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The Power of Pre-K: Fact of Fiction?

Posted in: Features, Issue, Summer 2016

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.

Minding the Gap

Posted in: Features, Issue, Summer 2016

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

Class Act

Posted in: Features, Issue, Summer 2016

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


Posted in: Features, Winter 2016

The first time one of Ebony McGee’s engineering colleagues questioned her intelligence she brushed it off. But years later, the jabs hadn’t stopped. Now an assistant professor at Peabody, her research is focused on the barriers black scholars and professionals have in the STEM workforce.

A Constellation of Talent

Posted in: Features, Issue, Winter 2016

Imagine a sky full of stars. Each gleaming light represents a bright young student. Now imagine one shines a bit brighter than the rest. What will become of this gifted child, who could be the next Albert Einstein, Marie Curie or W.E.B. Du Bois?

Double Duty

Posted in: Features, Winter 2016

There is new hope for students with learning difficulties who also have severe behavioral disorders. A $7.5 million grant has enabled Peabody’s special education researchers to equip teachers to manage academic needs as well as behavioral disorders.

Intensive Intervention

Posted in: Features, Winter 2016

For Joseph Lambert, developing the very best teaching standards in special education is not just a profession, it’s personal. After observing his own brother’s behavioral challenges, he pursued a life advocating for young people with autism.

Mind Reader

Posted in: Features, Summer 2015

Peabody is partnering with faculty across VU to understand how the brain works differently in those who have difficulty reading.

Inquiring Minds

Posted in: Features, Summer 2015

The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt is a unique research-centered learning experience for MNPS high schoolers.

Enterprising Interns

Posted in: Features, Summer 2015

From finance to fashion, HOD students pursue unique internships of their own making. They’ve logged hours at Oscar de la Renta, CONAN, the World Food Programme, Deloitte, Neville McCarthy PR and Big Machine Label Group (home to Taylor Swift) to name a few.