Summer 2016 at the Curry School


Lady bug amongst flowersEach summer, the Curry School serves as host to a variety of student enrichment and professional development programs. This summer promises to be one of the best yet.

The 2016 Art & Science of Sports Medicine Conference

On Monday, June 6, sports medicine professionals will gather at the Curry School for the annual conference that has been taking place for decades. The theme for the 44th annual conference is Innovation. Participants will hear from experts on topics ranging from ankle stability and knee joint injury, to the psychology of sport injury, to the latest research on concussions. Conference participants are eligible for up to 31 continuing education units.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is a 10-week internship beginning June 12 that provides undergraduates from underrepresented groups with valuable research and professional development experience under the guidance of Curry School and other UVA faculty conducting education research. This internship program is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the field of education research to pursue graduate study and consider careers in academic, policy, or research organizations. During their stay, interns will work on research focusing on schools, classrooms, and other youth settings as contexts critical to child and adolescent development.

Summer Enrichment Program students holding weather balloonSummer Enrichment Program

A perennial favorite, the Summer Enrichment Program brings to Grounds the areas brightest young people. In coordination with the Curry School of Education, the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) seeks to offer gifted and/or high ability students a rich and rewarding learning experience. Modeling best practices in curriculum and instruction, the SEP staff works as a community to maximize potential in each student and foster a passion for lifelong learning. Three sessions of the weeks-long residential program are scheduled to begin on June 19.

Summer Literacy Programs at McGuffey

The McGuffey Reading Center offers a variety of summer camp/program options to local families. The camps aim both to serve local families in need of interventions for their children as well as for families seeking enrichment opportunities for children achieving at or beyond their current grade level expectations. The first of four camps offered begins on July 5.

Curry Leadership Academy: Coaching for Change

For the fourth year, the Curry School is partnering with the Statewide K-12 Education Advisory Council to present the fourth annual coaching academy. The goal of the Curry Leadership Academy is to support principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches and teacher leaders who want to improve their coaching skills and cultivate more professionally stimulating work environments for adult learning in their schools. The workshop will focus on the improvement of instruction through better articulation of quality teaching, carefully crafted coaching questions and more effective feedback.

Summer Institutes on Academic Diversity

The Curry School will host the annual Institutes on Academic Diversity’s Summer Institute in July. The popular program is hosted and features renowned differentiation expert Carol Tomlinson, professor at the Curry School. Institute participants gain an understanding of the attitudes and practices that support optimal learning environments for diverse learners, build repertoire of strategies and skills that support the development of high-quality curriculum and instruction, learn how to more effectively respond to the needs of a diverse classroom, and acquire the skills to lead and support the movement toward more responsive classrooms. 

2016 Summer Writing Invitational Institute

Beginning July 11, the Center for the Liberal Arts in partnership with the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia will welcome Central Virginia K-12 teachers from all disciplinary backgrounds to the 2016 Summer Writing Invitational Institute, under the auspices of the Central Virginia Writing Project (CVWP) in collaboration with the National Writing Project. The goal of the Institute is to support and empower teacher-leaders as change agents within their classrooms, schools, and school divisions by developing their knowledge and skills in writing and writing instruction, giving them a forum to take risks as educators, to test out ideas, and to get feedback from knowledgeable professionals.  Additionally, national research studies confirm significant gains in writing performance among students of teachers who have participated in National Writing Project programs.

Young Writers Workshop

Founded in 1982 at the Curry School, the Young Writers Workshop 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. Every staff member has a commitment to writing. The faculty, professional authors interested in developing new talent, bring practical experience to the workshop setting. This year, the program will be hosted by Sweet Briar College.