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View video, read text from Fouad Abd-El-Khalick’s welcome reception

Video is available of the event in which incoming Dean Fouad Abd-El-Khalick and his family were greeted to campus by Chancellor Carol Folt and Provost Jim Dean. Video, including video that captures the entirety of the Tuesday event, is available online here. Text of Abd-El-Khalick’s remarks is also available from that page.

Commencement is Saturday!

The School of Education will celebrate about 260 of its graduates in a Commencement ceremony on Saturday. The event will begin at 1 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center. Former Chapel Hill Mayor and School of Education alumnus Mark Kleinschmidt will provide the commencement address. Graduates are asked to begin lining up by 12:15 p.m. in the tunnels on the ground floor of the Smith Center. Students should use Entrance D and take the stairs or elevator to the ground level. Family members should use Entrance A and from the concourse find a seat. The ceremony should take about an hour.

RSVP today for Friday’s graduation reception

RSVPs are due today for a reception will be held Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to mark Commencement. The reception is being held to give graduates and faculty the opportunity to celebrate the occasion. The reception will be held in the Alumni Hall of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. A cash bar will be available. The reception offers an opportunity for graduates to take pictures with members of their cohorts and with faculty. RSVP today to Laurie Norman,

Harriet Able wins $1.1 million Department of Education grant

Harriet Able, associate professor of early childhood intervention and family support, has won a $1.1 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. The grant is to fund preparation of early childhood interventionists to be “interdisciplinary inclusion facilitators.” The funding will support students in the Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support strand of the Masters for Experienced Teachers program. Able is principal investigator on the grant and Kate Gallagher of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is co-investigator. The grant will allow the program to expand its collaboration with FPG’s professional development initiatives in early childhood.

Doctoral student Tim Lancaster wins Cumberland County honor

Tim Lancaster, a doctoral student in Educational Leadership, has been named Cumberland County’s Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year. It’s the second time Lancaster has won the award. Lancaster is working in his first year as assistant principal at Westover Middle School. He’s been an assistant principal in Cumberland County for 11 years.

Eric Houck featured in WRAL documentary on teacher salaries

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, was among those interviewed for a documentary that aired last week on WRAL-TV on teacher salaries. The documentary – entitled – “Grading Teacher Pay” – is available for viewing online here.

SOE faculty, students present at National Council for Exceptional Children Conference

Several School of Education faculty and students presented at the 2016 annual conference of the National Council for Exceptional Children in St Louis, Missouri:

  • Able, H. Ethics and special education: Where the rubber meets the road.
  • Able, H, & White, T. Transition to adulthood: Voices of parents and adolescents with ASD.
  • Bratsch-Hines, M., & Vernon-Feagans, L. The effectiveness of a tier 2 reading intervention with students with disabilities.
  • Ciullo, S., & Mason, L.H. Persuasive quick writing in social studies for students with learning disabilities.
  • Cutrer, B., Varghese, C., Vernon-Feagans, L., & Bratsch-Hines, M. Using the Coach-Teacher Awareness Scale to Understand Teacher Implementation Resistance.
  • Foxworth, L., & Mason, L.H. Improving narrative writing skills of secondary students using self-regulated strategy development.
  • Garwood, J. The who, how, and what: Differences in the co-occurrence of early literacy struggles and behavior problems.
  • Mason, L.H., Ampuja, A., Zheng, S., & Stewart, K. Self-regulated strategy development (srsd) for reading and writing about informational text.
  • Sreckovic, M. (alumnae), Hume, K, & Able, H. Time to talk: Effects of a peer intervention network on three adolescents with ASD.
  • Varghese, C., Cutrer, B., Horner, M., Ricks, D., Vernon-Feagans, L., & Bratsch-Hines, M. Key stakeholders within an early reading intervention: Why aligning their perspectives matters.

Publications, presentations, etc.

Diana Lys, assistant dean of program assessment, accreditation, and teacher preparation, served on a panel at the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University’s conference, The Changing Face of Teacher Preparation: Aspirations, Designs, and Evidence, on April 22. The conference panel included some of the nation’s top researchers and leaders of various types of teacher preparation programs, including Karen Hammerness, Arthur Levine, Ron Marx, Suzanne Wilson, and Ken Zeichner, among others.

Policy, Leadership and School Improvement student Ariel Tichnor-Wagner and alumnus Christopher Harrison collaborated with Lora Cohen-Vogel, Robena and Walter E. Hussman Jr. Chair of Policy and Education Reform, to write an article that has just been published in the journal Education Administration Quarterly. The article is the latest to come out of their work with the $14 million National Center for Scaling up Effective Schools. The article is entitled “Cultures of Learning and Professional Behavior in Highly Effective Schools: Evidence from the National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools.

Juan Carrillo and Culture, Curriculum and Change doctoral student Esmeralda Rodriguez co-authored a paper published in Race, Ethnicity and Education. The paper – entitled “ She Doesn’t Even Act Mexican: Smartness Trespassing in the New South” – is available here.

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Friday, May 6

School of Education Graduation Reception
6 p.m.
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Saturday, May 7

1 p.m.
Dean Smith Center