About AEII

The Advancing Effective Interactions and Instruction (AEII) initiative is all about helping education leaders make data-driven decisions that support teachers and provide high-quality learning experiences for children in Virginia’s early childhood classrooms.

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Past to Present

Between 2018-2021, the AEII initiative served nearly 2000 classrooms across Virginia. But, that was just the beginning. What’s in store for 2022 and beyond?

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Supporting Classrooms

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

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A Dedicated Partnership

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

We support programs to provide high-quality preschool experiences, giving children a strong start in school

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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.