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School of Education at a glance
The School of Education has 1,708 students, 550 faculty and staff, 51 academic programs, and 19,500 alumni spread out among all 50 states and 15 foreign countries

$000 million

in sponsored research — most on Monroe Park Campus

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July 1, 2015
The latest issue of Shafer Court Connections, the VCU alumni magazine, features an insightful article tracking the history of the School of Education over the last 50 years. Written in conjunction with the school’s anniversary celebration, the article tracks the school from its founding as part of Richmond Professional Institute ...
    May 19, 2015

    The close of the 2014-15 VCU academic year also wraps up the first iteration of a new initiative on campus, the Recruitment Inclusive Champion program. Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention and the Division for Inclusive Excellence, the RIC program strengthens the VCU academic community by helping encourage and inform diversity efforts  [Read more]

    May 12, 2015

    A pair of School of Education graduates have been selected as part of VCU Alumni’s 10 Under 10 awards, designed to recognize former students that have graduated within the last decade and are achieving professional success in their chosen fields. Both Elizabeth Woodall Parker (M.Ed.’08) and Micah Risk (B.S.’07) received this inaugural honor: Parker for  [Read more]

    May 8, 2015

    When Kurt Stemhagen, Ph.D. (M.T.’95/E), associate professor, and his colleagues at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education were brainstorming ways to get their students into practical classroom settings for training, the conversation turned to service-learning. That 2013 brainstorming session led Stemhagen to Richmond Public School Board member Glen Sturtevant who pointed the VCU team  [Read more]

    May 7, 2015

    If it weren’t for a Virginia Commonwealth University Gold Line student caller asking for annual fund support, Debbie House (M.T.’94/E) might not have given her original $1,000 gift, made during the Battle for the Capital alumni giving challenge. But that phone call, combined with a love of basketball and Richmond, inspired her to reconnect with  [Read more]

    May 5, 2015

    Center for Sport Leadership’s innovative Sport and Entertainment Event Development (SEED) course offers real-world experience for CSL students while benefiting Richmond community in the process.

    April 16, 2015

    Beginning in fall 2015, the Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Reading and the Post-master’s Certificate (PMC) for Reading Specialist will be offered online. Like their traditional face-to-face counterpart, the online versions of the reading program is approved by the Virginia Board of Education and nationally accredited, and will prepare graduates to meet the requirements  [Read more]

    March 26, 2015

    The second annual RVA Run For FRIENDS 5K, organized and staffed by students in the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU, raised $10,000 for the FRIENDS Association for Children, a nonprofit child and family agency based out of Richmond’s Jackson Ward district. Approximately 200 runners participated in the March 7 event, which was planned as  [Read more]

    March 11, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (March. 11, 2015) The U.S. News & World Report released its 2016 Best Graduate Schools list and ranked the VCU School of Education #27 best overall School of Education (up from #30 last year) and #17 best public School of Education (up from #20 last year). “Moving up in these rankings is a  [Read more]

    March 9, 2015

    Autumn Cyprès, Ed.D stated “We have several internationally recognized scholars who are doing tireless work to give voice to those in education who have been marginalized,” she said. “We also have several faculty members who bring a lifetime of experience as school leaders to the graduate classroom. This mix of theorists and practitioners is one  [Read more]

    March 4, 2015

    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education alumna Elizabeth Parker was among five finalists honored by Michelle Obama at the American School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year award ceremony, with fellow alumna Elizabeth Beatley honored among 31 semifinalists.

    February 27, 2015

    AERA Announces 2015 Fellows “This year’s award winners are exemplars to AERA’s 25,000 members and to all who are committed to the study and practice of education,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “We are proud to honor their outstanding commitment, accomplishments, and service to the field.” Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education  [Read more]

    February 21, 2015

    After serving as a criminal defense attorney for nearly 20 years, Michael Clarke turned 40 and decided to pursue a new career. He had always thought about teaching, so he decided to go into basketball coaching as a way to have a positive impact on young people. Clarke began studying for a Master’s of Education  [Read more]

    February 21, 2015

    As soon as school is out, Kierstyn Johnson leaves her job as a speech language pathologist in Chesterfield County Public Schools and rushes over to attend class at VCU. Currently in the Ph.D. program for educational leadership and the Post-Master’s Certificate in Administration Supervision, Johnson is in her third year at VCU. “VCU, especially the  [Read more]

    February 21, 2015

    With a love for science and talent in teaching, VCU School of Education alumna Dr. Patricia Hagan taught as a science teacher for over 20 years. Now, as the Director of K-8 Science for Discovery Education, a Division of Discovery Communications, Hagan wants to help “bring teachers into the 21 century” by assisting with the  [Read more]

    February 12, 2015

    The Richmond Teacher Residency (RTR) program, a partnership between Richmond Public Schools and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education, has been accepted as a partner of 100Kin10. This multisector network engages the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers by providing America’s classrooms with 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.

    February 2, 2015

    Last July Dean Christine Walther-Thomas was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve the newly established Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee. The Committee membership includes five teachers, four school board members, four superintendents, three parent representatives, four legislators, and other education stakeholders. Dr. Walther-Thomas is one of two higher education representatives and the only education  [Read more]

    February 2, 2015

    Melissa Ferry couldn’t wait to share the big news. The head track & field coach at Mount Vernon High School and 2012 graduate of VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership was about to tell one of her athletes she had just earned a spot on their National qualifying relays teams. The young student had struggled as  [Read more]

    February 1, 2015

    At first, he was unsure if he would like teaching, but after his first year of teaching high school, Javaid Siddiqi, a graduate of the VCU School of Education Educational Leadership program, fell in love with the connection he made with his students, the other teachers and the community. From teaching in the classroom, Siddiqi  [Read more]

    January 28, 2015

    Recently, Dr. LaRon Scott and I were given the honor and pleasure of attending the Hawaii International Conference on Education (HICE). We presented a poster discussing our use of Universal Design for Learning principles in designing online coursework for the Masters of Education program here at VCU. The opportunity to showcase our template for the  [Read more]

    January 22, 2015

    Dr. Michelle Schmitt is the Director for the Center for School-Community Collaboration. She also holds an affiliation with the Department of Counselor Education. Through the Center, Dr. Schmitt and her colleagues work closely with school and community leaders to prevent and reduce youth problems in Virginia. We are pleased to feature her as an example  [Read more]

    January 22, 2015

    Valerie (Vicki) Brooke from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) was chosen to serve on the Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Improving Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.

    January 14, 2015

    The Partnership for People with Disabilities, a center affiliated with the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education, will host a visit from representatives of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. “Today we welcome the executive director of AUCD, Andy Imparato, and members of his staff to VCU. This visit provides an opportunity to highlight  [Read more]

    January 1, 2015

    School of Education earned high marks in its reaccreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. “The school’s reaccreditation exemplifies VCU’s overall commitment to investing in our faculty and programs,” said VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. “Dr. Christine Walther-Thomas and her leadership team have established a premier School of Education as recognized by  [Read more]

    January 1, 2015

    Virginia Commonwealth University professors will use more than $2.5 million in federal money to expand the use of a Norwegian anti-bullying program in Richmond middle schools. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is popular but hasn’t been thoroughly examined, said Kevin S. Sutherland, a professor from VCU’s Department of Special Education and Disability Policy.

    November 19, 2014

    Education is a powerful tool and privilege, which many may take for granted. Girl Rising, a documentary and movement, has a mission to inspire action that will break cycles of poverty worldwide by educating girls. In order to contribute to the cause, Amanda Hall has been appointed as the regional ambassador for Girl Rising. The  [Read more]

    November 19, 2014

    Former professor and adult learning division head in the VCU School of Education, Dr. Rosemary Caffarella returned to the school on November 12 as guest speaker of the annual Adult Learning Lecture. More than 100 VCU students, faculty, staff, alumni and local teachers gathered in the Sports Medicine Building to learn about adult learning planning  [Read more]

    November 14, 2014

    “Life will find a way.” the quote from the film “Jurassic Park”, can also be used to describe the driving force behind much of Jack Horner’s career as a paleontologist who just happens to also be diagnosed with dyslexia. Throughout his life, Horner has found more answers in bones than in books.

    November 14, 2014

    The Commonwealth Review of Education will be published biannually by VCU graduate students with support from faculty members. The inaugural issue of CRE in Spring 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the School of Education. The deadline for submissions for the first edition is January 15, 2015.

    October 21, 2014

    Twelve Hanover County school employees became local pioneers in online teaching as the first graduates of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education Certificate in Online Teaching program.The lessons included developing an online curriculum, facilitating online discussion and fostering teacher-student relationships online

    October 7, 2014

    Dr. Abigail Conley is an Assistant Professor in Counselor Education. She came to the School of Education in 2013 and quickly became engaged in various areas and projects at VCU. Her research and scholarship interests include sexual violence survivorship and healing, an area of pressing interest among national policy makers as well as College campuses  [Read more]

    October 3, 2014

    The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education’s Center for Teacher Leadership has been awarded a $7.5 million grant to refine and expand its Richmond Teacher Residency program, and to evaluate the program’s impact on teacher retention and student achievement in critical shortage areas within Richmond Public Schools. Terry Dozier, Ed.D., is the program director and  [Read more]

    October 3, 2014

    “First, I love the Richmond Public Schools,” said Senator Kaine, whose three children all came up in the RPS. “I’m interested in learning about [the RTR] because I think it’s a national model. I would love to be able to do work in Washington both to support this program, but also to spread the word  [Read more]

    July 24, 2014

    The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education is hosting them as part of the Elementary Science Institutes, an initiative of the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement.. “When something is fun and hands-on and the learning is amongst the children and not just being told by a facilitator, then that learning sticks with you  [Read more]

    July 14, 2014

    How one flier led Charol Shakeshaft into a seven-year video project about racial divisions in the Richmond region.The videos, which went live this spring on the Richmond Peace Education Center website, should spark a critical conversation about how we may foster greater cooperation across the region while providing all students with high quality education, Moeser  [Read more]


June 22, 2015
Local elementary school teachers and students will gather on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus beginning June 23 for the annual Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) camp in the School of Education. VISTA is a partnership between six universities, the U.S. Department of Education and more than 80 ...
    June 11, 2015

    Watch highlights of Project P.U.S.H. On June 13, the School of Education’s Center for Sport Leadership will welcome 14 youth soccer coaches from South Africa for a two-week visit as part of of its Project P.U.S.H. (Play Until Something Happens) initiative. Made possible through a grant from the U.S. State Department, Project P.U.S.H. uses the  [Read more]

    April 11, 2015

    Join us in the University Student Commons on Oct. 1 for the Ninth Annual Oehler Lecture, where James Ryan, dean of the Harvard School of Graduate Education, will present his lecture, “Five Miles Away, A World Apart: Five Years Later.” A leading expert on law and education, Ryan will revisit his Richmond-based book, “Five Miles  [Read more]

    April 8, 2015

    The School of Education hosted its inaugural Evelyn Reed Symposium on Early Childhood Research and Practice at VCU’s Academic Learning Commons on June 6. The event, named for former associate professor and Department of Special Education and Disability Policy chair Evelyn Reed, brought together a wide variety of audiences — ranging from researchers across the  [Read more]

    March 31, 2015

    On March 25, the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, or Va-LEND, program held its annual research poster fair at the Kontos Medical Sciences Building on VCU’s MCV Campus. Fourteen LEND trainees — representing the disciplines of occupational therapy, speech language pathology, physical therapy, genetics, nursing, education, social work and family — presented posters based  [Read more]

    February 24, 2015

    On Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, Professor Cochran-Smith presented her research presentation on “Teacher Preparation For Urban Schools: A perspective From Research”. Click on the “Read More” button below to view her presentation.. Marilyn Cochran Smith, Ph. D. is the Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools and Director of the Doctoral Program in Curriculum  [Read more]