News and Commentary
Corbette Doyle, Lecturer in Organizational Leadership, in the Leadership, Policy, and Organizations Department, has been selected to serve as a member of Mayor Megan Barry's Council on Gender Equity. The council will focus on the areas of Family Support, Economic Opportunity, Health and Safety, and Data Intergration. The 45 member council includes a wide-range of both Metro and business leaders and will be co-chaired by Pat Shea, CEO of the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and Ronald Roberts, CEO of the public relations firm DVL Seigenthaler. Read more about the council here.
On June 24th and 25th, many of LPO’s Executive Ed.D. alumni traveled to campus for the first Ed.D. alumni conference. The conference provided a ten-year retrospective and prospective for Vanderbilt Peabody’s Executive Ed.D. graduates and offered the opportunity to renew friendships, and connections with their fellow cohort members, network with fellow Ed.D. alumni and faculty. The alumni engaged with and participated in conference panels addressing current research, and practice policies. Participants were able to reflect on the past ten years of the Executive Ed.D. Program in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, and help to shape the programs future.
Dr. Carolyn Heinrich, Professor of Public Policy and Education, has received funding from the W.T. Grant Foundation for her study “Improving the effectiveness of digital educational tools in increasing student achievement and reducing achievement gaps.” The study uses a mixed methods approach to better understand the factors and structures that aid high quality implementation and student growth as a result of digital tools.
Professor Angela Boatman was quoted in the Tennessean on the U.S. Supreme Courts 4-3 decision to deem constitutional, the University of Texas' method of singling out some minority students for admission. Read More
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, and Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen hosted a conversation on leadership with aspiring principals at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development June 15.
The audience was a select group of educators: The 24 assistant principals who comprise the first cohort of the recently launched Governor’s Academy for School Leadership (GASL), a partnership between The Governor’s Office, Peabody College, the state of Tennessee and local school districts to build a pipeline of highly trained school principals. Read More
LPO Professors Dr. Carolyn Heinrich and Dr. Brian Heuser are participants in two of the thirteen interdisciplinary projects that were selected as the 2016 awardees of the Trans-Institutional Program (TIPs) initiative.
Dr. Heinrich is a part of the
Africa at a Crossroads: Challenges and Prospects program. This project seeks to build for the first time at Vanderbilt – an interdisciplinary community of Africanists to explore the topic “Africa at a Crossroads.” The collaborations draw from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including history, medicine, sociology, ethnomusicology, economics, political science, and anthropology, to analyze the extent to which the current state of affairs indicates that Africa stands at a crossroads ripe with challenges and prospects. The project will also provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to study Africa through immersive experiences.
Dr. Carolyn Heinrich along with Dr. Brian Heuser are participants in The Vanderbilt International Public Opinion Project. The proposed Vanderbilt Reinvestment Award (VRA)supports the expansion of the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt and globally. The proposed VRA deepens the center’s on-campus value by generating greater opportunities for Vanderbilt faculty and student involvement in its core project (the Americas Barometer) and by increasing opportunities for collaboration in projects located outside of the Americas.
Read More on the TIPs initiative awards
Could Mississippi integration ruling trigger ‘white flight’?
It’s no secret that the Cleveland School District in Mississippi opposes a recent
federal ruling ordering integration of its middle and high schools. So it might
sound like an empty threat when an attorney representing the district warns the
ruling could result in more segregation. But take a step back and look at the
Mississippi Delta’s history when it comes to segregation, and it might not seem
so far-fetched. Associate Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations
, who testified on behalf of the plaintiffs suing the school district, is mentioned.
Texas Standard: Aldine ISD highlighted as case study in ‘perseverance’ in school turnaround
For decades, educators have struggled to improve low-performing schools. The Obama Administration tried to help and pumped $3 billion into them—with minimal results. But in Aldine, Texas, just north of Houston, some say turnaround efforts are paying off and provide an example in the “rewards of perseverance.”
, professor of public policy and education, is quoted. Read More
Dr. Gary Henry, Professor of Public Policy and Education is quoted in an article discussing whether State takeover in Georgia schools will help failing schools or not. Read More
Accomplished scholars will join the faculty of Vanderbilt’s Peabody College in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations beginning August 2016
Cossa Ph.D., will join the faculty as a senior lecturer in international and domestic policy, in fall 2016. José Cossa is a scholar with interests centered on justice at the local and global level. He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies with a depth area in Comparative and International Education from Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of Power, Politics, and Higher Education: International Regimes, Local Governments, and Educational Autonomy, published in 2008 by Cambria Press.
Brenda McKenzie, Ph.D., will join the faculty in fall 2016, as senior lecturer in higher education administration with an emphasis on student affairs. She has 20+ years of student affairs administrative experience in positions of increasing responsibility. Her areas of professional experience span leadership development, student activities, student organizations, Greek life, orientation/new student programs, and residence life.
Christopher A. Candelaria
will join the faculty as an assistant professor. He comes to Peabody College from Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis. His research interests include teacher labor markets, education finance policy, accountability, and causal methods in quantitative research. He is a doctoral degree candidate at Stanford in education policy and the economics of education.
Joanne W. Golann will join the faculty as an assistant professor. She comes to Peabody College from Princeton University, where she will receive her doctoral degree in sociology. Her dissertation title is “Scripting the Moves: Class, Control, and Urban School Reform.” Her research interests include inequality, urban education, social class, ethnography, and family-school connections.
Adela Soliz, Ed.D. will join the faculty as an assistant professor. She comes to Peabody from the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. where she is a Fellow at the Brown Center on Education Policy. She is an expert on the economics of higher education, with a focus on policies affecting community colleges. Dr. Soliz received her degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Matthew P. Shaw, J.D., will join the faculty as an assistant professor in 2017. A doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation, he is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University, studying Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education. His research interests include education rights, institutions and legal dilemmas of difference, and how law and educational institutions shape opportunity and membership in society. He holds a law degree from Columbia University and clerked in a federal district court in Georgia.
Will Doyle, Associate Professor of High Education is the lead policy analyst and co-lead author of a new report by Vanderbilt University, in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania and the Higher Education Policy Institute.The converging trends of falling state investment, rising tuition, and stagnant incomes have finally pushed higher education out of the grasp of low- and middle-income Americans, even at community colleges, the report contends. Read More
Dr. Brent J. Evans, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations leads a new large-scale study which takes an in-depth look at what factors contribute to student persistence and engagement in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Read More
The Governors Academy for School Leadership has launched at Peabody College. Twenty-four aspiring principals from across the state have begun participating in the inaugural Governor’s Academy for School Leadership (GASL).
Professor Chris Loss from the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations has been named one of fourteen outstanding faculty members from across the University to the 2016 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows.The class comprises highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty from the humanities, social sciences, life and physical sciences, and clinical sciences, as well as business, education and engineering. Read More
Professor Jason Grissom and Doctoral Candidate Chris Redding are quoted from their study published Tuesday in the American Educational Research Association's peer-reviewed journal. The study looks at a nationally representative group of more than 10,000 students who started kindergarten in 1998, tracking them every few years throughout elementary school. Stories related to the study ran on NPR, Atlanta Black Star, Chalkbeat Tennessee and The Washington Post.
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