News and Commentary
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced the 10 most read articles from each of it's flagship journals for 2015
and many of the authors are faculty in the Leadership, Policy, and Organizations Department, along with a recent doctoral graduate and a current doctoral student. The faculty honored are Department Chair, Dr. Ellen Goldring, Dr. Dale Ballou, Dr. Marisa Cannata, Dr. Jason Grissom, Dr. Matthew Springer, Dr. Mollie Rubin, Dr. Patrick Schuermann , recent doctoral graduate Dr. Tim Drake, and doctoral candidate Walker A. Swain. Read More
Dr. Claire Smrekar is quoted in articles in The Hechinger Report and US News & World Report on the capacity of the high performing Department of Defense sponsored K-12 school system (DoDEA) to implement the Common Core. Dr. Smrekar has studied the DoDEA system for 15 years.
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.
The Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations has 7 Faculty members selected for inclusion in the 2016 Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings, released Jan. 6. Professors Joe Murphy, Ellen Goldring, Gary Henry, Jason Grissom, Dale Ballou, Ron Zimmer, and Matthew Springer all from the LPO Department were named in the prestigious list of scholars who shape public discussions of education. Read More
Corbette Doyle, a Lecturer in Organizational Studies is the recipient of an “Impact Award” from Business Insurance magazine, recognizing her contribution to diversity and inclusion. Doyle, was one of three individuals who “stand out for their continued contributions to improving diversity, each in their own unique way,” said Gavin Souter, the editor of the magazine.
Ron Zimmer, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education leads a team of researchers who published a study that finds the Achievement School District ineffective so far. Read More
Professor Will Doyle, who researches state and federal higher education policy, is quoted in The Tennessean regarding the Governor's College Plan's proposed changes. Read More
Angela Boatman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education is quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education's article on Tennessee being the first state in the nation to eliminate its free-standing remedial courses.
Matthew Springer, Assistant Professor of Public Policy had his article "What gets students motivated to work harder? Not money" published in The Conversation newsletter.
LPO new faculty member, Carolyn Heinrich, tackles public policy with an interdisciplinary approach. Read More
Ellen Goldring, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Education Policy and Leadership; and Jason Grissom, associate professor of public policy and education are co-lead investigators in a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences (IES) who supports the study, which is being conducted as a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE), Peabody College, Brown University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Understanding how state school systems can best use teacher evaluation data to drive instructional improvement is the focus of the study. Read More
Claire Smrekar, associate professor in Leadership, Policy and Organizations was recently quoted in an article in Education Week on how Choice Programs Prompt Call for Private School Expansion. Read More
The Hechinger Report and
Christian Science Monitor
are following a principal through her inaugural year at a struggling urban school to find out how hard the job really is, how it’s changed and what this reveals about the state of American education.
, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, is quoted.
A research consortium led by Dale Ballou helped the Tennessee Department of Education with a study finding that Tennessee teachers are satisfied with work conditions but feel bogged down by test prep. Read more.
Jason Grissom published a paper in the American Educational Research Journal on teacher collaborations, finding that when teachers collaborate, student achievement goes up. Read more.
Matt Springer published a paper in Economics of Education Review on the distribution and mobility of effective teachers in large urban school districts. Read more.
Helping Principals Focus on Teaching
“Making Time for Instructional Leadership” is a new three-volume report describing how about 700 schools around the nation are using the SAM process to help principals focus on improving instruction in their classrooms by reducing the amount of time they spend on building management and day-to-day administration. Read more.
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