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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.


After 86 Years, Southside Child Development Center Closes

After more than 80 years, Richmond’s Southside Child Development Center will close its doors after struggling to stay afloat financially. The organization serves about 75 children with daycare, Head Start, after-school and summer programs. This follows last year’s closing of William Byrd Community House, which also served low-income families for decades.

A Statewide Shortage in Math Teachers Hits Mecklenburg Hard

There’s a shortage of math teachers in Virginia’s public schools that is becoming a big problem for school administrators as well as students who need to learn the material in order to graduate. For Learning Curve, Craig Carper spoke to Mecklenburg County Schools Superintendent Paul Nichols who says the problem is especially acute in his system.

Public School Teacher Joins Virginia Board of Education

The newest member of Virginia’s State Board of Education is a 29-year-old public school teacher and the Vice Mayor of Charlottesville. “I believe in making sure that we give the kids everything we can to be successful. That’s my job as a teacher,” says Bellamy. “I’m literally getting paid a salary to do something that I love to do and in the meantime, while I’m loving doing my job, I’m getting to help people, what’s better than that?”

Lifelong Lessons in Conflict Resolution

For more than a decade, the Richmond Peace Education Center has trained students and teachers in conflict resolution.

Learning Curve producer Catherine Komp spoke with the Center’s Paul Fleisher and two students, Kevin Amoroso and Medha Majety about how these tools help change the dynamic inside and outside the classroom.

Find out more about the Richmond Peace Education Center’s conflict resolution programs.

Redesigning High School for the 21st Century

High Schools in Virginia are on a path to offer a very different type of education. The changes recommended by the SOL Innovation Committee aim to better equip students for their goals after graduation.

On 88.9 WCVE’s Learning Curve, Catherine Komp finds out more about high school redesign with Anne Holton, Virginia’s Secretary of Education.

Find out more about the SOL Innovation Committee, its recommendations and upcoming meetings.

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