Sometimes connections made between students while at the Curry School pay off later in their professional careers. Many of our alumni maintain contact with each other after graduation, and some even find ways to collaborate with each other across the miles.
Hope Casto (M.Ed. ‘05 Soc Fdns), for example, has kept in touch with Andy Rotherham (M.Ed. ‘00 Soc Fdns) and recently invited him to speak at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, on “Racing to the Top? The Whats and Whys of Today’s Education Reforms.”
“I met him when I took a class from him at UVA in Education Policy,” Hope Casto, assistant professor of Education Studies, told The Skidmore News (April 11, 2012). “He has skyped with my School and Society class in past semesters. The students have enjoyed the conversations with him so much that the department decided to bring him to campus.”
Rotherham is a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Rotherham leads Bellwether’s thought leadership, idea generation, and policy analysis work. He also writes the weekly “School of Thought” column for TIME.com as well as the blog Eduwonk.com and is the co-publisher of “Education Insider” a federal policy research tool produced by Whiteboard Advisors. Rotherham previously served at The White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Clinton administration and is a former member of the Virginia Board of Education. He is also vice chair of the Curry School of Education Foundation board of directors.
He was featured in the 2010 issue of Curry’s alumni magazine.