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SOE students, alumni leading Safe Schools event on Saturday

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 Harrelson and alumni Meg Goodhand and Jen Benkovitz are among the organizers. It will be held at Smith Middle School on Saturday, 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.

Dana Thompson Dorsey provides keynote at Minority Student Achievement Network conference

Faculty member Dana Thompson Dorsey gave the keynote address at the annual conference of the Minority Student Achievement Network in Chapel Hill earlier this month. MSAN is a national student organization comprised of numerous high schools from across the country. The group’s mission is to understand and address racial disparities in their schools in an effort to eliminate the achievement gap. The theme of this year’s conference was “Every Step Leaves a Trail” and the focus was student advocacy. The title of Thompson Dorsey’s presentation was “Take Action: Understanding the Issues and Finding your Student Activist Voice.”

Graduate Student Association hosting ‘Meet the Dean’ brown bag

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is hosting a GSA Brown Bag event on Nov. 9 that will feature Dean Fouad Abd-El-Khalick. The event begins at noon, in Peabody 02. Bring your lunch and get to know our new dean!

SOE alumnus Ron Miller (Ph.D. ’76) lunges into 50th year of Carolina coaching

Ron Miller took at stab at starting a fencing team in 1967. Fifty years later he’s Carolina’s longest-tenured coach. Miller was profiled by the University Gazette, UNC’s faculty-staff newspaper. The story describes Miller’s work starting the fencing team. Along the way he earned a doctorate from the School of Education. Read more here.

GSA hosting benefit concert Nov. 13

The Graduate Student Association is hosting a benefit concert next month to raise money for The Champ Foundation for research into a cure for Pearson Syndrome. Pearson Syndrome is a rare inherited disease that affects infants, causing anemia, liver disease and other problems. The event will feature four local bands and improvisational comedy. The concert will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Second Wind Café, 118 E. Main Street, in Carrboro. Tickets may be purchased online. For information, contact GSA President Abby Ampuja at abbya (AT)

High School Journal seeking manuscripts

The High School Journal, managed by graduate students at the School of Education, is seeking manuscripts for its next edition. The High School Journal publishes research papers, essays and reviews that examine the field of secondary education. For information or to submit a manuscript visit or send an email to Doctoral student Sarah Byrne Bausell is this serving as editor of the journal this year.

Publications, presentations, etc.

Calvary R. Diggs, Patrick Akos. (2016) The Promise of Character Education in Middle School: A Meta-Analysis. Middle Grades Review. Vol 2, Issue 2.

Leigh Hall. (2016). Reconfiguring the Reading Experience: Using Pop-Culture Texts to Shift Reading Narratives. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 60, 341-344.

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Saturday, Nov. 5

Safe Schools NC “Educate with Pride” conference
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Smith Middle School

Wednesday, Nov. 9

GSA Brown Bag: Meet the Dean!
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Sunday, Nov 13

GSA Benefit Concert for Pearson Syndrome
1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Second Wind Cafe, Carrboro

Wednesday, Nov 16

SOE@Work Colloquia: Sharon Derry and Todd Boyette
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