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March 4th, 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 27th, 2015

    AERA Announces 2015 Fellows WASHINGTON, D.C., February 25, 2015 ─ The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced the selection of 23 scholars as 2015 AERA Fellows. AERA Fellows are selected on the basis of their notable and sustained research achievements. The 2015 Fellows, listed below, were nominated by their peers, selected by the AERA […]

    February 21st, 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 […]

    February 21st, 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 […]

    February 21st, 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 […]

    February 12th, 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 2nd, 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 […]

    February 2nd, 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 […]

    February 1st, 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 […]

    January 28th, 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 […]

    January 22nd, 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 […]

    January 22nd, 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 14th, 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 […]

    January 1st, 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 […]

    January 1st, 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 19th, 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 […]

    November 19th, 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 […]

    November 14th, 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 14th, 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 21st, 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 7th, 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 […]

    October 3rd, 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 […]

    October 3rd, 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 […]

    July 24th, 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 […]

    July 14th, 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 […]



March 4th, 2015
Saturday, March 14, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with registration between noon and 2 p.m. at the VCU Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave. School of Education presents the “Teaching Literacy in a Digital World” conference, offering current research and instructional strategies related to technology in PK-12, college and
    February 25th, 2015

    Rescheduled New Date will be forthcoming The VCU School of Education will host the 9th annual Oehler Lecture on March 5 and invites alumni to attend and hear from James E. Ryan, the author of Five Miles Away, A World Apart. Ryan is the 11th dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a […]

    February 24th, 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 […]

    February 24th, 2014

    Monday March 30, 7PM AT THE SIEGEL CENTER FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC The Center for Sport Leadership at VCU is proud to announce a special event featuring Joe Ehrmann is the co-founder of Coach for America Ehrmann has been called “The Most Important Coach in America” because of his work to transform the […]



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