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WednesdayDean's chat with staff, 11a.m., Peabody 212
ThursdayEd Policy Drop-in, Kris Nordstrom, 10 to 11 a.m., Room 212
Staff invited to Deans’ Chat on Wednesday

SOE staff members are invited to a chat with deans. The session runs from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 212.

Drop-in event Thursday features Kris Nordstrom of N.C. Justice Center

Kris Nordstrom, education finance and policy consultant at the N.C. Justice Center, will be available for conversation Tuesday morning. Nordstrom is visiting the school to speak in a class taught by Eric Houck. Prior to class, Nordstrom will be available for drop-in visits from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 212.

RSVP now for Carolina’s reception at AERA

Faculty and students planning to attend the School of Education’s reception at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting are asked to RSVP. The reception will be held Sunday, April 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown, located at 210 West 55th Street. RSVP by clicking here.

Eric Houck elected to NEFC board

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, has been elected as a trustee of the National Education Finance Conference. The NEFC is an organization that provides a forum for legislators, researchers, school district and agency personnel and others to focus on education finance, equity, and efficiency topics.

In the Media: Eric Houck interviewed on ‘The Takeaway’

Eric Houck, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, was a guest on The Takeaway, a public radio program that airs on stations across the country. Houck was one of two guest experts in a program that looked at years of funding cuts to public education in many states. The program examined teacher-led movements around the country that have been pressing for increased spending on education. Audio of the program is available here.

N.C.’s School Counselor of the Year, alumna Page Pfister, profiled

Page Gambill Pfister (M.Ed. ’09) is having an impact as a school counselor at Friendship Elementary School in Davidson County. Her work has gotten notice, including being named as this year’s North Carolina School Counselor of the Year. Pfister says she loves leaving her job every day knowing she has made a difference in a student’s life. She credits things she learned in the School Counseling program for helping make her successful. Read a profile of Pfister here.

Doctoral students Tursi, Mock profiled in story about travel

Diana Tursi and Lucia Mock, doctoral students in the Cultural Studies and Literacies strand of the Ph.D. program, were profiled in a feature that explores how travel, and funding to support that travel, has contributed to their research. Tursi and Mock received grants from the UNC Center for European Studies to pursue their interests through travel and work in Italy and Lebanon. Faculty member Rebecca New also received funding from the Center to support her travel and research related to the Tursi and Mock projects. Read about Tursi’s and Mock’s work here.

SOE students prepare for exchange trip to Germany

Eleven students in the school’s Master of Arts in Teaching program soon will head to Hamburg to get a taste of the German culture and its education system. The students, led by clinical assistant professor Lori Edmonds, will leave for a month-long stay in Hamburg on May 15. The students will be placed in a school and paired with a mentor who teaches their subject of interest. They will be living with host families during their visit. Their trip follows a visit by University of Hamburg students who visited Chapel Hill in February and March. As part of the study abroad experience, Edmonds’ said the UNC students will do a capstone project while in Germany. Read more about the German exchange program here.

Education Minor students to present capstone projects April 23, 24

Students in the Education Minor will present research posters about their capstone projects later this month. Students will present research posters that describe their literature reviews on a variety of topics, including alternative models of schooling, culturally relevant pedagogy, school desegregation, mental health of university students, and accommodating spaces for students with physical disabilities. The presentations will be made in two classes: 1) Alison LaGarry’s class on April 23, from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in Room 215; and, 2) Jessica Benton’s class on April 24, from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in Room 206. All are welcome to attend.

Publications, presentations, grants awarded, etc.

Lori Edmonds and alumna Beverly Schieman (Ph.D. ’17) participated in a colloquium entitled “Creating a Welcoming Environment for Diverse Students and Their Families” at the TESOL 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo in Chicago, on March 28.

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Tuesday, Apr 12

Ed Policy Drop-in: Kris Nordstrom of N.C. Justice Center
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Peabody 212

Tuesday, Apr 17

HDFS Film Series: "Disabilities in Childhood"
Peabody 104

Wednesday, Apr 18

Deans' lunch with faculty
11:30a.m. - 1:00p.m.
Peabody 02

Friday, Apr 20

Active shooter training
2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.
Peabody 02

Monday, April 23

Education Minor capstones
Peabody 215

Tuesday, April 24

Education Minor capstones
Peabody 206

Wednesday, May 9

Deans' lunch with faculty
11:30a.m. - 1:00p.m.
Peabody 02

Thursday, May 10

End-of-Year Reception
4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Carolina Inn

Career Development Events for graduate students

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

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