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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
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

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

University of Virginia President Jim Ryan is going to be leading a conversation on equitable distance learning on Thursday.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Internet access has become a precondition to students participating in the learning process from kindergarten all the way through college.

Dean of the UVA School of Education and Human Development Robert Pianta will introduce Ryan and other speakers.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Globe Gazette

A recent study published in the journal "Educational Researcher" by University of Virginia professors Robert Pianta and Arya Ansari followed over 1,000 students to see if those who attended private schools had better outcomes, not just in test scores but other measures such as graduation rates, college attendance, etc. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

UVA’s  school of education will soon launch Educating for Democracy – a program designed to help teachers talk with students about race and other divisive issues of our time.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

A group of researchers at the University of Virginia are offering resources to help teachers address issues of racial injustice in the classroom.

The initiative called "Educating for Democracy" uses the way U.S. history is taught to properly explain current events.

"We really have to think about racism within the context of America and the context of schooling if we want to move towards this democracy that we're working so hard for," said Johari Harris, the initiative's director.

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Teen Vogue

Their feelings are supported by science: Micah Mazurek and Gerrit Van Schalkwyk, professors at the University of Virginia and University of Utah, respectively, tell Teen Vogue about two separate studies they conducted that confirmed the positive influence of social media in neurodiverse teenagers’ and adults’ lives. Van Schalkwyk says that neurodiverse young people who use social media tend to have stronger friendships, and more of them, than their peers who stay offline, potentially because social media “makes up for some of the differences in their communication style and plays to their strengths, in particular.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

A new online resource offered by UVA School of Education and Human Development’s Center for Race and Public Education in the South aims to support K-12 teachers and students grappling with issues of race and justice.

Monday, January 18, 2021
Christian Science Monitor

For many Americans, that wound has grown more painful with the way it has historically been taught, says Derrick Alridge, a professor at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Alridge recently chaired Virginia’s Commission on African American History Education, charged with auditing the state’s efforts to teach Black history. Released last August, its 80-page report identifies faults endemic to curricula across the country. 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

The University of Virginia is leading the Commonwealth’s new plan to improve mental health in K-12 students. A new statewide project called the Virginia Partnership for School Mental Health aims to strengthen school mental health services. 

"Mental health needs in students are increasing and are really important and there’s a shortage of qualified school mental health providers. What we’re trying to do is simply. If we pair universities who are training the next generation of mental health providers with school divisions in the area who need them the most, we think we’re going to help increase the pipeline," said Dr. Michael Lyons, a UVA professor and co-director of the Virginia Partnership for School Mental Health. 

Monday, January 11, 2021
The Virginian Pilot

Emily Solari, a professor of education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development, said it’s difficult to quantify the true impact of the pandemic on student learning. But she stressed that this environment is ripe for students to fall behind.

Saturday, January 9, 2021
The Atlanta Journal Constitution

“An active lifestyle does not have to cost any money. Social media collaborations and support are generally free – anyone can join support groups to improve accountability,” said Susan A. Saliba, a professor in the department of kinesiology, Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

We asked a panel of experts to share their advice on introducing positive changes both at home and at the policy level. 

Susan A. Saliba, Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

University of Virginia education professor Patricia Ann Jennings has spent the last decade studying teacher stress. “Often teachers feel very alone in their classrooms and they feel very disconnected from the other adults,” she said. Her research points to a handful of common stressors, things as simple as teachers having to “hold it” when they need to use the restroom, not being able to just walk away from conflict and lacking privacy. 

Thursday, December 31, 2020
Education Week

Robert Q Berry III is a past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and a current professor of mathematics education at the University of Virginia. He has been a teacher at nearly all levels and collaborates with parents, teachers, and community members across the U.S. to advocate for teachers and students.

Friday, December 18, 2020