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SOE’s Professional Education series offers grant-writing discussion today

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.

James Anderson to give talk March 6 on history of African-American education

James Anderson, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Education, and dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give a guest lecture on the history of African-American education on March 6. Anderson is considered the foremost authority on the history of African American education in the South, the history of higher education desegregation, the history of public school desegregation, and the history of African American school achievement in the 20th century. He is giving several talks on campus during his visit. The March 6 event at the School of Education will be held at noon in Peabody 02. His talk is entitled “Pursuing Equity and Social Justice in the Current Political Terrain.”

First HDFS graduate profiled

Sarah Margaret Christy, the first graduate of the School of Education’s Human Development and Family Studies major is profiled on the SOE’s website. Christy completed the HDFS program in December, after switching to the major in her senior year. Christy says she joined HDFS because she wanted to study something that gave her a deep human connection. The major, which was launched in 2016, has 134 students, with 28 scheduled to graduate in May. Applications to join HDFS in the fall remain open until April 10.

New book co-edited by alumnus Luis Urrieta, George Noblit published

Alumnus Luis Urrieta (Ph.D. '03) and faculty member George Noblit are about to have a book they edited published -- "Cultural Constructions of Identity: Meta-Ethnography and Theory." The book offers up-to-date commentary on what qualitative research has to say about a range of identities, features a broad and insightful representation of racial identities and experiences, and synthesizes identity theory and meta-ethnography together. It includes contributions from several SOE-affiliated scholars. More information and a link to pre-order ahead of the March 18 publication date are here.

Graduate students’ lunch with the deans on Wednesday

School of Education graduate students are invited to lunch with the School’s deans on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Room 02. Students can bring up their questions and issues in an informal setting. Lunch is provided.

Alumna Marta McCabe wins award

Marta McCabe (Ph.D. '14) has been awarded the Russ Campbell Young Scholars Award, which recognizes outstanding scholarship on a dissertation within the last five years that focuses on topics related to heritage language. McCabe received the honor earlier this month during the International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages at the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA in Los Angeles. McCabe is the founder and president of the Czech and Slovak School of North Carolina, teaches at Durham Technical College and is a research associate at the School of Education at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Faculty member Xue Rong was her doctoral advisor.

School bags sought for refugee school children

The Graduate Student Association is asking for donations of school bags – backpacks or tote bags – for Nour International School, a school for refugee children in Lebanon. Bags should be in good condition and suitable for children ages 5-16. A collection box for the bags is in the lobby. For more information, email

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.

Publications, presentations, etc.

Marraccini, M.E., Brick, L.A., Nugent, N.R. (February 16, 2018). Characterizing adolescents hospitalized for suicidal thoughts and behaviors: School implications. Paper presented at National Association of School Psychologists 2018 Annual Convention. Chicago, IL.

Organizers of the N.C. Wonder of Learning project organized a strand at the Annual A.S.K. Conference held at East Chapel Hill High School hed this past weekend. The strand was attended by over 120 early childhood educators. Doctoral student Diana Tursi was a presenter and faculty member Sharon Palsha was a facilitator at the lunch seminar.

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Monday, Feb. 26

SOE Professional Education Session: Writing Grant Proposals
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Graduate Student Lunch with the Deans
11:30p.m. - 1:00p.m.
Peabody 02

Saturday, Mar. 3

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

Tuesday, Mar. 6

“Pursuing Equity and Social Justice in the Current Political Terrain” with James Anderson
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Mar 14

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

Thursday, Mar 22

HDFS Film Series: "Bro Code"
Peabody 104

Monday, Mar 26

SOE Professional Education Session: Writing Book Proposals and the Publishing Process
Noon to 1:30p.m.
Peabody 02

Tuesday, Mar 27

"The Makassed Schools Experience Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Native Arabic Language" with Mohamed Machnouk
Noon to 1:30p.m.
Peabody 02

Tuesday, Apr 17

HDFS Film Series: Child Abuse Prevention (Disabilities Focus)
Peabody 104

Career Development Events for graduate students

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

Monday, Feb. 26

Facilitation Training for Graduate Students
11:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m.
Graduate Student Center, 211A W. Cameron Ave.

Monday, March 12

Preparing for the Academic Job Market
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Graduate Student Center, 211A W. Cameron Ave.

Tuesday, April 3

L.E.A.D. Workshop: Conflict Management
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FPG Student Union, Room 2422

Friday, April 6

Navigating the Pipeline: The Progression of First-Generation Students Through Doctoral Education
Noon to 1 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center, Mandela Auditorium

Wednesday, April 11

L.E.A.D. Workshop: Values-Based Leadership
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
FPG Student Union, Rom 3503

Thursday, April 19

L.E.A.D. Workshop: Implicit Bias
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
FPG Student Union, Room 2422