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Melissa Levy

Assistant Professor
Unit: Curry School of Education
Department: Curry School of Education
Office location and address
Ruffner Hall 230
405 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2010
M.Ed., University of Virginia, 2005
B.M.E. University of Indiana - Bloomington
EDHS 1120: So You Want to Change the World: Foundations of Community Engagement
Credits: 3
How can we be part of creating a more just world? In this course, we'll aim to answer that question for ourselves by examining practices of youth and community engagement through a critical and discerning lens. We'll reflect on our own practice engaging with youth and their communities, examine our roles in those relationships and interactions, explore the complexities and importance of culture, and consider our own cultural influences.
EDHS 2840: Intro to Youth and Social Innovation
Credits: 3
What do we need to know in order to design effective youth programming and policies that promote the positive development of youth? This course focuses on how theories of development and theories of change inform social innovations that enhance youth thriving, what strategies promote creative problem-solving and innovative solutions for youth programming, and how current social innovations in youth programming address youth challenges.
WGS 2891: Issues Facing Adolescent Girls
Credits: 4
Students will explore the psychological, social, and cultural issues affecting adolescent girls and apply this understanding through service with the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP). As we delve into theory and research on adolescent development, effective mentoring practices, and leadership development, students will test their theoretical knowledge and its application by serving as a Big Sister to an area middle school girl. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
EDHS 2891: Issues Facing Adolescent Girls
Credits: 4
This course provides an opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills through involvement in academic service learning. Students will explore the psychological, social, and cultural issues affecting adolescent girls and apply this understanding through service with the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP), a mentoring program that pairs middle school girls with college women for a year. Offered on the Undergraduate and Graduate levels. Graduate level requires additional readings and assignments.
EDHS 2900: Practice in Community and Youth Engagement
Credits: 1
This one-hour class is designed to monitor and provide support and supervision for students who work with youth in the community as part of their academic program.
EDHS 2950: Advocating for Youth: Making Your Ideas Matter
Credits: 3
How can you communicate your knowledge and your ideas for youth advocacy with impact? In this course, you'll focus on the power of quality writing and explore other ways to share ideas. The aim of this course is to strengthen the link between your passion and advocacy through effective communication and the written word.
EDHS 3400: Social Innovation in Nepal: Pre-Departure
Credits: 2
Immerse yourself in the social challenges facing Nepal through collaborative projects with local social innovators eager to effectuate lasting social impact relevant to youth. We approach this work not with solutions to longstanding problems, but with an intention to learn with and from local partners in Nepal. You are invited to join us for this course with a spirit of humility, generosity, and openness to different perspectives.
EDLF 4000: Dream it, Design it, Do it: Youth and Social Innovation Capstone
Credits: 3
With a team, you will design and implement an innovation to address a community issue facing youth. You will become an expert in the issue, and develop the skills needed to 1) assess a social issue, 2) evaluate and integrate multiple perspectives on social issues, 3) collaborate with a diverse team of stakeholders to design and implement an innovation to address a social issue, and 4) assess and revise an innovation to improve its effectiveness. Prerequisite: YSI major
EDHS 4400: Youth and Social Innovation Capstone II
Credits: 3
Now that you have - in partnership - thoughtfully designed an innovation to benefit youth, how can you determine if it is working? During this course, you will begin to assess your innovation and collaboratively determine next best steps. With the conclusion of your two-year capstone experience, you will have gained project design, management, and evaluation expertise you can carry with you into your life after the YSI Major.
EDHS 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent Study
EDHS 4995: Directed Research
Credits: 1–6
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDLF 9740: Internship in College Teaching or Supervision
Credits: 1–6
Opportunities for experienced doctoral students to teach courses or partial courses at the University, or to supervise student teachers under the guidance of a faculty member. Opportunities are arranged by the students with the assistance of the sponsoring faculty member.