Effective teacher evaluations

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The evaluation of teachers has improved in recent years, contributing to efforts to increase effective teaching and instructional quality. A study lead by Assistant Professor of Education and Economics John Papay and Professor of Education John Tyler is aimed at using teacher evaluations to improve classroom instruction in Tennessee and was recently cited in "A New Era for the Battle Over Teacher Evaluations" in The Atlantic.

(Distributed April 5, 2016)

Family ties

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – “Family relationships are the strongest part of most people’s social networks," says Professor of Sociology John Logan in The New York Times. The article "Brother, Sister, Roommate, Neighbor" highlights a number of adult siblings in New York City who have kept family ties strong by living together or close to each other in a city that can often create a sense of disconnect. Logan notes that this happens worldwide.

(Distributed April 4, 2016)

Parent-teacher communication lags

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Despite growing evidence that parent-teacher communication can improve students' academic performance, it remains "infrequent and unsystematic in most schools," says Assistant Professor of Economics and Education Matthew Kraft. In "The Underutilized Potential of Teacher-Parent Communication," written by Kraft for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, he notes the "income-based 'email communication gap' between families above and below the poverty line" and says that "implementation barriers, time costs, and the absence of schoolwide communication policies" contribute to the low rate of parent-teacher communication.

(Distributed March 31, 2016)

Migration and population handbook

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The newly published International Handbook of Migration and Population Distribution, edited by Professor of Sociology Michael White, "offers a comprehensive collection of essays that cover essential features of geographical mobility, from internal migration, to international migration, to urbanization, to the adaptation of migrants in their destinations." Included in the handbook are chapters co-authored by two former PSTC trainees. Read more.

(Distributed March 30, 2016)

Health Leaders' Summit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Trainee Marcia Pescador Jimenez (Public Health) is one of two students selected as delegates by the Brown School of Public health to attend the Millennial Health Leaders' Summit, which is being held by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta at the end of the month. Those selected are "students who have a strong interest in addressing health disparities and who will benefit from interacting with others who share a passion for achieving health equity." Read more.

(Distributed March 29, 2016)
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