Office of Strategic Engagement

Your partner in professional learning

Welcome to VCU School of Education’s Office of Strategic Engagement. Being a transformative educator who imagines possibilities and takes action can be a challenge. We want to help with that by being a resource and a partner. We collaborate with regional, national and international communities who seek research-informed practices to innovatively prepare educators to work effectively in high needs schools. Together, we advance the development of educators including teachers, counselors, district administrators and other leaders, enabling them to enrich the environments in which they work to improve student opportunity and success.

Our goals

  • Expand engagement and professional development in school divisions.
  • Develop and implement collaborative agreements to strengthen low performing schools.
  • Negotiate and implement school division cohort agreements for select degree programs.
  • Develop international partnerships.

Professional development

We work in partnership with school districts and other educational organizations to develop relevant opportunities for professional learning for existing and aspiring district and school-level leaders, for teachers, and for other school leaders. We jointly construct professional learning tailored to your needs that is grounded in research and established knowledge, and that strengthens and builds expertise and knowledge through engagement and application. These opportunities are provided in flexible formats and may include institutes, workshop series, action labs (skill development for immediate application), and competency-based micro-sessions (short sessions specifically focused on a key skill or construct).

Collaborative agreements

The School of Education works with school districts to strengthen low performing schools. Together, the School of Education and the school district mutually establish goals and a plan for meeting those goals. These collaborative agreements are supported by shared expertise and resources focused on capacity building for teachers and administrator in working with high need schools and students.

International Partnerships

The School of Education partners with international universities to facilitate collaborations for faculty and students. Areas of collaboration include pipelines for international undergraduate students into graduate degree and certificate programs, faculty teaching and research collaborations, and summer programs for students.

Contact us

The Office of Strategic Engagement connects partners with VCU’s School of Education’s renowned teaching and research faculty to develop customized programs that address local priorities. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact:

Barbara Driver, Ph.D.
Interim director
Office of Strategic Engagement
Oliver Hall
1015 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23284-2020
Phone: (804) 828-1317