Yewande Austin is an artist and educator who has traveled the globe teaching and inspiring change. She’s sang with the hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas and this year received a President Barack Obama volunteer service award. She’s taught more than 250,000 youth across the globe and is now working with teachers and students in central Virginia.
Listen for Learning Curve between 7:33 a.m. and 7:44 a.m. every other Wednesday during NPR’s Morning Edition and again at 4:50 p.m. during NPR’s All Things Considered. Hosted by 88.9 WCVE Producer Catherine Komp.
Across the country, schools are examining high numbers of suspensions and seeking new ways to build a positive school climate. A growing number of districts, including those in Virginia, are training their staff in restorative practices. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Learning Curve.
Virginia public schools issued more than 130,000 suspensions in 2015-2016, including more than 70,000 to children in pre-K to third grade. On this week’s Learning Curve Catherine Komp speaks with Legal Aid Justice Center attorneys about what they're seeing after two consecutive years of analyzing suspension numbers and brings in 88.9 WCVE’s Saraya Wintersmith to talk about Richmond’s most recent statistics.
Henrico County parents continue to have questions about bullying, racism and aggressive behavior in the district’s schools. This follows the recent locker room incident students distributed via social media at Short Pump Middle School. WCVE’s Catherine Komp and Megan Pauly have more for Learning Curve.
Richmond students, teachers and support staff have reported water leaks and mold; the smell of gas; headaches and allergies. Teachers have shared images of rodents on social media, parents have tried crowdfunding to repair dilapidated bathrooms. While many buildings have problems, George Mason Elementary on Richmond’s East End became the “poster school” for neglected facilities. This summer, community members testified at a special school board meeting held at the school.