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November 20th, 2014
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
    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 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.

    November 3rd, 2014

    One group of adult students volunteers at the Free Clinic of Pulaski County, installs new electrical outlets and sinks, repairing gutters, and landscaping. Another group paints and installs wiring at Dublin Baptist Church’s walking center, where community members can congregate and exercise in all weather. A third group works at nonprofit New River Community Action, […]

    October 28th, 2014

    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.

    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 […]

    October 3rd, 2014

    This year, the cultural exchange is working both ways, as seven Monroe Park students will travel to Qatar on Oct. 11-18. Not all of the students are from VCU School of the Arts. For instance, Holly Whitt is a full-time graduate student in the School of Education’s Teaching and Learning Department who is getting her […]

    October 1st, 2014

    On September 10th, 2014 several Special Education and Disability Policy faculty members were highlighted at the Quest Global Impact Awards. This event showcased the current global initiatives being pursued by VCU faculty.Drs. Yaoying Xu, Chin-Chih Chen, Evelyn Reed, and Colleen Thoma all received recognition for their global efforts.

    September 30th, 2014

    VCU President Michael Rao and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited T.C. Boushall Middle School to observe the Richmond Teachers Residence graduate program on Friday….Harris and Palmer both agreed the residency program is far more effective than the prior training they received as substitute and volunteer teachers. These programs would only consist of a six to […]

    September 29th, 2014

    For nearly two hours Friday, Abed hosted Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who wanted to take a close look at a successful teacher training partnership between Virginia Commonwealth University and Richmond Public Schools. VCU’s Richmond Teacher Residency is in its fifth year of training teachers specifically to work in some of Richmond’s toughest schools.

    September 18th, 2014

    It wasn’t a sure thing, the ease of introducing a co-teacher to Christal Mark’s third-grade special education class. “I have to admit, I was a little fearful,” she said. Principal, David Hudson, thought she’d be a good fit as a mentor in a teacher training program that has Virginia Commonwealth University students filling hard-to-staff positions […]

    September 18th, 2014

    “We strongly support Sen. Kaine’s sponsorship and introduction of this bill to extend the teacher residency model to technical education,” said Christine S. Walther-Thomas, dean of the VCU School of Education. “Through the Richmond Teacher Residency program, a partnership between Virginia Commonwealth University and Richmond Public Schools, we have first-hand experience with the power of […]

    September 11th, 2014

    Bryce McLeod, Ph.D., in the Psychology Department, and Kevin Sutherland, Ph.D., in the School of Education, received the 4 year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The grant will help improve services aimed at preschool children with problem behaviors in early childhood education and Head Start classrooms.

    September 2nd, 2014

    This column was written by Gabriel Reich of Virginia Commonwealth University, Jeremy Stoddard of the College of William & Mary and 15 other scholars from Virginia universities. They write: By supporting the teaching and learning of history and social science, we honor the foresight of Mr. Jefferson, who wrote in 1816, “If a nation expects […]

    August 26th, 2014

    The transition of moving from school to adult life, for people with autism is especially complex. Transition is that point in life when you move from everything’s laid out in school for you to the whole world is open to you.” said Carol Schall, Ph.D., director of technical assistance at the Virginia Commonwealth University Autism […]

    July 29th, 2014

    The Richmond Teacher Residency (RTR) program continues to receive accolades for its innovative  program. The USDOE article emphasizes the intensive and sustained teacher development, coaching, and support that work together to make RTR unique. Terry” Dozier, a former national teacher of the year and director of VCU’s Center for Teacher Leadership and the RTR program, sees the […]

    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 […]

    June 25th, 2014

    Virginia Commonwealth University announces the formation of the Office of Continuing and Professional Education, The office will launch on July 1 and will centralize the functions of the Center for Professional Growth in the School of Education and the Office of Continuing Studies in the Division of Community Engagement. The Office will deliver high-quality, non-credit […]



November 22nd, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014 1:15 P.M. Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 North Third St. Ballrooms A, B, and C Graduates should arrive no later than 12:30 P.M. Tickets are not required for this ceremony. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit: Also for detail
    November 22nd, 2014

    Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Professor Cochran-Smith is a frequent presenter nationally and internationally and is widely known for her work in teacher education research, practice and policy and for her sustained commitment to teaching and teacher education for social justice with inquiry as the centerpiece. Marilyn Cochran-Smith is the Cawthorne […]

    November 22nd, 2014

    Thursday, March 5, 2015 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm University Commons James E. Ryan is the 11th dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A leading expert on law and education, Ryan has written extensively about the ways in which law structures educational opportunity. His articles and essays address such topics as school desegregation, […]