Northam announces committee on inclusive education

Northam announces committee on inclusive education

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday the 38 members of a new advisory committee that will make recommendations on culturally relevant and inclusive education practices in Virginia’s public schools.

The Culturally Relevant and Inclusive Education Practices Advisory Committee was established by House Bill 916 and Senate Bill 853 during the 2020 General Assembly session.

“Inclusive and culturally relevant learning environments are vital to creating equitable pathways to success for all Virginians,” Northam said. “The work of this committee will advance our ongoing efforts to tell the complete and accurate story of Virginia’s complex past, improve our history standards, and give educators opportunities to engage in important conversations and lessons with their students.”

The committee is led by three co-chairs: Senator Jennifer Boysko, Arlington County Superintendent and Board of Education Member Francisco Durán, and VCU School of Education Dean Andrew Daire.

Many of the committee’s members have backgrounds in education and diversity and are from a wide range of Virginia localities. To view the full list of members, click this link.

Members were selected by the Virginia Department of Education. The panel is expected to report its recommendations on Virginia’s curriculum to Governor Northam, the Board of Education, and the Chairs of the House Committee on Education and Senate Committee on Education and Health, by July 1.

“When we teach an honest narrative of our past, students better understand their place in history and are equipped to work toward a better society,” said Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “This committee will build on the work of the Commission on African American History Education to ensure the content taught in Virginia classrooms is accurate and inclusive of perspectives which have been historically marginalized.”

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