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Is the Answer YES?

Posted in: Features, Summer 2010

Peabody alumnus Chris Barbic is reversing trends with his charter school network in Houston, Texas.



Jumping the Gap: Two Success Stories

Posted in: Features, Summer 2010

Peabody student Jamie Graham and alumnus David Pérez have risen above circumstances to create a better life through education.



The Achievement Gap in Education

Posted in: Features, Summer 2010

A World of Hurt It’s a gray winter day at Ross Elementary, an inner-city school in East Nashville that serves a high percentage of children who qualify for the free and reduced-priced lunch program, and pre-K teacher Tish Smedley is overseeing the controlled chaos of her 4-year-old students as they prepare for rest period. A [...]



From Trepidation to Triumph

Posted in: Features, Summer 2010

Substantial investments in Peabody’s strategic plan, continuing success in the recruitment of nationally prominent faculty who garner ever-increasing external funding, and growing numbers of stellar students have propelled Peabody to the level described in our vision of 10 years ago.



Brain Change

Posted in: Fall 2009, Features

Innovative developmental cognitive neuroscientist Bruce McCandliss continues his research into educational neuroscience, the study of how a child’s brain might influence educational experience and how educational experiences might influence a child’s brain.



The Right Start

Posted in: Fall 2009, Features

Peabody’s early language development experts focus on teaching methods and curricula as a precursor to pre-K success. More than 45 years ago, Susan Gray conducted the first randomized clinical study with low-income children showing that an enriched environment could lead to gains in children’s language mastery. Her findings helped lead to the establishment of Head Start, a national school readiness program.



Are you connected?

Posted in: Fall 2009, Features

Peabody alumni may be surprised to learn that the college is using new ways to stay in touch with graduates day today, via Facebook, VUconnect, Twitter and YouTube. How is this tangle of newfangled social networking terms changing the face of alumni communications?



Opportunity Vanderbilt

Posted in: Fall 2009, Features

Rodes Hart and Orrin Ingram believe in Vanderbilt. As alumni, trustees, philanthropists and visionaries, they reflect on the opportunities—and challenges—of eliminating need-based loans and increasing scholarship endowment.



Model for a Positive Learning Community

Posted in: Features, Spring 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.



Lessons Learned

Posted in: Features, Spring 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



To Build a Better Community

Posted in: Features, Spring 2009

Peabody researchers tackle real-world problems through collaboration.Affordable housing. Sexually transmitted disease. School violence and bullying. It sounds like a laundry list of some of the toughest problems communities encounter today, issues made even more challenging by an economy in turmoil. All are under assault by Peabody faculty actively engaged in research with direct applications to real-world problems.



Expanded financial aid program offers access, opportunity

Posted in: Features, Spring 2009

In a historic move that strengthens its dedication to accessibility and affordability, Vanderbilt announced last fall that it will eliminate need-based loans from financial aid packages offered to eligible undergraduates. Starting this fall, the amount of need-based loans normally included in undergraduate financial aid awards for new and returning students will be replaced with Vanderbilt grants and scholarships.



New Vision

Posted in: Fall 2008, Features

The spirit of Peabody is redefining Vanderbilt’s study abroad experience—with help from HOD students and faculty who want more than a tourist’s itinerary.



Election Primer

Posted in: Fall 2008, Features

The credit crisis and a faltering economy. Rapidly rising energy costs. War. These pressing issues dominate voters’ concerns in advance of the November 4 presidential election. With so many raging fires to fight, the nation seems to have less attention to devote to education policy. That does not mean voters do not care about education. In polls that ask them to assess the importance of various issues in their votes for president—as opposed to those more frequent polls that ask respondents to identify only one issue of top concern—education continues to receive high rankings.



The Right Approach

Posted in: Fall 2008, Features

One of the things Peabody graduate Amy Cate, BS’03, likes best about teaching is the unpredictability. “It’s different every day,” she says. “You go in with a plan, but you never know what’s going to happen.” As a Spanish teacher at J.T. Moore Middle School, a public school in Nashville, Cate often tells her students, “Así es la vida”—“such is life”—presumably in order to help them deal with perennial travails such as homework or quizzes.