The Peabody Pulse

Oct. 5, 2020

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This Week

Thursday: MAT info session, 6 p.m., online

Friday: DEI Chat, 3 p.m., Zoom

Saturday: LatinxEd ‘20 Under 20’ Gala, 7 p.m., online


Kristin Papoi-led project wins $4.8 million Department of Education grant

A project led by faculty member Kristin Papoi that will work with Durham Public Schools to recruit and train teachers from underrepresented populations has won a $4.8 million grant from the Department of Education. The award funds a five-year program to train 40 teachers for work in elementary grades and special education classrooms in low-income communities. Co-principal investigators from the School of Education are Jocelyn Glazier, Esther Ohito, Dorothy Espelage, and Diana Lys.


Dana Griffin on panel discussing ‘Ethics of Reopening’ today

Faculty member Dana Griffin will be among the panelists participating in a discussion entitled “Ethics of Reopening: K-12 and Higher Ed Institutions amid COVID-19” today at 5 p.m. The panel includes Jim Thomas, a faculty member at the Gillings School of Public Health, and a representative from both N.C. State and Davidson College. The event will be held on Zoom. Email for Zoom ID/passcode.


Applications open for students interested in Teaching Fellows program

The application window has opened for students to apply to become N.C. Teaching Fellows. The Teaching Fellows program offers forgivable loans to support students studying to become teachers in science, mathematics and special education. More information and a link to an online application are here.


MAT info session being held Thursday

Students interested in the School of Education’s Master’s of Arts in Teaching program are invited to attend an information session on Thursday at 6 p.m. The event will describe the program and give students opportunities to have their questions answered. Register here.


Elaine Townsend Utin participating Tuesday in Hunt Institute webinar

Elaine Townsend Utin, co-director of LatinxEd, will be one of the discussants in a Hunt Institute webinar entitled Race & Education: Identifying and Supporting the Human Needs of Children of Color.” The event will feature a discussion about the challenges facing children of color during this period of uncertainty and how leaders can help students through the trauma so they can focus on themselves and their learning. More information and register here.


Griffin hosting DEI Chats on Fridays

Dana Griffin, the Dean’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will hold the next in her series of “DEI Chats” on Friday at 3 p.m. During the chats, Griffin invites faculty and staff to talk about issues around DEI work in the School of Education. She has sent a Zoom link to the chats via email.


LatinxEd hosting ’20 Under 20 Gala” on Saturday

LatinxEd will hold a “20 Under 20 Gala” on Saturday at 7 p.m., featuring Latinx youth from across North Carolina. The event celebrates successful Latinx students and helps support the work of LatinxEd. More information and a link to register are here.


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Michael D. Wolcott, Rocio B. Quinonez, Ashley J. Tittemore, Alison LaGarry‐Cahoon, Meg Zomorodi, Jonathan M. Reside, Tate H. Jackson. Developing a curriculum blueprint and taxonomy: Process, progress, and pivots. Journal of Dental Education.

Martinez, R. R., & Akos, P., & Kurz, M. (2020). Utilizing Latinx cultural wealth to create a college going culture in high school. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 48, 210 – 230.

Almond, L., Rodriguez-Vongsavanh, Y., & Taylor, A. (2020). Emerging Adults’ Racial Perceptions of Online Dating. Sexuality & Culture.

Lee, H., & Sartain, L. School Closures in Chicago: What Happened to the Teachers? Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 42(3), 331-353.

Barrow, L., Sartain, L., & de la Torre, M. (2020). Increasing Access to Selective High Schools through Place-Based Affirmative Action: Unintended Consequences. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 12(4), 135–163.

Simeonsson R.J., Simeonsson K.L. (2021) Children with Special Healthcare Needs. In: Lollar D.J., Horner-Johnson W., Froehlich-Grobe K. (eds) Public Health Perspectives on Disability. Springer, New York, NY.


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Upcoming Events


Tuesday, Oct. 13

Ed.D. Information Session

6 p.m.

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Wednesday, Oct. 14

MEITE Information Session

6 p.m.

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Monday, Oct. 26

HDFS Career Connections event

6 p.m.

Facebook Live


Tuesday, Oct. 27

MSA Information Session

6 p.m.

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Wednesday, Oct. 28

Teaching Fellows Information Session

5:30 p.m.

Facebook Live


Thursday, Oct. 29

MAT Information Session

6 p.m.

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Monday, Nov. 2

School Counseling Information Session

6 p.m.

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Wednesday, Nov. 4

MEITE Information Session

6 p.m.

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Tuesday, Nov. 10

Ed.D. Information Session

6 p.m.