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- 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.
- 8.26.14 Proposed college rating systems unfair to low-income, minority students? In an effort to address recent accountability and financial aid policy proposals in Washington that may be detrimental to low-income and minority students, a higher education research and policy briefing will take place Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Stella Flores, associate professor at Peabody College, will be a member of a panel of education researchers that will discuss recent research related to these issues.
- 8.4.14 5 Dr. Seuss stories you should read to your kids Rhymes and riddles aside, the famously known Dr. Seuss is set to return with a slew of lost stories called “Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories" that will be published in September. The book will be a picture book with a few short stories from the golden years of Dr. Seuss.
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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.