A key portion of President Simmons’ response to the Committee report is the establishment of a tuition waiver program for master’s students in the department. Beginning in the 2008-09 Academic Year, the University will offer free tuition each year to up to ten admitted students who, after receipt of a Master’s Degree in Urban Education Policy or a Master of Arts in Teaching, serve urban public schools in Providence and surrounding areas for a minimum of three years.
Professor John Tyler has been appointed as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. The NBER is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. NBER disseminates unbiased economic research among public policy makers, business professionals, and the academic community. NBER Research Associates are the long term affiliates who largely determine the direction and tone of research within each NBER program. Professor Tyler has been active in the Economics of Education program at NBER.
Assistant Professors Deborah Rivas-Drake and Rosa Cho have been awarded a grant from the American Educational Research Association to study how community, school, and family resources influence Latino adolescents' postsecondary motivations and choices
The Messing Family Public Service Fellowship provides funding for students to pursue internships in public education that advance students' understanding of public education in the U.S. and their own interest and career possibilities in education. The Fellowship is a collaboration between the Swearer Center for Public Service, the Career Development Center, and the Education Department, and was established through the generosity of Brett S. Messing '86 and Marla B. Messing.
Getting a firsthand look at New England schools, a group of 24 teachers, principals, and government school officials from Shenzhen, China, is visiting Brown for four weeks, comparing how American education practices differ from their own.
Professor Kenneth Wong's research on school board and urban district governance was cited in a report by WBEZ, the Chicago Public Radio. The report is entitled, "Controversial school decisions, with little public discussion Chicago's school board members almost never vote 'no' " by education news reporter Linda Lutton on April 27, 2011.