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From the dean
Headshot of Dean Andrew Daire, Ph.D.Welcome to the spring 2020 semester. We started the year on a high note - we are now ranked 8th in the nation for our online graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. This ranking demonstrates our commitment to the accessibility of our programs to those near and far, and it helps to ensure the continued quality of our students and nationally recognized faculty. We should all be proud of this achievement.

Be sure to save the date and participate in the upcoming Research Colloquium on March 6th. The keynote speaker, Dr. Bettina Love, from the University of Georgia is the author of “We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom.” Her keynote will focus on how teachers, schools, parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in intersectional social justice for the goal of equitable classrooms.

I wish all of you a great semester. Go Rams!

Latest news
SOE ranked #8 Best Online Grad Program by U.S. News
A student studies at a hallway table on the third floor of Oliver Hall.The VCU School of Education was recently ranked #8 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. With 309 schools of education participating nationwide, only two Virginia schools of education ranked among this year’s top 50, with SOE being one of them.
Research news
Exposing unfair treatment of black girls in schools
Headshot of Dr. Danielle ApugoBlack girls routinely face disproportionate amounts of discipline in their classrooms over subjective issues like their hair, their bodies, or their attitudes – and the policies in place in schools are not set up to address this issue. This is according to research conducted by Dr. Danielle Apugo, visiting iCubed scholar who is researching methods toward disrupting criminalization in education.
From our centers
SOE's newest center officially open
Headshot of Dr. LaRon Scott.The VCU School of Education’s newest center had its official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony near the end of last semester in Oliver Hall. The Minority Educator Recruitment, Retention & Equity Center is a grant-funded center housed in room 4064B of Oliver Hall. It will serve as a safe hub for underrepresented minority (URM) educators across programs, as well as support URM educators in our local school divisions.
Alumna spotlight
Cheryl Lewis Burke: Born to teach. Destined to lead.
Dr. LaRon Scott, associate professor, Department of Counseling and Special EducationCheryl Burke is a fourth-generation educator who believes that “teachers are born, not made.” She earned her Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Administration and Supervision from the VCU School of Education in 1981. Promoted to principal of Chimborazo Elementary School in 1996, she retired in 2014 after 38 years of service to Richmond Public Schools. Today, she is the 7th District representative on the Richmond School Board.
Student spotlight
Stevara Clark: Connection, sisterhood and mentorship
Stevara Clark, doctoral student in the VCU School of Education.Stevara Clark was born in Dale City, Virginia. She’s an assistant professor in teaching with the VCU School of Social Work and program coordinator of that school’s Online Master of Social Work program. Clark earned her bachelor’s and master's degrees in social work from VCU, and she’s pursuing her Ed.D. in Leadership in the Higher Education Administration learning community at the VCU School of Education.
Video spotlight
Dean's Series: Pathways to Becoming an Educator
In Episode 8 of the VCU School of Education's Impact Video Series,
Dean Andrew Daire shares the different pathways to becoming an educator at SOE.
Upcoming events
The Job Search in Education
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Oliver Hall, Room 3085)

Spring Career & Internship Fair
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. (University Student Commons, Richmond Salons/Commonwealth Ballrooms/James River Terrace)

Our Unconscious Bias Getting the Best of Us – Teaching and Practice
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (McGlothlin Medical Education Center)
Explore the role of stereotypes in shaping bias with Dr. Jeffery L. Wilson. RSVP by Feb. 18, 2020.

Just Ask: Panel Discussion and Networking Session
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Triple Crossing Fulton) Doctoral students only.

An Evening with Dr. Bettina Love
Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (Armstrong High School)

2020 Research Colloquium featuring Dr. Bettina Love
Friday, Mar. 6, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Science Museum of Virginia, Dewey Gottwald Center)

Association of Black Social Workers' 5th Annual Cultural Awareness Day
Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Cabell Library, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall)
Keynote address by Dr. Danielle Apugo. Registration.

Teacher Recruitment Fair
Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. (University Student Commons, Richmond Salons)
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