Ideas In Action

  • Peabody Welcomes New Faculty for 2013-2014

    Peabody Welcomes New Faculty for 2013-2014

    Department of Human and Organizational Development Sarah VanHooser Suiter (Ph.D., Vanderbilt, 2009), associate professor of the practice of human and organizational development, previously with Centerstone Research Institute Allison Patten McGuire (Ph.D., Vanderbilt, 2005), lecturer in human and organizational development Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations Angela Boatman (Ed.D., Harvard, 2012)… Read More

    Nov 18, 2013

  • Vanderbilt’s Peabody No. 1 education school for fifth consecutive year

    Vanderbilt’s Peabody No. 1 education school for fifth consecutive year

    In March, Peabody College was named the top graduate school of education in the country for the fifth consecutive year by U.S. & News World Report. Peabody bested programs at Johns Hopkins University (No. 2) and Harvard (No. 3) for the top spot, in addition to having its programs in… Read More

    Nov 18, 2013

  • Redesigning Financial Aid System Could Make College More Accessible and Affordable

    Redesigning Financial Aid System Could Make College More Accessible and Affordable

    Vanderbilt University Professor William Doyle proposes a means of curbing college costs by replacing the existing federal aid system with a more-efficient model that emphasizes need-based aid and changing the way student loans are repaid to lower the default rate. With the largest declines in real average family incomes among those in the lowest 20 percent of the population, he argues that such reforms are crucial if college is to be more accessible and affordable. Read More

    Oct 23, 2013

  • Peabody, Vanderbilt Brain Institute Launch the Nation’s First Doctorate in Educational Neuroscience

    Peabody, Vanderbilt Brain Institute Launch the Nation’s First Doctorate in Educational Neuroscience

    Vanderbilt University is leading the way in research that merges the fields of education and neuroscience by launching the country’s first Ph.D. program in educational neuroscience. Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Examining the Educational Trajectories

    Examining the Educational Trajectories

    Public school students who successfully complete English as a Second Language or bilingual education programs within three years appear to fare better in meeting basic math and reading proficiency standards than their peers who remain enrolled in language acquisition courses for five years or more. Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Higher Education, Federal Government ‘Intimately Connected’

    Higher Education, Federal Government ‘Intimately Connected’

    Between Citizens and the State: The Politics of American Higher Education in the 20th Century; Christopher P. Loss; Princeton University Press, 2011 Where would American higher education be without government support for research and student aid? Not where it is today, says Peabody College researcher Christopher Loss, who examines… Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Benbow Appointed to Education Sector Board

    Benbow Appointed to Education Sector Board

    Camilla P. Benbow Dean Camilla Benbow has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Washington, D.C., think tank Education Sector. Education Sector is a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to achieving measurable impact in education, both through improving existing reform initiatives and by developing innovative solutions to pressing education… Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Programs for Talented Youth Receives Grant to Aid Low-income Gifted Students

    Programs for Talented Youth Receives Grant to Aid Low-income Gifted Students

    Tamra Stambaugh Vanderbilt University’s Programs for Talented Youth at Peabody College will offer accelerated academic opportunities for up to 60 low-income gifted students through a $232,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Students from the highest-poverty urban and rural districts in Kentucky, Alabama and Tennessee will be recruited for… Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • New Peabody Graduates Fill Teaching Roles in Nashville’s Lowest-performing Middle Schools

    New Peabody Graduates Fill Teaching Roles in Nashville’s Lowest-performing Middle Schools

    Lanette Waddell Fourteen students with a commitment to improving teaching in urban middle schools were the first to graduate May 11 from a two-year master’s program offered at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College in partnership with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. The Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools program was instituted in 2010,… Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Sengupta Receives NSF CAREER Award

    Sengupta Receives NSF CAREER Award

    Pratim Sengupta Pratim Sengupta has received recognition – and funding – for research he hopes will reshape elementary, middle and high school science as we know it. Sengupta, assistant professor of learning sciences and science education at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development, has won a prestigious… Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Peabody’s Flores Co-develops Brief for U.S. Supreme Court in Support of University of Texas Diversity Policies

    Peabody’s Flores Co-develops Brief for U.S. Supreme Court in Support of University of Texas Diversity Policies

    Vanderbilt University’s Stella Flores was one of 21 researchers nationwide who developed an amicus brief summarizing key research on affirmative action in anticipation of the case, Fisher v. University of Texas, scheduled to go before the U.S. Supreme Court in October. The document was submitted by the Civil Rights Project… Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Parent-led Discussion Enhances Children’s Learning From Television

    Parent-led Discussion Enhances Children’s Learning From Television

    Children learn more from television viewing when parents participate as they would during book reading, new research from Vanderbilt finds. Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Students Displaced by School Closures Need High-quality Alternatives

    Students Displaced by School Closures Need High-quality Alternatives

    Ron Zimmer 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… Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • Study Reveals Effects of Different Teaching Styles on Learning New Words

    Study Reveals Effects of Different Teaching Styles on Learning New Words

    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… Read More

    Nov 16, 2012

  • 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