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TC Trustee James Comer Profiled in Diverse Issues in Higher Education

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TC Trustee James Comer

TC Trustee James Comer

At 78, the creator of the nation's first reported school intervention program to significantly boost behavior and outcomes for poor and/or socially marginalized students "remains a towering figure who is widely sought for his ideas and insights."

Diverse Issues in Higher Education reports that Comer, known principally for the School Development Program (SDP), continues to push for education reform that puts children’s social and emotional development at the center of practices and philosophy for improving schools.

In recent years, Comer has been hard at work presenting child development ideas and practices to education schools and national education organizations, such as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). He sees a resurgence of interest in SDP’s ideas and practices, or what some call the Comer Process, and a willingness to instill them into teacher education and preparation programs.

“We’re experiencing a revival,” says Comer, who is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center. “There’s more interest in our work now within the last two years” than ever since the 2002 enactment of the No Child Left Behind federal legislation, he adds.

Read the full article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
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