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July 13, 2016 – Mary Tackett, SOE graduate student in T&L, who was notified of her selection as Graduate Student of the Year. The Graduate Student of the Year Award recognizes exemplary graduate students for their character, service and outstanding contributions, and academic achievements. Congratulations, Mary! Read more

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Gerard Lawson, an associate professor in the Counselor Education Program in the School of Education, for his work solving problems for the problem-solvers. Read more

Dr. Jennifer M. Bondy, Assistant Professor in Teaching and Learning, recently received the Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Dr. Bondy has prepared 14 graduate courses across 3 different programs in the past 4.5 years, as well as co-chaired or served on 79 graduate student committees. Students credit her with making issues of diversity and inclusion seminal to their research and teaching goals, and for being one of the best School of Education instructors. Dr. Bondy is truly a consummate educator whose intelligence and dedication have changed the lives of many. Congratulations, Dr. Bondy! The School of Education is enriched by your work.

John Wells, Teaching and Learning faculty, recently received the Outstanding Research Award from the Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education (CTETE) of the ITEEA for his paper titled "The Efficacy of Technological/Engineering Design Approach: Imposed Cognitive Demands within Design Based Biotechnology Instruction." This article is in-press and will be published in the 2016 spring issue of the Journal of Technology Education (JTE). Congratulations John!

Gerard Lawson and Kami Patrizio, Leadership, Counseling, and Research faculty were awarded a $914,000 research grant from the National Institute of Justice. The grant, titled “A Multiple Perspectives Analysis of the Influences on the School to Prison Pipeline in Virginia,” will rely on school climate, safety, threat assessment, and crime data from Virginia to determine factors influencing juvenile involvement in the criminal justice system. Also part of the research team are Leadership, Counseling, and Research faculty membersYasuo Miyazaki and Gary Skaggs, along with a number of Virginia Tech graduate students.!

"Promoting PLACE (Place, Literacy, Achievement, Community, & Engagement) in Rural Schools" is a five-year, $1.9 million grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program.  Dr. Amy Price Azano, assistant professor of adolescent literacy in the School of Education, and Dr. Carolyn Callahan, professor of education and gifted education expert at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, are working with rural school districts in Virginia to identify gifted and talented students and develop programs to serve them. Promoting PLACE aims to increase the number of rural students in gifted programs, especially in high-poverty school districts, by using alternative assessments for rural students. Read more