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Monday“Writing Book Proposals and the Publishing Process,” noon, Peabody 02
TuesdayGuest speaker on the Makassed Schools and teaching in Arabic, noon, Peabody 02
ThursdayGSA series “Diversity, White Privilege, and Social Justice,” noon, Peabody 02
Sawyer, Stone to give talk on writing book proposals today

Faculty members Keith Sawyer and Lynda Stone will give a talk as part of the School of Education’s Professional Education Session on writing book proposals and the publishing process today. The talk will begin at noon in Peabody 02. Lunch will be provided.

Lebanese schools, teaching science and math in Arabic topic of talk on Tuesday

A guest speaker from a philanthropic organization that operates a network of schools in Lebanon will give a talk on Tuesday about efforts to teach math and science in native languages. Amine Daouk, president of Makassed Association, will give a talk entitled "The Makassed Schools Experience Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Native Arabic Language.” It will begin at noon in Peabody 02. Lunch will be provided. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by emailing Caroline Weaver,

GSA launches speaker series on ‘Diversity, White Privilege, and Social Justice’ on Thursday

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is launching a new speaker series entitled “Diversity, White Privilege, and Social Justice” with the inaugural event being a talk by Cheryl Matias, author of “Feeling White: Whiteness, Emotionality, and Education.” Matias is an associate professor at the University of Colorado at Denver School of Education & Human Development. The talk runs from noon to 2 p.m. in Peabody 02. Lunch is provided.

HDFS students, internships profiled

Internships and their role in the new Human Development and Family Studies program is the focus of a profile on the SOE website. Students in the HDFS major are required to work a semester-long internship. The internships are helping students gain skills, knowledge and experience that is preparing them for careers and graduate school, say the students profiled. The School of Education launched the HDFS major in 2016. Students spend the final semester of their senior year exploring an area of HDFS that they are passionate about, contributing skills they’ve honed through the major as well as developing new ones. Read the profile here.

Three graduate students to be recognized

Three SOE graduate students – Dalila Dragnic-Cindric, Anna Johnson and Olivia Scott -- will be recognized at the 20th Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration on April 5. The event recognizes graduate students who have won prestigious external fellowships. Dragnic-Cindric is the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Johnson received a P.E.O. Continuing Education Scholarship/Diana Mossip Memorial Scholarship and Scott is the recipient of a Gates Millennium Scholarship. The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Carolina Club in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.

HDFS graduate Sarah Margaret Christy presents at research conference

Sarah Margaret Christy, a recent graduate of the HDFS program, gave a research presentation at the 2018 Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference held in Chapel Hill last week. Christy’s presentation was entitled “The Effects of Peer Support on Maternal Experiences and Breastfeeding Outcomes: An Evaluation of UNC’s M.O.M. Networking Group.” Christy conducted the research as part of her internship in the HDFS program. HDFS professor Sharon Palsha mentored Christy through the IRB proposal process and assisted with survey and observation protocols.

April 5 book launch talk features book co-edited by Noblit, Urrieta

A new book co-edited by George Noblit, the Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, and Luis Urrieta (Ph.D. ’13) is the subject of a book talk being held April 5. The book – “Cultural Constructions of Identity: Meta-ethnography and Theory” – was published this month by Oxford University Press. The talk will include presentations by several chapter authors. The event will be held April 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Peabody 02.

Publications, presentations, etc.

The Association for Education Finance and Policy held its 43rd annual conference in Portland March 15-17. The following UNC-Chapel Hill-affiliated faculty and students made presentations at the meeting:

Thurston Domina served as chair of the session “Testing and Re-Testing in Higher Education.

Paper Discussions

Thurston Domina. “A poor proxy for poverty: Administrative free and reduced-price lunch data and household income.” Quentin Brummet, U.S. Census Bureau, Nikolas Pharris-Ciurej, U.S. Census Bureau, Sonya R. Porter, U.S. Census Bureau, Andrew Penner, University of California - Irvine, Emily Penner, University of California - Irvine. Paper panel in session “Let's Eat!: The Effects of Free School Meals.”

Sarah Crittenden Fuller. “Does Universal Access to Free School Meals Reduce Inequality in Educational Performance and Behavior?” Aubrey Comperatore. Paper panel in session “Let's Eat!: The Effects of Free School Meals.”

Douglas Lee Lauen. “Early College High Schools at Scale: Probing heterogeneity of impacts on secondary and postsecondary completion.” Fatih Unlu, RAND Corporation, Sarah Fuller, Elc Estrera. Paper panel in session “Targeting students at risk of falling behind.”

Rebecca Merrill. “From Policy to Practice: Implementation of North Carolina’s Kindergarten Entry Assessment.” Michael Little, Lora Cohen-Vogel, James Sadler. Paper panel in session “Selected topics in early childhood and preschool.”

Matthew A. Lenard, Wake County Public School System. Math Acceleration in Elementary School: Access and effects on student outcomes. Steven W. Hemelt, B. Aspacia Stafford. “Paper panel in session “Accountability and Testing Throughout the Grade Spans.”

James Carter III. “The Female Educator Tax: Gendered compensation differences in Pennsylvania.” James Sadler. Paper panel in session “Teacher labor markets.”

Kevin C. Bastian. “What do Surveys of Program Completers Tell Us About Teacher Preparation Quality?” Min Sun, University of Washington, Heather Lynn, East Carolina University. Paper panel in session “Preservice Preparation And Improvement.”

Andrew McEachin, RAND Corporation. “Charter High School Effects on Students’ Behavior, Voting, and Crime.” Doug Lauen, Sarah C. Fuller, Josh Horvath. Paper panel in session “High school choice.”

James Sadler. “The Effects of Reforming Discipline Practices at No-Excuses Charter Schools. Paper panel in session “Impacts of School Discipline Practice and Policy.”

Becca Merrill. “The Effects of School Letter Grades on Teacher Perceptions of the Their School: A Regression Discontinuity.” Paper panel session “Intended and Unintended Consequences of Accountability and Testing.”

Poster presentations

Charles Midthun. “Paying for Quality: PTO Influence on Teacher Quality in North Carolina Elementary Schools through the Great Recession.” Eric Houck.

Chris Needham. “Special Education Finance and the Inequities of District Funding in North Carolina.” Eric Houck.

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Monday, Mar 26

SOE Professional Education Session: Writing Book Proposals and the Publishing Process
Noon to 1:30p.m.
Peabody 02

Tuesday, Mar 27

"The Makassed Schools Experience Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Native Arabic Language" with Mohamed Machnouk
Noon to 1:30p.m.
Peabody 02

Tuesday, Apr 3

Drop-in with teacher-activist Angela Panel Scioli
Peabody 212

Thursday, Apr 5

Book talk: "Cultural Constructions of Identity"
9:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.
Peabody 02

Tuesday, Apr 17

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

Career Development Events for graduate students

The following events are offered by the Graduate School. Prior registration is often requested. Register at

Tuesday, April 3

L.E.A.D. Workshop: Conflict Management
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FPG Student Union, Room 2422

Friday, April 6

Navigating the Pipeline: The Progression of First-Generation Students Through Doctoral Education
Noon to 1 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center, Mandela Auditorium

Wednesday, April 11

L.E.A.D. Workshop: Values-Based Leadership
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
FPG Student Union, Rom 3503

Thursday, April 19

L.E.A.D. Workshop: Implicit Bias
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
FPG Student Union, Room 2422