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The schedule of Spring 2020 classes for degree-seeking students is now available online for viewing. Registration for continuing students opens Tuesday, November 12.

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John Miers Research Award

SPCS & Boatwright Library are proud to announce the John Miers Award for Excellence in Library Research to honor the memory of John Miers, C’13, who recognied his passion for library research while a Weekend College student.

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  • Laursen co-authors article with SPCS graduate

    Dr. Erik Laursen, adjunct associate professor of education, has co-authored with alum Kirsten Logan, GC’18, the article Does Mindfulness Strengthen Self-efficacy in First Grade Students? in the Journal of Teacher Action Research.

  • Cassada quoted on middle school teacher conferences

    Dr. Kate Cassada, assistant chair and associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies, is quoted in Sylvan Source blog in a post titled Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences: What to Know. Cassada encourages parents to attend their middle schooler’s parent-teacher conferences.

  • Shields co-authors report highlighting value of school diversity

    Dr. Tom Shields, SPCS associate dean and associate professor of education & leadership studies, has co-authored a report highlighting the value of school diversity. Written with scholars from VCU and the Virginia Housing Alliance, the report focuses on Richmond’s school rezoning efforts.

  • Spires publishes article on Hong Kong youth

    Dr. Bob Spires, assistant professor of education in SPCS, has published with two co-authors the article Generalized Self-Efficacy of Youth in the New Territories [of Hong Kong] in the Asian Studies & Development Studies journal.

  • Carpenter named officer on engagement committee

    Liza Carpenter, administrative coordinator in the Education department, has been named recording secretary as an officer on the A&S Staff Engagement Committee. In her role, Carpenter engages students, faculty and staff in Schools of Arts & Sciences and Professional & Continuing Studies.

  • Nielson interviewed about upcoming book release

    Dr. Erik Nielson, associate professor of liberal arts and assistant chair of the Master of Liberal Arts program, is interviewed in The Crime Report along with co-author Dr. Andrea Dennis about their upcoming book, Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics and Guilt in America.

  • Thornton #3 in top 100 ethical leadership Twitter accounts

    Linda Fisher Thornton (@leadingincontxt) ranks #3 in the Top 100 accounts on Ethical Leadership on Twitter according to Finster Data. Her book, 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership (@7lenses), is also on the list at #11.

  • Haggerty quoted in Style Weekly feature

    Dr. Abbi Haggerty, adjunct assistant professor of nonprofit studies and executive director of the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (RPAA), is quoted in a Style Weekly feature on the impact of the RPAA in the ten years since the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts opened.

  • Laing achieves CliftonStrengths Coach certification

    Kathy Laing, GC’08, GC’16, program manager for the Institute on Philanthropy at SPCS, has earned the designation of Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach for coaching individuals and groups using their CliftonStrengths.

  • Stern co-produces documentary film

    Garrett Stern, GC’18, senior program manager for professional education, is co-producer of The Seed Saver, a short documentary film released by ITVS’s Indie Lens Storycast. The film explores a young Korean-American farmer’s mission to save heritage seeds from her native Korea.

Alumni & Graduate News

  • Kimberly Bridges, GC'13, quoted in analysis of Virginia politics

    Dr. Kimberly M. Bridges, GC’13, is quoted in The 74 analysis of Virginia education policy gains in the event of democratic wins in the November 5 election. The article was published two days prior to the election. Bridges earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and is now a professor in VCU’s School of Education.

  • Kirsten Logan, GC'18, co-authors article with professor in peer-reviewed journal

    Kirsten Logan, GC’18, has co-authored an article with SPCS adjunct associate professor Erik Laursen titled Does Mindfulness Strengthen Self-efficacy in First Grade Students? in the Journal of Teacher Action Research. This article represents the first peer-reviewed publication published by a student or graduate of the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction program.

  • Ernest Woodard, C'19, hired as systems developer for Henrico County

    Ernest Woodard, C’19, was recently hired following a Career Services-support job search as a Systems Developer II for Henrico County. Woodard, a retired Air Force veteran, earned a BSPS in Information Security and received the McDonald Davis Jr. Book Award with the highest GPA in the Information Systems program.

  • Nicole Arnold, GC'18, named assistant principal at Powhatan High School

    Nicole Arnold, GC’18, has been named assistant principal at Powhatan High School in Powhatan County Public Schools. Arnold earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Beverley Steele, GC'18, named assistant principal at Freeman High School

    Beverley Steele, GC’18, has been named assistant principal at Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico County Public Schools. Steele earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS, and earned the Catherine S. Fisher Book Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in May 2019.

  • Charlie Goad, GC'16, named associate principal at Longdale Elementary School

    Charlie Goad, GC’16, has been named associate principal at Longdale Elementary School in Henrico County Public Schools. Goad earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Chaz Barracks, '11, GC'16, named CFD Dissertation Fellow in at UR

    Chaz Barracks, ’11, GC’16, has been named CFD Dissertation Fellow in Rhetoric & Communication at UR for the 2019-20 academic year. The Consortium for Faculty Diversity supports doctoral students in completing dissertations through the Dissertation Fellowship. Barracks is earning a Ph.D. in VCU’s Media Art & Text interdisciplinary program.

  • Valerie Mooney, GC'18, named resource teacher at Harvie Elementary School

    Valerie Mooney, GC’18, has been named a resource teacher at Harvie Elementary School in Henrico County Public Schools. Mooney earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Grace Davis, GC'17, named mission impact & stewardship officer

    Grace Davis, GC’17, has been named Mission Impact and Stewardship Officer in the Richmond office of World Pediatric Project. Davis earned a Master of Nonprofit Studies (MNS) degree through SPCS. World Pediatric Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to heal critically ill children and build healthcare capacity in the world.

  • Chris Mazella, GC'18, named assistant principal at Fluvanna Middle School

    Chris Mazella, GC’18, has been named assistant principal at Fluvanna Middle School in Fluvanna County Public Schools. Mazella earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

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On this Veteran's Day, we express our gratitude to SPCS faculty, staff, students & alumni currently serving or who have served our nation in the armed forces.
SPCS Student Week alert: Snacks & swag now available in Stern Plaza outside Jepson Hall & in North Court 104 (the CMC).
SPCS Student Week alert: Snacks & swag now available in Stern Plaza outside Jepson Hall & in North Court 104 (the CMC).
SPCS Student Week alert: Snacks & swag now available in Stern Plaza outside Jepson Hall & in North Court 104 (the CMC).
We had a great time at our first ever SPCS Homecoming Party in the Red Zone on Saturday!
SPCS Student Week alert: Snacks & swag now available in Stern Plaza outside Jepson Hall & in North Court 104 (the CMC).
It's SPCS Student Week!
Today is Spider Day!
Happy Halloween 🕷 🎃 👻 from #SPCS!
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JUST ONE WEEK until the SPCS Homecoming Party in the Red Zone!
This past summer, ten SPCS graduate students studied abroad at Ludwigsburg University of Education (LUE) in Ludwigsburg, Germany, for a week as the culmination of the summer Comparative Leadership in a Global Context course.

Three SPCS students explained ways the experience profoundly affected their personal and professional lives.

The course altered the career path of Yulia Kulay, GC’19, who has since come up with a development plan to sharpen her leadership skills and prepare her for management: “You may think, ‘I’ve been in this field for so many years,’ but you’re not going to grow if you stay in your comfort zone,” she reflected.

Upon returning from the experience, Steven Pitts, a current student in the HR Management program, proposed a partnership in his New York hometown connecting immigrant support organizations with local businesses to create apprenticeships for immigrants, helping them assimilate to their new home, boost the local economy and contribute to a more accepting culture.

Casey Parker, GC’19, proposed a final project that involved young non-native English speakers.

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