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U.S. adopting fewer international children

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A dramatic decline in international adoptions in the U.S. has occurred in the past decade. Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver writes in "The international adoption rate has plummeted in the US" that abuse cases and failure of adoptive parents to provide post-adoption reports to countries of origin have contributed to other countries' decline in willingness to send children to the U.S.
(Distributed August 17, 2017)

Teacher evaluations remain ineffective

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Teacher evaluation reforms seem to have done little to accurately rate teacher performance and effectiveness, leading to an imbalance in teacher quality distribution. A new study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Education and Economics Matthew Kraft reveals that "evaluators perceive more than 3 times as many teachers in their schools to be below proficient than they rate as such." The study is reported on in "Why principals lie to ineffective teachers," "Principals Are Loath to Give Teachers Bad Ratings," and "What's The Disconnect Between Teacher Evaluations, School Performance?"
(Distributed August 14, 2017)

Mobility report cards for U.S. colleges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Attending college in a large, vibrant city can boost wages after graduation, says an article in Money, which quotes Associate Professor of Economics John Friedman, a principal investigator for the The Equality of Opportunity Project. The Project seeks to determine which American colleges can help the most children climb the income ladder. A recent study co-authored by Friedman characterizes "intergenerational income mobility" at U.S. colleges.
(Distributed August 9, 2017)

Brown wins ASA Dissertation Award

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The American Sociological Association has selected PSTC Alumnae Karida Brown as this year's recipient of the Association's Best Dissertation Award. Her dissertation, Before They Were Diamonds, traces the formation of an African American mining community in Eastern Kentucky, and its transformation into a diasporic community when the mines closed and the Civil Rights Movement created mobility opportunities. Read more.

(Distributed August 7, 2017)

Monsoons turn students to farm workers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – While monsoons can be a boon for Indian farmers, a new study co-authored by a former PSTC-affiliated postdoc, Bryce Millett Steinberg, now the Stephen Robert Assistant Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs at Brown, reveals the rains can be detrimental for school-age children who end up skipping school to help on the farm. A Quartz article cites the study, which shows that children switch from school to productive work during times of higher rainfall. 

(Distributed August 3, 2017)
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