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The Power of Pre-K: Fact of Fiction?

When Peabody professors Mark Lipsey and Dale Farran embarked on a study to evaluate the long-term benefits of Tennessee’s multimillion-dollar voluntary prekindergarten program, they fully expected conventional wisdom to prevail. After all, pre-K is known to close the achievement gap, prepare children for school, and jump-start early learning. The numbers should bear that out, right? Turns out it wasn’t that simple.

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Minding the Gap

Despite strides in educational equity, it hasn’t gotten much easier for black children to be recognized for their giftedness.

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Class Act

Elizabeth Self adapted a technique used in medical schools to train aspiring teachers to be culturally responsive in the classroom.

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Summer 2016 Staff

The Peabody Reflector is published twice annually, in January and July, by Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development in cooperation with Vanderbilt University News and Communications, 2100 West End Ave. Suite 1100, Nashville, TN  37203. It is produced by Vanderbilt’s Creative Services and Printing Services, and University Web Communications provides online support. The magazine is […]

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From the Dean, Summer 2016

Sometimes researchers must face that their work has produced unexpected and counterintuitive results.

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Taking Flight

Charity McCracken defied odds and worked hard to realize her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher.

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For the love of reading

Author James Patterson has partnered with Vanderbilt to create two youth reading programs for children in Nashville.

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Teachers vital to pre-K success

Researchers have found that quality early-grade teachers are key to maintaining pre-K gains.

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Inside Out

Having grown up in a bilingual family, new professor Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez brings unique insight to teaching English language learners.

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