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Dr. Anthony Chow (LIS) Receives $1.4 Million Grant to Improve Youth Literacy in Native American Communities
A team of UNCG researchers led by Library & Information Science Professor Dr. Anthony Chow, tribal nation leaders, and national community organizations have been awarded a $1.4 million Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to increase access to literacy resources and libraries for Native American children and families. Learn more.
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SOE Counseling & Educational Development Department Ranked #3 by US News & World Report
The Counseling and Educational Development (CED) department was ranked third nationally and first in North Carolina in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Graduate Schools rankings. The CED department has consistently been recognized as a top graduate school by the U.S. News & World Report, ranking in the Top 8 list for more than two decades. Read more.
Dr. Edna Tan (TEHE) Awarded Best Paper Published in the Journal of the Learning Sciences
Congratulations to Dr. Edna Tan (TEHE), whose paper “Designing for rightful presence in STEM: The role of making present practices” was selected for the 2019 Best Paper Published in the Journal of the Learning Sciences Award. Dr. Tan also was awarded a continuing grant from the National Science Foundation for her research on minoritized students learning biology in personal and community-relevant contexts. Read more.
SOE Students Turn Apartment into Classroom for Kids Struggling with Remote Learning
Education majors (and roommates) Katie Porter and Elaine Lundy should be shadowing classes in their senior year, but remote learning has made that more complicated. They decided to turn their apartment into a classroom for five Guilford County Schools students, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. "It's a lot to take on when you're also a senior in college," Porter said. Read more.
School of Education Dean Appointed to State Commission
Congratulations to Dr. Randy Penfield, dean of the UNC Greensboro School of Education, who has been appointed to the North Carolina Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC). The Commission was created in 2017, and acts as an advising body to the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE). Click here to read an interview with Dean Penfield about his new role as a PEPSC member.

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Wondering how you can best support our SOE students & faculty this year? Here's how:

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of education like nothing we have seen before. The SOE is providing critical support to overcome the challenges of this shifting landscape. Our graduates are on the front lines, teaching, counseling, leading, and designing new ways to reach students and families. Our faculty have adapted to providing a mix of in-person and online instruction while maintaining a high-quality educational experience for our students. And our commitment to preparing the next generation of educators has never been stronger, with current enrollments in our undergraduate and graduate programs up over last year.

In the SOE, we talk about wicked problems — the greatest problems facing society for which there is no single cause and no single solution. Among the most widely recognized wicked problem is that of educational inequity. It is within the context of this wicked problem that our SOE works tenaciously to address disparate educational opportunities and socio-economic well-being. The pandemic has only intensified educational inequities, adding to the critical importance of our work.

Many of you have asked, "How can I help?" Right now, we need flexible funds — the kind of money the Dean or a Department Chair can use to help a student in crisis. The Dean's Greatest Needs Fund or department enrichment funds provide that kind of support. Please consider making a gift to the SOE or your department, allowing us to continue to address the many challenges facing our students and faculty right now and going forward. You can be assured your generosity and care will make an immediate impact. For more information, please email Terri Jackson, Senior Director of Development, or call her at 336-256-0496.
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