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Dean candidate visits School next week

The third of three finalists for the deanship at the School of Education will visit the School and the University next week. Carole Basile will make a public presentation on Feb. 22, at 2:30 p.m. in Toy Lounge in Dey Hall, and have a series of meetings with School faculty, staff and students. More details about Basile and the other two candidates are here.

Open House planned for Human Development and Family Studies program

The Human Development and Family Studies program will hold an Open House on Thursday 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.

Lynne Vernon-Feagans project wins UNC system grant

A project led by faculty member Lynne Vernon-Feagans has won a UNC system NC QUEST grant. The $282,000 award will support the Targeted Reading Intervention project, extending it into Bertie County in rural northeastern North Carolina. The award was the result of a competitive grant process through the North Carolina Quality Educators Through Staff Development and Training (NC QUEST) program through which federal funds are awarded to schools for use in delivering high quality professional development to educators in targeted North Carolina school districts.

Juan Carrillo presenting SOE Brown Bag Feb. 24

Faculty member Juan Carrillo will present an SOE Research Brown Bag on Feb. 24, examining a study that explores the experiences of Latino male college students. The talk, to be held at 12:30 p.m. in Peabody 02, is entitled “Searching for “Home” in Dixie: Identity and Education in the New Latin@ South.” The talk looks at Carrillo’s qualitative study of the experiences of Latinos who attended rural, K-12 North Carolina schools and how they used their conception of “home” to name oppressive conditions and develop their own agency-laden approaches to fight against harm, loneliness, displacement, and deficit thinking. Light refreshments will be served for 30 attendees The talk will conclude with connections to and details about the opening of the UNC-CH Latin@ Education Research Hub (LERH). Carrillo’s research is supported by Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Spencer Foundation.

Latin@ Education Research Hub opening with reception Feb. 24

A new initiative – the Latin@ Education Research Hub – will open in the School of Education on Feb. 24, 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. The LERH now has a Facebook page.

Jeffrey Greene article among most-read in AERA journals

An article written by faculty member Jeffrey Greene and two collaborators has been ranked as the No. 7 most-read article in the American Educational Research Journal in 2015. The article -- "Predictors of Retention and Achievement in a Massive Open Online Course" – was co-written with SOE master’s student Christopher Oswald and Jeffrey Pomerantz, formerly of the UNC School of Information and Library Science. The AERA most-read rankings are here

Peabody Room 104 to be dedicated to Gerry Unks on March 4

Peabody’s Room 104 will be dedicated to retired faculty member Gerry Unks in an event planned for March 4 at 4 p.m. The room will be named the Gerald Unks Lecture Hall. An anonymous donor designated an estate gift several years ago to the Gerald Unks Undergraduate Travel Fellowship. The gift satisfies the requirements for the naming of this room and was approved by the University Naming Committee. Unks taught more than 22,000 students in Peabody 104 during his 45 years as a professor.

Doctoral candidate Summer Pennell to present on ‘Stability in Mobility’ March 1

Doctoral candidate Summer Pennell will give a presentation entitled “Stability in mobility: A model for learning” on March 1 at noon in Peabody 02. The presentation will discuss metaphors for student learning that happen in moments of uncertainty and ambiguity. Pennell conducted an ethnographic study in which she found that students learned the most when it appeared they were floundering. She used queer theory and pedagogy to analyze these moments of uncertainty, and use metaphors of primary and secondary stability to describe how students grappled with their own learning. The presentation will look at data from the study and ask audience members to reflect on their own learning experiences.

Education Policy Colloquium Series talk planned for March 2

The next installment in the Education Policy Colloquium Series will be held Wednesday, March 2, and feature Rekha Balu, deputy director of a large study of Response to Intervention practices. The talk, which the fourth and final event in the series, is entitled “Implementation and Impacts of Tiered Intervention Practices in 13 States.” The study looks at the variations of how RtI practices are used across 13 states and the differing results of those practices. The presentation will be made in Peabody 02, with light refreshments being served.

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.

More Graduate Student Association news:

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) live.unc.edu.

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) live.unc.edu.

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) live.unc.edu or Katie Miller – millerk3 (AT) live.unc.edu.More details

Publications and Presentations

George Noblit will present a plenary address on Thursday at the Globalization and Diversity in Education conference at Washington State University. The title of his address is “Educational Equity for the Economy We Have and the Ones We Need to Have.”

Re-Thinking Dewey's Democracy: Shifting from a Process of Participation to an Institution of Association. Stone, Lynda. Journal of Curriculum Studies, v48 n1 p77-93 2016. (EJ1085474)

Automated Guidance for Student Inquiry. Gerard, Libby F.; Ryoo, Kihyun; McElhaney, Kevin W. Journal of Educational Psychology, v108 n1 p60-81 Jan 2016. (EJ1086978)

Doctoral students Katie Baker and Meghan Harter have had their article – A living metaphor of differentiation: A meta-ethnography of CGI in the elementary classroom – published in December in the Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College.

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Events

Thursday, Feb. 18

Open House for HDFS Program
3:30p.m.
Peabody 212

Monday, Feb. 22

Dean candidate presentation: Carole Basile
2:30p.m.
Toy Lounge, Dey Hall

Wednesday, Feb. 24

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

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Latin@ Education Research Hub reception
1:30p.m.
Peabody 105

Tuesday, Mar. 1

Summer Pennell presentation
Noon
Peabody 02

Friday, Mar. 4

Dedication of Gerry Unks Lecture Hall
4 p.m.
Peabody 104

Saturday, Mar. 5

GSA Research Symposium
Peabody Hall

Tuesday, Mar. 22

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

Wednesday, Mar. 30

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

Friday, Apr. 1

GSA Spring Formal
6:00p.m.
Hickory Tavern