UVa Professor Helps Children Improve Reading Skills By Sandy Hausman • May 17, 2013 TweetShareGoogle+Email A University of Virginia Professor of Education has won two new grants to help American children read. The program she’s developed is already in use statewide and has spread to every state and five other countries. Listen Listening... / 2:20 Sandy Hausman reports on why the PALS program is a breakthrough for kids. Tags: Early LearningEducationColleges & UniversitiesTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread. Related Content Cyber Teachers By Sandy Hausman • Mar 28, 2013 Virginia State University Most educators agree that kids learn best when teachers tailor their approach, working one-on-one with students, but it’s too expensive for every child to have his or her own teacher. Now, however, a Virginia psychologist is hoping to create a computer that can teach individualized lessons, adjusting speed and content based on a student’s face. Could we create talking, thinking robots to work in our classrooms – providing individualized instruction? Could a computer be taught to tell when a student is losing focus or getting confused? Red-shirting in Kindergarten By Sandy Hausman • May 2, 2013 Courtesy of U.Va.'s Curry School of Education If you’re a parent or grandparent with young children, you’ve probably heard about red-shirting – a term borrowed from the world of college sports. It refers to keeping a child back in school, so he or she will be a little older than classmates and have some academic and social advantages.