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VCU School of Education ranked No. 3 Best Online Grad Program by U.S. News

Best Online Programs 2019 by U.S. NewsThe VCU School of Education was recently ranked No. 3 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. “Our ranking in U.S. News & World Report demonstrates not only the exceptional quality of our faculty, staff and students, it also confirms the strength of support that we provide to distance learners,” said Andrew Daire, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Education. Read more

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Naffs push for practical research on education

Dr. Naff's push for practical research on educationWhen David Naff, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’17/E), was a public school counselor at Mount Tabor High School back in 2010, about 20 percent of the students he worked with were at risk of not graduating on time. Naff worked in a mixed-income school and noticed most of those struggling to graduate were racial minority students from low-income backgrounds. Naff didn’t understand the reasons for this phenomena and wanted to learn more. Now, working for VCU’s School of Education, he is in a position to not only find answers but also to make change. 
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Info session: M.Ed. and post-masters cert. in Ed leadership
5 p.m. Feb. 13 
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2019 Research Colloquium
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 15

Info session: M.Ed. in Special Education, Gen Ed
6 p.m. Feb. 27 Oliver Hall, Dean’s Conference Room 2089 
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Gnilka looks at stress and coping among counselors

Dr. Gnilka looks at stress and coping among counselorsThe amount of knowledge being generated by VCU School of Education faculty in published research goes beyond merely enhancing the school’s reputation — it is helping to shape the future of education. One recent example of this is the study below, co-authored by Philip Gnilka, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of counseling and special education, which looks at stress, burnout and coping among school counselors. Read more


Alumni spotlight

Amber Hornbarger (M.T. ‘17): HCPS Teacher of the YearAmber Hornbarger: HCPS teacher of the year

Amber Hornbarger (M.T.’17/E) was recently honored as First Year Teacher of the Year by Henrico County Public Schools. She teaches fourth grade at Glen Lea Elementary School and is a recent alumna of the VCU School of Education. Hornbarger credits SOE’s Master of Teaching program for instilling in her the confidence to walk into her first classroom feeling prepared and ready to teach. Read more


Student spotlight

Laura Gariepy: Flexible program aimed at student success

Laura Gariepy: flexible program aimed at student successLaura Gariepy finds the VCU School of Education’s Ph.D. in Education program to be the perfect fit for a busy parent working full time who wants to advance her career. Before pursuing her doctoral degree, Gariepy was working full-time as assistant head for instructional services with VCU libraries, and she wanted to work toward advancing her career in academic librarianship. Read more


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