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School to host Chris Dede talk on educational tech on Tuesday

The School of Education and MEITE program will host Chris Dede, the Timothy Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University, in February to give a talk entitled "Designing Educational Innovations to Achieve Scale." Dede’s research is aimed at developing new types of educational systems. Dede is a leader in mobile learning initiatives and has developed a widely used framework for scaling up educational innovations. His talk will be held on Feb. 20 at noon in Peabody 02.

Doctoral students Staton, Bausell to present Thursday on history of Quaker-Freedmen school

Doctoral students Torri Staton and Sarah Bausell will give a presentation on Thursday about Chapel Hill’s Quaker-Freemen School, the first such school established in the United States. The talk is entitled “Out of Site, Out of Mind: The Evolving Significance of Race in the Story of an Early Quaker-Freedmen School. The study investigated the founding, curricular practices, and attendees of a Reconstruction-era Quaker-Freedmen school in a small college town. The talk will be held at 6 p.m. at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center at 512 W. Rosemary Street. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please register by emailing The event is hosted by the Institute of African American Research.

Ayesha Hashim to be recognized with AEFP 'New Scholar' award

Ayesha Hashim, who is joining the faculty in Education Policy and Leadership in the fall, will be recognized in March for her New Scholar Award from the Association for Education Finance and Policy. Hashim, who has been working as a postdoctoral fellow in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, studies the implementation and impacts of district-level school reforms focused on school accountability, choice, autonomy, and capacity building. She will be recognized at the AEFP annual meeting in March.

SOE’s Professional Education series offers grant-writing discussion Feb. 26

The School of Education’s series of Professional Education talks for graduate students will offer a session on writing grant proposals on Feb. 26, with faculty members Jill Hamm and Harriet Able leading the discussion. Lunch will be provided. The session will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Peabody 02.

School bags sought for refugee school children

The Graduate Student Association is asking for donations of school bags – backpacks or tote bags – for Nour International School, a school for refugee children in Lebanon. Bags should be in good condition and suitable for children ages 5-16. A collection box for the bags will be placed in the lobby. For more information, email

GSA moves conference and symposium to March 3

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association has changed the date for its 2018 Graduate Research Conference and Symposium to March 3. Proposals for conference presentations are due Feb. 15. The event, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs to 12:30 p.m., will feature graduate student work. The theme for the event is “Education as Infrastructure.” More details are here.

James Anderson to give talk March 6 on history of African-American education

James Anderson, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Education, and dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give a guest lecture on the history of African-American education on March 6. Anderson is considered the foremost authority on the history of African American education in the South, the history of higher education desegregation, the history of public school desegregation, and the history of African American school achievement in the 20th century. He is giving several talks on campus during his visit. The March 6 event at the School of Education will be held at noon in Peabody 02.

Publications, presentations, etc.

Becky New was invited to participate in a series of events in San Miniato, Italy focused on the theme “Children and the Revolution of Diversity.” The events included small-group visits to early childhood services and seminars, including one that included New’s overview of findings from previous collaborative research. New was one of seven who spoke in a two-day seminar entitled “Children as Protagonists Above All: Experiences from Around the World,” with participants from other European countries, Brazil, Lebanon, Uganda, Canada and Singapore.

Kevin C. Bastian, Diana Lys, Yi Pan. (2018) “A Framework for Improvement: Analyzing Performance-Assessment Scores for Evidence-Based Teacher Preparation Program Reforms.” Journal of Teacher Education. Article first published online: February 9, 2018.

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Tuesday, Feb. 20

Chris Dede Talk
Peabody 02

Monday, Feb. 26

SOE Professional Education Session: Writing Grant Proposals
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Graduate Student Lunch with the Deans
11:30p.m. - 1:00p.m.
Peabody 02

Saturday, Mar. 3

2018 SOE Graduate Research Conference & Symposium
8:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.
Peabody Hall

Tuesday, Mar. 6

Guest Speaker: James Anderson
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Mar 14

SOE Staff Retreat
8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Rigmor House

Thursday, Mar 22

HDFS Film Series: "Bro Code"
Peabody 104

Tuesday, Apr 17

HDFS Film Series: Child Abuse Prevention (Disabilities Focus)
Peabody 104