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March 22, 2021

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This Week

Friday: Carolina Seminar: Impacts of COVID-19 learning, 12:30 p.m., details

Friday: DEI Chat: Integrating Accessibility into Teaching & Research, 3 p.m.


Doctoral student Katie Ingram wins $100,000 NIJ grant

Katie Ingram, a doctoral student in school psychology and a graduate research assistant in the Espelage Lab, has won a $100,000 research grant from the National Institute of Justice. Ingram won the award to fund a study of “sexting” among youth. Among its aims, the two-year study intends to measure rates of sexting among youth and to identify the motivations of youth who engage in it — all with the aim of creating evidence-based prevention programming.


Lamar Richards, HOLD major and new student body president, profiled

Lamar Richards, who was elected this month to serve as Carolina’s next student body president, will be among the first to join the School of Education’s Human Organizational Leadership and Development program. In a profile, Richards says the HOLD program appealed to him because it promises to equip him with knowledge and skills to lead in any type of setting. Read the profile here.


Alumnus Orlando Dobbin Jr. named N.C. School Counselor Association ‘Emerging Leader’

Orlando Dobbin Jr. (’17, M.Ed.), who works as a school counselor at Pittsboro Elementary School, has been named as a 2021 Emerging Leader by the N.C. School Counselor Association. Dobbin is one of four school counselors from across the state selected for the recognition. Members of the 2021-22 Class of Emerging Leaders commit to a year of training with the association’s board of directors and another year of service on a board committee. Dobbin’s father — Orlando Dobbin Sr. — is also a graduate of the school counseling program and works as an assistant principal in Wake County.


In the media: Work of alumnus William Jackson, student Amber Majors profiled

An initiative by alumnus William Jackson (’18 Ph.D.) and doctoral student Amber Majors is profiled by Changemakers, a group that promotes social entrepreneurs. Jackson, founder of the Durham-based nonprofit Village of Wisdom, and Majors, who works with Jackson at VOW, are creating a clearinghouse of culturally affirming instructional materials for Black families. Jackson and Majors tell about their work in the Changemakers article, accompanied by videos of their talk. The post is here.


UNC DREAM team gives talk on logic models to Department of Education grantees

The UNC Diverse & Resilient Educators Advised through Mentorship (DREAM) program was asked to present at the Effective Educator Development (EED) TA Center March Collaboration hour: “Data, Interrupted: Revisiting Logic Models with a Focus on Outputs and Outcomes.” Espelage RAVE Lab team members Anne Drescher and Ashley Woolweaver, as well as DREAM principal investigator Kristin Papoi presented to fellow Department of Education grantees on challenges and strengths of developing an effective logic model. In addition to highlighting the experiences of the DREAM team, the EED TA Center will be using the UNC DREAM logic model as an example for current and future grantees.


Mike Hobbs elected chair of Chatham County Partnership for Children

Staff member Mike Hobbs has been elected to serve as chair of the board of the Chatham County Partnership for Children. The Partnership serves as the state-designated agency that promotes early childhood education and distributes Smart Start and N.C. Pre-K funds to early childhood programs in Chatham County, last year distributing more than $3.6 million. Doctoral student Leah Metcalf also serves on the Partnership’s board.


DEI Chat on Friday focuses on integrating accessibility into work

DEI chats during the month of March has been focusing on digital accessibility, led by Gia Branciforte, web and multimedia specialist who also serves as the School of Education’s digital accessibility liaison. The final chat in the series will be held Friday at 3 p.m. and is entitled “Integrating Accessibility into Your Teaching and Research.” 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.


Thad Domina giving talk Friday exploring inequities of pandemic’s online learning

Faculty member Thad Domina is one of the presenters on Friday in a Carolina Seminars event entitled “Remote or Removed? Predicting Successful Engagement with Online Learning During COVID-19.” The talk by Domina and Sabrina Zadrozny of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is entitled “Dual Impact of COVID-19 and Systemic Racism and Inequity on Childrens’ Developmental Trajectories in the Early Years: Interdisciplinary Conversations and Development of a Research-Policy Agenda.” The talk begins at 12:30 p.m. Learn more here.


Speaker to explain data management for IES proposals on March 29

Cheryl Thompson, Ph.D., research data archivist with UNC’s Odum Institute, in a presentation on March 29 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

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 on March 31 and 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


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Claire A. Wood, Heather M. Helms, Andrew J. Supple, Yuliana Rodriguez, Natalie D. Hengstebeck & Demi Siskind (2021) Examining Patterns of Mexican Immigrant Spouses’ Contextual Pressures and Links with Marital Satisfaction and Negativity. Marriage & Family Review. DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2021.1875159

Gibbs, B. (2021). Threading the Needle: Balancing the truth and trauma in critical teaching. A workshop presented at the annual “Let’s Talk Racism” conference.

Cortland Gilliam (2021) White, Green futures. Ethics and Education. DOI: 10.1080/17449642.2021.1896640

Daniel P Gibboney (2021) Spiritual exercises in times of climate change. Ethics and Education. DOI: 10.1080/17449642.2021.1896635

Molly Dawes, Brittany I. Sterrett, Kate E. Norwalk, Thomas W. Farmer & Jill V. Hamm. Teachers’ perceptions of middle schoolers’ social concerns: strategies and barriers to supporting students’ social success. Social Psychology of Education (2021).

Lys, D. B., Cuthrell, K., Peck, C., Pointer Mace, D., and Sloan, T. (2021). Disrupting the Status Quo Through Engaged Data Use. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting.

Lys, D. B. and Winzeler, A. (2021). Recruiting, Retaining, and Supporting Teachers of Color through Alternative Pathways to Licensure . American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting.

Maier, C.A., Riger, D.F. and Morgan‐Sowada, H. (2021), “It’s splendid once you grow into it:” Client experiences of relational teletherapy in the era of COVID‐19. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.


Presentations at meeting of Association for Education Finance and Policy

The following presentations were made by School of Education faculty (in bold) and students/recent graduates (underlined) at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy last week:

Abbot, K.T., Lauen, D.L., and Houck, E.A. Out of Bounds: The Implications of Non-Resident Charter Attendees for North Carolina Educational Policy and Finance.

Barrow, L. and Sartain, L. School Fundraising Efforts: The Great Unequalizer?

Bastian, K.C. and Kumar (Nader), J. The Contributions of Minority Serving Institutions to the Staffing of Priority Schools.

Bleiberg, J., Brunner, E., Harbatkin, E., Kraft, M. and Springer, M.G. The Effect of Teacher Evaluation Reform on Student Achievement.

Candelaria, C., Cruthfield, A. and Springer, M.G. Rethinking School Budgets: Principals’ Resource Allocation Decisions and the Promise of Equity.

Carter, J.S. and Peters, S. Gifted Education and Advanced Course-Taking: A National Perspective.

Diaz, B., Easton, J.Q., Freire, S., and Sartain, L. When Girls Outperform Boys: The Gender Gap in High School Math Grades.

Estrera, E. and Carter, J.S. School Desegregation and Teacher Retention: Evidence from a Contemporary Student Reassignment Plan.

Griffard, M.K., Sadler, J., Little, M.H., and Cohen-Vogel, L. Governing Across Systems: State Efforts Toward Alignment in Early Learning.

Hashim, A., Torres, C. and Kumar (Nader), J. Is More Autonomy Better? How School Actors Perceive School Autonomy and Effectiveness and the Role of Internal and External Contingencies.

Kearney, C.E., Griffard, M.K., and Domina, T. The Ecology of Leaving Teaching: Multi-Level Model Analyses of Former Teachers’ Post-Exit Wages and Opportunities.

Li, J. and Springer, M.G. The Impacts of Alternative Certification on Early-Career Teachers’ Effectiveness and Retention: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

McEachin, A., Domina, T., Carter, J.S., Perera, R., Carlson, D., Lenard, M., Radsky, V. Trading Places: Reassignment and Desegregation in Wake County Public Schools.

Plasman, J., Gottfried, M. and Klasik, D. Can Coursetaking Improve Low-Income High Schoolers’ Attendance and Engagement? Evidence from Career and Technical Education.

Sartain, L. and Morris, W. Teacher Satisfaction with Teacher Evaluation: Factors that Explain the Variation.

Springer, M.G., Brooks, C.H., Pham, L.A., Nguyen, T. Money, Money, Money: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Effects of School Spending on Student Outcomes.


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Upcoming Events


Monday, March 29

Data management plans talk

12:20 p.m.



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


Wednesday, April 7

Soft launch of ‘Ed Tech Connect’

6 p.m.