Charlottesville and UVa resources for new teachers

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Professional Resources for new teachers:

For Teachers
For Teachers and their students and parents
For Students
Online resources for the public

For Teachers:

Alternative Licensure for Teachers
A series of graduate professional development courses in education designed to assist individuals in meeting the Professional Studies Requirements for the alternative route to licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Certificate in Classroom Technology Applications
A statewide program that prepares educators to integrate technology in classroom instruction

Curry Summer Teaching Institutes
The Curry School offers an extensive array of courses during the summer months that extend opportunities for summer enrichment for professional educators.

English as a Second Language Teacher Training Opportunities
The University of Virginia offers courses for individuals including pre- and in-service K-12 teachers and non-UVa students interested in preparing to teach ESL/EFL.

Foreign Language Workshops for School Teachers
Free Workshops for foreign language teachers help fulfill the mission of the Center for Liberal Arts: demonstrating that universities have the responsibility and the capacity to help re-establish the central premise on which schooling must be based.

Learning Kits
Learning Kits provide K-12 teachers and educators in Central Virginia and surrounding areas with collections of learning materials and hands-on lessons in natural history and science.

Lessons Using Digital History
These lesson plans draw on material from the Valley of the Shadow: Two American Communities in the Civil War and Virtual Jamestown and are designed to help teachers implement the new Virginia Standards of Learning and the National History Standards.

Multimedia Guide to the Virginia Standards of Learning for American History, Grade 11
The University of Virginia's Center for Digital History and the Miller Center of Public Affairs have teamed together to create a multimedia guide to the Virginia Standards of Learning for use by teachers, curriculum planners and other educators.

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)
Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) is an evaluation tool that helps teachers assess reading abilities of children in early grades.

Professional Development Consortium
Twenty Virginia school divisions and the Curry School have formed a partnership to improve the quality of professional development training for teachers and administrators by offering workshops, conferences and other activities.

Public Policy Research and Analysis
The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service conducts public policy research and analysis in the areas of business and economics, demographics, and workforce studies.

Seminars and Institutes for Teachers
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) sponsors and supports a broad range of institutes and seminars designed to serve the needs of Virginia teachers.

South Asian Studies Video Lending Library
Over 100 videocassettes in the Center's lending library are available to educators in the Southeastern United States free of charge. To view video catalogue, go to

Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium
A partnership of 16 school divisions and 9 higher education insitutions, the Consortium provides extensive professional development.

Space Science for Teachers
An intensive 2 week workshop for Virginia teachers who need to develop new knowledge and skills that will help address the Virginia Standards of Learning related to space science and astronomy.

Spanish Summer Institute
Cuban-American Literature and Culture. Professor Gustavo Pellón will offer an institute on Cuban-American literature/culture, including works by Cristina García, films such as "Azúcar amarga" and music by Gloria Estefan.

Standards of Learning Program for Virginia Teachers and Schools
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers courses that help teachers and school systems respond to the challenge of Virginia's Standards of Learning.

Summer Teacher-Scholar Fellowships
Each year, the Center for the Liberal Arts makes available twelve $1,000 summer teacher-scholar fellowships for Virginia's K-12 educators to advance their knowledge of their teaching fields or undertake a scholarly project.

Teacher Workshops
The Center for the Liberal Arts sponsors annual Saturday teacher workshops in different content areas.

Teacher Workshops in Fine Arts
The University of Virginia Art Museum offers interdisciplinary, curriculum-related workshops based on museum collections to teachers.

Technology Resource Center
The Technology Resource Center offers evaluations of students with special computer needs, training for parents, school personnel, staff and University students, and computer enrichment classes for elementary and middle school children.

TEMPO Reading Outreach
Graduate-level, professional development courses and part-time Master's degree programs in reading are available to Virginia educators.

Valley of the Shadow Teaching Materials
The Valley of the Shadow project offers on-line lesson plans, paper topics and other civil war teaching materials to high school teachers.

Virginia Cultural Enrichment Grants
Grants provide for exhibits, lectures, forums and public discussions, publications, research, teachers' institutes, oral history projects, and other projects. All aim to increase public understanding and enrich the cultural life of the Commonwealth.

For Teachers and their students and families:

College Admissions Workshops
The UVa admissions office offers free college essay writing and financial aid information workshops to under-represented high school students and their parents.

English as a Second Language Teacher Training Opportunities
The University of Virginia offers courses for individuals including pre- and in-service K-12 teachers and non-UVa students interested in preparing to teach ESL/EFL.

McGuffey Reading Center
McGuffey Reading Center is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States and offers diagnostic and remedial services in reading, writing, and spelling.

Motheread and Fatheread of the VFH
Motheread and Fatheread is a statewide literacy program using children's literature as texts and motivation to improve parenting and literacy skills, increase family communication, and address challenging family issues.

Mousetrap Car Design Competition
An annual SECME (Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics Enrichment) Program, the Mousetrap Car Design competition is held each spring to challenge middle and high school students.

Music and Mind
High School students can participate in "Music and Mind," a project designed to enhance their curriculum by combining the study of music and performance with academic courses.

Netfrog: The Interactive Frog Dissection Tutorial
Award-winning, on-line tutorial designed as a preparation or substitution for laboratory dissection in high school biology classrooms.

Robotics Education Advanced Learning Outreach Program REAL OP
REAL OP is designed to bring robotics education into Virginia classrooms through various outreach activities. Programs include summer camps, student workshops, teacher workshops, internships, classroom visits, and tours of the center.

Science Fair Mentoring Program
The Science Fair Mentoring Program provides guidance to students ages 6 through 17 who want to complete a top-notch science fair project.

Symphony Preludes
Faculty, who are professional musicians and principal players in the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra, as well as other members of the orchestra, conduct programs tailored to fit the needs and resources of participating schools.

Tutoring in Science, Math and Pre-engineering
The Office of Minority Programs provides tutoring for the local high schools in science, math and pre-engineering classes.

Tutoring Programs for Children and Adults
UVa student volunteers work with children and young adults in Charlottesville and Albemarle County Public Schools to assist them in improving their academic work.

For Students:

Boosters Program
The Boosters Program provides volunteers for children from four-years old through sixth grade who need assistance with specific skills in a school setting.

Early Visions
Early Visions is an educational series in which at-risk high school students are mentored by student docents of the University of Virginia Art Museum through weekly tours and art projects.

High School Student Leadership Conferences
Annual student leadership conferences are sponsored by the Virginia School-University Partnership in the Curry School of Education.

Saturday Enrichment Program
For inquisitive and highly capable students in K-5, this program offers academic study in the sciences, math, arts, humanities, and the social sciences for five consecutive Saturdays in February and March.

Summer Enrichment Program
SEP offers a two-week, residential summer program for students in grades 4-10. The program's goal is to extend a student's capabilities in problem-solving, critical inquiry and creativity through a critical examination of content-rich information.

Summer Institutes for School Teachers
The Center for the Liberal Arts offers two and three week content-based summer institutes for K-12 school teachers.

Online Resources available to the public:

For a complete listing of UVa's online resources, visit

The Salisbury Project
This photographic and textual archive describes the history of the medieval cathedral and town of Salisbury, England and is an excellent resource for teachers, students, and scholars.

Virtual Art Exhibitions
Explore the world through a host of virtual art exhibitions that showcase European, Japanese, African and Native American art. Tour 3-D galleries of American contemporary and folk art.

Virtual Jamestown in the Classroom
Virtual Jamestown offers a variety of on-line teaching materials to assist teachers with using the digital history materials in their classrooms.

How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life
This searchable website encourages everyone to learn about the physics and science of the world around them. Visitors are able to email questions to UVa Professor Lou Bloomfield who posts explanations on the site.



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