Henrico County Public Schools educators will attend retreat on developing inclusive classrooms, closing gaps

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A group of educators from Henrico County Public Schools will participate in a workshop that helps participants develop more inclusive learning communities. The retreat gives educational leaders the chance to focus on eliminating disparities based on race and socioeconomic status in all areas of school life and academic achievement. Called the Henrico Educational Equity Initiative, the workshop will include faculty from four HCPS schools: Donahoe and Fair Oaks elementary schools; Elko Middle School; and Varina High School. The retreat is organized by the nonprofit Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.

Held at Sweet Briar College from July 17-20, HCPS educators will learn about how bias and prejudice can affect learning and teaching. Through interactive workshops and small group discussions, participants will design different approaches to creating a supportive learning environment. At the conclusion of the retreat, educators will design action plans for schools, focusing on closing gaps in opportunity and achievement, and on creating an inclusive school atmosphere.

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with businesses, communities and school divisions to achieve success by eliminating prejudice through workshops and retreats. The program is funded by the Robins Foundation. The workshop’s goals align with Henrico Schools’ current areas of focus, which include cultural competency and equity, as well as family engagement.

For more information about Henrico Schools’ current initiatives for enhancing student achievement, go to http://henricoschools.us/how-were-improving/.