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Student Newsletter - VCU School of Education

Latest news

Dr. Cassandra Willis: Top Five Tips for Homeschooling
Dr. Cassandra Willis and her family at the 2019 Spring Graduation Reception in Oliver Hall Courtyard.Dr. Cassandra Willis is an adjunct instructor in the VCU School of Education’s Department of Counseling and Special Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Special Education and Disability Leadership from VCU SOE in May 2019. Like many of us, she is working from home while juggling parenting responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here she shares her Top Five Tips for Homeschooling.
READ MORE ABOUT DR. WILLIS' TOP FIVE TIPS

Research news

Dr. Love: The impact of whitness on students of color
Dr. Bettina LoveDr. Bettina L. Love, an award-winning author and researcher in the area of Hip Hop education, addressed a group of VCU faculty, staff and students recently at the Science Museum of Virginia on her experience researching whiteness in schools and its impact on students of color. Love’s keynote address was part of the School of Education’s annual research colloquium which highlights faculty and doctoral student research and research-related activities.
READ MORE ABOUT DR. LOVE'S KEYNOTE ADDRESS

From our centers

Child Development Center remains community focused
A student visits the State Capitol as part of a STEM grant.The VCU Child Development Center has stepped up to help during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing care for the children of frontline health care professionals so they don’t have to choose between staying home with their children or caring for patients. The center, which is affiliated with the VCU School of Education, is poised to serve nearly 48 children of VCU Health System professionals who are able to go to work and contribute to saving lives.
READ MORE ABOUT THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Alumnus spotlight

Dwight VanRossum (M.T. ’04): A leader with a purpose
Dwight VanRossum (M.T. '04), principal of Chamberlayne Elementary School.Dwight VanRossum began his journey to becoming an educator in an unlikely way – by studying Biology with the goal of becoming a doctor. At the same time, the VCU undergrad got a work study job as a tutor at Oak Grove Elementary in Richmond, Virginia. Despite initially having no intention of becoming a teacher, VanRossum said tutoring was how he discovered how much he enjoyed the teaching experience.
READ MORE ABOUT SOE ALUMNUS DWIGHT VANROSSUM

Student spotlight

Ejana Bennett: Better education for marginized students
Travon Griffin, undergraduate student in the VCU School of Education.Ejana Bennett was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Teaching in Special Education and Elementary Education from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development. She is a first-year doctoral student in the VCU School of Education’s Ph.D. in Education with a Concentration in Curriculum, Culture and Change program.
READ MORE ABOUT EJANA BENNETT

Upcoming events

VCU and School of Education Virtual Commencement Website Launches
Friday, May 8, 2020
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#SOESupportsYou!
Did you see the recent Facebook Live Happy Hour Concert featuring Kurt Stemhagen, Ph.D.? Follow us on social media for future #SOESupportsYou articles and events!

University Events Impacted Due to COVID-19
Many events and activities previously scheduled for SOE faculty and staff have either been changed to online events or cancelled. The SOE Events Calendar has been updated with the latest information we have as of March 18. The best source for the latest VCU updates is the university's COVID-19 site. It can also be accessed from the VCU homepage and the VCU Alert page. Stay safe!
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