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Spring 2019

Greetings from the Chair

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Coming back to an empty campus in early-January before the students arrive is always a gift. The paths between our academic and residential halls are quiet. The winter light on the collegiate gothic buildings and red bricks has a very “Harry Potterish” feel (or at least my kids think so!) In the solitude and quiet of an empty campus, I contemplate how lucky I am to be a member of this University and our wonderful community of staff, students, and faculty.

That foundation of gratitude is what you will see throughout this spring 2019 Graduate Education e-newsletter. You will see staff, students, and faculty who are working hard, but also having fun. Our work is gaining the attention of our colleagues across campus as depicted in Spider Insider, a university publication. Our students continue to earn positions and promotions in schools in the Richmond area and beyond. Our staff and faculty advance their long standing dedication to the community — working with local immigrant groups and providing high-caliber opportunities for professional development to local teachers and school leaders. Despite all the hard work, we also enjoy each other and take time to celebrate and to laugh (see the story on the deer crashing into North Court!)

This newsletter has many important dates, notices, and announcements. Please be sure to check out the information on the upcoming Graduate Education Speaker Series events. There is also an announcement that the School of Professional & Continuing Studies (SPCS) hired Dr. Joel Hanel as the new Accreditation and Assessment Specialist. Joel will be working on accreditation, assessment and evaluation of academic programs in SPCS. His immediate focus will be on our Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) process in Education. Joel has jumped right in and has begun engaging with faculty and staff (and eventually our Education Advisory Board) on CAEP. If you see Joel at a meeting or on campus, please be sure to welcome him.

Finally, I want to call your attention to two Summer Study Abroad opportunities. These courses will offer undergraduate and graduate students in Education the ability to study in either the Galapagos Islands or Germany. Take the time to read about the thoughtful and fascinating concepts that will be studied in these courses to global destinations. Yes, we are always focused on the local community of metro-Richmond, but I believe these courses also show our reach into the global community.

I want to conclude, where I started — with gratitude. We are so fortunate to be associated with such a great institution. However, institutions are only as valuable as the people who work in them. Our work with colleagues, students, and partners in the community is what we value and find so appealing. Thank you for this opportunity and please have a good spring semester.

Tom J. Shields, Ph.D.
Graduate Education Chair

In This Issue

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  • Feature Stories
  • Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Graduate Education Speakers
  • Upcoming Events & Deadlines
  • News & Information
  • Faculty & Staff Updates
  • Alumni Updates
  • Student Reminders
  • Submit Your News
  • Graduate Education Events
  • Contact Us & Connect

Previous Issues

Study Abroad Opportunities for Educators

Interested in studying abroad in summer 2019? If so, the Graduate Education program is offering two stellar options for doing so:

Teaching Science in the Field: Galapagos Islands

Join Tricia Stohr-Hunt for a 10-day trip to the Galagos Islands while developing an understanding of the nature of science (including an understanding of science as a human endeavor), the nature of scientific knowledge, and a historical perspective of science through place-based inquiry and observation. Emphasizes the ability to integrate domains of science (including environmental science) with each other and with other areas of the curriculum. Runs June 20–July 5. Please contact Dr. Stohr-Hunt for additional details.

Comparative Leadership in a Global Context: Germany

Join Kate Cassada, Andrew Schoeneman and Tom Shields for “Comparative Leadership in a Global Context,” a summer study abroad trip to Ludwigsburg and Stuttgart, Germany, where students will compare the American and German school systems, nonprofit sectors and social welfare institutions. Please contact Dr. Cassada or Dr. Shields for additional details.

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Graduate Education Speakers

Sophie Blackall, Caldecott Medal Winner

Finding Strengths through Learning Stories

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Scholarship Deadline for Fall 2019

The deadline to apply for scholarships for the Fall 2019 semester is June 1, 2019. Don’t miss this opportunity to apply for funds toward completing your degree — the School awards over $140,000 in scholarships each year, and that amount continues to grow!

End-of-Year Student Reception

The Graduate Education program’s annual end-of-year student reception will be held Tuesday, May 7, 5:30-7 p.m., in the North Court Courtyard.

SPCS Night 2019

SPCS Night 2019, the School’s student award ceremony, will be held Wednesday, May 8, 6-8 p.m., in the Modlin Center for the Arts.

Commencement 2019

Commencement Exercises for 2019 will be held May 11 at 9 a.m. in the Robins Center.

News & Information

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Faculty & Staff Updates

  • Edinger published in Journal of Psychology

    Adjunct professor of education Dr. Matthew Edinger recently published an article with Suzanne Edinger titled Improving Teacher Job Satisfaction: The Roles of Social Capital, Teacher Efficacy, and Support in the Journal of Psychology.

  • Spires serves on Inequality & Human Trafficking panel

    Assistant professor of education Bob Spires served on a panel on Inequality & Human Trafficking at the Annual Atlanta Global Studies Symposium at Georgia Tech University on April 26. Panelists from North America, West Africa & Asia examined causes, consequences & solutions to address global human trafficking.

  • Spires presents on rural Cambodian border youth

    Assistant professor of education Bob Spires presented An Exploratory Case Study on Rural Cambodian Border Youth: Social & Educational Barriers with Implications for Development with a colleague from Colorado Mesa U at Education for Sustainability: CIES 2019, April 14-18.

  • Milby quoted in Scholastic Raise a Reader blog

    Director of reading in the education department Tammy Milby is quoted throughout the Scholastic blog article 7 Important Questions to Ask Your Child During Story Time that encourages parents to “amplify the benefits” of story time as they read with their children.

  • Myers hired at Va. Dept. of Education

    Adjunct assistant professor of education Dave Myers has been named assistant superintendent of data for the Virginia Department of Education. He is stepping down from his position as superintendent of New Kent County Schools effective April 24, 2019.

  • Bryant mentioned in Richmond Magazine

    Nora Bryant, Adjunct Instructor of Education, is mentioned in an article titled A Family-Friendly Outfit in Richmond Magazine. Bryant co-owns Little Nomad, a children’s clothing shop, with her husband, Anthony. She teaches courses related to special education.

  • Hanel hired as accreditation specialist

    Dr. Joel Hanel has been hired as Accreditation & Assessment Specialist in SPCS. Hanel coordinates school-wide accreditation and assessment efforts. He comes to Richmond from Radford University.

  • Calveric named Caroline County Schools Superintendent

    SPCS adjunct associate professor of education Dr. Sarah B. Calveric has been named Superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS) effective December 10, 2018.

  • Cassada named CLE director

    SPCS professor of education Kate Cassada, assistant chair of the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies program, has been named director of the Center for Leadership in Education (CLE), following former director Tom Shields’ appointment as SPCS associate dean.

  • Jackson named coordinator of leadership academy

    Dr. Dana Jackson has been named part-time coordinator of the Next Generation Leadership Academy (NGLA), a school leader training program of the University’s Center for Leadership in Education.

Graduate Education Alumni Updates

  • Tracey Zaval, GC'17, named 2018 Social Studies Teacher of the Year

    Tracey Zaval, GC’17, has been named the 2018 Outstanding Middle School Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the National Council on the Social Studies (NCSS). The award was announced at the NCSS Annual Conference, where Zaval led a session titled “Tonight in the Classroom — Incorporating The Tonight Show’s Games Into Your Classroom.”

  • Kenneth White, GC'15, GC'16, appointed Highland Springs principal

    Kenneth White, GC’15, GC’16, has been named principal of Highland Springs High School in Henrico County Public Schools. White earned a M.Ed. in curriculum & instruction in 2015 and a post-master’s certificate in educational leadership & policy studies in 2016. 

  • George Fohl, GC'17, named Chesterfield County gifted coordinator

    George Fohl, GC’17, has been named Gifted Education Coordinator for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Fohl completed the post-master’s certificate in educational leadership & policy studies in December 2017.

  • Peggy Boon, GC'17, named principal of Bishop Sullivan High School

    Peggy Boon, GC’17, has been named principal of Bishop Sullivan High School in Virginia Beach, Va. Prior to this appointment, Boon served as Dean of Faculty and Academics at Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond. She earned a M.Ed. in educational leadership & policy studies at SPCS.

  • Padraic Hampton, GC'18, named lead teacher

    Padraic Hampton, GC,’18, who earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in May 2018, has established and will serve as Lead Teacher for the Swansboro Elementary School 5th Grade Success Academy. The Academy supports academic achievement of students as they transition to middle school. Hampton was also named the 2018 Teacher of the Year for Swansboro Elementary School.

  • Nicole Hood, GC'15, named director at The Bryn Mawr School

    Dr. Nicole G. Hood, GC’15, has been named to the position of Upper School Director at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore effective July 1, 2018. Hood earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the School of Professional & Continuing Studies.

  • Frenishee Smith, GC'12, GC'16

    Frenishee Smith, GC’12, GC’16, has been awarded a 2017 R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence by The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation. Smith’s award will fund visiting schools that engage students living in poverty in innovative ways along with attending The International Conference on Urban Education in Nassau, Bahamas.

  • Grace Creasey, GC'14

    Grace Creasey, GC’14, has been named the Executive Director for the Virginia Council for Private Education, effective October 16, 2017. Creasey earned a master of education degree in educational leadership and policy studies in December 2014.

Student Reminders

Spring Academic Schedule

Spring courses began the week of January 14. Please visit the Academic Calendar via the Registrar’s Office webpage for important fall semester dates and deadlines.

Comprehensive Exams

Spring 2019 Comprehensive Exams will take place in April. Eligible students will be contacted with further details by their respective program in early spring.

Commencement & Graduation

If you plan on graduating in May or August 2019, you already should have submitted your degree application (deadline was in October). If you missed this deadline and require assistance, please contact your respective Graduate Education program. Review Commencement information.

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