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Peabody Reflector

Susan Gray School honored with national accreditation

Jun. 11, 2009—The Susan Gray School has achieved national reaccreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Susan Gray School is one of the first programs in the nation to achieve reaccreditation under new, more extensive and more stringent NAEYC standards, which were released in the fall of 2006.  Trying to find the...

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Peabody alum new dean of Vanderbilt libraries

Jun. 11, 2009—Connie Vinita Dowell, M.L.S.’79, with three decades of experience working in academic libraries, began her new position as the university’s first dean of libraries in March. Dowell previously served as dean of the library and information access at San Diego State University.  Under Dowell’s leadership, Vanderbilt will initiate a comprehensive study of its libraries, with...

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New Faculty

Jun. 11, 2009—Two new faculty members, both in the Department of Psychology and Human Development, joined Peabody College in January. Professor Amy Needham, whose research emphasizes cognitive, motor and perceptual development in infants, came from Duke University.  Professor Bruce McCandliss conducts studies using fMRI and other technologies that place him on the leading edge of developmental cognitive neuroscience....

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Vanderbilt named among Fortune 100 Best Companies

Jun. 11, 2009—For the first time Vanderbilt has been named one of the top 100 best places to work in the United States in Fortune magazine’s annual survey. It is the first educational institution to be named to the list.  The No. 98 ranking released in the February 2 issue encompasses approximately 21,000 employees at Vanderbilt University...

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Peabody Reflector wins CASE award

Jun. 11, 2009—For the second year in a row, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recognized the Peabody Reflector in January during its annual District III competition. The magazine won a Special Merit Award in the Alumni Magazines I division.

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Students win national awards

Jun. 11, 2009—Tracy Cummings, a graduate student in the Experimental Education Research and Training program, received the NASA Science Engineering Mathematics Aerospace Academy Award in Washington, D.C., last September. The Science Engineering Mathematics Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) is a national program with 22 sites in 17 states. Cummings worked with a team that was awarded a grant to...

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Faculty News

Jun. 11, 2009—Dean Camilla Benbow and Claire Smrekar, associate professor of public policy and education, participated on the panel “To Ph.D. or Ed.D.? That is the Question” at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s annual meeting. Janet Eyler, professor of the practice of education and director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Leader-ship, Policy...

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Well-Cited

Jun. 11, 2009—Peabody College’s faculty’s articles are prominently listed in the American Educational Research Association’s ranking of the Top 50 Most Frequently Cited Articles as of January.  The Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis Journal, Review of Educational Research Journal and the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics rankings all include Peabody College faculty in the top 50....

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Murphy promotes advanced certification

Jun. 11, 2009— Joseph Murphy, professor of education at Peabody, is serving as chairman of a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ steering committee overseeing a national effort to develop an advanced certification for educational leaders. This initiative will include an advanced certification for both principals and teacher leaders.  The National Board, the organization that provides advanced standards...

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Peabody hosts national conference on teacher retirement benefit systems

Jun. 11, 2009—More than 80 experts convened to discuss and debate the controversial field of teacher retirement benefit systems at a conference in February at Peabody. The conference, co-hosted by the National Center on Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt, drew scholars from universities and research institutions across the country to discuss the design and implications of teacher retirement...

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Peabody partners with new education initiative

Jun. 11, 2009—Vanderbilt will serve as a research partner to the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a nonpartisan initiative established by former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist that seeks education reform in Tennessee. Frist was joined at the announcement by Gov. Phil Bredesen, Tennessee Commissioner of Education Tim Webb, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and other education, community,...

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Susan Gray School cuts ribbon on new fully accessible playground

Jun. 11, 2009—The Susan Gray School for Children dedicated the new Finan Family Playground as part of Peabody homecoming weekend activities last October. Above, Kelly Finan, BS’09, with assistance from David Williams, vice chancellor for university affairs and athletics, cuts the ribbon. The playground was made possible by Tom and Mary K. Finan, parents of Kelly, Vanderbilt...

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