gift will help teachers use technology
Center for Technology and Teacher Education has received $1.9
million to continue its efforts to infuse technology nationwide
in programs that prepare teachers.
award, given by an anonymous private donor in July, pushes the
school over its $14.25 million goal in U.Va.'s $1 billion fund-raising
In 1997 the center received a $1 million award from the same donor
to incorporate technology into teacher-preparation programs. That
funding, called the "Impact Initiative" by school officials,
has allowed the center to focus on identifying and implementing
technology into instruction intended for teaching mathematics
and social studies on the secondary-school level.
new funding, considered the second phase of the initiative, will
continue supporting the use of technology in teaching mathematics
and social studies, but also will support projects in science
and in English education. The additional funding will extend development
of materials to middle- and elementary-school levels. It will
also allow center officials to establish a network of professional
teaching associations to promote policies regarding the use of
technology in instruction nationwide.
funding is another affirmation of the national significance of
the work the center is doing to enhance learning and instruction
through technology," said Curry School Dean David W. Breneman.
Established in 1997, the Center for Technology and Teacher Education
is a cross-disciplinary group of faculty who design and implement
curricula that integrates technologies, such as computers, digital
imagery, Internet resources and graphing calculators, into teacher-education
programs. Faculty associated with the center, which has received
approximately $6 million since its founding, collaborate with
their peers at other teacher-education programs nationally and
internationally to promote the use of technology in instruction.
They also collaborate with U.Va. Arts & Sciences faculty through
the Virginia Center for Digital History.
The Curry School has been recognized by the National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher Education as a model for integrating
technology in its teacher-education program, and it has been the
site of several studies of exemplary teacher-education programs,
including those conducted by the Congressional Office of Technology
Assessment and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher
gift will allow the center to continue to identify partner institutions
for field-testing and incorporating technology into teacher-education
programs. Center faculty have developed an infrastructure to support
collaborative teaching efforts that allows faculty at diverse
locations, such as Bermuda, to work together. Through conferences,
presentations, on-site visits and publications, center faculty
are working to build a consensus among the leaders of professional
teaching associations in the core subjects. For example, an upcoming
National Technology Leadership Retreat, co-sponsored by U.Va.'s
Curry School and the U.S. Department of Education, will bring
together the presidents of 26 national education associations
to identify guidelines for using technology in teacher-preparation
programs in the core subjects.
second phase of the Impact funding will allow the center to establish
a technology and teacher-education policy network," said
Joe Garofalo, associate professor of mathematics education, who
is center co-director with education professor Glen Bull.
With five national teaching associations and the Education Department,
the center will soon launch an interactive online journal, Contemporary
Issues in Technology and Teacher Education. "This represents an
unprecedented collaboration among the associations and will provide
a forum for professional dialogue," said Bull.
of the faculty members associated with the center leads efforts
to use technology in a specific area. Bull leads the instructional
technology area, and Garofalo heads up mathematics education.
Randy Bell, assistant professor, leads science education, and
Cheryl Mason, assistant professor, social studies education. Zahrl
Schoeny, associate professor, supports administrative technologies;
Walter Heinecke, assistant professor, evaluation and policy studies;
and Jim Cooper, Commonwealth Professor of Education, curriculum
and instruction. Cooper also serves as chair of the center's advisory
board. Margo Figgins, associate professor of English education,
will serve as the center's first faculty fellow.
addition to working with state and national professional organizations,
center faculty are exploring alliances with departments of education
in France and the United Kingdom.