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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ralph Northam has shuttered the schools, and parents in our community, with help from teachers and administrators, are adjusting to the new reality of temporary homeschooling.

For Jennifer Pease, an assistant professor at University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education with a focus on secondary education, two parts of her life have collided in her living room.


Judy Paulick, an assistant professor of elementary education at the Curry School who specializes in literacy, said there’s a lot that parents can do that does not directly involve replicating a traditional classroom.


Here is an amazing collection of online resources compiled by Abigail Amoako Kayser, postdoctoral research associate of the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Op-Ed: Today, in middle schools across California and the country, many students struggle to balance the weight of rigorous academic coursework, extracurricular commitments, and social obligations with peers, all of which occur after the final bell rings. This all unfolds amid the significant physical, social, and biological changes that happen during early adolescence.

Monday, March 9, 2020
Cavalier Daily

Rose Nevill, director of the University’s Autism Research Core and research assistant professor of education, emphasizes the novelty of the DRIVE. 

“It’s the first platform of its kind to link a research registry with an online resources database to share educational information with the community,” Nevill said. “There are other state-based research registries, and there are other state-based resource directories, but we haven’t come across a system linking all of these elements into one.”

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
The Washington Post

Risks, in other words, don’t have to be inherently harmful, said Joanna Lee Williams, an associate professor at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development and a contributor to the National Academies report. They can be healthy, too, like deciding to join marching band.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

But Tish Jennings, an education researcher at the University of Virginia says buyers should beware.

Jennings at the University of Virginia has taken a different, in some ways even more intensive approach. She believes successful mindfulness programs should include adults as well as the children in a school, and they should be integrated with a schools' approach to discipline and social and emotional learning.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
The Daily Progress

Solari said school systems need core evidence-based instruction as a baseline support and valid, reliable screening measures to identify students who need more help.

“If kids are struggling with reading, it’s not the fault of the teacher; it’s the fault of the system,” she said, identifying a range of factors that affect reading achievement.

One system-level change will kick in next fall as the Curry School rolls out a new curriculum for its reading courses that will include the information about the science of reading and how teachers can apply it in the classroom.

Monday, February 24, 2020
The Daily Progress

Reading, unlike speaking, is not a natural process for the brain to learn. So, children need to be explicitly taught the fundamentals of reading — including phonics, phonological awareness and oral language, said Emily Solari, a professor of reading education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development.


Curry School Dean Robert Pianta said the research in support of the science of reading has accumulated to the point “where we are more confident in making moves that are evidence-based.”

Starting in the fall, students in Curry’s elementary and special-education teacher programs will learn about the science of reading, as well as practical strategies to apply it in the classroom. Solari added that changing the teacher prep programs is one of many levers, including state policy, that need to be pulled to improve students’ reading skills.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
CBS19 News

Dr. Meghan Puglia, Assistant Professor with the Department of Neurology; Dr. Santina Zanelli, Associate Professor for the Department of Pediatrics; and Dr. Micah Mazurek, a psychologist in the Curry School of Education, are working together to catch symptoms of autism much earlier than usual.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Youth Today

“The circumstances are incredibly distressing and upsetting,” Deutsch said. “I hope the men are able to get help and support and compensation.”

At the same time, the need is great for organizations that offer mentoring for young people and provide supportive relationships with adults, she said. 

"We need to have a lot of variety in the types of programs accessible to young people” in order to meet their needs and interests, she said.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Youth Today

However, more than 60 after-school programs met the standards of impact under the Every Student Succeeds Act, wrote Nancy Deutsch, director of Youth-Nex, the University of Virginia Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, in Fortune magazine last year.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Education Week

The "reading wars" never really went away within schools of education, said Emily Solari, a professor of reading at the University of Virginia who spoke at the roundtable. Getting academics to change their instruction to align with evidence-based practice is "a very political and difficult task," she said. 

Friday, January 24, 2020

U.S. News & World Report announced its 2020 Best Online Programs rankings today, the ninth edition of these rankings. 

Education (309 colleges)
1. Clemson University (Moore)
2. University of Florida
3. University of Virginia (Curry)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Folks seem to be less hungry on the drug. “Metformin mainly causes weight loss by lowering food intake,” says Steven K. Malin, Ph.D., an assistant professor and expert in exercise metabolism and human nutrition at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
The 74

“The message that schools need to get is that the almost-exclusive emphasis on improving math and reading instruction as the way to improve long-term effects is a flawed model,” said David Grissmer, research professor at the University of Virginia, who conducted the Wings study. 

Monday, January 13, 2020
CBS19 News

Dr. Joseph Williams, who led the session, held an open conversation with participants about race and how it plays it role in their life. He also said having a mindset of equity for future generations starts with a conversation between parents and their kids.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Bob Pianta, Ph.D., is dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He and fellow researchers followed 1,300 kids from birth through high school and examined trends in school attendance. They found missing school, starting in kindergarten, could become a habit.

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Education Week

In her new book, A Federal Right to Education: Fundamental Questions for Our Democracy, Kimberly Jenkins Robinson, a law professor at the University of Virginia, collected thoughts from legal and education law scholars about the challenging questions that a federal right to education would bring about. Why should the federal government guarantee all children such a right? What should a federal right to education guarantee? Why are state protections to a right to education inadequate? 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

There’s not one ultimate agreed-upon anatomical definition, but most contemporary researchers consider the core the lumbopelvic hip complex, says Susan F. Saliba, Ph.D., P.T., director of the undergraduate kinesiology major at the University of Virginia and codirector of the Exercise and Sports Injury Laboratory (EaSIL) for musculoskeletal injury research. So, by that definition, it includes everything from your lower back to your abs to your deep abdominal wall, hips, glutes, and pelvic floor.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Autism in this country is increasingly common, with one of every 59 kids begin diagnosed, and that’s created a need for services and support. The University of Virginia has responded with a new program for families and educators.

Monday, December 23, 2019
Teen Vogue

Nancy L. Deutsch, director of Youth-Nex, the University of Virginia’s Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, said that today’s teenagers can leverage their skills with social media to push action on social issues that matter most to them, but cautions that online organizing can be used just as successfully for darker ends.

Thursday, December 19, 2019