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Group led by doctoral student Ronda Bullock wins $125,000 grant

The organization “we are,” founded by doctoral student Ronda Bullock, has won a $125,000 grant to bring its program to three elementary schools in Durham. “We are” works to teach in public schools about the pervasiveness and harms of racial bias. The two-year grant from the Kenan Charitable Trust will fund work by “we are” to create a racial equity project in Eastway, E.K. Powe, and Southwest elementary schools. You may read more about Bullock and “we are,” and view a video about the work here. Bullock, a former teacher, is a doctoral student in Policy, Leadership and School Improvement.

Former state Superintendent of Public Instruction participating in talk today

Former state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson will participate today in a discussion of trends in public education. The talk will be held at 6 p.m. in Graham Memorial, Room 035. Atkinson is serving this semester as a fellow of the UNC Institute of Politics, a student-led group that is the sponsor of the talk, which is entitled “Just the Facts: Trends in Public Education.” The talk will be moderated by Keith Poston, president and executive director of the Public School Forum and host of the television who “Education Matters.” As an IOP Fellow, Atkinson will be holding seminars this semester every Monday at 6 p.m. in Graham Memorial.

Sherick Hughes named editor of The Urban Review

Faculty member Sherick Hughes has been named editor-in-chief of The Urban Review, a journal devoted to examining issues around improvement of urban schooling and education. Hughes conducts research and publishes in the areas of critical race studies and black education; social context of schooling in urban and rural education; interdisciplinary foundations of education; and qualitative/mixed research methodology. He won a 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association.

TESOL training event draws 50 educators

An SOE-sponsored professional development event aimed at helping teachers and other educators learn about issues around diverse learners drew 50 educators last week. Organized by faculty member Lori Edmonds and staff member Rachel Winters, the event – "Creating a Welcoming Environment for Diverse Learners and Their Families" – was held last Monday in Saxapahaw. Other sponsors included The Hawbridge School and Carolina TESOL. Educators from eight school districts attended the event. Several participants are launching projects in their schools to create more welcoming environments, work that Edmonds has already been invited to present at an upcoming national conference.

CAEP site visit team roster, schedule available

The members of the CAEP site visit team coming to the School in February has been set. The roster is available on the School’s Assessment and Accreditation website. Also on the site is a schedule of the visit, which begins Feb. 10. Coming soon to the site will be “meeting briefs” to help prepare SOE faculty and administrators for the visit. The visit is part of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation’s process for ensuring the School meets accreditation standards.

Education Policy Colloquium Series talk examines gender, race in school leadership

Peter Goff of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be the guest speaker at the next Education Policy Colloquium Series event on Feb. 7. Goff’s talk is entitled “Pipeline problems or hiring hang ups: An analysis of gender and race/ethnicity in the school leadership labor market.” The talk will be held at noon in Peabody 02. Lunch will be provided.

GSA moves conference and symposium to March 3

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association has changed the date for its 2018 Graduate Research Conference and Symposium to March 3. Proposals for conference presentations are due Feb. 15. The event, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs to 12:30 p.m., will feature graduate student work. The theme for the event is “Education as Infrastructure.” More details are here.

Student group showing documentary about alternative high school

A student-led group called the Child Maltreatment Research & Practice Network is hosting a screening of "Paper Tigers" on Monday, Feb. 12, from 12-2 pm in the Tate-Turner Kuralt Auditorium in the School of Social Work. The documentary examines how an alternative high school in a rural community works to heal youth struggling with adverse childhood experiences. The film explores what it means to be a trauma-informed school and how to educate teens whose experiences leave them with a brain and body ill-suited to learn. The film will be preceded by a brief introduction of plans for the new Child Maltreatment Research & Practice Network. For more information about the film or the group, contact Rebeccah Sokol,

Publications, presentations, etc.

Marraccini, M. E., Weyandt, L. L., Gudmundsdottir, B. G., Oster, D. R. and McCallum, A. (2017), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Clinical Considerations for Women. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. doi:10.1111/jmwh.12671

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Wednesday, Jan. 31

MSA Program Info Session
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 1

MEDX Program Info Session
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Education Policy Colloquium Series: Peter Goff
Peabody 02

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Chris Dede Talk
Peabody 02

Monday, Feb. 26

SOE Professional Education Session: Writing Grant Proposals
Peabody 02

Saturday, Mar. 3

2018 SOE Graduate Research Conference & Symposium
8:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.
Peabody Hall