New Student Orientation


Welcome Session

Friday, August 21, 2020 from 9:00 – 9:55 AM EST
Dean’s Welcome, Dean Bob Pianta 
Academic Programs and Student Affairs, Associate Dean Catherine Brighton and Director of Student Affairs, Jessica Livingston
Equity and Inclusion, Robert Berry, Associate Dean and Vivian Wong, Diversity Action Committee
Online Learning, Director of Online Initiatives, Jenny Provo Quarles
EdCouncil, President, Sarah Lilly
Honor, Honor Rep, Isabelle Edwards


Looking Back, Looking Forward 

Friday, August 21, 2020 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM EST
Presentation and interactive discussion about our history, namesakes, and how these histories play into our current day goals around equity and inclusion. The session will be facilitated by Dr. Robert Berry, Dr. Derrick Alridge, and current students.

Orientation Presentation Videos


  • Orientation Fall 2020
  • Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Program Orientations


If your program does not have a synchronous time listed for a program meeting, it is likely you have already met as a program or there are plans for a meeting early in the semester. We recommend you reach out directly to your program coordinator if you have any questions

  • Programs and Contact Name

    Certificate - Applied Behavioral Analysis - Youjia Hua
    Certificate - Instructional Technology and Design - Ginger Watson
    Certificate - Teaching English Learners in PreK-12 Education - April Salerno
    Certificate - Teaching Gifted Learners in PreK-12 Education - Chris Amspaugh
    M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction- Reading Education - Emily Solari
    PGMT in Elementary Education - Robert Berry
    PGMT in English as a Second Language - Chris Chang-Bacon (on-Grounds); Courtney Sullivan (online)
    PGMT in English Education - Natasha Heny
    PGMT in Mathematics Education - Kyong Mi Choi
    PGMT in Science - Biology - Frackson Mumba
    PGMT in Science - Chemistry - Frackson Mumba
    PGMT in Science - Earth and Space Science - Frackson Mumba
    PGMT in Science - Physics - Frackson Mumba
    PGMT in Social Studies Education - Stephanie van Hover
    PGMT in Special Education - Lysandra Cook (on-Grounds); Courtney Sullivan (online)
    Ph.D. in Education - English Education - Peter Youngs
    Ph.D. in Education - Gifted Education - Peter Youngs
    Ph.D. in Education - Mathematics - Peter Youngs
    Ph.D. in Education - Reading Education - Peter Youngs
    Ph.D. in Education - Science - Peter Youngs
    Ph.D. in Education - Social Studies Education - Peter Youngs
    B.S.Ed. In Speech Communication Disorders - Filip Loncke
    B.S.Ed. In Youth and Social Innovation - Melissa Levy
    M.Ed. in Counselor Education - Derick Williams
    Ph.D. in Education - Speech Communication Disorders - LaVae Hoffman
    Ed.D. in Administration & Supervision - Sara Dexter
    M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision - Sara Dexter
    M.Ed. in Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Science - Beverly Sweeney
    M.Ed. in Educational Psychology - Social Foundations - Derrick Alridge
    M.Ed. In Higher Education - Christian Steinmetz
    Ph.D. in Education - Administration & Supervision - Sara Dexter
    Ph.D. in Education - Applied Developmental Science - Natalia Palacios
    Ph.D. in Education - Educational Policy Studies - Daphna Bassok
    Ph.D. in Education - Higher Education - Christian Steinmetz
    Ph.D. in Education - Research, Statistics, and Evaluation - Tim Konold
    Ph.D. in Education - Social Foundations - Derrick Alridge
    M.Ed. in Kinesiology - Kinesiology for Individuals with Disabilities - Marty Block
    M.S. in Athletic Training - Michael Higgins
    Ph.D. in Education - Kinesiology - Jay Hertel

Welcome Week Activities


Welcome Week activities at our School are typically events that are hosted during the first two weeks of class to welcome (and welcome back!) our students. They range in focus from introducing students to resources and skills, opportunities for students to connect socially and get involved, and other ways to connect to our school and mission. Please join in any and all activities that interest you!

  • School of Education and Human Development Orientation

    Hosted by Student Affairs
    All new students will be invited to a school wide welcome and a session focused on our school's history and equity and inclusion

    • Friday, August 21, 2020
    • 9 AM - 11:30 AM EST
    • Contact - Jessica Livingston, jl5ne@virginia.edu
  • School of Education Resource Fair Drop In Hours

    Hosted by Student Affairs
    Resource offices and student orgs will host drop in hours for students to stop by virtually and learn more about their org.

    • Tuesday, August 25 - Tuesday, September 1
    • Various (see schedule below)
    • Contact - Jessica Livingston, jl5ne@virginia.edu
  • Beginning the Conversation about Equity-Minded Higher Ed Instruction: Starting with Ourselves

    Hosted by Prof. Judy Paulick and Charlotte Blain
    Each of us is a product of our backgrounds and contexts, which are situated within structures that shape our beliefs, interactions, and experiences. In order to be effective in our role as instructors in higher education, we need to be actively and critically aware of ourselves and those larger structures, not simply experts in our content. In this session, we will begin to explore the ways that bias and racism affect our work as instructors at the university level, and ways that we can act as anti-bias and anti-racist instructors to provide equitable learning opportunities for all students.

    The session will be particularly relevant for PhD/EdD students who will be working as TAs for teacher education students, but we invite any PhD/EdD students to participate.

  • Managing Self-Doubt in Grad School: Personal Values as Empowerment

    Hosted by FIRST
    Graduate school presents a host of new challenges, norms, and skills that require significant personal adjustment. While often unacknowledged in the academy, graduate students may struggle with feelings of self-doubt or feeling like an ""imposter"" in their role as a new professional student. This workshop will focus on creating an empowering space to discuss these challenges and using personal values as a powerful response to difficult emotions.

    The session will be particularly relevant for students who are the first in their families to attend college, but we invite any incoming graduate student in the School of Education and Human Development to participate. 

  • The Black Scholars in Education and Human Development Writing Group

    Hosted by The Black Scholars in Education and Human Development Writing Group
    The Black Scholars in Education and Human Development Writing Group (BSWG) is a student-led initiative that provides space for Black doctoral students and postdocs to build community while supporting one another through the writing process. Our monthly writing sesssions also feature informational presentations focused on skill building and academic career preparation from senior scholars and expereinced student support professionals.

    The session will be particularly relevant for Black doctoral students and postdocs associated with any center or program at the Univerrsity of Virginia School of Education and Human Development.

    • Wednesday, August 19, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Contact - Edward Scott, Jr. or Miray Seward, black_scholars_writing_group-request@virginia.edu
    • RSVP - Those interested in attending the welcome session or receiving BSWG updates should subscribe to the listserve using the provided email address.
  • Netflix Party

    Hosted by EdCouncil
    EdCouncil members will poll students to choose between 1 of 4 movies through Instagram and have students join a GroupMe to get the link to the Netflix Party day of. Options are: Ocean's 13, Always Be My Maybe, Jurassic Park, Scary Movie 5

Resource Fair Drop In Hours


The Resource Fair Drop In Hours are an opportunity for students to connect with offices and departments that provide various services and supports to ensure your success as a student. You can use the Zoom links to “drop in” and ask questions during the assigned times. Please contact Jessica Livingston (jl5ne@virginia.edu) for a list of the Zoom links for the Resource Drop in hours. Please also check the Canvas Virtual Community where the links and descriptions will be listed.