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EHS Special Ops

Dr. David Smith, dean of the School of Education and Human Services says, "We target opportunities where we can do something special." Special opportunities include the following:

The Southside Virginia Learning Network, supported by a U. S. Department of Education (DOE) grant of more than $1 million

The project uses Lightspan technology to connect Longwood and St. Paul's College with 11 school districts in Southside Virginia. Coordinator Julia Butler says that the purpose of the network is "to provide a technology network for professors, future teachers, K-12 teachers, and K-12 students to work cooperatively on engaged learner projects." One major goal is to "close the digital divide that exists between Southside Virginia schools and schools across the nation."

The Institute for Training Teachers through Technology and Innovative Practices, received $1 million in federal funds
This project serves Halifax and Pittsylvania counties and the city of Danville. Director Carole Inge also received a $75,000 grant to survey technology needs of adult learners in Virginia.

InTime - Integrating Technology in the Methods of Education, $1,579,191 awarded by U. S. DOE to a consortium of five schools over three years
Dr. Deborah Frazier, assistant professor of education, coordinates Longwood's participation in this program which helps education professors integrate technology into their teaching strategies and model these strategies for tomorrow's teachers.

Restructuring Longwood's student teaching program, nationally funded by $350,000
Dr. Frank Howe, Dr. Stephen Keith and Dr. Betty Jo Simmons lead this initiative in conjunction with The Renaissance Group, a national group of colleges and universities devoted to excellence in teacher preparation.

The Southside Virginia Special Education Partnership, supported by more than $750,000 from the Virginia DOE
This partnership prepares teachers in Southside Virginia for licensure in special education.

The Virginia Comprehensive Health Education Resource Center, funded by more than $100,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia DOE
Dr. Chrys Kosarchyn coordinates this center, in the Longwood Library, which acquires and houses a variety of accurate, up-to-date, research-based materials and resources for use by anyone involved in school health education in Virginia.

Training school social workers
The Virginia DOE contracts with Longwood's social work program to train school social workers for the Commonwealth.

Training mentor teachers, funded by nearly $200,000 from the Virginia DOE through 2002
This program trains mentor teachers and clinical faculty.

Summer Institutes
Dr. William Owings, associate professor of education, directs a growing program of summer institutes for K-12 administrators and faculty. Sessions of the Center for School Improvement and of the Principals Institute teach best practices in analyzing and interpreting standardized test scores and using the scores to build strategies for improved student learning and better schools.


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