SOE Summer Academy

About the summer academy

A summer professional development institute covering critical topics from restorative justice to ESL best practices. Each week-long session will allow participants to earn up to 30 recertification points.


Participants may register for all sessions they would like.

Session 1 (June 25-June 29): Teaching English Language Learners

As part of this session, students will:

  • Practice strategies for adapting instruction so that ELLs of all proficiency levels can comprehend and fully participate in lessons.
  • Design content-area lessons that support English language acquisition while also teaching content-area knowledge and skills.
  • Consider the cultural and political contexts of teaching ELLs in the Richmond area.

Instructors: Dr. Hillary Parkhouse and Virginia Massaro. Dr. Parkhouse taught ESL and sheltered social studies and currently teaches the “Teaching English as a Second Language” course at VCU, and Virginia taught inclusive elementary classrooms in Virginia prior to beginning her doctoral program.

Participants: This session is designed for K-12 general and special education teachers of any subject area as well as teacher assistants and anyone else interested in the content.

Registration: Register for Session 1 : Teaching English Language Learners

Session 2 (July 9-July 13): Professional Collaboration and Universal Design for Learning

This course presents the principles and processes for collaboration and consultation with educational colleagues, community professionals and families, as well as Universal Design for Learning as a model for planning and delivering instruction in inclusive classrooms. As part of this session, students will:

  • Learn models and practices for collaborating with special education and ESL co-teachers, as well as other professionals and community members.
  • Practice effective communication strategies for building successful collaborative teams.
  • Co-design lesson plans that meet the needs of a range of learners.

Instructors: RTR Special Education teacher, Erin Willis, and their CRC and RTR alumna, Christal Corey.

Participants: This session is tailored to K-12 co-teaching pairs, as well as general education and special education teachers who work in collaborative classes. If both teachers in the pair can’t attend, that’s no problem.

Registration: Register for Session 2 : Professional Collaboration and Universal Design for Learning

Session 3 (July 16-20): Restorative Justice in the Classroom

This course provides a critical awareness of how Restorative Justice promotes a positive classroom environment, addresses conflict, and reduces suspensions and expulsions. Training in using Restorative Justice classroom circles will be emphasized. Students will learn how traditional justice and discipline is structured, and how implementing unitive justice structures instead can improve a school culture and strengthen relationships. Several leaders in the Restorative Justice movement will be guest speakers, giving students an understanding of diverse ways in which Restorative Justice is being implemented in Virginia schools. This course is an excellent primer for all who have an interest in issues of justice as they pertain to children, youth and education.

Instructor: Renowned legal reform and social justice advocate, Sylvia Clute, who designed and implemented a successful restorative justice program for Richmond City Schools.

Participants: This session is tailored to K-12 teachers (general, special education, etc.), but anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

Registration: Register for Session 3 : Restorative Justice in the Classroom

Session 4 (July 23-July 27): Enhancing Instruction with Technology

This course will help students to make effective choices for the use of technology to support content-based instruction. As part of this session, students will:

  • Practice effectively integrating technology into K-12 instruction to improve student learning outcomes.
  • Have hands-on experiences with a variety of current instructional technologies and learn how to integrate these technologies into their practice using research-driven theoretical frameworks.

Instructor: Heather Causey M.Ed., ITRT and Online Learning Developer.

Participants: Targeted toward K-12 general and special education teachers and teacher aides, but anyone interested in the content is welcome.

Registration: Register for Session 4 : Enhancing Instruction with Technology

Registration Deadlines

April 13, 2018: Richmond Teacher Residents (RTR) and their Clinical Resident Coaches (CRC). NOTE: RTR Alumni may also bring one colleague. Please contact Dr. Hillary Parkhouse ( for separate RTR registration form.*

Opens April 19th-May 3, 2018: All Richmond, Henrico, Hanover and Chesterfield employees.

Open registration for all groups and community members from May 4 through June 11, 2018.

Time and Location

Sessions will run from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday in the VCU School of Education, Oliver Hall, 1015 E. Main Street, Richmond, Va. 23220.


The registration fee for each session is $500, which includes five full days of professional development, all program materials, and a certificate for 30 recertification points.

*Tiered registration windows due to funding system. Registration for RTR alumni, CRCs, and a colleague of choice for each RTR alumni has been covered through grant funding.

Summer academy faculty contact

Picture of Hillary Parkhouse
Hillary Parkhouse, Ph.D.
Assistant professor
Teaching and Learning