Peabody College

  • 7 Great Ideas

    7 Great Ideas

    Two hundred and twenty-five years is a long time for an institution to survive. Founded as Davidson Academy in 1785, what is now Vanderbilt’s Peabody College initially existed under various names—Cumberland College, University of Nashville, State Normal College of Tennessee, Peabody Normal College. During those years, Peabody’s primary innovation was its continued existence in a region not always responsive to higher education. Read More

    Nov 29, 2010

  • No Difference Between Math Scores at Public and Charter Schools

    No Difference Between Math Scores at Public and Charter Schools

    New research based on preliminary data in a pilot study has found no significant difference in achievement gains on standardized math tests between students in charter schools and those in traditional public schools. The findings have spurred the collection of additional data for continued analysis. Ellen Goldring, Patricia and… Read More

    Nov 29, 2010

  • On the Importance of Civics

    On the Importance of Civics

    Richard Dreyfuss (right) discussed the importance of civics education at an event moderated by John Siegen-thaler (left) at the Tennessee governor’s residence on Oct. 12. On Tuesday, October 12, Peabody and Owen Graduate School of Management joined with Tennessee’s First Lady, Andrea Conte, to welcome actor and education activist Richard… Read More

    Nov 29, 2010

  • Scaling Up to Effectiveness

    Scaling Up to Effectiveness

    Identifying and developing a process for transferring key elements that make some high schools in large urban districts more effective at improving outcomes for low-income and minority students as well as English language learners is the focus of a new national center at Peabody. Read More

    Nov 29, 2010

  • Two-thirds of the Way to Understanding Math

    Two-thirds of the Way to Understanding Math

    Improving math instruction for elementary and middle school children experiencing problems with fractions is the focus of a $10 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, a research branch of the U.S. Department of Education. Among the collaborators in the new Center on Improving Mathematics Instruction for Students with… Read More

    Nov 29, 2010

  • Winter 2010 Issue Staff

    Winter 2010 Issue Staff

    Illustration by Elizabeth Rosen Visit Peabody College’s Web site at Bonnie Arant Ertelt, Editor Donna Pritchett, Art Director Michael Smeltzer, Designer Nelson Bryan, Class Notes Editor Contributors: Kurt Brobeck, Sue Erickson, Kara Furlong, Stacy Gardner, Jennifer Johnston, Camilla Meek, Melanie Moran, Jan Read, Rob Simbeck, Cindy Thomsen, Tom… Read More

    Nov 29, 2010

  • Family Tradition

    Family Tradition

    Elizabeth Shapiro Silverman’s family ties to Vanderbilt run deep. Her father, Dr. John Shapiro, BA’38, MD’41, grew up near campus on Acklen Avenue, attended Vanderbilt as an undergraduate and medical school student, and later became a renowned pathologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Read More

    Nov 28, 2010

  • Peabody College Supporters 2009-2010

    Peabody College Supporters 2009-2010

    Our 2009-2010 donor roll recognizes our donors, reflecting gifts made to Peabody College between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010. Read More

    Nov 26, 2010

  • Read About It

    Read About It

    What Every 2nd Grade Teacher Needs to Know: About Setting Up and Running a Classroom (Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc., 2010) by Margaret Berry Wilson, MEd’93 and Andy Dousis. Wilson starts with a concise review of second graders’ common developmental characteristics and then shows how to adjust your classroom and… Read More

    Nov 26, 2010

  • A New Point of View

    A New Point of View

    Jesse Register, director of schools for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, during a March visit to South China Normal University. In January, a group of Chinese educators journeys to Nashville for a two-week visit that mirrors that of the Nashville group in the summer. In the movie Dead Poets Society, Mr. Read More

    Nov 26, 2010

  • Looking Back at Nick Hobbs and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

    Looking Back at Nick Hobbs and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

    Peabody College’s expertise in special education dates back to at least 1937, when it established its Child Study Center to examine reading disabilities. Speech therapy was added in 1944 and a training program for teachers of the blind in 1953. But it was the groundbreaking work of Peabody-based special education… Read More

    Nov 26, 2010

  • Humphrey Fellows

    Humphrey Fellows

    Peabody College welcomed 13 Humphrey Fellows from 11 countries in August 2010: Layla Al Yusuf, Bahrain; Baikita Yankal, Chad; Ya Rachel Valery Kouame, Cote d’Ivoire; Zalak Kavi, India; David Kabita, Kenya; Khin Latt, Myanmar; Ram Hari Lamichhane, Nepal; Fati Bagna Seyni, Niger; Nadia Ashraf, Zaheer Iqbal and Lubna Mohyuddin,… Read More

    Nov 24, 2010

  • Flores Receives Prestigious Fellowship

    Flores Receives Prestigious Fellowship

    Stella Flores Stella M. Flores, assistant professor of public policy and higher education at Peabody, has been named a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. The award will allow her to pursue her research interests during 2010-11. She was one of 20 fellows selected nationally from a competitive pool of… Read More

    Nov 24, 2010

  • Faculty News

    Faculty News

    Victoria Risko, James Guthrie and Anne Corn were named emeriti professors at Commencement. Also named as emeritus professor was Dean James Hogge. Brian Heuser, assistant professor of the practice in international education and public policy, will serve as a U.S. Embassy policy specialist in higher education for 2010-2011, researching higher… Read More

    Nov 24, 2010

  • John M. Braxton Among Most Cited

    John M. Braxton Among Most Cited

    Braxton is 10th most cited in higher education literature John Braxton John M. Braxton, professor of education at Peabody, is the 10th most cited individual in higher education research according to a recent study published in Research in Higher Education. Only a small number of academic papers are cited even… Read More

    Nov 24, 2010

  • Reviving a Tradition

    Reviving a Tradition

    Peabody College has a long history of hosting gatherings to bring faculty, staff, students and families together. One of the more popular events was “Watermelon Cutting Day,” which was celebrated during the 1940s until the late 1970s. Watermelon cutting was a special event to mark significant days and occasions at… Read More

    Nov 24, 2010

  • Early Reading First Data Shows Impressive Gains

    Early Reading First Data Shows Impressive Gains

    A community component of the Early Reading First project combined forces with the Nashville Public Library to foster home literacy in a summer program called Lift Off Camp. YMCA Urban Services Program hosted the camp in August to boost learning gains and smooth the transition into kindergarten. Several Vanderbilt Peabody… Read More

    Nov 24, 2010

  • Craig Anne Heflinger Receives Lifetime Invisible Child Award

    Craig Anne Heflinger Receives Lifetime Invisible Child Award

    From left, Charlotte Bryson, executive director of Tennessee Voices for Children, and Jack McKenzie, president of the board of directors, along with Catelyn Sweeney presented longtime children’s advocate Craig Anne Heflinger, associate dean for graduate studies and professor of human and organizational development at Peabody, with its Lifetime Invisible… Read More

    Nov 24, 2010

  • New Faculty

    New Faculty

    Gankse Kathy Ganske, professor of the practice of literacy in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1994 and comes to Peabody from Oberlin College. Goodwin Amanda Goodwin, assistant professor of language, literacy and culture in the Department of Teaching and… Read More

    Nov 24, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    Important brain area organized by color and orientation

    Photo courtesy of National Eye Institute A brain area known to play a critical role in vision is divided into compartments that respond separately to different colors and orientations, Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered. The findings have important implications for furthering our understanding of perception and attention. The research… Read More

    Nov 15, 2010