This summer, K-12 educators came together to learn the best techniques for teaching computer science. The trainings by Code VA aim to get more teachers prepared and more students exposed to an area that’s becoming critical to career development. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
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More than 60 years following the Supreme Court’s Brown versus Board of Education decision, schools remain segregated. According to the Government Accountability Office, the number of schools that were “high poverty and comprised of mostly Black or Hispanic students” grew from about 7,000 in 2000-01 to more than 15,000 in 2013-14.
Thousands of native plants and trees are turning a neglected area under a working railroad trestle into a five acre garden. In addition to creating beauty and attracting more people to the waterfront, Richmond’s Low Line has environmental benefits too. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
The Urban Archeology Corps returned to Richmond this summer and youth are studying Chimborazo, part of Richmond National Battlefield Park. A partnership with the National Park Service and Groundwork RVA, the initiative is changing the course of some participants’ lives. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
A new program launched by Virginia Cooperative Extension aims to help veterans become more financially stable and ultimately, reduce rates of stress, homelessness and suicide. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
A section of Richmond’s East End is transforming with craft breweries, solar homes and riverfront development. But a group of residents, many displaced by a 1970 urban renewal plan, want to make sure Fulton's history is acknowledged and preserved. In the second of our two part series, Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp has more.
For the last several years, Richmond Community High School has had good reason to celebrate. Each and every senior has been accepted to college. This year, students collectively won nearly $10 million in scholarships.
So what is Community High’s formula for success? Learning Curve’s Catherine Komp spoke with longtime guidance counselor Bernita Williams about what students can start doing in their freshman year, why junior year is so important and how parents can play a role.
In the 1970s, one of Richmond’s most historic neighborhoods disappeared. The Fulton Urban Renewal Plan destroyed more than 800 homes, churches and businesses. After 46 years, the plan is winding to a close. In the first of a two-part series, Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
After making the movie Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions in Richmond, filmmaker Praheme headed to Los Angeles to build the next stage in his career. On a recent trip home, Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp caught up with the award-winning director to learn more about his work and his next film.
One of the new laws taking effect in July will expand computer literacy in Virginia. The bill changes the Commonwealth’s Standards of Learning to include “computation and critical reasoning, including problem solving and decision making; proficiency in the use of computers and related technology; computer science and computational thinking, including computer coding; and the skills to manage personal finances and to make sound financial decisions.”
A key proponent of the measure is Code VA, a nonprofit started in 2014 by a computer scienceteacher and a former journalist.