The Curry Teaching Fellowship

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, Curry faculty, staff and alumni are innovating and partnering to bridge the gap between teacher preparation and teacher induction. We are excited to introduce our 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.

Our fellows will further develop contextual knowledge of school division policies and practices through Curry seminars held near their school to support their transition from teacher candidate to teacher. They will also receive two full years of MyTeachingPartner-Preservice Supervision, a targeted, individualized feedback model developed at Curry.  In exchange for this substantively stronger and longer support from both the division and Curry, fellows will commit to accepting employment and remaining in the school division for at least the first three years of their teaching careers.

This fellowship model is a game-changer for teacher education and the clinical experience. Connecting teacher preparation and induction is a goal for many colleges and universities, but only the Curry School has been able to develop and pilot this model with the help of our outstanding partners. Because these Teaching Fellows will meet their student teaching requirements through a paid fellowship, promising future teachers who might not otherwise have the financial resources to complete a graduate program in education will be able to do so and to give back to public school communities.

We are thrilled to support our students and the hundreds of students they will serve in their careers.

This project was funded in part by The Jefferson Trust, an initiative of the UVA Alumni Association.

Wayne Cozart, Vice President, Development & Director of Jefferson Trust; Steve Geyer (Ed.D. ’07 Admin & Supv), Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Goochland County; Adria Hoffman; Dave Sovine (Ed.D. ’09 Admin & Supv), Superintendent of Frederick County Schools; Mark Pinho, Trustee.

Guest Author

Adria Hoffman

Adria Hoffman

M.Ed. '05 Soc Fdns

Educators as Entrepreneurs

For over a decade I’ve worked in the field of education in many capacities: as a high school history teacher, as a higher education administrator, as a faculty member in a teacher education program, and currently as a senior researcher in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education at the Curry School working to better understand how we can improve educational outcomes particularly for underrepresented and underserved populations.

To date, I’ve been—and I’ve considered myself—a teacher, an administrator, and a researcher. But never, in fact, an entrepreneur.

Rewind back to the winter of 2014, when during a freak snow storm in Charlottesville I met up with my friend Sara (Yeatman) Currier (M.Ed. ’10 Kines), at the gym. We were the only ones there, and while on the treadmill our conversation shifted to why there were no group fitness options that incorporate something we already love to do: run! Read more…

Guest Author

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Claire Mitchell

Ph.D. ’13 Higher Ed

Taking the Uneasy Road

Taking the easy road will never lead to lasting rewards. Rather, paths that make you uneasy, unsure, or uncomfortable may end up far better than you could ever imagine.

These difficult times allow for exponential growth and development. I have heard a lot of admirable people talk about this over the years and always rolled my eyes. However, I never found it to be truer than when I left the Curry School, which seemed counterintuitive at the time.

The minute I stepped on Grounds, I fell in love with Virginia and all the University had to offer. Thanks to the amazing people I met at UVA, I was able to grow as an individual and professional. My original plan had always been to keep going to school. I wanted to get my bachelor’s and master’s degrees and go straight through to my PhD but quickly realized life cannot always be planned. Read more…

Guest Author

Kaitlyn Miller

Kaitlyn Miller

M.Ed. '15 Ed Psych: App Dev Science

Bringing Curry’s Principles to the World’s Most Vulnerable

Every year, thousands of refugee families arrive in Virginia searching for good schools and hospitals, affordable housing, economic opportunity, and a sense of belonging. These families – many of whom settle in Charlottesville – assimilate, open businesses, become professionals and add to the unique cultural diversity of the United States.

During my time at Curry I student-taught an ESL history class at Charlottesville High School that included a number of students who had recently resettled in the US. At the time, I only briefly considered what these children experienced prior to their arrival. They came from Nigeria, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan – places I loosely followed in the news but about which I knew relatively little.

Where were these families before they sought asylum in Charlottesville, and what difficulties had they faced? The answer to that question was complex and saddening, and it would become the basis for my career. Read more…

Guest Author

Liz Bond

Elisabeth Bond

M.T. '07 Soc Studies Ed

Influencing EdTech in Schools Around the Nation

I just returned from attending the annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education and bring greetings from some Curry alumni.

As you have probably heard, the Curry School was the impetus behind the new Jefferson Education Accelerator, a business accelerator focused on growth-stage companies with promising learning technologies. In his recent HuffPost Education blog post Dean Bob Pianta said that schools and colleges of education have a responsibility to prepare future educators to “think critically about the ways in which technology can create new efficiencies and promote deeper learning” (“The Responsibility of Schools of Education in Preparing Teachers to Teach With Tech”).

His perspective on the importance of preparing teachers and school leaders to assess and integrate educational technology is buttressed by more than three decades of ongoing work in this area at the Curry School. Being at the SITE conference last week among its 950 participants was a strong affirmation of our influence. Read more…


Lynn Bell

Lynn Bell

Director of Alumni Relations