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Commencement is Saturday!

The School of Education will celebrate about its graduates in a Commencement ceremony on Saturday. The event will begin at 1 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center. Mo Green, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, will provide the commencement address. Graduates are asked to begin lining up by 12:15 p.m. in the tunnels on the ground floor of the Smith Center. Students should use Entrance D and take the stairs or elevator to the ground level. Family members should use Entrance A and from the concourse find a seat. The ceremony should take about an hour.

Faculty-staff celebration being held Thursday; reception for graduates on Friday

A faculty-staff celebration marking the end of the academic year will be held Thursday. The party begins at 4 p.m. at the Top of the Hill Great Room. All faculty, staff, and spouses, partners, and/or significant others are invited. The School is also hosting a reception for degree candidates and their families on Friday at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m.

Registration open for May 19 improvement science ‘lightning symposium’

More than 45 Carolina faculty members will give “lightning” five-minute talks or discuss posters about their work in improvement science at a campuswide symposium on May 19. The event – “Toward a Carolina Improvement Science Initiative: A Lighting Symposium” – brings together Carolina faculty, staff, and graduate students who are working on improvement at scale. The School of Education is one of the sponsors. The free symposium will be held at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The registration deadline is next Monday.

Lora Cohen-Vogel featured in PBS in documentary

School of Education Professor Lora Cohen-Vogel was featured in a PBS documentary on the use of improvement science for closing the achievement gap in the Detroit Public Schools. In the half hour documentary, “Strength in Numbers: Closing Achievement Gaps through Collaboration,” Cohen-Vogel describes the key features of improvement science or what is sometimes called continuous improvement research. The documentary follows a school principal who creates a “networked improvement community” to support work to close the school’s achievement gap. The documentary is viewable online here.

Faculty lunch with deans on Wednesday

The last in a series of “Lunches with the Deans” where faculty and staff have the opportunity to drop in and talk about the various initiatives underway in the School will take place on Wednesday. The Wednesday event is for faculty. The get-togethers are informal drop-in events. But faculty members may also RSVP to help determine how many lunches to order for each event.

Faculty lunch:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12-1:30 p.m., Room 212

RSVP Here

Doctoral student Eldrin Deas to address Board of Governors

Eldrin Deas, Ph.D. student in Cultural Studies and Literacies, is scheduled to be among those who address the UNC system Board of Governors on Thursday regarding a proposal to impose limits on litigation activities of UNC and North Carolina Central law schools. The board is considering a proposal that would bar the UNC Center for Civil Rights and other law school-affiliated groups from engaging in litigation. The meeting will be held at the Center for School Leadership Development at 140 Friday Center Drive in Chapel Hill from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Doctoral student Becca Merrill interviewed on National Public Radio

Becca Merrill, a doctoral student in the Policy, Leadership and School Improvement strand of the Ph.D. program, was featured in the National Public Radio program “Here and Now.” The program featured a discussion about how beliefs change over time. Merrill talked about her Mormon upbringing and how she came to question some of her earlier beliefs. The program is available online here.

‘We are’ holding summer institute for educators

“We are,” a student-led group that works to build understandings and engagement to reduce the effects of racial bias in schools, is holding an Educator Summer Institute in July. The event will be held at Hillside High School in Durham. Participating K-12 teachers may earn continuing education units for their attendance. The event is designed to build understandings of racial constructs, develop strategies and techniques to address racial bias and promote engagement on issues of racial justice in education. The institute will be held July 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $200. For teams of three or more, the cost is $175 per person. To register, go here. School of Education doctoral student Ronda Taylor Bullock is the founder of the group.

Publications, presentations, grants etc.

Amendum, Steven J.; Bratsch‐Hines, Mary; Vernon‐Feagans, Lynne. Investigating the Efficacy of a Web‐Based Early Reading and Professional Development Intervention for Young English Learners. Reading Research Quarterly. April 2017.

Michael Little, doctoral student in Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement, has had a paper entitled "School-Based Kindergarten Transition Practices and Child Outcomes: Revisiting the Issue” accepted for publication in the Elementary School Journal.

Doctoral student Eldrin Deas has received an $1,100 award from the National Implementation Research Network to attend the 2017 conference of the Global Implementation Initiative in Toronto in June. He has also been invited to attend the Early Career Group meeting with Amanda Fixsen, Director of Implementation Science at Invest in Kids in Denver.

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Events

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

Friday, May 19

Improvement Science Symposium
8:30a.m. to 3:30p.m.
George Watts Hill Alumni Center