Research Impacts

The Curry School boasts a remarkable portfolio of work – scholarship that is alive and relevant to the everyday work of professionals in education and human development. Our research drives inquiry, discovery and impact.

Here, students join eminent research faculty, tackling some of our society’s toughest challenges in partnership with practitioners and clinicians in the field. Together, we create new knowledge that is making an impact in our communities here in Virginia and around the world.


Our Success Will be Your Success

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    1 Million Students Impacted by CASTL Research

  • 37

    Countries Reached by Curry Research

  • 6250

    Students Included in Compassionate Schools Project Study

Building Better Teachers

At the Curry School, we are committed to the scientific study of effective teaching.

  • Global Involvement

    Students and faculty are engaged with work that matters around the globe.

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  • Nudge4

    One of the Curry School's newest labs has a mission to create and rigorously evaluate solutions to some of our society’s biggest challenges—and then scale evidence-based strategies on a national level.

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  • Threat Assessment Teams Eliminate Racial Discipline Gap

    In addition to continued success in keeping schools safe, a report examining threat assessment teams shows the teams are not making disciplinary decisions that punish minority students at a disproportionate rate.

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  • New Evidence About Teacher Turnover

    Turning a longstanding belief on its head, results from an EdPolicyWorks study show that teacher turnover under IMPACT improved student performance on average.

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  • Diagnosing Sports Concussions Immediately Protects Youth Athletes

    Athletes under the age of 18 are the most vulnerable when it comes to sustaining concussions. Accurately diagnosing concussions on the field of play is an important way to protect them.

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Research-Based Tools Making a World of Difference

Researchers at the Curry School have developed a number of measures and supports that are used throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, across the United States and around the world.

  • Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening

    Early literacy screening is the key to providing effective literacy instruction and preventing future reading problems. The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) provides a comprehensive assessment of young children’s knowledge of the important literacy fundamentals that are predictive of future reading success and is used by 99% of school divisions in the VA on a voluntary basis.

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  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System

    The Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™) is an observational instrument developed at the Curry School Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning to assess classroom quality in PK-12 classrooms. It describes multiple dimensions of teaching that are linked to student achievement and development and has been validated in over 2,000 classrooms.

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  • MyTeachingPartner

    MyTeachingPartner™, or MTP, is a system of professional-development supports developed through the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning. MTP improves teacher-student interactions, which in turn, increases student learning and development.

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  • Young Women Leaders Program

    Established in 1997, the Young Women Leaders Program has served over 1,200 girls in Central Virginia with trained college women mentors, and there are an additional 10 “sister sites” nationally and internationally using the YWLP model.

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  • Virginia Threat Assessment Guidelines

    The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines is an evidence-based model for schools to use in conducting threat assessments of students. This model has been widely adopted by schools in Virginia and nationwide.

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