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RCC Consortium hosts over 800 educators

More than 800 Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula educators took the opportunity, during the week of July 30, to choose from a wealth of professional development experiences sponsored by Rappahannock Community College’s Workforce and Community Development Center through its Regional Educational Consortium. The four-day series featured over 60 sessions on both RCC campuses. Teachers, administrators, bus drivers, administrative assistants, substitute teachers, and paraprofessionals came from all 14 of the school divisions within RCC’s 12-county service region to hear national, state, and local educational specialists speaking in their areas of expertise. Many attendees observed, “I couldn’t decide which sessions to take.”

Among the well-known educators sharing their knowledge and experience was Dr. John Strebe, who is nationally known for maximizing the amount of instructional time in a block scheduling format; other speakers were Dan Mulligan, Amanda Donnelly, Joy Davis, Noel Woolard, and C. J. Butler. Representatives of the Virginia Department of Education provided updates to the existing English, mathematics, and science Standards of Learning, Dr. Teresa Caldwell gave information on current school law, and local educator Margaret Williams explained how to make technology fun and doable. “I can’t wait to get back to my classroom to try these new ideas!” exclaimed one participant.

A two-day seminar focusing on the arts, conducted by the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, taught participants to integrate visual arts, dance, theater, and music into the core academic subjects; New Kent High School graciously hosted these sessions. Also, the Training and Technical Assistance Center of the College of William and Mary gave guidelines for evidence-based reading strategies, and standards-based development of individualized educational programs. Finally, Lee Anderson of Middlesex High School coordinated the popular History Tour of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck; new sites for this year included Werowocomoco, the King and Queen Courthouse Tavern Museum, and the Pamunkey Reservation.

The Regional Educational Consortium offers professional development opportunities throughout the year to benefit the staff of area school divisions. For more information, please e-mail Harriet Dawson at, or visit the Consortium’s website at

Photo: From the local, state, and international level, well-known educators make presentations at the RCC Workforce and Community Development Center’s Regional Education Consortium 2012. Top row, left to right: Joy Davis, Dan Mullin, Sue Trainor, and Wayne Barry. Bottom row, left to right: C.J. Butler, Ginni Culpepper, Michael Bolling, and Tia Campbell.

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