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Evidence-Based Education


Researchers are also playing a major role in a number of statewide and national initiatives to improve the quality of education. Randy Bell, associate professor in the Curry School of Education, is the co-principal investigator of a $34 million grant to implement and study the effectiveness of the Virginia Initiative for Science, Teaching, and Achievement program to enhance science education throughout the Commonwealth.

Bob Pianta, Bridget  Hamre and Randy Bell

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System, developed at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) will be used to measure teacher quality in all 50,000 of the nation's Head Start classrooms. Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School, Novartis U.S. Foundation Professor, and director of CASTL; and Bridget Hamre, senior scientist, are part of a $40 million effort to improve teaching and learning at Head Start.