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Peabody Reflector

Performance pay progress report released

Jun. 11, 2009—Paying teachers for their performance was supported by both presidential candidates in the 2008 election and is being tried in school districts across the nation. But the question remains—does it work? A second-year evaluation of Texas’ statewide performance pay program, the largest in the nation, reveals insights into whether these programs are beneficial and attractive...

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New Pre-Doctoral Fellows Program established

Jun. 11, 2009—Peabody College has announced a competitive new Pre-Doctoral Fellows Program to assist Peabody doctoral candidates who are facing a growing void in the university job market due to the current economic climate.  “We are offering a competitive program for Ph.D. students who have defended their dissertations and anticipate or may not be having success in...

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Students helping students

Jun. 11, 2009—Students helping other students learn has been proven to boost academic achievement and social skills in students with and without disabilities. A new book by Vanderbilt University researchers, Peer Support Strategies for Improving All Students’ Social Lives and Learning, based on more than 20 years of research in the field, offers teachers practical guidelines for...

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Recent books by faculty

Jun. 11, 2009—Leonard Bickman (editor). (2008). The SAGE Handbook of Social Research Methods. Sage.  Leonard Bickman & D. J. Rog. (2009). The SAGE Handbook of Applied Social Research Methods. Sage.  John M. Braxton. (2008). The Role of the Classroom in College Student Persistence. Jossey-Bass. G. Cartledge, R. Gardner & Donna Y. Ford. (2008). Diverse Learners with Exceptionalities:...

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Recent books by alumni

Jun. 11, 2009—Shellie Braeuner, M.Ed.’90, (2009). The Great Dog Wash. Simon and Schuster. R.A. McWilliam and Amy Casey, B.S.’02, M.Ed.’05, Ph.D.’08. (2008). Engagement of Every Child in the Preschool Classroom. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. Mary Kaye Milmoe Chryssicas, B.S.’87. (2008). Yoga for Teens. DK Publishing. Jan Irons Harris, Ed.D.’95. (2008). The Principal’s Office, A Primer for Balanced Leadership. Rowman and Littlefield Education. William L. Hooper, Ph.D.’66. (2008). Worship Leadership for Worship...

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Spring Whirl

Jun. 11, 2009—Spring weather in Nashville changes in an instant. As cold fronts from the northwest brush up against warm fronts from the Gulf, the clouds billow and sometimes illustrate the violence of the clash. But on this spring day, no violent weather was in the forecast. Perhaps the clouds were mimicking the whirl of mental activity...

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Model for a Positive Learning Community

Jun. 11, 2009—

At Eakin Elementary School, a Nashville public school a stone’s throw from Vanderbilt University, Principal Roxie Ross is putting Positive Behavior Support to work. Since Positive Behavior Support was introduced at the school a few years ago, Ross has seen the school’s atmosphere become more positive and more focused on encouraging students.

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Federal policymakers teach course at Peabody

Jun. 11, 2009—Two federal policymakers—Kerri Briggs, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education for the U.S. Department of Education, and Catherine Freeman, BS’93, senior program officer for the National Research Center of the National Academies of Science—co-taught a new special topics course in education policy at Peabody College this spring.  “We are very excited to be able...

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Readers Write

Jun. 11, 2009—Passion and VISAGE I have known Brooke Vaughan since the summer before her freshman year at Vanderbilt when she visited Nashville and met my daughter, another rising freshman. They decided to room together and have been fast friends ever since. Brooke is an amazing young woman with great passion for life. I wish I could...

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Lessons Learned

Jun. 11, 2009—

Sharon Shields, professor of human and organizational development and faculty head of Murray House, reflects on the meaning of community, the importance of text messaging and why she loves living with college students

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On a mission, with attitude

Jun. 11, 2009—Jackie Page’s (BA’63, MA’64, EdS’89) mission throughout her professional and personal life has been about two things: access and attitude. Born with quadriplegia during the depression in Asheville, N. C., Page had to adapt to life with few resources besides her own self determination.

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An appetite for life

Jun. 11, 2009—One of her cookbooks is titled From Phila with Love, and it sums up the sunny outlook of Phila Hach, BS’49—world-renowned chef, caterer, businesswoman, lecturer and author of 17 cookbooks—who is still going strong at age 83.

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