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Ideas In Action

Students Displaced by School Closures Need High-quality Alternatives

Nov. 16, 2012—Closing schools can have negative effects on displaced students, but these ramifications can be counteracted if students are moved to schools that are substantially higher-performing. A new study from the RAND Corporation, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and Mathematica Policy Research finds that closing low-performing schools does not necessarily benefit their students and can undermine student...

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Study Reveals Effects of Different Teaching Styles on Learning New Words

Nov. 16, 2012—Researchers at Peabody College are studying how people learn new words in hopes of determining optimal interventions for children who struggle with reading. A new educational neuroscience study offers clues on reading and plasticity in the brain that could lay the foundation for more targeted investigations of what types of training may work for particular...

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

Nov. 16, 2012—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’ decisions to re-enter the teaching...

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

Nov. 16, 2012—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. Department of Education’s Institute on Education Sciences,...

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Peabody Again Ranked Top Graduate Education School

Nov. 16, 2012—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 special education programs were also...

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Faculty Notes and Honors

Nov. 16, 2012—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 Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health. Kevin...

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Three Peabody Faculty Members Named AERA Fellows

Nov. 16, 2012—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 contributions to the field through the development...

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Murphy Wins Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship In Educational Administration

Nov. 16, 2012—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 service. At the same time, the award...

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About Ideas in Action

Nov. 15, 2012—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 Li Wang Illustration Cover illustration: Michael Korfhage Interior illustrations: Joel Anderson Design Anderson...

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Peabody Welcomes New Faculty for 2012-13

Nov. 15, 2012—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, professor of psychology, coming from the University of...

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Dean’s Message

Nov. 14, 2012—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 the university to create a...

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Dean’s Message

Nov. 4, 2011—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, performance and future of schools...

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