About AEII

The Advancing Effective Interactions and Instruction (AEII) initiative is all about supporting teachers to provide young children with high-quality learning experiences through individualized professional development.

Teacher and children looking at a turtle puppet together.
Toddlers playing in the classroom.

Past to Present

Between 2018-2021, AEII served over 2000 classrooms across Virginia. Now, our focus is individualized coaching for birth-to-five teachers. 

A group of preschoolers doing whole group exercises with their teacher.

Supporting Classrooms

AEII works with education leaders and teachers to support early childhood classrooms across the Commonwealth.

Richmond pinned on a map of USA

A Dedicated Partnership

AEII is a collaborative partnership between researchers, education leaders, teachers, and state legislators.

We support teachers to provide high-quality early learning experiences, giving children a strong start in school

An arched walkway at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education

The Team Behind AEII

In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education,  AEII is implemented by a devoted team at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at the University of Virginia.