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Doctoral student Eldrin Deas wins national Education Pioneers award

Eldrin Deas, a School of Education doctoral student, has been honored by Education Pioneers, a national group that recruits and supports professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on problems in education. Deas was honored last week with the organization’s Scott Morgan Award. Another UNC School of Education doctoral student – William Jackson – was among the ten finalists and was named one of the two runners-up for the award. Both Deas and Jackson were Education Pioneers Fellows in 2013, participating in a program in which participants are provided support aimed at encouraging continued work in addressing equity issues in education. More than 3,000 people have completed the Education Pioneers Fellowship.

Alumnus Jim Merrill named N.C. Superintendent of the Year

SOE alumnus Jim Merrill (A.B.Ed. ’73), superintendent of Wake County Public School System, has been named the state’s Superintendent of the Year. It’s the third time he has won a statement superintendent recognition. Merrill has served as Wake County’s superintendent since 2013, hired to bring stability back to the school system. Merrill was named 2005 N.C. Superintendent of the Year when he was the head of the Alamance-Burlington School System. He was named 2013 Virginia Superintendent of the Year when he was leading Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Merrill was a Morehead Scholar at Carolina and earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary English from the School of Education. He gave the Commencement address for the School’s graduation exercises in 2014.

Students presenting ‘Social Justice Art Gallery’ Nov. 29

Alison LaGarry and the students in EDUC 533 are presenting a “Social Justice Art Gallery” on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Peabody 02. Organizers say the aim of the gallery is to engage identities and priorities for social justice in education as public pedagogy. There is no formal presentation, so people are welcome to drop in at any time. If you’re interested in bringing your own students, please e-mail Alison at: EDUC 533 includes students enrolled in HDFS, the Education Minor, and many who have expressed interest in applying to the BA/MAT program.

GSA benefit concert raises money for Pearson Syndrome

A benefit concert organized by the SOE’s Graduate Student Association raised more than $700 to raise awareness for finding a cure for Pearson Syndrome. The concert was held at Second Wind in Carrboro on Nov. 13. Pearson Syndrome is a very rare condition known to have struck only about 100 infants, including the son of SOE doctoral student Elizabeth Reynolds and her husband, Jeff. Elizabeth and Jeff have formed a foundation -- The Champ Foundation -- to help get out the word about Pearson Syndrome and to raise funds toward a cure. Learn more here:

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.

Juan Carrillo presented at the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Conference in Washington, D.C. last week. Carrillo presented “Beyond the City: Latino Scholarship Boys in the Rural South” with Gloria Ladson Billings of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the discussant.Lora Cohen-Vogel, with coauthors from Vanderbilt University and the Fort Worth Independent School District, has had "Partnering for Improvement: Communities of Practice and their Role in Scale Up" accepted for publication in the Peabody Journal of Education.

Kathleen M. Brown, University of North Carolina; Charles Thompson, East Carolina University; Latricia Townsend, North Carolina State University; Kathleen Roney, University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Turning around high schools via “Scaffolded Craftsmanship.” Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, Vol. 18, pages 1-29.

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