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Jeffrey Greene, UNC ranked among most productive in educational psychology

Jeffery Greene, associate professor in Learning Science and Psychological Studies, has been ranked as the fourth most-productive scholar in educational psychology. In the most recent edition of Educational Psychology Review, an article describes a study in which scholars and institutions were ranked in terms of research productivity as measured by articles appearing in five educational psychology journals from 2009 to 2014. UNC was ranked No. 16 among the 20 institutions ranked. Carolina did not make the top 20 in previous rankings. The article is available here.

Peabody Room 104 to be dedicated to Gerry Unks on Friday

Peabody’s Room 104 will be dedicated to retired faculty member Gerry Unks in an event planned for Friday 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 the 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’ Tuesday

Doctoral candidate Summer Pennell will give a presentation entitled “Stability in mobility: A model for learning” on Tuesday 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 Wednesday

The next installment in the Education Policy Colloquium Series will be held Wednesday 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 Wednesday featuring visiting scholars

The Graduate Student Association will host its fifth GSA Brown Bag event of the academic year on Wednesday, 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 SOE T-shirt.

Thursday talk to explore teachers’ experiences in Argentina

The work and experiences of teachers in Argentina will be among the topics discussed at a presentation by Sarah Robert of University of New York at Buffalo on Thursday. Robert’s presentation is entitled: “Cone see how we work! Teachers, neoliberalism and gender in Argentina.” It will be presented at 3 p.m. in Peabody 212. More details are here.

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

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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.

Thursday, Mar. 3

Sarah Roberts Talk: "Come see how we work! Teachers, neoliberalism and gender in Argentina.”
Peabody 212

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