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Education Policy Colloquium Series hosting Chris Curran talk Wednesday

Chris Curran of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County will give a talk on Wednesday, the first in the 2017 Education Policy Colloquium Series. The series is focusing on early childhood education during the spring semester. Curran’s talk is entitled “Estimating the Relationship between Preschool Attendance and Kindergarten Science Achievement: Implications for Early Science Achievement Gaps.” The talk will be held at 4 p.m. in Peabody 02. Refreshments will be provided.

Deadline is today for GSA’s School of Education apparel

The deadline is today to order School of Education apparel from the Graduate Student Association. T-shirts, sweatshirts, pullovers, fleece jackets and even loungers are available. To place an order go here.

In the Media: Eric Houck cited in N&O article on private school accountability

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, was among the experts cited for an article that appeared in Sunday’s News & Observer newspaper examining the accountability measures faced by private schools in North Carolina. The “PolitiFact” article examined claims by Gov. Roy Cooper that private schools receiving taxpayer funds face little accountability. Houck described accountability measures that the schools do face and how they differ from measures applied to public schools. The article is available here.

Graduate student Jackson Olsen publishes book about teaching experience

Jackson Olsen, a doctoral student in the Ed.D. program and principal at Henderson Collegiate High School in Henderson, N.C., has published a book about his teaching experience. “Teaching For America: Life in the Struggle for ‘One Day’” describes Olsen’s experience working with Teach for America and describes the struggles of students and teachers facing inequities and injustices in a low-income, rural community. More about the book may be found here.

SEAES Conference issues call for proposals

Organizers for the 20th Southeastern Association of Educational Studies Conference have issued a call for proposals for paper and poster presentations and panel discussions. The conference, hosted every year by the School of Education’s Graduate Student Association, will be held on April 1 in Peabody Hall. Proposals should be submitted by Feb. 24. Learn more and submit proposals at

Graduate student podcast offers teaching career advice

A conversation in which an award-winning teacher and other educators participate in a panel discussion, offering career advice to teachers, is available as an online podcast. The discussion was organized by graduate student Betsy Barrow for her course “EDUC 747: Advanced Methods for Secondary Teaching.” The podcast features a conversation among the students in the M.A.T. course and Chris Hitchcock, an award-winning world history teacher at an online school, and Destiny Warier, a classroom teacher and adjunct instructor at the University of Oklahoma. The podcast is available here.

Publications, presentations, grants, etc.

Eileen Parsons is the author of a chapter -- “Interfaces Between Critical Race Theory and Sociocultural Perspectives" -- in the new book “Critical and Sociocultural Theories of Learning,” published by Routledge.

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Wednesday, Feb. 8

Education Policy Colloquium Series: Chris Curran
4 p.m.
Peabody 02

Saturday, Apr. 1

20th SEAES Conference
All Day
Peabody Hall