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A three-year focus on closing the achievement gap in Chapel Hill-Carrboro elementary schools has shown some encouraging signs of success.
According to a UNC School of Social Work study, in a handful of schools where specific learning barriers were identified and targeted for improvement, third graders scored 1.67 points higher than expected on state end-of-grade (EOG) tests in reading compared to previous third graders at the study schools and third-grade peers districtwide. Similar results were found the following year when the students were fourth graders and scored 1.42 points higher on state EOG math tests.
The School is hosting a summer study abroad trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, May 21-June 1, 2011. Applications are due March 25.
This course will examine social issues, development strategies, and health programs in the new South Africa. Students will participate in an International Symposium at the University of Johannesburg May 24-25 on “Social Protection in Southern Africa: New Opportunities for Social Development.”
The UNC School of Social Work is hosting a free event on Sat., April 2, "Breaking Generation Silent: Facing the Needs and Challenges of LGBT Elders." It begins with a viewing of a one-hour documentary film, “Gen Silent.” This documentary highlights the realities that many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors are facing: the need to go back into the closet to avoid discrimination from aging providers and bullying from fellow seniors in long-term care settings. A panel discussion will follow to further explore the social, medical and financial needs of LGBT elders.
The UNC School of Social Work is holding several information sessions for prospective master's students. Each event includes an overview of the master of social work (MSW) program, tips on admissions and financial aid, and a presentation by a faculty member.
"We're very excited to welcome potential applicants to our School," said Sharon Thomas, director of recruitment, admissions and financial aid. "The information session is an opportunity to meet some of our faculty, staff and students, and to ask questions about our curriculum, field education program and admissions requirements."