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Fall 2019

Greetings from the Chair

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Happy fall semester 2019!

This past summer I read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Leadership in Turbulent Times, which profiles the lives and careers of four American presidents — Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson. In the book, Goodwin discusses the leadership of these presidents in times of change. I found parallels with the themes of overcoming change and the importance of the team that we have established in Graduate Education.

As you will read in this edition of the e-newsletter, our team has worked hard to navigate the “turbulent times” facing K-12 education and higher education by offering quality professional development and academic programs with the highest caliber of academic thinking, relevant field experiences, and innovative pedagogical practices.

In our professional development with teachers from local school systems, we continue to focus on marginalized student populations, integration of the arts into classrooms, and discussions on timely topics such as school safety. Our work with aspiring school leaders has longevity, but also has been refreshed to meet the changing demands of leadership in challenged schools. You will also notice that we believe in creating globally aware educators and leaders, which means providing opportunities for students to travel to Asia and Europe as part of summer study abroad experiences.

We also are always striving to improve our academic programs through development of new degrees, courses, and assessment processes. This fall we launched our Master of Teaching degree. This was the culmination of years of work to make sure we offered the most innovative curriculum and applicable field experiences for developing teachers. We have also begun to offer coursework that will assist the growing numbers of provisionally licensed teachers in our local schools.

As always, you will read about the amazing successes of our students, alumni, staff and faculty. You will read about how our Educational Leadership and Policy Studies graduates follow different journeys to their leadership roles. Our Teacher Education programs have produced large numbers of graduates who have received the Teacher of the Year award in their schools and districts. Finally, our full-time and adjunct faculty and our staff continue to be thought leaders in their fields by publishing, presenting and attending academic and practitioner conferences in Virginia, and beyond.

I’ve stated this several times — we might not be the largest or loudest in the Richmond area, but we certainly carry a big stick in our work and impact! (Note the reference to Teddy Roosevelt!)

Enjoy reading this newsletter. We hope everyone has a great fall and a wonderful start to the academic year!

Best—

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

In This Issue

Pictured (above): Students & faculty from the Summer 2019 Summer Study Abroad experience to Germany.

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  • Feature Stories
  • Alumni Updates 
  • Graduate Education Speaker Series
  • Upcoming Events & Deadlines
  • News & Information | Faculty & Staff Updates
  • Additional Features
  • Student Reminders
  • Submit Your News | Education Events 
  • Media References
  • Photo Albums
  • Contact Us | Connect

Previous Issues

Graduate Education Alumni Updates

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Emma Florek, '13 and GC'19, named teacher of the year in New Kent County

    Emma Florek, ’13 and GC’19, has been named New Kent County Public School’s Teacher of the Year for 2019. Florek teaches art at New Kent Middle School. She earned a B.A. in Studio Art with an Education minor in 2014, and earned a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction in August 2019.

  • Melanie Phipps, GC'12, named principal of Quioccasin Middle School

    Melanie Phipps, GC’12, has been named principal of Quioccasin Middle School in Henrico County Public Schools. Phipps earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Chandra Rhue, GC'12, named principal of Thornburg Middle School

    Dr. Chandra Rhue, GC’12, has been named principal of Thornburg Middle School in Spotsylvania County Public Schools. Rhue earned a post-master’s Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Zachary Cain, '19, receives scholarship to study in Indonesia

    Zachary Cain, ’19, has received a yearlong scholarship to study music and culture in Java, Indonesia. Cain majored in music and minored in secondary music education. The scholarship was among 14 awarded through the Darmasiswa Scholarship Program, organized by Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Charlie Cuccherini, GC'14, receives Chris Carollo Distinguished Leadership Award

    Charlie Cuccherini, GC’14, was named the 2019 recipient of Henrico County Public School’s Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award. Cuccherini earned a Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP) in 2014. Carollo, whose memory is honored by the award in his name, was an adjunct in SPCS prior to his passing.

  • Heather Russell, GC'10, GC'11, named 2019 Virginia Elementary School Technology Education Teacher of the Year

    The Virginia Technology Engineering and Education Association has selected Ecoff Elementary STEAM teacher Heather Russell, GC’10 and GC’11, as the 2019 Virginia Elementary School Technology Education Teacher of the Year. Russell earned a Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP) in 2010 and a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction in 2011.

  • Amy Pickral, GC'18, named Assistant Head of School at St. Gertrude High School

    Amy R. Pickral, GC’18, has been named Assistant Head of School at Saint Gertrude High School, effective July 1, 2019. Pickral earned a graduate certificate in educational leadership & policy studies through SPCS in December 2018.

  • 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.

Branding image: Speaker Series

Graduate Education Speakers

Maria Gianferrari, Children’s Author

School Safety Reform Community Conversation

  • Wednesday, October 16, 6–7:30 p.m.
  • Panel discussion and Q&A
  • Panelists include counseling, emergency management, advocacy & government representatives
  • Continues regional conversation about school safety reform and the role of communities
  • International Commons, Carole Weinstein International Center
  • Free and open to the public
Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Scholarship Deadline for Fall 2019

The deadline to apply for scholarships for the Spring 2020 semester is November 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!

Children’s Author Talk

Join children’s author Maria Gianferrari on October 2, 2019, for an author talk, book signing and reception. 5:30–6:30 p.m., Alice Haynes Room, Tyler Haynes Commons.

School Safety Reform Community Conversation

Join us on October 16, 2019, to continue the regional conversation concerning school safety reform and the role of communities in protecting our schools, children, and staff. 6–7:30 p.m., International Commons, Carole Weinstein International Center.

Education Advisory Board Meeting

The Education Advisory Board fall meeting will take place on Friday, November 8, on campus.

News & Information

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Faculty & Staff Updates

  • 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.

  • Milby selected to serve on VDOE committee

    Dr. Tammy Milby, Director of Reading, has been selected to serve on the Virginia Department of Education English Steering Committee as the Department prepares to implement fully the new English Standards of Learning that were adopted in 2017.

  • Education department's Blackmon & Carpenter recognized for sustainability efforts

    Miriam Blackmon, Master of Teaching Admissions Coordinator, and Liza Carpenter, Administrative Coordinator, were recognized by the University’s Office for Sustainability for digitizing and securely shredding admissions and licensure documents dating back decades.

  • 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.

Additional Features

Student Reminders

Fall Academic Schedule

Fall courses began the week of August 27. Please visit the Academic Calendar via the Registrar’s Office webpage for important fall semester dates and deadlines.

Teaching Internship

Ready to student teach in Spring 2020? If so, please email Dr. Deborah Napoli by October 1 so that she can schedule your small group discussion regarding the required application process.

Comprehensive Exams

Fall 2019 Comprehensive Exams will take place in November. Eligible students will be contacted with further details by their respective program in early fall.

Commencement & Graduation

If you plan on graduating in December 2019 or May 2020, you already should have submitted your degree application. If you missed this deadline and require assistance, please contact your respective Graduate Education program. Review Commencement information.

SPCS Visiting Scholar Pierre Tulowitzski
Osher Institute Lecture
Osher Institute Lecture
Osher Institute Lecture

Media References

Summer 2019 Joan Oates Institute
Foundations of Arts Integration - AILC Summer 2019
Foundations of Arts Integration - AILC Summer 2019
Foundations of Arts Integration - AILC Summer 2019

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