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Jeff Greene hosts new podcast episode on school violence

The subjects of school safety and weapons showing up in schools is the subject of a new podcast hosted by Jeff Greene. Greene has been hosting the podcasts for the American Psychological Association's Division 15 (Educational Psychology.) In the new podcast, Greene talks with Ron Avi Astor, a national expert on bullying and school safety issues and one of the authors of a new APA Division 15 policy brief, “Reducing Weapons in Schools.”

In the media: Matt Springer in AP story about teacher incentive pay

The Associated Press relied on faculty member Matt Springer to provide context in a story about bonus pay for teachers. The story looks at the Denver teacher strike and the attention it has brought to the growing practice of using incentive pay for teachers. In the story, Springer describes how the practice of using incentive pay has grown, and that it provides a way to provide substantially higher salaries for high-performing teachers.

Alumna Ginger Harris wins N.C. community college system award

Ginger Harris, who earned her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support in 2007, has been named as the recipient of the 2019 N.C. Community College System's Excellence in Teaching Award. Harris serves as chair of Early Childhood at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford.

Alumna Summer Pennell has book published

Summer Pennell (Ph.D. ’16), an assistant professor of English education at Truman State University in Missouri, has had a new book published. The book – “Queering Critical Literacy and Numeracy for Social Justice: Navigating the Course” – explores the value of using queer pedagogy in an interdisciplinary middle school classroom to promote a better understanding of social justice and the social construction of knowledge among students. The book describes Pennell’s study in which she combined student-centered literacy and mathematical inquiries through a social justice lens, students used critical literacy skills to research social justice topics, learned to read numerical data like traditional print text, and created and solved their own math problems.

Guest speaker Paula McAvoy to talk Feb. 25 about ethics of steering discussions

Paula McAvoy, assistant professor of social studies education at NC State’s College of Education, will give a talk entitled “The Ethics of Steering Classroom Discussions” on Feb. 25. The talk, part of the Ethics Across the Disciplines Lecture Series sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics, will explore whether teachers are ever justified in steering discussions of moral and political controversy. McAvoy is co-author of “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education,” which was awarded the 2016 American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award and the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Education. The talk will be held in the Unks Lecture Hall, Room 104, with refreshments being served.

IPEP event on Feb 26 to explore the biology of stress

The Interprofessional Education and Practice collaboration is holding a screening of the documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope” on Feb. 26. The film, hosted by the School of Social Work, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the School’s auditorium. Pizza will be served and the film will be followed by a discussion. RSVP here. The IPEP initiative, of which the School of Education is a part, is aimed at creating collaborations between professional schools to help faculty and students develop multi-disciplinary learning and collaboration.

Publications, presentations, etc.

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

Kathleen Brown, Kathleen Roney, & Dekel Jonté Hill (A.B.Ed. ’05, M.Ed. ’09, Ed.D. ’14). (2019, February). Achievement and Behavioral Impact of PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) on African American Students. Psychology and Behavioral Science International Journal. 10(3). DOI:10.19080/PBSIJ.2019.10.555794

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Monday, Feb. 25

Guest Speaker: Paula McAvoy
Unks Lecture Hall

Tuesday, Feb. 26

IPEP event: Screening of film 'Resilience'
School of Social Work auditorium

Friday, Mar. 1 & Saturday, Mar. 2

Southeastern Association of Educational Studies Conference
Peabody Hall
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