Community of Innovative Educators

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This is the second story in our series honoring Women’s History Month and this year’s theme, “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” Whether it’s the life-changing discovery of penicillin or X-rays, or the first chocolate chip cookies, innovation often happens by accident. In Leah [...]
Mon, Mar 11, 2013
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Bob Vosburgh (from left), Marti Beller, Kaitlyn Haskins ’15, Jenness Gough ’13, Victoria Mills ’13, Tom Scott, Leah Busque, Tom Loftus and Jo Ellen Parker. The students, including Hunter Stoner ’14,who is not pictured, organized the Salt Block Awards and dinner. The Salt Block Project, a student-run initiative of Sweet Briar’s [...]
Sun, Oct 14, 2012
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Benedict 101 is the model for seven new
Carpenters, electricians and installers of all stripes have descended in force on Sweet Briar’s campus this summer as a number of classrooms and the Prothro serving area undergo makeovers. Benedict 201, 301 and 308; Fletcher 301, 308 and 314; and Pannell 202 are being transformed into high-tech “smart classrooms” based on [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2012
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German teachers from around the country arrived at Sweet Briar College on Sunday to attend the eighth annual “TPRS Coaching and Learning” seminar, which runs from July 29 through Aug. 3. The seminar focuses on “Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling” (TPRS), a method developed by Blaine Ray. In the last [...]
Tue, Jul 31, 2012
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Quamia Dennis works on the lyrics for a song during her morning writing lab. It’s a Thursday morning in July, and the second session of UVa’s Young Writers Workshop is in full swing. In a tiny classroom a handful of songwriting students have picked up their guitars, their fingers searching for notes [...]
Mon, Jul 30, 2012
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The Virginia Department of Historic Resources and Sweet Briar College’s Tusculum Institute will hold a workshop-based conference for historical societies Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Elston Inn Conference Center at Sweet Briar College. The conference, which includes an interactive workshop, is geared toward anyone who is involved in one of the [...]
Mon, Jul 30, 2012
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Sweet Briar and Lynchburg College will hold a STEM conference at Lynchburg College June 13-15. Participating teachers will present results from the colleges’ shared curriculum development project, “Central Virginia Collaborative for Developing STEM Lessons to Improve Learning in Grades 4 and 5.” The 19-month project is a partnership between faculty at [...]
Tue, Jun 05, 2012
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Sophomores Allissa Abdelwahed (left) and Anna Richards present the student driver magnet they created.
In August 2011, Sweet Briar students Allissa Abdelwahed ’14 and Anna Richards ’14 formed a business partnership that is starting to make waves. They are calling it Sweet Drivers, and it all began last summer when Abdelwahed, an international affairs and philosophy major and business minor, was learning to drive. Abdelwahed’s [...]
Fri, Mar 02, 2012
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Sweet Briar College’s teacher education program, Inquiry Approaches to STEM: Professional Development for Grade 3-8 Teachers, has received a 2011 “Programs that Work” award from the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition. Professors Jill Granger and Tim Loboschefski attended a dinner at the Virginia Museum of Science and Technology on May [...]
Wed, May 11, 2011
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Complex problems require inspired, imaginative solutions. They call for creativity. Sweet Briar College will help answer the need for creative thinkers this summer when it debuts BLUR: The Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists, a program for high school students interested in theater, creative writing and visual art. The program [...]
Mon, Mar 07, 2011
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