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Lisa Dawley speaking today at Global Entrepreneurship Week kickoff event

Lisa Dawley, director of the Master’s in Educational Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship program, will speak in a panel on Monday, Nov. 13, in the kickoff of UNC’s “Global Entrepreneurship Week.” Innovate Carolina is hosting the weeklong series of events. Dawley will speak in an event focused on “Gamification, AR, VR and AI: Tech for Innovators and Entrepreneurs.” The event will be held in Kenan Science Labs and runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For tickets, go here.

School of Education honors five at Alumni Awards Dinner

The School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill has honored five people – the executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and four alumni – at its 16th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner. The School, at the Saturday event at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center, gave its highest honor – the Peabody Award – to Mo Green, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Other honorees: Ron Miller (Ph.D. ’76), who is in his 51st year as Carolina’s fencing coach, received the Alumni Achievement Award. Murial Summers (A.B.Ed. ’79), principal at Combs Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, received the Distinguished Leadership Award. Lisa Godwin (M.S.A. ’09), North Carolina’s 2017 Teacher of the Year and a kindergarten teacher in Onslow County, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. The Outstanding Young Alumna Award was given to Shanda Hamm (A.B.Ed. ’05) who teaches mathematics in Guilford County.

Five SOE students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Five School of Education students, four of them in the Education Minor, have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society. The inducted students are Music Education major Suzanne McLendon and Education minors Leah Baker, Katelyn Buffett, Geoffrey McGee and Addie Rush, who is also now in the M.A.T. program. A total of 165 UNC students were inducted earlier this month. To be eligible, students must have completed 75 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a GPA of 3.85 or better (on a 4-point scale). Students also are eligible if they have completed 105 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a 3.75 GPA. Less than 1 percent of all college students qualify.

Publications, presentations, etc.

Kihyun Ryoo, Emily Toutkoushian and Kristin Bedell Exploring different types of assessment items to measure linguistically diverse students’ understanding of energy and matter in chemistry. Chemistry Education Research and Practice. November 2017. DOI:10.1039/C7RP00141J

Eileen Parsons recently moderated a session titled “Inclusive Pedagogy for Investigations” as part of a one-day workshop sponsored by the Board of Science Education of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. NASEM livestreamed the workshop and session.

Jessica Benton was among SOE graduate students presenting at the American Educational Studies Association conference earlier this month. Benton presentation was entitled “Why Experienced Teachers Left a High Needs Elementary School in North Carolina from 2014-2017: A Case Study.”

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Friday, Nov. 17

SOE Board of Visitors Meeting
BeAM Maker Space, Murray Hall

Career Development Events for graduate students

The following events are offered by the Graduate School. Prior registration is often requested. Register at

11/14: NC Master’s/PhD Fair
12-4 pm, UNC Friday Center

11/15: Policy Career Pathways Panel
10am -12pm, location TBD