The Peabody Pulse

April 26, 2021

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This Week

Tuesday: ‘Otherwise Worlds’ talk: Noor ul Sabah Ali, 11 a.m., register here


Lora Cohen-Vogel selected for National Academies of Sciences committee

Faculty member Lora Cohen-Vogel has been appointed to the National Academies of Sciences’ Committee on the Future of Educational Research. The committee, which includes 15 leading educational researchers from across the country, will work to inform future directions of the Institute of Education Sciences, the research and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. More details about Cohen-Vogel and her appointment are here.


High School Journal hosting ‘Otherwise Worlds’ speaker series; first talk Tuesday

The High School Journal, an academic journal managed by School of Education graduate students, is hosting a speaker series in conjunction with the journal’s upcoming special issue on “otherwise worlds.” The special issue will contain articles that challenge notions of “returning to normal” following a year of pandemic and examine ways communities brutalized by white supremacy have been fighting for new worlds for a long time. The talks are intended to spark conversation within the School community on how its work is tied to the journal’s special issue theme. Noor ul Sabah Ali, a social justice educator, will speak Tuesday at 11 a.m. on the topic “Critical Race Theory and Muslim Girls.” Register for her talk here. Jenna Cushing-Leubner, who writes about racial equity in English language teaching, will give a talk on May 5 at 2 p.m. entitled “Multilingual Youth of Color: Visions for a World they Deserve. Register for her talk here.


Constance Lindsay discusses new book in Brookings Institution presentation

Faculty member Constance Lindsay took part in a presentation hosted by the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center for Education Policy in which she talked about her research on the effects of students having a teacher of color. Lindsay presented with Seth Gershenson and Michael Hansen. The three are co-authors of the new book “Teacher Diversity and Student Success: Why Racial Representation Matters in the Classroom.” The presentation is available here.


Alumna Nicole Eilers receives award for her dissertation

Nicole Eilers (’20 Ph.D.) has been awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Disability Studies in Education special interest group. Eilers’s dissertation was entitled “Developing a Critical Disability Studies Approach to “Inclusive” Early Childhood Education: A Participatory Action Research Project.”


Nominations sought for Teaching Excellence Award; deadline Saturday

The School’s Teaching Excellence Awards Committee invites and encourages current students and graduates who received their degree within the past year to nominate a School of Education faculty member. The deadline for spring awards is Saturday. The nomination form and award criteria are here.


Goldstein examines health benefits of higher education

In his most recent “Our Higher Calling” newsletter, faculty member Buck Goldstein looks at findings that show that college graduates live a decade longer than non-graduates. Goldstein describes some thinking as to why that is, including the sorts of experiences students have in college that may broaden social horizons and better health. He also argues that the reasons for the health disparity gap need to be identified and addressed. The newsletter is available here.


Documentary about farmworkers focus of May 5 IPE event

The Interprofessional Education & Practice initiative is hosting a movie night on May 5 to show and discuss the documentary “Harvest of Dignity.” The 25-minute documentary illustrates about the challenges faced by North Carolinian farmworkers. The film, which starts at 5:30 p.m., will be followed by breakout group discussions in which participants can react, and share interprofessional perspectives, experiences, and solutions. Register for the event here. Interprofessional Education & Practice is a campus-wide effort, including the School of Education, to bring together students and scholars to learn and collaborate on multidisciplinary problems and issues.


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

Faculty members are noted in bold, postdocs/graduate students/recent graduates — and this, week, undergraduate students — with underline.

Cartiff, B. M., Duke, R. F., & Greene, J. A. (2021). The effect of epistemic cognition interventions on academic achievement: A meta-analysis. Journal of Educational Psychology, 113(3), 477-498.

Molly Ewing, Troy D. Sadler. (2020) Socio-Scientific Instruction: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Increase Relevance and Systems Thinking. The Science Teacher.

Ohito, E. (2021). What can we not leave behind? Storying family photographs, unlocking emotional memories, and welcoming complex conversations on being human. Occasional Paper Series, 2021 (45). Retrieved from

Odom, S. L., Hall, L. J., Morin, K. L., Kraemer, B. R., Hume, K. A., McIntyre, N. S., Nowell, S. W., · Steinbrenner, J. R., Tomaszewski, B., Sam, A. M., DaWalt, L. (2021). Educational Interventions for Children and Youth with Autism: A 40 Year Perspective. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1007/s10803-021-04990-1


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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 5

‘Otherwise Worlds’ talk: Jenna Cushing-Leubner

2 p.m.



Wednesday, May 5

Documentary ‘Harvest of Dignity’

5:30 p.m.