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Sherick Hughes wins AERA Scholars of Color award

Sherick Hughes, associate professor in the School of Education, has been selected to receive the 2016 Scholars of Color Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association. Hughes, who has taught at Carolina since 2012, conducts research and writes on topics involving race and education. Two books that he authored or co-authored have won Critics Choice Awards from the American Educational Studies Association, and a third was nominated for the award. The Scholars of Color Distinguished Scholar Award is one of three awards given annually by an AERA committee to recognize scholars who have contributed significantly to the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect minority populations, and minority scholars who have made a significant contribution to education research and development. The Distinguished Scholar Award is awarded to mid-career scholars. Read more here.

Three SOE programs ranked by US News in Top 20

Three of the School of Education’s programs were ranked in the top 20 in their fields in the latest graduate school rankings issued by US News & World Report. Overall, the School ranked in a tie at 35th, down from 33rd last year. The rankings of schools of education were included in the 2017 annual “Best Grad Schools” guide. For the rankings of schools of education, US News surveyed 376 schools that grant doctoral degrees in education, with 255 schools responding to the survey. The rankings were released last week. The three SOE programs ranked were Educational Administration and Supervision, 16th, Curriculum and Instruction, and tie for 17th; and Special Education, a tie for 18th.

Ron Haskins to speak Tuesday at GSA-sponsored lecture

The School of Education's Graduate Student Association will welcome Ron Haskins on Tuesday to present this year’s final GSA Brown Bag lecture entitled “Preserving the American Dream: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Increasing Opportunity.” The lecture begins at 6 p.m. in Peabody Hall’s Unks Lecture Hall. Haskins is a SOE alumnus (M.A.T. ‘70) and 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. UNC SOE graduate students, faculty, and affiliates are invited to attend. Arrive at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy light snacks and refreshments before the event. The event is sponsored by the School of Education's Graduate Student Association.

University Gazette shares story of Lynne and Jock

It wasn’t love at first sight when SOE faculty member Lynne Vernon-Feagans first saw Jock Lauterer. Nor was it the second, or the third, but just perhaps it was the fourth time. In its most recent edition, The University Gazette tells the story about how Lynne Vernon-Feagans, the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy, and her husband, Jock, came, finally, to be a couple. Lauterer is a senior lecturer in the School of Media and Journalism. The two were classmates at Carolina in the 1960s. Then over the years their paths kept crossing – while jogging in Chapel Hill, on a North Carolina beach and a bar in Pennsylvania. Read the rest of the story here.

SOE team chosen to participate in i3@UNC course development workshop

A School of Education team of faculty members Susan Friel and Cheryl Horton and graduate student Bryan Fede has been chosen to take part in workshop aimed at examining ways to design online courses for diverse students. The i3@UNC workshop will take place in June at Winston-Salem State University. The proposal from the SOE team involves examining online course design, development and implementation for the Master’s for Experienced Teachers program. Emphasis will be on math and science, but also in general support to develop a hybrid model of online distance education for the MEDX program.

Opportunity gap subject of Wednesday forum

Paul Gorski of George Mason University will speak on Wednesday 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.

Keith Sawyer, doctoral student Kayley Lyons to present on creativity in teaching

Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, and doctoral student Kayley Lyons will present a brown bag research seminar April 1 on creativity in teaching. The talk is based on tentative findings from their recent ethnographic studies of teaching in schools of design. The event will include a discussion about the implications for teaching and learning in STEM disciplines. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 206. Participants are encourage to bring their lunch.

Graduate Student Association news:

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. 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