What We Do
The Education Secretariat provides guidance to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), as well as Virginia’s 16 public colleges and universities, 23 community colleges and five higher education and research centers. We also provide support to seven state-funded arts/cultural institutions.
Working with the Governor, the General Assembly, educators, advocates, communities, students and parents, we aim to eradicate the Achievement Gap, promote great teaching and learning, and help strengthen educational pathways to the new Virginia Economy. We work closely with the SOL Innovation Committee, the Governor’s Sexual Assault Task Force and the School Readiness Committee to ensure positive and rewarding outcomes for every student.
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- Farnsworth wins top educator award Stephen Farnsworth, University of Mary Washington professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has received the 2017 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by SCHEV.
- Local schools receive funding for technical career programs Martinsville and Henry County schools, along with Patrick Henry Community College, received a state grant Tuesday to help students who want to go into technical careers, including manufacturing.
- Petersburg students get first shot at Hour of Code as statewide focus turns to computer science Petersburg students are participating in the statewide Hour of Code program for the first time this week as the district works to expose students to technological skills in high demand in the workforce.
- Petersburg, Chesterfield County receive grants for pre-k A total of over $247.4 million was awarded to 18 states across the country in this third round of Preschool Expansion Grant awards. The Commonwealth has been awarded an annual amount of $17.5 million since 2014, following a rigorous application process.
- STEM Challenge students: Using science to see where eyes can't go For Saturday’s event, the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology partnered with the Western Virginia Water Authority, which supplied a judging panel and a problem to solve.
- Curtis Elementary School teacher Rhonda Bailey-Clarke recognized as Region 1 Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted honda Bailey-Clarke, a fifth grade teacher from Curtis Elementary, has received the Virginia Region I Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award.
- Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Affordable Pathways Partnership Grants Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the first five recipients of the Virginia Affordable Pathways Partnership Grants, a program that aims to provide Virginia students with a clearer path to higher education.
ITT Tech Closure
Governor Terry McAuliffe has launched a new online portal offering students impacted by the recent closure of ITT Technical Institution key information about steps they can take to continue their education at another institution or seek student loan forgiveness. Follow the link here for more information.
Secretary Trent's Back-to-School Message
We’ve heard you loud and clear!
That is why Governor McAuliffe signed the SOL Innovation Committee into law in 2014, a bipartisan group made up of educators, lawmakers, business leaders, parents and advocates selected from across the Commonwealth to implement lasting and substantive changes to the current system.
But there is more work to do!