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Nianbo Dong team wins $500,000 NSF grant

$500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to better understand teachers’ impact on mathematics learning. The project, in which Dong is a co-principal investigator leading the UNC-Chapel Hill portion of the project, will develop a framework to direct multisite studies of teacher development in mathematics. The project is aimed at improving the scope and quality of evidence produced by “mediation” studies of teacher development in teaching mathematics. Mediation analyses are used to better understand how teachers affect students. More details are here.

Keith Sawyer cited in Time magazine publication

Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, is cited in a special Time magazine publication entitled “The Science of Creativity.” Sawyer, who is an expert on creativity and has written several books on the subject, is cited in the special publication, which is available for sale online.

Jeff Greene hosting podcast series on educational psychology

Jeff Greene, associate professor of learning science and psychological studies, is hosting a podcast series exploring topics in educational psychology. In each episode, Greene talks with a researcher about a recent paper published in Educational Psychologist, the leading academic journal in the field. In the first episode, Greene talks with Naomi Winstone about her work exploring how students receive feedback and how to help them do so more effectively. Links to all the episodes are available here.

Lora Cohen-Vogel work on policy project profiled

Lora Cohen-Vogel’s participation in a large study to look at how educational policies affect early childhood learning has been profiled on the project’s website. Cohen-Vogel is a co-principal investigator for the Early Learning Network project, leading UNC-Chapel Hill’s involvement with the study. Cohen-Vogel is investigating how state and local policies affect children’s academic success, with emphasis on developing high-quality, actionable research useful for practitioners. The profile of Cohen-Vogel is available here.

Teacher-candidates, recent graduates sought for residential learning program

Current MAT students and recent graduates who are teaching in Durham Public Schools are being sought to apply for participation in a living and learning community located in Durham. The program, called Duke TeachHouse, is a pilot program in a collaboration with Duke University. The collaboration will support one-year resident TeachHouse fellowships for up to two UNC-MAT graduates or early-career-teachers. The project aims to create a living a learning community for early-career teachers, focused on teacher leadership, innovation in K-12 schools and health and wellbeing. Details about Duke TeachHouse are here. To learn more or to apply for the fellowship, please contact Kristin Papoi,

School of Education students publish Silent Sam statement

Dozens of School of Education students, faculty, and alumni have individually signed a statement following the recent events surrounding the “Silent Sam” statue. To read the statement drafted by graduate student James Sadler click here. Anyone wishing to have their name added to the document should contact Sadler at

Akos selected for Epilepsy Alliance board of directors

Patrick Akos was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Alliance North Carolina. The organization leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives.

Publications, presentations, grants awarded, etc.

Faculty members are noted in bold, graduate students/recent graduates with underline.

Minshew, L. M., Barber-Lester, K. J., Derry, S., & Anderson, J. L. (2018, June). Uncovering students’ ecological knowledge resources. Poster presented at the meeting of the International Society of the Learning Sciences, London, England.

Harrelson, B., & Brown, K. (2018). Wendy or Chad? Supporting Transgender Youth in Elementary Schools. In D. Griffiths & J. Ryan (Ed.), Case Studies for Inclusive Educators and Leaders (pp.103-110). Burlington, Ontario: Word & Deed Publishing.

Brian Gibbs delivered a talk entitled “Critical Teaching in Complicated Spaces” at the School Curriculum Day at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. The talk focused on results from several research projects indicating how important it is for educators to understand the social and political conditions of a school and school community to effectively engage justice-oriented teaching.

Ryoo, K., Bedell, K. & Swearingen, A. (2018). Promoting linguistically diverse students’ short-term and long-term understanding of chemical phenomena using visualizations. Journal of Science Education and Technology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10956-018-9739-z

Toutkoushian, E., Ryoo, K., Bedell, K., Linn, M.C., & Swearingen, A. (2018). Leveraging Log Data from Simulations to Understand Students’ Knowledge Integration Processes. Poster presented in the Knowledge Integration in the Digital Age: Trajectories, Opportunities and Future Directions Symposium at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) meeting, London, UK.

Toutkoushian, E., & Ryoo, K. (2018). Developing a Method to Use Log Files to Understand NGSS-Aligned Science Learning. Poster presented at the International Educational Data Mining annual meeting, Buffalo, NY.

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