Surpasses Fund-Raising Goal: U.Va. Center Receives Funding To Help
Teachers Use Technology
22, 2000 -- The
Center for Technology and Teacher Education in the University of
Virginia's Curry School
of 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
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 Impact Initiative,
will continue supporting the use of technology in teaching mathematics
and social studies, but also will support work begun in science
and a new project 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.
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
Ed Ayers, U.Va.'s Hugh P. Kelly Professor, and other arts and sciences
faculty through the Virginia
Center for Digital History.
efforts have helped the Curry School gain national recognition for
its expertise in the use of technology in teacher education. U.S.
News & World Report magazine, for example, cited the school
in 1995 as a "pioneer in high-tech pedagogy" while ranking its teacher-education
program in the nation's top tier. The school also 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 Education.
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.
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, leaders
of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Association
for Educators of Teachers in Science, Conference on English Education
and Social Studies College and University Faculty Assembly will
meet during a National Technology Leadership Retreat in Reston in
September. The 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 Glen Bull.
five national teaching associations and the Education Department,
the center will soon launch an interactive on-line 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, an education professor.
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. They also have built strong relationships
with corporate partners.
in 1905, the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education
is nationally recognized for its innovative degree programs and
faculty expertise. The centerpiece of the school's mission
in improving the quality of teachers in the nation is its five-year
teacher-education program that combines a strong academic focus
with professional training.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857