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Proposals due Monday for improvement science symposium

The School of Education is co-sponsoring “Towards the Carolina Improvement Science Initiative: A Lightning Symposium” on May 19 with six other professional schools across campus and the College of Arts & Sciences. Organizers are calling for proposals. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together faculty, staff, and graduate students from across campus who are working on improvement at scale. Go to the symposium website for more information and to submit a proposal.

Eric Houck appears in program examining school funding disparities

Faculty member Eric Houck appeared on the public affairs program “Education Matters,” which examined a new report that describes local funding disparities among North Carolina school districts. The “2017 Local School Finance Study,” produced by the Public School Forum of N.C., found wide differences in local funding for public schools. The report was the subject of Saturday’s episode of “Education Matters,” which airs on WRAL. The episode is available online here.

Keith Sawyer appears on podcast discussing improv

Faculty member Keith Sawyer appeared on a podcast hosted by Kelly Leonard, one of the leaders of Second City in Chicago, discussing improv and Sawyer’s research on creativity. The podcast is hosted by WGN, the big Chicago radio station. Early in his career, Sawyer studied improv comedians at Second City.

Graduate student Robert Carr wins fellowship

Doctoral student Robert Carr has received a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Society for Research in Child Development to participate in its State Policy Scholars Program in Early Learning during the 2017-18 academic year. The goal of the program is to provide participants with firsthand experience in state policymaking, program implementation, and evaluation, while also providing state executive branch agencies with greater access to child development research expertise. Part of the fellowship will entail a 20-hour per week placement at the Division for Child Development and Early Education, which oversees the NC Pre-K program, within the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

‘Student Success Talks’ series features Jeffrey Greene on April 20

Jeffrey 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.

Alumnus Dan Lunsford joins Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Dan Lunsford (M.Ed. '71, Ed.D. ' 81), president of Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C., has received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award presented by the governor of North Carolina. Lunsford has been president of Mars Hill since 2002. He began his career as a sixth-grade teacher in Durham; was a n administrator in various positions with Orange County Schools before serving that district as superintendent from 1983-’90; and was superintendent of Henderson County Public Schools from 1990-’98. He started working at Mars Hill in 1998 as dean of the School of Education and Leadership. He’s a 1969 graduate of Mars Hill College. More here.

GSA hosting Spring Social on Friday

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is hosting a Spring Social on Friday evening. The event will be held at Imbibe restaurant, at 108 Henderson Street. The party begins at 7 p.m.

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
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Staff Lunch

Wednesday, May 3, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Room 02
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Alumna Helen Crompton wins ISTE award

Alumna Helen Crompton (Ph.D. ’13) has won a STEM Excellence Award from the International Society for Teaching in Education. Crompton, a professor of instruction technology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, was cited for her work with ISTE and for working on mobile learning issues with UNESCO and ITU, two United Nations divisions.

Publications, presentations, grants etc.

Laura Brown and Brenna McColl from SCALE presented at the National Youth Leadership Council’s (NYLC) annual National Service-Learning Conference in Anaheim, California on March 24. Their presentation was titled, “Tutoring as a Tool for Social Justice.”M

SCALE received a “Bridging the Gap” grant from Youth Forward. SCALE was awarded the $10,000 grant to provide summer programming for youth in partnership with Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

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Events

Tuesday, Apr. 4

Documentary: Starving the Beast
4:00p.m.
Hyde Hall, University Room

Wednesday, Apr. 5

SOE Research Presentation: Matthew Bernacki
11:00a.m.
Peabody 02

Friday, Apr. 7

GSA Spring Social
7:00p.m.
Imbibe Restaurant

Wednesday, Apr. 12

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

Thursday, Apr. 20

Student Success Talk: Jeffrey Greene
3:30p.m.
Wilson Library, Pleasants Room

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

Commencement!
1:00p.m.
Dean Smith Center