The Peabody Pulse

Nov. 2, 2020

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This Week

Monday: School Counseling Information Session, 6 p.m., online


Wednesday: NCTF Seminar Series, School Climate, 6:30 p.m., online

Wednesday: MEITE Information Session, 6 p.m., online

Thursday: COVID-19: Effects on Education, online, 6 p.m.

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


Teaching Fellows seminar series launches Wednesday with discussion of school climate

A seminar series sponsored by the N.C. Teaching Fellows begins Wednesday with a talk by faculty member Dorothy Espelage entitled “Partnering with Youth to Promote School Safety & Positive School Climate in U.S. High Schools.” The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend should email Tammy Siler on Wednesday, The seminar series will feature four events with the theme “Diversity in Schools: Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial.”


Thursday event explores COVID-19’s effects on education

A panel discussion entitled “COVID-19: Effects on Education” on Thursday will feature School of Education doctoral students and faculty joining with others across the University. The event, sponsored by the Student Executive Committee of the Provost’s Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice, starts at 6 p.m. Presenters will include Ph.D. students Cari Carson and Taylor William Schmidt. RSVP for the event here and a Zoom link will be sent to you.


In the Media: Eric Houck discusses equity impacts of enrollment changes in Charlotte schools

Declines in enrollment in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools due to the pandemic can have profound effects on educational equity, faculty member Eric Houck told The Charlotte Ledger. The online publication examined enrollment declines among Charlotte schools as families shifted to homeschooling or to private schools. Some elementary schools have seen dramatic declines. Houck said it’s concerning if declines leave schools with populations that don’t reflect the overall community, which can lead to loss of support for public schools.


In the Media: Doctoral graduates Bausell, Staton project profiled by WCHL

A project in which doctoral program graduates Sarah Bausell and Torri Staton documented the history of a Freedmen’s School in Carrboro was profiled by WCHL and Bausell and Staton, with faculty member Sherick Hughes, conducted interviews and researched archives to uncover details about the school that opened just after the Civil War. Their work has led to the Town of Carrboro preparing to erect a historical “truth plaque” to mark the location.


Martinette Horner named to Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity advisory board

Faculty member Martinette Horner has been named to the inaugural advisory board for The Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity. The Flood Center will serve as a hub to identify and connect organizations, networks, and leaders to address issues of equity, access, and opportunity in education across North Carolina. Flood is a retired education administrator who played a key role in helping desegregate North Carolina schools during the 1970s.


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.

Jessica F. Benton, Yolanda L. Dunston, Amy L. Anderson, and Alec D. Greenwald. #InThisTogether: A collective approach to student-engaged research and how two Durham universities joined forces to defend and transform Durham Public Schools. In Universities and Schools, A Publication of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lora Cohen-Vogel, James Sadler, Michael H. Little, Becca Merrill, and F. Chris Curran. The adoption of public pre-kindergarten among the American states: An Event History Analysis. Educational Policy.

Brian Gibbs participated in a panel discussion as part of the monthlong celebration of journalist, educator, and activist Ida B. Wells. Titled “The Light of Truth: Ida B. Wells as Journalist, Advocate and Educator,” Gibbs shared his research on the teaching of lynching and racial terror and present day racial violence in a panel titled “Teaching with the “Light of Truth in the K-12 Classroom.”

Nikki G. Lobczowski, Elizabeth M. Allen, Carla M. Firetto, Jeffrey A. Greene, P. Karen Murphy. An exploration of social regulation of learning during scientific argumentation discourse. Contemporary Educational Psychology.

Holochwost, S. J., Volpe, V. V., Iruka, I., & Mills-Koonce, W. R. (2020). Maternal warmth, intrusiveness, and executive functions in early childhood: Tracing developmental processes among African American children. Early Child Development and Care, 19(2), 210-219. DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2018.1461096.

Kopp, L., Willoughby, M. T., Warkentien, S., Petrie, D., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Blair, C. (2020). Association between environmental tobacco smoke exposure across the first four years of life and manifestation of externalizing behavior problems in school-aged children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 61(11), 1243-1252. DOI:10.1111/jcpp.13157

Zvara, B., Lathren, C., & Mills-Koonce, W. R. (2020).  Maternal and Paternal Attachment Style and Chaos as Risk Factors for Parenting Behavior. Family Relations, 69(2). 233-246. DOI: 10.1111/fare.12423


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Upcoming Events


Tuesday, Nov. 10

Ed.D. Information Session

6 p.m.



Tuesday, Dec. 1

MAT Information Session

5:30 p.m.


Thursday, Dec. 3

MEITE Information Session

6 p.m.


Thursday, Dec. 9

MSA Information Session

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Thursday, Dec. 10

MEDX-ECIFS Information Session

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