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UR, VCU conference to examine educational equity in region

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education and the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies Graduate Education Program and Center for Leadership in Education will co-host a conference to discuss possibilities for advancing educational equity and excellence in Richmond area schools March 13-14. Meetings will be held in the VCU Sports Medicine Building at 1300 West Broad St. and UR Jepson Alumni Center at 101 College Rd. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://www.richmond.edu/movingforward.

The two-day conference “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Race, Class and School Boundaries in the Richmond Region,” will convene 20 national and local researchers, policymakers, educational practitioners, advocates, community members and students.

It will mark the 40th anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling — Bradley v. School Board of Richmond, Va. — that blocked the consolidation and desegregation of Richmond city, Henrico County and Chesterfield County schools, a decision that continues to affect regional educational opportunities.

“The decision meant lost opportunities for many thousands of students and their schools,” said invited speaker Gary Orfield, professor emeritus of education, law, political science and urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, and co-director of the Civil Rights Project. “This conference can help us explore ways to increase opportunities for future generations of school children and support stable diverse communities.”

Conference organizers cite more than half a century of social science evidence that confirms the academic and social benefits for students of all races that come from carefully structured, diverse learning environments. Another extensive body of research indicates racially and economically isolated schools are linked to a variety of factors — including fewer highly qualified teachers, high rates of teacher turnover, inadequate curricula, excessive discipline and low graduation rates — that negatively impact educational outcomes.

“As the Richmond region grows more diverse, we need to think and talk about how to best educate all of our children for the changing and connected world they'll experience as adults,” said Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, an assistant professor in the VCU School of Education Department of Educational Leadership.

“The conference will be a great opportunity for UR and VCU to collaborate on such an important topic: race, class and opportunities in school divisions of Greater Richmond,” said Thomas J. Shields, an assistant professor and director of the UR School of Professional and Continuing Studies Center for Leadership in Education.

The conference will focus on the scope and impact of Richmond area school segregation, with a goal of generating regional solutions for advancing high quality, diverse learning opportunities.
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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