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Vanderbilt Peabody Dean Camilla Benbow to testify before Congress April 15

Apr. 14, 2010— Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, testified before Congress April 15 on the role that schools of education, like Peabody, play in ensuring that all students have great teachers and great school leaders.

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Return to special education’s roots needed for children with severe learning needs

Apr. 12, 2010— There are two major schools of thought when it comes to educating children and youth with severe learning needs and both are off target, researchers from Vanderbilt and Clemson universities report. The researchers argue a return to the original principles of special education that is informed by modern data and techniques is needed to reform both general and special education.

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Why surprises temporarily blind us

Mar. 10, 2010—Reading this story requires you to willfully pay attention to the sentences and to tune out nearby conversations, the radio and other distractions. But if a fire alarm sounded, your attention would be involuntarily snatched away from the story to the blaring sound. New research from Vanderbilt University reveals for the first time how our brains coordinate these two types of attention and why we may be temporarily blinded by surprises.

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Cross-disciplinary team builds on existing projects to tackle problems of poverty

Mar. 3, 2010—Problems of extreme poverty – from affordable housing to health care delivery to nutrition – will be the focus of efforts by a large number of students traveling this spring to Guatemala, where Vanderbilt already leads numerous sustained studies and initiatives.

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Students create library in apartment to promote literacy among Hispanic children

Feb. 11, 2010—On a cold, rainy Saturday at the Clairmont Apartments in East Nashville, a group of Spanish-speaking children from the area gathered inside one particularly colorful and lively unit, paying close attention to their teachers, Vanderbilt undergraduates Jillian Currie and Thomas Davis. In the day's lesson, the children were learning English words and phrases related to sound and instruments. However, Currie and Davis' goals aim much higher than teaching English to these children.

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Vanderbilt partnering with Metro Nashville Public Schools to offer new master’s program for urban teachers

Feb. 8, 2010—Those wishing to teach in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools will have the opportunity to earn a Vanderbilt University master's degree designed expressly for them beginning this summer, Vanderbilt and MNPS announced today.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Vanderbilt and MNPS announce new partnership to recruit and train top teachers

Feb. 5, 2010—Camilla Benbow, dean of the Vanderbilt University Peabody College of education and human development, and Jesse Register, director of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, will announce a new partnership and master's program to recruit, train and retain the nation's most promising teachers to teach in MNPS schools on Monday, Feb. 8.

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Peabody students build bridge between Uganda, Vanderbilt

Jan. 19, 2010—Peabody students Alice Bator and Sarah Quirk spent just two months in Uganda during the summer of 2009, but walked away with a lifetime of knowledge in topics ranging from technology, sustainability, diplomacy, community organizing, economic development, women‘s rights and much more.

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Family intervention may reduce risk for depression in parents and children

Jan. 19, 2010—Cognitive behavioral intervention for families may help prevent depression in parents with a history of depression and in their 9- to 15-year-old children, new research has found. The study is the first to test this kind of program for families with a depressed parent.

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Living-learning lodge residents lead project on gender politics and education

Jan. 8, 2010—In the middle of the Vanderbilt University campus are the Mayfield Lodges. Unlike traditional residence halls, Mayfields are a series of lodges that include 10 single bedrooms, a common area, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a full-sized refrigerator. However, Mayfields are not only special in their design, but also in their purpose; the Mayfield lodges serve as "living and learning lodges" and the residents at each lodge participate in a service learning project.

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Hughes to lead pilot program for high school students with autism

Dec. 18, 2009—Professor of Special Education Carolyn Hughes has won a $30,000 grant from the Organization for Autism Research to fund a pilot project that will help high school students with autism become more included and involved in their schools and with their peers.

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Study finds Tennessee service industry workers and the young get less health care coverage at work

Dec. 16, 2009—They’re on the frontline of the workday world – filling our coffee cups, trimming our hair, holding Sunday open houses – but workers in some service jobs in Tennessee are at a higher risk of not having access to health care coverage through their employers, according to a study conducted by researchers from Vanderbilt University’s...

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