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Feb. 15, 2021

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This Week

Wednesday: Barbara Hanna Wasik Distinguished Lecture, 3 p.m., Details

Wednesday: MEDX, ECIFS info session, 6 p.m., Details

Wednesday: Teaching Fellows seminar: DEI: Pre-Service and In-Service Educators, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday: Black History Month Conversation: William Jackson, 11 a.m., Register here


Inaugural Barbara Hanna Wasik Distinguished Lecture scheduled for Wednesday

The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute will hold its inaugural Barbara Hanna Wasik Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, 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.


Info session about early childhood master’s program being held Wednesday

Students interested in the Master of Education for Experienced Teachers-Early Childhood Intervention & Family Support (B-K) are invited to an online information session being held Wednesday. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the program with faculty and recruitment staff, and have questions answered about the application and admissions process. Details are here.


UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series presents DEI discussion for educators on Wednesday

The next event in the UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series will present on Wednesday 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,


Black History Month Conversation Series features William Jackson on Thursday

Alumnus William Jackson (’18 Ph.D.), founder and CEO of the nonprofit Village of Wisdom, will be the guest speaker on Thursday in the School of Education’s Black History Month Conversation Series. The series features talks around the role of schools of education in uplifting and elevating Black youth, families, and communities. Jackson’s Durham-based organization works with parents, school leaders, non-profit leaders, and community members to build strategies that help Black youth navigate and heal from the racial bias they are exposed to. The talk will be at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Register for the William Jackson talk here.

Another upcoming talk in the series:

Feb. 25: Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Professor and Dean, School of Education, American University

Registration link:


Group led by alumnus William Jackson wins grant

Village of Wisdom, a nonprofit based in Durham and founded by alumnus William Jackson (’18 Ph.D.), has won a grant from the group Education Leaders of Color. The grant will be used for a project in which Village of Wisdom will create a clearinghouse of instructional tactics and parent-support strategies. Jackson serves as executive director of Village of Wisdom, which puts on workshops to explore racial bias in schools and to equip students and their families with strategies to deal with racial bias. Doctoral student Amber Majors worked with Jackson to develop the idea of the clearinghouse.


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


HDFS course profiled by Carolina Center for Public Service

The Carolina Center for Public Service highlighted the Human Development and Family Studies course EDUC400: Autism in our Communities course, showing how students in the course have provided meaningful service to people with autism during the pandemic. Co-instructors Lindsay Rentschler and Brian Dunlop, both doctoral students in the School of Education’s Applied Developmental Science and Special Education program, reformatted the course to maintain the high quality service experience during the pandemic. You may view the profile here:


Student volunteers sought for literacy instruction

Students with a desire to support a local nonprofit focused on providing academic services to underserved youth and adults of all ages are encouraged to join the Triangle Literacy Council. The Council’s website has details about its work and volunteer opportunities. For other questions, you may email student Diane Boswell at


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Minotti, B. J., Ingram, K. M., Forber-Pratt, A. J., & Espelage, D. L. (2021). Disability community and mental health among college students with physical disabilities. Rehabilitation Psychology. Advance online publication.

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).

Gibbs, B (2021). My eyes were closed the entire trip, but now they are wide open: A testimonio of the personal and political. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. (Online early publication:


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Upcoming Events

Thursday, Feb. 25

Black History Month Conversation Series: Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

11 a.m.

Register here


Wednesday, March 3

Undergraduate programs info event

6 p.m.



Thursday, March 11

MEDX, ECIFS info session

6 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.