The Peabody Pulse

March 29, 2021

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This Week

Monday: Data management plans, 12:20 p.m., Zoom

Wednesday: Workshop on anti-racist education, 4 p.m.


Speaker to explain data management for IES proposals today

Cheryl Thompson, Ph.D., research data archivist with UNC’s Odum Institute, in a presentation today offers insight, tools, and guidance on writing a Data Management Plan (DMP) for Institute of Education Sciences grant proposals. For those who are new to DMPs, Thompson introduces the components of a DMP and how they align with IES data sharing policies. Furthermore, Thompson provides resources for identifying a suitable data repository, protecting confidential information, and budgeting for data management budget in order to foster high-quality, transparent, and reproducible research. The talk starts at 12:20 p.m. and will be held on Zoom.


Alumna Ronda Taylor Bullock to lead workshops on antiracist education; first on Wednesday

Alumna Ronda Taylor Bullock (’05 M.A.T., ’18 Ph.D.) will conduct a two-part antiracist education workshop open to all School of Education students, faculty, and staff. The first workshop is on Wednesday, following by another on April 7. Bullock, who earned her doctorate in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement strand of the Ph.D. program, is the co-founder and executive director of we are, a Durham-based nonprofit that provides anti-racism training for children, families, and educators. The two-hour sessions begin at 4 p.m. For a link to sign up for the sessions, see the emails from Dana Griffin/Patti Spillane, or email Patti at


LatinxEd hosting talk on Thursday about challenges faced by Latinx educators

LatinxEd will host a “Cafecito” talk on Thursday with Timothy Monreal who will talk with LatinxEd director Elaine Utin about the challenges and the opportunities faced by Latinx educators in the South. Monreal is an assistant professor at California State University Bakersfield and researches Latinx teacher identity with a focus on the U.S. South. The talk begins at 12:30 p.m. and will be held via LatinxEd’s Facebook Live. More details about the talk are here.


Research brief co-authored by Matt Bernacki examines ‘personalized learning’

Faculty member Matt Bernacki is a co-author of a research brief published by the American Psychological Association’s Division 15 (Educational Psychology) that looks at “personalized learning.” The brief — co-authored with Candace Walkington of Southern Methodist University — includes a set of recommendations for policymakers who are seeking the implementation of personalized learning approaches, which refer to a range of approaches that seek to adapt instruction to learner characteristics. The brief points out that there’s a lack of research around personalized learning and a clear definition of it. The research brief is available here.


In the media: Endeavors examines pandemic education; cites Domina, Griffin

Endeavors, the University’s research magazine, took a look at the disruptions in schooling caused by the pandemic, including perspectives from faculty members Thad Domina and Dana Griffin. The piece describes some of the findings of research work by a team led by Domina that looks at how communications among parents, teachers and students have changed. Griffin tells Endeavors that the pandemic has exacerbated inequities within the education system, saying schools need to rethink how the interact with many students. The Endeavors story is here.


Team including Roger Mills-Koonce wins funding for pilot project

A team that includes faculty member Roger Mills-Koonce has won funding for a pilot project to investigate the role of prenatal exposures to arsenic on the infant gut biome, early neurocognitive functioning and later risk for developmental psychopathology. The project — led by Cathi Propper at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Rebecca Fry of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health — is funded by the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility. The project is part of the team’s ongoing Brain and Early Experience Study, which is receiving funding from the National Institute of Mental Health.


Kara Hume named an associate editor of Remedial and Special Education

Kara Hume has been named an associate editor for the journal Remedial and Special Education. Published by Sage, Remedial and Special Education focuses on both theory and practice related to the education of individuals for whom typical instruction is not effective.


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Gibbs, B. (2021). “So my grandfather’s two tours meant nothing?”: Students struggle with the weight and responsibility of war. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.

Gibbs, B. & Hilburn, J. (2021). “No one should see what they have to do.”: Military children and media representations of war. The Journal of Social Studies Research Vol. 45, pp. 130-149.

Kevin C. Bastian, Diana B. Lys, Waverly R.L. Whisenant. Student teaching environments, performance assessment scores, and the tradeoffs between authenticity and standardization in teacher candidate assessments. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy earlier this month.

Marraccini, M.E., Drapeau, C., Stein, R., Pittleman, C., Toole, E.N., Kolstad, M., Towe, A., Suldo, S. (2021). Characterizing children hospitalized for suicide-related thoughts and behaviors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Wang, X., & Freed, R. (2021). A Bourdieusian Analysis of the Sociocultural Capital of Chinese International Graduate Students in the United States. Journal of International Students, 11(1), 41–59.


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Upcoming Events


Wednesday, April 7

weare workshop on anti-racist education

4 p.m.

Details in Dana Griffin emails


Wednesday, April 7

Soft launch of ‘Ed Tech Connect’

6 p.m.