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Curry Research Conference

The 6th Annual Curry Research Conference is scheduled for Friday, March 27th, 2015!

Registration is now CLOSED for CRC 2015. We look forward to seeing everyone on March 27th.

The conference is an opportunity for students to share their education research with other Curry students and with faculty members.


Bavaro Hall

417 Emmet St. South
Charlottesville, VA 22904



Tentative Schedule

8am-8:45am - Registration & Breakfast

8:45-10:50am- Paper Session I & Paper Session II

11:00-12:30pm- Keynote Speaker Kevin Miller: New Perspectives on Classroom Processes

Abstract of the talk: Two approaches to improvement have become popular in a variety fields. The first, associated with Clayton Christensen ("The Innovator's Dilemma") focuses on "disruptive innovations" that involve new organizations and structures. The second, associated with Atul Gawande ("Better") argues that under-standing and improving everyday processes can be associated with dramatic improvements in effectiveness. Both approaches are being applied to education, but a real stumbling block for advocates of the Gawande approach is that we know surprisingly little about the cognitive processes that go on in classrooms. In my talk, I will describe two research projects aimed at remedying this gap. The first uses mobile eye tracking technologies to understand the cognitive processes of teachers as they teach classroom lessons. The second uses an automated speech analysis system (the "LENA") to give teachers timely feedback about the distribution of talk between teacher and student during math lessons, with an aim of helping them to promote productive discussions. Our underlying premise is that it is now possible to make fundamental processes of teaching and learning visible for research and professional development.

Kevin Miller is Professor of Psychology and Educational Studies at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on understanding the relation between student learning and classroom processes, and cross-cultural similarities and differences in academic learning and performance. He is a developmental and school psychologist by training, and he works to understand the interplay of developmental and educational processes in the development of fundamental cognitive skills

12:30pm-1:30 pm- Poster Session A & Lunch

1:30pm-2:30 pm- Poster Session B & Lunch

2:40pm-3:40 pm- Workshops

  • Articulating A Theory of Change Through Logic Models sponsored by CRC
  • Preparing for the Job Market sponsored by Ed Council
  • Investigating Deaf Culture on the Vineyard: Using Qualitative Methods in Social Science Research sponsored by Curry Big Read
  • Diversity Scholarship for Change sponsored by SEEDS for Change

3:45 pm-4:30 pm Community Reception and Poster Award announcements, Bavaro Atrium

Breakfast or lunch at workshops and the closing reception will only be provided for registrants. Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to your participation!

Further Information

Do you have questions about proposal submission or other volunteering opportunities?

Please check out CRC FAQs.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact us.

If you still have questions, please contact

The CRC Steering Committee

To volunteer, please contact one of the following people on the steering committee:

Committee Co Chairs: Amy Reynolds (, Wendy Rodgers (

Logistics Committee coordinates location, technology, food, and volunteers on day of conference.  Contact Mark Sutherlin (

Outreach and Communications Committee coordinates conference promotion, upkeep of website, and communication about the conference. Contact Sarah Lupo ( or Liz Hasseltine (

Program Committee coordinates presentation moderator training and presentation sessions, faculty involvement, creation of the program, and presentation schedules. Contact Lora Henderson (

Proposal Committee coordinates proposal submissions and review process. Contact Grant Norte ( or Andy Columbo-Dougovito (

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