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SPCS launches professional development partnership with Discovery Education

SPCS has launched a partnership with Discovery Education to provide online graduate courses focused on teaching with technology for Virginia’s K-12 educators.

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  • Roberts publishes presidential history book

    Dan Roberts, G’90, SPCS program chair and professor of liberal arts and host of A Moment in Time, has released his latest book, Master Presidential History in 1 Minute a Day.

  • Thornton's Leading in Context blog recognized

    Leading in Context, a blog managed by SPCS adjunct associate professor of HR Management Linda Fisher Thornton, is listed among the Top 20 Ethical Leadership Blogs & Websites to Follow in 2020, according to Feedspot. Thornton regularly teaches leadership ethics.

  • McGinty publishes letter to RTD editor

    John McGinty, R'67, G'73, teaching and leadership supervisor in the education program, shared his thoughts on the value of school resource officers (SRO) in a Richmond Times-Dispatch letter to the editor. McGinty bases his article on his decades of experience as a high school assistant principal and principal in Henrico County Schools.

  • Roberts named chair of statewide school attorneys council

    Wendell C. Roberts, adjunct associate professor of education, has been elected chair of the Virginia Council of School Attorneys (VCOSA). The council is an affiliate of the National Council of School Attorneys and the only statewide organization for attorneys who represent public K-12 school boards.

  • Shelton a featured expert on gig work & employment

    Becca Shelton, Career Services advisor for SPCS and MBA students and University alumni, is a featured expert commenting on gig work and employment in a Credit Donkey post, Online Jobs for Teens.

  • Spires, Datta publish journal article

    Dr. Bob Spires, Associate Professor of Education, and Dr. Monti Datta, Associate Professor of Political Science, have published an article about their experience leading students in last summer’s Encompass Southeast Asia short-term study abroad experience, in the teaching resource journal Education about Asia.

  • Lee appointed to citizens' advisory council

    Dr. Lauranett Lee, SPCS adjunct professor of liberal arts and visiting lecturer in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, has been appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to join the Citizens’ Advisory Council on Furnishing and Interpreting the Executive Mansion. The announcement was released May 1 and included in a list of recent gubernatorial appointments.

  • Mew published in Information Systems journal

    Dr. Lionel Mew, assistant professor and program chair of information systems, recently published Designing and Implementing an Undergraduate Data Analytics Program for Non-Traditional Students in the Information Systems Education Journal.

  • Thornton a featured expert in COVID-19 jobs report

    Linda Fisher Thornton, SPCS adjunct associate professor of HR Management and CEO of Leading in Context, LLC, is a featured expert commenting on unemployment rates and claims in a WalletHub report, Cities with the Biggest Growth in Unemployment Due to COVID-19.

  • Shelton offers job search tips

    Becca Shelton, SPCS and alumni career advisor and assistant director of career services, offers 5 job search tips to those seeking a job during the global pandemic in How To Find A Job In A Global Pandemic on The Girlfriend from AARP

Alumni & Graduate News

  • Paige Smith, GC'16, named principal at Short Pump Elementary School

    Paige C. Smith, GC’16, has been hired as principal of Short Pump Elementary School in Henrico County Public Schools. Smith earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in December 2015 at SPCS.

  • Adria Mayo, GC'19, named assistant principal at Liberty Middle School

    Adria Mayo, GC’19, has been hired as assistant principal at Liberty Middle School in Hanover County Public Schools. Mayo completed a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in December 2018 through SPCS.

  • Amy Pickral, GC'19, named head of school at St. Gertrude

    Amy Pickral, GC’19, has been named head of school at St. Gertrude High School. Pickral served as assistant head of school for a year prior to the appointment. She earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at SPCS. 

  • Amy Lynn Ferry, GC'20, quoted in RTD Startup Spotlight

    Amy Lynn Ferry, GC’20, who works as an instructional coach for Richmond startup EdConnective to help teachers plan for remote learning, is quoted in a Richmond Times-Dispatch Startup Spotlight. Ferry also teaches at Highland Springs Elementary School. She earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in SPCS.

  • Ashley Pride, GC'16, GC'18, named elementary school assistant principal

    Ashley Pride, GC’16 & GC’18, has been named assistant principal at George F. Baker Elementary School in Henrico County Public Schools. Pride earned a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction in 2016 and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in 2018, both through the SPCS graduate education program.

  • Tiawana Giles, GC'14, GW Carver principal, highlights school & students' resilience

    Tiawana Giles, GC’14, principal of G.W. Carver Elementary in Richmond Public Schools, is quoted in Richmond Times-Dispatch coverage of Carver’s graduation parade and ongoing work of its teachers, staff and volunteers to support students through pandemic isolation and unrest in the city. Giles earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in 2014.

  • Cindy Trask, GC'12, named head of St. Catherine's School

    Cindy L. Trask, GC’12, has been named head of school at St. Catherine’s School effective with the 2021-2022 school year. Trask returns to St. Catherine’s from serving most recently as director of upper school at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta. She worked at St. Catherine’s from 2008-2013; during her tenure, she held several leadership roles. She earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at SPCS in 2012.

  • Orly Lewis, C'99, named CEO of Weinstein JCC

    Orly Lewis, C’99, was named Chief Executive Officer of the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center (JCC) effective April 1, 2020. Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in HR Management through the school. She serves as the tenth CEO in the JCC’s history and the first woman named to this leadership position.

  • Jimmy Comer, GC'17, shares challenges facing businesses during COVID-19 outbreak

    Jimmy Comer, GC’17, co-owner of RBI Services in Hanover County, discusses the impact of responses to the COVID-19 outbreak on local small business owners in a CBS6 News story, Small Business Owners Face Barriers in Applying for Government Loans. Comer earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree in 2017 through SPCS. 

  • Kelly Maiden, C'18, named Beginning Teacher of the Year

    Kelly Maiden, C’18, was named Beginning Teacher of the Year at Beaverdam Elementary School in Hanover County Public Schools. Maiden earned elementary teacher licensure in 2018 while completing a BA in liberal arts and a concentration in elementary education.

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