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- 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.
- 9.4.14 Federal college-rating system could hurt minorities, Peabody professor says The idea may seem reasonable enough — ensure that federal student aid is directed to colleges that deserve it. But one year after President Barack Obama floated a college-ratings system that would grade schools on access, affordability and outcomes such as graduation rates and graduate earnings, the plan continues to find critics in the higher education world.
- 9.2.14 Educators begin yearlong cultural exchange at Vanderbilt In August, Peabody College welcomed its latest cohort of Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows, 10 educational professionals from around the world. The 2014-15 Humphrey Fellows come from from Benin, Brazil, China, El Salvador, Gambia, Pakistan, Philippines, Mauritania, Niger and South Africa.
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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.