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Marisa Marraccini receives Junior Faculty Development Award

Marisa Marraccini has received a Junior Faculty Development Award of $10,000 to support her research of suicide prevention among adolescents. The award is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and administered by the provost’s committee on faculty research and scholarly leaves. The award will support a project entitled "School Experiences as Predictors of Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Adolescence."

Kristin Papoi wins curriculum development grant

Kristin Papoi has won a $2,500 curriculum development grant from UNC’s Center for European Studies to revise European content in the “Teacher Researcher I” course. The funding is from a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and will be used to substantially revise the course, which serves as the capstone in the MAT program. In the course, students design and engage in a teacher action research project. Many of the students in the course will participate in a Maymester experience in Hamburg, Germany. Papoi plans to revise the course to frontload content about the context of schools in Germany.

In the Media: Education Week blog writes about Springer study

A study led by Matt Springer that examined the benefits for black students to have black teachers was the subject of an Education Week blog post. The study examined five years of longitudinal data of students in about 1,600 Tennessee schools from third through eighth grades. The study found among certain subgroups slight improvement as a result of having a teacher of the same race. Black elementary students score 0.042 standard deviations higher in reading and 0.075 standard deviations higher in math than they did during years when they were assigned to a teacher of a different race. More details are available in EdWeek’s blog post.

In the Media: Doctoral students Jerry Wilson, Cortland Gilliam in Washington Post

Doctoral students Jerry Wilson and Cortland Gilliam were featured by the Washington Post in an article describing their act of wearing nooses around their necks in protest of the Silent Sam monument. The article, published Dec. 29, describes how others in the past have used the symbol in protests calling for anti-lynching legislation and in support of other civil rights movements.

In the Media: Alumna Angela Scioli featured in Education Week

Angela Panel Scioli (A.B.Ed. ’93, MAT ’00) was prominently featured in a front page article in Education Week. Scioli, who was honored by the School of Education with its Excellence in Teaching Award at the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner, is the founder of Red4EdNC, a teachers’ advocacy organization. Scioli was featured in a story that examined teachers’ political movements. Scioli is a social studies teacher at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh.

In the Media: Alumnus Terrell Morton study profiled by Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Education recently featured the dissertation research of Terrell Morton, a 2017 graduate from the Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies strand of the Ph.D. program. The qualitative study, under the guidance of Eileen Parsons, extensively examined race and gender in the identity construction of a small group of Black women pursuing STEM degrees. Unlike most studies of the topic, Morton’s study – “#BlackGirlMagic: The Identity Conceptualization of Black Women in Undergraduate STEM Education” – focused on the strengths of the women participating in the study.

Proposals sought for SEAES conference

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is calling for proposals for the 2019 Southeastern Association of Educational Studies (SEAES) conference. The conference, to be held March 1 and 2 in Peabody Hall, will have the theme “Student Safety and Well-Being: Shifting the Narratives.” Proposals are due Jan. 25. Proposals may be submitted through this form. For questions, email

Three HDFS students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Three School of Education students – all majoring in Human Development and Family Studies – are among Carolina students who have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society. The students – Danielle Bruce, Annie Ford and Casey DeMarco – are among 124 UNC-Chapel Hill students recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Organization led by doctoral student Ronda Bullock holding conference

A nonprofit established by doctoral student Ronda Bullock will hold its fourth annual Let’s Talk Racism Conference in March. The theme of this year’s conference, which is geared toward pre-service teachers, educators and anyone else interested, is “Moving Beyond Good Intentions.” John Diamond, co-author of Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools, will deliver the keynote address. The conference will take place at N.C. Central University on Saturday, March 23. Click here for registration information.

Publications, presentations, etc.

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

Brian Gibbs published a commentary titled “Teaching in the Now” in the Teachers College Record.

Gibbs, Brian Revisiting Michael W. Apple’s ‘School discipline: Why simple solutions are no solutions at all.’ The High School Journal, Vol 101(2), Win 2018 pp. 116-124.

Brian Gibbs facilitated and participated in a panel discussion titled “Broadening Minds: Exploring the Middle East and Africa” at the Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows.

Knotek, Steve E.; Fleming, Phylicia; Wright Thompson, Loren; Fornaris Rouch, Erica; Senior, Melissa; Martinez, Robert. (Dec. 5, 2018) An implementation coaching framework to support a career and university readiness program for underserved first-year college students. Journal of Educational & Psychological Consultation.

Sawyer, R. Keith. An interdisciplinary study of group creativity. In: The nature of human creativity. Sternberg, Robert J. (Ed); Kaufman, James C. (Ed); Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2018, pp. 280-290.

Stone, Linda. Nel Noddings: Courageous philosopher and reformer. The High School Journal, Vol 101(2), Win 2018 pp. 100-107.

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