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Feb. 21, 2003 -- No. 109

UNC-Chapel Hill to host ground-breaking ceremony for School of Education wing at Smith Middle School

Monday, Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m.
R.D. and Euzelle Smith Middle School
9201 Seawell School Road (between Seawell elementary and Chapel Hill high schools)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host a ground-breaking ceremony Monday (Feb. 24) with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools for the new School of Education wing at the R.D. and Euzelle Smith Middle School. The brief event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the site adjacent the Smith school. Speakers are Dr. Madeleine Grumet, dean of the UNC School of Education; Chancellor James Moeser; Valerie Foushee, chair of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board; Dr. Neil Pedersen, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent; and Valerie Reinhardt, Smith school principal. Following brief remarks and a ceremony, the school’s Cyclone Sixth-Grade Chorus will perform.

Media representatives are invited to attend the ceremony, a reception that will follow in the school cafeteria and, at 6:30 p.m., the first in a new education school lecture series to be held in the auditorium. Dr. Pat Wasley, dean of the College of Education at the University of Washington, will discuss "A Teacher’s Repertoire: Supporting the Full Intellectual and Professional Development of Practicing Teachers." Wasley’s remarks kick off the UNC school’s new Horizons Lecture Series, which aims to spotlight best educational practices.

The new School of Education wing will house efforts to educate pre-service teachers across the region and the continued support and development of practicing teachers across the state. The $1.2 million, 7,290-square-foot addition is essential to the growth of the Carolina Teaching Network, a series of distance education programs that bring UNC faculty into schools across the region, working with cohorts of teachers, administrators and school service personnel in their schools and neighborhoods. The new wing also will house technology critical to communications between the UNC school and its public school colleagues and provide a meeting place for teachers across the region. Special features will include a NASA-funded demonstration mathematics and science laboratory and a clinic to provide educational counseling to children and their families. Construction is expected to begin next month and conclude by October. The opening is scheduled for January 2004.

Directions: From Estes Drive extension, turn on Seawell School Road. After crossing the railroad tracks, continue past Seawell Elementary School. Smith Middle School is the next building on the left. Turn at the second entrance for Smith and look for a sign saying "School of Education event."

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News Services Contact: Mike McFarland, 962-8593,
School of Education Contact: Linda Baucom, 962-8687,
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Contact: Kim Hoke, 967-8211,