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James Anderson to give talk today 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 today on the history of disenfranchisement and its role in limiting educational opportunity. Anderson is giving two talks on campus during his visit:

  • Today, 5:30 pm., Murray Hall, G202 Auditorium. “A Long Shadow: The American Pursuit of Political Justice and Education Equality”
  • Tuesday, noon, Peabody 02. “Pursuing Equity and Social Justice in the Current Political Terrain” More about Anderson is here.
GSA hosting brown bag on conferences on Wednesday

The School’s Graduate Student Association is hosting a brown bag panel discussion entitled “Navigating Conferences.” The discussion will be held noon to 1 pm. in Peabody 02. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

Guest lecture on Thursday examines pursuing equity through research partnerships

The School’s Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership program area is co-sponsoring a talk on Thursday by Ruth Lopez Turley. Turley, of the Department of Sociology at Rice University, will give a talk entitled “Pursuing Educational Equity through a Research-Practice Partnership.” The talk will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Peabody 206.

In the Media: Lisa Dawley describes career pathways for educational innovators

Lisa Dawley, director of the Master’s in Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (MEITE) program, describes three possible career paths for “educational innovators” in an article published by EdSurge. In the article, Dawley describes the work of people who are creating new educational technologies, and then describes three career pathways for educational innovators. Dawley describes how the MEITE program has a curriculum designed so that it can be customizable to help these types of people obtain knowledge and skills and to reach new career goals.

Alumnus Trey Adcock named Whiting Public Engagement Fellow

Trey Adcock (Ph.D. ’12), an assistant professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, has been named a 2018-2019 Public Engagement Fellow by the Whiting Foundation. The honor recognizes scholars who work to champion the role of humanities in enriching public life. The fellowship carries a $50,000 award that is intended to support Fellows’ projects. Adcock teaches in education, UNC-A’s Interdisciplinary Studies Program and is director of the university’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies program. Adcock was chosen for the fellowship due to his work to document the history of the Snowbird Day School, a Quaker-led school for young Cherokee Indians in Western North Carolina in the 19th century. Read more about Adcock and his Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship here.

Education Minor student Laura Wenzel wins U.S. State Department scholarship

Laura Wenzel, an Education Minor student, has won a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship. The scholarship will enable Wenzel to participate in an intensive language program in China this summer. Wenzel, who is an Asian Studies-Chinese major, will spend two months in the city of Dalian in China.

Alumna Mary Faith Mount-Cors has new book published in paperback

Alumna Mary Faith Mount-Cors (Ph.D. '10) has had her new book – “Global Literacy in Local Learning Contexts: Connecting Home and School” -- published in paperback. The book describes Mount-Cors’s work in literacy and health in three schools in Kenya. Mount-Cors, an adjunct faculty member at the SOE, leads an organization call EdIntersect that carries out literacy projects around the world. She and two EdIntersect colleagues are presenting later this month at the Comparative and International Education Society annual meeting in Mexico City. The paper is entitled: “Challenges of developing reading research tools in languages that are spoken.”

In the media: Alumna Cindi Rigsbee writes EdWeek piece on practices to help teachers

Alumna Cindi Rigsbee (A.B.Ed. '79, M.Ed. '03), in a blog post for EdWeek writes about her recent experience transitioning to a career in business, the practices that welcomed her into that company, and how they could be adapted to help teachers. The post – “How Administrators Can Use Business Practices to Keep Teachers Happy” – describes the welcome she received at her new job, the supports that we offered to her and how they are a result of a culture that celebrates employees.

SOE and GSA seeking research posters to put on display

The School of Education and Graduate Student Association are inviting submissions of posters from graduate students and faculty members to be displayed within the building. Submissions that report interdisciplinary work, communicate with broad audiences, explore new and emerging fields, and/or deal with diversity are sought. All submissions will be reviewed but submissions highlighting issues of social justice and equity in education are particularly encouraged. Posters will be displayed in hallway cases throughout Peabody Hall in an effort to share ongoing research and past achievements with undergraduates, fellow SOE graduate students, and our wider community. For poster proposals, SOE will print a limited number for graduate students. To ask a question or submit a poster, please email a brief description (100 words or less), poster dimensions, photo of poster or budget for printing to Olivia Scott Kamkwamba ( Additional information will be requested from selected participants.

Publications, presentations, etc.

Gregory Cizek was invited to give a presentation entitled “Test Score Validity, Validation, and Use: A Comprehensive Model of Defensible Testing Practice” to UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy Education Research Community earlier this month.

Jeffrey Greene was an invited speaker, providing the Teaching Keynote address at the Eastern Psychological Association conference in Philadelphia on March 2. Greene’s presentation was entitled “Fostering Effective Self-Regulation in Education.” Greene also was invited to present at RTI International in February, his talk was entitled “Self-Regulated Learning: A Key to Learning in the 21st Century.”

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Monday, Mar. 5

"A Long Shadow: The American Pursuit of Political Justice and Educational Equity" with James Anderson
Murray Hall, G202 Auditorium

Tuesday, Mar. 6

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

Wednesday, Mar. 7

GSA Brown Bag: Panel discussion on conferences
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, 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