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From: Lottie Spurlock <
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:08 PM
Subject: EdEquity Week in Virginia

Greetings, All:

Please view the VDOE EdEquity Newsletter (below) where Governor Ralph S. Northam has proclaimed November 30-December 4, 2020 as EdEquityVA Week in the Commonwealth. EdEquityVA Week is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of Virginia educators to advance equity outcomes for all Virginia students. Throughout the week, the Department will be recognizing the work of school leaders, education stakeholders, advocates, policy makers, and teachers who have demonstrated courageous equity leadership in the Commonwealth.   Please be sure to check out the symposiums listed in the newsletter below.    There are professional learning opportunities featuring Dr. Gloria Ladson Billings, expert on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, and Dr. John B. King, Jr. speaking on Closing Opportunity Gaps. 

Here in LCPS, we are looking to highlight the ways in which we are DEEPENING OUR STRANDS of EQUITY WORK THROUGHOUT the SCHOOL SYSTEM.  We are calling on all leaders (at schools and central office) to highlight specific examples of equity-focused work and how we are intentionally working to decrease disparities, and increase access and opportunity for every LCPS student; particularly those who have been typically underserved or marginalized.

Throughout next week, please tweet using the hashtags #EdEquityVA and #LCPSEquityImprint as you share your stories and examples of our greater intentionality in our work with and for students. Additionally, we encourage you to share stories and examples with our Public Information Office, so that additional highlights and updates can extend beyond just next week. Thank you, for pushing beyond comfort zones, seeking to build our collective equity muscle, and contributing to the sharing of our division-wide narrative in our equity work.

Your commitment to centering equity in our day-to-day work is greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Best, Lottie

Lottie M. Spurlock, Director of Equity

Office of the Superintendent, Loudoun County Public Schools

21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148

571.252.1210, Twitter: @LottieSpurlock

“As we work together to restore hope for the future, we need to include a new and strange ally — our willingness to be disturbed.” ~Margaret Wheatley

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November 2020EdEquityVA Monthly Newsletter logo Don’t ever miss a newsletter, join our mailing list here Celebrating EdEquityVA Week 2020  EEVAW 
Governor Ralph S. Northam has proclaimed November 30-December 4, 2020 as EdEquityVA Week in the Commonwealth. EdEquityVA Week is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of Virginia educators to advance equity outcomes for all
Virginia students. Throughout the week, the Department will be recognizing the work of school leaders, education stakeholders, advocates, policy makers, and teachers who have demonstrated courageous equity leadership in the Commonwealth.In recognition of EdEquityVA Week, the Department is hosting the following events:EdEquityVA Week Virtual SymposiumsSym
Join Governor Northam, Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni (invited), State Superintendent Dr. James Lane, and Chief Equity and Diversity Officer Dr. Janice Underwood for the following statewide conversations:December 1, 2020 (1:30-3:30 PM): Culturally Relevant Pedagogy featuring a Keynote Address by Dr. Gloria Ladson Billings, pioneer of the term culturally relevant pedagogy, esteemed pedagogical scholar, and author ofDreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children.December 2, 2020 (1:30-3:30 PM): Closing Opportunity Gaps featuring a Keynote Address by Dr. John King, 10th U.S. Secretary Education under President Obama and current President and CEO of the Education Trust.The EdEquityVA Week Symposiums are free and open to all Virginia Educators, however advanced registration is required. Please register online here: EdEquityVA Week Symposium RegistrationRegistration will close at 12 noon on Monday, November 30, 2020. Celebration of the 2020 Recipients of the Mary Peake Award for Excellence in EducationMP
Join Governor Northam, First Lady of Virginia, Mrs. Pamela Northam, Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, and State Superintendent Dr. James Lane, as we announce and celebrate the educators, policymakers, school leaders, and stakeholder organizations whose service and leadership are impacting equity outcomes for Virginia students. The Mary Peake Award for Excellence in Education Equity honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to working to reduce inequity or remedy the effects of inequity in Virginia’s public schools.The Virtual Awards Ceremony will take place on December 3, 2020 from 1:30-2:30 PMYou may register in advance for this event here: Mary Peake Award Recognition Registration.This celebration will also be live streamed on the VDOE’s YouTube Channel here: VDOE YouTube Channel. Announcing Winners of the 2020 Mary Peake Award for Excellence in Education Equity  MP 
The Virginia Department of Education is excited to announce the 2020 Winners of the Mary Peake Award for Excellence in Education Equity. Named after one of Virginia’s first education equity pioneers, this award recognizes individuals making an impact on equity outcomes in the Commonwealth. Join us in congratulating the following educators for their commitment to advancing education equity in their respective area of influence: Educator Category: Dr. Shantha Smith, Equity and Excellence Coordinator, Gunston Middle School, Arlington Public Schools Policymaker Category: Mr. Rodney A. Jordan, Virginia School Board Association President and Norfolk City School Board MemberSchool Leader Category: Dr. Jeffery Smith, Superintendent, Hampton City Schools Organization/Group Category: Albemarle County Community Engagement Equity Specialists (Dr. Bernard Hairston, Mr. Lars Holmstrom, Ms. Leilani Keys, Ms. Ayanna Mitchell), Albemarle County Public SchoolsThe Office of Equity and Community Engagement would also like to thank everyone who took the time to submit a nomination for this year’s awards.  Presenting Virginia’s Equity Framework:Navigating EdEquityVA – Virginia’s Roadmap to Equity   equity 
In case you missed it, the Office of Equity and Community Engagement is pleased to present the Commonwealth’s Education Equity Framework, Navigating EdEquityVA – Virginia’s Road Map to Equity. The comprehensive guidance document outlines the Commonwealth’s shared education equity priorities and advances tools and resources that support local school divisions. With a focus on centering equity through cultural competency and the elimination of opportunity gaps, the framework affirms the Virginia Department of Education’s commitment to dismantle any and all forms of inequity in Virginia’s public education system.Navigating EdEquityVA – Virginia’s Road Map to Equity includes the following tools and resources to support education leaders:The EdEquityVA Compass (Virginia’s Equity 5Cs) The EdEquityVA Equity Audit Tool5 Key to Ensuring Equity in Advanced Programs5 Keys to Ensuring Equity Chiefs SucceedEdEquityVA Strategy Notes for Supporting:Multilingual StudentsRacially Marginalized StudentsStudents with DisabilitiesRigor for ALL StudentsLGBTQ+ StudentsEquitable School Discipline Virginia Board of Education Early Childhood Advisory Committee Application public notice 
The Virginia Board of Education is seeking applications to serve a three-year term on the Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC), a new advisory committee to the Virginia Board of Education on all matters relating to early childhood care and education programs, systems, and regulations.Educators, administrators, system leaders, advocates, associations and community members are invited to submit applications for these positions. Applicants who speak a language other than English are encouraged to apply.Applications may be submitted by completing the Application Form for Virginia Board of Education’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee. Please send the completed form to Emily Webb, Director for Board Relations, at Applications may also be mailed to P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120. Questions regarding the Board’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee may be addressed to Rebecca Ullrich, Coordinator for Early Childhood Policy and Planning, at applications must be received by Friday, December 18, 2020.   VDOE Student Services Learning Resource Center  OSS 
The VDOE Office of Student Services has partnered with the Center for Implementation and Evaluation of Education Systems at Old Dominion University to develop the Student Services Learning Resource Center. This website is a one-stop professional development and resource collection for specialized instructional support personnel such as school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses, and administrators.Modules Include:Mental Health in Schools with a focus on Equity, Recovery, Virtual Supports, and Trauma Counseling Fundamentals Virtual Learning SeriesChronic Absenteeism: Assisting Virginia’s Students and Their FamiliesDefusing Disruptive Behavior Requesting your Feedback on the Virginia Longitudinal Data System  VLDS 
VLDS would like your feedback on their research agenda. Please use this link to review and comment on our priority research questions. The feedback form will be available through Wednesday, November 25.The Virginia Longitudinal Data System, known as VLDS, is a federated system and partnership designed to meet agencies’ and researchers’ needs for data analysis on the outcomes of services provided to the citizens of our state.Through a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the VLDS leadership team assembled state agency representatives, researchers, and legislators to create an equity-centered, policy-oriented research agenda. The intention of this agenda is to cultivate research projects, centered in equity, which guide policy development and promote equitable outcomes for all Virginians.  #EdEquityVA Webinar Series  equity 
The Virginia Department of Education offers our monthly EdEquityVA webinar series to provide educators with professional learning opportunities aimed at advancing education equity in Virginia schools.  Upcoming EdEquityVA WebinarsCulturally Courageous Leaders and EducatorsOpen and Honest Conversations to Center Equity, December 8, 2020 from 3:00-4:30 PM.Presenters include:Brenda Muse, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Franklin County Public Schools;Anitra Holland, Elementary School Principal, Franklin County Public Schools;Matt Dunbar, Middle School Assistant Principal, Franklin County Public SchoolsAnthony Swan, Virginia Teacher of the Year, Elementary School Teacher, Franklin County Public Schools Register hereTo view recordings of previous webinars and the most up-to-date information about the #EdEquityVA Webinar Series please visit the Virginia is for Learners website. Tools You Can UseGeneral Equity Resources, Guides, and Webinars  comp 
Relevant Superintendent’s MemosMemo 283-20: Reports to Law Enforcement and  Guidance of Reports of Certain Acts to School Authorities (Word) (VDOE)Memo 284-20: Extension to the English Language Proficiency Assessments Test Administration Schedule for the 2020-2021 School Year and 
Revised 2020-2021 English Language Proficiency Assessments Test Administration Schedule  (VDOE)MEMO 277-20: 2021 United States Senate Youth Program (Scholarship Opportunities for High School Juniors and Seniors) (VDOE)Student Application 2021 United States Senate Youth Program and Student Essay Response 2021 United States Senate Youth Program Recent Reports Digital Equity for Students and Educators (Public Policy Associates) Modern-Day School Segregation: Addressing the Lasting Impacts of Racist Choices on Virginia’s Education System (The Commonwealth Institute) School Segregation by Boundary Line in Virginia: Scope, Significance and State Policy Solutions (Center for Education and Civil Rights and VCU School of Education)Multilingual/English Learner StudentsWebinars to Support Multilingual and English Learner Students (WestEd)A Framework for Effective Instruction of Secondary English Language Learners (IDRA)Successful Bilingual Education Programs: Criteria for Exemplary Practices in Bilingual Education (IDRA)Distance Learning for ELLs: Planning Instruction (Colorín Colorado)6 Key Considerations for Supporting English Learners with Distance Learning (SEAL)Supporting Multilingual Learners (MLLs)/English Language Learners (ELLs) During the COVID-19 Shutdown (TNTP)LGBTQ+ Students Webinar and Slides: School PRIDE in the 21st Century: Strategies to Ensure Inclusive School Environments for LGBTQ+ students (VDOE)
Racial Equity & Anti-Racism Training Bias Out of Teachers: Research Shows Little Promise So Far: Tips for Better Anti-bias Training  (Education Week)VDOE History and Social Science Webinar Series: Building a Community of LearnersThursday, December 3rd, 3:30 PM – Virginia Museum of History & Culture: Abraham Lincoln, African Americans, and the Emancipation ProclamationTuesday, December 8th, 4:00 PM – Historic Markers as sites of Inquiry into Difficult and Marginalized Histories (Session #2)Moving Schools Beyond Anti-Racist Words to Action (Education Week Teacher)Seizing the Moment: Race Equity Mindsets, Social and Emotional Well-Being, and Outcomes for Students (WestEd)Pursuing Equitable Outcomes: Exploring the Intersection of Race and Disability in K-12 Education Webinar Series (WestEd)Learn and Teach Indigenous History Year-round (Teaching Tolerance)COVID ResponseThe Three Essential Elements for Forging Strong Student Relationships: Tips for Reaching Students in a Virtual Setting (Education Week)Bridging Academic and Home Knowledge with Home Works Lessons (Elementary Curriculum for Distance Learning) – Podcast Episode 206 (IDRA)OtherVideo about 1,2,3 Go!, Virginia’s 3 Steps to College Teaching Online for Global Competence: A self-paced online course which explore tools and methods for virtual learning within cross-cultural communities, available until March 1, 2021 (U.S. Department of State) Building a Foundation for School Discipline Reform: Action Steps for States to Improve the Collection and Use of Data on School Discipline (Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center) Research in Brief: School-Based Law Enforcement (WestEd)To access the Office of Equity and Community Engagement’s online repository of resources, visit the Virginia is for Learners website. Before You Go… Stay Connected & Get Social with Us!To contact the Office of Equity and Community Engagement at the Virginia Department of Education, email To stay updated on our latest projects, check out the Virginia is for Learners website at Follow VDOE on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter @VDOE_News & @VAis4Learners. Search #EdEquityVA for the latest from the field!Tell your colleagues to subscribe to the EdEquityVA Newsletter.  vdoe

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