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Robert Pianta  
U.Va. $10M Education Center Focuses on High-Quality Student Teaching Using Video and Latest Technology

WHAT MAKES A TERRIFIC TEACHER? “A lot of terrific teachers aren’t aware of the really good things they do,” said Robert Pianta (left), a professor in the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, who along with his U.Va. research team, are using video in a new program for preschool teachers to show what a great teacher does that makes children succeed. Pianta will head U.Va.’s new $10 million National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education, and conduct a nationwide study with several universities and teacher’s colleges on how well the new program, called My Teaching Partner, works for student teachers. Subsequently, the center will provide consultation to the new teachers in their first jobs. Full story.

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U.Va.’s Center for Politics to Host Conference on Virginia Women and Politics

The commonwealth’s top political analysts, historians and former members of Virginia state government will come together Friday to discuss the women who have had a significant impact on the politics and governance of the state during the “Virginia Women and Politics Conference” at the Jefferson Hotel on West Franklin Street in Richmond. Topics will include the role of women as political pioneers in Virginia history, the role of women in leading Virginia’s political future and a keynote address by the Honorable Mary Sue Terry, former Attorney General of Virginia. The conference, sponsored by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Full story.

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Nancy Iverson, Loren Pitt
 
U.Va.’s Iverson, Pitt Strive to Enhance Math Fluency

Achieving math proficiency involves a great deal of methodical learning, but all too often, math students never reach the level of mathematical fluency — the ability to use mathematics accurately, efficiently and flexibly — required to succeed in algebra and geometry, according to Nancy Iverson (left), an assistant dean in the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. “Middle school mathematics is especially important,” Iverson points out, “because it lays the foundation of fluency required to succeed in algebra and geometry.” Under a grant awarded by the Virginia Department of Education last year, Iverson and mathematics professor Loren Pitt (right) are working to strengthen the structure of math education in the state’s school systems. Full story.

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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT:
C-Ville Weekly Clarification — 6/27/2006
Richmond Times-Dispatch Letter to the Editor — 5/24/2006
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Web Calendar   Heritage Repertory Theatre’s “Don't Hug Me”
7:30 p.m. through July 29, Helms Theatre • Tickets: 924-3376.
     
 

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