SED News

Experience the VIU Difference!

By Kevin Martin, Associate Dean, School of Education

When I describe what VIU is to outsiders, I often describe it as an educational institution that feels like a mini-United Nations. At VIU, we have students from all over the world who come to gain a degree in order to change the world.

With an ever-increasing pool of alumni scattered across the globe, we continue to increase our network of graduates who will affect positive change in their communities. This is by no means a small task, and it is something that we take very seriously in the School of Education.

An Engaging and Practical Learning Experience

At VIU, we recognize and work towards actively meeting the needs of our students by providing a quality education that balances both the theoretical and practical skills required of the modern job market. In the School of Education, we do this by having faculty who have real-world experience, representing a broad set of skills from practitioners to researchers.

Our faculty are really what make us distinct. It is through their efforts that we are able to provide a hands-on, practical experience that combines the latest in research and innovation. This is what makes our learning experience different that other institutions, as we focus on ensuring that our curriculum and classroom experiences meet the needs of all of our learners.

An Extended Learning Community

Within the School of Education, we offer a variety of learning experience that extend beyond the classroom as well. Our premier event hosted on campus is the Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture (CLLC). This event draws people from all over the world to learn about innovations going on in at the intersections of language, learning, and culture. It is a great opportunity to learn about what is going on in our field, and see what is being implemented in practice globally.

In addition to CLLC, we also offer a variety of events throughout the year centered on creating and promoting our broader learning community. Through these events, we strengthen our resolve to growing professionally, as well as network and learn from peers.

Have Fun!

Graduates from our School of Education programs not only get to engage in profound learning experiences, they also get to have fun! Our students become very close to one another during their time together. This happens as a result of learning and growing together through shared experiences in and out of the classroom.

Announcing CLLC 2018!

The School of Education is excited to announce that preparations are underway for the Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture (CLLC) to be held April 6-7, 2018 at Virginia International University.


The theme for CLLC 2018 is Making Research Matter: Motivated inquiry for actionable insights.

Some important dates for CLLC 2018:

  • Abstract Submission: December 4, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: Week of January 8, 2018
  • Early Registration Ends: March 5, 2018
  • Regular Registration Ends: April 2, 2018
  • Late Registration: April 3-7, 2018
  • Proceedings Submission: July 9, 2018

Questions about the conference can be directed to Kevin Martin, Associate Dean of VIU’s School of Education, at To volunteer, please contact Rebecca Sachs at

We welcome your participation in CLLC 2018! Please mark your calendars, submit proposals, and make plans to attend.

CLLC 2017 was yet another year of success!

Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to the success of CLLC 2017!

The 2017 conference focused on the professional identities, communities, beliefs, and practices of educators and how they can all be harnessed to enhance and advance the lifelong learning we recognize as the ideal meaning of the phrase “teacher education.” Our goal was to involve pre- and in-service teachers, teacher educators, administrators, researchers, and other professionals at all stages of their careers in a multidirectional sharing of expertise and experiences that would contribute to future exploratory practice and professional growth.

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Be sure to check out our CLLC page for updates: CLLC 2018 information is coming soon!

VIU & Kappa Delta Pi Partnership

Virginia International University is pleased to announce that a partnership has been established with Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. VIU will serve as a Liaison Chapter for Kappa Delta Pi (KDP). KDP is an internationally recognized, prestigious international honor society in education that has been in existence since 1911. KDP was established to foster excellence in education as well as to provide resources and promote fellowship among educators. As such, student membership in KDP is an honor and demonstrates devotion to and stellar performance in the field of education.

Partnership with KDP will provide increased professional opportunities for students by providing resources and networking opportunities on a global scale. More importantly, membership in KDP will assist in connecting students with other pre-service and in-service teachers internationally, providing resources for teaching (including tips, best practices, research, publication opportunities, etc.), providing opportunities for professional development (through conferences, workshops, etc.), and by providing recognition for students as members of an international honor society. Additionally, student membership in KDP will provide internship and volunteer opportunities to our students through the KDP network across the globe. For more information on KDP and eligibility requirements, please visit or the Chapter Liaison, Kevin Martin, at

Is Education Lacking in the Humanities and Social Sciences?

A recent report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission on Humanities and Social Sciences demonstrates the importance of a balanced education in the modern world.  The educational focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) is a necessary part of building the economy and improving the United States’ stance in the world; however, losing sight of the humanities and social sciences can have a dramatic impact upon the future of the country and the world at large.

Focusing on the need for the humanities and social sciences (languages, music, art, history, political sciences, anthropology, sociology, and many more) provides students with a well-rounded education.  The report suggests that K-12 education with a focus on the humanities and social sciences provides a well-prepared and participatory citizenry.  Through a shared partnership between K-12 education and higher education, there will be the emergence of a “true teaching network—from kindergarten through higher education—[that] will collect and share new methodologies, new discoveries, and new student needs” (25).  Through these partnerships, teaching methodologies will be dramatically improved, and teacher training programs can learn from the on-the-ground needs expressed by primary and secondary teachers.

The need for STEM education is indeed important in developing and improving both the current and long-term economy, but what is likely needed is a balance of the humanities and social sciences with STEM education.

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