Last fall I helped the UVA School of Education and Human Development by doing the copywriting for their 2020 Annual Report.
Supporting Early Childhood Education
Long dedicated to promoting investment in early childhood education in Virginia, philanthropist Jane Batten became acquainted with the School of Education and Human Development through its work with Elevate Early Education (E3), where she sits on the board of directors. The School’s Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) had collaborated with E3 to develop a comprehensive curriculum model for birth to five that blends academic and social-emotional learning.
The more she learned, the stronger Batten felt about the importance of supporting our work. Last fall, the School announced that she had made a $10 million pledge to fund professorships and fellowships in early childhood education – a gift representing the largest ever to a School program.
“I’m delighted to support an initiative that’s so close to my heart,” Batten said. “I’ve long been a passionate champion of early childhood education, and it is fulfilling to provide the School with resources that will enable it to generate new knowledge in the field.”
This fall I helped the University of Virginia rework some of their web content in preparation for their website redesign. The new site is now up and here’s one of the articles I wrote for them:
With a renewed focus on encouraging your long-term health and wellbeing, Hoo’s Well is offering a new suite of programs, tools, and resources for the UVA employee community. Beginning in 2019 all employees covered by the UVA Health Plan, as well as their covered spouses, will have access to an expanded menu of options for activities that include both cross-Grounds wellness “Challenges” and personal “Journeys” designed to develop lifelong healthy habits.
Our mission is to foster a culture of wellness among UVA employees, leading to a happier, healthier, and more positive work environment. In response to employee feedback, we are now able to help you shape your healthy lifestyle in an even more personalized, holistic, and sustainable way. We are partnering with RedBrick Health to give you more choices and a wellness pathway tailored to your lifestyle and interests.
As you choose among all of the opportunities for growth that the Hoo’s Well program offers, you may experience unexpected personal rewards and see the symbiotic relationship between individual and community wellness. Participate in an on-site fitness class through IM-Rec, purchase a healthy and affordable lunch through the Hoo’s Choice program, or get involved with your physical, financial, and emotional wellbeing on a completely new level with Hoo’s Well. For example, President Jim Ryan enjoys running and was surprised to find it can also be a way to build community across Grounds as he meets more UVA students and employees who share his passion for fitness and join him on weekly runs.
Here’s an announcement I wrote recently for the Curry School Foundation:
GIFT FROM STERN FAMILY SEEDS UVA CENTER FOR AUTISM
An inaugural $150,000 gift to the Curry School Foundation’s Autism Pathways Fund from Sandra (Ed.D. ’85 Admin & Supv) and Evan Stern will jumpstart efforts already underway to establish a University of Virginia Center for Autism. As envisioned, the Center for Autism will combine the University’s considerable resources in autism research, coordinated care, and teacher and clinical professional preparation, positioning UVA as a national leader. This effort, led by the Curry School, will significantly impact the increasing U.S. population of people diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by providing research-based medical and educational breakthroughs.
Mrs. Stern, a Curry School alumna with an education doctorate, has been an ardent supporter of the School for more than three decades. Firsthand connections with people affected by autism, however, are what most attracted the Sterns’ investment in the pan-University initiative.
As a child, Mrs. Stern remembers meeting a neighbor with autism who was isolated at home. The incident had a strong emotional impact on her. “There was nothing available for him other than what his parents could provide him in their home,” she remembers. She learned more about autism and options for families years later when her sister began working as a teaching assistant in a preschool for autistic children. READ THE REMAINDER OF THIS ARTICLE ON THE CURRY SCHOOL WEBSITE.