School of Education

Office of Strategic Engagement

About Us


Welcome to the Office of Strategic Engagement. We prepare educators to create a culture of educational excellence and equity in schools.

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Strategic Engagement is to support educators by creating a culture of educational excellence and equity in schools through education, collaboration, and innovation. Through ongoing professional learning opportunities collaboration with regional, national, and international communities, we seek research-informed practices to innovatively support educators to work effectively in urban settings and schools that have been historically marginalized.

Signature Programs

Innovative Teacher Pipeline

A program in which students are selected to be a part of a unique series of co-curricula activities and learning opportunities focused on implicit bias and culturally responsive pedagogy and practice. Participations requires students to engage in in-depth training through a critically reflective lens. 


Substitute Teaching the VCU Way

VCU’s way of supporting the need to recruit competent and qualified personnel to substitute in area schools. We prescreen interested students and provide training for them before referring them to the local school division contacts.                               


Career Switcher Program 

An alternative route to licensure program that is currently in it’s first year at VCU. We’re pleased to offer this pathway as accelerated program to move prospective teacher into the classroom quickly.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Joshua Cole


Email | Twitter

Read Bio...

Dr. Cassandra Stanley


Email | Twitter

Read Bio...

Sande Dawes

Professional Development Coordinator

Email | Twitter

Read Bio...
headshot of Tamara

Dr. Tamara Dias

Professional Development Facilitator

Email | Twitter

Read Bio...
headshot of Kristen

Dr. Kristen Brown

Project Consultant

Email | Twitter

Read Bio...

Leslie LaBrie, MPA

Program Operations Coordinator

Email | Twitter

Read Bio...
headshot of alyssa

Alyssa Genovese

Instructional Technical Designer

Email | Twitter

Read Bio...
Privacy / Accessibility / Webmaster / View text version /  Edit