From the dean
Should we model our schools on those in Asia?
Dean Bill McDiarmid

Are Chinese and other Asian students being better prepared to be the innovators of tomorrow? Should we be imitating the educational systems of countries on the other side of the Pacific? … [Read more]

Slideshow: Reception honors Bill Ware
Bill Ware and Lara-Jeane Costa

A reception was held on Nov. 18 to honor Bill Ware, the School’s first McMichael Term Professor. Several alumni spoke, offering their stories about Ware. View photos from the event and hear Ph.D. candidate Lara-Jeane Costa’s presentation in this audio slideshow.

School redesigns website to showcase its people
School of Education website

The School of Education has redesigned its website to better show off the faculty, students, alumni and others who make it a community of accomplishment. Visit our new website at

Watch for Fall edition of The Carolina Slate

The Fall 2011 edition of The Carolina Slate is heading your way. The newsletter contains articles about this year’s Alumni Awards, our six new faculty members, photos from recent events, and more! It’s coming to a mailbox near you soon!

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Learning with LEARN NC
LEARN NC publishes N.C. American Indian curriculum guide

A new online curriculum guide for K-12 teachers, “Teaching About American Indians in North Carolina,” has been created by LEARN NC and UNC-Chapel Hill's American Indian Center. ... [Read more]

From The Well: Carrillo’s work with Mexican-origin males

Assistant Professor Juan Carrillo has studied the stories of Latinos who achieve graduate-level educations, highlighting the gains and losses these individuals encounter as they make their way into academia. His work suggests ways in which teachers can acknowledge Latinos’ backgrounds and help them navigate their way through school. ... [Read more]

From The Well: Vernon-Feagans’s reading program featured

Lynne Vernon-Feagans’s Targeted Reading Intervention program is designed to help teachers, particularly those in rural areas, provide enhanced instruction to struggling readers. TRI has teachers working one-on-one with struggling readers while other students in the classroom are working at literacy centers, working independently, or receiving instruction from a teaching assistant. “The Well” describes how TRI works, and has a link to more information. ... [Read more]

From The Well: CareerStart connects classroom, careers

CareerStart, a counseling program designed to help middle schoolers make connections between their courses and preparation for careers, was profiled in LEARN NC’s blog “The Well: Carolina research for your classroom.” The profile examines work by Patrick Akos, associate professor of school counseling, and Dennis Orthner, a professor in the School of Social Work. More than 600 teachers in seven school districts in North Carolina are using CareerStart lessons with more than 30,000 students. ... [Read more]

From The Well: How to use ‘learning trajectories’

Gemma Mojica, assistant professor of mathematics education, has been working on how “learning trajectories” can be used by teachers to help their students. Mojica says that using learning trajectories focuses the teaching on the learning process rather than the product, giving teachers insight into their students’ progression. ... [Read more]

From The Well: Miller’s work on social skill instruction

The Well took a look at work by Melissa Miller, assistant professor of special education. The article explores the benefits of including social skills instruction in classrooms and includes 20 tips for how to do so. ... [Read more]