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Paula McAvoy

Nov 4, 2020

TIME: ‘You Can’t Be Silent.’ Schools Brace for the Presidential Election Aftermath

Assistant Professor Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., shares insights on the importance of holding political discussions in the classroom.  

Hot dogs with American flag decorations.

Oct 22, 2020

Strategies Can Help Teach Students to Discuss Politics

NC State Assistant Professors Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., and Christy Byrd, Ph.D., hold “Dinner with Democracy” to help students productively discuss political differences. 

Oct 14, 2020

Ethics and Education: “Just Teacher” with Lauren Gatti and Paula McAvoy

Assistant Professor Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., joins her co-author, Lauren Gatti, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on a podcast to talk about their book project, Just Teacher: Ethical Thinking in the Profession of Teaching. 

Oct 8, 2020

Dinner with Democracy Event to Engage Community in Discussion Across Differences, Provide Professional Development for Educators

With the 2020 presidential election rapidly approaching and COVID-19 restrictions continuing to limit the ways people can interact face-to-face, opportunities to engage in meaningful and productive discussions about political issues have become more scarce. Assistant Professors Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., and Christy Byrd, Ph.D., are hoping to address this through the virtual Dinner with Democracy event on Oct. 21, 2020. 

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Apr 6, 2020

Assistant Professor Paula McAvoy Suggests ‘Podcasts for a Pandemic’ to Help Educators Explain Concepts, Events Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Assistant Professor Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., who researches how teachers should bring controversial issues into the classroom, has been using podcasts as course texts for quite some time. Now, she is recommending several podcasts that high school teachers could use to help students understand concepts and events related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Jan 27, 2020

Grant-funded Project Will Allow Assistant Professor Paula McAvoy To Help Teachers Engage Students in Productive Classroom Discussions

Assistant Professor Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., is helping teachers bring discussion into their classrooms and measuring the impact the use of discussion strategies has on students’ views and understanding through a new grant-funded project. 

New wolf statue on central campus.

Jan 24, 2020

NC State Education Awarded $1.7M in Research Funding November 2019-January 2020

Faculty and researchers at the NC State College of Education, including its Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, were awarded $1.7 million to support five research projects from Nov. 1, 2019 to Jan. 23, 2020. 

Jan 17, 2020

The Line: Political Discussions in the Classroom: What Should Educators be Trying to Do?

NC State College of Education Assistant Professor Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., offers three suggestions to help teachers and administrators discuss controversial political issues in the classroom. 

Jan 2, 2020

Spectrum News: Talking Politics in the Classroom

Assistant Professor Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., discusses why teachers and students should discuss politics in the classroom.  

Dec 9, 2019

KQED: How Classroom Political Discussions — Controversies, Too — Prepare Students for Needed Civic Participation

Research from NC State College of Education Assistant Professor Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., is cited in this piece that provides a 21st century guide to politics in the classroom.