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Graduate Student Milestones, Noon, Peabody 206

WednesdayGuest speaker - Ben Kelcey, 10a.m., Peabody 201C
ThursdayGuest speaker - Jessica Spybrook, 10a.m., Peabody 201C
Undergraduate Open House, 5-6p.m., Peabody 201C
School of Education featured this week in Carolina’s 225th anniversary series

The School of Education is the feature this week in Carolina’s series of profiles to mark the University’s 225th anniversary. The series is on the University’s website, with a package that includes a video introduction to the School with an overview story. It also includes a feature of doctoral student Dalila Dragnic-Cindric, a story about our MEITE program, and a Q&A with Matthew Springer discussing a recently published study.

Graduate Student Association hosting ‘Graduate Milestones’ talk today

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association will host a brown bag talk today about “Graduate Milestones.” In the session, Anne Bryan, assistant dean for student affairs, and other Student Affairs staff, will discuss graduate career logistics and other matters important to progression through graduate programs. Lunch will be provided. The event begins at noon in Room 206.

Open House for undergraduates held Thursday

The School of Education will hold an Open House for undergraduates on Thursday. The event will showcase programs open to Carolina undergraduates: Human Development and Family Studies, the Minor in Education, UNC-BEST and the pre-MAT. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in Peabody 02. Academic Advisor Audrey Fulton will lead the event, with faculty and current students also speaking about the programs. Those interested in attending may RSVP here.

Matt Springer wins teaching award

Matt Springer, the Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Education Reform, has been awarded a 2019 Johnston Award for Excellence in Teaching. Springer, along with other teaching award winners, will be recognized during half-time at the UNC-Syracuse men’s basketball game in the Dean Smith Center on Feb. 26.

In the Media: Trish Harris on ‘Education Matters’

The need for stronger recruitment and retention efforts to increase diversity among teachers was the subject of this weekend’s installment of the television program “Education Matters,” and featured School of Education Director of Recruitment Trish Harris. The program is produced by the Public School Forum, which recently released a report that listed the need to boost minority recruitment as one of the top 10 goals in education this year.

Jeff Greene featured in ‘Focus Carolina’ series

Jeff Greene, professor of learning science and psychological studies, is the latest faculty member to be featured in the “Focus Carolina” series that profiles faculty research. The episode featured Greene’s work in studying and teaching about how people learn. The taped interview and accompanying story appears on local radio station WCHL, the website, and on University websites and the University Gazette.

In the Media: Torrie Edwards cited in N&S story about dress codes

Doctoral student Torrie Edwards was cited in a News & Observer story about proposed new dress codes in Wake County Schools. Edwards’s doctoral dissertation research examined dress codes in North Carolina schools. Edwards’s expertise added context around the Wake County proposals.

Deadline today for Outward Bound applications

The application deadline is today for School of Education students to apply for full tuition for a 28-day outdoor adventure course with North Carolina Outward Bound this summer. Recipients receive full tuition for the course, which entails hiking, rock climbing and white water canoeing among other activities. As part of the course, students also receive Wilderness First Aid certification. Students who participate may also enroll in a 1-credit EDUC course in fall 2019. The summer 2019 course will take place July 1 – July 28. For more information, visit the NCOBS scholarship page or the NCOBS website. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

Guest speaker Ben Kelcey to talk about quantitative research methods on Wednesday

Ben Kelcey, associate professor of quantitative research methodologies at the University of Cincinnati, will be a guest speaker on Wednesday. His talk – entitled “Analysis of Small Scale Multilevel Studies With Latent Variables” – will be held at 10 a.m. in Peabody 201C. Kelsey’s research interests center on the development and application of quantitative and measurement methodologies within the context of multilevel and multidimensional settings such as schools, hospitals, and neighborhoods. In this talk, Kelcey will discuss the development of a new structural equation modeling estimator designed for small to moderate sized studies.

Guest speaker Jessica Spybrook to talk about research transparency

Jessica Spybrook, professor of evaluation, measurement, and research at Western Michigan University, will give a guest talk on Thursday. Spybrook’s talk – entitled “Increasing Transparency in Education Impact Studies: An Introduction to the Registry of Efficacy and Effectiveness Studies (REES)” – will be held at 10 a.m. in Peabody 201C. The talk will discuss improving transparency in social science research, with a focus on the practice of pre-registering study and analysis plans through the Registry of Efficacy and Effectiveness Studies, developed by the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness.

Organization led by doctoral student Ronda Bullock holding ‘Let’s Talk Racism’ 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. Register here.

Publications, presentations, etc.

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

Brian Gibbs (2019) Patriotism, Pressure, and Place: Civic Agency in Base Country, Peabody Journal of Education, DOI: 10.1080/0161956X.2019.1553584

Jensen, B., Wallace, T. L., Steinberg, M. P., Gabriel, R. E., Dietiker, L., Davis, D. S., Kelcey, B., Minor, E. C., Halpin, P., Rui, N. (2019). Complexity and scale in teaching effectiveness research: Reflections from the MET Study. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 27(7).

Jerry J. Wilson, James Sadler, Noah Cohen-Vogel & Connor Willis (2019) An Examination of Changes to State Civic Education Requirements, 2004–2016, Peabody Journal of Education, DOI: 10.1080/0161956X.2018.1553579

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Tuesday, Feb 12

Staff/Faculty Happy Hour
Carolina Inn, Crossroads

Thursday, Feb. 14

Baby Shower for Gia Branciforte
Peabody 02

Friday, Mar. 1 & Saturday, Mar. 2

Southeastern Association of Educational Studies Conference
Peabody Hall
SEAS Website