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Special Issue of School Psychology Review Highlights New Approaches to Close the Discipline Gap in US Schools

Researchers from the Curry School of Education Lead the Call for Culturally-Responsive Teaching and Student Engagement Models


Class of 2018: Life on the Lawn

Three Curry School “Lawnies” reflect on the unique experience of living on the UVA Lawn – the prestige, the sense of history, the strangers peering through your mail slot – and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leave your mark on Grounds.


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Class of 2018: Mark Yu

Originally from Guam, Mark is graduating from the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science (EP-ADS) program.


Cornell and Bradshaw Join Coalition Issuing Call to Action to Prevent Gun Violence

Growing coalition of national education organizations sign onto eight-point violence prevention plan.


Dewey Cornell: Will the next shooting be in Virginia?

In the wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Dewey Cornell, a forensic clinical psychologist, Bunker Professor of Education and director of the UVA Youth Violence Project, shares how Virginia is working to prevent school violence. This column was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on February 17, 2018.


Volunteerism: When Play and Study Coincide

Many Curry students engage with Madison House, which serves as the student volunteer center at UVA, offering a unique educational and “hands on” experience. Millie Dubose, Mary Rose Philipoom and Claire Prioleau share their stories of leadership and service, and their professional goals as they shape careers in education.


Dual MBA/MEd Alum Brings Energy and Innovation to Youth Development

Jessica Streufert, three-time UVA grad and director of programs and administration at a prominent youth development organization in D.C., shares how UVA’s dual MBA/MEd program empowered her to advocate for innovation in education.


UVA’s Young Women Leaders Program Turns Students Into Change Agents

Learn how the program, 20 years old this year, connects female undergraduates with middle school girls to help navigate the sometimes-rocky transition from elementary school.


Student Profile: Diane D’Costa ’18

A fourth-year from Howard County, Maryland, Diane is studying both Youth and Social Innovation and Leadership and Public Policy as the first student to double-major across the Curry School and the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. She is also the Vice President for the Class of 2018, and last summer she interned in D.C. with the National Education Association.


Student Profile: Brett Curtis ’18

Brett is a fourth-year double major in Youth and Social Innovation and Government, with a minor in History. Born and raised in Miami, FL, Brett is also a student council representative, president of the University Democrats, and captain of UVA’s Quidditch team.


Student Profile: Paola Sanchez Valdez ’18

Paola is a fourth-year Youth and Social Innovation major and Global Studies minor from Lynchburg, VA. She started a chapter of the Young Women Leaders Program in Ecuador and founded DREAMers on Grounds, a student-run organization that aims to support undocumented students through education and advocacy.


Activism in Youth: It’s a Good Thing

Young people’s engagement in the world around them can have a profound influence on society and on the individual, said Curry School professor Nancy Deutsch, who is organizing a conference on youth activism this week.