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New faculty: Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez helps young students master language

Oct. 15, 2015—Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez's research focuses on students with low language and literacy skills, particularly students from low-income families, immigrant children and learners in the language minority.

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New pre-K teaching method could close achievement gap

Jun. 13, 2013—A new approach to teaching pre-kindergarten could take a bite out of the achievement gap and level the playing field for America’s growing population of English language learners, according to a recently published study by researchers at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.

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Mets pitcher, ‘Nashville’ star featured at Books from Birth benefit Nov. 2

Oct. 26, 2012—Local literacy lovers will gather at the Loveless Barn Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. for Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee’s annual fundraising event, The Happily Ever After Party. New York Mets pitcher and author R.A. Dickey and his wife Anne will host the event which raises funds to provide books for free to children...

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Puppet truck, mayor visit child care center

May. 25, 2012—Dean is a longtime advocate of books, reading and libraries. (Steve Green/Vanderbilt) Nashville Mayor Karl Dean visited Vanderbilt’s child care center on Edgehill Avenue May 24 to promote reading and take in a puppet show performed by the Nashville Public Library’s Bringing Books to Life! puppet truck. Three of the preschool classrooms have been studying Mother...

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Study reveals effects of different teaching styles on learning new words

Apr. 4, 2012—A new study on novel word learning uncovered clues on reading and plasticity in the brain that could determine interventions for children who struggle with reading.

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Scholastic book fair at Peabody Library March 15, 16

Mar. 8, 2012—A luau-themed book fair featuring Scholastic books is scheduled for Peabody Library March 15-16 in the ground floor project room. This year’s fair will offer a wide selection of engaging and affordable books for young readers, including Newbery, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King award winners. Titles for pre-K through young adult will be offered. Cash, checks...

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Peabody researchers serve as editors of newly released educational psychology handbook

Feb. 13, 2012—Peabody faculty members Karen Harris and Steve Graham served as co-editors of a national psychology handbook, recently released by the American Psychological Association.

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Op-ed: Teachers key to solving worldwide illiteracy

Oct. 26, 2011—As the topic of education reform continues to dominate and preoccupy today’s educational discourse and divide a nation, it is easy to get distracted from the primary reason we send our children to school every day: to learn how to read, write, think, and speak effectively.

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Books, Bubbles & Blues to benefit childhood literacy

Oct. 11, 2011—Books, Bubbles & Blues, the annual fundraiser for Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee, will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the Loveless Barn. Enjoy champagne cocktails, a fall fashion show, rockin’ blues music and a silent auction that includes international trips, autographed guitars, jewelry and more. Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam...

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‘Robust’ link between preschool, language and literacy

Aug. 18, 2011—Preschool teachers’ use of sophisticated vocabulary and analytic talk about books, combined with early support for literacy in the home, can predict fourth-grade reading comprehension and word recognition.

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Vanderbilt Peabody education experts available for back-to-school stories

Jul. 22, 2011—Education experts from the Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development are available for back-to-school interviews.

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