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George Noblit wins AERA Division G Mentoring Award

George Noblit, the Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, has won the American Educational Research Association Division G Mentoring Award for 2017. The award recognizes a scholar who has made distinguished contributions in the mentoring of students, undergraduate and Ph.D. students, as well as junior scholars, contributing to the development of a new generation of scholars who focus on social contexts of education. Noblit will be presented the award at the AERA annual meeting in San Antonio this week.

Robert Martinez team wins Felix Harvey Award

A team that includes School of Education faculty member Robert Martinez has won a UNC-Chapel Hill Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities. Funding with the award will be used to create resources to help teachers, other school personnel and social workers meet the needs of foster children. The team includes Martinez, Molly Berkoff, medical director of the Child Medical Evaluation Program and Child Protection Team in the School of Medicine, and Laura Phipps, clinical assistant professor at the Family and Children’s Resource Program at the Jordan Institute for Families at the School of Social Work. With the $73,650 that comes with the award, the team will develop an online training toolkit to guide educators and child welfare social workers as they assist foster care children and advocate for their academic needs.

School Counseling’s Applied Investigations Poster Session today

The School Counseling program is hosting an Applied Investigations Poster Session today in which students showcase their work. The session will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Peabody 02. Students in the School Counseling master’s program will showcase the results of applied investigations conducted in K-12 schools in area schools. Light refreshments will be provided.

MEITE students giving project presentations today

Student teams in the Master of Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship will make their final presentations today. Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend. Five students in two teams will make presentations beginning at 12:30 p.m., running until 2 p.m. in Peabody 212. Each presentation, including a question-and-answer session, will last about 30 minutes.

Education Minor capstone poster presentations today

Students in the Education Minor will make poster presentations today about their capstone projects. Faculty, students and staff are invited. The presentations will take place from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Peabody 02.

Three School of Education students win Dissertation Completion Awards

Three doctoral students from the School of Education have been awarded 2017-2018 Dissertation Completion Awards from the Graduate School. The students – Stephanie Konle, Eleni Zgourou and Mark Johnson – are each awarded stipends of $18,000 for the academic year to support them as they work to complete their dissertations.

‘In the Media: Thad Domina cited in WRAL story about N.C. teachers

Thad Domina, associate professor of educational policy, was cited in a WRAL story that looked at the demographics of teachers in North Carolina and whether the state is attracting teachers from other states. Domina pointed out that North Carolina is seeing a surge of migration of people into the state, which includes teachers who may be looking for new jobs. But those new teachers are arriving despite a policy environment that has made teaching relatively less attractive. The story is here.

Education Policy Colloquium on Tuesday features absenteeism talk

Michael Gottfried, associate professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, will give a talk on April 25 in the Education Policy Colloquium Series. Gottfried’s talk is entitled “Showing Up: School Absenteeism Disparities Between Young Children With and Without Disabilities.” The talk begins at 12:30 p.m. and will be held in Peabody 02. A light lunch will be served.

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.

Mary E. Bratsch-Hines, Lynne Vernon-Feagans, Cheryl Varghese, Justin Garwood. Child Skills and Teacher Qualifications: Associations with Elementary Classroom Teachers’ Reading Instruction for Struggling Readers. Learning Disabilities: Research and Practice. April 2017.

Keith Sawyer gave a guest lecture on April 19 at Hofstra University, titled “Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity.”

Minshew, L. M., Barber-Lester, K. J., Derry, S., Anderson, J. L. (2017). Leveraging students’ prior knowledge to adapt science curricula to local context. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Association of Research and Science Teaching, San Antonio, TX. April 2017.

Anderson, J. L., Minshew, L., Barber-Lester, K. J., Derry, S. (2017). Intended design versus teacher enactment of a DBR project-based middle school biology curriculum. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Association of Research and Science Teaching, San Antonio, TX. April 2017.

Book chapter: Minshew, L. M. & Anderson, J. L. (2017). Integrating iPads in middle school science instruction: A case study analysis. In S. Keengwe & P. Bulls (Eds.) The Handbook of Research on Transformative Digital Content and Learning Technologies. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-J-5225-2000-9.ch003

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Monday, Apr. 24

School Counseling Applied Investigations Poster Session
9:30a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Peabody 02

Monday, Apr. 24

MEITE student presentations
12:30p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Peabody 212

Monday, Apr. 24

Education Minor Capstone Poster Presentations
1:15 to 2:30p.m.
Peabody 02

Tuesday, Apr. 25

Education Policy Colloquium Series: Michael Gottfried
12:30 p.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