ODU Darden College of Education graduate Dr. Alfred A. Roberts has been named the next president of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC). Roberts, who received his doctorate from ODU in 2009, assumed his new post around August 1, 2014, replacing retiring president Dr. John Cavan.
"I've known Al for a long time and I have observed his leadership at SVCC for many years," Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges, said in a recently released press release. "I'm confident he will do a terrific job in taking the college to the next level." (more)
ODU graduate Monica Chattin Holland is the first recipient of the New Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Virginia Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children (VA CEC) to extraordinary first year teachers.
People who know Holland are not surprised that this Cedar Road Elementary teacher would garner such an award. Most agree that Holland has a natural ability to connect to her students, making her an exceptional educator. (more)
Education College Honors New Class of Darden Fellows
Old Dominion's Darden College of Education on Nov. 19 recognized the achievements of six outstanding graduates during its Darden Fellows awards. The annual event, part of the college's observance of American Education Week, was held at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
The Darden Fellows program honors one graduate each from the education college's various departments. This year's Fellows were nominated by their academic departments and selected by the college. (more)
Old Dominion University's Darden College of Education this week launched the Virginia Early Childhood Policy Center (VECPC), whose mission will be to develop materials and conduct original research leading to positive changes in early childhood policy in the commonwealth.
The center, the only one of its kind in Virginia, will also provide useful information to parents, communities, schools and others directly involved with the well-being of young children. It is unique in the comprehensive approach it will bring to early childhood issues, one that will focus on education, health, family support services and special populations. (more)
It may be considered small by some standards, but Old Dominion University's Teacher Immersion Residency (TIR) program is paying off big in the eyes of area school administrators. In the short time it has been in existence, it has built a reputation for producing outstanding classroom teachers. (more)