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Kristin Papoi wins AERA outstanding dissertation award

Faculty member Kristin Papoi has won an American Educational Research Association outstanding dissertation award from the AERA’s Arts and Learning special interest group. Papoi’s dissertation is entitled “Arts-based practices in English language learners' multiliteracies learning: A multiple site case study.” Papoi, a clinical assistant professor earned her dissertation in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The award will be given to her at the AERA annual conference in San Antonio in April. An abstract and a link to the dissertation are available here.

Panel discussion today examines ‘grassroots politicking’ for social justice issues

A panel discussion entitled “Grassroots Politicking for Social Justice Policy Issues” will be held today at 4 p.m. in Peabody 204. Speakers will include Bryan Proffit of Organizer 2020, Tara Romano from Women United and NARAL, and Deborah Hick-Logoff from Partnership for Appalachian Girls Education. Among the topics to be discussed are strategies for being effective in politics and how to maintain credibility as an activist scholar or educator. Light refreshments will be served.

Faculty, staff lunches with deans scheduled

Faculty and staff are invited to a series of “Lunches with the Deans” where you have the opportunity to drop in and talk about the various initiatives underway in the School. The get-togethers are informal drop-in events. But you may also RSVP to help determine how many lunches to order for each event.

Faculty Lunches

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 12-1:30 p.m., Room 02
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m., Room 02
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12-1:30 p.m., Room 212

Staff Lunch

Wednesday, May 3, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Room 02

Reggio Emilia conference held, exhibit open until May

The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) in collaboration with Reggio Children, the Carolina’s School of Education, Carolina Friends School, Lakewood Avenue Children's School, and Duke Sanford School of Public Policy hosted the 2017 NAREA Winter Conference March 9 to 11 on Duke's campus in the Fuqua Business School. The focus of the three-day conference was on "Cultivating the Strong Potential of All Children: Growing a Community Vision for Education.” Meanwhile, the exhibit describing the Reggio Emilia approach – “The Wonder of Learning: The 100 Languages of Children” -- remains open and free of charge at Northgate Mall in Durham on Saturdays from 10:30 to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. It includes hands-on activities for children. Anyone interested in scheduling a group visit for a class may contact Sharon Palsha. In two months more than 3,600 people have visited the exhibit which has included primarily young children with their families. Group tours have included faculty and students from UNC-CH, UNC-G, Meredith, N.C. Central, Appalachian State, Elon and the University of Hamburg. The exhibit will close on May 6 and be sent to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Latin@ Education Research Hub hosts Cammarota talks on Thursday

Julio Cammarota, faculty member at Iowa State University's School of Education, will give a Tursday talk entitled "Participatory Action Research Between Worlds (Entre Mundos): Locating the Third Space of Critical Consciousness." His talk is hosted by the Latin@ Education Research Hub. Cammarota will also participate in a roundtable discussion at 5 p.m. that day at the Campus Y, in the Anne Queen Lounge.

Group including SOE students organizes conference to examine racism in schools

A group organized in large part by School of Education students is holding a conference on Saturday to help educators and pre-service teachers examine race issues in our schools. The group – called “we are” (working to extend anti-racist education) – will hold the event at N.C. Central University’s School of Education on Saturday. The event is the second annual “Let’s Talk Racism Conference,” with the theme this year being “Recognizing, Resisting and Revising.” The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Carolina Central University’s H.M. Michaux School of Education Building. Bettina Love, an award-winning author and associate professor of Educational Theory and Practice at the University of Georgia, will give the keynote address. Find more information here. Register here.

Alumna Laura Palermo wins excellence in teaching award

Alumna Laura Palermo (MAT ’05) was one of ten teachers from around the country to be honored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth for excellence in teaching children with advanced academic abilities. Palermo, a native of Arden, N.C., graduated from Duke University in 2003 then came to Carolina for her MAT in secondary education. She teaches in online programs at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

In the media: Keith Sawyer on sparking creativity in Fast Company article

The work of faculty member Keith Sawyer is cited by Fast Company as it asks whether we’re more creative alone or in groups. Sawyer, being the author of the book “Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration,” comes down on the side of the creative power of working in groups. The article cites research from both sides and suggests a combination of alone time and group effort lends to sparking new ideas. The article is here.

‘Student Success Talks’ series features Jeff Greene

Jeff Greene, associate professor in the School of Education, will discuss the role growth mindsets play in teaching and learning, and how faculty can leverage these mindsets to help struggling learners succeed. The event is aimed at Carolina faculty and staff, and is part of Carolina's “Student Success Talks” series. The event takes place April 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Pleasants Room in Wilson Library. Light refreshments will be provided.

Publications, presentations, grants etc.

Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Dana Zeidler. (April 2017). Editorial: “Science education research thrives in an open, global community.” Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Vol. 54, Issue 4.

Jennifer Diliberto and Nancy Mamlin from N.C. Central University presented their research on teachers' motivations for pursuing a career as a special educator in a keynote address at the statewide Recruitment and Retention Summit held at Elon University sponsored by the Exceptional Children Division of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on February 24. The keynote address kicked off a day-long planning meeting bringing together local education agency teams comprised of school system leaders including human resource directors, special education directors, principals, coordinators, and teachers as well as institution of higher education faculty and NC DPI staff. The data from the research presentation was used to assist teams in developing recruitment plans that address the special education teacher shortage.

A new supplemental curriculum researched and developed by Jennifer Diliberto has just been published by Attainment Publishing Company. “Taking on Tough Words” addresses skills needed for reading and spelling multisyllabic words. Through the 90, 15-minute lessons students learn the six syllable patterns, syllabications steps and rules, as well as accenting patterns. Additionally, the supplemental curriculum embeds instruction in common reading and spelling rules. The lessons are for use in remedial reading and resource programs as well as a Tier 2 and 3 intervention in a multi-tiered system of supports model.

Keith Sawyer gave a talk at Rice University as part of the university’s “Creativity Up Close” lecture series. Sawyer’s Feb. 28 talk was entitled “The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity,” based on his book “Zig Zag.”

Keith Sawyer presented earlier this month at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas, participating in a talk entitled “Teaching Creativity: How, Why and the Impact.”

Martinez, R. R., Dye, C, & Gonzalez, L. M. (in press). A constructivist approach to preparing school counselors to work effectively in urban schools. The Urban Review. The article will be published in the November 2017 issue of The Urban Review, Volume 49, Number 4.

Baker, S., Foxx, S., Akcan, P., Gavin, R., Ashraf, A., & Martinez, R. R. (in press). Psychometric properties of the career and college readiness self-efficacy inventory. VISTAS 2017. In this article, Martinez was responsible for the confirmatory factor analysis (CFA0, which was based on his dissertation and a recently published Career Development Quarterly article.

Baker, S., & Martinez, R. R. (2017, February). Understanding and enhancing career and college readiness self-efficacy. Presenter at the North Carolina Counseling Association Annual Conference, Durham, N.C.

Martinez, R. R. gave a talk in February: Career & Identity: Recognizing the Valuable Assets Diverse Identities Bring to the Workplace, at Elon University.

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Monday, Mar. 20

Grassroots Politicking for Social Justice Policy Issues
4 p.m.
Peabody 204

Thursday, Mar. 23

Julio Cammarota lecture
Peabody 02

Thursday, Mar. 23

Julio Cammarota roundtable discussion
5 p.m.
Campus Y, Anne Queen Lounge

Saturday, Mar. 25

Let's Talk Racism Conference
9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
School of Education, NCCU

Wednesday, Mar. 29

Faculty Lunch with the Deans
Noon to 1:30p.m.
Peabody 02

Saturday, Apr. 1

20th SEAES Conference
All Day
Peabody Hall

Wednesday, Apr. 12

Faculty Lunch with the Deans
11:30a.m. - 1:00p.m.
Peabody 02

Wednesday, May 3

Staff Lunch with the Deans
12:30p.m. - 2:00p.m.
Peabody 02

Wednesday, May 10

Faculty Lunch with the Deans
Noon - 1:30p.m.
Peabody 212

Thursday, May 11

Faculty-Staff Thank You Celebration
Top of the Hill Great Room
4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.

Friday, May 12

Commencement Reception
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Saturday, May 13

Dean Smith Center