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MondayBill Ware, “A Brief Overview of Structural Equation Modeling.” 12:30 pm., Peabody 02
TuesdayDrop-in with June Atkinson, former N.C. superintendent of public instruction. 10-11 a.m., Peabody 212
Panel discussion: “Gun Violence & its Impact on Students.” Noon, Peabody 02
WednesdayGSA guest speaker Margaret Blanchard. Noon, Peabody 02
HDFS, BA/MAT guest speaker: Catherine Compton-Lilly. 4 p.m., Peabody 104
ThursdayHDFS Film Series: “Bro Code.” 5 p.m., Peabody 104
Alumnus Moise Khayrallah (Ph.D. ’93) donates to establish MEITE fellowship fund

Moise Khayrallah, who earned his doctorate in educational psychology at the School of Education before embarking on a career in pharmaceutical development, has donated funds to establish a fellowship program for master’s degree students at the School. Khayrallah’s gift will establish the Moise A. Khayrallah Innovation Fund, which will support selected students in the Master of Arts in Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship program. In its initial year, the fund will fully support five master’s students. Khayrallah, chief executive officer of Emergo Therapeutics Inc., his latest drug development company based in Research Triangle Park, also serves as co-chair of the School of Education’s fundraising campaign. Read more here.

Bill Ware presents on structural equation modeling today

Bill Ware will give a presentation today entitled “A Brief Overview of Structural Equation Modeling.” The session is intended as a comprehensive overview of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), both conceptual and technical. The talk will start with an introduction to the concepts and notation of SEM. A variety of examples will be considered including multiple regression (MR), path analysis (PA), confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), and full models combining CFA and PA (SEM). Applications (e.g., multiple group models and longitudinal models) will be discussed. The talk begins at 12:30 in Peabody 02. Lunch will be provided.

Discussion of gun violence in schools on Tuesday

A panel discussion will be held Tuesday, examining the mental health challenges and responses to gun violence experienced by children and youth. The event is being presented by the School Psychology and School Counseling programs. The event will be a first lunch panel focusing on gun violence in school settings and will cover the context and history of the problem, challenges schools face in addressing and preventing gun violence, and will conclude with a review of crisis response strategies for school personnel and parents. The discussion will begin at noon in Peabody 02. Lunch will be provided.

Former state superintendent June Atkinson visiting SOE on Tuesday

Faculty, students and staff are invited to a drop-in and coffee with June Atkinson, former state superintendent of public instruction, on Tuesday. Atkinson is visiting the School to speak to Eric Houck’s EDUC 506 class. People are invited to speak with Atkinson before the class. The drop-in will begin at 10 a.m. and goes to 11 a.m. in Peabody 212.

GSA presents guest speaker Margaret Blanchard on Wednesday

Margaret Blanchard of N.C. State’s College of Education will be the Graduate Student Association’s guest speaker on Wednesday. The title of her talk: “Understanding Theoretical Frameworks.” The talk begins at noon and will be held in Peabody 02. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

Immigrant families focus of guest speaker talk on Wednesday

Catherine Compton-Lilly, a professor in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, will be a guest speaker on Wednesday, giving a talk entitled “Transnationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Global Awareness of Youth in Immigrant Families: A Case Study.” Compton-Lilly teaches courses in literacy studies and works with local educators. Her in-depth, longitudinal research focuses on the school, home, and community-based literacy practices of children in immigrant families. Her talk is sponsored by the Human Development and Family Studies and the BA/MAT programs. RSVP to

Kelly Ryoo named to editorial board of Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Kihyun “Kelly” Ryoo, assistant professor of learning sciences, has been appointed to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST). JRST is the official journal of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and is the leading scholarly journal in the field of science education. Editorial board members serve three-year terms and provide reviews of up to ten manuscripts each year.

Lebanese education expert to give talk March 27

Mohamed Al-Machnouk, a former Lebanese government minister, political researcher and expert in education and media, will give a talk at the School of Education on March 27 about efforts to teach math and science in native languages. Al-Machnouk, who has served as a board member of a philanthropic organization that operates a network of schools in Lebanon, will give a talk entitled "The Makassed Schools Experience Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Native Arabic Language.” The talk will be held March 27 at noon in Peabody 02. Lunch will be provided. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by emailing Caroline Weaver,

Jeff Greene named an AERA Outstanding Reviewer

Jeff Greene, associate professor of learning science and psychological studies, has been named an Outstanding Reviewer by the American Educational Research Association. Greene, who also serves as interim associate dean for academic affairs and director of graduate studies for the School, will be recognized at the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting in New York City in April. Greene received the recognition for his work as a reviewer for the journal Review of Educational Research.

Senior Kenya Lee to present at AERA

Kenya Lee, a UNC-Chapel Hill senior who has been working with faculty member Lora Cohen-Vogel in a research program as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, has had her project accepted for presentation at the 2018 American Educational Research Association conference. Lee will graduate in May with a major in Public Policy and minors in Education and African American and Diaspora Studies. As a McNair Scholar, Lee has worked with Cohen-Vogel on a research project that explores the impacts of test-based accountability on alternative schools. At the AERA conference, she will also participate as a fellow in the Undergraduate Student Education Training Workshop, a two-day workshop designed for students who plan to pursue doctorate degrees in education research.

Alumni news: Zollie Stevenson (Ph.D. ’84) named vice president at Philander Smith

Alumnus Zollie Stevenson (Ph.D. ’84) has been named vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. Stevenson, a member of the School of Education's Board of Visitors, had served as acting vice president for academic affairs since November 2016 and as associate vice president for a year and half before that. He joined the school after working as a faculty member at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

April 5 book launch talk features book co-edited by Noblit, Urrieta

A new book co-edited by George Noblit, the Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, and Luis Urrieta (Ph.D. ’13) is the subject of a book talk being held April 5. The book – “Cultural Constructions of Identity: Meta-ethnography and Theory” – was published this month by Oxford University Press. The talk will include presentations by several chapter authors. The event will be held April 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Peabody 02.

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.

Jeff Greene and doctoral students Brian Cartiff and Rebekah Duke had their article “A meta-analytic review of the relationship between epistemic cognition and academic achievement” published in an advance online post of the Journal of Educational Psychology. Advance online publication. The article is the first systematic analysis of the body of literature on epistemic cognition and academic achievement, finding that epistemic cognition does predict academic achievement from elementary school through graduate school.

Diana Lys was an invited panelist at the annual American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education on March 2 in Baltimore. Lys provided an administrative, research, and policy perspective on edTPA in the session, "A Retrospective Look at edTPA Implementation: Five Years of Policy and Practice." Panelists included faculty from the University of Maryland College Park, Alverno College, and Kennesaw State University and P-12 educators from school districts in Wisconsin and Maryland; Andrea Whittaker, edTPA Director at Stanford University, served as moderator.

Diana Lys and Alison LaGarry led an invited session for IHE leaders during closed session at the North Carolina Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Annual Education Conference in Greensboro, NC, on March 14, 2018. Lys and LaGarry provided examples and guidance for institutions preparing for CAEP accreditation.

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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 3

Drop-in with teacher-activist Angela Panel Scioli
Peabody 212

Thursday, Apr 5

Book talk: "Cultural Constructions of Identity"
9:30a.m. - 11:30a.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

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