The School of Professional and Continuing Studies is pleased to introduce the inaugural Graduate Education Speaker Series, bringing speakers and events onto the University of Richmond campus to address subjects of interest to prospective and current teachers, educational administrators, community organizers and others engaged in education and related fields.

Jason Chin, Children’s Author and Illustrator

event imageThe first event is an annual program, co-sponsored by the School of Arts & Sciences Education Department and Boatwright Library, that brings a children’s author and/or illustrator to campus to speak with student teachers, prospective educators, and others interested in children’s and young adult literature. This year’s featured guest is Jason Chin, award-winning author and illustrator, whose latest book, Grand Canyon, has earned five starred reviews. Chin specializes in science literacy, and his lecture will focus on how he develops his picture books, including Grand Canyon.

Thursday, February 22, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm, Keller Hall Reception Room. Free and open to the public, no registration required.

Documentary Screening – Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

event imageThe second event event is a screening of the documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope, followed by a moderated panel discussion about trauma informed care and practices in schools. This award-winning documentary draws a research-based link between the toxic effects of childhood abuse, neglect, and trauma to long term health disorders. Students and community members with an interest in trauma-informed care and resiliency building practices among children and their families are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm, Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business. Free and open to the public; online registration required.

The Role of Education in a Transformed Virginia Economy

event imageThe third event in the series is a presentation by Commonwealth Superintendent for Public Instruction Steve Staples providing background remarks on developing the Profile of a Virginia Graduate and high school redesign. Following Superintendent Staples’s remarks, Professor Scott Bray will moderate a panel discussion about the role of education in a transformed economy. Panelists include SPCS dean Jamelle Wilson, Chesterfield County Public Schools superintendent and SPCS adjunct professor James Lane, and two Chesterfield County high school students.

Monday, April 24, 2017, 8:30-10am, Robins Pavilion, Jepson Alumni Center. Free and open to the public; online registration required.

Assistant Professor, Education
Assistant Chair, Graduate Education - Teacher Licensure Preparation
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Education
Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies
Professor, Continuing Studies