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RLL Students Attend George Graham Lecture

Snow students Row 1: Sara Peters and Emily Swale Row 2: Dr. Wendy Snow and author Dr. Marcia Invernizzi Row 3: Dr. Angelica Blanchette, Alyssa Cardwell and Alexa Russell Row 4: Alexis Drewer and Emily Duke

Reading, Literacy, and Learning (RLL) graduate students had an opportunity to attend the George Graham Lecture at the University of Virginia. Educators and administrators from across the state gathered to hear Dr. Daniel Willingham as he shared his cross-disciplinary insights on reading comprehension and motivation. He presented results from recent work with one of our own adjunct professors, Gail Lovette. Their study confirms that initial comprehension strategy instruction yields benefits; however prolonged strategy instruction has little effect on student comprehension beyond those initial gains (Willingham & Lovette, 2014). After the lecture, the students met Henderson Professor of Education, Dr. Marcia Invernizzi, and other professionals in the field.  They also toured UVA’s Central Grounds, Edgar Allan Poe’s room, and Jefferson’s Rotunda.


Students Map Cumberland Elementary School

hark map cumberland elementary Students stand in front of the newly-painted map at Cumberland Elementary School.

Since 2013, Health and Physical Education majors and members of the Phi Epsilon Kappa (Honor fraternity) have partnered with the Farmville Sherwin Williams store to paint world and US maps at area schools. The groups have completed ten maps at seven schools throughout five area counties. Cumberland Elementary School was the latest recipient of the maps. Painters for the Cumberland maps were Health and Physical Education majors and the project was completed in two afternoons. Dr. Vonnie Colvin is the faculty advisor. To enjoy more photos, click here.


Keeping Little Eagles Warm

Hark coat delivery L to R: Karlie Schauer, David Van, Ashley Brown (President) Erica Mawyer, Staci Guillemin

PHETE First members coordinated a coat drive for Prince Edward Elementary school students. The Longwood community generously donated 63 new coats (and counting). PHETE First is the professional organization for health and physical education majors. It is an organization designed to support, encourage, and provide professional opportunities and experiences; to promote professional growth and understanding; and to encourage participation in professional activities at the local, state, and national levels. 


Social Work Students Connect

sowk students connect oct 30 program First row: Allison Critzer, Danielle Whitehurst, Christine Parker Second row: Travis Scott, Brittni Cogdell, Caitlin deCristoforo.

On October 30, social work students connected with Prince Edward county high school students as part of their SOWK 430 course, Methods: Practice III Communities and Organizations.  Senior social work students contacted Prince Edward high school administrators and teachers to arrange a campus visit for 45 seniors in the College-Bound program. Prior to their visit, the social work team designed a comprehensive program that showcased Longwood University and gave practical information to the high school students. The day was highlighted with a campus tour and lunch in the Dorrill dining hall.   


Recognizing Longwood’s New “Pre-Service Teachers”

LSte pinning ceremony oct 2015 Pre-service teachers honored during the October 29th ceremony.

On October 29th, the College of Education and Human Services hosted a celebration to honor the 93 teacher candidates who were accepted into the Teacher Education program as of January 15 to August 15, 2015.  Successful candidates must apply to the program, submit two positive faculty recommendations, have qualifying assessments, an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a minimum grade of C in introductory education courses and English 150. The teacher candidates were given Longwood nametags identifying them as pre-service educators and a commemorative certificate.


Aiming for Fitness

archery oct 24 Health and physical education teachers aim for fitness.

Ten health and physical education teachers participated in the October 24 workshop to be certified to teach archery in schools.  The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)  was led by Karen and Michael Holson from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).  This eight-hour training uses a very structured curriculum and over 700 Virginia schools have participated.

The program was organized by Dr. Vonnie Colvin , Coordinator of the Physical & Health Education – Teacher Education Program.  This is the second workshop organized this year to assist area schools to receive equipment at no charge. Because of this course completion, five schools will receive approximately $3,400 worth of archery equipment that will enable their NASP-certified teachers to successfully and safely teach archery.  Read More