College of Education

Teachers play a crucial role in the quality of our children’s education, preparing them with future credentials needed to get into college and secure jobs. Our nation and our state are facing unprecedented teacher shortages. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia was already experiencing an ongoing teacher shortage. According to VDOE data, “the number of unfilled teacher positions went from 760 vacancies in 2006 to 1,080 vacancies in 2017. Literature in this area suggests that while two million teachers may be needed nationally over the next ten years, traditional teacher preparation programs have only one million prospective teachers in the pipeline.”  

To help address Virginia’s teacher shortage, UMW’s College of Education is working closely with its partner schools through the Teachers for Tomorrow (TfT) Pipeline to Promise project. The program is available to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in education, and prepares students to continue training through postsecondary education programs at the baccalaureate and/or masters level. Students build a strong foundation for teaching, learn the history, structure, and governance of teaching; apply professional teaching techniques; and reflect on their teaching experiences. One critical factor that accounts for the declining pipeline of teachers who want to enter the profession is the costly and outdated pathways into the profession. 

· Your gift will help provide scholarships for Virginia’s TfT students to attend UMW’s College of Education;   

· Support the TfT Summer Institute to facilitate the professional development of TfT students and their teachers on the UMW campus;   

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Teaching is the profession that makes other professions possible. --Author unknown 

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Jay and Miriam's 540 Challenge
Show your love for the 540 (F'burg's area code, in case you forgot)! Jay Sinha '07 and Miriam McCue '16 are calling on their fellow alums (pun intended) to give on Giving Day. If we reach 540 gifts by 9:00 a.m., we will unlock their $1,540 gift to UMW. Get up early with Jay and Miriam and ANSWER THE CALL by making your morning gift!
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Susan Leavitt ’83 1,000-Gift Challenge:
Let’s go for a grand by lunchtime! If we hit our target of 1,000 gifts by noon on Giving Day, a $3,000 challenge gift to the Fund for Mary Washington from Susan Leavitt ‘83 will be unlocked.
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Mary Louise Holmes '97 Challenge for 1,908 gifts
if we reach 1,908 gifts, in honor of our founding year, by 5 p.m., Mary Louise Holmes '97 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington. Make your gift today and help us reach 1,908 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Strassheim 3,000 Gift Challenge
Robert J. '96 and Sarah Gildersleeve Strassheim '01 have been Mary Wash Giving Day supporters since the very beginning! This year, they’re challenging everyone who loves Mary Washington to join them in giving back. If we reach our goal of 3,000 gifts on Giving Day, Rob and Sarah will give $9,000 to support the Fund for Mary Washington and student scholarships – AND they will pledge an additional $36,000 in the coming years. When you make a gift of any amount to any area on Giving Day, you will put us one step closer to unlocking the Strassheim Challenge, multiplying your impact for UMW students!
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Young Alumni Gift Challenge
When we receive 300 gifts from young alumni donors (graduates of 2011-2020) to any area, the Young Alumni Council (YAC) will unlock a gift of $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington. If we receive 600 gifts YAC will unlock an additional $2,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington for a total of $3,000. Graduates of the Last Decade, increase the impact of your gift with this challenge!
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Adenan Devil-Goat Challenge
Abas ’85 and Eileen Brown Adenan ’88 are taking their Devil-Goat rivalry to a new level. If more Goats (alumni of even class years) make Giving Day gifts than Devils (alumni of odd years), Abas will make a $2,500 gift to the area Eileen chooses. If more Devils participate than Goats, Eileen will give $2,500 to the area Abas chooses. Watch the Devil-Goat Leaderboard throughout the day to track the competition live!
College of Education Dean’s Challenge
When the College of Education receives its 40th gift, Pete Kelly, Dean of the College of Education will make a gift of $500. When they reach their 80th gift, he’ll make an additional gift of $500. Make a gift to the College of Education today and help unlock an additional $1,000!
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