Equity Conference 2021

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Our achievement and opportunity gaps must be addressed.  Recent statistics from the Virginia Department of Education show that our students of color and low-income students are performing at a lower level on Standards of Learning Assessments than similar demographic groups in the state of Virginia. Wide disparities exist in student race and income levels for those recommended and retained in Honors/Advanced classes in our Middle and High Schools.  Marginalized membership groups are disproportionately identified for Special Education, while under-identified for gifted services. African-American and Latino students are suspended, expelled, and drop out at a rate five times higher than other students. 
Culturally responsive pedagogy for ACPS is designed to broaden our skills for educating to and through the background and experiences of all of our students to decrease knowledge-based and motivation-driven gaps.  Culturally Responsive Educators strive to engage students fully through relevant teaching and assessment.  It includes educator self-reflection that increases awareness of implicit bias and microaggressions, subtle forms of discrimination that are perceived by students of color and hinder achievement.



Ashby Johnson

2021 Equity Educator of the Year 
The 2021 Equity and Diversity Educator of the Year recognition was presented to Ashby Johnson at the 6th annual equity and diversity conference. She will joins past advocates who have distinguished themselves for having a deep understanding, passion and the leadership to obtain consistent  achievement results through the ACPS culturally responsive teaching model. Ms. Johnson was among the first group of principals to become certified in culturally responsive teaching, 2017. As the principal of Jack Jouett Middle School, she has provided division wide leadership to community conversations, division and feeder pattern courageous conversations about race sessions. Additionally, she lead and supported 6 of her Jouett  staff,  the highest number of educators in a school, to receive certification and micro-credentialing this year.

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