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Team including Harriet Able wins $2.2 million in grants to support students

A team including faculty member Harriet Able has been awarded $2.2 million in federal funding to fund students preparing for careers to help people with disabilities. Able and co-principal investigators in the School of Medicine and the Department of Allied Health Sciences won two grants. The first is $1.2 million in funding that will be used to fund six doctoral students in Applied Developmental Science and Special Education and in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Occupational Sciences. The other grant of $1 million will fund 24 master’s level students in Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support and Speech and Language Pathology in a specialization that involves collaboration with faculty in the School of Medicine (Allied Health and Psychiatry), School of Education, and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Research Institute.

Three SOE faculty win grant to provide counseling training

Steve Knotek, Marisa Marraccini, and Robert Martinez were awarded $175,214 from N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Training to Increase School Safety grant. Their project, entitled “A Tier 2 School Safety Program: DBT STEPS-A for Students With Emotional Dysregulation,” involves a partnership with Guilford County Schools and Harnett County Schools to provide training to school counselors and school psychologists in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT training will also be provided to mental health providers across districts representative of N.C. public schools to serve 8th-12th grade students with universal and targeted interventions. This timely program has the potential to improve school safety in high-risk selected districts and across the entire state of North Carolina.

Alumna Roxann Sykes named Wake County assistant principal of the year

Roxann Sykes (MSA 14) has been named the 2018-2019 Wake County Public School System assistant principal of the year. Sykes has served as assistant principal at Washington Magnet Elementary for four years. Prior to this role, she served as the full-time principal intern at Fuquay-Varina Elementary from 2013-14 and as a K-3 teacher at Bugg Magnet Elementary from 2005-12. She has four years of administrative experience and 14 years of experience working in education. Sykes was honored at an event held Oct. 4.

HDFS program hosting career and professional development conference Oct. 26

The Human Development and Family Studies program is hosting a Mini Career and Professional Development conference on Oct. 26. The event will include sessions on describing career opportunities for students majoring in HDFS, undergraduate research opportunities and networking with representatives of graduate programs for HDFS majors. Snacks and a lunch are provided. Those interested in attending are asked to register here.

In the media: profiles project involving Matthew Bernacki

A project in which faculty member Matthew Bernacki is a participant has been profiled in an article published by The article looks at research conducted by Bernacki and colleagues that examines the efficacy of teaching algebra by using mathematics problems designed around students’ interests. The article is available here.

Publications, presentations, grants awarded, etc.

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

The following faculty and graduate students presented research studies and partnership activities as part of the NC Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators’ 36th Annual Teacher Education Forum held October 3-5 in Raleigh. The theme for the forum was “Celebrating Our Professional Identity: Shared Knowledge and Advocacy.”

Kristin Papoi and Heather Aiken, UNC Chapel Hill: The Unthinkable Mind": Arts-Based Journals as a Reflective Tool for Pre-service Teachers.

Martinette Horner, Diana Lys, Kristin Papoi, Alison LaGarry, and Jocelyn Glazier, UNC Chapel Hill; Christy Bechtel, Jennifer Petty, Kimberly Wallace, and Christine Joyce, Durham Public Schools; Project PACE (Partnership for Authentic Communities of Educators): Building Authentic Community Through Close-Range Teacher Mentorship.

Diana B. Lys, Alison LaGarry, Wenyang Sun, UNC Chapel Hill: Crafting Evidences for CAEP Accreditation: Strategies from a 2018 CAEP Visit.

Brian Gibbs, UNC Chapel Hill: Teaching Difficult Things in Complicated Spaces.

Meredith Maier, UNC Chapel Hill: District-Level Equity Leaders in Public Schools.

Other publications

F. Chris Curran, Michael H. Little, Lora Cohen-Vogel, Thurston Domina. (26 Sept. 2018) School Readiness Assessments for Class Placements and Academic Sorting in Kindergarten. Educational Policy.

Terrell R. Morton, Eileen C. Parsons. (29 Sept. 2018) #BlackGirlMagic: The identity conceptualization of Black women in undergraduate STEM education. Science Education.

Ryoo, K., & Bedell, K. (2018). Supporting linguistically diverse students’ science learning with dynamic visualizations through discourse-rich practices. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/tea.21519

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Friday, Oct. 26

HDFS Mini Career and Professional Development Conference
Peabody Hall