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MEITE ‘Prototype Showcase,’,
4 p.m., Peabody 02


HDFS internship symposium,,
3:30 p.m., Wilson Library, Pleasants Room


Latinx Hub workshop on Leigh Patel,
11 a.m., Peabody 202


Art for Change,
3:30 p.m., Peabody 206

GSA talk on education equity,
5:30 p.m., Campus Y, Anne Queen Lounge

Doctoral student Brittany Murray wins prestigious dissertation fellowship

Brittany Murray, a doctoral student in the Policy, Leadership and School Improvement Ph.D. strand, has won a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for the 2019 academic year. Murray’s award was one of only 35 given from a pool of more than 400 applicants. Each NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship provides $70,000 in funding to early-career scholars to allow them to focus on their research and to attend professional development retreats. The fellowships are intended to support scholars whose projects address critical issues in the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education, at the national and international levels.

Institute of Education Science lists TRI for replication RFAs

The Targeted Reading Intervention (TRI), a program developed by a team led by Lynne Vernon-Feagans, has been included by the Institute of Education Sciences in a list of programs for which it will fund replication studies. TRI was one of seven studies funded by the National Center for Education Research that the IES described as having strong evidence of impact and for which they will fund the replication studies.

MEITE class holding Prototype Showcase today

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. today in Peabody 02. Everyone is welcome to attend this event and vote for the most innovative prototype.

HDFS internship symposium being held Tuesday

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.

Latinx Hub hosting seminar on Leigh Patel on Wednesday

The Latinx Hub is hosting a graduate student seminar Wednesday on the scholarship of Leigh Patel, a guest speaker who will visit the School next week. The workshop – entitled “A Moratorium on Social Justice Education Research” – will start at 11 a.m. in Peabody 202.

GSA hosting discussion on education equity on Thursday

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is hosting a panel discussion on Thursday 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.

Allison LaGarry class holding ‘Art for Change’ exhibit on Thursday

The students in faculty member Allison LaGarry’s “Art, Education, and Social Change” course will hold an open house and gallery on Thursday. The event will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Peabody 206.

In the Media: Gregory Cizek examines Common Core impact on assessments

In a column written for Education Week, faculty member Gregory Cizek says the higher teaching standards in the Common Core make it more difficult to create assessments for the new standards. In the column he says that what's needed is more training in assessment for educators, better assessment tools that educators can use in their classrooms, and closer examination of whether the instructional changes required by new standards are actually taking place.

Diana Lys appears on ‘Education Matters’ television program

Diana Lys, assistant dean of educator preparation and accreditation, was one of the guests for the April 13 installment of "Education Matters," the public affairs program that examines educational issues. The episode looked at the teacher-preparation pipeline and explored ideas for helping attract more people to teaching professions. Lys appears at the 13-minute mark.

SCALE recognized with ‘Workie Award’

SCALE, the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education, has received a “Workie Award” from Carolina's Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. The office each year awards "Workie Awards," honoring work-study students and work-study job sites. SCALE won this year's award for Most Distinctive Job of the Year with its America Counts/America Reads literacy program. Additionally, Mattie McKines, SCALE's literacy programs director, was a finalist for Work-Study Supervisor of the Year and America Reads tutor Madalyn Marshall was a finalist for Work-Study Student of the Year.

SOE graduate students urged to vote for GSA candidates

Voting is open through Wednesday for the School of Education’s Graduate Student Association Board. Graduate students, including master’s and doctoral-level students, are invited to cast votes for the individuals you want to represent you through the 2019-2020 academic year. The online ballot is here.

SOE students seeking signatures for petition

A group of School of Education students is seeking signatures on a petition in support of a rally calling for the University to adopt a list of demands regarding white supremacy. Supporters are asking people to attend the rally in front of Wilson Library at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the day before the trial of people charged in connection with the toppling of Silent Sam. The petition is online and open to students, faculty and staff.

Alumna Rita Joyner profiled by WITN television station

Rita Joyner (Ph.D. '09) has been featured by television station WITN in Greenville as its Teacher of the Week. Joyner teaches at Lenoir County Early College High School. A student nominated Joyner for the recognition, saying Joyner works to motivate her students, and shows female students how to have confidence and "show girl power!"

Leigh Patel talk on free speech on May 1; graduate seminar next day

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. On May 2, Patel will participate in a graduate student workshop. The workshop will be held at 10 a.m. in Peabody 206. The workshop will be limited to 30 students. Those who want to attend may sign up in this online form.

Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Doctoral student Robert Carr presented his dissertation research to staff members at the U.S. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in Washington, D.C. during the Early Childhood Education Scholars Grantee Meeting, which was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium meeting. Carr’s dissertation examines the effectiveness of Head Start in low-wealth rural communities.

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Upcoming Events

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
6 p.m.
Unks Lecture Hall

Thursday, May 2

Leigh Patel graduate seminar
10 a.m.
Peabody 206