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Alexandria Johnston named SOE’s first Dean Smith Scholar

Alexandria “Alex” Johnston, a student in the School of Education’s school counseling program, has been named the school’s first Dean E. Smith Scholar. Johnston is the first to receive the scholarship established to honor Dean Smith, Carolina’s head men’s basketball coach for 36 seasons. After Smith died earlier this year his family and the University established the Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund to help Carolina undergraduates and graduate students in the School of Education and the School of Social Work. Johnston, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., joined the Master’s of Education program in school counseling this year. Read more about Johnston and the Dean Smith Opening Doors Fund here.

Graduate Programs Open House scheduled for Saturday

The School of Education will host its Graduate Programs Open House on Saturday, 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.

In the Media: Gregory Cizek cited in Education Week article about formative assessments

Education Week examined the confusion many teachers face regarding formative assessments, interviewing Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, for his perspective. The article said teachers have different understandings of the purpose of formative assessments and how they are conducted. Cizek, who co-authored “The Handbook of Formative Assessment,” said that because of the confusion, formative assessments often are implemented in very different ways, leading to very different educational outcomes. More, including links to resources about formative assessments, is here.

Doctoral student Mark Johnson serving as scholar at Hunt Institute

Mark Johnson, a graduate student in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement strand of the Ph.D. program, is serving as the State Farm Scholar at the Hunt Institute. As part of his duties, last week Johnson traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to help coordinate the 2nd Annual Virginia House Education Committee Summit. The two-day summit, held at the University of Virginia, featured state and national experts discussing a broad range of topics, such as early childhood education, high-performance principal leadership, the condition and needs of Virginia’s public education system, virtual learning, and ways to use student data to produce gains. Johnson’s role included developing the issue brief materials that were used by policymakers during the event.

VIDEO: Beth Cutrer’s ‘Three Minute Thesis’ presentation online

A version of Beth Cutrer’s presentation that advanced to the final round of Carolina’s first-ever “Three Minute Thesis” competition is online. Cutrer was one of ten chosen to compete in the final round, held earlier this month. Cutrer’s presentation was entitled “’Gettin’ what I’ve always got:’ A multi-domain literacy coaching approach to support teachers resistant to change,” and was based on research using data from her participation in Lynne Vernon-Feagans’s “Targeted Reading Intervention” program. The winner of the competition – Nick Wagner, a doctoral student in psychology – told about his dissertation work which is also based on another Vernon-Feagans project, the Family Life Project. Wagner goes on to regional 3MT competition.

School Counseling getting social

The School Counseling program has added Twitter and Instagram to its outreach tools. Follow and learn more about the students, faculty members and work of the School Counseling program by following it at these accounts: Twitter and Instagram.

Publications and Presentations

Lora Cohen-Vogel was one of nine U.S. researchers identified to provide expert testimony earlier this month to the Carnegie Foundation as part of their project documenting the innovators and early adopters of continuous improvement research and improvement science in education.

Mary Bratsch-Hines of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Claire Baker and Lynne Vernon-Feagans published a chapter entitled “Minority Families in the Rural United States” Family Processes, Child Care, and Early Schooling” in Rural Ethnic Minority Youth and Families in the United States, published by Springer.

Juan Carrillo and doctoral student Tommy Ender presented “Letters to Our Children: Narrating Legacies of Love, Dissent, & Struggle” at the annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association last week in San Antonio, Texas.

Doctoral student Tommy Ender, as part of a panel, presented “Putting Work to Work: Playing with Non-conforming Disruptive Qualitative Method(ologies)” at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly last week in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Events

Tuesday, Nov. 10

“Courageous Conversations 101: Strategies for Facilitating Dialogues Across Differences.” panel with Dana Thompson Dorsey
5:00p.m. - 6:30p.m.
Freedom Forum, Carroll Hall

Wednesday, Nov. 18

POSTPONED until Spring semester

SOE Research Brown Bag: Eric Houck
12:30p.m.
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
12:30p.m.
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Feb. 24

SOE Research Brown Bag
12:30p.m.
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Mar. 30

SOE Research Brown Bag
12:30p.m.
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