Virginia educators gathered in Richmond for the first “Teachers of Color” summit. Organized by the Virginia Education Association (VEA), the event featured National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes and Virginia Teacher of the Year Dr. Toney McNair, Jr., the first black male to receive the recognition. One of the goals of the gathering was to discuss strategies to recruit and retain a more diverse staff to benefit all students. The summit also marked the 50th anniversary of the merger between the VEA and the predominately black Virginia Teachers Association.
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This Fall, students begin classes at a new public regional high school. CodeRVA’s focus is computer science and aims to increase diversity in STEM-related fields. The school start with 100 students and add 100 each year until reaching a capacity of 400. It will serve students from 12 area school districts: Chesterfield, Colonial Heights City, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell City, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George and Sussex, in addition to Richmond and Petersburg.
There’s growing research that shows the positive impact of afterschool and summer programs on young people, especially in high poverty communities.
Two years ago, the smallest high school in Chesterfield County restructured to better prepare students for entering the workforce. Carver College and Career Academy offers four speciality areas--business and information technology; construction trades; child development; and hospitality, tourism, and recreation.
In construction trades, they recently implemented an innovative model--combining geometry and carpentry with algebra and manufacturing.