The Peabody Pulse

Jan. 25, 2021

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This Week

Wednesday: Undergraduate programs info session, 6 p.m., Register here

Sunday: Doctoral student annual reports due

 

New book co-edited by Diana Lys published

Diana Lys, assistant dean for educator preparation and accreditation, is one of the co-editors of the new book “Using Data to Improve Teacher Education: Moving Evidence into Action.” The book was published by Teachers College Press, and contains a foreword by Bill McDiarmid, former dean of the School of Education. The book, the first for which Lys served as an editor or author, offers examples of how data can be used by faculty, staff, and program leaders to improve their work as teacher educators. More details about the book may be found here: https://www.tcpress.com/using-data-to-improve-teacher-education-9780807764701

 

Alumna Jennifer Attkisson named a Regional Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Attkisson (’98 A.B.Ed.) has been named one of North Carolinas Regional Teachers of the Year. Attkisson, who teaches first grade at White Oak Elementary School in Edenton, is one of nine regional teachers of the year, making her one of nine finalists for the state’s 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year honor.

 

Student volunteers sought for new UNC chapter of tutoring service

Students who are passionate about educational equity and providing resources and support to underserved populations are encouraged to join UNC-CH’s new chapter of Learn To Be. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing one-on-one virtual tutoring services to underserved K-12 youth both across the country and in the local community. The UNC-CH chapter aims to recruit and support undergraduate tutors and to bring Learn to Be’s tutoring services to the local community. Interested students seeking ways to have impact and make a meaningful difference are encouraged to fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/XrFpmWHz6bggJM5z5. Students with questions may also send email to ltbatunc@gmail.com or to faculty advisor Jennifer Diliberto.

 

Info session on Wednesday features School’s undergraduate programs

The School of Education is hosting an information session about its undergraduate programs on Wednesday. The online session, which begins at 6 p.m., will describe the School’s various undergraduate offerings: Human Development and Family Services, Human Organizational Leadership and Development, K-12 Music Education, UNC-BEST, Minor in Education, & Pre-MAT. Register for the session here: https://applynow.unc.edu/register/UGInfoSessionJan2021.

 

In the Media: Inside Higher Ed examines Daniel Klasik study

Inside Higher Ed published a story that examined a study co-authored by faculty member Daniel Klasik that examined the impact of a Texas college admissions program. Klasik and co-author Kalena Cortes of Texas A&M University wrote a working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research that examined Texas’s “Uniform Admissions, Unequal Access” program in which students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school classes may go to any public university in the state with no entrance exams required. The intent of the program was to increase student diversity at Texas public universities. The Cortes-Klasik study examined student populations at the Texas flagship colleges — University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M — and found increased likelihood of geographic diversity but that high schools that dominated sending students to the flagships prior to the creation of the plan continued to dominate.

 

School of Education doctoral student annual reports due Sunday

Doctoral students in the School of Education are asked to complete their 2020 Doctoral Student Online Annual Report. The reports are due on Sunday. The DSOAR website has explanatory information for completing the report. The reports allow students and faculty to share feedback with one another to improve individual experiences and doctoral programming overall.

 

Inaugural Barbara Hanna Wasik Distinguished Lecture scheduled for Feb. 17

The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute will hold its inaugural Barbara Hanna Wasik Distinguished Lecture on Feb. 17, with Anna C. J. Long as the presenter. The title of Long’s talk is “Towards Empirically-Supported, Responsive Practice: The Emerging Science of Cultural Adaptation.” Long is an assistant professor of school psychology at Louisiana State University and a licensed psychologist. She is a founding member and chair of the Committee on Diversity and Outreach in Psychology in the Department of Psychology, and a member of the APA Division 16 Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs. The lecture honors Barbara Wasik, who taught at the School of Education for 46 years, building a career as a leading researcher in the development and evaluation of early intervention programs for children at risk for social, emotional or academic difficulties. She also was one of the developers of Project CARE, a longitudinal, early childhood intervention study of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center. She also served as interim director of the Center for a year. Those interested in attending the online presentation may RSVP by sending an email to Erica Nouri — erica.nouri@unc.edu — by Feb. 11.

 

UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series presents DEI discussion for educators on Feb. 17

The next event in the UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series will present on Feb. 17 a discussion entitled “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Pre-Service and In-Service Educators,” led by Dana Griffin. 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. Griffin’s talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend should email Tammy Siler, tsiler1@email.unc.edu.

 

Students offered educators’ certification course

MetaMetrics, a local education company that developed the Lexile Framework for Reading, is offering School of Education undergraduates and graduate students an online, professional development course for educators. The self-paced, online course, which was developed for the firm by graduate students in the School’s MEITE program, offers a certificate of completion on MetaMetrics’ upcoming Quantile Framework for Mathematics. Upon completion of the course, participants will be considered subject matter experts of the Quantile Framework for Mathematics, and its uses to make data-driven decisions to guide classroom instruction. In exchange for complimentary access to this course, participants must provide feedback, a testimonial, and a letter of recommendation on the content and quality of the course. The offer is open to a limited number of participants. Participants must be an undergraduate or graduate student seeking a degree in education with the intent to teach K-12 mathematics to qualify. If interested, please complete this form.

 

Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Jun Sung Hong, Yi-Ping Hsieh, Viktor Burlaka, Robert M. Ortega, Dorothy L. Espelage & Maria Pineros-Leano. Do caregivers’ health conditions impact children’s externalizing behavior? The roles of caregivers’ parenting frustration and family cohesion. Child Adolescent Social Work Journal (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-020-00736-7

Peter A. Wyman, Kelly Rulison, Anthony R. Pisani, Eusebio M. Alvaro, William D. Crano, Karen Schmeelk-Cone, Chelsea Keller Elliot, Joshua Wortzel, Trevor A. Pickering, Dorothy L. Espelage. Above the influence of vaping: Peer leader influence and diffusion of a network-informed preventive intervention. Addictive Behaviors. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106693

Brian Gibbs delivered a virtual workshop for teachers at the Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District titled: “Discussion as Interdisciplinary and Agentic Work: Strengthening Student Voice and Activism.” This workshop focused on developing teacher understanding of thematic and interdisciplinary instruction through inquiry and discussion for critical and social justice teaching.

William Lee Romine, Troy D. Sadler, Jenny M. Dauer & Andrew Kinslow (2020) Measurement of socio-scientific reasoning (SSR) and exploration of SSR as a progression of competencies, International Journal of Science Education, 42:18, 2981-3002, DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2020.1849853

 

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Upcoming Events

 

Wednesday, Feb. 3

MEITE Career Connections event

6 p.m.

Facebook Live

 

Thursday, Feb. 11

MSA Career Connections event

5 p.m.

Details

 

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Barbara Hanna Wasik Distinguished Lecture

3 p.m.

Details

 

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Teaching Fellows seminar: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Pre-Service and In-Service Educators

6:30 p.m.

Email Tammy Siler for details, tsiler1@email.unc.edu

 

Wednesday, March 3

Undergraduate programs info event

6 p.m.

Details

 

Thursday, March 11

MEDX, ECIFS info session

6 p.m.

Details

 

Thursday, March 11

MEDX/ECIFS info session

6 p.m.

Details

 

Wednesday, March 17

MEITE info session

6 p.m.

Details

 

Wednesday, March 17

Teaching Fellows Seminar: Culturally Responsive Teaching

6:30 p.m.

Email Tammy Siler for details, tsiler1@email.unc.edu

 

Thursday, March 18

MSA info session

6 p.m.

Details