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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- Newport News offering internships, career options for students This summer, 25 Newport News students will be able to participate in paid internships in positions across the school division in departments ranging from health services and athletics to technology and community relations.
- Petersburg educators learn to incorporate computer science, coding into curriculum Nonprofit group CodeVA is helping Petersburg schools incorporate modern technology into the classroom.
- AMPed Up! school program creates a charge for learning Elementary schools in the Winchester Public Schools system are beginning a new program to try and help keep students, specifically minorities and females, interested in STEM
- Suffolk students get spacey with NASA lunar rock and meteorite exhibit Annual STEAM Night was held at the K-5 school on March 16. It’s been going on for about five years, and the primary focus is a high-tech curriculum that stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.
- Charlottesville Students Collecting Donations for Henrico Co. School Students in Charlottesville are banding together to help out a school that was damaged by a fire over the weekend in Henrico County.
- Petersburg classrooms to incorporate performing arts Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts helps incorporate drama into curriculum
- Virginia Beach's Aaron Spence named finalist for top state schools superintendent Aaron Spence has been named the region’s top school division superintendent for 2017.
Governor’s Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Education
In the fall of 2017 Governor McAuliffe will recognize outstanding education professionals, teams of professionals, community partnerships, schools and divisions for excellence and achievement in a variety of categories. Nominations are open to individuals, groups, schools, and local school divisions.
Top 5 Schools Taking Part in the “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge
Governor McAuliffe is encouraging middle school, high school, and higher education educators across the Commonwealth to take part in the “NSA Day of Cyber” Challenge by registering and participating before the end of March. Virginia educators can click here to sign up, or learn more at http://nsadayofcyber.com.
For additional information, please contact Kimberly Paradise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!