The Virginia Education Association got its starts in the middle of the Civil War. The story of the VEA’s last 150 years is told in a book set for release next month.
Even though school is out for summer in just a couple of hours…some eight-graders at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Roanoke don’t seem to mind taking a few last questions on the periodic table from science teacher Sharon Simpson. She’s been teaching for 30 years, but says she wants to do it for another five years before she retires.
Nearly 9,000 educators from across the U.S. are gathered in Denver this week for the National Education Association’s 152nd Annual Meeting. Virginia alone has about 200 representatives attending.
Meg Gruber is the president of the Virginia Education Association, and says one of the most critical topics to be discussed at this year’s annual meeting and representative assembly, is the much criticized standardized testing.
Average Internet access and connectivity costs in Virginia schools are more expensive than the national average, and now a nonprofit organization has chosen the Commonwealth for a free program that will discover why and propose cost-lowering options. Governor McAuliffe has announced that the “EducationSuperHighway” will gather detailed information from all school divisions, analyze the data, and then provide technical assistance. The governor emphasized that high-speed connectivity is now essential for both a 21st-century education and economy.
Some Virginia students, along with First Lady Dorothy McAulifee, got a first-hand look at the State Department of General Services’ secure laboratory. It was part of National Laboratory Week and the experience of seeing DNA and bacteria, is offered to only a few.
Forty Virginia high school students will head for college with an extra measure of confidence. They’re winners of a national art competition that awards medals, scholarships and a measure of prestige that could ensure admission to one of this country’s top art schools.