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Author: Jennifer Johnston

Involuntary teacher transfers put better teachers with neediest students

Nov. 6, 2013—Allowing principals to involuntarily transfer teachers within a district resulted in more productive teachers replacing lower performing teachers in mostly disadvantaged schools.

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Expert: Strategic role for IT would have helped avoid health care website troubles

Nov. 1, 2013—Government leaders did not properly recognize the strategic role of IT in defining and implementing policy in rolling out the online insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act, according to Douglas C. Schmidt, a professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University.

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Author and alumnus James Patterson supports two new reading programs for middle schoolers

Oct. 31, 2013—Middle school students are experiencing the joy of reading thanks to best-selling author and Vanderbilt alumnus James Patterson, who recognized the need for engaging literature for the younger set.

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What makes math instruction in China more effective?

Oct. 23, 2013—A $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will enable a team of U.S. and Chinese researchers to identify instructional supports that lead to higher levels of mathematics achievement.

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Expert available to discuss UAW organizing efforts in South

Oct. 21, 2013—Labor organizing victories in Southern states could have far-reaching political implications for the region and the nation, according to Vanderbilt University labor sociologist Dan Cornfield.

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No surprise: Women worked behind the scenes to secure agreement

Oct. 17, 2013—Alan Wiseman's research shows that women lawmakers, particularly ones in the minority party, are more effective than their male counterparts when it comes to negotiating and getting things done--as they did to end the government shutdown.

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Annual Vanderbilt Health Care Conference to showcase innovative models transforming health care

Oct. 16, 2013—Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management will host distinguished speakers as well as health care professionals, students and recruiters at its sixth annual Health Care Conference and Career Fair Oct. 25.

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2013 ‘First to the Top’ survey findings on teacher evaluations released by Tennessee Consortium

Oct. 9, 2013—Teachers and their observers viewed Tennessee’s teacher evaluation process more positively in 2013 than in 2012, according to a broad-based independent survey by the Tennessee Consortium on Research, Evaluation and Development at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development.

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Student ownership and responsibility keys to academic success

Oct. 7, 2013—Why are some high schools better than others at boosting achievement among traditionally underserved students? A new report from the National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schoolsfinds that student ownership and responsibility for academic success were key factors. “The idea is to both develop the mindset that students are willing to take on challenges and...

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New faculty: Catherine Lee enjoys solving accounting puzzles

Oct. 7, 2013—Sifting through a logical process is appealing to Catherine Farmer Lee. “For me, research is thinking about why the puzzle pieces are shaped the way they are, then picking one piece to thoroughly study,” she said.

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Expert: Why Washington won’t work

Oct. 2, 2013—Policymakers in Washington, D.C., increasingly are earning the distrust of the American people, and the current impasse that led to a government shutdown is no exception, according to Marc Hetherington, a political science professor and author of two books on trust and polarization in American government.

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Attracting effective teachers may require new strategic initiatives

Oct. 1, 2013—Large urban school districts may need to adopt new strategies to draw prospective teachers to the most disadvantaged and geographically isolated schools, according to research from Vanderbilt University to be published in an upcoming issue of the American Education Research Journal.

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