The Peabody Pulse

March 1, 2021

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This Week

Wednesday: Undergraduate programs info event, 6 p.m., Details

Friday: DEI Chat on digital accessibility, 3 p.m.


School of Education undergraduate programs info event on Wednesday

Students interested in School of Education undergraduate programs are invited to an information session being held on Wednesday. The event, starting at 6 p.m., will describe the Human Development and Family Studies, Human Organizational Leadership and Development, K-12 Music Education, UNC-BEST, Minor in Education, & Pre-MAT programs. More details about the event are here.


DEI chat on Friday to provide focus on digital accessibility

DEI chats during the month of March will focus on digital accessibility and will be led by Gia Branciforte, web and multimedia specialist who also serves as the School of Education’s digital accessibility liaison. Attendees will learn information related to the required guidelines around digital accessibility that faculty and staff need to include in our work. Friday’s chat begins at 3 p.m. on Friday. Look for Zoom meeting signup info via email from Dana Griffin.


Patrick Akos listed among top counseling researchers

Faculty member Patrick Akos is listed as one of the top scholars of counseling research in a review of 18 years of publications in the field. The review sought to identify the most productive scholars in counseling, represented by the number of articles published in 23 peer-reviewed journals in the field of counseling during the period 2000 through 2017. Akos was included in the review’s list of 34 top scholars, a group that represents only 5% of the total of researchers included in the review. The review, which examined more than 21,000 journal author entries, was conducted by a team led by Amanda Evans of James Madison University. More details are here.


In the media: Ethan Hutt quoted in USA Today in article about testing

Ethan Hutt was cited as USA Today reported on the pandemic’s effects on standardized testing. The story examines how many standardized tests withing K-12 education had been canceled, but are now starting to return. Hutt makes the point that results from the tests may help policymakers target funding to schools and communities that need additional help recovering educational progress after the pandemic. The story is here.


Kyle Nickodem to give talk on IES grant proposals on March 15

Kyle Nickodem, the School of Education’s research statistician, will give a presentation entitled “What’s the Plan? Methods Considerations for IES Grant Proposals” on March 15. Nickodem’s talk will provide guidance and resources for writing the Research Plan section of Institute of Education Sciences grant proposals. Nickodem reviews typical IES requirements for the Research Plan along with considerations for describing the study sample, selecting outcome measures, handling missing data, aligning a power analysis to the proposed research design and data analysis plan, and conducting a cost analysis. The talk will be held on Zoom, beginning at 12:20 p.m. Other details are in an email from Caroline Weaver.


Nominations sought for UNC School of Education Staff Excellence Award

Nominations for the 2021 UNC School of Education Staff Excellence Award, which will recognize annually two staff members who exemplify qualities such as teamwork, respect, service, innovation, and integrity, are open until March 17, at 5 p.m. Please consider nominating a School of Education staff member — each employee may submit up to three nominations — using this nomination form. If you have any questions, please contact Staff Excellence Award Committee Chair Lisa Johnson at


UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series presents talk on culturally responsive teaching on March 17

The next event in the UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series will present on March 17 a discussion entitled “Culturally Responsive Teaching,” presented by Cathy Kea, professor of special education and North Carolina A&T University’s College of Education. 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. Kea’s talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend should email Tammy Siler,


Alumna Ronda Taylor Bullock to give workshops on antiracist education

Ronda Taylor Bullock, leader of the Durham-based organization weare (working to extend anti-racist education), will give two workshops for School of Education students, faculty and staff on March 31 and April 7. weare is a nonprofit organization that provides anti-racism training for children, families, and educators. The workshops begin at 4 p.m. and run until 6 p.m. More details for signing up will be in forthcoming emails from Dana Griffin.


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Xinxin Wang; Freed, Rebekah. A Bourdieusian Analysis of the sociocultural capital of Chinese international graduate students in the United States. Journal of International Students. 2021, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p41-59. 19p.

Frederick, H., Wade, J., Parker, S., Wilson,, D., Taylor, K., & Wiley, B. (2021). Recruitment as activism: Narratives of Black women social scientists. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Minority Health Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Wade, J., Parker, S., Frederick, H., Taylor, K., Wiley, B., & Wilson, D. (2021). “She Felt Like She Didn’t Owe Me an Explanation, Like I Wasn’t Deserving of One”: Sexual Health Care and Gendered Racism: Stories from Black Female Undergraduates. Paper presented at the Annual Conference on African American and African Diasporic Culture and Experiences (CACE), Greensboro, North Carolina.

Verónica Schiariti, Rune J. Simeonsson and Karen Hall. Promoting Developmental Potential in Early Childhood: A Global Framework for Health and Education. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.


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Upcoming Events


Thursday, March 11

MEDX, ECIFS info session

6 p.m.



Monday, March 15

Presentation: Methods Considerations for IES Grant Proposals

12:20 p.m.



Wednesday, March 17

Deadline for submitting Staff Excellence Awards nominations

5 p.m.

Submission form


Wednesday, March 17

MEITE info session

6 p.m.



Wednesday, March 17

Teaching Fellows Seminar: Culturally Responsive Teaching

6:30 p.m.

Email Tammy Siler for details,


Thursday, March 18

MSA info session

6 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