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Education Minor students to give capstone presentations Tuesday

Students in the Minor in Education will present capstone projects on Tuesday. Presentations will cover topics such as school choice, poverty and graduation rates, LGBTQ issues, math instruction and more. The presentations will be held in Peabody 206, starting at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Graduate Student Association hosting ‘Meet the Dean’ brown bag on Wednesday

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is hosting a GSA Brown Bag event on Wednesday 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@Work Colloquia next week features Morehead, Pharmacy partnerships

The SOE@Work Colloquia event scheduled for Nov. 16 will feature Todd Boyette, director of the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, and Jacqui McLaughlin of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Faculty member Sharon Derry will introduce the session, which will explore collaborations in which the School of Education is working with Morehead and the School of Pharmacy. Lunch will be provided. The event begins at 12:30, in Peabody 02.

Safe Schools conference draws 140 educators

The second annual Safe Schools NC LGBTQ Conference for Educators and Support Staff, organized by a team led by SOE doctoral student Bud Harrelson and SOE alumna Meg Goodhand (M.S.A. ’12), drew more than 140 educators on Saturday. The daylong event at Smith Middle School included sessions aimed at helping teachers, support staff and elected school board members gain a better understanding about the needs of LGBTQ students. Most of the attendees were from the Triangle, but some came from as far away as Boone, Charlotte and Wilmington. Completion of the conference conferred continuing education credit for participants.

School Counseling students win honors at statewide conference

Students in the School Counseling program brought home honors from the annual N.C. School Counselors Association conference last week. Lauren Brand won first place in the graduate student poster presentation competition, with Jordan Helms winning second place. Orlando Dobbin was the recipient of the NCSCA graduate student scholarship. Brand is placed in an internship at Carrboro Elementary School, while Helms is at the Hill Center in Durham and Dobbin is placed at Pittsboro Elementary School.

Faculty invited to Recharge and Reconnect session on Nov. 19

All SOE faculty are invited to come to lunch during the Recharge and Reconnect session scheduled for Nov. 19. The R&R sessions bring recent graduates of SOE teacher-preparation programs together to talk about challenges they’ve faced in their work and to develop solutions to them. Faculty who would like to attend lunch are asked to RSVP to Betsy Barrow by Wednesday, Nov. 9, at

Alumna Jennifer Parks honored as WRAL’s Teacher of the Week

SOE alumna Jennifer Parks was profiled by television station WRAL as its “Teacher of the Week.” Parks teaches at Northwood High School in Chatham County and has been teaching for ten years. Also making a cameo in the story is another SOE alumna, Janice Giles (M.S.A. ’12), an assistant principal at Northwood. View the video here.

Alumna Morgan May named ‘Promising New Teacher’ by Chapel Hill-Carrboro

SOE alumna Morgan May (A.B.Ed. ’15) has been named by Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools as the Promising New Teacher of the Year. May teaches at Culbreth Middle School.

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.

Cizek, G. J., & Wollack, J. A. (2017). Quantitative methods for detecting cheating on tests. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Presentation: Cizek, G. J. (2106, October). Validity, quantitative methods, and test security: Advances in a maturing field. Opening plenary address, 5th Annual Conference on Test Security, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Presentation: Lora Cohen-Vogel was the invited speaker on education for the Election 2016: Debating the Issues Forum at Wake Forest University on Oct. 26. Other speakers included researchers from the Cato Institute and the Center for American Progress.

Four students in the Policy, Leadership and School Improvement program – Danielle Allen, Allison Rose Socol, Ariel Tichnor-Wagner (Ph.D. ’16), and Qi Xing, along with their advisor, Lora Cohen-Vogel – have had the following manuscript accepted for publication in Teachers College Record: “Studying implementation within a continuous improvement process: What happens when we design with adaptations in mind?”

Foxworth, L.L., Mason, L.H., & Hughes, C.A. (2016). Improving narrative writing skills of secondary students with disabilities. Exceptionality. On-line First. DOI: 10.1080/09362835.2016.1196452

Li, M., Murphy, P.K., Wang, J., Mason, L.H., Firetto, C.M., Wie, L., & Sun Chung, K. (2016). Promoting reading comprehension and critical-analytic thinking: A comparison of three approaches with fourth and fifth-graders. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 46, 101-115.

Sennott, S., & Mason, L.H. (2015). AAC modeling with the iPad during shared storybook reading: Pilot study. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 36, 1-13.

Presentation: Linda Mason, Fagella-Luby, M., DeBettencourt, L., Mamlin, N. Self-Regulated Learning For Students With Disabilities. Docencia 2016, Congresso International Formación Docente E Investigación Educativa. Havana, Cuba, October 2016.

Presentation: Ciullo, S., Collins, A., Linda Mason, Pedrotty Bryant, D., Bryant, B., & Carroll, M. Guiding Writing Interventions Through Systematic Observational and Intervention Research. Council for Learning Disabilities, San Antonio, October 2016.

Presentation: Linda Mason, Mamlin, N., & Abby Ampuja. TWA and Guided Reading: Reading text at the paragraph and passage level. Council for Learning Disabilities, San Antonio, October 2016.

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Tuesday, Nov. 8

Education Minor Capstone Presentations
10:30 a.m.
Peabody 212

Wednesday, Nov. 9

GSA Brown Bag: Meet the Dean!
Peabody 02

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
Peabody 02

Saturday, Nov. 19

Recharge and Reconnect
10:00 a.m.