Superintendents from Region 7 discussed a wide range of topics with State Superintendent Dr. James Lane during their meeting on December 14, 2018. Dr. Lane emphasized his continued focus on “moving away from toxic testing environment toward deeper, innovative and engaging learning.” He also shared that the Virginia Board of Education will begin to work on updating the Standards of Quality now that their work on the Standards of Accreditation is completed. He predicted that the Board will be reviewing the SoQs through a lens of equity and encouraged superintendents to weigh in with their thoughts during the process. Region 7 superintendents received a legislative update from VASS’ Tom Smith and an update on the work of the Small Rural School Coalition.
Russell County Superintendent Dr. Gregory Brown makes a point about the severe teacher shortage during the discussion.