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Friday event to recognize outgoing, incoming leaders

The School of Education is hosting a reception on Friday to thank outgoing leaders Deb Eaker-Rich, John Plummer and Judith Meece, and to welcome Jill Hamm and Kathleen Brown into new roles. The event will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Old Well Room in the Carolina Inn. All are invited and encouraged to attend. Hamm is moving into the newly created position of interim associate dean for research and faculty development. Brown is taking on the new position of interim associate dean for academic affairs and director of graduate studies. Details about the changes are here.

Reception on Jan. 22 to kick off “Wonder of Learning” exhibit

A reception will be held Jan. 22 to formally kick off the ”Wonder of Learning” exhibit at Northgate Mall in Durham. The exhibit showcases the work of the renowned Reggio Emilia infant-toddler centers and preschools in Italy. The School of Education is one of the sponsors of the local appearance of the traveling exhibit. The reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the exhibit, near Entrance 10 of the mall. RSVP by emailing Laurie Norman,

Brian Gibbs receives research award

Faculty member Brian Gibbs has been awarded a Junior Faculty Research Award of $7,500 from Carolina’s Committee on Faculty Research and Scholarly Leaves. The award will fund research to investigate how war and conflict are taught to the children of active duty military personnel during a time of war. It also seeks to learn how that instruction is experienced by the students who are children of active duty soldiers.

Doctoral student Elena Ashburn named principal of Wake’s Broughton High School

Elena Ashburn, a student in the Ed.D. program and a 2012 graduate of our M.S.A. program, has been named principal of Broughton High School in Raleigh. Ashburn has been serving as principal at East Garner Middle School, also in the Wake County school system. Broughton is Raleigh’s oldest high school and is considered the flagship high school in Wake County. More about Ashburn’s appointment is here.

#SOElongform: Bud Harrelson works to make schools safer

Doctoral student Bud Harrelson’s work to help educators better understand the needs of LGBTQ students is the subject of a profile in #SOElongform, a new platform for sharing stories about School of Education faculty and students. Harrelson is part of a team of people who have worked to organize conferences and other outreach efforts to help educators learn about LGBTQ students and how to help them. Read the profile here.

GSA hosting Welcome Back Social on Thursday

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is hosting a Welcome Back Social on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Back Bar. A canned food drive is being held in conjunction with the event, with attendees asked to bring food donations to be given to local food pantries.

#SOElongform: Keith Sawyer’s ‘Zig Zag’ excerpted

Looking for ideas on how to spark your creativity? Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, is an expert on creativity and has written several books on the topic. One of them, “Zig Zag,” lays out a series of practices that Sawyer says can unlock the creativity already inside each of us. Gain an introduction to Sawyer’s path to creativity in this book excerpt on #SOElongform.

In the media: Gregory Cizek cited in story about tests in New Orleans school

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, was cited in a Times-Picayune newspaper story about apparent irregularities in testing at a New Orleans school. The story describes how teachers apparently shared test questions among each other ahead end-of-grade exams in 2014. The story is here.

Publications, presentations, etc.

Parsons, E.C., Bulls, D., Atwater, M., Butler, M. & Freeman, T. (2017). General experiences + race + racism =Work lives of Black faculty in postsecondary science education. Cultural Studies of Science Education. The article was co-authored by Domonique Bulls, a recent graduate of the Ph.D. in Education. Springer.

Xue Lan Rong, Jeremy Hilburn, Wenyang Sun. “Immigration, Demographic Changes and Schools in North Carolina from 1990 to 2015.” Book chapter in “Immigration and Education in North Carolina. Access here.

Patrick Akos and Jen Kretchmar. “Investigating Grit at a Non-Cognitive Predictor of College Success.” Published in The Review of Higher Education. Winter 2017.

Catherine Marshall, Mark Johnson and Torrie Edwards. “A Feminist Critical Policy Analysis of Patriarchy in Leadership.” Chapter in Critical Approaches to Education Policy Analysis: Moving Beyond Tradition. Springer.

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Thursday, Jan. 12

GSA Welcome Back Social
Back Bar

Friday, Jan. 13

SOE thank you reception
Carolina Inn, Old Well Room

Sunday, Jan. 22

Wonder of Learning Opening Reception
Northgate Mall