knowledge, skills, and network through professional and leadership development, gain experience and exposure to local and state policy, and to increase their ability to refine and execute their education policy goals.

GSA hosting coffee break on Tuesday

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association will host a coffee break on Tuesday morning, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge. Keep Calm and Drink Coffee.

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.

‘Hot topics’ in education research focus 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.” Speakers include Sherick Hughes (Cultural Studies and Literacies), Thurston Domina (Policy, Leadership and School Improvement), Rebecca New (Teacher Education and Curriculum), and Cynthia Demetriou (Associate Dean and Director for Retention, Office of Undergraduate Retention). The talk begins at noon in Peabody 02.

‘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

Predictors of Retention and Achievement in a Massive Open Online Course. Jeffrey Greene, Christopher Oswald, Jefffrey Pomerantz: American Educational Research Journal. (Oct. 2015).

Research and Practice Partnerships for Professional Development in Early Childhood: Lessons from ExCELL-e. By: Hindman, Annemarie H.; Snell, Emily K.; Wasik, Barbara A. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, v20 n1-2 p12-28 2015.

Exceptionality and peer victimization involvement in late childhood: Subtypes, stability, and social marginalization. Chen, Chin-Chih; Hamm, Jill V.; Farmer, Thomas W.; Lambert, Kerrylin; Mehtaji, Meera; Remedial and Special Education, Vol 36(5), Sep, 2015 pp. 312-324. Publisher: Sage Publications.

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Tuesday, Oct. 13

Coffee Break with GSA
9 a.m. to 11a.m.
Graduate Student Lounge

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