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ThursdayStacey Lee on race, noon, Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
FridayHDFS career conference, 10a.m. to 3:30p.m., Peabody Hall
Janice Anderson part of newly funded $7.25 million STEM center

Faculty member Janice Anderson is part of a collaboration by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and the University of Denver that has won a $7.25 million award to establish a Center for the Advancement of Early STEM Education. The grant, from the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education, will fund a center that will work to increase the body of knowledge of current evidence-based practices for early STEM learning, including early computer science learning for young children with disabilities. Read more here.

Alumnus Derrick Jordan named regional superintendent of the year

Derrick D. Jordan (Ed.D. ’13), superintendent of the Chatham County Schools and part-time clinical assistant professor in the School of Education, has been named the 2018-2019 Regional Superintendent of the Year for the Piedmont-Triad district. Before becoming a superintendent, Jordan worked as an English teacher, assistant principal at elementary, middle and high school levels, then as principal. He worked as director of secondary education for Chatham County before becoming superintendent. Jorden will now compete for the title of North Carolina Superintendent of the Year.

School of Education co-sponsoring talk about race on Thursday

Stacey J. Lee, professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will give a talk on Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. entitled “The In/flexibility of Race: Chinese Americans, Schooling & Race in the Jim Crow South.” Lee is known nationally and internationally for her research on the educational experiences and academic achievement of two growing student populations: im/migrants and Asian Americans. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asian Center, will be held in the Dey Hall Toy Lounge Auditorium at noon. A light lunch will be provided.

N.C. Teachers of the Year taking part in Teaching Fellows event on Thursday

The 2018 N.C. Teacher of the Year – Freebird McKinney – and 2018 N.C. Region 18 Teacher of the Year – Julie Pittman – will be at the School of Education on Thursday to take part in a Teaching Fellows speaker series. McKinney and Pittman will speak from 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in Peabody 02. A light lunch will be served. McKinney is a social studies teacher at Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington. Pittman is a native of Johnston County. She earned both the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. She held teaching positions at UNC-Chapel Hill, Rutgers University, New York University, and Central Piedmont Community College before moving to Rutherford County and joining Rutherford County schools as a high school English teacher in 2003.

HDFS program hosting career and professional development conference Friday

The Human Development and Family Studies program is hosting a Mini Career and Professional Development conference on Friday. The event – which runs from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in Peabody Hall – will include sessions on describing career opportunities for students majoring in HDFS, undergraduate research opportunities and networking with representatives of graduate programs for HDFS majors. Snacks and a lunch are provided. Those interested in attending are asked to register here.

Publications, presentations, etc.

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

Brian Gibbs presented his paper Las Traviesas: Critical Feminist Educators in Their Struggle for Critical Teaching at the annual Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference.

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Thursday, Oct. 25

Stacey J. Lee: The In/Flexibility of Race
Dey Hall, Toy Lounge

Friday, Oct. 26

HDFS Mini Career and Professional Development Conference
Peabody Hall