The Peabody Pulse

Nov. 23, 2020

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‘Academic Tech Training’ sessions being offered in December

A series of Academic Tech Training sessions is being offered by the School of Education’s EdIT team, with four sessions scheduled in early December. Complete details about the sessions may be found on the Ed Hub. The sessions will cover the following topics, with registration links:


New SOE Student Data Dashboard available

The School of Education’s new Student Data Dashboard is now available. Data regarding enrollment and completion data are available on the dashboard, located on the Educator Preparation & Accreditation Ed Portal. More data views will be made available in the dashboard in the Spring. The site includes an “SOE Data Dashboard Navigation Guide” intended to provide help for navigating the Dashboard and applying filters. The Dashboard is available to all current School faculty, staff and student assistants/workers. An orientation webinar for using the Dashboard will be held in January.


Guidance for helping students with autism available in online talk

Faculty member Kara Hume gave a talk “Supporting Online Learning for Students with Autism” for the Autism Society of Virginia on Nov. 10. The talk is available online in an hourlong YouTube video. In the talk, Hume describes evidence-based practices aimed at supporting children with autism, including supports for how to handle anxiety, increase participation and independence, and to encourage social involvement, especially during a time of virtual interaction.


Students sought for Carolina Covid-19 Student Services Corps

The Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice seeks student leaders to join the Carolina Covid-19 Student Services Corps executive team. Members will work with the assistant provost and engage in service activities to address specific needs of UNC-Chapel Hill community membrs during the pandemic. Contact for more information.


Alumna Muriel Summers honored by N.C. Principals and Assistant Principals Association

Muriel Summers (’79 A.B.Ed.) has been awarded the Ralph Kimel Award from the N.C. Principals and Assistant Principals Association. Summers has served since 1997 as principal at A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh. She created the first leadership elementary school in the nation, modeled after Franklin Covey’s “7 Habits” program. She was honored by the School of Education in 2017 with its Distinguished Leadership Award. The Ralph Kimel Award was established in 1995 to honor the founding member of NCPAPA. Read more here.


UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series presents discussion about resiliency on Dec. 2

The next event in the UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series will present on Dec. 2 a discussion of resiliency, led by alumna Abby Ampuja (’20 Ph.D.). Ampuja is the owner/founder of Empowered Coaching. Her talk — entitled “Got Resiliency?” — is part of a seminar series sponsored by the UNC-Chapel Hill cohort of the N.C. Teaching Fellows program. The theme of this year’s series is “Diversity in Schools: Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial.” Additional events in the series are planned for next semester. Ampuja’s talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend should email Tammy Siler,


‘Career Connections’ series to help students understand career paths

The School of Education is hosting a series of “Career Connections” events to help students in various programs gain insights into their career options. School faculty, staff and alumni will present and answer questions. Events are currently scheduled for MEITE, School Counseling, MAT, and MSA. The events begin in early December.


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Hong, J.S., Choi, J., Espelage, D.L. et al. Are Children of Welfare Recipients at a Heightened Risk of Bullying and Peer Victimization?. Child Youth Care Forum (2020).

Kathleen Brown and five current Ed.D. Educational Leadership students presented the following: Ashe, L., Boyd, J., Brown, K., Hall, J., Rhue, T., & Snipes, N. (2020). Chatham County School District’s Beginning Teacher Coaching Program: An Eight-Year Review of BT Value-Added Index Scores. Presented to Chatham County School District, November 17, 2020.


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Upcoming Events


Wednesday, Dec. 2

Academic Tech Training: Zoom Pre-Assigned Breakout Rooms

10 a.m.

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Thursday, Dec. 3

MEITE Career Connections

6 p.m.


Tuesday, Dec. 8

Academic Tech Training: Sakai 20 Updates Overview

2 p.m.

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Tuesday, Dec. 8

MAT Career Connections

5:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Dec. 9

Academic Tech Training: SOE Sakai Template Overview

10 a.m.

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Thursday, Dec. 10

Academic Tech Training: Getting Started with Panopto

10 a.m.

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Thursday, Dec. 17

School Counseling Career Connections

6 p.m.


Thursday, Feb. 11

MSA Career Connections

5 p.m.