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