Curry Leadership Academy: Coaching for Change

Join us this July 9-11, 2019 for the sixth annual coaching academy for principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches, mentor teachers, and school and central office teacher leaders who want to improve their coaching skills and cultivate more professionally stimulating work environments for adult learning in their schools!


Falls Church, July 9-11, 2019

Falls Church UVA Academic Center
7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22043

50 seats available
Coffee at 8:30, Academy 9:00-3:30 Daily

Cost: $550.00



Form processing takes 5-8 business days. Once processed, we’ll email you with self-registration instructions and further steps to access University resources.

When completing the registration form you must select that you are taking the course as "NON-CREDIT (EDNC)".

To register for the Curry Leadership Academy: Coaching for Change, you will register for the non credit course EDNC 7815.

Registration directions can be found here.



We support principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches and school and central office teacher leaders who want to improve their coaching skills and cultivate more professionally stimulating work environments for adult learning in their schools. The workshop will focus on the improvement of instruction through better articulation of quality teaching, carefully crafted coaching questions and more effective feedback.

Recertification Points

Participants will be eligible for 18 Recertification Points upon completion of the 3-day Academy.

Intended Audience

Existing or prospective mentor teachers, instructional coaches, principals, assistant principals, division-wide instructional leaders, educators in charge of professional development.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the purposes of different types of coaching

  • Recognize the importance of relationships and trust as foundational in your coaching

  • Deepen your communication and observation skills to enhance the impact of feedback on practice

  • Effectively respond to the coaching needs of adults in your building

  • Understand how to address coaching barriers and challenges

  • Explore coaching strategies from an equity perspective.

Lead Academy Facilitators

  • Dr. Pamela D. Tucker

    Dr. Pamela D. Tucker is a Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is active in professional organizations at the state and national level that promote and develop educational leadership for schools. She has written seven books and dozens of articles on teacher effectiveness, school leadership, and school improvement. Prior to working in higher education, Pam was a K-12 teacher and school administrator. As a practitioner, she worked with a variety of student populations and served as a special education teacher and administrator, coordinator for a state-level homeless education program, and an advocate for elementary alternative education programs. Pam finds renewal in nature and spends time kayaking, biking and hiking on weekends.

    Pam's Bio
  • Dr. Laurie McCullough

    Dr. Laurie McCullough currently serves as the Executive Director of Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD), a professional organization whose mission is to advance excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership in Virginia.  Dr. McCullough has taught at the elementary, middle, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels, with areas of emphasis in mathematics and assessment. Her leadership experience includes middle school assistant principal, elementary principal, director of instruction, and a variety of central office roles with oversight of K-12 instruction and assessment. Laurie has co-authored several articles and book chapters. Laurie is currently serving on Virginia’s SOL Innovation Committee, where she chairs the Accountability 2.0 subcommittee. She works with teachers and school leaders on a variety of topics, including instructional coaching.  Laurie loves to sing and is a member of a barbershop harmony group. 

  • Dr. Sandra Mitchell

    Dr. Sandra Mitchell is on the faculty of the Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia, Northern Virginia Center. She coordinates Curry’s Administration and Supervision Program for Northern Virginia. Prior to coming to the Curry School of Education, Sandra was the Associate Superintendent for Instruction in Fauquier County, Virginia where she also served as a teacher, school teacher-leader, director, and interim superintendent throughout her 40-year career there. While in Fauquier, she oversaw the implementation of a new teacher evaluation system which “went beyond summative numbers”; she focused on eliminating barriers which reduced students’ access to more rigorous coursework to include a summer outdoor education program to introduce content knowledge to rising 5th graders; and she led a program redesign effort to increase middle school students’ access to both the fine and practical arts (CTE).  She was featured in the National Writing Project’s 2006 Annual Report focusing on “Better Writing; Bold Leadership.”  In the October 2013 edition of ASCD’s signature journal, Education Leadership, she was the subject of Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson’s monthly feature, “One to Grow On.” October’s article on Dr. Mitchell was titled “The Making of a Leader.” Sandra’s recent professional interests include mentoring aspiring and new educational leaders and developing her understanding of equity issues in educational leadership.

    Sandra's Bio
  • Dr. Meredith McCool

    Dr. Meredith McCool is an Assistant Professor of Education at Sweet Briar College. Prior to earning her doctorate in curriculum and instruction, Professor McCool was an environmental educator and taught elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska, where she served as assessment coordinator, mentor teacher and site-based specialist. She has supervised numerous pre-service teachers and coached new university supervisors and designed place-based curriculum materials to support the teaching of local history. At the University of Virginia, Meredith taught Teaching as a Profession and Teaching with Technology, and created a new course, Agents of Change: Civic Engagement through Community Service Learning. She looks forward to her third summer of involvement with the Curry Leadership Academy!

  • Dr. Tinkhani White

    Tinkhani Ushe White serves as the Curriculum Coordinator in Chesterfield County Public Schools.  Most recently she was the School Improvement Specialist for the school division.  A former high-school mathematics teacher, she is interested factors influencing mathematics performance and equity in educational access. Tinkhani has been in education for over 20 years having taught everything from 7th grade mathematics to pre-calculus, most of in schools considered “challenged”.  She has taught in New York and Virginia schools, learning a great deal about standards and implementation along the way.  Perhaps her most rewarding position was serving as the principal at Highland Springs High School in Henrico County, VA.  There she learned the value of relationships and how to drive improvement through systematic and systemic thinking.

    Born in Malawi Africa to a family of educators, Tinkhani has always considered education to be the great equalizer.  As an English Language Learner, she is passionate about making sure all children have equal access to a quality education.  As an educational leader, her focus is in making sure that educators have the skill set and tools to meet students where they are academically and bring them to the highest level possible. When she is not spending time with her family, she likes to dance, crochet, and participate in activities at her church.