Virginia Department of Education
Meet Mrs. Peake
After being denied access to the classroom, Mary Peake risked her own freedom as she began secretly teaching escaped slaves and free blacks to read and write. The year after she died, the oak tree that once provided shade for her outdoor lessons was the setting for the first public reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in the Deep South. The Emancipation Oak still stands, extending its reach upward and outward. Much like Mary Peake’s legacy. Visit Meet Mrs. Peake to learn more.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Schools can play a key role in suicide prevention. The task of all professionals involved in and dedicated to the education of children is to help prevent death by suicide whenever possible. When school personnel, families, and communities take an active role in suicide prevention lives can be saved. Refer to Suicide Prevention for resources for parents, teachers, and students.
Hispanic & Latino Heritage Month
September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month. The observance celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Read the Governor's proclamation and visit the Virginia Hispanic Chamber for resources to celebrate.
Featured Site Resources
News & Announcements
- September 9, 2019 – Governor Northam Awards Extended-Year and Year-Round School Grants for 57 Schools in 11 Divisions
- September 5, 2019 – Eight in the Running for 2020 Virginia Teacher of the Year-This is a Word document.
- September 4, 2019 – Virginia Schools Rank Third in Nation for K-12 Achievement-This is a Word document.
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Public Meeting & Public Comment Opportunities
- September 18 – Committee on the Standards of Quality
- September 19 – Board of Education
- October 3-4 – State special Education Advisory Committee (SSEAC)