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Education Job Fair being held Wednesday

Carolina’s University Career Services and the School of education are co-hosting an Education Job Fair on Wednesday for students interested in careers in education. The event will be held in the Great Hall of the Student Union, from 9 a.m. to noon. Attendees can meet with representatives from city and county school systems from across the nation. A list of participating schools is available here.

In the Media: Struggle of doctoral student Elizabeth Reynolds’s son profiled

Television station WTVD and the Herald-Sun newspaper have profiled the story of doctoral student Elizabeth Reynolds, her husband, Jeff, and the efforts they are making to raise money to research a rare syndrome that their infant son has. Their son, William, suffers from Pearson syndrome, a disorder of the mitochondria in the body’s cells. The Reynoldses have shared their story in hopes of raising funds to help research treatments and a cure for the condition. Elizabeth is a doctoral student in Applied Developmental Sciences and Special Education strand of the Ph.D. program. The WTVD story is here. The Champ Foundation website is here.

Group involving SOE students organizes March 19 conference to examine racism in schools

A group organized in large part by School of Education students is holding a conference later this month intended to help educators and pre-service teachers examine the impact of systemic racism. The group – called “we are (working to extend anti-racist education)” – will hold the event at N.C. Central University’s School of Education on March 19, running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We are” has been organized by doctoral student Ronda Bullock, other SOE students and students at other Triangle-area universities. The group, affiliated with Duke University’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and N.C. Central’s School of Education, recently won a CUBE Social Innovation Challenge grant from Carolina’s Campus Y. The conference – entitled “Let’s Talk Racism: Dismantling Racism in Our Schools” – will take place at the H.M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education Building and feature a keynote address by Jessica DeCuir Gunby, associate professor of educational psychology at N.C. State University. Register for the event here.

Opportunity gap subject of March 23 forum

Paul Gorski of George Mason University will speak on March 23 in an event examining education opportunities for children in poverty. The event, sponsored by the Diversity and Disability specialization in the MEDX program, will be held at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence, starting at 5 p.m. Gorski’s talk is entitled “Erasing the Opportunity Gap for Children and Youth Experiencing Poverty.” Gorski is an associate professor and coordinator of the Social Justice and Human Rights’ specialization in GMU’s Integrative Studies Department. He has authored numerous books and publications regarding strategies for erasing the opportunity gap for children and youth experiencing poverty, multicultural teacher education, and mindfulness for social justice advocates.

In the Media: Keith Sawyer weighs in on chairs, creativity

Can your chair boost your creativity? That’s the question the online publication Quartz asked Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations. Quartz looked at the imaginative office seating options – think beanbags, napping pods and “cocoon huts” – now popular in tech and creative industries. Sawyer says it’s not so much the shape of the chair that cultivates creativity, but the arrangement of the seating. Social interaction, and creative sparks, are more likely in settings that foster interaction among people, he says. Read more, and see the pictures, here.

Alumnus Ron Haskins named psychology department’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus

Ron Haskins (M.A.T. '70), co-director of the Brookings Center on Children and Families and Budgeting for National Priorities Project, has been named the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of Carolina’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Haskins is a former senior White House and congressional advisor on welfare issues and is on preschool, foster care and poverty. He was the editor of the 1996, 1998, and 2000 editions of the Green Book, a 1600 page compendium of the nation’s social programs published by the House Ways and Means Committee that analyzes domestic policy issues including health care, poverty, and unemployment. Haskins, who received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology, serves on the School of Education’s Foundation Board.

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 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

Kathleen M. Brown had an article – ““Racing to the Top” to Prepare Turnaround Principals in North Carolina: Homegrown Regional Leadership Academies” – published in Educational Leadership and Administration, Vol.27.

Gregory Cizek had an article published by the Hunt Institute. “Getting Student Assessment Right” examines five aspects that ensure high-quality assessment systems. The article is available here.

Keith Sawyer gave a lecture at UNC-Greensboro on Thursday in the Harriet Elliott Lecture Series. His talk was the kickoff in this year’s series and was entitled “The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity,” based on his book Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity.

Keith Sawyer was invited to speak last week as part of a panel at the 3 Million Stories conference, hosted by University of Phoenix and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. His talk was entitled “Inside the Blackbox: The Education and Culture of Arts and Design Schools.”

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Wednesday, Mar. 9

Education Job Fair
9 a.m. - Noon
Great Hall, Student Union

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

Research seminar: “Creativity and Learning in Schools of Design”
Peabody 206

Friday, Apr. 1

GSA Spring Formal
Hickory Tavern