Education

30th Anniversary of Susan Gray School

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the renaming of the Susan Gray School.  A pioneer at Peabody College in the field of Early Childhood Education, Susan Gray (1913-1992)'s impact is still felt on campus today.  Gray's work, particularly her influence in the formation of the Peabody Experimental School, served as the inspiration for the nationwide Head Start program.  It was only fitting that the Peabody Experimental School was renamed in her honor, given her role in forming the first nationally recognized inclusive preschool.

Demonstration and Research Center for Early Education DARCEE

"Demonstration and Research Center for Early Education DARCEE"
Circa 1960s
Pamphlet
Creator: Susan Gray
Susan Gray School for Children, Vanderbilt University

The Demonstration and Research Center for Early Education (DARCEE), established in 1966, operated in conjunction with the Kennedy Center at Peabody College.   DARCEE’s objective was to improve the educability of young children from low-income households.  Founded by Susan Gray and Rupert Klaus, DARCEE would serve as the basis for the nationwide Head Start program.

The Susan Gray School for Children

"The Susan Gray School for Children"
1986
Pamphlet
Creators: George Peabody College for Teachers, John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Education and Human Development
Susan Gray School for Children, Vanderbilt University

This program was distributed at the ceremony honoring the renaming of The Peabody Experimental School to The Susan Gray School.  The ceremony took place on April 2, 1986.  Included in the program is a brief biography of Susan Gray.

Susan Gray: Friend of Children

Susan Gray: Friend of Children
1978
Compilation of essays
Author: Carl H. Haywood
Publisher: George Peabody College for Teachers
Susan Gray School for Children, Vanderbilt University

A collection of essays written by Susan Gray, in commemoration of her retirement from Peabody College.  The introduction is written by H. Carl Haywood, a colleague of Gray’s during her tenure at Peabody College.  Gray was a pioneer in Early Childhood Education, focusing on the education of special needs students.

[Susan Gray with Student]

[Susan Gray with Student]
Circa 1990
Photograph
George Peabody College Photograph Collection
Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Photograph of Susan Gray on a visit to Peabody College after her retirement.  Gray retired from Peabody College in 1978.  The photo was taken shortly before she passed away in 1992.  She is joined by a current Susan Gray School student. 

[Susan Gray with Beehive]

[Susan Gray with Beehive]
Circa 1960s
Photograph
George Peabody College Photograph Collection
Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Susan Gray and students investigate a beehive inside a classroom.  Susan Gray was a founder of the Peabody Experimental School.  The school, located on the Peabody Campus, is an onsite facility, where faculty, staff, and students can conduct research pertaining to Early Childhood Education.

Academics In Action: Celebrating the Human & Organization Development Department at Peabody College

Several members of the Human and Organizational Development department recently published Academics in Action! : A Model for Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Service. The idea of creating a book documenting the unique nature of the Human and Organizational Development program originated in the early 2000's, led by Professor Emeritus John Robert "Bob" Newbrough (1934-2012).  Dr. Newbrough worked with a team of HOD faculty and students on the project, with the goal of capturing the distinctive interdisciplinary nature of the HOD program.  After the project remained dormant for several years, current HOD professor Dr. Sandra Barnes resumed the effort.  Through the work of tenured faculty, doctoral, and graduate students, the volume was completed and published in 2015.

Academics in Action!: A Model for Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Service

 

Academics in Action!
A Model for Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Service

(New York: Fordham University Press. 2016)
Sevier Collection, LB1028.24 .A23 2016
Vanderbilt University Special Collections

From Fordham University Press: Presenting the theory, vision, and implementation of a socially engaged program for the Department of Human and Organizational Development (HOD) in Peabody’s College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, <i>Academics in Action!</i> describes a more integrated model wherein students and faculty work with communities, learn from them, and bring to bear findings from theory and research to generate solutions to community problems.

[Academics in Action Editors with Dean Camilla Benbow]

[Academics in Action Editors with Dean Camilla Benbow]
2015
Photograph
Vanderbilt University

Beth Shinn, Nina C. Martin, Sandra L. Martin, Allison McGuire, and Peabody Dean Camilla Benbow at a reception celebrating the publication of Academics in Action! : A Model for Community-Engaged Research Teaching and Service.  Almost two decades in the making, the book encapsulates the unique nature of the Human and Organizational Development program at Peabody College.

[Draft of The Ethical Foundations of the Human and Organizational Development Program]

[Draft of The Ethical Foundations of the Human and Organizational Development Program]
2008
Article
Author: Paul Dokecki

The first draft of Paul Dokecki's chapter, which would later appear in the published version of <i>Academics in Action! : A Model for Community-Engaged Research Teaching and Service</i>.  Dokecki was approached by J.R. “Bob” Newbrough to contribute a chapter to the project in the early 2000s.  The published version of this essay was written by Dokecki in conjunction with several other members of the Human and Organizational Development department.

[Peabody Faculty J.R. Newbrough Talking with Colleague]

Peabody Faculty Member J.R. Newbrough in Discussion with Colleague
Circa 1970
Photograph
George Peabody College Photograph Collection
Vanderbilt University Special Collections

This photo depicts former Peabody faculty member J.R. “Bob” Newbrough in conversation with colleagues.  Newbrough initiated the project of creating a publication which reflects upon the unique nature of the Human and Organizational Development department.  Unfortunately, Newbrough passed away in 2012, before Academics in Action! : A Model for Community-Engaged Research Teaching and Service was published.

[Preliminary Notes for HOD Publication]

Preliminary Notes for HOD Publication by J.R. Newbrough
Circa 2003
Notes
Creator: J.R. Newbrough
J.R. Newbrough Collection
Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Early notes by J.R. “Bob” Newbrough created during the early stages of the Academics in Action! : A Model for Community-Engaged Research Teaching and Service project.  The outline of topics provided by Newbrough would later dictate the organizational structure of the publication.