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Dean candidate visits School today, tomorrow

The third of three finalists for the deanship at the School of Education will visit the School and the University today and tomorrow. 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.

Juan Carrillo presenting SOE Brown Bag on Wednesday

Faculty member Juan Carrillo will present an SOE Research Brown Bag on Wednesday, 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).

Latin@ Education Research Hub opening with reception on Wednesday

A new initiative – the Latin@ Education Research Hub – will open in the School of Education on Wednesday, 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 Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., following Carrillo’s Brown Bag talk.

Lora Cohen Vogel to serve as mentor at UMBC

Lora Cohen-Vogel, the Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Policy and Education Reform, has been invited to serve as Eminent Scholar Mentor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In this role, she will support the career advancement of junior members of the faculty and visit to deliver a keynote address. Since 2013, Cohen-Vogel has also served as Bill and Karen Campbell Faculty Mentor in Carolina’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy. In 2008, she started a mentorship program held during AERA each year. The program annually serves more than 100 advanced graduate students and junior faculty members from across the country.

German exchange students arrive this weekend

Fifteen student teachers from Hamburg, Germany, will arrive in Chapel Hill this weekend in preparation for doing four-week internship in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district. The students will live with host families whose homes are close to the schools they have been placed in. All German students have been assigned a School of Education student as buddy who will help them get accustomed to life in Chapel Hill. Seven of these buddies are currently student teachers in one of our programs and will travel to Germany in April to do a four-week internship in Hamburg, where they will meet their buddy again. For more information about the program is here.

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 at 4 p.m., and feature Rekha Balu of MDRC and who serves as deputy director of a large study of Response to Intervention practices. The talk, which is 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.

GSA hosts brown bag event March 2 featuring visiting scholars

The Graduate Student Association will host its fifth GSA Brown Bag event of the academic year on March 2, highlighting the work of two visiting scholars. Speakers include Manchun Cheng, lecturer at Shanghai University, and Jeesook Baik, professor in the Department of Child Studies at Mokpo National University. Cheng’s topic will be "Comparing Chinese students’ English writing: A perspective from Chinese teachers and native-speaking teachers." Baik will speak about her research on the predictors of cyberbullying experiences of Korean middle school students. The 1-hour long 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.

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.

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)

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 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

Publications and Presentations

Diana Lys presented last week at the Winter 2016 Wisconsin edTPA Implementation Conference, making the opening keynote address entitled “EASE into edTPA” and leading a general session entitled “Strategies for Leveraging edTPA Data Into Action.”

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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. 1

Summer Pennell presentation
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Mar. 2

GSA Brown Bag: Cheng, Baik
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Mar. 2

Education Policy Colloquium Series: Rekha Balu
4 p.m.

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
Peabody 02

Friday, Apr. 1

GSA Spring Formal
Hickory Tavern