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Crossroads in Education: Josh Bearman

Entering his fifth year as a teacher of record for Lucille Brown Middle School, Josh Bearman does all that he can to make learning real for his students. Whether he is taking them down to the James River for what he describes as “good old fashioned, hands-on learning,” or bringing his banjo to class, he is committed to his craft. We talked with Josh about how we can be more equitable in public education, and a little bit about bluegrass music.
Check out our conversation!

Crossroads in Education: Andrew Daire

In his second year as Dean of the VCU School of Education, Dr. Andrew Daire is leading a school that seeks to encourage educational researchers to conduct their work with an eye on community impact and equip teachers for service in urban, high-poverty public school settings. We spoke with him about how teacher preparation programs are evolving and the future of community-engaged education research. Check out our conversation!

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Why do racial disparities in school discipline exist?

Check out our latest research brief from the Achieving Racial Equity in School Disciplinary Policies and Practices study team.

This brief is part of larger regional study of racial equity in discipline policies and practices
conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Metropolitan Educational Research
Consortium (MERC). The goal of the broader project is to: (1) analyze racial disproportionality
in discipline across the Richmond area, (2) explore various interventions designed to ameliorate disproportionality, and (3) provide recommendations that inform policymaking and practice in the Richmond region. This is the first of two research briefs on racially inequitable school discipline. The subsequent brief will examine the history and theory of action behind different discipline models or interventions, as well as evidence of their impact on racial
disproportionality. At the end of this brief, five of the key research studies on this topic are

Crossroads in Education: Kurt Stemhagen and Brionna Nomi

As researchers in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University and advocates for teachers in the metropolitan Richmond area, Kurt Stemhagen and Brionna Nomi remain focused on current issues in public education and their local implications. They also work with Richmond Teachers for Social Justice, a collection of local educators focused on issues of justice and equity in our public schools. We talked with them about their research and advocacy work and what they see as the future of public education.
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Congratulations, Alexis!

Congratulations to Alexis Goode for being Partnership for the Future’s recipient of the College Access Scholarship in the amount of $1,029!  This scholarship made possible through the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, Virginia 529, Partnership for the Future, and the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium.


Pictured left to right: Paula Robinson (SCHEV), Charleita Richardson (Partnership for the Future), Alexis Goode (Scholarship Recipient), Kathleen Daly (MERC)


Check out more about the Virginia College Access study here!

Crossroads in Education: Terry Dozier

As the Director of the Center for Teacher Leadership (CTL) at VCU, Dr. Dozier focuses on providing high quality training to local educators to make them change agents in their schools. She also oversees the Richmond Teacher Residency (RTR) program within the CTL, which works to equip new teachers with the skills and experience they need to serve in high need, urban public school systems like Richmond Public Schools. We talked with her about the role of teachers in an evolving public education landscape. Check out her interview here.