I am pleased to share with you this first edition of our new monthly communication for faculty and staff of the School of Education. This newsletter will enhance our efforts to share news and events on a timely basis with each other and our community. I welcome your thoughts and contributions to our January newsletter. Read on to learn how student Erin Trimble is “making it real,” what Dr. Dawn Hendricks says about autism and violence in wake of the horrible shootings in Connecticut, how Ed.D. student Ram Bhaghat is making a difference in his community, and how Richmond business leaders recently honored 10 outstanding teachers, including two of our alumni.