The Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS) provides programs, schools and districts with reliable, valid data on teacher effectiveness. It allows teachers to better understand how their classroom interactions affect student learning. The CLASS™ tool is used in more than 75,000 classrooms, pre-K through grade 12.
The Children's Engineering Initiative aims to fundamentally change how the STEM disciplines are approached in the nation's elementary classrooms and how teachers are prepared and supported to facilitate student learning and development in this new learning space. Our plans for this transformative learning space center on digital fabrication as the mechanism for integrating the STEM disciplines in an elementary school classroom.
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. PALS is used by 99% of Virginia school divisions on a voluntary basis, used by districts in all 50 states across the country and in 10 countries worldwide.
MyTeachingPartner™ (MTP) is a portfolio of professional development tools — web-based videos of best practices, video-based feedback, support from a trained consultant and online curricula. Students whose teachers used the MTP™ portfolio had gains on state tests, moving from the 35th percentile to the 60th percentile in one year.
The Institutes on Academic Diversity is a conference learning experienced where educators gain an understanding of the attitudes and practices that support optimal learning environments for diverse learners. There, teachers 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. The annual calendar is comprised of the Fall Symposium, the Best Practices Institute and the Summer Institute on Academic Diversity.
The Central Virginia Writing Project is designed to help area teachers develop as writers and teachers of writing. It is linked with the Virginia Writing Project and the National Writing Project. Teachers of kindergarten through professors of higher education and those of all subjects gather at workshops and residential institutes to examine problems in the teaching of writing, present and demonstrate approaches to the teaching of writing, study current and past research in the field, and write in various modes.
Teacher Education, The Curry School of Education's nationally ranked teacher preparation program provides students with a master's degree and liscensure/endorsement. Areas of focus include Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education and Kinesiology.