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Reading Day Puppies and Pizza,
noon to 2 p.m., Peabody 02

Leigh Patel talk,
6 p.m., Unks Lecture Hall


Leigh Patel graduate seminar,
10 a.m., Peabody 206

David Laird talk,
noon, Peabody 02

Students invited to ‘Puppies and Pizza’ on Wednesday

Students can come soothe their stresses with puppies during Reading Day on Wednesday. The School of Education will have dogs on hand in Peabody 02 from noon until 2 p.m. Our four-legged friends are coming from Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws Assistance Dogs, ready for snuggling. If you want some pizza, let us know here so we can plan to have enough.

Leigh Patel talk on free speech on Wednesday; graduate seminar Thursday

Leigh Patel, associate dean of equity and justice at the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, will give a talk on Wednesday 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 Thursday, 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.

David Laird to give talk Thursday on improvement science integration

David Laird, assistant professor of the practice in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Vanderbilt University, will give a guest lecture on Thursday entitled “Improvement Science Integration in University-based Leadership Development Programs: Opportunities & Obstacles from Peabody.” The talk, starting at noon in Peabody 02, will describe how the integration of improvement science concepts and methods has impacted the programmatic development of leadership development offerings at the Peabody College of Educational and Human Development at Vanderbilt.

Wenyang Sun, Brittany Murray win dissertation fellowships

Doctoral students Wenyang Sun and Brittany Murray have won Dissertation Completion Fellowships from Carolina’s Graduate School. The fellowships carry $18,000 stipends, health insurance coverage and tuition and fees for three hours of dissertation credit to help doctoral students focus on their work. Sun is pursuing a doctorate in Cultural Studies and Literacies. Murray is a student in Policy, Leadership and School Improvement.

Students Alex Hoppe, Erin Jones, Clare Kordyback awarded CUBE residencies

Alex Hoppe, Erin Jones and Clare Maguire Kordyback, doctoral students in the School Psychology program, have been awarded residencies in the CUBE 5.0 program at the Campus Y. The three won the residencies by competing in the Social Innovation Challenge in which people develop social innovations in a year-long competitive program. The three took part in the challenge with projects they developed in Steve Knotek’s EDUC 818 course, “Intervention Research and Social Entrepreneurship.” Hoppe, who is also a student in the MEITE program, led a team that is developing “AR Waste,” an augmented reality platform aimed at making environmental sustainability education fun and interactive. Jones’s project is called “TeacherBrain” and is a web-based problem-solving and therapeutic platform that delivers low cost, on-demand personalized support and skills-based wellness tools to address teacher stress and burnout. Kordyback’s project – “The ABC’s of School Re-entry” – is an intervention which targets the psycho-social and emotional needs of childhood fighters and survivors of cancer, providing school personnel education about late effects of cancer and a protocol to help students dealing with them. CUBE 5.0 provides co-working space, seed funding and access to mentorship and capacity-building workshops.

SOE graduation, reception on May 11

The School of Education’s graduation ceremony will be held Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center. Students who are graduating and planning to participate should join the lineup at 12:15 p.m. on the ground floor of the Smith Center in the tunnels behind the stage. A reception will follow the ceremony. It will be held in the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium, beginning at 3 p.m. Complete details regarding both events have been emailed from Anne Bryan.

Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Cherner, T., & Curry, K. (2019). Preparing pre-service teachers to teach media literacy: A response to “Fake News.” Journal of Media Literacy Education, 11(1), 1-31.

Olivia Scott Kamkwamba attended TED 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, as a Young Leaders Scholar earlier this month.

Murray, B., Domina, T., Renzulli, L., & Boylan, R. (2019). Civil society goes to school: Parent-teachers associations and the equality of educational opportunity. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 5(3), 41-63.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 9

School of Education Faculty-Staff End-of-Year Celebration
3 to 6 p.m.
Lula’s Restaurant, upstairs

Saturday, May 11

School of Education Graduation Ceremony
1 p.m.
Dean E. Smith Center

Saturday, May 11

School of Education Graduation Reception
3 to 5:30 p.m.
Kenan Stadium’s Blue Zone