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Mitchell Rabinowitz,
12:20 p.m.,
Peabody 02


Latinx Hub workshop: Patelian Thought 101,
11:00 a.m., 02 Graduate Student Lounge

Eileen Parsons selected as an American Council on Education Fellow

Eileen Parsons, professor of science education, has been named an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year. She was one of 39 Fellows selected from across the country. The ACE Fellows program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campuses and other higher education-related organizations, and placement at another higher education institution. During the placement, Fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officers at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings, and focus on issues of interest.

Carolina alumna Mariah Morris named N.C. Teacher of the Year

Mariah Morris, who was a Teaching Fellow at Carolina, has been named North Carolina's 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Teacher of the Year. Morris, who teaches second grade at West Pine Elementary School in Pinehurst, said that it was at Carolina that she solidified her calling to help break the cycle of poverty and to help children “dream big.” She plans to press for efforts to emphasize STEM learning across all grades. Read more about Morris.

Guest Speaker Mitchell Rabinowitz presents today

Mitchell Rabinowitz, a professor of education at Fordham University in New York City, will give a talk today entitled “Learning to Perceive What is Important: Orient to Ignore the Irrelevant.” The talk, starting at 12:20 Peabody 02, will include Rabinowitz’s approach to dealing with distracting information. Lunch will be provided.

Doctoral student Robert Carr wins AERA poster prize

Robert Carr, a doctoral student in Applied Developmental Sciences and Special Education, has been awarded the best poster prize at the AERA Division E Graduate Student Poster Session for a poster of his dissertation study titled "The Effectiveness of Head Start in Low-Wealth Rural Communities: Evidence from the Family Life Project."

Education minor Addison Oliver wins research grant

Addison Oliver, who is minoring in education and works on Kelly Ryoo’s research team, has received a competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the UNC Office of Undergraduate Research to conduct a research study as part of Ryoo's National Science Foundation project. Oliver, who is majoring in biology and has a second minor in chemistry, will explore how to create more effective automated feedback to improve science learning for low-income middle school students.

MEITE class holding Prototype Showcase on April 22

Fourteen students in Kelly Ryoo’s MEITE EDUC790 course (Design of Emerging Technologies for Education) will showcase their innovative prototypes designed to address a wide range of educational problems and share their research posters. This Showcase will be open to the public from 4 to 5 p.m. on April 22 in Peabody 02. Everyone is welcome to attend this event and vote for the most innovative prototype.

HDFS internship symposium being held April 23

Students in the Human Development and Family Studies program will present about their internships in a poster session planned for April 23. Fifty-two students will present at the symposium. The event will be held 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pleasants Room in Wilson Library. Refreshments will be served.

GSA hosting discussion on education equity on April 25

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is hosting a panel discussion on April 25 entitled “Education Equity: Finding Ways Forward for North Carolina Public Schools.” The event will include LaTarndra Strong, founder of the Hate-Free Schools Coalition, and Rodney Pierce, N.C. Council for the Social Studies 2019 Teacher of the Year. The event will explore the experiences of student and teachers of color in North Carolina public schools, as well as the impact of the current political climate on public education in the state. The discussion will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Anne Queen Lounge in the Campus Y.

Leigh Patel talk to explore topics around free speech on May 1; workshops held

Leigh Patel, associate dean of equity and justice at the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, will give a talk on May 1 entitled "Free Speech Has Always Been Freer for Some Than Others." The talk will begin at 6 p.m. in Unks Lecture Hall (Room 104). Patel has written and worked extensively as a scholar focused on decolonizing methods in research and in schools. Patel's visit is hosted by the High School Journal and the School of Education. In preparation of Patel’s visit, the Latinx Hub is hosting two introductory workshops on Patel’s scholarship. The first – entitled “Patelian Thought 101” – will be held on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. until noon in the Graduate Student Lounge. The second workshop – entitled “A Moratorium on Social Justice Education Research” – will be held April 24, starting at 11 a.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge. For more information, contact

Thad Domina dominates the NCAA brackets

Word has submitted to us that Thad Domina won the EPOL March Madness Bracket Challenge. Scoring an impressive 1290 points, Domina picked the Virginia Cavaliers to win 82-76, only a few points off the mark as the final score in overtime was 85-77. Domina attributes his victory to Thurstonmetrics, a series of statistical algorithms he developed to evaluate and compare the performance of individual players and teams and various dynamic scenarios and conditions that teams can face in March, including stadium capacity, court firmness, offensive and defensive efficiency, Pythagorean record (team’s expected record based on points scored and allowed), and price for a bucket of popcorn. Congratulations to Thad on the big victory!

Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Ryan Summers, Sahar Alameh, Jeanne Brunner, John M. Maddux, Robert C. Wallon, Fouad Abd‐El‐Khalick.(2019, April). Representations of nature of science in U.S. science standards: A historical account with contemporary implications. Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

Jeffrey A. Greene, Rebekah Freed, R. Keith Sawyer. (2019, April). Fostering creative performance in art and design education via self‑regulated learning. Instructional Science.

Koedel, C., Li, J., Springer, M.G., and Tan, L. (2019). Teacher Performance Ratings and Professional Improvement. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 12(1), 90-115.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, April 22

MEITE EDUC790 Prototype Showcase
4 p.m.
Peabody Hall 02

Tuesday, April 23

HDFS Internship Poster Symposium
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room

Wednesday, April 24

Latinx Hub workshop: A Moratorium on Social Justice Education Research
11 a.m.
Graduate Student Lounge

Thursday, April 25

Panel Discussion: Education Equity in NC
5:30 p.m.
Anne Queen Lounge, Campus Y

Wednesday, May 1

Reading Day Puppies and Pizza
Noon to 2 p.m.
Peabody Hall 02

Wednesday, May 1

Leigh Patel: Free Speech Has Always Been Freer for Some Than Others
4 p.m.
Unks Lecture Hall