Spotlight on Equity Education, May 2024 Issue

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This year, the Equity Education Specialists team has worked with over 500 educators, administrators and leaders on our new culturally responsive programming! We have gathered feedback along the way to ensure clear expectations and pathways for the book study, micro-credential, and our new program for certification. Our May issue of Spotlight on Equity Education features information about how you can move your work forward with the book study or micro-courses over the summer.

Summer CRT Professional Learning Culturally Responsive Teaching Book Study

(Prerequisite for Credentialing)
Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, by ZarettaHammond

The Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain summer book study session will be offered each Monday from June 10 – August 5, 2024. Three of the eight sessions will be asynchronous, and the remaining five sessions will be synchronous via Zoom. No asynchronous or synchronous classes will be held the week of July 4. Use this link below to register through the PLMS! (Registration opens May 17.)

Culturally Responsive Teaching Credentialing Courses

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We will open all three required micro-credential courses for those who are interested in submitting coursework over the summer. Participants can work through these courses at their own pace until the courses close on August 16, 2024. For the summer only, you may register for any or all three of the courses simultaneously. If you are interested in working through these courses, you can access them in the PLMS using the following information:

Administrator Micro-Course Cohort

We will also provide a micro-credential cohort starting June 11, 2024, for school and division leaders. This cohort will include virtual meetings throughout the summer and expedited micro-course submission windows. We will share more information on these courses through the Superintendent’s Advisory Bulletin.

9th Annual Equity Conference

Join us for the 9th Annual ACPS Equity Conference, where we will celebrate the transformative work of Albemarle County Public Schools educators in fostering culturally responsive teaching practices. This year’s event promises to be a dynamic gathering of educators, students, families, and community members committed to advancing equity in education.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Journey Middle School

Keynote and awards ceremony available via livestream from 12 to 2 p.m.:

At this year’s conference, we will have the opportunity to hear the voices of our students. The intention behind the Student Voice Project has been to build community, demonstrate the need for and power of student agency and civic engagement, create a space for students to make a valuable impact on their community, and support the development of 21st century skills. By participating in the Student Voice Project, students have been strengthened by research, interviewing and surveying skills, along with increasing their awareness of community needs and their role in addressing those needs.

Please note: This is a professional conference; participation yields 6 recertification points.

ACPS Equity Specialists are available to provide Professional Learning Community (PLC) and school-level support for Culturally Responsive Teaching practices and to assist in helping teachers work through the credentialing process. For support or assistance, please reach out to the specialist(s) assigned to your school or email