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2014 Research Symposium

March 21, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Making a Difference: Using Research to Inform Educational Policy and Practice

Friday, March 21, 2014, 8:30am-1:30pm (Rescheduled Date)

UNCG School of Education Building, Room #118 – NEW LOCATION

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Join the UNCG School of Education (SOE) for a research symposium regarding faculty engagement with local school systems through research and the effect on educational policy and practice.

A panel discussion featuring state government and educational policy makers will discuss how research is utilized and ways that faculty can provide valuable resources for policy decisions.

Keynote speaker for the Symposium will by Dr. Paul LeMahieu, Vice-President of the Carnegie Foundation. School of Education faculty members Heidi Carlone, Craig Peck, and Rick Reitzug will be presenting examples of their most recent research projects.

Symposium is free and open to the public (registration required) – boxed lunch will be provided.


Please register your attendance to the symposium no later than Monday, March 17, 2014 by completing the Symposium Registration Form: 2014 Research Symposium Registration Form

For questions regarding the Research Symposium, please contact Terry Ackerman at or 336-334-3439

In the event of inclement weather, please check back to this page for notices regarding rescheduling or cancellations.


Goals of the 2014 Research Symposium:

1). To highlight how faculty in UNCG’s School of Education (SOE) engage local school systems and agencies in their research activities and thereby impact educational policy and practice.

2). To learn from people at different levels of government and education about how they use research to inform their decisions.

3). To explore ways in which UNCG SOE faculty can partner with and serve as a valuable resource to these policy makers.


Symposium Agenda (subject to change)

8:30am-9:00am Informal Meet and Greet Breakfast

9:00am-9:10am Welcome and Introduction by Chancellor Linda Brady

9:15am-10:00am Keynote Speaker, Dr. Paul LeMahieu, Vice-President of the Carnegie Foundation – Accelerating our capacity to learn to improve in education: Networked communities engaged in improvement research

10:00am-10:15am Q&A Session with Dr. LeMahieu

10:15am-10:30am   Break

10:30am-11:30am   Going Green: Little Blue and Little Yellow Give Birth to a New Discourse – Scholar Activism (Dr. Heidi Carlone, Dr. Craig Peck & Dr. Rick Reitzug)*

*During the 10:30am-11:30am session, audience members will answer the following questions during a Breakout Session:

  1. What are the tensions between being a scholar and a practitioner?
  2. What are the implications for SOE research identity?

11:30am-12:00pm Lunch Break (available for those who remain for the 12:00pm session)

12:00pm-1:15pm    Panel of Policy Makers and Q&A Session with Panelists

  • Dr. Beverly Emory, Superintendent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • Nikki Baker, Assistant for Strategic Initiatives at UNCG (former Congressional staffer to Rep. Brad Miller)
  • Dr. Alisa Chapman, Vice President for Academic and University Programs at UNC General Administration
  • Dr. Alicia Tate, Executive Director of Exceptional Children Services for Guilford County Public Schools


Paul McMahieu headshot

Paul LeMahieu is the senior vice president of the Carnegie Foundation, where he manages the programs and administration of the Foundation. Previously at Carnegie, he directed the work of the Carnegie Hub, which supports the networks the Foundation will convene to engage problems of education practice in the field. Carnegie is currently building a networked community working on the development of two newly designed mathematics pathways to address the dismal failure rates of developmental math students in community colleges.

LeMahieu comes to Carnegie from his post as director of research and evaluation at the National Writing Project (NWP) in Berkeley. He has also served as superintendent of education for the state of Hawai’i, and has held the top educational research position for the state of Delaware and the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s from Harvard University and a bachelor’s from Yale.



March 21, 2014
8:30 am - 1:30 pm


UNCG School of Education Building, Room #118 – NEW LOCATION
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