Curry School of Education
The Curry School raised $68 million during the campaign, 23 percent over its goal of $55 million. In addition to funding for its new building, the Curry School received support to establish three interdisciplinary centers during the campaign: Youth-Nex, the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and the Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness. Donor support also enabled the establishment of the Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services, which unites four renowned evaluation and treatment clinics; created nine new scholarships and fellowships; and provided more than $20 million for faculty and program support, including funding for research and innovative initiatives such as the Children’s Learning Clinic addressing ADHD, the Center for Contemplative Sciences and the Young Women Leaders Program.
Completed in 2010, the Curry School’s $37.4 million, 65,000-square-foot world-class facility was financed primarily with private gifts, including the largest gift in school history, $23 million from Daniel M. Myers. The building doubled the school’s working space and united programs and people from across the Grounds and Charlottesville. The facility fosters collaboration, interaction and the sharing of ideas, and links the school to the University community and other partners.
One of three interdisciplinary centers established at the Curry School during the campaign, Youth-Nex: The Center to Promote Effective Youth Development designs and evaluates school- and community-based programs intended to improve the health, well-being, civic engagement and academic achievement of adolescents. The center also aims to prevent youth problems such as violence, physical and mental health issues, substance abuse and school failure. The goal is to generate understanding about the most useful practices and policies in youth development.
Gifts at Work
Children’s Learning Clinic Addresses Challenges in New Ways
The new Children’s Learning Clinic at the Curry School — which opened in 2013 thanks to a generous gift of $340,000 by Mark Galant (McIntire ’80) and Cindy Galant (Col ’80) — serves children ages 8-12 who are experiencing challenges with attention, impulsivity or hyperactivity. According to Cindy Galant, whose husband and adult son have both been diagnosed with ADHD, their gift — and the center it supports — fits in perfectly with the Curry School’s commitment to “seeking new and unconventional ways of addressing challenges in education.” The Galants’ gift allows the Children’s Learning Clinic to offer diagnosis and treatment as well as conduct research on factors that lead to success among children with learning and activity problems. Center Director Michael Kofler, a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the Curry School, believes children with ADHD can go from struggling to thriving. His research includes asking, “What potential and capacity might we be missing in children with ADHD by viewing their behavior only as negative?” The new clinic is housed in the Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services located in Bavaro Hall — also funded and built during the campaign.