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Madhabi Chatterji (Human Development) wrote a paper called "Models and Methods for Examining School Standards-Based Reforms and Accountability Initiatives: Have the Tools of Inquiry Answered the Pressing Questions on Improving Schools?" in the Review of Educational Research (Fall 2002, Vol. 72, No. 3, pp. 345-386). The article synthesizes research on standards-based reforms and accountability with specific attention to purposes, models, and methods of inquiry. Chatterji will talk about this article at the Eastern Evaluation Research Society conference in April. She will be giving a talk for the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) on March 12th at 12:30 pm on her latest research on factors that narrow the achievement gap for minority children.

Joan Jeffri (Arts and Humanities) directed the project called "Changing the Beat: A Study of the Worklife of Jazz Musicians," by the Research Center for the Arts and culture under a cooperative agreement with the National Endowment for the Arts and the San Francisco Study Center. Among other aspects, the study covers the descriptive statistics on demographics, education, employment and income and other factors such as health-care coverage, recognition, and professional goals for the future of these musicians. It was done by Jeffri with the editing team of Bonnie Nichols, Don Ball, Geoff Link and John Burks.

Grace Lappin (Health and Behavioral Studies), who was the recent past president of the William Featherstone Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children, founded at TC 80 years ago, is the most recent TC doctoral student to receive the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award - 2002 from the Division on Visual Impairment. The Award will be presented at the International conference held in April in Seattle, Washington. Previous TC alum recipients include Shelia Steiner Amato (presently an adjunct), Madeline Milian, Stuart Wittenstein, and Elizabeth Joy Erwin. Lappin was the Julie Franck Scholarship Recipient and a Center for Opportunities and Outcomes Fellow while completing her doctorate. She is presently an Assistant Professor at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, New York.

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