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School of Education rises in U.S. News & World Report rankings

The School of Education rose to No. 27 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “Best Graduate Schools” rankings marking a rise of eight places in the last three years. Among schools of education at public universities, Carolina was ranked No. 17. Seven of the School’s programs were ranked in the top 20 in their fields. The School’s overall ranking rose three places, up from No. 30 in last year’s survey. It’s the School’s best rank since its No. 23 showing in the 2010 guide.

Doctoral student Christoph Stutts wins fellowship

Christoph Stutts, a doctoral student in Teacher Education and Curriculum, has been awarded the 2019-20 McColl Fellowship from the Center for the Study of the American South. The fellowship is awarded each year to a Carolina doctoral student to support completion of a dissertation on a subject related to the history, culture, or society of the American South. The fellowship includes tuition for three dissertation credit hours, health insurance and an $18,000 stipend. Stutts’s planned dissertation title is “The Place of White Supremacy and Racism in U.S. History Classrooms: A Multiple-Case Study of Teacher Decision Making.”

Doctoral student Chris Needham wins Impact Award

Chris Needham, a doctoral student in Policy, Leadership and School Improvement, has been named a 2019 winner of an Impact Award by Carolina’s Graduate School. Needham was chosen for the award due to his research into funding of special education programs in North Carolina. Needham’s research has uncovered a pattern in which a policy change implemented in 1980 has led to under-funding of special education programs. His work has led to a legislative study committee’s recommendation to address the issue. Needham, and other award winners, will be recognized at the 21st Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration, to be held at 4 p.m. on April 4 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.

In the media: Matthew Springer on Texas Public Radio

In a story about performance incentives for teachers, Texas Public Radio cites faculty member Matthew Springer. The story examines a Texas program that provides incentive pay for teachers who teach at schools with a history of low student outcomes. Springer co-authored a recent analysis that found such incentive pay programs can have positive effects on student outcomes.

Guest speaker Harry Brighouse to present on March 29

A talk by Harry Brighouse about his co-edited book, “Family Values: The Ethics of Parent Child Relationships,” followed by a panel conversation with Brighouse and UNC faculty will be held at the School of Education on March 26. The panel will include School of Education faculty Harriet Able and Suzanne Gulledge as moderator, and Melissa Lippold from the School of Social Work and Macy Salzberger, an instructor and doctoral student in philosophy and the Parr Center For Ethics. The event will be held in Room 206, beginning at 5 p.m. Brighouse also will give a talk earlier that day at noon in the University Room in Hyde Hall.

Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Michael Harris Little, Lora Cohen-Vogel, James Sadler, Becca Merrill. (2019) Data-driven Decision Making in Early Education: Evidence From North Carolina’s Pre-K Program. Education Policy Analysis Archives.

Marraccini, M.E. & Hamm, J. (February 27, 2019). Perceived ethnic-racial discrimination across middle school: A latent transition analysis. Poster presented at National Association of School Psychologists 2019 Annual Convention.

Rogers, M. R., Marraccini, M. E., Lubiner, A. G., Dupont-Frechette, J. A., & O'Bryon, E. C. (2019). Advancing advocacy: Lessons learned from advocates in school psychology. Psychological Services. Advance online publication.

Olivia Scott Kamkwamba presented “Education for Exclusion: Parallels and Paradoxes on Hastings Kamuzu Banda, HBCU’s, and Malawi’s First University” at Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on March 6, 2019.

Wenyang Sun has been awarded a $500 travel stipend from the AERA’s Accreditation, Assessment & Program Evaluation Research in Education Preparation SIG to attend the AERA convention in Toronto in April. Sun was one of four doctoral students from across the country to receive awards.

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 23

'Let's Talk Racism' Conference
9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
NCCU, 700 Cecil St., Durham

Tuesday, March 26

Speaker: Harry Brighouse
Hyde Hall, University Room

Tuesday, March 26

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Peabody Hall, Room 206

Wednesday, March 27

Harry Brighouse: “Why Instructional Quality is the Most Important Equity Issue on Campus”
Caldwell Hall, Room 105