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Day 2_ Breakout Session (A) - Navigating EdEquityVA Virginia’s Road Map to Equity with Dr. James Lane and Ms. Leah Walker
As the state education agency, the Virginia Department of Education recognizes its responsibility to advance racial equity in education throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. In partnership with the Virginia state Board of Education and Virginia’s Secretary of Education we are committed to identifying and dismantling all iterations of racism and inequity that permeate our public education system.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to the principles of anti-racism, cultural proficiency, resource equity, and high expectations for all students. Further, we recognize that Anti-racist education leaders are critical partners in our efforts to advance our broader equity priorities including; developing a culturally competent educator workforce, eliminating disproportionality in student outcome data, closing opportunity and achievement gaps among marginalized student groups, increasing access to high quality early learning opportunities, and maximizing the potential of every Virginia student.

Navigating EdEquityVA - Virginia’s Road Map to Equity, establishes our education equity priorities, advances tools and resources to support local school divisions, and affirms our commitment to dismantle any and all forms of inequity in Virginia’s public education system.

Aug 6, 2020 02:15 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Leah Walker
Director of Equity and Community Engagement @VDOE
Leah currently serves as the Director for Equity and Community Engagement at the Virginia Department of Education where she leads statewide efforts aimed at advancing education equity, closing the achievement gap, and decreasing disproportionality in student outcomes. In 2018, Style Weekly named Leah to its annual "Power List" as one of the most influential people in education in the Richmond region followed by Virginia Commonwealth University naming her to its annual "Alumni Power List." Dedicated to disrupting structural racism, Leah utilizes communication savvy, public relations expertise, and innovative outreach tactics to galvanize support for social justice and to advance diverse and inclusive organizations and communities. Leah was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Hampton University, and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. James Lane
Superintendent of Public Instruction @Commonwealth of Virginia
Dr. James F. Lane was appointed Virginia’s 25th superintendent of public instruction by Governor Ralph S. Northam, effective June 1, 2018. As state superintendent, Dr. Lane serves as the executive officer of the Virginia Department of Education, which is the administrative agency for the commonwealth’s public schools. He also serves as secretary of the state Board of Education. Prior to his appointment as the commonwealth’s chief school officer, Dr. Lane served as a division superintendent in Chesterfield County, Goochland County, and Middlesex County. He was recognized as the 2017 Virginia Superintendent of the Year for his leadership in Goochland County. Dr. Lane was one of 100 superintendents in the nation selected to attend the 2014 ConnectEd Superintendents Summit at the White House in recognition of his leadership in the use of instructional technology by his schools. In 2015, the national Data Quality Campaign awarded its annual Flashlight award to Goochland County in recogn