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News: 10-07-2013


Storyscapes Project

Storyscapes Project

Storyscapes is an interactive art installation walking tour that re-maps downtown Greensboro through storytelling.

Entirely created by Interactive Resource Center (IRC) community members who are experiencing, have experienced, or are closely related to homelessness, storyscapes tells seldom heard stories of downtown Greensboro. Artists involved in this community project were Melea Lail, Isiahm Wardlow, Donna Harrelson-Burnett, Forrist Willis, David Pigue, and Shannon Stewart.

Kathleen Edwards, doctoral student in ELC, served as a co-organizer for this project alongside IRC staff member Gwen Frisbie-Fulton, and credits the service-learning courses that she taught at the IRC through UNCG last year for being a catalyst for the project. Kathleen states “By holding classes at the IRC, I really saw how powerful storytelling could be. The conversations that took place between students and guests were far more educational (for everyone) than any text I could assign.”

For more information on storyscapes, visit the following:


CSI Clothing Drive in Curry

Closet overflowing? Don’t know what to do with those extra winter clothes? Fall is here, which means winter is right around the corner bringing cold temperatures! The Upsilon Nu Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota in CED is partnering up with Christ Church in Greensboro in a clothing giveaway for local homeless and refugees. The basic info is included below and check your mailboxes or the flyer below for more information!

Dare 2 Share

Who: You!

What: gently worn winter clothing, blankets, shoes, children’s books

Where: donation box in CED mailroom (2nd floor of Curry Bldg off the main foyer)

When: all donations received by October 19

Why: Last year the Dare 2 Share clothing giveaway served over 350 homeless people and refugees. This year we have the chance to join in and give back to our community!

If you have any questions, contact Lauren Breedlove at


SOE Welcomes New Staff Member

The SOE is excited to welcome Sue Miller as the new Business Service Coordinator in the Dean’s Office. Sue will be working directly with Terri Lawson assuming the responsibilities that Brenda Jones had previously done. Sue comes to us from UNC School of the Arts where she served as the Director of Budget for the last 7 years. She has an extensive background in accounting and budget management. Sue will begin Monday, October 21.


Welcome Sharlene!

After serving the SOE in a temporary position for almost a year in many different areas, we welcome Sharlene O’Neil as our new full time Administrative Support Associate in SOE!



Applications Now Being Received for 2013-2014 CDLC Fellowships

(Message from Micheline Chalhoub-Deville)

It is time for our second-year CDLC Fellowship applications.

Please find the guidelines/information for the 2013-2014 application submissions by clicking here.  I will be sending this announcement to different groups on campus.  However, please feel free to disseminate these guidelines to all in the SOE and across campus.  Remember that this year, we have secured additional funding to support fellowships from faculty across units on our campus.  Funding for the 2013-14 Fellowships comes from CDLC, the SOE Dean’s Office, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development.  Many thanks to all of you who work and support CDLC and our constituencies.


CSI Upsilon Nu Chi Professional Development Workshop

Thursday, October 10

The Upsilon Nu Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota will be hosting a professional development workshop on Thursday, October 10, from 12pm-1pm in the MacDonald Room (Room #231 in the Curry building). Dr. Sara Young, LPC, Registered Art Therapist will be presenting on Art Therapy: Creative Interventions in Counseling. For more information, view the event flyer below.



New SOE Responsive Website

responsive website

The School of Education and SOE departments have a new responsive website.  The purpose of Responsive Web Design (RWD) is to have one site, but with different elements that respond differently when viewed on devices of different sizes. This provides both a desktop and a mobile version of the SOE website. In practice, a tablet or a smartphone browser, will be able to read and render the code of a website and resize it. Text becomes easier to read, navigation is simplified and images are resized. Everything the SOE website offers with convenience can be just as convenient on the viewers mobile device. When the viewer can access the website as easily on their smartphone as they can on a laptop, it allows them greater access to the SOE website and department websites.

People are not always near a computer, but most people with smartphones carry them all the time. As the number of people using mobile devices to access the Internet grows, our website visits can grow with it through RWD.


Careers in Student Affairs Conference

Friday, October 18

Registration is open for the Careers in Student Affairs Conference, hosted by TEHE, which wil be held on Friday, October 18 from 10:30am – 5:00pm in the Elliott University Center on campus. The link to the conference website with more information can be found here:


Open Access Week World Bank Kick – Off Watching Party

Monday, October 21

You are invited to join the library staff in watching the Open Access Week World Bank Kick – Off Watching Party, held in room 216 of the Jackson Library on Monday, October 21st from 3:00 – 4:30pm.

This year’s kickoff event will feature a 60-minute panel discussion on the topic: “Open Access: Redefining Impact.” We’re delighted to have panelists representing a diverse set of stakeholders – scientific researchers, publishers, technologists and policy makers – who will examine the potential positive impacts that can result when research results are shared openly in the digital environment.

The panel, moderated by SPARC Executive Director Heather Joseph, will feature an impressive group of experts including:

  • · Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • · Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • · Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association
  • · Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
  • · Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science

There will be refreshments provided.


ERM Hosts Presentation by Dr. Julie Edmonds

Wednesday, October 23

The ERM Department will be hosting a presentation by speaker Dr. Julie Edmonds on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 10am-12 Noon in #224 SOEB. The title of the presentation is Federal Guidelines for the Evaluation of Intervention Effectiveness: The I3 Example.

The U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation just issued common guidelines for education research and development. These guidelines reflect new federal perspectives on the evidence used to assess the effectiveness of educational interventions and on the importance of rigorous evaluation designs throughout the development, piloting, and scale-up of interventions. The U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) program is considered a model of this approach. Dr. Julie Edmunds, evaluator of two i3 programs, will present an overview of current federal perspective on evidence and the criteria being used to assess the quality of evidence in the i3 program.

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5th Annual iDEAL Summit: Connecting Libraries and Autism

Saturday, November 9

You are invited to the 5th Annual iDEAL Summit: Connecting Libraries and Autism

Saturday, November 9, 2013,

UNCG School of Education, Room 120

Register 12-12:30 pm

Register at:

Come explore what libraries can and are doing for people of all ages on the autism spectrum, estimated to be 1 out of 50 people in the United States.

The keynote Cora Paul Bomar presentation will be given by Meg Kolaya and Dan Weiss. Both are public library directors in New Jersey and are the founders of Libraries and Autism: We’re Cnnected, a website of resources on meeting the needs of library users with autism. You can find more information about their work at


12:00-12:30pm   Registration
12:30-2:00pm     Keynote Presentation
2:00-2:45pm     Small Group Discussions
2:45-3:00pm     Break
3:00-3:30pm     Poster Session
3:30-4:30pm     Consensus sharing and action agenda


Call for Poster Session Proposals

Poster Sessions for the 5th iDEALS Summit:  Connecting Libraries and Autism are being accepted until October 28th.  Please submit your proposals for the poster session at PosterSession Proposals.  Poster proposals can be either research oriented or based in practice.  We are interested in topics broadly related to libraries serving individuals with autism and their families.

We hope to see you at the iDEAL Summit on November 9, 2013.

Nora Bird and Linda Gann, Co-Chairs
iDEAL Summit

For additional information, please view the event flyer.


First American Indian UNC System Faculty Forum

Monday, November 11

The first American Indian UNC System Faculty Forum, cosponsored by the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) (NCSU); the College of Education (NCSU); the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, UNC General Administration; and the American Indian Center at UNC Chapel Hill is scheduled for November 11th (8 am – 5 pm) at the Friday Institute on NCSU’s Centennial Campus. The keynote speaker is Dr. Bryan Brayboy (Lumbee), Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice and Director of the Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University.

The primary goal of this event is to promote networking and collaboration among American Indian faculty at the UNC member institutions and ultimately to assist in retaining American Indian faculty.

Online registration is available at here

We are in the process of developing a website for this event. Please check the address below for updates (e.g., forum agenda) throughout the semester: Click Here

If you have questions or need additional information regarding this event, please contact Susan Faircloth, Associate Professor of Education/Faculty Liaison, OIED, NCSU by phone at 919-515-6249 or by email at


 SOE Technology Orientation Available Online

For an overview of technology services and resources available to faculty and staff in the SOE and campus, click on the School of Education Technology Orientation.


Training and Educational Resources

The Technology Steering Committee and Instructional Technology Group are committed to supporting faculty by providing training and educational resources for developing online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. Click here for more information.


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

Karen K. Wixson, Dean of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Education, has been named the William E. Moran Distinguished Professorship in Reading and Literacy. The Moran Professorship, named for former UNCG Chancellor William Moran from 1979-1995, was established in 1998 and is given to an educator who exhibits the following characteristics: a dedication to and proven excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels; demonstrated excellence in scholarship in reading and literacy; a willingness to serve as a mentor to faculty and a resource to others in the University community; and a willingness to help attract outstanding prospective faculty and students to UNCG.


Terry Ackerman (Associate Dean) received new funding from the North Carolina Bar Association for “NC Bar Speciality Exam Test Development 2013-14.” More information can be found here: Click here


Wayne Journell (TEHE) received funding from Wake Forest University for the project “Creating Videos of Exemplary Social Studies Instruction”. The mini-grant will enable the production of a series of web-enabled videos that demonstrate effective social studies teaching that is rooted in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. For more information on the funding project, click here.

Christine Murray (CED) was featured on UNCG Now for her Op-Ed on domestic violence in the Greensboro News & Record: Click Here


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