Ideas In Action

  • Former Teachers’ Return to Classroom Feeds Workforce; Gender Differences Prevalent

    Former Teachers’ Return to Classroom Feeds Workforce; Gender Differences Prevalent

    Former teachers may be an important source for the teacher labor supply, with as many as 30 percent of this population re-entering the field at some point, but who is most likely to return to the classroom after a hiatus? New research from Peabody College examines what factors affect teachers’… Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Sustaining, ‘Scaling Up’ Effective Practices of Urban High Schools Focus of Research

    Sustaining, ‘Scaling Up’ Effective Practices of Urban High Schools Focus of Research

    Tom Smith The National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools at Peabody College announced in September the next phase of their partnership with Broward County Public Schools to study and “scale up” effective practices of these Florida high schools. As part of an ongoing, five-year study funded by the U.S. Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Peabody Again Ranked Top Graduate Education School

    Peabody Again Ranked Top Graduate Education School

    Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development maintained its No. 1 national ranking for the fourth consecutive year in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of graduate schools of education. Peabody has topped the rankings, selected through statistical indicators and expert opinions, since 2009. Its administration/supervision and… Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Faculty Notes and Honors

    Faculty Notes and Honors

    Ellen Goldring Kimberly Bess, assistant professor of human and organizational development, won the 2012 Harold Love Outstanding Community Involvement Award from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Laurie Cutting, Patricia and Rodes Hart Associate Professor of Special Education, was appointed to the Language and Communication Study Section of the Center for… Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Three Peabody Faculty Members Named AERA Fellows

    Three Peabody Faculty Members Named AERA Fellows

    Richard Lehrer The American Educational Research Association in March selected three Peabody College faculty members to be AERA Fellows. Lynn Fuchs, Richard Lehrer and Joseph Murphy are among 36 scholars nationwide named to the 2012 class in recognition of their exceptional scientific or scholarly contributions to education research or significant… Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Murphy Wins Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship In Educational Administration

    Murphy Wins Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship In Educational Administration

    Joseph Murphy Vanderbilt University professor Joseph Murphy won The 2011 Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). The Campbell Award recognizes senior professors in the field of educational administration whose professional lives have been characterized by extraordinary commitment, excellence, leadership, productivity, generosity and… Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • About Ideas in Action

    About Ideas in Action

    Dean Camilla P. Benbow camilla.benbow@vanderbilt.edu Editor Kurt Brobeck, Director of Communications
 kurt.brobeck@vanderbilt.edu Contributors Camilla P. Benbow, Kara Furlong, Greer Kelly, Melanie Moran, Jim Patterson, Bill Snyder, Jennifer Wetzel Photography Daniel Dubois, Steve Green, Wolf Hoffmann, Jenny Mandeville, Anne Rayner, John Russell, Ting… Read More

    Nov 15, 2012

  • Peabody Welcomes New Faculty for 2012-13

    Peabody Welcomes New Faculty for 2012-13

    Melissa Gresalfi Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations Gary Henry, professor of public policy and education, coming from UNC-Chapel Hill Rachel Robinson, lecturer, coming from Innova8tive Consulting and Hospital Corporation of America Kay Stafford, lecturer, coming from Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Department of Psychology and Human Development Joe Rodgers,… Read More

    Nov 15, 2012

  • Dean’s Message

    Dean’s Message

    A new academic year finds Vanderbilt’s Peabody College advancing its agenda of intellectual innovation, rigorous research, and translation of our efforts into practice. In particular, this fall we are excited to launch a new doctoral program in educational neuroscience—the nation’s first. Peabody researchers are collaborating with scholars drawn from throughout… Read More

    Nov 14, 2012

  • Dean’s Message

    Dean’s Message

    Fall 2011 finds Vanderbilt’s Peabody College deeply engaged with critical issues confronting both educators and schools of education. On questions of policy, educational neuroscience, or learning and instruction, the Peabody faculty is making valuable contributions to discovery, dissemination and public discourse. We are similarly involved with questions about the role,… Read More

    Nov 4, 2011

  • About Ideas in Action

    About Ideas in Action

    Dean Camilla P. Benbow camilla.benbow@vanderbilt.edu Editor Kurt Brobeck, Director of Communications
 kurt.brobeck@vanderbilt.edu Contributors Camilla P. Benbow, Melanie Moran , Jim Patterson, Courtney Taylor, Jennifer Wetzel Photography Mary Donaldson, Daniel Dubois, Steve Green, Wolf Hoffmann, Lauren Owens, John Russell, Adam Waterson Illustration… Read More

    Nov 3, 2011

  • Teacher Compensation ‘Incredibly Inefficient,’ New Research Finds


    Teacher Compensation ‘Incredibly Inefficient,’ New Research Finds


    Matthew Springer Teacher salaries are largely set by schedules which are neither performance related nor market-driven and have significant consequences on school staffing and workforce quality, new research from the National Center on Performance Incentives at Peabody College finds. “We know the way in which we currently compensate K-12 public school teachers… Read More

    Nov 3, 2011

  • Understanding Causes of Mortality Among Infants With Down Syndrome

    Understanding Causes of Mortality Among Infants With Down Syndrome

    An analysis of the amount, timing and causes of infant mortality among newborns with Down syndrome is the focus of new research by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigators Robert Hodapp and Richard Urbano and recent Peabody graduate and Kennedy Center trainee, Samantha Goldman. The findings, reported in the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, conclude infants with Down… Read More

    Nov 3, 2011

  • Vanderbilt Partners With Fort Worth to Aid Low-Performing Students

    Vanderbilt Partners With Fort Worth to Aid Low-Performing Students

    Thomas Smith Fort Worth Independent School District is the latest partner in a national center at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College that aims to identify programs, practices, processes and policies that make some high schools more effective at reaching low-performing students.

 Fort Worth Independent School District, or FWISD, officially joined the… Read More

    Nov 2, 2011

  • Peabody Ranked No. 1 for Third Consecutive Year


    Peabody Ranked No. 1 for Third Consecutive Year


    For the third straight year, Peabody College was rated the No. 1 graduate school of education in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings released in March.  Peabody is only the second education school in the last decade to have received the top honor spanning consecutive years.  “Peabody College is currently… Read More

    Nov 2, 2011

  • Preparing Teachers for Diversity

    Preparing Teachers for Diversity

    Donna Ford Research from Peabody College faculty members Donna Ford and Rich Milner about historically persistent yet unresolved issues in teacher education was featured in Studying Diversity in Teacher Education, released by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in January. In the book, Ford and co-author Michelle Trotman Scott of the University of West Georgia examine how to prepare teacher… Read More

    Nov 2, 2011

  • New Faculty for 2011-2012

    New Faculty for 2011-2012

    Jason Grissom Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations Jason Grissom Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education; Ph.D., Stanford University, 2007 

Carrie Kortegast Assistant Professor of the Practice of Higher Education; Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2011

 Christine Quinn Trank Senior Lecturer in Organizational Leadership; Ph.D., University… Read More

    Nov 2, 2011

  • Researchers Put School Choice Options Under the Microscope

    Researchers Put School Choice Options Under the Microscope

    School Choice and School Improvement; Mark Berends, Marisa Cannata, Ellen B. Goldring, eds; Harvard Education Press, 2011 Why do parents decide to switch schools? How good is the information school districts provide to guide those decisions? How do traditional public schools respond to competition from charter schools? Do options… Read More

    Nov 2, 2011

  • Principals Do Not Feel Competition From Charter Schools

    Principals Do Not Feel Competition From Charter Schools

    Many advocates for school choice argue that the competition created by giving parents multiple options of schools for their children will improve education in traditional public schools. The latest research brief, “How do Principals Respond to Charter School Competition?,” released by the National Center on School Choice, examines the factors which contribute to principals’… Read More

    Nov 2, 2011

  • Researchers Discuss Ethical Considerations of ‘Curing’ Disabilities

    Researchers Discuss Ethical Considerations of ‘Curing’ Disabilities

    Above: University faculty joined parents and advocates for a discussion of ethical issues surrounding disabilities. 
Vanderbilt researchers from the Department of Pediatrics, Peabody College and the Divinity School joined with parent advocates for a panel discussion on the ethical considerations of “curing” disabilities on April 5. The event was sponsored by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to… Read More

    Nov 2, 2011