Virginia’s Initiative to Advance Effective Instruction and Interactions in Public School-based Pre-K (Superintendent's Memo)


The Virginia General Assembly has appropriated funds for the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to support Virginia’s Initiative to Advance Effective Instruction and Interactions (AEII) in all public school-based pre-K classrooms. This year, AEII will support all public school-based pre-K classrooms, including VPI, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and Title I. Below are the goals and expectations for public school-based pre-K programs in 2020-2021 related to AEII. All VPI and ECSE Coordinators will receive an email from AEII with next steps.

  • Professional Development Consultation and Resources: AEII and the VDOE will provide ongoing assistance to school division’s early childhood leaders in implementing effective professional development.
  • Measuring Teacher-Child Interactions through CLASS™ Observations: Beginning in 2020-2021, all public school-based pre-K classrooms will be included in external CLASS™ observations, conducted once every two years by AEII.
  • Evidenced-Based Curriculum: All VPI classrooms are required to use a vetted evidence-based curriculum in 2020-2021. All other public school-based pre-K classrooms are strongly encouraged to do so. A list of curriculum that have been vetted for pre-K classrooms can be found on the AEII website.

See Memo linked for more detailed information.