Advancing Effective Interactions & Instruction in VPI Classrooms
The Advancing Effective Interactions and Instruction in Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Classrooms initiative is designed to ensure that teachers and leaders are able to provide children with high-quality preschool experiences. The initiative is implemented by the University of Virginia's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, in all VPI classrooms across Virginia.
All teachers participating in VPI will be observed at least once every two years using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, a reliable, valid observation instrument that assesses the quality of teacher-child interactions. Teachers will receive high-quality, data-driven professional development in multiple forms — individual coaching, online training and live training with practice-based follow-up — that offer both specific supports and individual feedback, with the goal of maximizing teacher effectiveness.
For more details about the initiative, view this snapshot PDF and the additional resources in the section below.
Project Status: Fall 2018 - Fall 2020
Funding Source: Virginia Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Amanda Williford
Project Team: Jason Downer, Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch, Ann Lhospital, Grace Funk, Allison Leach, Caitlin Powell, Pam Jiranek, Miriam Rushfinn, Caroline Chamberlain, Ann Partee and Yin Gu
VPI for 30 Webinars
Big Questions Part 1 Webinar | January 2020
Big Questions Part 2 Webinar | January 2020
Raise Those Questions Webinar | November 2019
Using Big Questions for Instructional Support Webinar | October 2019
Know, See, Do Action Planning Webinar | February 2020
Early Childhood Updates Webinar | January 2020
Best Practices for Local CLASS Observations Guidebook Webinar | December 2019
AEII Effective Feedback Webinar | November 2019
State Early Childhood Updates Webinar | October 2019
Early Childhood Professional Development Planning | September 2019
Amanda P. Williford Research Associate ProfessorJason T. Downer Professor of Education, Program Area Director, Clinical and School Psychology, Director, CASTLJennifer LoCasale-Crouch Research Associate ProfessorAnn Shargo Lhospital Research ScientistGrace W. Funk Research ScientistAllison P. Leach Research ScientistPamela Jiranek CASTL Research SpecialistMiriam Rushfinn Early Childhood Education Project Associate