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    The Power of Education

    While uncertainty exists in our world, we at the UNC School of Education remain certain of the power of education. We believe education holds the power to break down barriers, lift up individuals and empower communities to rise and thrive.

    Investing in education has never been more important.

    Your investment in the UNC School of Education, no matter the size, means that we continue to prepare the highest quality teachers and education leaders; that we create innovative programming that meets the educational demands of North Carolina and beyond; that our scholars can pursue research that seeks to better understand education and then share that expertise; and that we continue work to eliminate educational inequities.

    To learn more about how we address challenges through education, view this page of resources.

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    $30,000 for 100 Gifts

    Matt ’97 and Paige Guest ’97 will give $30,000 when the School of Education reaches 100 gifts to the Dean’s Priorities Fund or the School of Education’s Greatest Need Fund.

    This spring, the School of Education has seen the power of gifts that provide our Dean with the flexibility to respond to opportunities and that enable the School to address pressing needs. During this pandemic, support for the Dean’s Priorities Fund and the School of Education’s Greatest Need Fund enabled the School to:

    • Share resources for families schooling their children at home
    • Create an online toolkit — which was translated for people around the world — for families caring with children with autism
    • Create and distribute learning modules for high school science teachers to engage students in discussions around the pandemic
    • Host an online panel of faculty members and North Carolina school professionals to discuss the impact of coronavirus on student safety and well-being
    • Help our students who were adversely affected by the pandemic

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    $25,000 for 25 Gifts

    Rif Riddick ’70 has pledged $25,000 to support students when the School of Education reaches 25 gifts to student support or scholarship funds.

    Riddick believes in supporting our students. Earlier this year, Riddick honored his parents R. Marion Riddick III and Joyce Stokes Riddick — both had careers in education — and created an enduring commitment to prepare future generations of highly effective educators through the School’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.

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    Recent @UNC_MEITE grad @SarahRLasseter has long used video to relate science concepts to students. In MEITE, she developed an online platform that aggregates high-quality videos and offers professional development — for teachers like herself. Meet Sarah ➡️

    Katelyn Rhyne will graduate in 2022 from the Human Development & Family Studies and UNC-BEST programs. When she leads her own classroom, she'll have a broad view and collaborative approach to serving students because of the HDFS program. Meet Katelyn ➡️

    Faculty member @KaraHume1 recently gave a talk about how to support online learning for learners with autism. Her talk focuses on practices to reduce anxiety, increase participation, and encourage virtual social involvement. See the talk here:

    Tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., @JeffGreeneLearn presents at the new Carolina Teaching and Learning Colloquium series, providing insights for faculty members and teachers to help their students learn better. Register for this free event ➡️

    We're excited to share that @DrHelyne, Human Development and Family Studies program director, was recently recognized by @ncfr as the 2020 recipient of the Certified Family Life Education Special Recognition Award. Read more about Helyne and the honor at

    .@sandrika15 graduated from our Human Development & Family Studies program in May and then entered our @mat_unc program. Because of @NCTF_Program, she has taken advantage of enrichment opportunities so she's ready to lead her own classroom ➡️

    Dionne Cross Francis, Joseph R. Neikirk Term Professor, and colleague, Ji Hong, discuss their recent exploration of qualitative research focused on teacher identity in this @APADivision15 podcast (hosted by @JeffGreeneLearn) ➡️

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    About Us

    At the UNC School of Education, we know that money markets do not make wealth. Rockets do not get to space. Computers do not make trillions of calculations in mere seconds. Instruments do not make music. Presses do not produce books.

    Our world is not propelled by all these. It is propelled by people. People who imagine and persevere and create.

    Here, we build people’s minds, spirits and resolve to make the world a better place through education.

    At the UNC School of Education, we Propel the World.

    Video recorded Spring 2019.

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