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The School of Education has 905 students, 180 faculty members, 20 academic programs, and 19,500 alumni spread out among all 50 states and 15 foreign countries

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May 23, 2016
On May 11, Dr. Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves, associate professor and interim department co-chair of Teaching and Learning, provided the keynote address at Up & Atom, a women’s leadership fundraising initiative supporting the Science Museum of Virginia. Held in the museum’s rotunda, the event, now in its seventh year, is designed ...
    May 16, 2016

    Laura Schultheiss (left) and Taneesha Lustig display their First Year Teacher of the Year awards As the Class of 2016 celebrates receiving their degrees following last weekend’s Commencement, a pair of recent School of Education alumnae are illustrating just how quickly graduates can make an impact in their chosen fields. Taneesha Lustig and Laura Schultheiss,  [Read more]

    April 27, 2016

    Dr. Donna Gibson Two faculty members in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education have received a $1.2 million federal grant to boost the number and quality of school counselors who serve as related service providers for students with disabilities. The five-year grant, “A Collaborative Model of Preparing School Counseling Students as Related Service Providers  [Read more]

    April 19, 2016

    Amanda Steeley with her family at her graduation in 2015 After recently receiving her master’s degree in special education, Amanda Steeley’s focus shifted to becoming comfortable in her classroom, understanding the ins and outs of special education law and discovering the best ways to meet the needs of her students so they can be contributing  [Read more]

    April 6, 2016

    A Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education conference will bring university researchers together with K-12 school leaders and practitioners to consider new ways to make educational research more meaningful. “Over the past several decades, there has been an increasing awareness within the community of educational researchers that we need to find ways to build the  [Read more]

    March 17, 2016

    The VCU School of Education once again ranks among the top 50 graduate schools of education in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. The school comes in at No. 33 overall (and No. 23 among public institutions) in the newly-released 2017 rankings. Only two Virginia schools of education (VCU and U.Va.) ranked  [Read more]

    February 17, 2016

    The School of Education Alumni Council and five of the school’s student organizations joined forces this February to collect donations for less-fortunate students at Richmond’s G.H. Reid and George Washington Carver elementary schools. Large brown bins placed throughout Oliver Hall collected supplies from Feb. 1-15. Among the items collected included books, notebooks, pencils, school supplies,  [Read more]

    February 4, 2016

    The School of Education’s Center for Sport Leadership current trip to South Africa has been highlighted in a recent VCU News feature. An eight-person delegation, including four CSL staff members, have made the trip to Johannesburg and Cape Town as part of the center’s Project PUSH (Play Until Something Happens). The trip is actually something  [Read more]

    February 1, 2016

    Donor Virginia Arnold with Jeffrey Govert, one of the two students to receive a scholarship in her name. A record number of School of Education students benefited from the generosity of donors in academic year 2015-2016. A total of 66 scholarships and awards – four more than in any previous year − were celebrated and  [Read more]

    January 15, 2016

    Dr. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, an assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership, provided her expert insight for a recent Mother Jones article titled, “3 Ways White Kids Benefit Most From Racially Diverse Schools.” Centering around New York City’s recent controversial school rezoning plan that will send white, upper-class students to a high-poverty  [Read more]

    December 10, 2015

    The School of Education is proud to announce it has reached its goal of $50,000 raised in support of the newly-founded 50th Anniversary Urban Education Scholarship. As an added bonus, crossing this monetary milestone means the school will receive an additional $50,000 from an anonymous supporter, who had generously agreed to match the funds raised  [Read more]

    November 17, 2015

    The VCU School of Education named Drs. Sharon Zumbrunn, Joan Rhodes and Christine Trinter as the recipients of its first-ever Faculty Excellence Fund, a competitive award designed to support faculty in designated research or professional projects. Dr. Joan Rhodes Dr. Sharon Zumbrunn Zumbrunn and Rhodes, who submitted a joint proposal titled “Promoting Global-Minded Teaching Excellence:  [Read more]

    October 20, 2015

    The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education has named Edward G. Kardos its senior director of development. Kardos will lead the school’s Office of External Relations and Development, where he will oversee all fundraising and alumni relations efforts. A highly accomplished donor relations executive with more than 33 years of experience, Kardos most recently served  [Read more]

    October 14, 2015

    Dr. Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves, interim department co-chair and associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, recently participated in the Girls Innovate program at Richmond’s St. Catherine’s School. At the event, which was part of the school’s 125th anniversary celebration, Hargraves spoke to a group of 1,000 local elementary, middle and high school girls  [Read more]

    September 29, 2015

    Dr. Charol Shakeshaft Dr. Charol Shakeshaft, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, was featured in a recent Yahoo Parenting article following an incident in Colorado’s Aurora Academy Charter School. A nationally-renowed expert on sexual abuse of students by adults employed in schools, Shakeshaft commented on the recent controversy at the public K-8 charter school,  [Read more]

    September 14, 2015

    Dr. Tom Farmer served as co-editor on a special issue of the leading journal, Remedial and Special Education — an edition that featured articles from five current and former School of Education faculty members. A number of School of Education faculty played a vital role in creating the latest edition of the Remedial and Special  [Read more]

    July 20, 2015

    VCU’s School of Education recently wrapped up its fifth annual Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) camp, a partnership between six universities, the U.S. Department of Education and more than 80 school districts designed to improve science teaching and student learning. Teachers who participated in the four-week camp studied science and science instruction,  [Read more]

    July 16, 2015

    Dr. John Kregel, professor in the School of Education’s Department of Special Education and Disability Policy and associate director of the affiliated Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, testified before the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Ways and Means on July 9. One of five speakers selected by the committee, chaired by former vice presidential  [Read more]

    July 2, 2015

    On June 22-26, a group of 22 rising sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders participated in the Everyday Engineering day camp, part of VCU’s Mary and Frances Youth Center’s Discovery program. Now in its second year, the Everyday Engineering camp is designed to spur middle school students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, math and health sciences (STEM-H).  [Read more]

    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 to the present day. Read  [Read more]

    May 26, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Education has awarded grants to Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education professors totaling $3,089,017. The Institute of Education Sciences awarded Kevin Sutherland, Ph.D., $1.49 million over three years, and Lisa Abrams, Ph.D., and Therese A. Dozier, Ed.D., $399,017 over two years. Additionally, the Office of Special Education Programs awarded Colleen Thoma,  [Read more]


May 24, 2016
Dr. Kevin Sutherland, a professor in School of Education’s Department of Counseling and Special Education, took part in a special edition of the public radio show, “With Good Reason,” which aired over the weekend. In the broadcast, themed “Monsters in the Classroom,” Sutherland discussed how to better prepare teachers to ...
    May 17, 2016

    Dr. Paul Gerber (center) with interim dean Dr. Leila Christenbury and Dr. Jim McMillan, interim associate dean for academic affairs After nearly three decades with the VCU School of Education, Dr. Paul Gerber has announced that the 2015-16 academic year will be his last; the Department of Counseling and Special Education professor retired as classes  [Read more]

    May 10, 2016

    Jez Wood (center) leads School of Education faculty and staff in an ally training session The School of Education’s newest student organization, Rainbow Educators seeks to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues present in today’s K-12 schools. Founded by Jez Wood, who is preparing to enter the Richmond Teacher Residency program after finishing up their liberal  [Read more]

    April 28, 2016

    Dr. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley Media coverage Segregation Not Just a Problem of the Past, Says VCU Researcher(from WVTE Public Radio) In a new book, “When the Fences Come Down: Twenty-First-Century Lessons from Metropolitan School Desegregation,” Virginia Commonwealth University professor Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Ph.D., explores what happens when communities take a regional approach to addressing persistent school segregation  [Read more]

    April 21, 2016

    Abigail Conley, Ph.D. This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond ruled in favor of a transgender teen who wants to use the boys’ bathroom at his high school in Gloucester County, Virginia. The decision, which directs a lower court to reconsider the teen’s request for a preliminary injunction to  [Read more]

    April 11, 2016

    On March 18-19, VCU welcomed the best and brightest prospective teachers from schools of education across the commonwealth for the 13th annual Teachers of Promise Institute. Originally created by a small group of Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award recipients, the two-day event brings promising pre-service teachers together with leading educators for inspirational talks, informative  [Read more]

    April 6, 2016

    Dr. Carrie LeCrom Five players from the U.S. women’s national soccer team — Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn — filed a complaint this week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging that that U.S. Soccer is violating federal law by paying them less than male players. Carrie LeCrom, Ph.D.,  [Read more]

    March 8, 2016

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday signed into law the nation’s first state regulations for fantasy sports, making Virginia the first state to formally legalize and regulate companies such as FanDuel and DraftKings. The legislation, called the Fantasy Contests Act, passed the General Assembly with bipartisan support, and will require daily fantasy sports sites to undergo  [Read more]

    February 19, 2016

    The School of Education's Dr. Charol Shakeshaft, a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, provided her insight to the Washington Post for an article titled, "Is cleaning house the best way for schools to deal with sexual abuse?", which ran on the paper's front page on Feb. 18. Shakeshaft, a national-renowned expert on educator  [Read more]

    February 18, 2016

    Dr. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley recently sat down with the Chesterfield Observer for an interview regarding the importance of maintaining diversity when redistricting schools. The topic has become a hot button issue over the last few months — New York City recently made headlines with its controversial rezoning prosposal (which Siegel-Hawley also weighed in on), while Chesterfield  [Read more]

    February 9, 2016

    Dr. Bob Marchant, right, poses with a scholarship winner at the 2015 School of Education scholarship awards ceremony. After nearly eight years of service, the VCU School of Education would like to thank Dr. Bob Marchant for his contributions to its Advancement Council. Marchant served as the council’s founding chair following the group’s inception in  [Read more]

    January 20, 2016

    Discussions about gender discrimination and sexual assault took center stage in the “It’s On Us: Title IX, Sexual Violence, Prevention and Trauma-Informed Response In K-12 Schools and Higher Education,” conference. More than 150 participants attended the nearly five-hour event, held in the VCU Student Commons on Jan 20. Ava Bedden, Virginia’s assistant attorney general and  [Read more]

    January 5, 2016

    Media coverage Listen to WCVE’s (Community Ideas Station) segment on the autism education consortium The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education is partnering with the state’s Region 1 school divisions to establish the Region 1 Autism Education Consortium. Approximately 2,200 students who are identified with, or exhibit characteristics of, autism spectrum disorders receive services in  [Read more]

    December 17, 2015

    The VCU School of Education recently piloted a new online principals’ evaluation of our interns and student teachers. The current principals’ evaluation is a written narrative, which can be challenging to busy principals with many demands on their time. The new evaluation requires electronic responses and an important new item to assess the principals’ perception  [Read more]

    December 14, 2015

    School of Education alumna Carolyn Doyle earned the first runner-up spot for this year’s Richmond Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year award. Doyle, who received her Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008, has enjoyed a 29-year career as a teacher. She currently teaches mathematics at Ginter Park Elementary School, a Title I school on the  [Read more]

    December 10, 2015

    Sam Burns, a current School of Education student preparing to graduate with his M.Ed. in adult learning this semester, is profiled in a current VCU News feature article, “Degrees of achievement.” In addition to his upcoming graduation, the article highlights Burns’ background in the military — the New York native spent 22 years in the  [Read more]

    December 1, 2015

    Therese A. Dozier, Ed.D. The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education will partner with the National Center for Teacher Residencies to accelerate the impact of effective teacher residency programs and broaden the adoption of research-based preparation practices. The NCTR has received $6.8 million to become a Teacher Preparation Transformation Center as part of the Bill  [Read more]

    November 6, 2015

    Michael T. Gamel-McCormick received his Ph.D. from the School of Education in 1995 Risk propels Michael T. Gamel-McCormick, Ph.D., toward success. “My approach to my career has always been to take risks and to not remain comfortable,” he says. “I believe growth and change happen only when you move outside your comfort zone.” Following this  [Read more]

    October 23, 2015

    Dr. William C. “Bill” Bosher Jr. On Friday, Nov. 13, Dr. William C. “Bill” Bosher Jr., will be posthumously honored with an exemplary lifetime leadership award at the 11th annual Excellence in Virginia Government Awards at the Richmond Marriott hotel. In his addition to his tenure as School of Education dean, which spanned from 2002-05,  [Read more]

    October 8, 2015

    Dr. Terry Dozier The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education has been awarded a three-year, $615,549 evaluation extension from the U.S. Department of Education to study the long-term impact of the urban teacher residency model of teacher preparation on a beginning teacher’s professional growth and teaching effectiveness. The grant builds on the current evaluation of  [Read more]

    September 30, 2015

    Andrea Moreau, a graduate student in the Department of Counselor Education, played a key role in bringing a screening of “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary detailing the prevalence of sexual assault cases on college campuses, to the Harris Hall Auditorium on Oct. 1. The film, part of an event co-sponsored by the department’s Student Affairs  [Read more]

    June 11, 2015

    Join us in the University Student Commons Theater on Oct. 1, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., 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  [Read more]

    May 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 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]