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MEDIA TIP SHEET: Experts available to comment on back-to-school trends

by | Jul. 28, 2016, 9:40 AM

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As schools nationwide prepare for the new academic year, faculty researchers from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development are available to comment on trends in K-12 and higher education.

Vanderbilt has a 24/7 TV and radio studio. The studio is free for Vanderbilt experts, other than reserving fiber time.

Contact Joan.brasher@vanderbilt.edu or call (615) 322-NEWS to arrange an interview.

K-12 EXPERTS

Nation

Nation

 

Bullying
Maury Nation works with Tennessee school administrators to create positive learning environments for students.

Grissom

Grissom

 

Education policy
Jason Grissom studies education policy and can comment on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez, associate professor of literacy instruction (Daniel Dubois/Vanderbilt)

Mancilla-Martinez

 

English language learners
Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez is a bilingual former teacher and administrator who researches solutions for unique challenges immigrant learners face.

Gary Henry (Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt)

Henry

 

Failing schools
Gary Henry studies Tennessee’s Achievement School District and iZone schools as well as school turnaround in several other states.

Marisa Cannata

Cannata

 

Failing schools
Marisa Cannata can comment on improving low-performing schools through effective leadership and a supportive professional community.

Donna Ford (Vanderbilt University)

Ford

 

Gifted education
Donna Y. Ford studies gifted minorities and was instrumental in Metro Nashville Public Schools’ recent implementation of the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test for screening gifted children.

Grissom

Grissom

 

Gifted education
Jason Grissom studies teacher racial bias in gifted programs and the impact of a primarily white female teacher workforce.

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Lubinski

 

Gifted education
David Lubinski co-directs a longitudinal study on giftedness and can discuss the long-term outcomes of children identified as gifted at an early age.

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Finch

 

Delinquency and substance abuse
Andy Finch has been honored by the White House for his work in establishing recovery high schools.

Mark Lipsey

Lipsey

 

Delinquency and substance abuse
Mark Lipsey evaluates juvenile delinquency reform efforts in several U.S. states and Australia.

Engel_Mimi

Engel

 

Kindergarten
Mimi Engel studies kindergarten learning, including mathematical content.

Laurie Cutting (Vanderbilt)

Cutting

 

Learning disorders
Laurie Cutting conducts neuroimaging studies to better understand dyslexia and other reading disorders.

The Fuchs

Douglas and Lynn Fuchs

 

Learning disorders
Douglas and Lynn Fuchs partner with Nashville teachers to implement math and reading interventions for children with, or at-risk for, learning disabilities.

LIpsey and Farran

LIpsey and Farran

 

Pre-kindergarten
Dale Farran and Mark Lipsey study Tennessee’s statewide voluntary pre-K program and can discuss the power and pitfalls of pre-K.

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Smrekar

 

School Choice
Claire Smrekar can discuss the dynamics of school desegregation, charter schools, independent schools and school vouchers.

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Kettrey

 

Sexual and gender identity
Heather Hensman Kettrey can comment on sexual and gender identity and gay-straight alliances in high schools.

Kaiser

Kaiser

 

Special education
Ann Kaiser researches early interventions for children with language difficulties, including Down syndrome and autism, and the use of assistive technologies like iPads for learning.

Lemons

Lemons

 

Special education
Christopher Lemons evaluates reading and phonological awareness in children with Down syndrome.

Wehby

Wehby

 

Special education
Joseph Wehby studies aggressive behavior in students with intellectual disabilities as well as interventions to facilitate learning and socializing.

Gary Henry (Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt)

Henry

 

Standardized testing
Gary Henry can provide perspective on Tennessee’s recent struggle to implement standardized testing.

 

Matthew Springer (Vanderbilt)

Springer

 

Teacher salaries and evaluations
Matthew G. Springer looks at educator incentive pay programs as well as the use of teacher and principal evaluation data for hiring decisions.

Engel_Mimi
Teacher salaries and evaluations
Mimi Engel focuses on the teaching labor market, and can comment on the correlation between teacher hiring practices and teacher quality.

Grissom

Grissom

 

Teacher salaries and evaluations
Jason Grissom understands principal leadership and hiring and can comment on the challenges of filling multiple empty positions within a school district.

Stengel

Stengel

 

Teacher training and pedagogy
Barbara Stengel advises and trains teachers in Nashville classrooms, and can comment on Common Core, classroom management, teacher preparation, testing and curriculum.

Hall

Hall

 

Technology in the classroom
Rogers Hall researches and develops math- and technology-based learning environments and can discuss spatial learning and the relationships between personal mobility and learning.

Melissa Gresalfi (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt)

Gresalfi

 

Technology in the classroom
Melissa Gresalfi evaluates the role in technology, including video games, in supporting student learning.

HIGHER EDUCATION EXPERTS

Boatman

Boatman

 

College affordability
Angela Boatman can speak on why particular populations are more “loan averse” than others and the role of financial aid.

Will Doyle

Doyle

 

College affordability
William R. Doyle investigates higher education public policy at both state and federal levels and can discuss why college affordability has declined in every U.S. state.

Boatman

Boatman

 

Community college and remedial education
Angela Boatman focuses on community colleges, the Tennessee Promise program and remedial assessment, placement and instruction.

Evans

Evans

 

Online learning
Brent Evans studies massive online open courses (MOOCs) and can shed light on who is more likely to take, and complete, these types of courses.

Erik Carter (Vanderbilt)

Carter

 

Post-secondary schooling for students with intellectual disabilities
Erik Carter heads Vanderbilt’s Next Steps at Vanderbilt program, which provides a college experience and job training for students with intellectual disabilities.

Ebony O. McGee (Vanderbilt University)

McGee

 

Racial bias in higher education
Ebony McGee studies micro-aggressions and marginalization of people of color in higher ed and the workplace, particularly in the STEM fields.

Brent Evans (Vanderbilt)

Evans

 

Tuition-free and debt-free college plans
Brent Evans can speak on alternative models for paying for college and national trends in tuition-free and debt-free college.

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Media Inquiries:
Joan Brasher, (615) 322-NEWS
joan.brasher@vanderbilt.edu


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