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Proposals due today for improvement science symposium

Proposals are due today for the event “Towards the Carolina Improvement Science Initiative: A Lightning Symposium.” The event is being held May 19 with six other professional schools across campus and the College of Arts & Sciences. 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.

Eileen Parsons named to National Academies of Sciences expert committee

Eileen Parsons, professor of science education, has been appointed to serve on an expert committee for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to make recommendations regarding the teaching and learning of science. Parsons will serve on a committee for the Academies’ Board of Science Education that will write a report examining research regarding the Next Generation Science Standards and provide ideas for the teaching and learning of science incorporating the new standards. The report will be published next year by the National Academies Press.

School hosts discussion of childhood literacy needs

The School of Education hosted a conversation around issues involving childhood literacy, prompted by a report by the Business Roundtable. The discussion featured faculty member Lynne Vernon-Feagans and Susan Gates of SAS Institute, one of the authors of the report. Their talk was moderated by Dean Fouad Abd-El-Khalick. Discussants examined Vernon-Feagans findings regarding the Targeted Reading Intervention’s effectiveness, and the need to tie assessments of students’ reading to teacher instruction. Video of the discussion and an edited transcript are available on #SOElongform, the School’s platform for long-form stories.

Doctoral Student Shelby Dawkins-Law to receive inaugural Smith Community Award

Shelby Dawkins-Law, a doctoral student in policy, leadership and school improvement, will be presented on Tuesday with the inaugural Gwendolyn Harrison Smith Community Award from Carolina’s Graduate and Professional Student Federation. Dawkins-Law, who served as GPSF president in 2014-’15, has been active on campus, helping lead student groups working on racial bias and sexual assault issues and other areas. She was cited by Chancellor Carol Folt a year ago for having the courage at a campus town hall event to stand and ask why the University has not done more to honor blacks’ contributions to Carolina. The Smith Community Award is named to honor the first black woman to attend Carolina. Dawkins-Law will receive the award in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in Kerr Hall, Room 1001. More about Gwendolyn Harrison Smith may be found here.

Alumna Lisa Godwin named 2017 N.C. Teacher of the Year

Lisa Godwin (M.S.A. ’09), a kindergarten teacher in Onslow County, has been named the 2017 Burroughs Wellcome Fund N.C. Teacher of the Year. Godwin is in her third year as a teacher at Dixon Elementary School in Holly Ridge. Previously, she has worked as an assistant principal for four and half years in Onslow and Lee county schools. Godwin started her career in education as a teaching assistant in 1997. She came to Carolina’s School of Education to earn a master’s degree in school administration in 2009. As N.C. Teacher of the Year, Godwin will spend the next school year traveling the state as an ambassador for the teaching profession. More details here.

Cheryl Mason Bolick’s new book published

Cheryl Mason Bolick has had her new book – “The Wiley Handbook of Social Studies” – published. Bolick was one of the editors of the book. The other editor is School of Education alumna Meghan McGlinn Manfra (Ph.D. ’06). Brian Gibbs is a co-author of a chapter in the book: “Teaching and Learning about Controversial Issues and Topics in the Social Studies: A Review of the Research.” Wiley says the book is the first major reference work on social studies education and research in a decade. More details about the book are here.

Lynda Stone presentation, blog post examine education reform

A presentation given by Lynda Stone, professor of philosophy of education, at the John Dewey’s ‘Democracy and Education’ 100 Years On Conference at Cambridge University has been posted online. Her talk is entitled “Silent Lunches: How do we Get to Educational Reform in the U.S.?” The online version of the talk is accompanied by a blog post by Stone entitled “Democracy Education Under Siege and Now Trump” in which she examines the national environment around education issues.

Student Anne Routledge named to Phi Beta Kappa

Anne Routledge, who is in the Education Minor program, has been named to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society. Phi Beta Kappa inducted 150 Carolina students late last month. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. A student who has completed 75 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a GPA of 3.85 or better is eligible for membership. Also eligible is any student who has completed 105 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a 3.75 GPA. Less than 1 percent of all college students qualify.

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, 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

‘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.

School of Education co-sponsoring conference on immigration

The School of Education and the Carolina Asian Center are cosponsoring a conference on April 25 entitled “How Nation-states Respond to the Impacts of Immigration and Ethnic Diversity in the Context of Globalization: Language, Identities and Multicultural Urban Educational Policies and their Implementation in India, Korea, Japan, and Singapore.” Faculty from Columbia University, Australia and Korea are among the invited speakers. The event will be held at the FedEx Global Education Center. People interested in attending should email Nicole Neal at

Publications, presentations, grants etc.

The newly published “The Second International Handbook of Urban Education,” edited by William Pink and George Noblit, features several contributions by School of Education faculty and graduate students. Xue Lan Rong served as editor of the Asian Urban Education Section and wrote the introduction, “How Nation-States Respond to the Impacts of Migration, Immigration and Ethnic Diversity in the Context of Globalization in India, China, Japan, Korea and Singapore.” The chapter “The Educational Issues of the Children of Internal Migrant Workers in China” was written by doctoral student Shizhan Yuan and faculty members Noblit and Rong. The chapter “Promises and Practices: A Case Study on Compulsory Education Policy Implementation in a Large Migrant-Inflow City in China, was written by doctoral students Shuyin Liu, Wenyang Sun and Elizabeth Barrow.

Olivia Scott Kamkwamba, doctoral student in cultural studies and literacies gave a presentation at the World View “Stories of Africa conference late last month entitled “Beyond Safaris: Exploring Africa’s Diversity in K-8 Classrooms.” The session will provide an overview of resources for K-8 teachers in exploring Africa and the stereotypical images of Africa students and teachers alike can bring to the classroom.

Doctoral student Robert Carr, Mokrova, I. L., Vernon-Feagans, L., & Burchinal, M. R. (2017, April). The quality of pre-kindergarten instructional support and the development of children’s language and mathematics skills through kindergarten. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, Texas.

Carr, R. C., Mokrova, I. L., Vernon-Feagans, L., & Burchinal, M. R. (2017, April). Higher-quality teacher-child interactions in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten and children's school readiness. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, Texas.

Mokrova, I. L., Vernon-Feagans, L., Carr, R. C., Garret-Peters, P. T., Burchinal, M. R. (2017, April). Years of better classroom quality from kindergarten to third grade: Prediction to children's third grade literacy skills. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, Texas.

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Thursday, Apr. 20

Student Success Talk: Jeffrey Greene
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

Dean Smith Center