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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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October 8, 2015
VCU is now accepting applications as it continues its nationwide search for the next School of Education dean. Reporting directly to the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, the incoming dean will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer of the VCU School of Education, providing leadership ...
    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]


October 9, 2015
Proposals are now being accepted for the School of Education Faculty Excellence Fund. This yearly, competitive fund supports two full-time faculty members (tenure, tenure-track or term) at the assistant professor level or above with an award from $2,500 to $5,000 apiece. Successful proposals awarded in November will be for activities ...
    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]

    October 27, 2014

    The School of Education’s Counselor Education Student Networking Association, or CESNA, will host its annual John Cook Lecture in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom B, on Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Alex Peavey , a counselor and a lacrosse and basketball coach at Richmond’s Collegiate School, will serve as the keynote speaker  [Read more]