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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Nov. 30, 2006 -- No. 569

Chinese delegation to visit Goldsboro elementary school,
observe school-based intervention developed at UNC

Tuesday, Dec. 5
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tommys Road Elementary School
1150 Tommys Road
Goldsboro

Media representatives are invited to attend two presentations of the Making Choices program at Tommys Road elementary school in Goldsboro.

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work has received funding from China's Commission on Population and Family Planning to test the Making Choices program in Chinese elementary schools. Commission officials from China are visiting North Carolina to observe the program at Tommys Road school, which uses the intervention tool. Approximately 15 officials from the commission will attend the presentations.

The Making Choices curriculum presents a series of cognitive problem-solving lessons intended to broaden children's social knowledge and improve their skills for successfully interacting with peers and adults. Designed as a school-based or small group intervention for students in kindergarten through fifth grades, research shows the program is effective in promoting social competence and reducing both overt and social aggression. The curriculum was developed by Dr. Mark Fraser and Dr. Maeda Galinsky, professors in the School of Social Work.

The first demonstration runs from 10:15 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. and the second demonstration from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Following the presentations, Principal Patsy Faison will hold a question and answer session with participating teachers, students, Making Choices program staff and Chinese officials following the demonstrations.

UNC is co-sponsoring a conference, "Harmonious Development and Reaching Health for All," Dec. 11-12 at Peking University, one of China's leading universities, in Beijing hosted by Peking's Guanghua School of Management with assistance from UNC's Carolina Asia Center. The conference is the beginning of a long-term partnership between both universities. Chancellor James Moeser will lead the delegation visiting Beijing and Shanghai next month.

For more information about Making Choices, visit: http://ssw.unc.edu/jif/makingchoices/index.htm

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Tommys Road school contact: Patsy Faison, (919) 736-5040 or patsyfaison@wcps.org
Wayne County Schools contact: Ken Derksen, (919) 751-6125
School of Social Work contact: Krystie Grubb, (919) 962-6540 or kgrubb@email.unc.edu