The Peabody Pulse

Oct. 26, 2020

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This Week

Monday: HDFS Career Connections event, 6 p.m., Facebook Live

Tuesday: Symposium: Teaching with the ‘Light of Truth’, 6 p.m., Register here

Tuesday: MSA Information Session, 6 p.m., Register here

Wednesday: Teaching Fellows Information Session, 5:30 p.m., Facebook Live

Thursday: ‘#BlackOutLoudUNC’ discussion, 6 p.m., Register here

Thursday: MAT Information Session, 6 p.m., Register here

Friday: DEI Chat, 3 p.m., Zoom


In the Media: Kristin Papoi cited in column about schools’ needs

Faculty member Kristin Papoi was quoted for a column that appeared in The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer that looked at questions around what schools need to do to help students falling behind during the pandemic. In the column by N&O associate opinion editor Ned Barnett, Papoi said the pandemic will prompt much rethinking about the work of schools, creating opportunity to leverage things that are working well.


In the Media: Constance Lindsay cited by Inside Higher Ed

Faculty member Constance Lindsay was cited in an article by Inside Higher Ed that looks at the policies universities and colleges need to examine to make them more equitable for Black students. In the article, Lindsay says higher education needs to make changes that can help educator-preparation programs better serve Black students.


Alumna Elena Ashburn named Wake Principal of the Year

Alumna Elena Ashburn (’12 M.S.A., ’18 Ed.D.) has been named Principal of the Year by the Wake County school system. Ashburn has been principal at Broughton High School in Raleigh since 2017. Prior to that she was principal of East Garner Middle School and an assistant principal at Fuquay-Varina High School.


Brian Gibbs presenting in Ida B. Wells Symposia event for educators Tuesday

The Ida B. Wells Symposia, a series of talks sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South, is holding an event for educators on Tuesday. The event — “Teaching with the ‘Light of Truth’ — will include a panel discussion sharing challenges and strategies for teaching “hard history. School of Education faculty member Brian Gibbs will be one of the presenters. The discussion, beginning at 6 p.m., will be oriented primarily toward K-12 teachers. More details and a registration link are here.


Doctoral student Cortland Gilliam in panel discussion Wednesday

Doctoral student Cortland Gilliam will be part of a panel discussion on Wednesday with Frank Wilderson III, author of “Afropessimism; Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid” and former elected official for the African National Congress. The discussion will cover topics such as “Afropessimism,” activism, and racial justice. The event begins at 3 p.m. Registration is here.


FPG hosting Wednesday talk about adolescence

The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute’s Distinguished Lecture Series features a talk on Wednesday entitled “The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth.” The talk will be presented by Joanna Lee Williams, an associate professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Her scholarship focuses on understanding the role of race and ethnicity in educational and other contexts. The talk begins at 3 p.m. Register here.


Doctoral students Gilliam, Wilson to give Thursday talk about “#BlackOutLoudUNC” documentary

Doctoral students Cortland Gilliam and Jerry Wilson will give a talk along with showing clips from their documentary “#BlackOutLoudUNC” on Thursday in an event sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South. In the film, Black Carolina students talk about their experiences on campus. The event begins at 6 p.m. More details and a registration link are here.


Dana Griffin hosting DEI Chats on Fridays

Dana Griffin, the Dean’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will hold the next in her series of “DEI Chats” on Friday at 3 p.m. During the chats, Griffin invites faculty and staff to talk about issues around DEI work in the School of Education. Griffin has sent a Zoom link to the chats via email.


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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


Nianbo Dong, Benjamin Kelcey, Jessaca Spybrook. Design considerations in multisite randomized trials probing moderated treatment effects. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics. DOI: 10.3102/1076998620961492


Griffard, M.R., Davis, C.R., Fuller, S.C., & Bortot, C.K. (2020). What can educators expect when students return to school? The School Administrator, 77(9) 28–29.


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Upcoming Events


Monday, Nov. 2

School Counseling Information Session

6 p.m.

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Wednesday, Nov. 4

MEITE Information Session

6 p.m.

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Tuesday, Nov. 10

Ed.D. Information Session

6 p.m.