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USA Today

USA TODAY spoke with Wright, Nancy Deutsch, a professor of education at the University of Virginia, and Jenna Glover, child psychologist and director of psychology training in the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado, on how to talk to children about election night, the morning after and what lies ahead.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The New York Times

It’s perfectly acceptable to have political discussions with your children, even if they’re young, said Nancy L. Deutsch, a professor of education at the University of Virginia and the director of Youth-Nex, a center for youth development at U.V.A. Talking about politics can help you communicate your values, she said, which is a good thing.

Friday, October 30, 2020
The 74

In an email, University of Virginia education professor Emily Solari said that the results mirrored those of earlier test iterations, though they can only offer a “snapshot” of reading achievement nationally.

“What this demonstrates is a system-wide failure to teach our children how to read and comprehend text,” Solari wrote.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Wall Street Journal

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A new study confirms that pre-K education gives young children significant advantages in language, literacy and math skills

Thursday, October 22, 2020
The New York Times

“There’s a substantial gap to begin with, and it’s expanding under Covid,” said James Soland, a professor of education at the University of Virginia and one author of a study that looked at learning loss during the pandemic.

Sunday, September 20, 2020
PRNewswire

"No matter the tool or its intended goals, most education technology products will fail if they are not implemented with a clear purpose and a clear plan," said Dr. Robert Pianta, chair of the EdTech Evidence Exchange and Dean of the Curry School. "Education technology companies, in partnership with the schools and districts they serve, have an opportunity -- and a responsibility -- to better articulate and act on that purpose in ways that reflect the unique needs and priorities of the school community."

Thursday, September 17, 2020
The Daily Progress

A new website from the University of Virginia aims to help connect families with resources and tools to use during virtual learning.

UVa’s Equity Center, Madison House and Youth-Nex, a research center at the Curry School of Education and Human Development, teamed up to launch cvilleeducationequity.com this week. 

Thursday, September 10, 2020
The Conversation

"Even before COVID-19, many of us had managed to engineer physical activity out of our lives. But now, the pandemic has made things worse." Arthur Weltman, a professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology in the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development, shares why physical activity is more important than ever.

Friday, September 4, 2020
NBC29

The Miller Center at the University of Virginia hosted a Zoom discussion where three education experts from the Curry School of Education weighed in on this issue and how learning from home has revealed new concerns.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
LA School Report

Project leader Bart Epstein, president and CEO of the EdTech Evidence Exchange and a research associate professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education and Human Development, says the effort is more important now than ever. “The impact of COVID-19 on schools has made the work of the EdTech Genome Project more critical,” he says.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Daily Press

The commission is chaired by Derrick Alridge, director of the Center for Race and Public Education in the South at the University of Virginia; Cassandra Newby-Alexander, dean of the college of liberal arts at Norfolk State University; and Rosa Atkins, superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools.

Monday, August 31, 2020
The Daily Progress

Chris Chang-Bacon, an assistant professor of education at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education and Human Development, said students learning English are dealing with multiple challenges and inequities in addition to their language skills.

“They’re also dealing with poverty and racism in the same way that a lot of other groups or students are, and they’re dealing with these things all at once,” Chang-Bacon said. “So I think it’s really important for our community to see how our English learners are being served as a reflection on how we are reaching a broad range of students in our community.”

Monday, August 31, 2020
The Columbian

“The private schools can be much more nimble,” said Bob Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. “They’re smaller by almost all scale. They deal with a more homogenous population, typically more resourced.”

Sunday, August 30, 2020
Christian Science Monitor

“The jury’s out on whether [private schools will] be able to manage the situation any better than the public school system would have,” says Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia.

Friday, August 28, 2020
Good Housekeeping

Abigail Amoako Kayser, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia. She says now that our homes have become classrooms, we can learn from research on “the complexities of these spaces.” 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
The 74

Jeb Bush, Arne Duncan, Margaret Spellings, Shavar Jeffries & Bart Epstein on a ‘Historic Opportunity’

He is also a research associate professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. As summer approached and as families adapted to learning during the coronavirus pandemic, we talked with Epstein about ed tech products, the role of schools, what he’s doing for his kids and ideas parents can use this summer.

Monday, August 24, 2020
Pew Trust

Teacher training programs in education schools already offer classes in social studies and humanities subjects as well as in teaching methods, and “it’s hard to find spaces in the curriculum” for a new requirement, said Derrick Alridge, professor of education and director of the Center for Race and Public Education in the South at the University of Virginia and chair of the commission’s professional development committee.

Thursday, August 20, 2020
The 74

“We are flailing at this right now,” said Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. The school released a survey last week, along with the EdTech Evidence Exchange, showing that almost a fourth of teachers responding didn’t cover any new instructional material during the spring closures and more than half said they covered less of the curriculum than they would in a typical school year.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
CBS19 News

Catherine Bradshaw, professor and senior associate dean for research and faculty development at the UVA Curry School of Education, said these socialization changes may be tougher for younger students.

"Kids, particularly teens, have been using technology to communicate with their friends for quite some time. I think it's the younger kids, particularly preschool, early elementary grades where they are so much more interpersonal and in fact physical in many ways in the way that they interact with each other," she said. "This distance is putting a damper on those learning opportunities."

Sunday, August 16, 2020
Charlottesville Tomorrow

Children with special needs will face substantial challenges with online learning, Michael J. Kennedy, associate professor of special education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, wrote in an email. The impact would depend on how severe their needs are, he said.

“Many people who are not in education or otherwise do not have a person with a disability in their life don’t know the huge range of disabilities out there,” he said. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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