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Graduate Student Orientation on Monday

Graduate Student Orientation will be held Monday at 3 p.m. Check-in for graduate students begins at 2:30 in the main lobby, with Orientation being held in the Gerald Unks Lecture Hall, Room 104. The event includes breakout sessions with faculty from individual programs, followed by a social in the lobby.

School of Education ranked No. 12 in global survey

Carolina’s School of Education has been ranked No. 12 among schools of education around the world in a survey that ranks universities around the globe by their academic impact. The 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities was released this week by the Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Among schools of education at public universities, Carolina’s School of Education ranked No. 8. Read more about the survey here.

Welcome Back Picnic being held Friday

The School welcomes faculty and staff back for the start of the academic year with a “picnic” being held at the Carolina Inn on Friday. The event begins at 3 p.m. in the Annie Hill Courtyard.

Experiential learning symposium being held Friday; Tom James speaking

“Learn by Doing: A Symposium on Experiential Learning” will be held Friday. This campuswide symposium and networking event will feature a keynote address by Tom James, provost and dean of Teachers College at Columbia University and former dean of Carolina's School of Education. A facilitated networking session to discuss and share ideas will follow the keynote address. Admission is free, but registration is required. Register at by Tuesday. For more information, email or call 919-843-7568.

School hosting ‘Carolina Educational Leadership Summit’

The School of Education will host a “Carolina Educational Leadership Summit next month, bringing together faculty researchers, school superintendents, legislators and policymakers, corporate and foundation representatives to discuss challenges in education. The event is designed to identify strengths from among represented groups that can be applied against challenges facing schools today. The event will be held on Sept. 23 at the FedEx Global Center.

Bill McDiarmid, Katie Caprino have book published

Bill McDiarmid and alumna Katie Caprino are co-authors of “Lessons from the Teachers for a New Era Project: Evidence and Accountability in Teacher Education,” published by Routledge. The book chronicles a teacher preparation reform project that took place across 11 diverse U.S. institutions, examining the strategies, program changes, accomplishments, and challenges from the Teachers for a New Era Project. Meanwhile, Caprino has taken a tenure-line position at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

George Noblit awarded fellowship in New Zealand

George Noblit, the Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, has been named a Visiting Canterbury Fellow for next summer at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. The competitive fellowship brings scholars to the university to give lectures about their work. Noblit will lecture on social justice education.

In the Media: Keith Sawyer cited in New York Times

Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, got a mention in the New York Times in an Aug. 15 article in the “Your Money” section about how to prepare for creative work. The article, by Carl Richards, author of “The Behavior Gap” and “The One-Page Financial Plan,” describes how to get ready for work that requires using creativity. In making the point that you don’t have to wait for creativity to strike Richards cites Sawyer’s many books that describe ways to be creative on purpose.

Juan Carrillo hosting graduate student coffee hour Tuesday

Faculty member Juan Carrillo will host a Graduate Student Coffee hour on Tuesday, inviting students to talk about their work and other topics important to them. The first event will take place on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Campus Y. For more information, contact Alex Reyes at or Sean Adkins at

Alumnus Warren Christian co-authors column about Confederate statue

Alumnus Warren Christian (M.A.T. '09, Ph.D. '14) is one of the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson who wrote a widely circulate column calling for the removal of a Jackson statue in Richmond, Va. The column, published by, is in the form of an open letter from two of Jackson’s descendants. The column is available here.

Documentary featuring alumna Angie Scioli gaining national notice

A documentary film featuring alumna Angie Panel Scioli (A.B.Ed. '93, MAT '00) is attracting renewed attention, screening at film festivals around the country. “Teacher of the Year” follows Scioli, a teacher in Raleigh’s Leesville High School, during the 2013-14 school year. It shows her juggling the demands of her job and her family, while also working as an advocate for changes to policies affecting education. The News & Observer of Raleigh wrote about the film in a story published online July 31. The film has been profiled in The Atlantic, Huffington Post and on WUNC’s “The State of Things.” It has been shown at film festivals around North Carolina and around the country.

Alumnus Robert Tyndall profiled after 45-year career in education

Alumnus Robert Tyndall (A.B.Ed. '70, MAT '72. Ed.D. '81) is the subject of a profile as he caps a 45-year career in education, including 28 years helping lead UNC-Wilmington. Tyndall worked as a school system superintendent in Durham and in Moore County before joining the faculty at UNC-Wilmington’s Watson College of Education. He has served as dean and in campuswide leadership positions at UNC-W. Read more here.

Publications, presentations, etc.

Faculty-doctoral student summer academic activity

Following is a partial list of some of the activity of our faculty and doctoral students conducted over the summer.

Harriet Able

Harriet Able gave the keynote address at the International Symposium on Family and Disability Rights, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria entitled: "Begin with the end in mind: Improving family and individual quality of life."

Able, H., Lim, C., and West, T.A. (2017). Ethics and early childhood intervention: Voices from the field. Infants and Young Children. 30 (3), 204-220.

Sreckovic, M.A., Hume, K., & Able, H. (2017). Examining the efficacy of peer network interventions on the social interactions of high school students with autism spectrum disorder, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Able, H., Amsbary, J., & Zheng, S. (in press). Application of DEC recommended family centered practices: Where the rubber meets the road. Young Exceptional Children Family Centered Practice Monograph Series.

A grant: U.S. Office of Education grant funded, "Interdisciplinary Leadership Preparation Focused on Meaningful Outcomes and Replicability Research " - R. Crais, H. Able, N. Bagatell, & L. Watson - 2017-2022, $1,200,000.

Gregory Cizek

A book chapter: Wollack, J. A., & Cizek, G. J. (2017). Test security for licensure and certification examination programs. In S. Davis-Becker & C. Buckendahl (eds.), Testing in the professions (pp. 178-209). New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

A review: Cizek, G. J. (2017). Review of Iowa Assessments. In J. F. Carlson, K. F. Geisinger, & J. J. Jonson (Eds.), Twentieth mental measurements yearbook (pp. 418-423). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

Three presentations:

Cizek, G. J. (2017i, June). Transporting best assessment practices across credentialing and K-12 contexts. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Conference on Student Assessment, Austin, TX.

Cizek, G. J. (2017h, June). Interacting with media representatives on assessment issues. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Conference on Student Assessment, Austin, TX.

Cizek, G. J. (2017g, June). NextGen test security for on-line and paper-based testing. Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the Technical Issues in Large Scale Assessment, Austin, TX.

Lora Cohen-Vogel

A grant proposal: Lora Cohen-Vogel led the conceptualization, development, and writing of a proposal for $55 million for the state of North Carolina. The grant, if awarded to NC-DPI, would fund the development of networked improvement communities to test and implement evidence-based literacy strategies for striving readers.


Tichnor-Wagner, A., Allen, D., Socol, A.R., Cohen-Vogel, L., Rutledge, S., & Xing, Q. Studying implementation within a continuous improvement process: What happens when we design with adaptations in mind? Teachers College Record.

Tichnor-Wagner, A., Wachen, J. , Cannata, M. & Cohen-Vogel, L. Continuous improvement in the public school context: Understanding the implementation of Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles. Journal of Educational Change.

Cohen-Vogel, L., Little, M. & C. Fierro. Evidence-based staffing in high schools: Using student achievement data in teacher hiring, evaluation, and assignment. Leadership and Policy in Schools.

Cannata, M., Cohen-Vogel, L., & Sorum, M. Partnering for improvement: Communities of practice and their role in scale up. Peabody Journal of Education.

Sharon Derry in June gave a keynote address to the 9th Annual Knowledge Management and E-Learning Workshop hosted by Hong Kong U and Beijing Normal University in Beijing entitled “Fostering Critical Thinking Through Online Collaborative Learning: Building in Past Success and Facing Future Challenges.”

Bill McDiarmid was one of the coaches for the Deans for Impact’s annual Impact Academy for new deans in Dallas. Five veteran deans coached a group of 17 newly appointed deans over four days on their plans and strategies for engaging their faculties in evidence-informed program improvement.

Eileen Parsons

Parsons participated in a panel discussion at National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine as part of a two-day workshop in Washington D.C., that was broadcast live on the web. She spoke on the difference between equality and equity and the necessity to address both in science and engineering education in my presentation titled “Ensuring America’s Quality of Life: Equality and Equity Required.”

Parsons worked with a group of international and national representatives in the invitation only, two-day institute Reducing achievement gaps in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM): Promoting international research, policies, and practice held in Arlington, Va.

Parsons worked with University STEM and computer science faculty and administrators in the invitation only, four-day institute held at Georgetown University to advance the future work of TIDES (Teaching to Increase Diversity in STEM).

Kelly Ryoo and doctoral student Kristen Bedell of Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies have a new paper – The effects of visualizations on linguistically diverse students' understanding of energy and matter in life science – published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

Graduate Students

Michael Little, doctoral student in Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement, has a forthcoming article – Kindergarten Transition Practices and Student Achievement: Revisiting the Issue – in the Elementary School Journal about the relationship between kindergarten transition practices and student achievment outcomes in kindergarten.

Doctoral student Eldrin Deas participated in several activities or made presentations. Last week he was a featured speaker at the Power of Partnerships Luncheon in Hobson City, AL as part of their 118th Founder's Day celebration week and Heritage Festival. He is participating in the Princeville Design Workshop this week, a state initiative to assist Princeville, N.C. with a range of recovery activities in response to Hurricane Matthew. Upcoming activities include:

  • A presentation and workshop in July: The Connections Got Something to Say: Equity at the Nexus of Theory and Practice in Education at the Research Institute for Scholars of Equity in Durham.
  • In September he will serve as commentator for two sessions at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History: Black Teachers and Teaching: An Historical Examination; and Black Children and the Schooling Experience.
  • Later this semester, he will be presenting a paper titled “Neoindigenous Ethnohistory: Urban Education Research in Space and Time” at the annual conference of the American Society for Ethnohistory in Winnipeg, Canada.
  • He has been invited to participate in “Reimagine Education: Advancing Bold Solutions for Equity,” a forum to be held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta in November.

Jorge Pradilla, a student in the MEITE program, presented his program project about La Villa. La Villa, the rural incubator, is the first entrepreneurship education space that transforms ideas into businesses for victims of the armed conflict in Colombia. La Villa aims to generate economic growth, diversity, and sustainability for rural areas through innovation and entrepreneurship. Learn more at

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Monday, Aug. 21

Graduate Student Orientation
Gerald Unks Lecture Hall (Room 104)

Tuesday, Aug 22

First Day of Classes!

Friday, Aug. 25

Learn by Doing: A Symposium on Experiential Education
1:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Hyde Hall, University Room

Friday, Aug. 25

Faculty/Staff Welcome Back Picnic
3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Annie Hill Courtyard, Carolina Inn

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Undergraduate Info Session
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Peabody Hall, Room 104

Thursday, Sept. 14

Graduate Student Info Session
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Peabody Hall, Room 104

Saturday, Sept. 23

Carolina Educational Leadership Summit
Time TBD
FedEx Global Education Center

Saturday, Sept. 30

Open House
9:00a.m. - Noon
Peabody Hall, Room 104