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Jan. 11, 2021

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This Week

Today: Teaching Fellows application deadline, midnight, details

Tuesday: Tech Training: Sakai sample courses, 2 p.m., registration

Thursday: Tech Training: Sakai best practices, 2 p.m., registration

Thursday: DEI Book Club, “White Rage,” noon.

Friday: Tech Training: Panopto, 2 p.m., registration


Tonight is deadline for Teaching Fellows applications

Students who want to apply for the N.C. Teaching Fellows program must submit applications by midnight tonight. The Teaching Fellows program provides up to $4,125 per semester in forgivable loans to students preparing for a teaching career in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math or special education. Learn more about the program here.


Wonkyung Jang wins Tanner Award for Undergraduate Teaching

Doctoral student Wonkyung Jang has won a 2021 Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, one of only five students at UNC-Chapel Hill to win the prestigious award. Jang, a Ph.D. student, has been a teaching assistant in both the Human Development and Family Studies and the Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support programs. Tanner Awards are awarded annually, with graduate teaching assistants included in the recognition since 1990.


Jim Trier book makes Choice magazine list of Outstanding Academic Titles

A book written by faculty member Jim Trier has been honored by Choice magazine in the publication’s 2020 list of Outstanding Academic Titles. The book, “Guy Debord, the Situationist International, and the Revolutionary Spirit,” is a history of two avant-garde groups in the 1960s founded and led by French filmmaker Guy Debord. Choice magazine’s Outstanding Academic Titles list draws from approximately 5,000 works reviewed annually by the magazine, with titles chosen for overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, value to undergraduate students and other criteria.


Esther Ohito named Fellow with Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

Faculty member Esther Ohito has been named a Fellow with the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. The fellowship program is a collaboration between the Institute of International Education and the United States International University-Africa and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. As a fellow, Ohito will undertake a project titled “Exploring Intersections of Language, Arts, and Culture in Education Research and Teaching for Social Change” in the School of Education at Maseno University in Kisumu, Kenya. The spring/summer 2021 project will build the capacity of Maseno University faculty and students to be effective researchers and critical educators able to meet the challenges and demands of contemporary society with attention to the nexus of language, the arts, and social justice.


DEI Book Club to discuss ‘White Rage’ on Thursday

The DEI Book Club is meeting Thursday at noon to discuss the book “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide.” The book, by Carol Anderson, explores the history in the U.S. of white backlash at each advancement by Black Americans. The book club will meet at noon on Zoom. Send an email to Dana Riger ( if you plan to attend to be added to the Outlook invite.


School of Education faculty, staff leading Tech Trainings this week

Three Tech Trainings sessions are offered this week, each led by School of Education faculty or Alan Brown, coordinator of information technology. Each of the courses starts at 2 p.m. and require registration. The courses:


Sakai Sample Course Tours

Tuesday, Jan. 12

2-3:30 p.m.

Presenters: Dana Riger, Lora Cohen-Vogel, Kristin Papoi

During this session three faculty members will provide a tour of sample course sites at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. These individuals will provide information about the sites design and insight into the decision-making process involved in creating these sites. The sample course sites will be made available to participants for perusal with the option to copy the site structure to existing or new courses in Sakai. There will also be time allotted for Q&A, open discussion, and sharing of ideas from those in attendance.

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Sakai Course Organization and Structure Best Practices

Thursday, Jan. 14

2-3:30 p.m.

Presenters: Martinette Horner, Alison LaGarry

This session will focus on ideas and tips for organizing and structuring courses for good instructional design and student ease of use. Two faculty members will share how they set up their Sakai sites for their courses using different tools within Sakai as well as external tools. There will also be time allotted for Q&A, open discussion, and sharing of ideas from those in attendance.

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Diving Deeper with Panopto

Friday, Jan. 15

2-3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Alan Brown

Panopto is the new centrally-supported video-audio storage and management system for the University and will gradually replace Warpwire by June 30, 2021. Panopto is integrated with Sakai and will also be an automatic repository for cloud recordings of Zoom meetings. This session will explore Panopto/Sakai integration, advanced video editing, quizzes, and student assignment folders.

Attendee Pre-requisite: The content covered in this session will assume that attendees attended the 12/10/2020 “Getting Started with Panopto” session, watched the session recording (, or have learned about the basics of using Panopto from resources provided on the SOE Portal (

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Dana Griffin in panel discussion in NC Impact video about teen suicide

Faculty member Dana Griffin took part in a panel discussion about teen suicide in an episode of NC Impact, a public affairs program produced by UNC’s School of Government. In the program, Griffin talked about the need for more resources to help teens and about some of the pressures they are facing. The episode may be viewed here.


Cheryl Bolick graduates from Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program

Faculty member Cheryl Bolick has graduated from the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program, an initiative that brings together selected faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. The program is sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service.


Dorothy Espelage serving as a guest editor of journal’s special issue

Faculty member Dorothy Espelage has been selected to serve as one of the guest editors of a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health focused on LGBTQ bullying. The special issue — “LGBTQ+ Bullying and Negative Psychosocial Outcomes: Identifying Protective and Resilience Factors” — is seeking articles and reviews of the literature on topics related to bullying experiences of adolescents who identify as LGBTQ and protective factors that moderate the association between bullying based on sexual orientation and gender-identity-associated outcomes. Details here.


In the Media 

Ricky Hurtado’s election profiled by several outlets

The election of Ricky Hurtado, co-executive director and co-founder of LatinxEd, to the North Carolina Legislature was featured in profiles by The News & Observer of Raleigh and The Daily Tar Heel and other outlets. Hurtado was elected in November to the state House of Representatives, representing District 63 in the eastern half of Alamance County. Hurtado becomes the first Latino Democrat elected to the General Assembly. Working with School of Education alumna Elaine Townsend Utin (’12 B.A.Ed.), Hurtado co-founded LatinxEd, a program housed at the School of Education that works to encourage and support Latinx students’ ambitions to go to college. He also works as an adjunct instructor at the School. Read more here.


Daily Tar Heel profiles new UNC Dream initiative

The Daily Tar Heel describes the School of Education’s new UNC Dream initiative in a story published last month. A team led by faculty member Kristin Papoi won a $4.8 million grant to launch the program, which will work to recruit teachers from underrepresented groups and prepare them for work in Durham Public Schools. The story is here.


Peisner-Feinberg profiled by Chalkbeat, WHYY

A new study by faculty member Ellen Peisner-Feinberg that found meaningful benefits for children enrolled in Pennsylvania’s pre-K program was profiled by the education publication Chalkbeat and the WHYY public radio station in Philadelphia. Peisner-Feinberg led the statewide evaluation of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program, finding that children who participated in the program had significantly higher levels of language and math skills in kindergarten, compared to peers with no prior early childhood education experience in the two years before kindergarten. Peisner-Feinberg has led teams that have conducted studies in Georgia and North Carolina, which showed similar overall findings to the Pennsylvania evaluation. Read more here.


Kristin Papoi quoted in story about pandemic’s impacts on teachers

Faculty member Kristin Papoi contributed to a Carolina Public Press story that looked at how he pandemic is affecting teachers, with many of them choosing to stop teaching. Papoi told the online publication that it would be helpful to teachers if policy changes were made with enough time for teachers and families to adjust. She also talked about the teacher shortage is being exacerbated by the pandemic and that supports are needed to help retain teachers. The story is here.


WUNC features Alison LaGarry and students and their letters project

A classroom project in which students wrote letters to their future selves was profiled by WUNC’s ‘The State of Things’ program in December. The project, led by LaGarry and teaching assistant Lucia Mock, had students write about their experiences in 2020, examining their fears, sense of isolation and other topics. ‘The State of Things’ episode is available here.


Chicago Tribune examines study co-authored by Lauren Sartain

The Chicago Tribune published a story about a study co-authored by faculty member Lauren Sartain that looked at the efficacy of a program intended to help children from low-income neighborhoods reach college. The program works to make more equitable access to higher-achieving high schools in Chicago. But the study found that despite the initiative, Black students were still less likely to apply to high-performance high schools than their peers. The Chicago Tribune story is here.


UNC’s ‘The Well’ profiles Keith Sawyer’s work with toys

Faculty member Keith Sawyer was the source for a story in UNC’s “The Well” about toys and what sorts of toys parents could choose to help nurture creativity in children. In the story, which ran in December, Sawyer gave tips for choosing toys for children of various ages. The story is here.


Gregory Cizek quoted in story about homeschooling

Faculty member Greg Cizek was quoted in a Richmond Times-Dispatch story about homeschooling. The story looked at the work of an 18-year-old student who has created curricula for homeschooled students. Cizek told the paper that the work helps fill a need for families that otherwise spend much time seeking out materials with which to teach. The story is here.


Alumni News

Alumna Elena Ashburn named as finalist for N.C. Principal of the Year

Alumna Elena Ashburn (’12 M.S.A., ’18 Ed.D.) has been named as a finalist for North Carolina Principal of the Year. Ashburn is principal at Broughton High School in Raleigh, where she has served since 2017. Prior to that she was principal of East Garner Middle School and an assistant principal at Fuquay-Varina High School.


Alumna Alecia Smith honored with statewide public health award

Alumna Alecia Smith (’19 Ph.D.) has been honored by the N.C. Association of Government Information Officers with its Ernie Seneca Award for Excellence in Public Service. Smith, who works at the Durham County Public Health Department, was recognized for her work providing the public an effective communications program during the pandemic.


Alumnus Derrick Jordan named to state post

Alumnus Derrick Jordan has been named as assistant superintendent of agency schools for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. In addition to serving as an adjunct instructor at the School of Education, Jordan has been superintendent for Chatham County Schools since 2013, where he was named Regional Superintendent of the Year for the Piedmont-Triad Region in 2018. In his new role, Jordan will oversee the N.C. Schools for the Deaf in Morganton and Wilson, the Lab Schools, the Governor Morehead School for the Blind, and the Innovative School District and alternative schools. A profile of Jordan is here.


Alumnus Tony Watlington named superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Tony B. Watlington, Sr. (’00 M.S.A., ’08 Ed.D.) has been named superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Before the appointment, Watlington has served as chief of schools for Guilford County Schools, following a series of other posts in Guilford County. He began his career as a history teacher and was named a district Teacher of the Year. He has also served as a principal at numerous schools.


Alumna Alvera Lesane named to leadership post at Durham Public Schools

Alumna Alvera J. Lesane (’01 M.S.A., ’08 Ed.D.) as been named assistant superintendent for human resources at Durham Public Schools. Lesane previously worked in Durham Public Schools from 2006 to 2010 within the Human Resources department as senior director of professional growth and development. She has spent most of her career in Iredell-Statesville Schools, beginning as a social studies teacher and rising as a principal and chief of quality assurance. Since 2010 she has been the associate superintendent of human resources for Iredell-Statesville Schools.


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Cheryl Bolick, Jocelyn Glazier, Suzanne Gulledge, Kristin Papoi won a $5,000 COVID-19 Rural Response Grant from the Carolina Center for Public Service for a project entitled “The NEEDS Initiative: Responsive and Sustainable Approaches that Empower Teachers in and Beyond Times of Crisis.”

Brown, Kathleen; Davis, Monica; Elrod, Casey; Hill, Evan; Jordan, Derrick D. Coaching initiative for beginning teachers (BT): Lessons learned from one district’s BT support program. Journal of Organizational & Educational Leadership. Vol. 6: Iss. 2, Article 2. (Davis, Elrod and Hill are current Ed.D. students and Jordan is an alumnus of the program.)

Samuel Y. Song, Cixin Wang, Dorothy L. Espelage, Pam Fenning & Shane R. Jimerson. COVID-19 and School Psychology: Adaptations and New Directions for the Field. School Psychology Review. (Published online Dec. 31, 2020).

Elizabeth Miller; Kelley A. Jones; Alison J. Culyba; Taylor Paglisotti; Namita Dwarakanath; Michael Massof; Zoe Feinstein; Katie A. Ports; Dorothy Espelage; Julie Pulerwitz; Aapta Garg; Jane Kato-Wallace; Kaleab Z. Abebe. Effect of a Community-Based Gender Norms Program on Sexual Violence Perpetration by Adolescent Boys and Young Men: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Network Open. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.28499

Jun Sung Hong, Yueqi Yan, A. Antonio Gonzalez‐Prendes, Dorothy L. Espelage, Paula Allen‐Meares. Correlates of school bullying victimization among Black/White biracial adolescents: Are they similar to their monoracial Black and White peers? Psychology in the Schools.

Polanin, J. R., Espelage, D. L., Grotpeter, J. K., Spinney, E., Ingram, K. M., Valido, A., El Sheikh, A., Torgal, C., & Robinson, L. (2020). A meta-analysis of longitudinal partial correlations between school violence and mental health, school performance, and criminal or delinquent acts. Psychological Bulletin. Advance online publication.

Dorothy L. Espelage, Alberto Valido, America J. El Sheikh, Luz E. Robinson, Katherine M. Ingram, Cagil Torgal, Catherine G. Atria, Pamela K. Chalfant, Angelica M. Nicholson, Christine D. Salama & Philip E. Poekert. Pilot Evaluation of K-12 School Security Professionals Online Training: Understanding Trauma and Social–Emotional Learning. School Mental Health (2020).

Hong, J.S., Choi, J., Espelage, D.L. et al. Are Children of Welfare Recipients at a Heightened Risk of Bullying and Peer Victimization?. Child Youth Care Forum (2020).

Gibbs, Brian. Between the Visceral and the Lie: Lessons on Teaching Violence. Intersections: Critical Issues in Education, Vol 4, No. 1, pp. 3-20. (2020).

Jeff Greene gave a presentation entitled “Teaching Self-Regulated Learning” on Dec. 2 in the Carolina Teaching and Learning Colloquium series, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence, the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Carolina Seminars.

Kalena Cortes, Daniel Klasik. Uniform admissions, unequal access: Did the top 10% plan increase access to selective flagship institutions? National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series.

Elizabeth C. Kornegay, Tate H. Jackson, Alison LaGarry‐Cahoon, Jonathan M. Reside, Michael D. Wolcott, Rocio B. Quinonez. “I don’t think the problem’s the student…I think it’s us”: Engaging faculty in curriculum innovation. Journal of Dental Education.

Esther O. Ohito, Jamila Lyiscott, Keisha L. Green, Susan E. Wilcox. This moment is the curriculum: Equity, inclusion, and collectivist critical curriculum mapping for study abroad programs in the COVID-19 era. Journal of Experiential Education.

Ellen Peisner-Feinberg, Sandra Soliday Hong, Noreen Yazejian, Sabrina Zadrozny, Margaret Burchinal. Kindergarten impacts of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Program: A statewide evaluation.

Ellen Peisner-Feinberg, Margaret Burchinal, Sandra Soliday Hong, Noreen Yazejian, Anna Shelton-Ormond, & Tiffany Foster. Implementation of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Program: A statewide evaluation.

William Lee Romine, Troy D. Sadler, Jenny M. Dauer & Andrew Kinslow. Measurement of socio-scientific reasoning (SSR) and exploration of SSR as a progression of competencies. International Journal of Science Education.

Matthew P. Steinberg, Lauren Sartain. What Explains the Race Gap in Teacher Performance Ratings? Evidence From Chicago Public Schools. Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Matthew G. Springer, Kevin C. Bastian, and Christopher Brooks. The unpacking is underway: Current and future directions for teacher preparation data systems. National Institute for Excellence in Teaching.


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Upcoming Events


Wednesday, Jan. 20

MAT info session

6 p.m.

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Wednesday, Jan. 27

Undergraduate programs info session

6 p.m.

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Wednesday, Feb. 3

MEITE Career Connections event

6 p.m.

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Thursday, Feb. 11

MSA Career Connections event

5 p.m.



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,