Dr. Robert Pianta

Improving Impacts of Classrooms: Professional Development and Classroom Observation

March 29, 2012

A former special education teacher, Bob’s research focuses on investigating the effects of schooling on children’s social and academic outcomes and on improving school and classroom experiences through teachers’ professional development. He has been involved in developing observational assessments of classrooms and observationally-based systems for professional development. Bob has been a principal investigator on several major research and training grants and is also Editor of the Journal of School Psychology. He is the author of more than four hundred journal articles, chapters, and books in the areas of early childhood development, transition to school, school readiness, and parent-child and teacher-child relationships, and he consults regularly with Federal agencies, Foundations, and universities.

Speaker: Dr. Robert Pianta
  • Dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia
  • Novartis Professor of Education
  • Director, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia

Time: 4:00-5:30pm lecture, with reception to follow
Place: George Watts Hill Alumni Center
RSVP: To attend, please RSVP to Amelia Barksdale-Patterson (, 919-962-5579) by Friday, March 23.