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Erickson, Noblit win $860,000 grant

SOE alumna and adjunct faculty member Karen Erickson (Ph.D.’ 95), the Yoder Distinguished Professor of Allied Health, and George Noblit, the Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, have won a $860,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation to study cognitive development and learning among children with significant disabilities. The project – entitled “Understanding Thinking and Learning Among Students with Significant Disabilities” – is designed to construct a theory of cognitive development and learning by engaging with teachers and their students with significant disabilities in postcritical ethnographic research across three years.

N&O publishes column by Cartiff, Greene

The News & Observer of Raleigh has published a column by doctoral student Brian Cartiff and faculty member Jeff Greene in which they offer research-based tips for helping students learn. The column, published on Saturday, describes four key ways students can be more effective in learning. The column is available here.

SOE doctoral student Lana Minshew sets up way to help Texas teachers

Doctoral student Lana Minshew has set up on online mechanism for people to help teachers in her home state of Texas working to recover from Hurricane Harvey flooding. Working with a friend who is a minister in Austin, Texas, Minshew has set up Southeast Texas Adopt-A-Classroom where people can sign up to “adopt” a Texas teacher and send needed supplies and provide other longer term support. About 100 people have already signed up. Read more about the work here.

SOE hosting info sessions for prospective students this week

The School will host two informational sessions for prospective students this week. A session for undergraduate students will be held Wednesday, and a session for graduate students will be held on Thursday. Both events will begin at 6 p.m. and be held in the Unks Lecture Hall, Room 104. For more information, contact Patricia Harris, director of recruitment, at

School hosting ‘Carolina Educational Leadership Summit’ Sept. 23

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.

Juan Carrillo hosting Coffee Hour on Sept. 19

Faculty member Juan Carrillo will host a Graduate Student Coffee hour on Sept. 19, inviting students to talk about their work and other topics important to them. It will take place on 2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. in the Anne Queen Lounge at the Campus Y. Students are invited to go from the coffee hour to the Patricia Matthew talk -- “Diversity in the Public Arena: The Scholar as Activist” – being held in the University Room in Hyde Hall at 3:30 p.m. People interested in attending the Matthew talk are encouraged to RSVP here.

Alumna Emily Bivins profiled by EdNC

Emily Bivins (Ed.D. ’01, M.S.A. ’03) has been profiled by the online education publication EdNC for her work as principal at Frank Porter Graham Bilingue Elementary School in Carrboro. Bivins leads the magnet school that serves 617 children from pre-K to fifth grade in a bilingual program. :The profile describes her work in which she says she strives to create conditions for all children to realize their potential. The profile is available here.

Doctoral student Elena Ashburn profiled in Walter magazine

Doctoral student Elena Ashburn (M.S.A. ’12), principal at Broughton High School in Raleigh, is profiled in Walter magazine for her work leading a strategic planning project at the school. Ashburn became principal at Broughton in February after serving as principal at several schools. She tells the magazine that one of priorities is creating a sense of passion around the “amazing things that are in our ability to change and effect.” The profile is available here.

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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

Tuesday, Sept. 19

Coffee Hour with Juan Carrillo
2:20p.m. - 3:20p.m.
Campus Y, Anne Queen Lounge

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