VPM Daily Newscast: Nov. 29, 2023
The VPM Daily Newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Episodes are recorded the night before.
Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Nov. 29, 2023:
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly
About 70 Richmond Public School staff members are participating in a teacher training initiative the divisionrecently launched called the Build Our Own Teacher Program. It’s aimed at helping teaching assistants become fully licensed. For Stephanie Brewington, it’s been life-changing.
“I’ve been trying to get in a program like this for about 20 years,” she said. “This program directs you exactly to the tests you need to take, and they just tell you exactly what you need to do, so that you're not wasting your time, you're not wasting your money.”
Rodney Robinson, a senior advisor for RPS, said a2021 report from VCU served as the project’s inspiration. The report detailed barriers to teacher licensure like inaccessibility of accurate and up-to-date information about teacher licensure for teachers of color.
Reported by WHRO News’ Mechelle Hankerson
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the Brafferton Building’s construction on the William & Mary campus. The college now uses it for administrative offices and doesn’t plan to move or convert it to an educational center, like it’s done with the Bray School.
New research about the Indigenous children who attended the Indian residential school uncovered a notably different narrative when contrasted with the violent and traumatic stories that have emerged about similar education programs.
The Brafferton School was a mark of honor for Indigenous tribes around the country, said Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, director of William & Mary’s American Indian Resource Center. She researched Brafferton alumni and curriculum, and has worked with tribes around the country to uncover the school's history.
In other news:
- Community college enrollment rises in Virginia but remains below pre-pandemic levels(Virginia Mercury)
- D.C. developer Hoffman files plans to transform entire city block in Scott’s Addition (Richmond BizSense)*
- Va. could get $100M+ lithium-ion battery project (Virginia Business)*
In case you missed it:
- Calls grow louder for UVa to release review of 2022 shooting (The Daily Progress)*
- Henrico supervisors approve Willow Lawn redevelopment plan (Henrico Citizen)
- ‘We never throw it away’: Fauquier really does recycle most of what residents toss in their bins (Fauquier Times)*
*This outlet utilizes a paywall.