SOE News

Peabody Pulse

HDFS Film Series event on Tuesday explores resilience

The HDFS “Tar Heel Talk” Film Series continues Tuesday with a discussion and showing of the film “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope.” The film explores adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), describing that they are common, affect all socio-economic levels, and have significant impact on health and well-being. The event begins at 9 a.m. in Peabody 02.

Colloquium Series talk on Wednesday examines gender, race in school leadership

Peter Goff of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be the guest speaker at an Education Policy Colloquium Series event on Wednesday. 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.

Alumna Helen Crompton wins Virginia teaching award

Alumna Helen Crompton (Ph.D. '13), a faculty member at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., has been named a recipient of one of Virginia's 2018 Outstanding Faculty Awards. She was one of twelve academics from across the commonwealth to win one of the awards, with hers being a "Rising Star" award. More about the awards here.

Alumna Helen Avis named director at youth assessment center

Alumna Helen Avis, Ph.D. in Policy, Leadership and School Improvement, has been named the new Director/ Operations Manager of Insight Juvenile Assessment and Crisis Center in Butner, N.C. Avis has been teaching in North Carolina's Youth Development Centers for the past several years. Recently, she served as the supervisor of teachers working within the Methodist Homes across the state. The Insight Juvenile Assessment and Crisis Center is operated by Methodist Homes in partnership with the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

School to host Chris Dede talk on educational tech Feb. 20

The School of Education and MEITE program will host Chris Dede, the Timothy Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University, in February to give a talk entitled "Designing Educational Innovations to Achieve Scale." Dede’s research is aimed at developing new types of educational systems. Dede is a leader in mobile learning initiatives and has developed a widely used framework for scaling up educational innovations. His talk will be held on Feb. 20 at noon in Peabody 02.

SOE’s Professional Education series offers grant-writing discussion

The School of Education’s series of Professional Education talks for graduate students will offer a session on writing grant proposals on Feb. 26, with faculty members Jill Hamm and Harriet Able leading the discussion. Lunch will be provided. The session will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Peabody 02.

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.

Leslie M. Babinski, Steven J. Amendum (Ph.D. ’08), Steven E. Knotek, Marta Sánchez (Ph.D. ’12), Patrick Malone. (2018) “Improving Young English Learners’ Language and Literacy Skills Through Teacher Professional Development: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” American Educational Research Journal. Vol. 55, Issue 1, pp 117-143.

Anne Bryan served on a panel discussing the documentary “Angst” at Chapel Hill High School on Jan. 30. The panel was sponsored by the school’s PTSA to raise awareness about the impact of anxiety on adolescents.

Be the first to know! 'Like' us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

Want to be among the in-the-know SOE crowd? Click “Like” on the School’s Facebook page and you’ll get the latest dope straight in your news feed. Join the SOE Facebook here. And, we now have an Instagram. Follow us at

Got news?

Have you got news to share? A new paper published? Make a conference presentation? Win a grant? Do you know of an upcoming SOE event of interest to others? A shoutout, about yourself or someone you know? Send your news to Mike Hobbs at


Wednesday, Feb. 7

Education Policy Colloquium Series: Peter Goff
Peabody 02

Monday, Feb. 12

Ernesto Panadero, Ph.D. - "Educational Assessment and Self-Regulated Learning: What Research Tells Us about the Intersection of Both Fields”
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

Wednesday, Mar 14

SOE Staff Retreat
8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Rigmor House