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News: 10-14-2013


Photos taken from the Textured Dialogues Gala event on Saturday, October 5. Please make sure to view the completed tapestry currently being displayed in the main lobby of SOEB.


SOE Faculty/Student Spotlight Feature This Month

This month’s SOE Faculty and Student Spotlight features ERM Assistant Professor Holly Downs and ERM graduate student Shuying Sha. Read more on the SOE home page (, or click here.


Adventures of a Future Teacher Blog – Behavior Management in the Classroom

In this month’s Adventures of a Future Teacher blog, Hollie discusses the important lessons she’s learned about behavior management in the classroom, and her creative ideas for keeping order in the classroom.

Hollie Mason, a current M.Ed. Project ENRICH student in the Special Education: General Curriculum program in SES, is featured this fall in the Adventures of a Future Teacher Blog located on the SOE Homepage. Follow Hollie through her adventures at Walkertown Middle School this semester, as she prepares for her December graduation. Please feel free for you and your students to email Hollie with questions or encouragement throughout the semester!


 Winners of the 2013-2014 SOE Alumni Awards Announced

The winners of the 2013-2014 SOE Alumni Awards have been finalized – please view the announcement for a full listing of award winners. The awards will be presented during the Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 26 from 1-3pm in Room #120 SOEB. See the flyer posted below in the SOE News for information regarding the event.


Weekly Tech Tip

Google Hangout is a web-based video chat tool that enables one-on-one chats and group chats with up to ten people at a time.

Ways to Use Google Hangout

  • Virtual Office Hours
  • Lectures
  • Committee Meetings

Click here for more about hangouts



SOE ITS Training Options

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. In response to the faculty retreat evaluations, SOE ITS is offering a variety of options for instructional technology support. A full listing of training options can be found  here.

Teacher Education Faculty Professional Learning Community

Through Project ENRICH, we are establishing a faculty professional learning community around facilitating teacher candidate use of technology in teaching. The group is open to full time faculty, adjunct faculty and advanced graduate students who teach in the initial licensure programs. Participants will set their own individual goals to develop an activity or assignment for their courses that enhances candidate use of technology in teaching (either online teaching or face-to-face using technology). Participating faculty will contribute to the School of Education online repository of resources for teaching with technology.  Those who participate regularly will be eligible to receive a stipend, money to purchase technology needed for the activities that they develop, and travel funds to present on their work at conferences such as ISTE or Lilly.  If interested, please contact Christina O’Connor at


Blanco flyer


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


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.


Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2013-2014 Distinguished Research Scholars Awards

The School of Education announces two new research awards to honor faculty for exemplary research scholarship. The awards are Distinguished Senior Research Scholar and The Distinguished Research Scholar. Nominations for these awards are due December 1, 2013.

The Nature of the Award.  Recipients will receive a modest stipend of $1000 to support their research.  These funds will be deposited in a research account for their use.  Additionally, their names will be added to the Distinguished Research Scholars plaque that will be displayed in the School of Education Building.  The winners will be honored at the School of Education’s Research Symposium to be held on February 14th, 2014.

Criteria.  The awards are based solely upon criteria of scholarly research quality, significance/impact, and productivity.  Productivity is indexed by the volume of published books, book chapters, and refereed articles in one’s field.  For the Senior award, the duration and consistency of one’s scholarly performance will be considered.  Aside from sheer numbers, however, the award also recognizes the quality, impact on the field, and significance of a candidate’s scholarship in the candidate’s discipline.  Criteria that will be used to evaluate the proposals include but are not limited to:

Distinguished Research Scholar

  • Is there a well-defined, coherent program of research?
  • Does the individual publish in the top journals in their field?
  • Is the work highly regarded by peers?
  • Is the individual’s scholarship beginning to make an impact on his/her field?

Distinguished Senior Research Scholar

  • Does the researcher have an established record of publishing in the top journals in the field?
  • Has the researcher’s scholarship significantly impacted the field?
  • Are there identifiable conceptual and/or theoretical advances evident in this scholarship?
  • Is there a well-established record of external funding?

Eligibility.  To be eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award an individual must be an assistant, tenure track professor in the SOE.  To be eligible for the Distinguished Senior Research Scholar the individual must be either a tenured associate or full professor.  Individuals who have already received the Distinguished Scholar award are also eligible for the Distinguished Senior Scholar award after they have achieved the rank of at least associate professor.

Nomination Procedure.  Nominations can come from the candidate, the candidate’s department, or any colleague of the candidate.  An application for both awards should include the following:

  • A two-page letter of nomination letter that addresses the nominee’s impact and visibility in the field
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Two representative publications
  • One external letters of support from an established scholar outside The University of North Carolina at Greensboro commenting on the quality and impact of the nominee’s record.

Application materials can be submitted electronically to Sharlene O’Neil 320 SOEB at

Review Process. The School of Education Research Council will then undertake a thorough review and selection process and make recommendations to the Dean.


Careers in Student Affairs Conference

Friday, October 18

Registration is open for the Careers in Student Affairs Conference, hosted by TEHE, which will 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.

Click here to view flyer


ERM Hosts Presentation by Dr. Julie Edmunds

Wednesday, October 23

The ERM Department will be hosting a presentation by speaker Dr. Julie Edmunds 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.

Alumni Awards Ceremony


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 Book Club Next Read

The next book club read by the SOE Book Club will be A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel by Wiley Cash.  For questions about the SOE Book Club, please contact Meggan Reagan. Stay tuned for the discussion some time in November!


 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 Wixson served as a consultant for the creation of the NBC News’ Parent Toolkit, which has just gone live – view for more information.

Clara Chu (LIS) has been selected by the North Carolina Library Association Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns (REMCo) to receive the 2013 Roadbuilders’ Award for Library Education. The Roadbuilders’ Awards will be presented at the 60th NCLA Biennial Conference in Winston-Salem on Thursday, October 17, 2013 during the REMCo Author Luncheon.

Clara Chu (LIS) has been named a “Notable Latino of the Triad” by The Latino Community Coalition of Guilford County, which is a program of the Center for New North Carolinians at UNCG. The recipients will be acknowledged throughout events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month throughout the Triad.


Dr. Lillie Cox

Dr. Lillie Cox (ELC alumna), superintendent for Alamance-Burlington Schools, has been named as a national finalist for the 2014 Women in School Leadership Awards presented by the American Association of School Administrators, one of 2 superintendents in the United States. The national winner will be announced during the AASA 2014 National Conference on Education in February in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Cox is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education in English. She completed the North Carolina Principal Fellows program and earned her Master of School Administration certification from UNCG, as well as completed her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ged O’Donnell, principal at Montlieu Academy of Technology and ELC alumnus, has been named the Guilford County Schools Principal of the Year.

Congrats to the OSS staff, who won last week’s Spartan Fans of the Week contest by Spartan Athletics!

Recent Faculty Publications & Presentations

Belinda Hardin (SES) recently published the following article:

Hardin, B. J., Scott-Little, C. & Mereoiu, M. (in press). Developing the BIO questionnaire: A bilingual parent report tool for pre-kindergarten English learners of Latino heritage. Journal of Research in Childhood Education.27, 485-509. Doi: 10.1080/02568543.2013.824940



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