2021: Year in Review


This year has been filled with unique stories. From launching a new app for teachers, to supporting teens and students, to a big announcement from our dean: Here is a look at our ten most popular stories from 2021.

  • #10: Blue Ridge LEND Established


    A $2.2M grant establishes the Blue Ridge LEND interdisciplinary training program at UVA designed to improve the health and well-being of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

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  • #9: Professor Created New App


    Michael Kennedy combined his expertise as a special education scholar and his passion for technology to create a new app designed to improve teaching for special education students.

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  • #8: What Brain Scans Reveal About Learning Math


    A UVA study is examining brain data of elementary-age students to explore how memory systems support math learning.

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  • #7: Benefits of Physical Activity


    When it comes to obese individuals getting healthy and reducing mortality risk, increasing physical activity and improving fitness appear to be superior to weight loss.

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  • #6: How School Counselors Can Support Students


    Counselor education professor Joseph Williams shared his thoughts on the need for a whole-child approach, the role of school counselors, and how to bring an equity lens to social-emotional learning.

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  • #5: Bob Pianta To Step Down As Dean


    Bob Pianta, the Batten Bicentennial Professor of Early Childhood Education, will step down as dean of the School of Education and Human Development at the end of the 2021-22 academic year.

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  • #4: Class of 2021 - Alexis Allen


    In high school, Alexis Allen experienced education inequity firsthand. At UVA, she turned her frustration into action, utlimately graduting with a degree in Youth and Social Innovation.

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  • #3: 4 Things Your Teen (Or Pre-teen) Needs


    Build stronger relationships with the teens and pre-teens in your life by understanding these four underlying developmental needs that drive adolescent behavior.

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  • #2: Top-10 Public U.S. News Ranking


    The UVA School of Education and Human Development ranked No. 19 in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report rankings, making it the 10th best public school of education in the country.

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  • #1: Measuring COVID Learning Loss


    How do we account for what students have lost academically during a year of pandemic schooling? Early data has begun to shed light on where student learning stands – and how to move forward.

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