From Prince William County to Hanover, and from Petersburg to Roanoke, a number of Virginia school districts are considering changing the names of schools named after Confederate generals.
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.
Each year, about 50,000 young people with autism graduate from high school and that number is growing. While services and specialized education help students progress in grades K-12, many lack the social skills necessary for the next stages of life. A pilot program in Richmond is stepping in to provide these supports. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Learning Curve.
The debate about what to do with Richmond’s Confederate monuments continues…even in the classroom. Some local educators are using that discussion as a way to engage students.
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.
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.