Just Say Yes

Jennifer Locasale-Crouch shares how she started working with Inter-American Development Bank, Ecuador, the World Bank and Kyrgyzstan.

Just this week, I connected with colleagues from 4 different continents, representing 15 different countries, all working toward the same goal: improving the future for the next generation of children. I do not have specialized training for international work and, as much as I try, I am not particularly adept and learning new languages. In fact, my kids would say I am quite awful at it.

So, how did I get here?

From a very young age, I loved to travel. Much of this desire came from a curiosity about the world around me. I found the similarities and differences across houses, neighborhoods, and cultures fascinating. I felt compelled to explore and try to understand the experiences that bind us together as humankind but also create our own unique individual footprint. Read more…

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Jennifer Locasale-Crouch

Jennifer Locasale-Crouch

Welcome Back to Curry

Welcome to a new year and a new semester.

Welcome to all our new students, faculty, and staff joining Curry for the first time.

Welcome back to everyone else!

In the coming days we launch a new year with a fresh start, one that holds tremendous promise.

Together, we start this year in a great place. The Curry School is recognized as one of the top schools of education in the country known for its commitments to excellence, innovation, and equity.  We are housed in a top-rated university nestled in a city known for creativity and vibrant activity. Read more…

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Bob Pianta

Bob Pianta

Dean, US Novartis Professor of Education

Be Proactive to Cut School Violence

How safe are our schools? News reports of school shootings have stimulated school boards across the nation to spend millions of dollars on security. One popular, reactive strategy is “lockdown drills” where teachers and students practice hiding from armed intruders. Are schools really so dangerous that such drills are necessary?

Before diverting school resources to shooter drills, educators should look objectively at the risk of violence:

1. Yes, gun violence is pervasive in the United States.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 84,000 nonfatal injuries and 33,000 deaths every year involving guns. That works out to about 320 shootings and 90 deaths every day. The cases reported in the news are highly selective and not representative. Read more…

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Dewey Cornell

Dewey G. Cornell

Ambitious Instruction: Teacher Preparation at Curry

In this new blog series, we introduce contributions by the inaugural class of the Curry School’s new Mentor Teacher Training Program, funded by a grant through the Virginia Department of Education. The Curry School partners with local school divisions to deliver a graduate course at no cost to their highly recommended teachers. The course focuses on ambitious, evidence-based coaching and mentoring practices that facilitate high-quality teaching practice. While enrolled in the course, these mentors refine their practices while developing the skills of future teachers’ in their classrooms. In this post, mentor Beverly Kerr shares her perspectives about the course and about the importance of mentoring.


Before participating in the Curry Mentor Teacher Training Program, I thought that I was a good mentor.  I guided several students through their student teaching and opened my classroom to even more practicum students.

After reading research on effective coaching and mentoring in the program, however, I am left wondering how much of an impact I truly made on those novice teachers’ learning.  If I am to be honest, probably very little.

Yes, I offered them opportunities to practice their craft, but I doubt that they left with many refined skills. I may have helped them through their student teaching but that is not the same thing as effective coaching or mentoring. Read more…

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Beverly Kerr

Beverly Kerr

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. Read more…

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Adria Hoffman

Adria Hoffman

M.Ed. '05 Soc Fdns