Teacher and students

Studying Teacher Education

Large-scale project under way looks at math and ELA instruction

What elements of teacher preparation programs are most effective in developing great teachers? Education scholars have almost no empirical evidence to answer this question, but that will change as a team of Curry professors completes a study of six different elementary teacher preparation programs over the next three years—the Curry School, another university in Virginia, two universities in Michigan, and two universities in Connecticut. In a major logistical undertaking they will track 300 students through their final year of teacher preparation and into their first two years in school classrooms to examine how their experiences in university courses and student teaching placements are associated with their instructional practices as early career teachers. Principal investigator Peter Youngs, along with co-PIs Julie Cohen and Robert Berry, will identify experiences in teacher preparation courses that lead beginning teachers to engage in high-quality mathematics and reading/language arts instruction. Read More »

Jonathan Plucker Named 2015 Curry Distinguished Alum

In recognition of Jonathan A. Plucker’s world-renowned expertise in the field of gifted education, his paradigm-changing impact on the field of creativity assessment, and his widespread influence on public education policy, the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Foundation has selected him to receive its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Plucker is the Raymond Neag Endowed Professor of Education and professor of educational psychology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., where he has been on the faculty since 2012. From 1997 to 2012 he was professor of educational psychology and cognitive science at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he also directed the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy beginning in 2003.

Alumni Spotlight

Amber M. (Winkler) Northern (Ph.D. ‘02 Ed Policy Studies)

Senior Vice President for Research Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Northern supervises the Fordham Institute’s studies and research staff.  She has published in the areas of educational accountability, principal leadership, teacher quality, and academic standards, among others. Read More »

Where are they now?

John Almarode Ph.D. ’11 Sci Ed

Sarah Miller Luck Endowed Professor of Education and Co-Director, Center for STEM Education and Outreach Department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education James Madison University

JMU provides an excellent environment for striking the ideal balance between teaching and research.  I work directly with teacher candidates in science methods courses, provide support to candidates in their clinical setting, as well as develop and implement cutting-edge research in K-12 STEM teaching and learning.  Working side by side with our most valued stakeholders, K–12 teachers and students, the College of Education values, supports and encourages my focus on the research-to-practice pathway. Read More »