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Sherick Hughes project wins William T. Grant Foundation grant

A project by Associate Professor Sherick Hughes and a colleague has won a $350,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation. The foundation awarded the grant from its “Reducing Inequalities” funding area. The project is entitled "The Color of Emotion: Teachers' Racialized Interpretations of Children's Emotion and Student Outcomes.” Also helping lead the project is Amy Halberstadt, a psychologist at N.C. State University and a participant in Carolina’s Center for Developmental Science.

Doctoral student Elizabeth Cutrer competing in ‘Three Minute Thesis’ competition Tuesday

Ph.D. student Elizabeth Cutrer will be among the doctoral students competing in a “Three Minute Thesis” competition. In the competition, each student has three minutes to give a presentation on their academic work. Cutrer has worked with Lynn Vernon-Feagans on the Targeted Reading Intervention program, and is completing a dissertation on her research. Cutrer will compete in the second preliminary round of the competition, which takes place Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Carolina Union, rooms 3202 and 3209. The top ten students from the three preliminary rounds will advance to the final round. UNC’s winner will go on to regional competition.

Fen English to give Education Policy Colloquium Series presentation Wednesday

The Carolina Education Policy Student Association is hosting its Education Policy Colloquium Series, with Fen English, the R. Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, making a presentation on Oct. 28. The talk is entitled “Rising to the Global Challenges to Educate All.” The talk, centered on a book English recently edited, examines an international effort to step outside the school-nation state nexus, and think and act in the best interests of humanity. The talk begins at noon in Peabody 02. Light refreshments will be served.

Linda Mason book translated into French

A book co-authored by Linda Mason, professor of special education, has been translated into French. “Building Comprehension in Adolescents: Powerful Strategies for Improving Reading and Writing in Content Areas” was originally published in 2012. It was written for middle and high school teachers to help them improve their reading and writing through “self-regulated strategy development.” Mason’s co-authors are Robert Reid and Jessica Hagaman.

‘Reconnect and Recharge’ sessions launch later this month

Leslie Locklear (M.Ed. '14) was among those interviewed for a story on the Huffington Post website examining the outlook of young Native Americans. The article explored Native Americans’ experiences in schools and universities, including how their culture is depicted. Locklear was a Galassi-Brown Social Justice and Advocacy Award honoree at the School of Education. The article is here.

‘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

GSA Brown Bag on Nov. 4 looks at special education policy

The Graduate Student Association will host its third GSA Brown Bag event of the year on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The subject: “Hot Topics in Special Education Policy and Practice.” Speakers include Rud Turnbull, distinguished professor emeritus, the University of Kansas; Kara Hume, scientist, FPG Child Development Institute; and Matt Miller, Ph.D. student in Special Education, Early Childhood and Literacy. The talk begins at noon in Peabody 02. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. All attendees will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card and a SOE T-shirt.

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. More information and a registration link may be found here.

Publications and Presentations

Jennifer Diliberto presented at the North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators in Concord, N.C., on Sunday, Oct. 18, with colleague Jessica Wery from Elon University. The presentation entitled, “From STEM to STEAM to STREAMS: How to Anchor Reading Instruction in the Content Areas for ALL Readers,” discussed how general education teachers can embed differentiated literacy instruction with a focus on the big ideas of reading and writing in content area instruction so all students can access the general education curriculum. Session participants learned strategies for how to teach literacy through the content areas and collaborate with special education teachers.

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Wednesday, Oct. 28

Education Policy Colloquium Series: Fen English
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Nov. 4

GSA Brown Bag: Special Education Policy and Practice
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Nov. 18

POSTPONED until Spring semester

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

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

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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