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In the United States, we tend to focus on the educating roles of public schools, largely ignoring the ways in which schools provide free and essential care for children while their parents work. When COVID-19 shuttered in-person schooling, it eliminated this subsidized child care for many families. It created intense stress for working parents, especially for mothers who left the workforce at a high rate

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Education Week

Well before the pandemic, however, there were plenty of signs that ed tech’s reality fell far short of its promise. Somewhere between $26 billion and $41 billion each year goes to school technology, despite a paucity of research showing that such purchases are effective, said Bart Epstein, the CEO of the EdTech Evidence Exchange and a professor of education and human development at the University of Virginia.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Virginian Piloit

“It’s not going to be an immediate pivot for families who have multiple considerations and adjustments that need to be made in order to place their children back into school,” said Valerie Adams-Bass, an assistant professor of education at the University of Virginia.

Sunday, April 18, 2021
The Tea with Buta Podcast

Diving into the science of Reading.

Saturday, March 27, 2021
Research Minutes Podcast

In a new article, University of Virginia researcher Chris Chang-Bacon draws on years of research into Students with Interrupted Formal Education, or SIFE, and offers lessons for educators working to support students following a year of disruption and disconnection.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

According to a new analysis published this week by the Edtech Evidence Exchange, a nonprofit organization based out of the University of Virginia, the total figure is also in the billions—perhaps between $26 and $41 billion a year. But that range is merely an estimate—and a conservative one at that.

The ambiguity around edtech spending is doing more harm than most people realize, says Bart Epstein, CEO of the Edtech Evidence Exchange and a research associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development.

Monday, March 22, 2021
The Washington Post

“On nearly every single outcome that we can assess, public schools have a marginal impact that is really small relative to the impact of families,” said Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and founding director of the university’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning.

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Charlottesville Tomorrow

“We need to approach the past year with the assumption that existing inequities in opportunities, access and outcomes will have been amplified,” Nancy Deutsch, director of Youth-Nex at the University of Virginia, said. “We have to be aware of that. That’s displayed itself in many ways, and it will continue to come out as kids come back into school in-person.”

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Associated Press

“It is this idea of giving kids the gift of time, the idea of giving them another year to develop, grow and play and potentially be in a less structured environment will allow them to get more out of it down the road,” said Daphna Bassok, an associate professor of education and public policy at the University of Virginia.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Richmond Times Dispatch

“It is this idea of giving kids the gift of time, the idea of giving them another year to develop, grow and play and potentially be in a less structured environment will allow them to get more out of it down the road,” said Daphna Bassok, an associate professor of education and public policy at the University of Virginia.

Bassok, who recently studied Virginia’s prekindergarten and kindergarten enrollment rates from fall 2019 to fall 2020, found that statewide kindergarten enrollment is down 13%.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

“There is a tremendous need for rigorous evidence to help students, teachers, and schools recover from the significant disruptions caused by the pandemic. Our ongoing collaboration with VDOE will be able to address that need thanks to the support of this grant.”

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Adams-Bass says it's no surprise some Black students are doing better at home than they were at school. School can take a lot out of them.

"There is emotional energy and a cognitive energy that goes along with navigating the spaces where you don't feel welcome or comfortable. You're always on alert, you're always on, you're always deflecting, so you would be exhausted at the end of the day on top of growing," she says.

Monday, March 1, 2021
The Chronicle of Higher Ed

Just staying current can be a challenge, said Robert Pianta, dean of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. “As a higher-ed administrator, I’m getting bombarded” with pitches from companies, he told me. “Some I recognize, most I don’t.”

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

“What we’re finding here is that the folks who participated felt like this was a really engaging and positive kind of virtual experience,” study co-author Beth Schueler told Kevin Mahnken.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Inside Higher Ed

Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein popularized this approach, based on behavioral science, in their 2008 book, Nudge, and scholars like Ben Castleman at the University of Virginia and Caroline Hoxby at Stanford University shortly thereafter adapted it for use in higher education. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Eagle News Online

Not only did Kennedy become a teacher —  he went on to be a teacher of future teachers. Now, he is being honored for his research in special education. In January, Kennedy learned he was the recipient of the 2021 TED Pearson Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, which is awarded by the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, a national organization dedicated to special education.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Released through the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development, the report provides the earliest qualitative evidence related to the National Summer School Initiative (NSSI), which was swiftly designed by a coalition of actors from the education reform world as COVID-19 triggered nationwide school closures.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Hechinger Report

Even University of Virginia Professor Ben Castleman, the founder and director of Nudge4, which studies low-cost behavioral interventions, is coming to the conclusion that expensive, intensive advising programs are the best way to help more low-income students obtain a college degree. In a November 2020 study, he argued that they’re ultimately more cost effective. Castleman was also on the research team of the large financial aid study with Denning. He told me that it only cost a couple of dollars a student to set up the texting platform. But that’s a couple of dollars down the drain when it doesn’t work. 

Monday, February 15, 2021

The group, coined ‘Virginia LEARNS (Leading, Engaging, Assessing, Recovering, Nurturing and Succeeding) Workgroup,’ consists of educators, school administrators, mental health professionals, parents, and leaders of community organizations.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Rachel Wahl has spent years studying conversations between people who disagree over political and social issues.  She did a book on police and communities demanding change, brought students together from a small evangelical college and a large secular university.

Friday, February 5, 2021