Research Impacts

The School of Education and Human Development boasts a remarkable portfolio of work – scholarship that is alive and relevant to the everyday work of professionals in education and human development. Our research drives inquiry, discovery and impact.

Here, students join eminent research faculty, tackling some of our society’s toughest challenges in partnership with practitioners and clinicians in the field. Together, we create new knowledge that is making an impact in our communities here in Virginia and around the world.


Our Success Will be Your Success

  • 1

    1 Million Students Impacted by CASTL Research

  • 37

    Countries Reached by Our Research

  • 6250

    Students Included in Compassionate Schools Project Study

Building Better Teachers

At the School of Education and Human Development, we are committed to the scientific study of effective teaching.

  • Global Involvement

    Students and faculty are engaged with work that matters around the globe.

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  • Remaking Middle School

    UVA’s Youth-Nex research center is taking the lead in a multi-year effort to wholly reimagine and remake what middle school can be.

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  • Researchers Play Key Role In 2 States' Efforts to Expand Quality Early Childhood Education

    Virginia and Louisiana landed nearly $18M in federal grants to enhance their early childhood education initiatives. Our researchers are a critical part of both projects.

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  • Professor Wants To Be At Forefront of Wearable Sensor Revolution

    Professor Jay Hertel believes data from wearable sensors can help athletes immensely from an injury prevention and recovery standpoint.

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  • Do Security Cameras In Public Schools Make Students Feel Safer?

    According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 94 percent of public schools reported that they controlled access to school buildings by locking or monitoring doors. Eighty-one percent reported deploying security cameras. But is all this activity making students feel safer? New research from the University of Virginia says “yes and no.”

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Research-Based Tools Making a World of Difference

Researchers at the School of Education and Human Development have developed a number of measures and supports that are used throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, across the United States and around the world.

  • Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening

    Early literacy screening is the key to providing effective literacy instruction and preventing future reading problems. The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) provides a comprehensive assessment of young children’s knowledge of the important literacy fundamentals that are predictive of future reading success and is used by 99% of school divisions in the VA on a voluntary basis.

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  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System

    The Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™) is an observational instrument developed at the School's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning to assess classroom quality in PK-12 classrooms. It describes multiple dimensions of teaching that are linked to student achievement and development and has been validated in over 2,000 classrooms.

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  • MyTeachingPartner

    MyTeachingPartner™, or MTP, is a system of professional-development supports developed through the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning. MTP improves teacher-student interactions, which in turn, increases student learning and development.

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  • Young Women Leaders Program

    Established in 1997, the Young Women Leaders Program has served over 1,200 girls in Central Virginia with trained college women mentors, and there are an additional 10 “sister sites” nationally and internationally using the YWLP model.

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  • Virginia Threat Assessment Guidelines

    The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines is an evidence-based model for schools to use in conducting threat assessments of students. This model has been widely adopted by schools in Virginia and nationwide.

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