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Tennessee’s Top Teacher: Cicely Woodard

Mar. 29, 2018—By Andrew Faught For students whose hearts race at the thought of coefficients and cube roots, look no further than Cicely Woodard. The mathematics teacher at Metro Nashville’s West End Middle School was named the 2017–18 Tennessee Teacher of the Year in September 2017 for her “outstanding communication and leadership skills.” The award was made...

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From the Dean – July 2017

Aug. 10, 2017—Chronic illnesses do not affect only the body. They can also affect the brain. Peabody researchers are doing something about it.

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Coping with Stress

Aug. 9, 2017—Bruce Compas has a groundbreaking study that shows which coping strategies work best.

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Around the Mall

Aug. 9, 2017—Next Steps students graduate Next Steps at Vanderbilt held its annual commencement ceremony in April at the Wyatt Center. Next Steps is Tennessee’s first postsecondary education program for young people with intellectual disabilities. After a rigorous two-year experience that included coursework, life skills training and internships, all five graduates have secured employment. In the fall,...

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Commencement 2017 News

Aug. 2, 2017—Visual artist Mel Chin named Distinguished Alumnus Visionary conceptual and visual artist Mel Chin was named as Peabody’s Distinguished Alumnus and addressed graduates at Commencement. Chin graduated from Peabody with a bachelor of arts in 1975. His art is inspired by political and social dilemmas. As a sculptor, he has pioneered new forms of environmental...

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Research News

Aug. 2, 2017—$2.5M grant funds research on link between math and reading A study designed to identify the role that language comprehension plays in math problem solving and reading comprehension will continue its work thanks to a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human...

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Awards and Achievements

Aug. 2, 2017—Peabody College was Vanderbilt University’s highest-ranked graduate school in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate School” rankings, published in March. Peabody ranked at No. 7 (a tie). Its programs also were highly ranked: Administration/Supervision, 1; Special Education, 1; Education Policy, 3; Curriculum/Instruction, 3 (tie); Educational Psychology, 4; Elementary Education, 5; Higher Education...

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Supportive Spaces

Jul. 31, 2017—Class of 1979's Patricia Meadows is providing support to young teachers who hope to serve in at-risk schools.

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Investing in Hope

Jul. 31, 2017—Patricia and Rodes Hart have endowed eight chairs at Peabody and two at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Hidden Epidemic

Jul. 31, 2017—While survival rates continue to rise for children with once-fatal health conditions like brain tumors, leukemia and congenital heart disease, that survival comes at a cost: long-term, and sometimes permanent, learning deficits. Psychology and Human Development’s Bruce Compas has released a groundbreaking new study on the magnitude of this problem—and what can be done

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