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Teacher preparation has traditionally been the work of universities, while induction into the profession and mentor teacher training have been the work of the school divisions that hire new teachers.

Now, UVa’s Curry School of Education faculty, staff and alumni are innovating and partnering to bridge the gap between teacher preparation and teacher induction and are introducing their new Teaching Fellowship.

Curry is partnering with Frederick County Public Schools, Goochland County Public Schools and Virginia Beach City Public Schools to pilot a new way of preparing and retaining high quality teachers. Each school division will select from among Curry teacher candidates in its areas of critical need (such as STEM, special education, and elementary education), as well as seeking candidates who represent the student populations they will serve. The school divisions will hire these “fellows” for a year-long residency that incorporates both the traditional fall student-teaching semester and the following spring semester as well.

During this year, they will work in instructional support roles and as co-teachers under the guidance of mentor teachers carefully identified by school division leadership and trained by Curry School faculty members.

Read more here.


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Governor McAuliffe & the state Board of Education just announced their 2016 Virginia Index of Performance Awards, a recognition program designed to highlight schools that meet exceptionally high benchmarks in student achievement as measured by Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments.

Congratulations to the entire Byrd Elementary school-community for their recognition as a Distinguished Achievement Award winner for 2016!

Join us in congratulating our superintendent on yet another outstanding recognition!

Richmond Technology Council, central Virginia’s catalyst for technology, held its 21st Annual Technology Awards show and gala tonight, honoring several local organizations and individuals that are actively helping advance central Virginia’s technology-based economy.

Over 700 of Richmond Tech Business leaders attended the award show held at the Convention Center.  The awards are structured in a way that recognizes individual accomplishments, corporate wins, non-profit success stories, innovators in their field, and small businesses.

Dr. James Lane, superintendent of Goochland County Public Schools received the Innovation in Education Award, given to the educator that provides exceptional technology leadership and encourages students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering and math.

“Much has changed during the last two decades, but our region continues to sprout outstanding technologists, innovators, and entrepreneurs”, said Robby Demeria, Executive Director of the Richmond Technology Council.  “It’s because of these finalists tonight that central Virginia continues to attract new businesses. Our area has become a desired location for young technologists to live, work, and play.”

National School Nurse Day is Wednesday, May 11.  Our families and staff rely on five of the most caring, talented professionals in the Commonwealth to tend to the health and wellness of more than 2,500 students every day.

Please join us in recognizing and thanking (left to right) Jane Anderson (GES), Molly Hawkins (RES), Marti Wunsh (BES), Heidi Yates (GHS), and LaToya Gregory (GMS).