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Study Finds Link Between Voter Preference for Trump and Bullying in Middle Schools

New study finds bullying rates among middle school students in the spring of 2017 were 18 percent higher in localities where voters had favored Donald Trump than in those that had supported Hillary Clinton.


Advice from the 2015-2018 National School Counselors of the Year

Award-winning school counselors present at annual UVA School Counseling Summit


Understanding the Benefits of School Diversity in the Majority-Minority Age

As the U.S. moves toward a “diverse-majority” society, UVA professor Joanna Williams reviews the education research and shares what schools and communities can do to promote equity.


First-Generation UVA and Local Students Are Rising Together

A mentoring program started and led by fourth-year Youth and Social Innovation student Bryan Christ pairs UVA students with local high-schoolers, many of them working to be the first in their families to attend college.


Q&A: Director of Popular UVA Camp for Gifted Students Has Advice for Parents

Tracy Missett, the new director of the Curry School’s Saturday and Summer Enrichment Program, shares her thoughts on what makes a good gifted program, advice for parents and what people commonly misunderstand about gifted students.


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Special Issue of School Psychology Review Highlights New Approaches to Close the Discipline Gap in US Schools

Researchers from the Curry School of Education Lead the Call for Culturally-Responsive Teaching and Student Engagement Models


Class of 2018: Life on the Lawn

Three Curry School “Lawnies” reflect on the unique experience of living on the UVA Lawn – the prestige, the sense of history, the strangers peering through your mail slot – and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leave your mark on Grounds.


Class of 2018: Mark Yu

Originally from Guam, Mark is graduating from the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science (EP-ADS) program.


Cornell and Bradshaw Join Coalition Issuing Call to Action to Prevent Gun Violence

Growing coalition of national education organizations sign onto eight-point violence prevention plan.


Dewey Cornell: Will the next shooting be in Virginia?

In the wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Dewey Cornell, a forensic clinical psychologist, Bunker Professor of Education and director of the UVA Youth Violence Project, shares how Virginia is working to prevent school violence. This column was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on February 17, 2018.


Volunteerism: When Play and Study Coincide

Many Curry students engage with Madison House, which serves as the student volunteer center at UVA, offering a unique educational and “hands on” experience. Millie Dubose, Mary Rose Philipoom and Claire Prioleau share their stories of leadership and service, and their professional goals as they shape careers in education.


Dual MBA/MEd Alum Brings Energy and Innovation to Youth Development

Jessica Streufert, three-time UVA grad and director of programs and administration at a prominent youth development organization in D.C., shares how UVA’s dual MBA/MEd program empowered her to advocate for innovation in education.


UVA’s Young Women Leaders Program Turns Students Into Change Agents

Learn how the program, 20 years old this year, connects female undergraduates with middle school girls to help navigate the sometimes-rocky transition from elementary school.


Student Profile: Diane D’Costa ’18

A fourth-year from Howard County, Maryland, Diane is studying both Youth and Social Innovation and Leadership and Public Policy as the first student to double-major across the Curry School and the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. She is also the Vice President for the Class of 2018, and last summer she interned in D.C. with the National Education Association.


Student Profile: Brett Curtis ’18

Brett is a fourth-year double major in Youth and Social Innovation and Government, with a minor in History. Born and raised in Miami, FL, Brett is also a student council representative, president of the University Democrats, and captain of UVA’s Quidditch team.


Student Profile: Paola Sanchez Valdez ’18

Paola is a fourth-year Youth and Social Innovation major and Global Studies minor from Lynchburg, VA. She started a chapter of the Young Women Leaders Program in Ecuador and founded DREAMers on Grounds, a student-run organization that aims to support undocumented students through education and advocacy.


Activism in Youth: It’s a Good Thing

Young people’s engagement in the world around them can have a profound influence on society and on the individual, said Curry School professor Nancy Deutsch, who is organizing a conference on youth activism this week.