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Ryoo wins National Science Foundation CAREER grant

Kihyun “Kelly” Ryoo, assistant professor of learning sciences, has won a CAREER National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program grant, one of the NSF’s most prestigious awards. The $674,000 five-year grant will be used to fund a research project in which Ryoo will work with 8th grade science teachers to improve their instruction for English language learners through the use of visualization technologies. Ryoo’s project builds on her earlier work in using dynamic visualizations, which include animations, simulations and models and are typically displayed with tablet devices such as iPads. This project will involve 8th grade science teachers and their students in two low-income North Carolina schools.

Akos selected for UNC system fellowship program

Patrick Akos, professor of school counseling, educational leadership and policy, leadership and school improvement, has been selected to participate in the Academic Affairs Fellowship Program at the UNC system’s General Administration. The fellowship program engages UNC system faculty members in academic affairs issues, provides mentoring opportunities and enlists participants in assisting the General Administration office and constituent campuses. Fellows take responsibility for special projects and participate in activities of the Division of Student Affairs. The program is intended to increase faculty interest in higher education administration and broaden expertise related to academic program development and other administrative issues. No more than three fellows are chosen each year.

Students establish Little Free Library in Peabody foyer

Students from Jocelyn Glazier’s Children and Adolescent Literature class in the fall have established a “Little Free Library” in the foyer of Peabody Hall. The converted locker holds children’s books, which are available to be borrowed. The books were donated by Durham Academy. The Little Free Library is portable, allowing it to be taken to other places on campus during special events, such as the Science Festival in the spring.

School holding Open House for Bachelor’s/MAT program on Wednesday

The School of Education’s Bachelor’s/MAT program is holding an Open House on Wednesday for Carolina students interested in the new program. The event will be held in Room 02, beginning at 9 a.m. The program is designed to allow an accelerate path to a master’s degree and is for prospective teachers of elementary grades, English, social studies, mathematics and science. For more information about the program visit or email Cathy Scott, coordinator of the program, at

Open House for MEDX program Saturday

The School of Education will hold an Open House for teachers interested in participating in the Master’s of Education for Experienced Teachers program. The event starts at 10 a.m. and will be held in Room 104. The open house is an opportunity to meet with cohort leaders and other MEDX faculty to learn more about the program and to get information about the application process. Details about the MEDX program at

Education Policy Colloquium talk being held Jan. 27

The third talk in this year’s Education Policy Colloquium Series will be held Jan. 27 with a discussion entitled “Creating an Evidence Base for Teacher Preparation and Supports.” The event, being held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., will feature researchers from the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina and findings from analyses of their statewide database of teachers and school leaders.

Doctoral student Tim Conder honored for community work

Tim Conder, a Ph.D. candidate in in Culture, Curriculum and Change, has been honored for his community engagement work. Conder was selected as “Tar Heel of the Month” in November by UNC’s Dean of Students Office for his work with Durham CAN, the Industrial Areas Foundation and the NAACP’s Moral Movement.

GSA holding Brown Bag Feb. 3

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association will hold a Brown Bag on Feb. 3 entitled “A guide to conferences and conference presentations.” The talk begins at 12:30 p.m. 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.

Publications and Presentations

Kathleen Brownpresented a paper on Turnaround Schools and chaired the Education session at the 2016 Academic OASIS International Multidisciplinary Academic Conference in Miami. Brown also recently published an article with two of her recent Ed.D. in Educational Leadership graduates, Matt Proto and Brad Walston.
The citation:
Proto, M., Brown, K., & Walston, B. (2016). Structural and Internal Adaptation in Urban and Rural Turnaround Schools. Journal of Strategic and International Studies, XI(1), 6-17.

Eric Houckand Elizabeth DeBray of the University of Georgia co-authored “The Shift from Adequacy to Equity in Federal Education Policymaking: A Proposal for How ESEA Could Reshape the State Role in Education Finance” in the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Dec. 2015.

Leigh A. Hall has published an article, The Role of Identity in Reading Comprehension Development in Reading & Writing Quarterly, 32:1, 56-80.

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Wednesday, Jan 20

Bachelor's/MAT Open House
9 a.m.
Peabody 02

Saturday, Jan 23

MEDX Open House
10 a.m.
Peabody 104

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Education Policy Colloquium Series: Creating an Evidence Base for Teacher Preparation and Supports
4 p.m.
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Feb. 24

SOE Research Brown Bag: Juan Carrillo
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Mar. 30

SOE Research Brown Bag: Eric Houck
Peabody 02