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Doctoral students Eldrin Deas, William Jackson considered for national award

Two School of Education doctoral students – Eldrin Deas and William Jackson – are among 10 who are being considered for a national award, recognizing work in pursuing equity in education. Deas and Jackson are finalists for a $10,000 award from Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit that recruits professionals with diverse skills and backgrounds into non-teaching leadership positions throughout K-12 public education. Both men are alumni of the group’s EPic fellows program in which participants are provided support aimed at encouraging continued work in addressing equity issues in education. Both Deas and Jackson were Education Pioneers Fellows in 2013. Read more, including bios of both men, here.

Gregory Cizek, student Audra Kosh presenting at noon today in forum

Doctoral student Audra Kosh and faculty member Gregory Cizek will present today in the Quantitative Psychology Forum at UNC, a weekly seminar devoted to discussing issues in quantitative methodology for the social sciences. Their presentation is entitled “Assessment Alignment: Background, Need, and a Methodological Innovation in Gathering and Evaluating Validity Evidence.” It will be held in Davie 347, starting at noon.

Info session today for Human Development & Family Studies

The School of Education is hosting an informational session today, sharing details about the Human Development & Family Studies program. Faculty who teach in the program and students who are in it will be available to answer questions about the program. The session starts at 5 p.m. in Peabody 02. Pizza and other refreshments will be provided.

In the media: Gregory Cizek on whether college should be free

WalletHub.com, a website that offers financial advice to consumers, asked experts to weigh in on whether college should be made free to all. Cizek was one of those asked to respond, coming down on the “No” side of the argument. Read the article here, and click straight to Cizek’s piece here.

In the media: Keith Sawyer on collaboration and creativity

Fast Company magazine took a look at the sparks of creativity, asking whether it’s true that creativity usually comes from lone geniuses working in isolation. Keith Sawyer was among those cited in answering, no. Sawyer, who is the author of the book “Group Genius,” says and teachers that creativity is always the result of collaboration and that solitary genius is a myth. Read the article here.

School of Education holding Open House for Family Weekend

The School of Education will hold an Open House on Friday as part of the events for the University’s Family Weekend. Faculty and students will be on hand to answer questions about the School’s programs. The Open House will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the main lobby.

Alumni news: Lester Levine (A.B.Ed. ’68) publishes book about 9/11 memorial

School of Education alumnus Lester Levine (A.B.Ed. '68) has a new book out -- "9/11 Memorial Visions." The book describes some of the proposals for the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero in New York City. The book includes interviews with people who submitted design proposals. He says he did the book because he didn't want the designs and the stories behind them to be lost to history. Read more about the book in this story in the News & Observer.

In social media: Deas and Jackson post goes big

A post to the SOE Facebook about the Eldrin Deas and William Jackson news had one of the biggest responses our Facebook has ever received. The post was liked by more than 270 people and was shared by more than 30, propelling it to appear before more than 10,000 Facebook folks.

SOE students, alumni leading Safe Schools event in November

School of Education students and alumni are organizing and will host a conference in November that will work to raise awareness among educators and others about the needs of LGTBQ students. The conference – entitled “Educate with Pride” – is the second conference organized by Safe Schools NC. Doctoral student Bud Harelson and alumni Meg Goodhand and Jen Benkovitz are among the organizers. It will be held at Smith Middle School on Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is open to educators -- including teachers, support staff, counselors, administrators and others – and to policy makers, parents and students. For more information or to register, go here.

Publications, presentations, etc.

Engaging students in autobiographical critique as a social justice tool: Narratives of deconstructing and reconstructing meritocracy and privilege with preservice teachers. Boyd, Ashley S.; Noblit, George W.; Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, Vol 51(6), Nov, 2015 pp. 441-459. Publisher: Taylor & Francis.

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Events

Monday, Sept 19

Info Session: HDFS
5:00p.m.
Peabody 02

Friday, Sept 23

Alumni Council meeting
11:45a.m.
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Open House for Family Weekend
3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Oct 12

GSA Brown Bag: The IRB Process
Noon
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Oct 19

SOE@Work Colloquia: Sherick Hughes, Laura McNeil and students
12:30p.m.
Peabody 02

Saturday, Oct 29

Annual Alumni Awards Dinner
6:30p.m.
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Wednesday, Nov. 9

GSA Brown Bag: Meet the Dean!
Noon
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Nov 16

SOE@Work Colloquia: Sharon Derry and Todd Boyette
12:30p.m.
Peabody 02