Professor Kenneth Wong cited in the Indianapolis Star: Indiana considers public schools takeover

The state of Indiana is considering taking over some of its public schools that are performing poorly and turning them over to be run by private companies or nonprofits. Kenneth Wong, chair of the education department, says that state takeover of schools has rarely been tried and when it is done, it’s usually for financial mismanagement, not academic performance. "It’s a relatively new undertaking," Wong says. "The jury is still out."

(Distributed October 25, 2011)

On behalf of Kenneth Wong, Department Chair:

It is with great sadness that I report to you the death of Kolajo Paul Afolabi, adjunct lecturer of education in the fall semester. Our thoughts are with his family and his friends.

Kolajo suffered from a severe head injury during his morning jog and passed away at the hospital yesterday morning, September 22. He was a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was working on his dissertation on college access. Kolajo earned his BA with Honors in Public Policy at Brown in 2003.

(Distributed September 23, 2011)

Rivas-Drake and Cho receive AERA grant

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 announcement is in the August/September issue of Educational Researcher.

(Distributed August 1, 2011)

Messing Family Fellowship

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.

(Distributed July 31, 2011)

Congratulations Education Studies Class of 2011!

Twenty-nine Education Studies concentrators, 13 in History/Policy and 16 in Human Development, graduated on May 29. Tomas Rocha '11 received the Reginald Archambault Award for Outstanding Thesis in Education Studies. Ivayla Ivanova, Lisa Rodgers, and Caroline Segal graduated Magna cum Laude. Miriam Joelson, Michael MacCombie, and Kim Spanier graduated Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Congratulations to all our graduates in the Class of 2011! 

(Distributed May 30, 2011)

Associate Professor John Tyler: grants and publication

A study by Professor John Tyler and co-authors Thomas Kane, Eric Taylor, and Amy Wooten of Harvard, has recently been accepted for publication by the Journal of Human Resources. The paper, "Identifying Effective Classroom Practices Using Student Achievement Data," is one of the first studies to affirm that teachers' classroom practices, as judged by trained observers, are strongly related to student achievement growth. As such, this study is already being cited in national discussions and debates around devising evaluation systems that can identify effective teachers.

(Distributed February 1, 2011)
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