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Gifted Assignment
Teacher’s race affects gifted program selections

Even among elementary school students with high standardized test scores, black students are about half as likely as their white peers to be assigned to gifted programs in math and reading. However, when black students are taught by a black classroom teacher, the racial gap in gifted assignment largely disappears, according to a new Vanderbilt University study published today in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.

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Sticky Mittens
'Sticky mittens' offer clues to infant development

Early motor training in infants may result in positive long-term effects in other areas of development, according to a collaborative study by researchers at Vanderbilt University, the University of Pittsburgh and Seton Hall University. A new study demonstrates a powerful link between training infants to reach for an object and later heightened interest in objects and focused attention.

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Pre-K Long-Term Effects
Quality early-grade teachers key to maximize pre-K benefits

Top teacher ratings were linked to longer-lasting pre-K effects, according to a new study at Peabody. Researchers drew on data from the Tennessee Voluntary Pre-K Effectiveness Study and Tennessee Department of Education’s teacher evaluation system to provide insight into the relationship between preschool effectiveness and early-grade teaching quality.

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Black Student Mental Health
Black college students face hidden mental health crisis

Researchers have documented that black college students draw on ‘grit’—mental toughness and perseverance—to achieve in predominantly white academic institutions. But a new Vanderbilt study says that notion fails to recognize an emerging mental health crisis for these students.

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