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George Noblit selected to receive Mary Anne Raywid Award

George Noblit, the Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, has been selected by the Society of Professors of Education to receive the 2016 Mary Anne Raywid Award. The award recognizes people who have made extensive and outstanding contributions to the study of education. It will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Washington, D.C., in April. The award is named after Mary Anne Raywid who spent 30 years as a professor at Hofstra University and worked as an education scholar, author and activist. She led SPE in the late 1970s, and died in 2010.

Education Policy Colloquium talk being held Wednesday

The third talk in this year’s Education Policy Colloquium Series will be held Wednesday 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.

Akos going to White House for National School Counselor Week

National School Counselor Week will be celebrated next week, but the activities start Thursday with an awards ceremony at the White House. Patrick Akos, professor of school counseling and a director of the National School Counselor Association, will be in attendance. The National School Counselor of the Year will be recognized at the White House event. A School of Education alumna, Nicole Pfleger, won the award in 2012.

Open House for MEDX program rescheduled for 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. This Open House had been planned for Jan. 23 but was rescheduled due to weather. Saturday’s event starts at 10 a.m. and will be held in Room 104. The open house is an opportunity for prospective students 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

GSA holding Brown Bag on conferences 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. More details.

School holding Open House for Bachelor’s/MAT program on Feb. 4

The School of Education’s Bachelor’s/MAT program is holding an Open House on Feb. 4 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

Fen English has new book published

Fen English’s new book, “Leading Beautifully: Educational Leadership as Connoisseurship,” has been released with Australian co-author Lisa Ehrich of the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. The book was published by Routledge. The book is based on interviews of school leaders and artists in Australia and America. More about the book, and see a look inside, here.

UNC Glee Clubs conclude winter tour

The UNC Glee Clubs, conducted by Dan Huff, clinical associate professor of music education, completed their winter tour, which included concerts at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, Providence High School in Charlotte and Decatur High School in Decatur, Georgia. Also, earlier this month, the Men's Glee Club hosted its annual All-Carolina Invitational Male Choral Festival. In attendance were more than 150 high school male singers representing 17 North Carolina schools and a public/private ensemble from London, Ontario, the Amabile Young Men and Boys Ensemble, as well as their teachers and chaperones and an audience of about 250 persons. The Festival Chorus was conducted by Carol Beynon, who teaches and serves in administrative positions at the University of Western Ontario and is one of the co-founders of the Amabile organization. In addition to the rehearsals and concert, which also included performances by the UNC Men's Glee Club and the UNC Men's Glee Club Alumni Reunion Chorus, teachers had clinics with Beynon and Huff.

More Graduate Student Association news:

School of Education T-shirts for sale

GSA is selling T-shirts. They feature the SOE logo and Old Well. We have four styles available for purchase in long-sleeve ($20) and short-sleeve ($5). Click here to indicate your interest and we will coordinater your order.

GSA hosing 8th Bi-annual School of Education GSA Research Symposium

The GSA Research Symposium this year will take place on March 5 with the theme ”Believing in the Power of Change: New Approaches to Learning, Teaching, and Improving Schools.” The GSA Research Symposium provides a forum for graduate students, professors, alumni, and practitioners in the field of education to share knowledge and experience in a collegial conference environment. In keeping with this tradition, all individuals engaged in the study and research of education, regardless of specialty area, are invited to submit a proposal. The call for proposals is here. For more information, contact Abby Ampuja, abbya (AT)

GSA holding Spring Formal

The GSA’s Spring Formal will be held April 1 at Hickory Tavern in Carrboro. The party begins at 6 p.m. Each ticket is $25 and includes two drinks. More details

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Wednesday, Jan. 27

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

Saturday. Jan. 30

MEDX Open House
10 a.m.
Peabody 104

Wednesday, Feb. 3

GSA Brown Bag: “A guide to conferences and conference presentations”
Peabody 02

Thursday, Feb. 4

MAT Open House
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Feb. 24

SOE Research Brown Bag: Juan Carrillo
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Mar. 30

SOE Research Brown Bag: Eric Houck
Peabody 02