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August 20, 2017
Since a white nationalist rally brought hateful speech, violence and death to the Charlottesville community on Aug. 12, local educators have been preparing to support students and teach them about what took place. The superintendents and school board chairs for the Albemarle County and Charlottesville school divisions issued a joint ...
July 25, 2016
Four teachers in Albemarle County recently became the first in their school division to earn certifications for mindful teaching practices that show considerations to their students' diverse backgrounds on individual levels and their efforts to close the achievement gap. The process was voluntary, but Mariel Mendez, who teaches at Stony ...
July 23, 2016
Imagine sitting in a local school where there are 30 native languages spoken by students whose origins and experiences can be traced around the globe. Now imagine being a teacher in that school standing before those students. Dr. Bernard Hairston believes teachers’ cultural sensitivity and awareness significantly impacts student achievement ...
October 09, 2014
The African-American Teaching Fellows—a group addressing the achievement gap by increasing the numbers of African-American educators—will host the 4th annual John E. Baker Legacy dinner Friday. Named for the first elected African-American member of the Albemarle County School Board, the Baker Legacy Dinner serves as a fundraiser ...
September 30, 2014
A local organization aimed at bolstering academic achievement has reached the top of the class. The central Virginia Chapter of 100 Black Men—a group working to close the achievement gap—has been named Chapter of the Year for Leadership and Education by 100 Black Men of America. “We see ...
May 30, 2014
Arysse Catlin has a bright future ahead of him. Set to graduate from William Monroe High School next month, Catlin will study nutrition at James Madison University, where he will receive career mentoring and an internship as part of a scholarship awarded to him by Optima Health. Made possible by ...
May 08, 2014
In the coming weeks, thousands of students in Charlottesville-Albemarle will take Standards of Learning exams. Recently, both school divisions have decried the accountability measure, arguing that standardized testing causes stress and fails to provide a full picture of student learning. However, despite that position, schools are beginning to combat ...
April 16, 2014
The funding future for an “intergenerational learning center” at Yancey Elementary is unclear after the Albemarle School Board met last week. “We need to define what the programming for an intergenerational center is to get a better vision of where we take this,” School Board Chair Ned Galloway said. Dr ...
February 19, 2014
Students in Charlottesville-Albemarle are one step closer to taking fewer Standards of Learning exams during their academic careers. House Bill 930, which proposes a 23 percent reduction in the amount of state SOL tests students take between grades three through eight, passed the Virginia House of Delegates last week ...
February 09, 2014
Thirty-five young men lining the tables of Bonefish Grill are wondering which fork to use for their salads. Now they’re standing up because a lady has excused herself from the table. Now they’re passing the salt and pepper, as instructed, to the right. These are only a few ...
September 26, 2013
Five years ago, on Albemarle High School principal Jay Thomas’ first back-to-school night, a parent presented him with a tough situation. “My child came home today and said she was the only black child in her upper-level class,” the parent wrote to Thomas on a survey response card. “Please explain ...