Second ‘Educators Of Color’ Panel Next Week

The Rockbridge Regional Library will host the second of its virtual panel discussions centered on the multi-generational experiences related to “The Impact of Educators of Color in Our Community” on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m.

To participate, preregister via dratliff@rrlib.net in order to receive the GoToMeeting link.

Panelists in the first session spoke to their personal histories as both students and teachers in the years leading up to and following 1965, when local schools were desegregated. A video-recording of the first session, along with full presentation slides, can be accessed at RockbridgeHistory.org.

This second discussion focuses on conditions and challenges in contemporary education, and opportunities to advance diversity and inclusion at more systemic levels. Two recent graduates will look back on their experiences with student peers and teachers in both Lexington and Rockbridge schools.

As with the first program’s more senior voices, this younger generation will discuss how their educational development prepared them to attend college, to navigate workplaces, and contribute to civic organizations, while also reckoning with new challenges and opportunities to be managed in a rapidly evolving 21st century.

Senior administrators from local school divisions – along with School Board members – will be able to address issues regarding school staffing, professional development, and curricular change.

Community members of all ages are encouraged to join in Q&A and conversation after the presentations, sharing their own experiences as students, teachers, or parents today.

The series has been organized by a coalition of community organizations and committees, including 50 Ways Rockbridge, Rockbridge NAACP, CARE Rockbridge, Grace Episcopal Church and the Rockbridge Historical Society. Social media and webpages for the groups listed above offer more particular information relative to their missions.

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