The Peabody Pulse

March 8, 2021

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This Week

Tuesday: HOLD candidate Amanda Edwards, 12:20 p.m.

Thursday: MEDX/ECIFS info event, 6 p.m., details


Teaching award winners Martinette Horner, Won Jang profiled by The Well

Faculty member Martinette Horner and doctoral student Won Jang were profiled by The Well in connection with their recently won teaching awards. Horner, winner of a Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Teaching, told in her profile about how her kindergarten teacher taught her to love learning at a young age. Read her profile here. Wonkyung “Won” Jang, a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Education, talked about how important faculty member Harriet Able and Peg Burchinal have been to him and how they inspired him. Read his profile here.


HOLD coordinator candidate Amanda Edwards presentation on Tuesday

Amanda Edwards, a candidate for the coordinator of the Human Organizational Leadership and Development program, will give a talk on Tuesday at 12:20 p.m. Edwards, holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Connecticut and is a teaching associate professor at N.C. State University, where she directs the Leadership in the Public Sector online bachelor’s completion program. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Caroline Weaver at for a Zoom link.


Jeff Greene hosts new APA podcast featuring talk about collaborative learning

Faculty member Jeff Green hosts the latest in his series of podcasts for the American Psychological Association’s Division 15, talking with Stephan Mende, a research associate and Ph.D. student at the Dresden University of Technology in Germany. In the conversation they talk about Mende’s recent article in Educational Psychologist entitled “Individual preparation for collaborative learning: Systematic review and synthesis.” The podcast is available here.


Information session about early childhood master’s program on Thursday

The School of Education will host an information session for people interested in the Master of Education for Experienced Teachers-Early Childhood Intervention & Family Support program on Thursday. The event, which begins at 6 p.m. and will be held online, will give participants the opportunity to learn more about the program and the admissions process. Learn more and sign up for the session here.


Kyle Nickodem to give talk on IES grant proposals on March 15

Kyle Nickodem, the School of Education’s research statistician, will give a presentation entitled “What’s the Plan? Methods Considerations for IES Grant Proposals” on March 15. Nickodem’s talk will provide guidance and resources for writing the Research Plan section of Institute of Education Sciences grant proposals. Nickodem reviews typical IES requirements for the Research Plan along with considerations for describing the study sample, selecting outcome measures, handling missing data, aligning a power analysis to the proposed research design and data analysis plan, and conducting a cost analysis. The talk will be held on Zoom, beginning at 12:20 p.m. Other details are in an email from Caroline Weaver.


Nominations for UNC School of Education Staff Excellence Award due March 17

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,


DEI Chats focus on accessibility issues; next session March 19

DEI chats during the month of March will focus on digital accessibility and will be led by Gia Branciforte, web and multimedia specialist who also serves as the School of Education’s digital accessibility liaison. The next chat will be held March 19 and is entitled “Getting Started with Digital Accessibility.” Attendees of the chats will learn information related to the required guidelines around digital accessibility that faculty and staff need to include in our work. Look for Zoom meeting signup info via email from Dana Griffin.


Alumna Ronda Taylor Bullock to give workshops on antiracist education

Ronda Taylor Bullock, leader of the Durham-based organization weare (working to extend anti-racist education), will give two workshops for School of Education students, faculty and staff on March 31 and April 7. weare is a nonprofit organization that provides anti-racism training for children, families, and educators. The workshops begin at 4 p.m. and run until 6 p.m. More details for signing up will be in forthcoming emails from Dana Griffin.


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Dorothy Espelage. “School-Based Bullying/Peer Victimization and Other Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide Thoughts and Behaviors Among Sexual and Gender Minority Youth.” Presentation to the National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored Research Round Table Series: Risk, Resilience and Trajectories in Teen Suicide, March 3.


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Upcoming Events


Monday, March 15

Presentation: Methods Considerations for IES Grant Proposals

12:20 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.



Friday, March 19

DEI Chat: Getting Started with Digital Accessibility

3 p.m.

Details in Dana Griffin emails


Friday, March 26

DEI Chat: Integrating Accessibility into Your Teaching & Research

3 p.m.

Details in Dana Griffin emails


Wednesday, March 31

weare workshop on anti-racist education

4 p.m.

Details in Dana Griffin emails


Wednesday, April 7

weare workshop on anti-racist education

4 p.m.

Details in Dana Griffin emails