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Grant funding rises 21 percent

Grant funding secured by School of Education faculty members rose 21 percent to $5.73 million in the fiscal year ending June 30 over the previous year. Dean Bill McDiarmid said the increase reflects the effort many faculty members have put into generating strong grant proposals and the quality of their research. He also gave credit to Professor Judith Meece for her work in coordinating grant application activities and mentoring junior faculty in navigating the applications processes. More details here.

More than 100 attend Graduate Programs Open House

Prospective students visited the School of Education on Saturday to learn about the School’s graduate programs. The daylong event, organized by Student Affairs staff, was well attended, with more than 100 prospective students learning about the Schools master’s and doctoral degree programs. The event included information sessions and research presentations by faculty and current graduate students.

Delegation from East China Normal University visits SOE

A delegation from East China Normal University and ZiZhu International Education Park in Shanghai visited UNC last week to discuss specifics about the collaboration with the School of Education. In particular, the discussions focused on Early Childhood, Special Education, and International Understanding and Organizations. Among others, the ECNU delegation included School of Education Science Dean Zhengou Yuan; Dr. Fuli Yang, director of International Affairs and chair of Special Education; and Professor Jing Zhou, chair of Early Childhood. Joining several SOE faculty for lunch with the delegation was Conghe Song from the UNC Department of Geography and the Institute for the Environment. Song is collaborating with ECNU on its Environmental Studies program. Also attending the lunch were six recently arrived ECNU graduate students who will be studying at Carolina for a year starting with the spring semester.

Doctoral student Bud Harrelson organizes Safe Schools conference

A conference designed to help teachers and school support staff learn more about the needs of LGBTQ students was held over the weekend, organized by Bud Harrelson, a doctoral student Policy, Leadership and School Improvement. The event, entitled Safe Schools NC: Advancing Equality in Education, had more than 100 registered to attend. It was held Saturday at Smith Middle School. Among the presenters were faculty members Kathleen Brown and Eric Houck and alumnae Med Goodhand and Jen Bekovitz.

Publications and Presentations

Danielle Allen, a fourth-year student in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement program, presented "A Site of Resistance and/or Reclamation? The Role of the Black Church in the Charter School Movement" at the University Council of Educational Administration national conference in San Diego, California, held this past weekend. A 2014-2016 UCEA Barbara L. Jackson Scholar, Danielle participated in a number of professional development activities. The Jackson Scholars program provides mentoring for doctoral students of color interested in academic careers in educational leadership.

Earlier this month, Lora Cohen-Vogel, first year PLS student Michael Little, and Educational Leadership Ed.D. alumna Christine Fierro presented "Evidence-based staffing in high schools: Using student achievement data in teacher hiring and assignment" at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy And Management in Miami.

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