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Dean candidate forums scheduled for today, Wednesday

Two of the candidates for the deanship at the School of Education will visit the School and the University this week. Included in their visits are meetings with School faculty, staff and students and a public presentation. Christopher Morphew will give his presentation today at 2:30 p.m. in Toy Lounge in Dey Hall. Fouad Abd-El-Khalick will give his presentation on Wednesday, also at 2:30 in Toy Lounge. The third finalist for the deanship – Carole Basile – will visit the School later in the month, making her presentation on Feb. 22. More details about the candidates are here.

SOE team taking part in $4 million IES-funded project

A team of School of Education faculty members is taking part in a $4 million project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, an agency of the U.S. Department of Education. The project, led by Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute’s Margaret Burchinal, will study the early learning experiences of rural children in North Carolina from pre-kindergarten through third grade to identify policies and practices that promote school success. Lynne Vernon-Feagans, principal investigator of the long-running Family Life Project in rural North Carolina counties, will oversee the study’s exploration of teacher-child interactions. Lora Cohen-Vogel, the Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Policy and Education Reform, will lead the study’s integral look at policy, an often understudied area in early childhood education. Assistant Professor Claire Baker, also a fellow at FPGDI, will examine parental involvement and the role of African American fathers in promoting academic success.

SOE team makes semifinal round in Social Innovation Challenge

A team of School of Education faculty led by Leigh Hall has made it to the semifinal round of competition in UNC’s Social Innovation Challenge. The challenge is for a competition for grant funding intended to support projects to launch a venture to solve social, economic and/or environmental problems. Winners will receive seed funding of $5,000, mentoring and expert feedback on scaling up their ideas. Other members of the team are faculty members Eric Houck, Martinette Horner and Dana Griffin, and Ph.D. student Aubrey Comperator and M.Ed. student Faiza Siddiqui. The SOE team’s proposal is to launch a start-up that proposes a new method of online teacher professional development K-12 educators.

Latin@ Education Research Hub opening with reception Feb. 24

A new initiative – the Latin@ Education Research Hub – will open in the School of Education later this month, directed by Assistant Professor Juan Carrillo. The hub will be organized around three core areas: public pedagogy, university-community/school partnerships, and critical Latin@ education research. The Hub will have a local, state and national focus, seeking to provide a leading role in Latin@ educations issues. An opening reception is planned for Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Peabody 015.

Open House planned for Human Development and Family Studies program

The Human Development and Family Studies program will hold an Open House on Feb. 18 for students interested in learning more about the undergraduate major. The event will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Peabody 212. Human Development and Family Studies is a pre-professional major for students interested in careers that will improve the lives of children and families. More details about the program are available here.

Eric Houck joins McCorkle Place Advisory Committee

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, has been invited to join a University advisory committee tasked with developing an interpretation plan for McCorkle Place. The committee is expected to develop a plan that will provide for education about and exploration of the history of the University. It will consider the objects in McCorkle Place and the possibilities of virtual interpretation of the quad located to the north of the Old Well. Houck, by the way, is a descendant of the namesake of McCorkle Place, Samuel Eusebius McCorkle, who in 1784 was the author of the bill that first proposed North Carolina establish a university.

More Graduate Student Association news:

GSA Brown Bag March 22 features Ron Haskins

The School of Education's Graduate Student Association will welcome Ron Haskins to present the final GSA Brown Bag lecture of 2016 on March 22. Haskins is the author of “Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy.” He is also a Senior Fellow of Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and Senior Consultant at The Annie E. Casey Foundation. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. in Peabody Hall, Room 104. UNC graduate students, faculty, and affiliates are invited to attend. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the School of Education's Graduate Student Association.

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. You can register for the conference 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. Tickets may be purchased in Peabody 020A on Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or Fridays from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Or you may email Social Chairs Jackie Lawrence – raej (AT) or Katie Miller – millerk3 (AT) details

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Monday, Feb. 8

Dean candidate presentation: Christopher Morphew
Toy Lounge, Dey Hall

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Dean candidate presentation: Fouad Abd-El-Khalick
Toy Lounge, Dey Hall

Thursday, Feb. 18

Open House for HDFS Program
Peabody 212

Monday, Feb. 22

Dean candidate presentation: Carole Basile
Toy Lounge, Dey Hall

Wednesday, Feb. 24

SOE Research Brown Bag: Juan Carrillo
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Latin@ Education Research Hub reception
Peabody 105

Tuesday, Mar. 22

GSA Brown Bag: Ron Haskins
6 p.m.
Peabody 104

Wednesday, Mar. 30

SOE Research Brown Bag: Eric Houck
Peabody 02

Friday, Apr. 1

GSA Spring Formal
Hickory Tavern