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- 9.29.14 Five takeaways on school choice from Peabody College scholar In recent years, charter schools have proliferated and the state’s use of school vouchers have become an annual debate in the legislature. Ron Zimmer, an expert on school choice and researcher at Peabody College, recently gave a presentation on the impact expanded school choice could have in Tennessee to a crowd of state politicians, educators and Governor Bill Haslam at a recent education summit.
- 9.25.14 Shanghai teacher collaboration model catches on in Tennessee A teacher collaboration model used in Shanghai is proving useful to Tennessee teachers in building instructional expertise and boosting student outcomes, according to a new Vanderbilt research project.
- 9.24.14 Survey: Majority of Tennessee teachers oppose Common Core In the 2014 First to the Top survey, which compiled responses from more than 27,000 Tennessee public school teachers and administrators on a variety of policy initiatives, a majority of teachers indicated they were opposed to the Common Core State Standards. This is in sharp contrast to the 2013 survey, which found that Tennessee teachers were mostly in favor of Common Core and felt that implementation was going well.
- 9.16.14 Peabody collaboration encourages teens to become ‘makers of content’ Teens huddled around a bank of computers at the Nashville Public Library on a recent afternoon might have appeared to be engaged in mindless video games. Instead, they were utilizing Minecraft as a tool to re-envision an East Nashville housing community.
- 9.12.14 Michael Yudin, Karl Dean visit Susan Gray School As part of the “Partners in Progress” Back-to-School Bus Tour with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Michael Yudin visited Vanderbilt University on Sept. 11. Yudin is acting assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, and an advocate for children with special needs and their families.
- 9.10.14 Principals have lots of teacher effectiveness data, but don’t use it There are more teacher effectiveness data available to U.S. school administrators now than at any other time in history. But according to a new Vanderbilt study, only a fraction of the data collected are actually used by principals to inform their hiring, placement, evaluation, support and teacher leadership decisions.
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Black diversity in higher ed? We are not there yet
Yearly, the U.S. becomes more culturally diverse than ever before. We are not just a nation of immigrants; we are the nation of immigrants. More than any other nation in the world, the U.S. can and does boast of its diverse citizenry. Not only are we a nation of immigrants, we are also the most diverse country in the world due to slavery, specifically the enslavement of Africans, now known as Blacks or African-Americans.