Research Projects


The majority of the research projects taking place at the Curry School are affiliated with one of our research centers or labs. Below are the projects that are taking place independent of those centers or labs.

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  • National Education Researcher Database


    The Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia and its Jefferson Education Accelerator are creating the first ever comprehensive catalog of education researchers in the country.

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  • Teachers in the Movement


    The project focuses on oral history interviews with elementary, secondary, and university teachers and educators about their participation in and efforts during the Civil Rights Movement.

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  • Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE)


    The Darden/Curry Partnership’s University of Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program is the most established school turnaround program in the country and the only school turnaround program in existence that utilizes a systemic approach to change by working with schools, districts, and states to build internal capacity.

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  • Virginia Education Science Training (VEST) Predoctoral Fellowships


    The Virginia Education Science Training (VEST) predoctoral fellowship program provides intensive research training in education sciences. VEST integrates the use of theoretical models of causal inference from various sciences (e.g., psychology, economics, biostatistics) with research designs, analytic techniques and methods that support causal inferences in studies of school, classroom and program effects.

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  • Spatial Learning as Play (SLaP)


    Spatial skills involve understanding and thinking about space and spatial relations, and are important for every day functioning as well as learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) domains.

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  • Balancing Academics and Athletics in High School


    Research are conducting a phenomenological study that explores how current Black male Division I student athletes successfully balanced their academic and athletic endeavors while in high school en route to being a collegiate student athlete.

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  • Black Male Student-Athlete Small Group Counseling Experience


    Small group counseling is a mechanism through which the empowerment of Black male student-athletes can be facilitated.

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  • Word Work to Improve Phonological Awareness and Decoding


    Word Work is a quick activity developed by Paige Pullen, associate professor of special education, that uses magnetic letters that can improve both children’s decoding and sight word reading skills.

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  • Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education


    Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal) is a peer-reviewed online journal addressing the intersection of educational technologies and teacher education. Since being established in 2000, the journal has been edited by Glen L. Bull.

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  • Southwest Virginia Early Language and Literacy


    Conducted through a partnership between the Curry School, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, East Tennessee State University, and Kids Central in Norton, the SWELL Project aims to foster positive interactions between parents and toddlers in Wise County, Virginia.

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  • America Reads


    America Reads is a federally funded work-study program that places college and university students in the community to tutor elementary through high school students in literacy and math.

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  • Young Writers Workshop


    The Young Writers Workshop of the University of Virginia, established in 1982, brings together a community of writers with a common purpose: to create a supportive and noncompetitive environment where teenagers can live and work as artists.

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  • Advancing ESL Students Academic Performance


    Learning in a second language is not an easy task. Practically every school district across Virginia and the United States has seen an increase in the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) who must learn to speak and read English to be successful in our society. The scenarios we present here represent some of the basic challenges those students and their teachers face, based on a survey of practicing teachers. We invite you to propose strategies and compare your ideas to those recommended by a team of English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) experts and successful practitioners.

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  • SUPPORTING TRANSFORMATIVE AUTISM RESEARCH (STAR)


    The STAR initiative, led by the Curry School in partnership with colleagues across the University, aims to improve the lives of individuals with autism through groundbreaking research and innovative models for intervention and training.

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