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Education Minor students presenting capstone projects on Tuesday

Education Minor students will present their spring capstone projects with poster presentations around the main floor of Peabody Hall on Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include light refreshments in Room 206 during the presentations for students and guests. The students will also present their posters as part of Carolina’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research on April 18 at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union.

Robert Martinez to give talk on Wednesday

Robert Martinez, visiting assistant professor at Wake Forest University, will give a talk on Wednesday. Martinez’s talk – entitled “Effects of a Curriculum Designed to Enhance Literacy, Access Aspirations, and Self-Efficacy” – will begin at 2:45 p.m. in 212 Peabody. Martinez obtained his Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education at N.C. State. Among his research interests are effects of classroom guidance, supporting Latino/a transition into postsecondary institutions and ethnic identity and cultural influences within and between marginalized communities.

Dissertation by alumnus Christopher Harrison wins AERA award

Christopher Harrison, a 2015 graduate of the Ph.D. program in Policy, Leadership and School Improvement, was honored during the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association over the weekend. His dissertation was awarded runner-up in the Outstanding Dissertation Award competition in the politics and policy of education.

Doctoral student Terrell Morton inducted into Order of the Golden Fleece

Terrell Morton, a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies strand of the Ph.D. program, has been inducted into Carolina’s Order of the Golden Fleece. Founded in 1904, the Order of the Golden Fleece is the University's oldest and highest honorary society. It selects its members based upon exemplary service to the University as reflected in scholarship, motivation, creativity, loyalty, and leadership in academic and extracurricular pursuits.

Doctoral students Allison Rose Socol, Danielle Allen win summer fellowships

Doctoral students Allison Rose Socol and Danielle Allen, both in the Policy, Leadership and School Improvement strand of the Ph.D. program, have been awarded $4,000 UNC Summer Research Fellowships to support their dissertation work this summer. The fellowship is awarded based on how ready they are to productively use this time for summer research. Awardees must have a well-articulated research project, a thoughtful plan for conducting your research, and preparations in place to support their plans.

Event on April 21 explores strategies for employing people with autism

An event co-sponsored by the School of Education on April 21 will examine issues around employing people with autism. A panel of representatives from the local business community, including Extraordinary Ventures, Persever8 and Shoeboxed Inc., will share successful strategies, and the benefits and challenges of employing individuals with autism. The panel will include employers, job coaches and employees who have autism. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence, 9201 Seawell School Road. For more information, call the TEACCH Training Office at 919-966-8191 or email

Nominations being accepted for GSA positions

Nominations are being accepted for the School of Education Graduate Student Association. The GSA is looking to fill the following positions for the 2016 – 2017 academic year:

  • Vice President (president elect)
  • Secretary
  • Two Communication (Social Chairs)
  • Two Brown Bag Chairs
  • Treasurer

Anyone interested should send their name to All graduate students in the School of Education are considered. Nominations are due by April 14.

Publications, presentations, etc.

Walter, M. (Spring, 2016). Small group counseling: Screening procedures for high school groups. North Carolina School Counselor Association News. NCSCA

Inequalities in China's Compulsory Education. H ParkHouse, XL Rong. A chapter in Spotlight on China, 2016 S. Guo & Y. Guo (Eds.), Spotlight on China: Changes in Education under China's Market Economy, 311–327. 2016 Sense Publishers.

Minority Families in the Rural United States: Family Processes, Child Care, and Early Schooling. Bratsch-Hines, Mary; Baker, Claire; Vernon-Feagans, Lynne. A chapter in Rural Ethnic Minority Youth and Families in the United States: Theory, Research, and Applications. Crockett, Lisa J. (Ed); Carlo, Gustavo (Ed). Springer International Publishing; 2016, pp. 143-164.

Promoting supportive contexts for minority youth in low-resource rural communities: The SEALS model, directed consultation, and the scouting report approach. Farmer, Thomas W.; Hamm, Jill V.. A chapter in Rural Ethnic Minority Youth and Families in the United States: Theory, Research, and Applications. Crockett, Lisa J. (Ed); Carlo, Gustavo (Ed); Publisher: Springer International Publishing; 2016, pp. 247-265.

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Tuesday, Apr. 12

Education Minor Capstone Presentations
1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
Main Floor, Peabody Hall

Wednesday, Apr. 13

Robert Martinez Talk: "Effects of a Curriculum Designed to Enhance Literacy, Access Aspirations, and Self-Efficacy"
212 Peabody Hall

Thursday, Apr. 21

Exploring Successful Opportunities and Strategies for Employing Individuals with Autism
4 p.m. to 5:30p.m.