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Feb. 22, 2021

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This Week

Thursday: Black History Month Conversation: Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, 11 a.m., Register here


Black History Month Conversation Series features Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy on Thursday

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, dean of the School of Education at American University, will be the guest speaker on Thursday in the School of Education’s Black History Month Conversation Series. The series features talks around the role of schools of education in uplifting and elevating Black youth, families, and communities. Holcomb-McCoy has been recognized many times for her multicultural/diversity research, excellence in teaching, and exemplary service. Her talk will be at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Register for the Holcomb-McCoy talk here.


Dana Griffin speaking in program ‘Teaching in Uncertain Times’ on Thursday

Faculty member Dana Griffin is one of the speakers in a professional development program for educators entitled “Teaching in Uncertain Times.” The event, sponsored by Worldview, will be held Thursday at 4 p.m.  The cost is $25. Scholarships are available. More details are available here.


Lauren Sartain-led project wins AERA award

A study led by faculty member Lauren Sartain has won an award from the American Educational Research Association. The study, in which a team led by Sartain studied educators’ perceptions of a teacher evaluation system used in Chicago Public Schools, has been chosen as the first place winner for AERA Division H’s Outstanding Publication in the category Assessment and Accountability. Division H — Research, Evaluation and Assessment in Schools — will present the award during an upcoming online ceremony.


Constance Lindsay co-author of study of principal effectiveness

Faculty member Constance Lindsay is one of the co-authors of a review of 20 years of research examining the effectiveness of school principals and identifying behaviors of principals that are linked to positive school outcomes. The report, funded and published by the Wallace Foundation, concludes that principals are more important than previously believed. It calls for more investments in strategies that better prepare and support school principals. The report — entitled “How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research” — is available here.


In the Media: Constance Lindsay research profiled by WHYY

Research by faculty member Constance Lindsay that describes the effects of Black teachers can have on students was included in a story by WHYY, the Boston-based public radio station. The story looked at research that has found that having a Black teacher improves academic outcomes for many students. Lindsay’s work has demonstrated that having at least one Black teacher in early grades improves outcomes particularly for Black boys from low-income households. The story is available here.


Buck Goldstein writes about pandemic’s impacts on higher education

Buck Goldstein, professor of the practice in the School of Education, writes about some of the ways that that pandemic will leave lasting impacts on higher education in the latest issue of his newsletter, “Our Higher Calling.” Goldstein writes a regular newsletter about issues facing colleges and universities. In the latest issue, he argues that the crises facing higher education offer an opportunity to rebuild in ways that can make colleges and universities better equipped to serve larger and more diverse populations. The latest newsletter is here.


Janice Anderson’s fanaticism for UNC women’s basketball celebrated by The Well

Being the No. 1 fan for Carolina women’s basketball landed faculty member Janice Anderson in a profile by The Well. Anderson and her family’s devotion to the team is described by the feature, which describes how Anderson has followed women’s basketball since childhood when her father was a professor at the University of Dayton. The story is in the second part of the article here.


In the Media: Patrick Akos cited by WalletHub

Faculty member Patrick Akos was cited by in a WalletHub article about job trends and the need for more vocational training. The article cites Akos as saying that trends demonstrate higher education will become even more important, but that there’s also a need for expanded vocational training. The article is here.


Carolina Consortium on Human Development hosting series of talks

The Carolina Consortium on Human Development, sponsored by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, has scheduled a series of proseminar meetings entitled “Culture & Developmental Science: Considering Context, Culture, and Intersectional Approaches. The meetings will take place on Mondays from 2 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. Today’s talk features Margaret Beale Spencer, in a talk entitled “Diverse Paths to Well-being, Resiliency and High-Vulnerability: Interrogating Du Boisian Insights Instrumental to Developmental Science.” More information is available here.


Nominations sought for UNC School of Education Staff Excellence Award

Nominations for the 2021 UNC School of Education Staff Excellence Award, which will recognize annually two staff members who exemplify qualities such as teamwork, respect, service, innovation, and integrity, are open until March 17, at 5 p.m. Please consider nominating a School of Education staff member — each employee may submit up to three nominations — using this nomination form. If you have any questions, please contact Staff Excellence Award Committee Chair Lisa Johnson at


UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series presents talk on culturally responsive teaching on March 17

The next event in the UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series will present on March 17 a discussion entitled “Culturally Responsive Teaching,” presented by Cathy Kea, professor of special education and North Carolina A&T University’s College of Education. The talk 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. Kea’s talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend should email Tammy Siler,


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Davis-Kean, P., Domina, T., Kuhfeld, M., Ellis, A., & Gershoff, E. T. (2021, February 11). It Matters How You Start: Early Numeracy Mastery Predicts High School Math Course-Taking and College Attendance. PsyArXiv preprint.

Robert A. Marx, Tyler Hatchel, Cole B. Mehring & Dorothy L. Espelage (2021) Predictors of sexual victimisation and suicidal ideation among transgender and gender-nonconforming adolescents, Psychology & Sexuality, 12:1-2, 79-95, DOI: 10.1080/19419899.2019.1690034

Jun Sung Hong, Alberto Valido, Matthew M. Rivas‐Koehl, Ryan M. Wade, Dorothy L. Espelage & Dexter R. Voisin. Bullying victimization, psychosocial functioning, and protective factors: Comparing African American heterosexual and sexual minority adolescents in Chicago’s Southside. Journal of Community Psychology.

Luz E. Robinson, Dorothy L. Espelage, Alberto Valido, Katherine M. Ingram, America J. El Sheikh, Cagil Torgal, Sasha Mintz & Tomei Kuehl. Ethnic Representation and Willingness to Seek Help as Moderators Between Peer Victimization and Mental Health Outcomes among Latinx Adolescents. School Mental Health (2021).

Constance Lindsay has won a $10,000 Junior Faculty Development Award, granted by the University’s Committee on Faculty Research and Scholarly Leaves.

Amanda Peel, Troy D. Sadler, Patricia Friedrichsen. Using Unplugged Computational Thinking to Scaffold Natural Selection Learning. The American Biology Teacher. (2021) 83 (2): 112–117.


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Upcoming Events


Wednesday, March 3

Undergraduate programs info event

6 p.m.



Thursday, March 11

MEDX, ECIFS info session

6 p.m.



Wednesday, March 17

Deadline for submitting Staff Excellence Awards nominations

5 p.m.

Submission form


Wednesday, March 17

MEITE info session

6 p.m.



Wednesday, March 17

Teaching Fellows Seminar: Culturally Responsive Teaching

6:30 p.m.

Email Tammy Siler for details,


Thursday, March 18

MSA info session

6 p.m.