August 15, 2020

UMW Supports K-12 Teachers in Online Teaching

After doing their best to teach remotely for three months due to the global pandemic, Virginia’s K-12 teachers got word in June that they likely would return to teaching this fall – and at least some of it would be online. The sudden switch in spring had been hard enough; few of the state’s teachers […]

Free UMW Course Turns COVID-19 Inside Out

Political leaders and health experts who communicate the impact of COVID-19 to the public are just like anyone else. Some hit the mark. Some don’t. Understandable terms, relatable ideas and the confident presentation of useful information are key to delivering a successful message, said UMW Professor of Communication Anand Rao. And competent public discourse during […]

UMW Professors Find Creative Ways to Teach Through COVID-19

Teaching at Mary Washington looks a bit different lately. Andi Smith films YouTube videos with her children to demonstrate architectural principles. Zach Whalen uses cartoons to teach a digital studies lesson. Smita Jain Oxford holds Zoom office hours for business majors on her daily jog. When the University moved to virtual classes last month due […]

UMW Professor’s Online Initiative Attracts Tens of Thousands

The University of Mary Washington is among countless educational institutions worldwide that have switched to virtual classes due to the coronavirus threat, or COVID-19. Suddenly, students are at home, and so are their teachers. The transition has been daunting for many professors, especially those who have never taught online. But one UMW faculty member saw […]

Professor Wins Grant to Pen Open Education Textbook

It’s a dilemma faced by many students on financial aid. Funds often don’t hit accounts until a few weeks into the semester, so students can’t purchase textbooks, and they risk falling behind. Melissa Wells, an assistant professor in UMW’s College of Education (COE), knows this scenario all too well. That’s why she’s designing an Open […]

Teacher of the Year Shares Mission of Equity at UMW

Rodney Robinson was inspired to become a teacher because of his mother. Growing up in rural Virginia, segregation and poverty hindered her own education, but it didn’t stop her from finding her calling teaching young children in her home daycare. “She always taught us that every child deserves the proper amount of love to get […]

Graduate Student Masters the Art of Teaching

Kendrick Keener was in third grade when his career path was illuminated. He and his fellow students had created placemats featuring leaves they had collected. “My teacher made a really big deal about my artwork,” said Keener, whose placemat earned a front and center spot on the bulletin board. “She saw that even at that […]

Teachers: Finding Their Voices, Saving the Republic

Princess Moss flashed on the screen a 36-year-old photo that depicted her as a first-year teacher standing in the classroom next to a boy named Chris. “I love teaching!” she exclaimed to the room full of educators and would-be teachers as she explained she was imparting a concept to Chris. “I’m thrilled seeing students excel…seeing […]

Richmond Mayor Recruits Top Teachers at UMW

Growing up, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s family had only one car and no way of picking him up after school. But when he told his third-grade teacher he wouldn’t be able to join the social studies club, she arranged a ride for him. “Moments like that along the way, when teachers did things they didn’t […]

‘Relentless Principal’ Urges Educators to Break Rules

Pop quiz: What kind of educator blasts music, dances on chairs and encourages students to skip class. Answer: Hamish Brewer, a.k.a. “The Relentless Principal” “I’m about breaking rules in a good sense,” said Brewer, whose unorthodox leadership approach earned him the commanding title, along with national recognition as an “educational disruptor” who transforms struggling schools. […]