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Gregory Cizek appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

Gregory Cizek has been appointed to a national board that helps set policies that guide the use of data to evaluate school performance. Cizek was one of six people appointed last week to the National Assessment Governing Board by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The appointees will help set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which is also known as the Nation’s Report Card. Cizek had previously served a partial term on the board. Read more about the appointments to the National Assessment Governing Board here.

Matthew Springer to talk about incentive pay on Tuesday

The Education Policy Colloquium Series presents on Tuesday a talk by Matthew Springer of the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. His talk will review the history of teacher compensation in the U.S. and explore whether the future of incentive pay in K-12 public education is more rhetoric or reality. The talk begins at noon in Peabody 02. Lunch will be provided.

School led by alumnus Rick Williams named Blue Ribbon School

Davis Drive Middle School in Cary, led by Principal Rick Williams (M.S.A. ’07) has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The school was among six North Carolina schools and 342 schools nationally announced as 2017 Blue National Blue Ribbon Schools. The awards go annually to schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps. Read more here.

SOE faculty named to campus governance committees

The UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Executive Committee has accepted the School faculty’s request for the nomination of Meghan Walter to serve out the unexpired term of Dana Thompson Dorsey as one of the School of Education’s two Faculty Council representatives. Walter joins Keith Sawyer, the School’s other elected representative. Additionally, from the School of Education these elected and appointed faculty colleagues will serve on faculty governance committees: Eileen Parsons on the Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee; Sherick Hughes on the Educational Policy and Community Diversity Committee; Steve Knotek on Faculty Athletics Committee and Suzanne Gulledge on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee and the Committee on University Government.

Diana Lys interviewed for SREB Teacher Preparation report

Diana Lys, assistant dean of educator preparation and accreditation, was interviewed for a report on teacher preparation done by the Southern Regional Education Board. The report – “More Than Numbers: Teacher Preparation Data Systems: State Policy and Recommendations” – recommends that states build strong data systems as a first step in new efforts to improve teacher preparation programs. The report is here. A news release about the report is here.

Alumna Ashley Boyd has new book published

Alumna Ashley Boyd (B.A. ’04, MAT ’05, Ph.D. ’14), now an assistant professor of English at Washington State University has had published a new book: Social Justice Literacies in the English Classroom. The book, published by Teachers College Press, focuses on different social justice pedagogies and how they can work within standards and district mandates in a variety of English language arts classrooms. Also, Boyd and alumna Jeanne Dyches (Ph.D. ’16) published an article – “Foregrounding Equity in Teacher Education: Toward a Model of Social Justice Pedagogical and Content Knowledge” – in the Journal of Teacher Education.

Publications, presentations, etc.

R. Keith Sawyer. Teaching and Learning How to Create in Schools of Art and Design. Journal of the Learning Sciences. September 2017.

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Tuesday, Oct. 3

Matthew Springer Talk
Peabody Hall, Room 02